Time: February 21, 2012 from 6pm to 7:30pm
Location: Earl Hall Auditorium at Columbia University
Street: Campus entrance at Broadway and 116th
City/Town: New York
Website or Map: http://www.maisonfrancaise.org
Phone: (212) 854-4482
Event Type: lecture
Organized By: Shanny Peer
Latest Activity: Feb 14, 2012
Lecture by Pierre Birnbaum
This talk explores how eating pork in Paris and other cities can be read as a sign of identity crisis in French society—a way of excluding from the public space others who are different, in this case, Jews or Muslims who follow dietary laws forbidding the consumption of pork.
Pierre Birnbaum is an emeritus professor of political sociology at Université Paris I and currently a visiting scholar at NYU’s Tikvah Center for Law & Jewish Civilization. He is an eminent authority on the political history of Jews in France, and on relations between Jews and the State in different contemporary societies. His books include The Jews of the Republic: A History of State Jews from Gambetta to Vichy (Stanford, 1996) and Paths for Emancipation: Jews, States, and Citizenship (Princeton, 1995).