Transplanting ‘le Village’ of New York in Paris of the 1980s

A central instrument in the creation of a transatlantic movement for LGBT rights has been urban space. Through participation in urban land markets, gay men have increased their visibility and accumulated political and economic capital. In turn, this has provided a basis upon which to make policy and political demands. The perceived early successes of Manhattan … More Transplanting ‘le Village’ of New York in Paris of the 1980s

Between Foucault and The Village People: A Transatlantic reflection on Bodies, Race, and Power

The cast of the Village People’s multicultural makeup is a testament to formidable powers of marketing and music business prowess. It is also an instructive note in Atlantic history for the pedantic and those unable to enjoy disco music without dissecting its socio-economic, political, and historical implications. The original cast of The Village People brought together … More Between Foucault and The Village People: A Transatlantic reflection on Bodies, Race, and Power

Memory and Space in James Baldwin’s New York – Paris 1948 Transatlantic Displacement

Displacement, Memory, Affect and Space Memory informs and determines our interactions, demands upon, and actions within, given geographies. It also plays a vital role in our projections into the future, structuring our expectations of what is possible within given spatial constraints. In effect, our ability to reach back into time consciously, or otherwise, disciplines our … More Memory and Space in James Baldwin’s New York – Paris 1948 Transatlantic Displacement

A Transatlantic War of Words: HIV Researchers’ Contests for language and symbolic power in the 1980s

New York and Los Angeles emerged as epicenters of an unidentified ‘cancer’ in the early 1980s. As the disease spread, it evoked panic, naive complacency, and/or determination to quickly overcome the malady (Shilts 2003).  The mysterious disease also inspired contests over narrative and the power to name the epidemic. As  the ‘cancer’s’  link to gay men became clear, it … More A Transatlantic War of Words: HIV Researchers’ Contests for language and symbolic power in the 1980s

The Language of 2020 and What it Tells Us about American Power

Words are a product of power and can also be used as an instrument of the same.  These assertions – by Pierre Bourdieu, the famed French sociolinguist –  rang particularly true in 2020.  “Viral” and “virus” were snatched back from Silicon Valley by nature while the remainder of the year’s lexicon reflected American economic and … More The Language of 2020 and What it Tells Us about American Power

French Rap and Hip-Hop and the Geographies of Masculinity, Race, and Americanization in French Cities

A beloved French rapper, Maître Gims, sheds light onto the complexities of defining race in France. It’s a story that you are unlikely to find elsewhere but has recently been captured by Netflix. A story of a Congolese man whose parents struggled to find their roots in France, of children being cared for under a … More French Rap and Hip-Hop and the Geographies of Masculinity, Race, and Americanization in French Cities

International Security Policy for Angry Immigrant Men: Revisiting Post 9-11 Foreign Policy through French Film

Images from lower Manhattan are what are emblazoned in our minds when the words “hijacked commercial flight by radical islamists” come to mind. Yet, L’Assaut (The Assault), a 2010 French film, reminds us that this was not the first time that this scenario had played out. A practice run targeting the Eiffel Tower had already … More International Security Policy for Angry Immigrant Men: Revisiting Post 9-11 Foreign Policy through French Film