Associate Professor of French Mouhamédoul Niang published a new paper, “In defense of secular modernity: Politicizing the body and space in Malika Mokeddem’s Of Dreams and Assassins,” in the Journal of the African Literature Association. “This paper argues that Malika Mokeddem champions secular modernity through Kenza, the female protagonist in Of Dreams and Assassins,” according to the abstract. “It examines the processes and practices that shape her as a secular modern woman who castigates exclusivist identities that intolerant religious and state patriarchies seek to impose on Algerians in two different contexts of historical discontinuities.”