DOCH's Open Lectures: Sylvie Tissot

Lecture: In the name of diversity

Interviews with upper-middle class residents of gentrified neighborhoods show that most of them explicitly stress their endorsement of diversity, in terms of class, race, and sexual orientation. I examine the meaning they assign to this principle, the actions they take in its name and the kind of relationships they establish with the “others” who embody diversity. I argue that the gentrifiers’ love of diversity is bound up with their capacity to exert control over that diversity and obscure power relations related to the coexistence of racially and socially distinct population. The conference will end with a discussion about words and categories used to address the issues of discriminations in various contexts, including academic institutions.

Date: 12 March
Time: 2.15 - 3.45 pm Lecture
           4.15 - 5.45 pm Screening "I am not a feminist, but…" + discussion
Location: DOCH, Brinellvägen 58

About Sylvie Tissot

Sylvie Tissot is a French sociologist, documentary filmmaker and feminist activist. She teaches political science at the University of Paris VIII. Her research focuses on urban transformations in French and American cities. Tissot's book, Good Neighbors: Gentrifying Diversity in Boston's South End (Verso 2015) examines gentrification in Boston. It focuses particularly on the ambivalent tool of “diversity”, detailing the central role this principle played as a group of progressive upper-middle-class residents established themselves as a local elite in the formerly working-class neighborhood. In 2015, she released two documentaries that she directed with her sister Florence Tissot: I’m not a feminist, but… and Christine Delphy from A to Z. She also co-founded the website Les Mots sont Importants.

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