27 May 2020

Supremacism and the Radical Right in Canada

Seminar Racism and anti-Semitism | Wednesday, May 6

Session of the seminar Racism and Anti-Semitism: global, national and local perspectives with Brieg Capitaine.

Based on a thematic content analysis of the websites and facebook accounts of seven white supremacist groups and the radical right in Canada, this research identifies the objects of hatred and attachment of these actors and looks at how whose latter mobilize the symbolic codes of the civil sphere to defile certain institutions (media, justice, parliament) or certain groups (elites, religious or gender minorities) and thus strengthen the contours of what a “good” society would be. These movements and actors are often dismissed outside the civil sphere and reduced to a pathology of the social system. However, these movements do not rotate in an independent orbit. They produce symbols and use communication institutions to disseminate their representations of good and evil through videos, images or speeches. By simply qualifying these movements as deviant or dysfunction of the social system, we prevent ourselves from understanding the role of evil in the production of society and in the maintenance of morals.

Brieg Capitaine holds a PhD in sociology from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (Paris). Following a SSHRC postdoctoral fellowship at McGill University, he is now Professor of Sociology at the School of Sociological and Anthropological Studies of the University of Ottawa. He is also co-director of Participation and Citizenship research axis at the Centre of Interdisciplinary Research on Citizenship and minorities (CIRCEM) at the University of Ottawa. He has published many journal articles and book chapters on Indigenous movements, violence, racism and the politics of recognition. He is the co-editor with Geoffrey Pleyers of the book Mouvements sociaux au XXIe siècle. Quand le sujet devient acteur (Éditions des Maisons des sciences de l’Homme, Paris, 2016). He is also co-editor with Karine Vanthuyne of the book Re-Storying Indian Residential Schools in Canada (University of British Columbia Press).



Wednesday, May 27th
6:30pm - 8:30pm

FMSH | 54, bd Raspail, Paris 6
Room A3-35


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Racism and Anti-Semitism: global, national and local perspectives (2020)

The seminar of the International Platform on Racism and Antisemitism intends to approach racism and anti-Semitism as a global, national and local phenomena, resulting from numerous metamorphoses and historical evolutions. The old forms of racism have not disappeared, but they are now in institutional and systemic mode, and in so-called "cultural" or "differentialist" form. Hatred and rejection of the other are now to be found on social networks (conspiracy theories, often anti-Semitic) and in algorithms. At a time of increase in identity-based movements and competition amongst victims, racist and anti-Semitic prejudice is even developing in some minorities or in groups defending minorities.

This seminar will deal with racism and anti-Semitism in a way that allows for comparison, welcoming approaches from various disciplines of the humanities (sociology, history, biology, political science, anthropology, etc.). It will consider concrete experiences, field research, without neglecting theoretical and epistemological questions.

Directors: Philippe Portier et Michel Wieviorka
Scientific coordination: Régis Meyran

Seminar sessions will be held in room A3-35, at the 54 bd Raspail, Paris 6.



Wednesday, January 8
Race, racism and anti-Semitism: contemporary issues
Michel Wieviorka (FMSH), Philippe Portier (EPHE) et Michel Veuille (EPHE)

Wednesday, January 22
Racism at school
François Dubet (Université de Bordeaux), Béatrice Madiot (Université de Picardie Jules Verne) and Céline Masson (Université de Picardie Jules Verne) 

Wednesday, February 5
Islamophobia and the  Struggle for Recognition
Tariq Modood (Bristol University)

Wednesday, March 4
History of the concept of race in France
Olivier Dutour (EPHE) and Régis Meyran (Université Paris-Descartes)

Wednesday, March 18
Hatred online
Dominique Cardon (Sciences-Po, pending), Gérald Bronner (Université Paris-Diderot, pending), Jérôme Ferret (Université Toulouse 1), Ghislaine Azémard (FMSH and Université Paris 8)

Wednesday, April 1st
Racism in law
Emmanuel Debono (ENS Lyon), Smaïn Laacher (Université de Strasbourg) and Odile Quintin (Ancien directeur général de l'Éducation et de la Culture de la commission européenne)

Wednesday, April 29
Relations between Jews and Muslims, a historical perspective
Benjamin Stora (Paris XIII)

Wednesday, May 6
Sinopias and Pentimenti: Conceptual Approaches and Changing Paths. Antisemitism in Latin America. A transnational perspective​
Judit Bokser (Universidad nacional autónoma de México)

Wednesday, May 13
Is There Room for a Cross-Atlantic Dialogue on Theories of Race and Racism?
John Solomos (Warwick University)

Wednesday, May 19
Tracing the History of a Toxic Present: Resurgent Antisemitism and White Nationalism in the U.S.
Alexandra Minna Stern (University of Michigan)

Wednesday, June 10
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