Jamal Bahmad

Position: British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Languages, Cultures and Societies
Institution: University of Leeds, UK
Geographical areas: North Africa, Middle East

Research areas: North African & Francophone Cinema; Collective & Cultural Memory; Maghrebi Literature & Popular Culture; Postcolonial City; Transnational Cinema; New Media; Higher Education


Dr Jamal Bahmad is a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Leeds. His current research project explores youth, social change and the politics of realism in contemporary Maghrebi cinema. Bahmad specialises and has published widely in Francophone and North African cultural studies with a focus on cinema, literature, cities, memory and youth subcultures. His forthcoming monograph is entitled “Casablanca Belongs to Us: Globalisation, Everyday Life and Postcolonial Subjectivity in Moroccan Cinema.”

Relevant Publications

Jamal Bahmad, ‘Naked Nation: Youth, Masculinity and the Coming Revolution in Nouri Bouzid’s Man of Ashes (Tunisia, 1986)’ in Africa’s Lost Classics: New Histories of African Cinema, ed. by David Murphy and Lizelle Bisschoff (Oxford: Legenda Books, 2014), pp. 72-77


– ‘Rebels with a Cause: Youth, Globalisation and Postcolonial Agency in Moroccan Cinema’, The Journal of North African Studies 3 (2014), 376–389.


  • – ‘From Casablanca to Casanegra: Neoliberal Globalization and Disaffected Youth in Moroccan Urban Cinema’, Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication 1 (2013), 15–35.




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