Jane E. Goodman has long been fascinated by cultural forms of expression. She began researching Algerian theater in 2008, when she spent a year in Algeria working with five different troupes including Istijmam. When Istijmam was selected by Center Stage to tour the United States in 2016, she knew she wanted to write about the experience. In a previous book, she followed women’s songs as they moved from villages in Algeria’s Kabyle Berber region to a global stage (Berber Culture on the World Stage: From Village to Video, Indiana University Press, 2005). The author is herself a singer of world music, having performed for more than two decades with first Libana and then Kaia. She is an associate professor in the Department of Anthropology at Indiana University.
Visit her website at JaneGoodman.us.
Department of Anthropology
Student Building 130
701 E. Kirkwood Avenue
Bloomington, IN 47405
Photo credit: David Goodman Photography
Website development was funded by Indiana University’s New Frontiers in the Arts & Humanities program.
Istijmam’s tour was funded by Center Stage, a public diplomacy initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, administered by the New England Foundation for the Arts in cooperation with the U.S. Regional Arts Organizations, with support from the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art. General management was provided by Lisa Booth Management, Inc.
Dr. Goodman’s research and writing were funded by Indiana University, the Mellon Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Video editing: Ryan Feigenbaum
Video subtitles: Benameur Cherif Cheikh
Website design and development: Priscilla Borges and David Ernst of Internet-Minded Design and Development
The author is particularly grateful to Istijmam Culturelle, Center Stage, and Lisa Booth Management, Inc., for allowing her to participate in and write about the tour.