Public Lecture: Prof William Safran, "Identity politics in France: the current debate and the place of diaspora"

Past Event

16 February 2012, 5:30pm - 7:00pm


This lecture is hosted by the International Migration Institute

Summary: This lecture 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.

Speaker: Professor William Safran, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, University of Colorado-Boulder

Biography: William Safran's (Ph.D. Columbia University) 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.

This lecture is being held at Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology, 64 Banbury Road, Oxford.

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