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Going back to Voltaire and Rousseau, Seloua Luste Boulbina questions the beginnings and different mechanisms of racialization. In his "Essay on the customs and the spirit of nations", written in 1756, Voltaire introduces "colour of skin" and "nature of hair" as parameters used to draw principal distinctions. In his "Confessions", Rousseau internalizes the new paradigm of anatomy, referring to his work as an anatomy of his inner self. This double movement of defining bodily distinctions that are supposed to reveal categorical differences and of internalizing this new, "scientific" gaze on the body, has been active until today, as Luste Boulbina illustrates by describing the widely spread practice among black women in Paris who neglect their natural hair by carrying wigs with straight hair. How can we escape a racialized view that has been established over the course of the last 250 years? (And that the vast majority of people in France are not even aware of, even less seeing as a current active problem, as Boulbina explains.) Drawing on the philosopher, author and revolutionary Frantz Fanon who didn’t write but dictated all his theoretical work, Luste Boulbina envisions the possibility to counter the diktat of the gaze with the persuasiveness of the voice.

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  • Seloua Luste Boulbina

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21/11/2015

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Musée de l’Homme, Paris

est une philosophe franco-algérienne et dirige le programme « La décolonisation des savoirs » au Collège International de Philosophie. Elle est aussi chercheuse associée au Laboratoire de changement social et politique à l´Université Paris VII.

— ENQUÊTE : Devenir terriens
— PRODUCTION : Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge No. 18
— ÉVÉNEMENT : Devenir terriens : dialogues et exercices pour rétrécir et étendre l’humain

est une philosophe franco-algérienne et dirige le programme « La décolonisation des savoirs » au Collège International de Philosophie. Elle est aussi chercheuse associée au Laboratoire de changement social et politique à l´Université Paris VII.

— ENQUÊTE : Devenir terriens
— PRODUCTION : Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge No. 18
— ÉVÉNEMENT : Devenir terriens : dialogues et exercices pour rétrécir et étendre l’humain

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