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Presented by MA Curatorial Practice

Between U.S. Race Theory and French Republican Ideals

Nadia Yala Kisukidi and Claire Tancons in Conversation
Sep 15, 2021; 12:00 - 1:00pm
Side-by-side portraits of Nadia Yala Kisukidi and Claire Tancons

Left: Nadia Yala Kisukidi; right: Claire Tancons

As she settles in France after nearly two decades working in the U.S., the Caribbean, and elsewhere, curator Claire Tancons wonders how France’s foundational Republican ideals and contemporary multicultural experience rub against each other through the lens of American race theory and identity politics—recently demonized by factions within France’s higher education system and at the upper levels of the Republic itself. Nadia Yala Kisukidi is a French philosopher and a curator of the 2021 Yango Biennale in Kinshasa who has examined the colonial implications of “blackness” in France and Europe. What can the U.S. and France learn from each other about the philosophical, cultural and institutional challenges of race and identity today?

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