The colony operates with a double standard. Women are both largely excluded from schooling and supposed to be protected by their male fellow citizens. Everything then happens as if, according to the old despotic saying, colonial politics were benevolent toward them: they must be protected from their own. But how? And in what sense? To answer this, Seloua Luste-Boulbina examines the conditions under which facts that are missed by ordinary observation become perceptible. Such an inquiry opens the way for the restoration of subjects in a political process and in a colonial history.
Seloua Luste-Boulbina, a philosopher, is Researcher in the Department of Political and Social Change at Denis Diderot University in Paris. She was Program Director at Collège International de Philosophie (2010-2016). She taught political theory at Institut dEtudes Politiques de Paris (1990-2005). She is the author of many books, edited books, articles and book chapters. Her sole authored books include: LAfrique et ses fantômes, Ecrire laprès (Présence Africaine, 2015) (Africa and its Ghosts: Writing in the Aftermath); Les Arabes peuvent-ils parler? (BlackJack, 2011) (Can the Arab Speak?); Le Singe de Kafka et autres propos sur la colonie (Sens Public, 2008) (Kafkas Monkey and Other Discourses about Colony); and Grands Travaux à Paris (La Dispute, 2007).
Co-sponsored by: Department of French, Department of African American Studies, Center for Race and Gender (CRG), CRG Working Group on Muslim Identities and Cultures, Townsend Center for the Humanities, Center for African Studies