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George and Irina Schaeffer Center

PART II: Narrating Violence: Making Race, Making Difference

This is a virtual event | Registration is required
Monday, March 29, 2021 (All day) to Wednesday, March 31, 2021 (All day)

The keynote will be given by Gérard Noiriel (Directeur d’études/Professor, EHESS, France) in French with a simultaneous translation into English, available on Zoom.

For this event, the Schaeffer Center joins the Winter Symposium of the Nordic Summer University Study Circle Narrative and Violence. A first session, on March 15–17, 2021, will take place at the University of Turku.

This symposium will explore questions arising from narratives of violence produced against racial, ethnic, religious, gender, sexual and political groups. While multiple theoretical perspectives will be included in both locations, the day at the American University of Paris will have a broader international focus and the day at Turku will facilitate a more Nordic/Baltic focus.  

Keynote Lecture, March 29, 15:15 to 16:15 (CET)

La rhétorique de la haine

Cette intervention sera centrée sur la dimension essentielle des discours de haine qu'on appelle la rhétorique ; c'est-à-dire l'art de convaincre. Ce type d'étude suppose qu'on prenne en compte à la fois les producteurs de ces discours, mais aussi les publics auxquels ils sont destinés. Pour simplifier la démonstration, la conférence se limitera au cas français. J’ai montré, dans mon dernier livre Le Venin dans la plume (La Découverte, 2019), qu'on ne pouvait pas comprendre l'émergence brutale de l'antisémitisme (comme courant politique) à partir des années 1880 si on oubliait de rappeler que cette époque est aussi celle où s'impose la communication de masse, suite aux lois républicaines sur l'école et la liberté de la presse. Je donnerai quelques exemples des procédés rhétoriques utilisés par le journaliste-polémiste Edouard Drumont (qui a joué un rôle fondateur dans la naissance de l'antisémitisme moderne en France) pour diffuser dans le grand public la haine des Juifs. Je montrerai ensuite comment des procédés du même type sont aujourd'hui employés pour alimenter la haine à l'égard des musulmans, mais adaptés à la nouvelle révolution communicationnelle que nous vivons avec les réseaux sociaux et les chaînes d'information en continu.

 

The Rhetoric of Hate

This keynote will focus one of the essential dimensions of hate speech, what we call rhetoric, or, the art of convincing. This kind of analysis requires that we take into account not only the producers of this discourse but also the intended public. In order to simplify the matter, this keynote will concentrate on the French case. In my last book, Le Venin dans la plume (Venom in the Quill Pen – La Découverte, 2019), I argued that we cannot understand the abrupt emergence of antisemitism (as a political current) in the 1880s if we forget that mass communication established itself during this period following the French laws on schools and freedom of the press. I will give a few examples of the rhetorical process used by the polemist and journalist Edouard Drumont (who played a major role in the birth of modern antisemitism in France) in order to spread in the general public hate against Jews. I will later explain how similar methods are nowadays used to nourish hate against Muslims, and how these methods are being adapted to the new revolution in communications that we are living with in social media networks and cable news channels.

 

Gérard Noiriel

Gérard Noiriel est directeur d’études à l’EHESS. Il conduit des recherches sur la socio-histoire de l’État-nation et de l’immigration. Il travaille également sur les rapports entre sciences sociales et pratiques culturelles, à partir de l’exemple du spectacle vivant.

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