Jean-Philippe DEDIEU (CIRHUS, NYU) & Aïssatou MBODJ-POUYE (IMAF, CNRS)
January 27, 2017
(Conference Room, Second Floor)
4 Washington Square North
New York, NY 10003
12:30 – 2:00 pm
Active from 1972 to 1977, the radical leftist political group 'Révolution Afrique' was founded in the aftermath of global 1968 social movements. From its base in Paris, it endeavored to frame a revolutionary activism to contest ‘neocolonial’ ideologies and policies in both France and Africa. Against a backdrop of increasingly restrictive immigration policies in France, and with African single-party and authoritarian regimes as its main targets, its African and French militants mobilized, until its interdiction by the French government, for political causes in Africa and in France. By tracing the rise and fall of this organization through extensive archival research and interviews conducted on both sides of the Mediterranean, we intend to challenge established chronologies and junctures, emphasize the late decolonization of immigration and explore the nature and scope of transnational political processes spanning former metropolis and colonies.