French History After Charlie Hebdo: Inclusion and Exclusion in the Wake of Empire | Newberry

French History After Charlie Hebdo: Inclusion and Exclusion in the Wake of Empire

Monday, February 26, 2018

9:30 am to 12:30 pm

The Newberry

Dr. Suzanne Kaufman, Loyola University
Newberry Teachers' Consortium

The attacks on Charlie Hebdo and the Hyper Cacher supermarket in January 2015 rocked France and shocked the rest of the world. While historians of modern France have long been interested in questions of immigration, race and national identity, these issues have taken center stage in light of recent events. This seminar will examine France’s troubled politics of immigration and integration in the aftermath of the Algerian War while also discussing the country’s longer history of inclusion and exclusion. Topics will include the French Revolution’s legacy of laïcité and republican universalism; the Dreyfus Affair and its legacies for Jewish citizens; and the post-World War II creation of disenfranchised immigrant communities of North African descent. We will read several essays and discuss a range of primary sources and films that focus on recent controversies, such as the Headscarf affairs, the 2005 riots and the rise of the National Front as an anti-immigration party. We will also reflect on the usefulness of this scholarship for teaching France’s contemporary history.

Cost and Registration Information 

Newberry Teachers’ Consortium members may register for this seminar through their designated membership contact as space permits. Non-member educators may register for this seminar by purchasing an individual membership at the time of registration. Registration for all NTC seminars opens Wednesday, September 6, 2017. For more information about NTC membership, please contact Charlotte Ross, Teacher Programs Manager, at

The seminar will be followed by a catered lunch. Registrants should RSVP for lunch to assist Teacher Programs staff in reducing waste.

A link to the assigned pre-readings for this seminar will be distributed to participants via email.

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