Anthropologist Victoria Phaneuf will present “Political Cartoons and Depictions of the Past: Current Conflicts over Representations of North African Minorities in France” at 6:45 p.m. on April 22, 2015, in the HUB Delaware Room. The discussion will focus on the tensions between globalization and nationalism through the lens of political cartoons.
world, nations are experiencing increased social conflict and unrest resulting
from the contradictions of globalization, migration, and nationalism.
Contemporary France offers a particularly clear example of this kind of
tension. A multicultural, multi-ethnic society, France promotes both universal
human rights and explicitly assimilationist policies designed to acculturate
minorities regardless of their wants or desires.
Such contradictions are
explicit in reference to postcolonial North African populations. They play out
both in rare, extreme acts like the Charlie Hebdo shooting and in ubiquitous,
daily negotiations and discussions of what it means to be French in a society
that includes others like, and yet unlike, yourself.
One arena where such
dialogues are sought is the North African cultural association, or social club.
In this presentation Phaneuf will explore how participants in these groups try
to open space for conversation, exchange, and intercultural understanding in a
nation on a quest for self-knowledge.
Extra credit vouchers will be
This is the final Anthropology in Action lecture of the year. The Anthropology in Action lecture series highlights the work of cultural anthropologists in today’s world.
Department of Anthropology