Spring 2024 Colloquium Series



Event Description

About the talk:

Incidents of state violence and activism against that violence illustrate the continuing significance of race and the persistence of white supremacy in France, the United States, and worldwide. Based on past and current ethnographic research and interviews with ethnic minorities in the Parisian metropolitan region, this talk argues that, despite France’s colorblind and Republican ethos, France’s “visible minorities” function under a “suspect citizenship” in which their full societal belonging is never granted. I focus on the growing problem of state violence against ethnic minorities which reveals how France is creating a “bright boundary” (Alba 2005) between whites and non-whites, furthering disparate outcomes based on race and ethnic origin. By considering the multifaceted dimensions of citizenship and belonging in France, I demonstrate the limitations of full societal inclusion for France’s non-white denizens and how French Republicanism continues to mark, rather than erase, racial and ethnic distinctions.

About the speaker:

Jean Beaman is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Santa
Barbara, with affiliations in Black Studies, Political Science, Feminist Studies, Global Studies,
and the Center for Black Studies Research. Her research is ethnographic in nature and focuses on
race/ethnicity, racism, international migration, and state violence in both France and the United
States. She is author of Citizen Outsider: Children of North African Immigrants in
(University of California Press, 2017). She was a 2022-2023 fellow at the Center for
Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, and was a Co-PI for the Mellon
Foundation Sawyer Seminar grant, “Race, Precarity, and Privilege: Migration in a Global
Context” for 2020-2022.