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14th Illinois EU Studies Conference ("Paradigms of Racialization: Alternative Sources") - Day 2

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Albertine Foundation (formerly FACE Foundation); European Union Center at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign; TransCrit at University Paris 8; Digital Islamic Studies Curriculum (DISC) at University of Michigan; Center for African Studies at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
300 Levis Faculty Center, 919 W Illinois St, Urbana, IL 61801
Apr 19, 2024   9:30 am - 5:30 pm  
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European Union Center Events

Please join the European Union Center for its 14th Illinois EU Studies Conference on April 18-19, 2024. The conference theme is "Paradigms of Racialization: Alternative Sources." This conference is part of a multi-year project that aims to deprovincialize the perspective provided by Critical Race Theory and test its assumptions within the multiracial and multicultural context of the pre-modern and postmodern Mediterranean, before and after the emergence of racial regimes.

Funded by a Transatlantic Research Partnership grant from the Albertine Foundation (formerly FACE Foundation), "Paradigms of Racialization: Alternative Sources" is co-organized by the European Union Center in collaboration with Claire Bourhis Mariotti (Associate Professor of African American History, University of Paris 8-Paris Lumières) and Mauro Nobili (Associate Professor of History, UIUC). For more information on the project, please see here. The full conference program can be found here.

Day 2 Schedule

9:30-11:00 Panel Three: Race and racism in TV series, Hollywood Movies and Films (Chair: Markian Dobczansky, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign)


  • Flavia Ciontu, Université Paris 8: “The Making and Unmaking of Whiteness: Perspectives from Eastern Europe.”
  • Sébastien Lefait, Aix-Marseille Université: “Introducing New Sources to Understand Hollywood’s Biased Treatment of Racism in the US.”
  • Damani Partridge, University of Michigan: “The Future as Archive: Noncitizen Films from Detroit, Philadelphia, and Berlin.”

11:00-11:30 Coffee break

11:30-13:00 Panel Four – (Moving) images (Chair: Suzie Telep, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign)


  • Juliette Bourdin, University Paris 8: “Dehumanizing the Chinese to justify their exclusion: the example of George Frederick Keller’s cartoons in the San Francisco Wasp (1876-1883)”
  • Amanda Smith, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign: “Race-ing Through Time: An Analysis of Black Women’s Bodies in French History and Now”
  • Vincenzo Bavaro, Università di Napoli: “Navigating Shadows: Black Actors in Blackface – A Study of Identity and Representation in Early Hollywood”

13:00-14:30 Lunch Break

14:30-16:00 Panel Five – The Public and Private in Writing History (Chair: Jane Desmond, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign)


  • Augustin Habran, Université d’Orléans: “‘He came a long way to see his white brothers the Cherokees and the Creeks’: Indian Territory and the making of Cherokee racial legitimacy in the journal of Elijah Hicks.”
  • Lawrence Aje, Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier: “Re-membering: filling the archival voids of the history of slavery with prosopography.”
  • Claire Bourhis-Mariotti, University Paris 8: “‘The fact is, the Saxon and negro are the only positive races on this continent, and the two are destined to absorb into themselves all the others.’ Black Nationalist-Emigrationists’ Paradigm of Race: the Black Manifest Destiny?”

16:00-17:30 Workshop: selection of primary sources to be included in the final deliverable

Chairs: Claire Bourhis-Mariotti and Mauro Nobili

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