How do Black people experience race and racism differently in the United States and in France? How do the distinct histories, cultures, and political systems of each country produce different versions of antiblackness? What (and who) gets sidelined or pushed out of the picture in French notions of universalism and republicanism? And how do Black people in France, in their everyday lives and relationships, expose the cracks in the logic of French universalism?
Trica Keaton delves into these questions in her book #You Know You’re Black in France When . . . : The Fact of Everyday Antiblackness. Her work draws from current events, French political and social history, critical scholarship about race and Blackness, and her own experiences, offering an insightful commentary on the contradictions that haunt conversations about race in France. #You Know You’re Black in France When . . . : The Fact of Everyday Antiblackness was shortlisted for The American Library in Paris’s 2023 Book Award.
Trica will be in conversation with Patrick Banks.
About the speakers:
Trica Keaton is a professor and an interdisciplinary social scientist in the department of African and African American Studies at Dartmouth College with affiliations in the departments of Sociology and Film and Media Studies. Her publications include #You Know You’re Black in France When…: The Fact of Everyday Antiblackness.
Patrick Banks is the founder of The Californien, a consultancy specializing in advising and collaborating with artists, creatives, and entrepreneurs in the areas of strategy, cultural production, and business development. Before relocating to Paris, Patrick had a successful career in the legal field and real estate development in the cities of New Orleans and San Francisco. Patrick’s diverse professional background and passion for the arts drive his commitment to empowering and elevating the global creative community through The Californien.