2012 Paris Program

June 1


During the first few days, we’ll be looking into the historical processes shaping our world visions and influencing our understanding of what is “normal” and what is “not,” and look at why it is essential to identify the preexisting dynamics of a context prior to attempting to address it.

  • Fellows introduce themselves and meet the program participants
  • Introduction to the Paris Program
  • Exhibition “L’Invention du Sauvage” at Musée du Quai Branly 
  • "Western Views on 'Otherness' and Contemporary Biases," Doudou Diène, former United Nations rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism

June 2

  • “'Otherness' in France," brunch discussion with anthropologist Maboula Soumahoro at the Institut des Cultures d’Islam

June 3

  • Screening of “The Slave Route,” a UNESCO production

June 4

Diversity in the History of the Indivisible Republic

French constitutional texts guarantee equal treatment to all citizens with no distinction on the basis of race, origin or religion. They also outlaw policies targeting cultural, racial or religious minorities, positively or negatively. What are the political philosophy and ideals underlying this approach? How does it affect French historiography? 

  • Visit of the French National Embassy
  • "France and the United States, Heirs to Their Revolutions," Anne-Lorraine Bujon
  • "Overview of the French Political System," Marie-Cécile Nave
  • "The Controversies Around Affirmative Action in France," Daniel Sabbagh
  • "Race Statistics: A Multi-Layered Debate," Clarisse Fordant

June 5 

  • "The History of Religions in France," Jean-Luc Pouthier
  • "'Laïcité' and Religious Freedom," Patrick Weil
  • Holocaust Memorial guided visit at Mémorial de la Shoah
  • Meeting and discussion with Gilbert Michlin, Holocaust survivor
  • "History of Jewish Populations in France, and Contemporary Debates," Elie Petit 

June 6

  • "Why the 'Slave Routes: A Global Vision' UNESCO project?" Ali Moussa Iye
  • "The History of Black Populations in France and the Concept of Minority," Pap Ndiaye
  • Guided tour of permanent collection of the Cité Nationale de l’Histoire de l’Immigratio, and of the exhibition “J’ai deux amours”

June 7

  • "Understanding the Algerian War of Independence," Moula Bouaziz 
  • "October 17th 1961, a Controversy," Gilles Manceron
  • "The Legacy of the Algerian War on the Generation of the 1980s," discussion with Jamel Oubechou and Souâd Belhaddad
  • "Teaching the History and Legacy of Colonization in France," Françoise Vergès

June 8

Addressing Prejudice and Inequalities in a “Colorblind State:” Methods and Outcomes

In a country that does not legally recognize cultural, racial or religious minorities as “groups,” how have the criteria used to address inequalities in policy-making and the law influenced identity shaping and contemporary debates on diversity issues, racism or discrimination? 

  • "Discrimination in French Law," Karima Saïd
  • "The Recognition and Representation of Islam in France," Samir Amghar
  • "Children of Islam and of Marianne," Leyla Arslan

June 9

  • "The Institut des Cultures d’Islam: A Public Cultural and Religious Center?" Jamel Oubechou
  • Visit of the “Rue Myrrah” Mosque with Cheik Mohammed Salah Hamza
  • Screening of “La Haine”

June 11

  • "The Social Construction of the 'Youth from the Suburbs' Figure, Historical Developments and Current Dynamics: Insights into the 'Stop le Contrôle au Faciès' Campaign," Tara Dickman and Ladji Real
  • "Media Representation of the Youth from the Suburbs, the Controversy Around 'La Cité du Mâle,'" Ladji Real 
  • "Getting Diversity into the Media, Film and TV Programs: Best Practices," Laurence Lascary, Marc Chebsun and Noémie Coppin
  • Media training workshop

June 12

  • "Equal Opportunity in Elite Schools: The Case of the Ecole Nationale d’Administration," Mehdi Thomas Allal
  • "Urban Politics: French Specificities," Thomas Kirszbaum
  • "Social Entrepreneurship: A Solution to Counter Discrimination?" Faty Tanriverdi and Saïd Hammouche
  • "Implementing Youth Policies and Promoting Social Cohesion in the 19th District of Paris and in Saint-Ouen," Adji Ahoudian, Sadia Diawara and Mamadou Keita

June 13

  • "Parité, Ethnic Statistics and Diversity in the French Constitution," Jacqueline de Guillenchmidt
  • "The Tensions Between Anti-Racists and Anti-Sexists Movements," Nacira Guénif
  • "History and Evolution of the Anti-Racist Movements in Contemporary France," Rokhaya Diallo

June 14

  • "Diversity Policies in the Workplace: The L’Oréal Case Study," Rachid Bensahnoune
  • "The History of the HALDE and Its Transition into Le Défenseur des Droits," Valérie Fontaine and Sophie Latraverse 
  • "Diversity and Inclusiveness in Companies," Benjamin Blavier

June 15

  • "An Overview of Roma History in French Historiography," Sarah Carmona 
  • “'Gens du Voyage,' a French Specificity," Stéphane Lévêque
  • Visit of Colombes with Louis Adelle 

June 16

When Diversity Issues Run Into Moral Issues

Basic human rights are not only distant concerns linked to dictatorship, famine and poverty. They are also infringing on our own societies, and even more so when the groups affected are perceived to be “in the wrong.” How does this political and moral dilemma influence policies affecting inmates or undocumented immigrants? And when does discrimination lead to severe human rights violations?

  • "Innocent with No Record, Yet Imprisoned for Three Years: How Did That Happen?" Mara Kanté
  • "The 2011 Reform of Custody in France," Yassine Bouzrou 
  • Screening of “Welcome” 
  • "Foreign Students in France: A Legal Case Study," Serge Slama 
  • "How Individuals Can Join Forces to Fight the Expulsion of Undocumented Children: The Experience of RESF," Anthony Jahn

June 18

  • "Bosnia and Herzegovina: The History of the Conflict and Introduction to Current Affairs," Martine Alonso Marquis
  • Transitional justice simulation game with Leon Schettler
  • Social evening at the Women’s Mediterranean Fund’s Gala “What good is the revolution if I can’t dance?” 

June 19

Getting Ready for Action

Humanity in Action believes everyone can make a change, at a micro or macro level, in their own school, neighborhood, city, country – or even internationally. This introduction to Community Organizing is designed to help fellows identify precisely what issue they want to address and to try out a methodology to achieve their goals, step by step.

  • The Melian Dialogue workshop
  • The notions of “power” in Community Organizing
  • “Owning your story” workshop
  • The notions of “self interest” in Community Organizing, and the one-on-one methodology

June 20

  • The importance of research and power analysis before action: a case study
  • Defining projects
  • “Re:Action” dinner with the French Senior Fellows Network, HIA < Network France

June 21-25

  • Research period

June 21

  • Evening and night: activities all around Paris for the National Music Day!

June 25

  • Closing session at the Institut des Cultures d’Islam

June 26

  • Fellows present their policy memos and recommendations


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