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Fulbright scholar and journalist to discuss Paris squats


Fulbright scholar and journalist Jacqueline Feldman will visit CELSA on November 29 to discuss her current work as part of the Communication Charrette series of speakers.The program is from 4-5:30 p.m. in Room S09 and will be moderated by Maître de conférences, Dominique Pagès, with a response by PhD candidate, François Allard-Huver.

Feldman  is working on a journalism project about squats — illegal occupations — and the communities that arise around them in Paris. Her project is inspired by other projects of long-form reportage on urban communities, such as Adrian Nicole LeBlanc’s “Random Family.” Squatters inhabit abandoned buildings for many reasons, and while most only desperately need a place to sleep, some have artistic or political purposes in entering this unorthodox way of life. These squatters form collective communities apart from society and outside the law. They often view their squats as social experiments, laboratories for examining human behavior under extreme circumstances, or as inheritors of the legacy of bohemian Paris.

In addition to reporting broadly on a number of squats, she has followed several squatters for a year as they navigate their unusual world — one constantly in flux, as the city of Paris adopts policies to co-opt artistic collectives and legalize their work.

“Communications Charrette” is a series of workshops designed to provide a venue in which doctoral students can present their research and discuss issues related to professional development. While open to professors and students alike, the meetings aim to put CELSA’s doctoral students into contact with foreign academics working in France. At each meeting, researchers from a variety of horizons will share their work and/or provide insights related to archival research, publishing, teaching, grant applications, job searches, etc. Presentations will last approximately 45 minutes and will be delivered in English or French. The remaining 45 minutes will be reserved for questions and group discussion. For those who would like to continue the conversation more informally, we will recess to a neighborhood brasserie for drinks and debate.