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Transcultural Approaches to Europe Lecture Series: Jean Beaman, "Citizen Outsider: Race and Racism in France and Beyond"
Transcultural Approaches to Europe Lecture Series: Jean Beaman, "Citizen Outsider: Race and Racism in France and Beyond"
WhenThursday, Oct. 31, 2019, 3:30 – 5 p.m.
Description

Based on past and current ethnographic research in the Parisian metropolitan region, Jean Beaman will discuss how racial and ethnic minorities understand and respond to their racialization in a context in which race and ethnicity are not legitimate or acknowledged. Beaman will describe how racial and ethnic minorities are “citizen outsiders,” as evident of France’s “racial project” (Omi and Winant 1994), which marks distinctions outside of explicit categorization. Beaman’s talk will explore not only how race marks individuals outside of formal categories, but also how people respond to these distinctions in terms of a racism-related issue - here, police violence and brutality against racial and ethnic minorities. Beman will also discuss how activists can frame this growing social problem given the constraints of French Republican ideology.

Jean Beaman is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She was previously on the faculty at Purdue University and has held visiting fellowships at Duke University and the European University Institute (Florence, Italy). Her research is ethnographic in nature and focuses on race/ethnicity, racism, international migration, and state-sponsored violence in both France and the United States. She is author of Citizen Outsider: Children of North African Immigrants in France (University of California Press, 2017), as well as numerous articles and chapters. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Northwestern University. She is also an Editor of H-Net Black Europe, an Associate Editor of the journal, Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power, and Corresponding Editor for the journal Metropolitics/Metropolitiques.

For more information about this event, please contact Professor Maya Smith (French) at Maya mayaas@uw.edu

The Transcultural Approaches to Europe speaker series, spearheaded by the departments of Germanics, French and Italian Studies, and Scandinavian Studies, interrogates issues of race, identity, colonialism, and migration within a broad European context. In order to advance ongoing campus-wide conversations on world language and literature study, speakers will present research that focuses on migrant and minoritized cultures, as an extension of these departments’ current initiatives in promoting diversity and equity and in recognition of the transcultural and transnational scale of these scholarly issues.

Campus locationStudent Union Building (HUB)
Campus room334
Event typesLectures/Seminars
Event sponsorsThis event is co-sponsored by the Center for Global Studies, the Department of French and Italian Studies, African Studies, CHID, Anthropology, History, and Sociology. 
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