French Lecture: Pap-Ndiaye

Pap Ndiaye | The Minority Paradox: Blackness in France

Thursday, November 10
6:30 pm
Language Resource Center, Arts and Sciences Building 240


pndiayeThe French Consulate in Chicago, along with the University of Chicago, is hosting French historian Pap Ndiaye, and his talk and the discussion afterward will be available through video streaming.  Pap Ndiaye will address the notion of “French Blacks,” which obviously doesn’t fit neatly within the classic French Republican understanding of citizenship. How and why is it intellectually and politically legitimate to use this notion? He will discuss the reasons why French scholars have been reluctant to focus on racial minorities. He will also discuss the notion of “blackness,” that is the subjectification of racial identities in France in the 20th century, and show why a new blackness has emerged in France in the past few years.

Considered a pioneer of French “Black Studies”, Pap Ndiaye’s research also specializes in American social history, with a focus on minorities. His publications include: Nylon and Bombs, DuPont and the March of Modern America (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007); American Democracy in the Twentieth Century: Towards Work co-authored with J. Heffer and F. Weil (Belin, 2000); La Condition noire (Calmann-Lévy, 2008); Les Noirs américains : En marche pour l’égalité (Gallimard, 2009) and Histoire de Chicago co-authored with Andrew J. Diamond (Fayard, 2013). He is the founder of the Circle of Action for the Promotion of Diversity in France (CAPDIV) with Patrick Loze and is currently working on a global history of civil rights in the 20th Century.