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Black Paris

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  • City: Paris
  • Term: Spring
  • Instruction in: English
  • Students interested in: Humanities

Black Paris is a unique program that highlights the African Diaspora in the City of Light through a 3-week, 3-credit course. Students will walk in the footsteps of African, African-American, and Caribbean poets, intellectuals and musicians, and understand their influence on Parisian and French culture. Among other topics, the course will also address the pan-African experience of the Negritude movement from the 1930s; the post-WWII North-African immigrant population; sports and race (the 1998 Black-Blanc-Beur French national soccer team); and the contemporary so-called ‘Black Atlantic’ culture of Paris. Students will be invited to think of the relation between racial stigmas and space through the themes of periphery versus center, neighborhoods, social housing, and exclusion. The program is taught and led by Bénédicte Boisseron, U-M Associate Professor of Afroamerican & African Studies.