Cote obscur: The Articulation of Race in Marseille Hip-Hop
February 01, 2013 - 4:00pm
Dr. Chong Bretillon from Baruch College, NY, argues for the significance of popular culture in assessing spaces where Frenchness is reassessed and refigured in contemporary French society. Beginning in the 1990s, the cultural rejuvenation of the Mediterranean city of Marseille was brought about by several youthful, ethnically diverse hip-hop groups that affirmed, through the medium of music, a distinct urban, regional identity. She will demonstrate through close readings of Marseille hip-hop music and visual culture that youth in Marseille construct and articulate racial identities that emphasize a plural, cosmopolitan notion of citizenship. CR123, UMF Olsen Student Center. FREE. Open to the public. Sponsored by UMF Division of Humanities.
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