About the Journal

Ikhtilaf, Journal of Critical Humanities and Social Studies is a refereed Open Access interdisciplinary publication of the Identity and Difference Research Group affiliated with Université Mohammed Ier, Oujda Morocco.  Ikhtilaf is an Arabic word that means both “difference” and “differend” (french for conflict, aporia etc…) The Journal’s mission is to stress difference in thought at a time that forced (globalized) sameness is threatening to stifle creativity, innovation and intellectual freedom. Grounded in the core disciplines of the humanities, Ikhtilaf encourages interdisciplinarity and seeks to bring together humanities and social studies to stress the centrality of critical discourse in our collective response to the crucial interrogations of the twenty-first century.

Current Issue

Vol. 1 No. 3-4 (2020): Routes and Roots: Migration across Africa and the Mediterranean
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this issue of Ikhtilaf is dedicated to the study of migration in Sub-saharan Africa and the Mediterranean basin and beyond. It is an invitation to reflect and debate on the epistemological and methodological issues and approaches relating to the changes in the phenomenon of migration, particularly the diversification of movements, itineraries and profiles. At a time when exchanges between countries is excessively mercantile and security-oriented, the globalization of the labor market, the environmental crisis, and the political and social instability of entire regions are constantly shaping and deforming human mobility.  consequently, the single most determining character of migration today is shiftiness. With the help of new technology and social networks, motivations, objectives, routes, demographics are constantly changing. On the other hand, new forms of solidarity and humanitarian support are emerging thanks to the work of civil society organizations despite multiple constraints exercised by governments. A whole economy is also emerging around care and assistance to refugees and migrants where funds are made available to major international NGOs and their local branches or partners. Employment and career prospects in this branch of the CARE Economy appeal to hundreds of young people. On the negative side however, populism is feeding on the issue of migration to advance its political agenda in receiving western countries that continue to benefit from the cheap labor and qualified human resources that migration provides. Therefore, what we witness today is that worldwide new paradigms of human mobility concomitant with new systems of support and assistance are being set up, yet only geopolitical issues, particularly those relating to security and borders are the focus of media attention and political debates on migration.

In addition to discussing all these aspects, the objective of this issue is to promote multidisciplinary approaches in the study and treatment of contemporary forms of human mobility as inseparable from economic, political, social and environmental issues, and their socio-cultural consequences.


Published: 05-02-2024


  • Editor’s note

    Larbi Touaf
    DOI: https://doi.org/10.34874/PRSM.Ikhtilaf.400
  • "Migrations sénégalaises : entre culture du voyage, enjeux socioéconomiques et politiques, destinations et désillusions"

    Aly Tandian
    DOI: https://doi.org/10.34874/PRSM.Ikhtilaf.401
  • Ethnographie socio-historique sur les nouveaux imaginaires migratoires chez les jeunes camerounais de l’utopie au « travail d’imagination » d’expérimenter le monde

    Willy Didié Foga Konefon
    DOI: https://doi.org/10.34874/PRSM.Ikhtilaf.402
  • “Being left behind” Gendered forced return migration, women’s agency and the NGO battle, the Moroccan case

    Edien Bartels
    DOI: https://doi.org/10.34874/PRSM.Ikhtilaf.417
  • Moroccan Cities Experiencing Migration: Towards the Local Governance of a Globalized Phenomenon

    Saad Alami Merrouni
    DOI: https://doi.org/10.34874/PRSM.Ikhtilaf.419
  • Echoes of Home: The Impact of Male Migration on Left- Behind Women, Tadla-Azilal Villages as a Case Study

    Yousra Kadi
    DOI: https://doi.org/10.34874/PRSM.Ikhtilaf.420
  • Le déplacement des réfugiés et la crise de l’éducation dans les écoles primaires de l’Extrême-Nord Cameroun

    Nantilde Lassou Kalgong
    DOI: https://doi.org/10.34874/PRSM.Ikhtilaf.421
  • Les déplacés victimes de la secte Boko Haram et la reconfiguration de l’espace dans la région de l’Extrême-Nord Cameroun

    Metsena Ndjavoua
    DOI: https://doi.org/10.34874/PRSM.Ikhtilaf.422
  • Haptic Aesthetics, Gender and Migration in Yamina Benguigui's Film lnch’allah Dimanche

    Touria Khannous
    DOI: https://doi.org/10.34874/PRSM.Ikhtilaf.444
  • Political Contesting of Migration and Multiculturalism in Hafid Bouazza’s “The Crossing”

    Abdellah Elboubekri
    DOI: https://doi.org/10.34874/PRSM.Ikhtilaf.445
  • La representación de la mujer inmigrante en “La patera” de Mahi Binebine

    Karima Bouallal
    DOI: https://doi.org/10.34874/PRSM.Ikhtilaf.446
  • “I am not a case, I’m a person,” Refugees and belonging in the Netherlands A report of an Anthropological Research among Syrian Status holders/Refugees in the Netherlands

    Lenie Brouwer
    DOI: https://doi.org/10.34874/PRSM.Ikhtilaf.447
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