“French Politics: A Neighbour’s ‘History of the Present’”

Once a month, on Thursdays, 5.30-7pm
Venue: University of Westminster, Fyvie Hall, 309 Regent Street, W1B 2HW, London
Free but booking essential here
As part of The Borders of Identity cycle of events


French Politics: A Neighbour’s ‘History of the Present’” is a monthly seminar series organised by the University of Westminster (Centre for the Study of Democracy & Institute for Modern and Contemporary Culture), introducing the “crème de la crème” of French research in Social Sciences and Humanities.

This series is designed with the Foucauldian notion of “history of the present” in mind and will tackle some of the most pressing challenges of French politics and political theory today.

Introduction by Eric Fassin: "Intersectional France: Sexual democracy, racial democracy, and liberal democracy"

- 26 September, 5.30pm, Fyvie Hall
The political culture of France is incompatible with minority politics, whether it be in terms of gender, sexuality, or race. Or so we are told by those who claim to embody the Republican tradition – as well as, symmetrically (and paradoxically), critics of French universalism.

This presentation will argue that the recent polemics against the (so-called) “theory-of-gender,” the whole racial lexicon (race, racisé.e, racisme d’État, etc.), and the infamous “intersectionality”, are not to be understood in cultural terms (“Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose”), but rather in historical and political terms: with new minority political actors (and actresses), even in France, “the times, they are a-changin’.”

The series is divided into three cycles:

An authoritarian spiral in France?

- 10 October, Room UG05
Sophie Wahnich - "Democracy Taken in Vice: Understanding the ’Yellow Vests’ Event"

- 14 November, Room UG05
Ninon Grangé

- 4 December, Fyvie Hall
Fabien Jobard - "Liberal, Authoritarian, or Police State? Defining the French State According to its Police"

French universalism vs. Alien identities?

- 30 January 2020, Fyvie Hall
Silyane Larcher

- 13 February 2020, Fyvie Hall
Sébastien Chauvin

- March 2020
Norman Ajari

Can France think of itself as postcolonial?

- April 2020
Elsa Dorlin

- June 2020
Nacira Guénif-Souilamas

Contact for more information: Emmanuel Jouai

This seminar series is supported by The Borders of Identity cycle of events and the Political Studies Association.


Published on 31/12/2019

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