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In the Company of Men ONLINE EVENT Columbia University
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In the Company of Men ONLINE EVENT Columbia University

Pap Ndiaye. Black Lives Matter in France: A Historical Perspective

On Inequity and its Contemporary Forms: A Transatlantic Lecture Series

Amid the current pandemic and the climate of rising populism and political tensions, the issue of inequity—be it racial, social, economic, gendered, biopolitical, or intersectional—has become particularly acute. Contemporary Western capitalist societies’ failure both to acknowledge these inequities and to achieve greater equity not only constitutes a common, critical concern within transatlantic contemporary thought, but also represents the most urgent political and philosophical problem of our ages. 

The Center for French and Francophone Studies at Duke has asked several French-speaking intellectuals, from a wide range of humanistic disciplines, to share their own approaches to this concept of inequity and to analyze its crucial contemporary relevance. Lectures by Nadia Yala Kisukidi (Université Paris VIII), Jean-Luc Nancy (Université de Strasbourg), Didier Fassin (Princeton, Institute for Advanced Study), Souleymane Bachir Diagne (Columbia University), Felwine Sarr (Duke University), and Laure Murat (UCLA) TBA. 

All live zoom talks will be recorded and made available on the CFFS website.

Pap Ndiaye. Black Lives Matter in France: A Historical Perspective

Sept. 17 - noon EDT / 6 pm Paris time - Talk in English.
Join us at 
https://duke.zoom.us/j/94902469170
 

This talk will analyze current French movements against police brutality and racism (Black Lives Matter and other grassroots organizations) from a historical perspective (1920s-2000s). The French uprisings have most often been viewed as offshoots of the American unrest following the murder of George Floyd. Ndiaye's speech will highlight more local developments, taking into account their connection to the U.S. as well as their own contextual dynamics and historical trajectories.

Respondents Laurent Dubois, Isabel Bradley, and Samar Miled.

Pap Ndiaye is a Professor of History at Sciences Po (Paris, France). His areas of interest are the history and sociology of African Americans and people of African descent in France. Together with Patrick Lozès, Ndiaye co-founded the Action Committee for the Promotion of Diversity in France.

He has published the following books: La Démocratie en Amérique au XXe siècle (with Jean Heffer and François Weil), Belin, 2000; Nylon and Bombs: Du Pont and the March of Modern America, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007; La Condition noire : essai sur une minorité française, Calmann-Lévy, 2008; Les Noirs américains : en marche pour l'égalité, Gallimard, 2009; Histoire de Chicago (with Andrew Diamond), Fayard, 2013; Le Modèle noir : de Géricault à Matisse, Musée d'Orsay/Flammarion, 2019. His upcoming book on the history of voting rights in the U.S. will be published in November.  

This event is co-sponsored by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy as part of the Centers of Excellence's network.

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