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Race and Hospitality - Nadia Yala Kisukidi

How can we talk about “race” in France today? And should we do so? Is the use of this concept relevant to understanding the experience of anti-Black racism in a country that openly claims its own attachment to universalism? The aim of this lecture is not to extend an on-going critique of universalism through a certain minority experience, but to explain the complexities in using the idea of race to sustain a certain sense of community. The inherent difficulties and contradictions in the notion of race will be described and analyzed through texts and political practices that deal with the Black French experience.

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