Genocide in Libya: Shar, a Hidden Colonial History

MWP Multidisciplinary Research Workshop: Envisioning the Global South(s) Interview Series

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15 April 2021

16:00 - 17:30 Italian time



via Zoom

Roberta Biasillo (Max Weber Fellow, RSC) interviews Ali Abdullatif Ahmida (University of New England in Maine). The discussion will center around Ahmida's book "Genocide in Libya: Shar, a Hidden Colonial History".

Between 1929 and 1934, thousands of Libyans lost their lives, directly murdered and victim of Italian deportations and internments. They were forcibly removed from their homes, marched across vast tracks of deserts and mountains, and confined behind barbed wire in 16 concentration camps. It is a story that Libyans have recorded in their Arabic oral history and narratives while remaining hidden and unexplored in a systematic fashion, and never in the manner that has allowed us to comprehend and begin to understand the extent of their existence.

Based on the survivors’ testimonies, which took over ten years of fieldwork and research to document, this new and original history of the genocide is a key resource for readers interested in genocide and Holocaust studies, colonial and postcolonial studies, and African and Middle Eastern studies.

The Zoom link will be provided following registration.

About the Workshop: 

This MWP multidisciplinary workshop aims at exploring strategies, processes and narratives through which Western gazes have contributed to the creation and making of the Global South. The workshop critically examines the ways in which knowledge is produced on Asian, African, Middle East and Latin American regions. It does so to look at the social, environmental, political, legal premises and consequences of those views. The contributors reflect on many of the questionable policies and practices born of these imaginaries and related histories that have been utilized in the regions since the colonial period. They further reveal how power, in the form of development programs, notions of nationalism, expert knowledge, landscape transformation and human right discourses, for instance, relates to Western and European-originated knowledge production systems


Pia Dittmar


Roberta Biasillo (EUI)


Ali Abdullatif Ahmida (University of New England in Maine)

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