Daily Archives: March 6, 2011

Algeria Unveiled/ Battle of Algiers (HUM415)

The pdf version of Frantz Fanon’s “Algeria Unveiled” posted on the course information page was incomplete. Here is a proper pdf:


The “bombing sequences” we watched in class on Monday:

I’d like us to hold onto the concept of the Floating Signifier, which I think will come in handy as we move along. Here is how Daniel Chandler defines it in his book Semiotics for Beginners:

An ’empty’ or ‘floating signifier’ is variously defined as a signifier with a vague, highly variable, unspecifiable or non-existent signified. Such signifiers mean different things to different people: they may stand for many or even any signifieds; they may mean whatever their interpreters want them to mean. In such a state of radical disconnection between signifier and signified, ‘a sign only means that it means’ (Goldman & Papson 1994, 50).

Various (HUM415)

On Wednesday I mentioned a documentary available through the SFSU library website (Films on Demand) called Young, Muslim and French: Stories of Assimilation and Defiance (2004). The situation has developed a bit since it was first produced, but this documentary addresses some of the main questions of the veil in relation to European secularism.

Also, a short article from the Guardian. Beginning April 11, women will not be allowed to wear the niqab in public in France.


Finally, a short documentary from Al Jazeera on Sudan, its history and the recent referendum on the secession of the South from the North: