Seminar Series: "French Politics: A Neighbour's 'History of the Present'"

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"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 the 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.


Introduced by Eric Fassin (26 September 2019, Fyvie Hall), whose paper is titled " Intersectional France: Sexual democracy, racial democracy, and liberal democracy", this seminar series will develop into three cycles:


1. An Authoritarian Spiral in France?

- Sophie Wahnich (10 October 2019, Room UG05) "Democracy Taken in Vice: Understanding the 'Yellow Vests' Event"

- Ninon Grangé (14 November 2019, Room UG05), on the state of exception (title to come).

- Fabien Jobard (Wed. 4 December 2019, 6pm, Fyvie Hall) "Liberal, Authoritarian, or Police State? Defining the French State According to its Police"


2. French Universalism vs. Alien Identities?

- Silyane Larcher (30 January 2020, Fyvie Hall), on Afrofeminism and the French universalism (title to come)

- Sébastien Chauvin (13 February 2020, Fyvie Hall), on LGBTQI struggles and the French universalism (title to come)

- Norman Ajari (March 2020), on the racialised man produced as a threat in France (date and title to come)


3. Can France Think of Itself as Postcolonial?

- Elsa Dorlin (April 2020), on the violence entailed by the denial of a postcolonial France (date and title to come)

- Nacira Guénif-Souilamas (11 June 2020), on subjectivities who already live as postcolonial (title to come)


With support from the French Embassy in the UK - Higher Education Research and Innovation Department (in association with "The Borders of Identity" seminar series supported by the Fonds d’Alembert 2019) and the Political Studies Association.


Contact: Emmanuel Jouai (e.jouai[a]my.westminster.ac.uk)

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