The French Minority Paradox: Blackness in France

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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Room 162, Schroeder Family School of Business Administration Building, University of Evansville Campus, 1800 Lincoln Ave, Evansville, IN

The Department of Foreign Languages and Cultures, The Office of Diversity and Equity, and The French Embassy invite the UE and Evansville community to hear renowned French historian, Pap Ndiaye's lecture "The Minority Paradox: Blackness in France" on November 8th in SOBA 162. His presentation discusses the notion of "French Blacks" and the tension within the classic French Republican understanding of citizenship. How and why is it intellectually and politically legitimate to use this notion? Dr. Ndiaye will discuss the reasons why French scholars have been reluctant to focus on racial minorities. He will also elaborate on the notion of "blackness," that is the subjectification of racial identities in France in the 20th century, and show why a new blackness has emerged in France in the past few years. Pap Ndiaye is a historian, specializing in the social history of the United States with a focus on its minorities. He holds a doctorate from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) where he was a lecturer before being selected in 2012 as Professor at the Institut d' Études Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po Paris), a highly selective French university. He is considered as one of the pioneers of “Black Studies” in France. He is the author of several books and articles including La Condition noire. Essai sur une minorité française (2008).

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