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Dr Samuel (Sami) Everett

Affliliated Lecturer

Research Associate, Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH), University of Cambridge

Postdoctoral Research GSRL (CNRS), Paris


Sami joined the Woolf Institute in January 2015 as a Junior Research Fellow. He conducted research in northern Paris, and in particular the neighbourhood of Barbès. His research focused on the role of encounter and exchange through civil engagement across religiously diverse urban settings against a discursive backdrop of national crisis relating to austerity and discrimination. Sami analysed the ways in which trust manifests itself locally through his participant observation in initiatives relating to social action, interfaith, and refugees, putting in to practice the Woolf Institute's philosophy of personal engagement through education, outreach, and research.

Sami was awarded his doctorate in February 2014 at SOAS, University of London. His thesis developed the notion of Maghrebinicité that brings together historical – le Maghreb – and spatial/philosophical – la Cité – dimensions of Parisian Jewish identification to North Africa. While studying for his PhD, Sami was awarded a Leverhulme Trust scholarship that enabled him to undertake multi-sited fieldwork in Paris, North Africa and Jerusalem, to analyse migratory trajectories and their interpretation intergenerationally. His work also teases out similarities and differences in experience between Jewish and Muslim descendants of North Africa in Paris particularly in areas of contact like Barbès. During his fieldwork, he was hosted by INALCO.

As Senior Teaching Fellow in Diaspora and Migration at SOAS 2012-2014, Sami led seminars, lectured and supervised courses close to his fields of expertise in Transnationalism, North African cultural exchange, Parisian Maghrebi Neighbourhoods, and Postcolonial Identification.


Forthcoming 2017. 'Hélène Cixous between European and North African Nationalism'. The International Journal of Politics, Culture and Society.

Forthcoming 2017. Edited volume entitled: La transmission. Chapter entry: "Faire mentir le destin", Barzakh, Algiers.

Forthcoming 2017. Edited volume entitled: Algeria: Nation and Transnationalism 1988-2013. Chapter entry: "The many (im)possibilities of contemporary Algerian Judaïtés". Liverpool University Press.

2016. "Jewish Return to Morocco" in Migration to Morocco and the United Kingdom, Moroccan-British Society

2014. "Testing diversity" in Jadmag - Special Edition: The Afterlives of the Algerian Revolution.


2017. Conception of documentary with Ilana Navarro including interviews for history of la Goutte d'Or (Barbès, Paris). "La France et l'Angleterre au bord de la crise de nerfs". France Culture

Book Reviews

2017. 'This is no longer Algeria' in The Review of Labour History

2016. 'The Dynamics of Coexistence in the Middle East' in Journal of Modern Jewish Studies

2015. 'Saharan Jews and the Fate of French Algeria' Lectures

2015. 'Les Clés Retrouvées' in The Journal of North African Studies

2015. 'Jacob, Jacob' in The Journal of North African Studies

2014. 'Language conflict in Algeria: From Colonialism to Post-independence' in The Journal of North African Studies

2012. 'Plurality, Hybridity and the Self: A review of Benjamin Stora's "Voyages en postcolonies"'. Jadaliyya Nov. 16, 2012

Other (electronic)

Everett, Sami. 2013. As seen from Algiers: Has France lost its "magique"?

Everett, Sami. 2012. Farid Boudjellal: An Algerian Exception

Academic conferences (organisation & participation)

Organiser. January 2017. Cambridge-PSL "Religion, Social Action & Urban Politics: Paris and London face to face", St John's College, Cambridge.

Organiser. March 2016. Cambridge-PSL "Religion, Social Action & Urban Politics: Paris & London", CNRS Pouchet, Paris.

Co-organiser & Participation. June 2015. SOAS-Woolf Institute "Minorities and Popular Culture in the Modern Middle East"

Presented "Maghrebi Jewish Diaspora: art, activism and nostalgia". SOAS, London.

Co-organiser & Participation. Jan 2015 3-way partnership: Moroccan-British Society; Cambridge University Centre for Islamic Studies & British Council Morocco. National Library, Rabat, Morocco. Migration to Morocco symposium.

Participation. June 2014. AIMS-WARA-University of Ghardaia. Oran, Algeria. Saharan Crossroads. Paper presented: Mzabi Indigenous Israelite Specificity, Syncretism and Circulation: 1945–1990. Oran, Algeria.

Participation. Oct 2013 Maghreb Academic Network (UK University network). King's College London. Paper presented: Developments in Jewish Studies concerning Algeria and Morocco. Chair: Dr Charis Boutieri. King's College, London

Organisation. November 2013. SOAS Centre for Jewish Studies; SOAS Centre for Migration and Diaspora Studies; Birkbeck Pears Institute. SOAS, London. Screening of "Tinghir-Jerusalem" followed by a round-table. SOAS, London.

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