Mittwoch, 25. Januar 2017, 16:15 - 17:45 iCal

IE Talks with Katharina Fritsch

Research project "Popular Culture in translocal spaces“, University of Vienna

‘Spaces of communitarisation’: Mobilisations of ‘Franco-Comorian diaspora’ in Marseille.


Katharina Fritsch (Research Platform Mobile Cultures and Societies)


Birgit Englert (Department of African Studies)

Department of African Studies, Seminary room IE
Spitalgasse 2, Courtyard 5, 1090 Vienna


In the face of post-/colonial power relations, France has become a central space for migration from the Comoros. Based on research on cultural and political mobilisations of ‘Franco-Comorian diaspora’ in Marseille, this talk focuses on the places where events were organized and the cultural and spatial biopolitics they represent. Marseille’s ‘Northern periphery’ is analysed through its marking as a racialised and classed ‘Other’, connoted with lower-class ethnicised ‘communautés’ and ‘their traditions’. In contrast, ‘cultural centres’ appear to be linked with middle-class ‘cosmopolitan communities’. Practices of diasporic community will be read as situated within an interplay of intersectional relations and space.


Department of Development Studies


Katherine Agramonte Beltré
Department of Development Studies
01 4277 23917