Afro-American and African Diaspora Studies | BLACK PARIS
A504 | 28122 | Julien, E

Black Paris: Africans, African Americans, and Afro-Caribbeans in the
City of Light

In this course, we will explore “Black Paris”—the artistic,
scholarly, and lived experiences of Africans, African Americans, and
Afro-Caribbeans in the City of Light.   From the arrival of Sally
Hemmings (with Thomas Jefferson) to Paris in the 1780s through both
World Wars until the present, African Americans have forged vibrant
anglophone and francophone communities, which continue to leave
their imprint on the intellectual and artistic cultures of Paris, if
not France itself.   No less significant is the ubiquity of Africans
and Afro-Caribbeans, owed to colonization, intellectual and artistic
pursuits, and immigration, that is, groups in the African Diaspora
who often live transnationally on all sides of the Atlantic.
Conceptualizing “Black Paris” as a lived reality allows us to
consider the reasons for expatriation, immigration, and exile
through the work of selected readings pertaining to the “Black”
experience in Paris.  From the autobiographical and literary
accounts to the Hip Hop and SLAM phenomena popularized by French
youths of African descent, “Black Paris” is a relevant, timely, and
critical subject in African American and African Diaspora Studies.