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Race in France: Lecture Series

This lecture series explores questions of race in contemporary France and throughout the country’s history. Speakers include Debarati Sanyal  (Berkeley), Annette K. Joseph-Gabriel (University of Michigan), Jennifer Yee (University of Oxford), and Rokhaya Diallo (journalist, writer, filmmaker). Open to members of the Princeton University community. More info.

Talking about Race in Nineteenth-Century France: Ethics and the Impact of Distance

Nov 2, 2020, 4:30 pm - online event
Jennifer Yee, University of Oxford

Jennifer Yee is Professor of Literature in French at the University of Oxford. She completed her undergraduate studies in Sydney and her postgraduate studies in Paris. Her main research and teaching fields are in literature in French from 1721 to the present, with particular interests in colonialism and postcolonial issues, orientalism, exoticism, métissage, material objects, and the relationship between writing and the visual. Her latest book, The Colonial Comedy: Imperialism in the French Realist Novel, was published with Oxford University Press in 2016. She is also the author of Clichés de la femme exotique: un regard sur la littérature coloniale française entre 1871 et 1914 (Paris: L’Harmattan, 2000), Exotic Subversions in Nineteenth-Century French Fiction (Legenda, 2008) and co-editor of France and ‘Indochina’: Cultural Representations (Lanham, MD: Lexington, 2005). She is currently working on an edited volume on French Decadence in Global Context: Colonialism and Exoticism, as well as a monograph on the figure of the Oriental Despot. She has published articles and chapters on subjects that include colonial literature, colonial postcards, Indochina, Flaubert, Baudelaire, Balzac, Zola and Cixous.

Open to members of the Princeton University community.
If you would like to participate, please contact Kelly Eggers for the Zoom ID.

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Can We Be Black in a Country Where Race Does Not Exist?

Nov 11, 2020, 4:30 pm - online event
Rokhaya Diallo, Journalist–Writer–Filmmaker

Rokhaya Diallo is a French journalist, writer, and award-winning filmmaker widely recognized for her work which dismantles the barricades of racism and sexism through the promotion of equality and pluralism. TV host and a pundit on several French and international networks, Rokhaya is also a contributor to several newspapers and magazines. She has also directed several documentaries including the award-winning Steps To Liberty. She co-founded the INDIVISIBLES, which awards through The ” Y’A BON AWARDS” ceremony the “best” racist statements made by French public figures each year. She is the author of several books, including a graphic novel. She has curated an exhibition in Paris inspired by the book “Afro!” she co-authored with the photographer Brigitte Sombié. She has been the recipient of several awards including the Women in Digital Feminine Communication Award from #LabcomWomen in the Generosity category created by the channel TF1 and the distinction paying homage to her work in the Journalist of the Year category 2016. In 2017 she was the only French person invited to attend the inauguration of the Obama Foundation.

Open to members of the Princeton University community.
If you would like to participate, please contact Kelly Eggers for the Zoom ID.

More info.

If you require accommodations to participate in these events, please email Kelly Eggers at least 2 weeks in advance of the event date.