THE BLACK METROPOLIS: Between past and future

Colloquium on Race, Urban Planning, and African American Culture in Chicago

From November 15th to 18th, this international and multidisciplinary colloquium in Paris brings together sociologists, historians, urban anthropologists, and artists to reevaluate the cultural contributions of Chicago’s South and West Sides in defining an African-American identity nationally and internationally.



Weds. Nov. 15 at Sciences Po Paris (7e)

19h15 - Keynote Address, Michael Dawson (University of Chicago): “The Frustrated Quest for Self-Determination in Chicago Black Politics”


Thurs. Nov. 16 at Université Paris Diderot (13e)

9h-12h30 - "Mapping the Black Metropolis"

14h30-17h45 - "Housing"

20h at the University of Chicago Center in Paris - Screening of two documentaries: Maxwell Street by Marvin Newman and Yasuhiro Ishimoto and Shadowgram by Augusto Cotento.


Fri. Nov. 17th at the Fondation des Etats-Unis (14e)

9h-12h30 - "The socio-political world of the South Side and the West Side and its cultural expressions"

14h30-18h - "Community Places", "Chicago In and Chicago Out"

19h30 - musical performance by Mike Reed (drummer and composer) and Olivier Benoit (Orchestre National de Jazz)


Sat. Nov. 18th at the University of Chicago Center in Paris (13e)

9h30-12h - "Media"

14h30-18h - "Dialogues on the Black Metropolis"

Closing remarks by Theaster Gates (University of Chicago): “The Rebuild Foundation and its role in the South Side and beyond”


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Event Information

Cost: free


Wednesday, 11/15/17 at 7:15pm - Saturday at 6:00pm | iCal


Various Locations

Paris, 75013 France

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Event Contact
Arnaud Coulombel AM '93, PhD '06