As the world looked on in horror at the Paris terror attacks of January and November 2015, France found itself at the centre of a war that has split across nations and continents. The attacks set in motion a steady creep towards ever more repressive state surveillance, and have fuelled the resurgence of the far right across Europe and beyond, while leaving the left dangerously divided. These developments raise profound questions about a number of issues central to contemporary debates, including the nature of national identity, the limits to freedom of speech, and the role of both traditional and social media.
After Charlie Hebdo brings together an international range of scholars to assess the social and political impact of the Paris attacks in Europe and beyond. Cutting through the hysteria that has characterised so much of the initial commentary, it seeks to place these events in their wider global context, untangling the complex symbolic web woven around 'Charlie Hebdo' to pose the fundamental question - how best to combat racism in our supposedly `post-racial' age?
Gavan Titley is a senior lecturer in Media Studies in Maynooth University, and a Docent in the Swedish School of Social Science, Helsinki University. He is the author of The Crises of Multiculturalism: Racism in a Neoliberal Age (with Alana Lentin, 2011) and Racism and Media (forthcoming, 2018) and his most recent edited book is National Conversations? Public Service Media and Cultural Diversity (2013). He is a co-editor of the book series Challenging Migration Studies. Des Freedman is professor of Media and Communications at Goldsmiths, University of London. He is the author of The Contradictions of Media Power (2014) and The Politics of Media Policy (2008). He is also an editor of the journal Global Media and Communication. Aurelien Mondon is a senior lecturer in French and Comparative politics at the University of Bath. His research focuses for the most part on the concepts of populism and racism and their impact on democracy. His first monograph A Populist Hegemony? The mainstreaming of the extreme right in France and Australia was published in 2013. Gholam Khiabany is a senior lecturer in the Dept of Media and Communications at Goldsmiths, University of London.
Introduction: Becoming Symbolic: From Charlie Hebdo to `Charlie Hebdo' - Gavan Titley Part I: The Contested Republic 1. Charlie Hebdo, Republican Secularism and Islamophobia - Aurelien Mondon & Aaron Winter 2. The Meaning of 'Charlie': The Debate on the Troubled French Identity - Philippe Marliere 3. After the Drama: The Institutionalization of Gossiping about Muslims - Valerie Amiraux & Arber Fetiu 4. A Double-bind Situation? The Depoliticization of Violence and the Politics of Compensation - Abdellali Hajjat Part II: The Long `War on Terror' 5. The Whiteness of Innocence: Charlie Hebdo and the Metaphysics of Anti-terrorism in Europe - Nicholas De Genova 6. The Visible Hand of the State - Gholam Khiabany 7. Symbolic Politics with Brutally Real Effects: When `Nobodies' Makes History - Markha Valenta 8. Extremism, Theirs and Ours: Britain's `Generational Struggle'- Arun Kundnani Part III: Media Events and Media Dynamics 9. From Jyllands-Posten to Charlie Hebdo: Domesticating the Mohammed Cartoons - Carolina Sanchez Boe 10. #JeSuisCharlie, #JeNeSuisPasCharlie and Ad Hoc Publics - Simon Dawes 11. Mediated Narratives as Competing Histories of the Present - Annabelle Sreberny Part IV: The Politics of Free Speech 12. Media Power and the Framing of the Charlie Hebdo attacks - Des Freedman 13. We Hate to Quote Stanley Fish, but `There's No Such Thing as Free Speech and It's a Good Thing Too'. Or Is It? - Bill Grantham & Toby Miller 14. Jouissance and Submission: `Free Speech', Colonial Diagnostics and Psychoanalytic Responses to Charlie Hebdo - Anne Mulhall Part V: Racism and Anti-racism in `Postracial' Times 15. Not Afraid - Ghassan Hage 16. 'Je Suis Juif': Charlie Hebdo and the Remaking of Antisemitism - Alana Lentin 17. Race, Caste and Gender in France - Christine Delphy 18. The Ideology of the Holy Republic as Part of the Colonial Counter-Revolution - Selim Nadi