Eric Fassin, Sociologist. Professor of sociology and gender studies at paris-8 University (Vincennes-Saint-Denis) will be giving a lecture at Stanford University on December 9, 2015.

In Europe today, political xenophobia is not limited to countries run by openly xenophobic parties; it is EU policy. This xenophobia, directed against non-Europeans, feeds racism against Europeans – in particular Blacks, Muslims, Roma people… This is why antiracism must fight, not only explicit racism, not just systemic racial discriminations, but also State xenophobia and policies that racialize European nations.

But the rise of racism and xenophobia in the EU has to be understood in a broader context: “Fortress Europe” is also neoliberal Europe. We have to understand how one logic is connected to the other, without assuming an economic determination that leaves out the role of politics. Comparing and contrasting different countries is needed. In particular, how are we to understand the two sides of today’s Germany – ruthless against the Greek people, compassionate towards refugees?

Éric Fassin is a sociologist and Professeur des Universités in the Départment de science politique at Université Paris-8 Vincennes-Saint Denis, where he is also co-director of the Centre d’études féminines et d’études du genre. He is also a researcher at the Institut de recherche interdisciplinaire sur les enjeux sociaux (IRIS, CNRS/EHESS). His research focuses on gender, sexual, and racial politics in France and the United States and their intersection with nationalisms and current immigration policies, often from a comparative perspective. He has published numerous works, including monographs like L’inversion de la question homosexuelle (2005) and Le sexe politique: Genre et sexualité au miroir transatlantique (2009), the coedited volume De la question sociale à la question raciale? (2009), the essay collection Démocratie précaire. Chroniques de la déraison d'État (2012), and the coauthored study Roms & riverains. Une politique municipale de la race (2014).

Stanford Humanities Center Board Room Stanford University, Stanford, CA.

"Racism and Xenophobia in Neoliberal France and Europe", by Eric Fassin

When
December 9, 2015 | 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Where
Stanford Humanities Center
Board Room
Stanford University, Stanford, CA.

Eric Fassin, Sociologist. Professor of sociology and gender studies at paris-8 University (Vincennes-Saint-Denis) will be giving a lecture at Stanford University on December 9, 2015.

In Europe today, political xenophobia is not limited to countries run by openly xenophobic parties; it is EU policy. This xenophobia, directed against non-Europeans, feeds racism against Europeans – in particular Blacks, Muslims, Roma people… This is why antiracism must fight, not only explicit racism, not just systemic racial discriminations, but also State xenophobia and policies that racialize European nations.

But the rise of racism and xenophobia in the EU has to be understood in a broader context: “Fortress Europe” is also neoliberal Europe. We have to understand how one logic is connected to the other, without assuming an economic determination that leaves out the role of politics. Comparing and contrasting different countries is needed. In particular, how are we to understand the two sides of today’s Germany – ruthless against the Greek people, compassionate towards refugees?

Éric Fassin is a sociologist and Professeur des Universités in the Départment de science politique at Université Paris-8 Vincennes-Saint Denis, where he is also co-director of the Centre d’études féminines et d’études du genre. He is also a researcher at the Institut de recherche interdisciplinaire sur les enjeux sociaux (IRIS, CNRS/EHESS). His research focuses on gender, sexual, and racial politics in France and the United States and their intersection with nationalisms and current immigration policies, often from a comparative perspective. He has published numerous works, including monographs like L’inversion de la question homosexuelle (2005) and Le sexe politique: Genre et sexualité au miroir transatlantique (2009), the coedited volume De la question sociale à la question raciale? (2009), the essay collection Démocratie précaire. Chroniques de la déraison d'État (2012), and the coauthored study Roms & riverains. Une politique municipale de la race (2014).

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