POSTPONED: The New American Dream: From North Africa to California (USC ICW)

Monday, April 13, 2020 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm

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Doheny Memorial Library (DML), 241
3550 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90089

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ICW California & the World Series: Marie-Pierre Ulloa in conversation with Nayan Shah

The New American Dream: From North Africa to California is the first history of immigrants of North African origin in California, tracing the multiple trajectories of these migrants, many of them French citizens or having dual or triple citizenships and navigating between three cultures (Maghrebi, French, and Californian). Ulloa studied these migrant narratives from a cultural, historical, and sociological perspective. Unlike many other immigrant communities, North African immigration in California is a complex case of a triangulation between the mother country, the host country, and the country of the ex-colonizer. In many instances, immigrants of Muslim or Jewish cultures become the vectors of French cultural influence in California, such as in the food and hospitality business. The cachet of the valued French culture gives them significant symbolic capital - but the France and the Maghreb to which they lay claim are imaginary spaces rife with stereotypes and clichés, and the immigrants’ saga highlights the “bricolage” of their plural identity. 


Marie-Pierre Ulloa is a lecturer at Stanford University in the French and Italian Department and in the Comparative Literature Department, teaching French and Francophone cultural and intellectual history, with a focus on France, North Africa, and the Caribbean. She is a faculty affiliate of the Taube Center for Jewish Studies, the Mediterranean Studies Forum, the Europe Center, and the EHESS in Paris (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales). She wrote her thesis on North African migration and migrant stories from North Africa to California: "From North Africa to California: migrant trajectories, integration narratives" at the EHESS, which was published by CNRS éditions in 2019 under the title : Le Nouveau Rêve Américain. Du Maghreb à la Californie [The New American Dream: From North Africa to California].

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Lecture / Talk / Workshop


Students, Alumni, Faculty/Staff


University Park Campus


history, social sciences, Dornsife, ICW


History, Institute on California and the West (ICW)
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