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IMAGES (V) – Images of (Cultural) Values

The Conference Proceedings

Edited By Veronika Bernard

This collection of articles offers readers a cross-section of current research on contemporary and historical concepts and representations of (cultural) values as documented in popular culture, public space, the arts, works of literature and in ethnic contexts. The contributors to this volume are from the US, Algeria, Germany, Italy, Croatia, Albania, Serbia, Turkey, and Austria. Their very different cultural, ideological, scientific, academic and non-academic perspectives and backgrounds allow insights from many different viewpoints.
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Selma Mokrani Barkaoui (Annaba/Algeria) - “The Gift of the Stranger”: Elkader as a Cultural Utopia


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Selma Mokrani Barkaoui

“The Gift of the Stranger”: Elkader as a Cultural Utopia

Abstract In 1844 Elkader, Iowa, was named by Timothy Davis after Emir Abd-el-Kader of Algeria. This article demonstrates how the Emir’s rich legacy has helped overcome the dystopian tableau of contestation drawn by the 9/11 terror cartography to the favour of a utopian vision of connection and mutuality.

Im Jahr 1844 benannte Timothy Davis den Ort Elkader im amerikanischen Bundesstaat Iowa nach dem algerischen Emir Abd-el-Kader. Dieser Artikel legt dar, wie das reiche Vermächtnis des Emir dazu beigetragen hat, das dystopische Tableau des Abscheus und der Verachtung zu überwinden, das die Kartografie der Terroranschläge vom 11. September 2001 gezeichnet hat, zugunsten einer utopischer Vision von Verbindung und Gegenseitigkeit.

Elkader, Iowa, was named in 1844 by Timothy Davis, a settler-lawyer, after the Algerian revolutionary leader Emir Abd-el-Kader1. Davis was a fervent admirer of Abd-el-Kader’s resistance to French colonialism (1832–1847). Such place-naming has superimposed a utopian space onto the local geography by introducing a remote model of anti-colonial resistance into the American public sphere; interestingly, representing a symbolic component of the process of “Americanization” and westward expansion. Being anchored in the reputation of the Emir as both a revolutionary figure and a culture icon of religious tolerance, this toponym has acted as an agent of acclimatization of, and familiarization with, what is threateningly alien. It has also acted as a mediator of intersections and reciprocations...

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