Migration, media, and stereotypes: cities in France and mediterranean area after 1945 – EuroMedMig National Workshop

The video recording of the EuroMedMig National Workshop held on 7 March 2022 is already available here...

Date: 7 March 2022

Time: 15h00-18h00 (Paris)

Place: Hybrid format: MSHS-Nice and Zoom

Online registration link: here

Language: The workshop working language will be French. However, simultaneous translation will be available through Zoom.

Scientific organizer: Yvan Gastaut, Lecturer in History at Université Côte d’Azur Nice, URMIS researcher, member of GRITIM-UPF’s Steering Committee

EuroMedMig National Workshop – URMIS – Université Côte d’Azur Nice

« Migration, media, and stereotypes: cities in France and mediterranean area after 1945 »


After having questioned, in the introduction, the cosmopolitanism dimension of mediterranean cities on a historical, social and cultural geographical perspectives, this workshop proposes to question the representations, imaginary and stereotypes in terms of immigration from the French case. The first round table will bring together around the question of the emergence in the public space and in particular in the french cities of the young generations resulting from postcolonial immigration in the early 80’s. Those who were called the “Beurs” (“Arabs” in verlan) become a subject of debate abound the identity of urban France, between metissage and racism of part of its population. It is a very important question, still present today : what place is given to postcolonial immigration and their descendants in french society ? The second round table will deal with a case study : the city of Marseille, its cosmopolitanism and its image in France (and maybe other place around mediterranean area). A city apart, where racism manifests itself, but a city that characterizes the ability to welcome foreigners from yesterday to today. Finally, the third round table will insist on the importance of the study of stereotypes and representations to better deconstruct them and envisage a society more open to otherness. At the National Museum of the History of Immigration, a traveling exhibition is under construction on the subject, with the aim of presenting it in many cities of the Mediterranean basin, in order to provoke debate.

The workshop and the speakers should address the main following question

– How to envisage cosmopolitanism in Mediterranean cities using the tools of the various social and human sciences ?

– How did Maghreb immigration and its installation in French society provoke an important debate about national identity ?

– What is the weight of colonization-decolonization on France’s relationship to the question of immigration ?

– How has the memory of the algerian war (1954-62) been and remains a social issue ?

– Is the case of Marseille particular in France on the subject of immigration ? How can such a city serve as an example of welcoming others through its history and current realities ?

– Why is it necessary or even essential to study stereotypes and representations in their evolution to better consider the reception of migrants ?


15h –15h15 Welcome

  • Ricard Zapata-Barrero, GRITIM-UPF and Jean Monnet EuroMedMig Coordinator
  • Yvan Gastaut, Côte d’Azur University, URMIS researcher and member of GRITIM-UPF’s Steering Committee

Moderator: Yvan Gastaut

15h15 – 15h30 Cities and cosmopolitism in Méditerranean area, geographical approach

  • Robert Escallier, Côte d’Azur University

15h30 –16h30 First round table

A moment: Changes in french society in the 80’s: the birth of “Beurs”

  • Alec Hargreaves, Florida State University
  • Azouz Begag Writer, sociologist and former government minister
  • Naïma Yahi, URMIS

16h30 – 17h30 Second round table:

A place : The special case of Marseille, heritage and migrations

  • Céline Régnard, MMSH Aix-Marseille University
  • Samia Chabani, Association Ancrages
  • Vincent Geisser, MMSH Aix-Marseille University
  • Pierre Sintès, MMSH Aix-Marseille University
  • Sophie Gebeil, MMSH Aix-Marseille University

17h30 – 18h Third round table

The importance of stereotypes in the relationship with migrants, for an historical and civic approach

  • Piero Galloro, Lorraine University, Metz
  • Agnès Arquez-Roth, Musée National de l’Histoire de l’Immigration

List of experts (in alphabetical order)

  • Agnès Arquez-Roth, Associate Director at the French Institute of Musée National de l’Histoire de l’Immigration
  • Azouz Begag Writer, sociologist and former government minister
  • Samia Chabani, Director of Association Ancrages
  • Robert Escallier, GéographerCôte d’Azur University, Nice
  • Piero Galloro, Professor in Sociology at University of Lorraine Metz
  • Yvan Gastaut, Lecturer in History Côte d’Azur Université, Nice, URMIS researcher and member of GRITIM-UPF’s Steering Committee
  • Sophie Gebeil, Lecturer in Heritage of October 1961 at University of Aix-Marseille
  • Vincent Geisser, Maison Méditerranéenne des Sciences de l’Homme Aix-Marseille University
  • Alec Hargreaves, Professor of French at Florida State University
  • Céline Régnard, Lecturer in Contemporary History at Aix-Marseille University
  • Pierre Sintès, Aix-Marseille University
  • Naïma Yahi, Historian at URMIS
  • Ricard Zapata-Barrero, GRITIM-UPF and Jean Monnet EuroMedMig Coordinator

More details and speakers’ brief biographies :