SEMINAR CITIES « How U.S.-Style Segregation Outlived Apartheid, and Other Tales from a Global History of Divided Cities ».

14 octobre 2013

Tuesday 22 October 2013

10 – 12 am

Sciences Po

Room Goguel (5ème étage)

56, rue des Saints-Pères

75007 Paris


This presentation answers the question in the title first by presenting some methodological observations involved in the study of historical connections and contingencies of multiple geographical scopes that drove the expansion of racial segregationist ideas and practices across the world from 1700 through the early-twentieth-century period of “segregation mania.” During that time, in South Africa and United States, white settlers put in place the two most elaborate and longest-lasting systems of urban racial division. The two systems were deeply connected, but contingencies involving black-white politics meant that the U.S. government took a more circumscribed role in dividing cities, forcing urban reformers and real-estate institutions to do more of the job. These institutions have, by our time, proven more elusive and harder to combat than the state-driven practices of South African apartheid.

Speaker Carl Nightingale (Professor of Urban and World History in the Department of Transnational Studies at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York)

Carl Nightingale’s book, Segregation: a Global History of Divided Cities (University of Chicago Press, 2012) is co-winner of the 2012 Jerry Bentley Award from the World History Association and the American Historical Association.

The book traces the spread of racial segregationist practices in cities from their most ancient roots through the rise of racial segregation as a global phenomenon in the years from 1700 to the present. It ties together primary research on cities in Asia, Europe, Africa, and the Americas with an extensive synthetic reading of the history of urban politics worldwide.

Carl Nightingale has published numerous articles on the intersections of urban history, world history, and critical race theory in the American Historical Review, the Journal of Social History, and the Journal of Urban History among other places. He is also the author of the weblog “Global Segregation: Human-Made Obstacles to Human Movement across Oceans, Borders, and Urban Space”.

Discussion  Agathe Voisin (Sciences Po, OSC)

Agathe Voisin is working on her dissertation entitled ‘’Ethnicité et cultures juvéniles dans les quartiers populaires. Une comparaison France – Angleterre’’, under the supervision of Marco Oberti. She has been awarded the Albert Memmi Prize 2013 for young scholars doing research on prejudice against minorities in France. Her latest publication is « Des jeunes “univores” ? Musique, ethnicité et (il)légitimité culturelle dans l’East-End londonien et en Seine-Saint-Denis », in Philippe Coulangeon, Julien Duval (dir.), Trente ans après La Distinction de Pierre Bourdieu, Paris, La Découverte, 2013, p. 113-126.

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