State Anti-Intel­lec­tu­al­ism & the Pol­i­tics of Gen­der and Race. Illib­er­al France and Beyond


Time: 18:15–19:45

Loca­tion: Uni­ver­sität Bre­men, SFG 0150

Guest Lec­ture with Éric Fassin (Paris 8 Vincennes-Saint-Denis)

In this guest lec­ture, Éric Fassin will present his new book State Anti-Intel­lec­tu­al­ism and the Pol­i­tics of Gen­der and Race (CEU Press 2024). Using France as his main case study and com­bin­ing it with reflec­tions on the sit­u­a­tion in coun­tries such as Brazil, Turkey, Rus­sia, Hun­gary and the Unit­ed States, his book presents a com­pelling and care­ful analy­sis of cur­rent anti-intel­lec­tu­al­ism. He argues that today’s anti-intel­lec­tu­al­ism can no longer be ana­lyzed in terms of local pol­i­tics nor along Cold War geopo­lit­i­cal divi­sions. Instead, we are faced with a glob­al phe­nom­e­non, which is not lim­it­ed to osten­si­bly illib­er­al regimes.

Bring­ing togeth­er pub­lic inter­ven­tions, arti­cles and blogs which exam­ine exam­ples of state racism, gen­der pol­i­tics, cen­sor­ship and can­cel cul­ture in the peri­od from Pres­i­dent Sarkozy until today, as well as direct attacks against aca­d­e­mics – both first­hand and against oth­ers, Fassin’s book makes an urgent plea for the impor­tance of intel­lec­tu­al work in a glob­al moment of polit­i­cal anti-intellectualism.


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