Society for Algerian Studies

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The Society for Algerian Studies was founded in 1993, at the initiative of Professor Hugh Roberts, the Society’s first secretary and a distinguished academic specialist on Algeria.

In its early years, the Society observed Algerian affairs at a delicate period in the country’s history. Algerian political figures were given a platform to express their views, as well as experts from Britain, France and other countries. Meanwhile the Society also established and maintained good relations with the Algerian Embassy in London.
In recent years, the Society has hosted talks by a wide variety of speakers from Algeria, Britain, France and other countries, who have covered political, economic, literary, artistic and historical subjects. (See Past Events for topics and speakers.) The Society has also organised conferences in collaboration with the Royal Institute of International Affairs at Chatham House, the Council for Arab-British Understanding, and with the universities of Leicester and Portsmouth. The Society managed the prize fund which the Fondation Ousseimi had awarded posthumously to the Emir Abd el-Kader in 2011, leading to the publication in 2014 of a catalogue of archive material relating to the Emir.
For many years the Society held its meetings at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, however, the Society now organises its activities in collaboration with the Middle East Centre of the London School of Economics, to which it is affiliated. In its early years the Society produced the Journal of Algerian Studies, which subsequently merged with the Journal of North African Studies (published by Taylor & Francis).
Compared with the position in 1993, much more attention is now paid to the study of Algeria in Britain, and academics at a number of British universities are studying Algerian issues. Business and other contacts have also increased, and in this context the Society aims to play a useful role in promoting and developing knowledge of Algeria.
Membership of the Society is open to anyone with an interest in Algeria, and includes academics, diplomats, journalists, students and businesspeople; businesses with an interest in Algeria are invited to participate as corporate members.
Current officers of the Society are:
President: William Sinton
Secretary: Zineb Lalaouine-Meddah
Assistant Secretary: Dr John King
Treasurer and Company Secretary: Dermot Murphy

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