Ms. Fadhila Hadjeris
While there are different studies that addressed the mechanisms of race and racial formation in North Africa, there is scarcity of research that addresses issues of exclusion from the lens of colorism. In this presentation, the researcher will offer a historical critical analysis of race in Algeria to explain how both colonial divide and rule strategy and postcolonial Arab nationalism contributed to the marginalization of Black Algerians, both Arabs and Berber. Guided by the concept of colorism, the study will then derive from the experiences of Algerians to demonstrate the sense of “not-from-hereness” (Gross-Wyrtzen, 2022) that Algerians with stereotypically Afrocentric facial features encounter. Based on these findings, the researcher will suggest a future agenda for the study of colorism in North Africa regions for a more inclusive and equitable educational spaces.