Anthropology in Action Presents “Political Cartoons and Depictions of the Past: Current Conflicts over Representations of North African Minorities in France”

Posted on 4/8/2015 11:43:56 AM

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.

Around the 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 provided.

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