The Wretched of France

The 1983 March for Equality and Against Racism

The Wretched of France

Book talk with Abdellali Hajjat, Associate Professor of Sociology at the Université libre de Bruxelles

Wednesday, October 26, 2022
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (Pacific Time)

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In The Wretched of France, Abdellali Hajjat explores the complex interface between historical patterns of racial and social exclusion and marginalization in France and traces the challenging path to political visibility through activism, mobilization, and protest.

The UCLA Center for European and Russian Studies (CERS) in co-sponsorship with the UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies (CNES), the UCLA Center for the Study of International Migration (CSIM), the UCLA Department of European Languages & Transcultural Studies (ELTS), and the European Union Center of California at Scripps College invite you to a book talk with Abdellali Hajjat, the author of The Wretched of France: The 1983 March for Equality and Against Racism. The event will take place on Wednesday, October 26, 2022 at 12:00pm (PT).

Abdellali Hajjat, Associate Professor of Sociology at the Université libre de Bruxelles, will deliver his talk in person in Bunche Hall at UCLA, Room 10383 (10th floor). Participants are welcome to join the presentation live or follow via a Zoom webinar. 

REGISTRATION

  • To attend this book talk in person in Bunche Hall, Room 10383, register here by October 11, 2022. Space is limited. Registration for in person attendance will close as soon as the event reaches capacity.
  • To join via a Zoom webinar, register here any time before the event starts.

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ABSTRACT

In 1983—as France struggled with race-based crimes, police brutality, and public unrest—youths from Vénissieux (working-class suburbs of Lyon) led the March for Equality and Against Racism, the first national demonstration of its type in France.

As Abdellali Hajjat reveals, the historic March for Equality and Against Racism symbolized for many the experience of the children of postcolonial immigrants. Inspired by the May '68 protests, these young immigrants stood against racist crimes, for equality before the law and the police, and for basic rights such as the right to work and housing. Hajjat also considers the divisions that arose from the march and offers fresh insight into the paradoxes and intricacies of movements pushing toward sweeping social change.

Translated into English for the first time, The Wretched of France contemplates the protest's lasting significance in France as well as its impact within the context of larger and comparable movements for civil rights, particularly in the US.

"In The Wretched of France, Abdellali Hajjat explores the complex interface between historical patterns of racial and social exclusion and marginalization in France and traces the challenging path to political visibility through activism, mobilization, and protest. The book is of utmost relevance to contemporary global conversations about anti-racism, diversity, inclusivity, and multiculturalism and provides invaluable insights into how ethnic mobilization continues to shape calls for individual freedom, equality, and social justice today."
 - Dominic Thomas, Professor of French and Francophone Studies, UCLA

AUTHOR

Abdellali Hajjat is Associate Professor of Sociology at the Université libre de Bruxelles since 2019. He was Associate Professor of Political Science at the University Paris Nanterre (2010-2019) and EURIAS Junior Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (University of Edinburgh). He recently published Islamophobia in France. How the elites forged the “Muslim problem” (University of Georgia Press, 2022, with Marwan Mohammed), The Wretched of France: The 1983 March for Equality and Against Racism (Indiana University Press, 2022) and Les frontières de l’“identité nationale”: l’injonction à l’assimilation en France métropolitaine et coloniale (La Découverte, 2012). His research interests focus on various issues: citizenship and race in French law; urban uprisings and political mobilizations by postcolonial immigrants in France in working-class neighborhoods, particularly in May 68 and afterwards; Islamophobia as a “total social fact”, construction of the “Muslim problem” and redefinition of French secularism; hate crime and criminal justice system; postcolonial controversies in Belgium.

VENUE

Bunche Hall at UCLA, Room 10383 Los Angeles, CA 90095

Sponsor(s): Center for Near Eastern Studies, Center for European and Russian Studies, Center for Study of International Migration, Department of European Languages & Transcultural Studies, European Union Center of California at Scripps College