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So Foot: Soccer and Multiculturalism in France
February 17 5:00 pm - 6:15 pm
Please join us for this roundtable event with Prof. Dominic Thomas (UCLA) in conversation with Prof. Cécile Alduy (French, Stanford) and Prof. Fatoumata Seck (French, Stanford).
From the “Black, Blanc, Beur” team that won the World Cup in 1998 — and the heart of an entire people — to the second “Champion” title of 2018 that Emmanuel Macron sought to make his, soccer has played a decisive, and controversial, role in how France represents itself as a “multicultural society.” In times of victory, unity and pride reign. But cracks appear in the façade of the “one and indivisible” nation at the slightest weakness on the field or when team members of foreign origins express anti-racist views in the public sphere. How does French soccer bring to the forefront post-colonial tensions in today’s contemporary French society?
Professor Dominic Thomas has written extensively on France’s post-colonial fractures, the question of “race” and multiculturalism across French history and is a keen observer of French politics today. He will be in conversation with Professors Cécile Alduy, a specialist of French political discourse and far right anti-immigration rhetoric, and Fatoumata Seck, a specialist of Francophone Studies, focusing on the literatures and cultures, of Sub-Saharan Africa and its diasporas.
Hosted by the Dept. of French and Italian, the Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages.