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

Jun52024

Time: 18:00

Loca­tion: Uni­ver­sität Bre­men, SFG 0150

Book pre­sen­ta­tion with Éric Fassin (Paris 8)

In this guest lec­ture, Éric Fassin will present his new book State Anti-Intel­lec­tu­al­ism and the Pol­i­tics of Gen­der and Race (CEU Press) in which he exam­ines the trend of state anti-intel­lec­tu­al­ism in France using the nation as a case study to demon­strate that this ten­den­cy is not lim­it­ed to osten­si­bly illib­er­al regimes. He argues that today’s world requires an exam­i­na­tion of this phe­nom­e­non beyond Cold War geopo­lit­i­cal divi­sions and high­lights a glob­al shift towards author­i­tar­i­an neolib­er­al­ism. His book is a plea for the polit­i­cal urgency of intel­lec­tu­al work in a glob­al moment of polit­i­cal anti-intellectualism.

The book cov­ers the peri­od from Pres­i­dent Sarkozy to Prime Min­is­ter Valls and includes both first­hand and pub­lic cas­es of attacks against aca­d­e­mics, not only in France, but also in Brazil, Hun­gary, Rus­sia, Turkey, and the Unit­ed States, with exam­ples of state racism and the argu­ment of the state against anti-racism. The book also con­sid­ers issues of cen­sor­ship and can­cel cul­ture, con­clud­ing with Fassin’s first­hand account of attacks on him from the far-right.

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