Colonization and Post-colonial Immigration in the French Context :
History, Legacy and Contemporary Debates
This class will explore the political, historical and sociological aspects of (post) colonial immigration in France. We will examine specifically how immigrants have shaped the history and the construction of French society and in return were the subjects of permanent debates, exclusion and discriminatory practices. Special attention will be given to the discussion of the gap between myths, discourses and reality : while claiming for homogeneity and integration, French society remains at least partially characterized by ethnic diversity and racial or social exclusion, exemplified by the discriminations against non-European immigrations or by the sub-urban ghetto.
Post-colonial immigration is also the best entry to question the complex and often passionate relationships of France with its former colonies.
Adopting a pluridisciplinary approach, this course aimed to introduce the students to the complexity of French debates and controversies regarding post-colonial migrants, in order to enable them to participate freely to daily discussions with French people and make them have the full experience of Paris life.
The sources examined in class are manyfold : academic and scientific articles form historians, sociologists or political scientists, but also some primary sources : press (the students are asked to do a weekly press review on subject related to race and immigration), films, legal texts, historical documents or photographs. The idea is always to combine theoretical approach with empirical data and analyses.
Class visits and Field Trips
Several visits and excursion will be organized throughout the program in order to take full advantage of the students presence in Paris. This includes Museum and historical Monuments visits, Field trips in Paris and the colonial/immigration legacies, but also theater plays and, depending on the program, cinema theater or summer festivals.
All excursions are mandatory and are an integral parts of the course.