Identity Politics in France
Professor William Safran (University of Colorado at Boulder)
Thursday, 16 February 2012, 4.30pm to 6.30pm
Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology, 64 Banbury Road, Oxford
Hosted by Oxford Diasporas Programme
About this event
This lecture by Professor William Safran will consider how the French state, with its republican and secular traditions, interacts with its diasporic, ethnic and religious minorities. It will discuss the challenges to the French collective self-image and national cohesion posed by the growth of migrant communities, an increasingly diverse society and multiculturalism.
About the speaker
William Safran (Ph.D. Columbia University) is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Colorado-Boulder. His research has focused on French and comparative politics and the politics of ethnonationalism, multiculturalism, language, religion, identity, and diaspora. He has contributed chapters to more than 40 edited books and articles to numerous journals. He has taught at City University of New York and has been a visiting professor at the Hebrew University and the universities of Nice, Grenoble, Bordeaux, and Santiago de Compostela. He is the founding editor of Nationalism and Ethnic Politics and editor of the Routledge Studies in Nationalism and Ethnicity.