Professor Martin Evans: Paris, London, Global Cultures: A Tale of Two Post-Colonial Cities since 1962

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Chaired by Professor Carol Tulloch.

This talk will be divided into two parts. The first part will consider the French National Immigration Museum in Paris which was opened in 2007. The Museum is housed in the art deco pavilion from the 1931 Colonial Exhibition and the talk will explore the tensions that arise from this fact, in particular that of presenting the history of migration to France within a building that cannot be separated from France’s colonial past. It will also examine how and why the Museum has solicited hostility not just form the right but also a left that see the Museum as too dangerously Anglo-Saxon in the way it talks about migrant communities. The second part will outline an Exhibition (Paris-London – Two Global Cities) that Prof Evans is curating for the Museum in October 2018 that will consider how Paris and London have been transformed by global migration since the end of empire. In considering music, literature, poetry, theatre, painting photography and film the Exhibition he will explore how the Exhibition is opening up new comparative research conversations between the two cities.

Martin Evans is Professor of Modern History at Sussex University whose work explores issues of memory, colonialism and post-colonialism. He is the co-author (with John Phillips) of Algeria: Anger of the Dispossessed (Yale University Press, 2007) and the author of Algeria: France’s Undeclared War (Oxford University Press, 2012).

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