"How Do You Say Blackface in French?" : Translating and Anchoring the Black Experience in France

In this talk Mame-Fatou Niang seeks to define the contours of the Black presence in 'colorblind' France, by specifically addressing the language barrier currently keeping key notions outside of French public discourse. From the normalized use of American-English words and concepts, to the reticence to anchor Blackness in the French language, to the lack of recognition of the nation’s ties to slavery and colonialism, France has developed a culture that firmly cultivates the belief that anti-Black sentiments and racism only affect other societies.

Mame-Fatou Niang is Assistant Professor of French and Francophone Studies at Carnegie Mellon University and co-director of the documentary, Mariannes Noires: Mosaïques Afropèennes

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GzMgy7QMcGU

Tuesday, April 10 at 6:30pm

Griffin Hall, 3