A. George Bajalia

A. George Bajalia


Waiting at the Border: Language, labor and Infrastructure in the Strait of Gibraltar

Research Interest

Research Sub-interest

Migration, Infrastructure, Political Economy, Legal Regimes, Theatre


North Africa, Southern Europe, West Africa, MENA; Morocco, Algeria, Mauritania, Tunisia, Palestine


A. George Bajalia is PhD Candidate in the Department of Anthropology at Columbia University and theatre director working between Morocco and New York. He is the cofounder of mobile arts lab Borderline Theatre Project, a theatre and media partnership promoting transnational collaboration in the performing arts across the Middle East and North Africa. With BTP, he directs the annual Youmein Creative Media Festival in Tangier, Morocco (2015–2018), as well as the Northwestern University in Qatar Creative Media Festival (2018/2019). Outside of theatre directing, he has directed for the screen With Rugs Unfurled: The Social Life of a Moroccan Rug (2017, BTP), as well as Multi Meets Poly: Multiculturalism and Polyculturalism go on a first date (2014, Silk Road Rising). His work has been supported by: CAORC-Mellon Mediterranean Research Fellowship, the American Institute of Maghrib Studies Long-Term Fellowship, Fulbright Foundation, the Fulbright-Hays DDRA fellowship, the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, and research fellowships from Columbia University. His research and artistic interests intersect in the borderland narratives of northern Morocco, and the social, linguistic, and political formations that emerge through time spent waiting at borders. More information about his creative work and research can be found online at www.georgebajalia.com


Northwestern University, BA in Communication Studies, and Mediterranean Culture and History, 2011
Columbia University, MA in SocioCultural Anthropology, 2016
Columbia University, MPhil in SocioCultural Anthropology, 2017

Bajalia, A. George. 2020. “Dima Africa, Daily Darija: Im/Migrant Sociality, Settlement, and State Policy in Tangier, Morocco.” The Journal of North African Studies. https://doi.org/10.1080/13629387.2020.1800212.

2018. Coauthored with Charlotte Malterre-Barthes. “Crossing into Ceuta.” Migrant Journal 4, Dark Matters (June): 8–23.

2014. "Language Arts in Morocco: Reflections on the New Mohammed VI Modern and Contemporary Art Museum and a Conversation with Translator Zakaria Alilech - Art + Design." Kalimat Magazine.