Contact: Wendel Sloan at 575.562.2253
PORTALES–The Department of Anthropology and Applied Archaeology at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales is hosting a guest lecture on "National and Minority Cultures in 21st Century France: North African and Pied-Noir Cultural Associations" by Victoria M. Phaneuf at 5 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 21, in Room 110 of the Art and Anthropology Building.
The lecture is free and open to the public.
Many nations are currently experiencing increased instances of social conflict and unrest arising from internal tensions among multicultural populations. France offers a particularly clear example of these processes. Despite structural and social impediments, minorities are encouraged to integrate into the national mainstream and to avoid communitarian and community-building practices. Two groups at the heart of recent debates are the Pied-Noir and North African populations.
This lecture examines how minorities use cultural associations, or social clubs, to assert their right to membership in the French nation while retaining their cultural difference. Specifically, they use performances of minority culture, history, and national membership to draw audiences and open discussions on their role in France. In the process, individuals redefine themselves both as members of a minority community and as active citizens in the French nation.
Phaneuf received her Ph.D. in socio-cultural anthropology from the School of Anthropology at the University of Arizona. She is currently a postdoctoral researcher with the Bureau of Applied Anthropology on a project investigating the impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on communities in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.
For more information, contact the ENMU Department of Anthropology and Applied Archaeology at 575.562.2206 or email ENMU.Anthropology@enmu.edu.