Virtual Event: Equity & Solidarity in the Times of COVID

The Western Society for French History presents:

Equity & Solidarity in the Times of COVID

Monday, July 20th

3:00- 4:00 pm (EST)

Since the onset of the COVID-19 crisis, the WSFH’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee has been considering ways of bringing our members together that reflect the society’s mission to empower its membership to combat injustice and structural inequalities in our field and the academy more broadly. 

We are pleased to announce our first virtual event, a “teach-in” roundtable on practical strategies for fostering solidarity, resisting austerity, and working for equity and inclusion in higher education in the times of COVID. The event will include brief panel presentations followed by a moderated Q & A.


Jacob Collins – Assistant Professor of History at the City University of New York – College of Staten Island. He is the author of The Anthropological Turn: French Political Thought After 1968 (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2020) and an editor at New Left Review. Since the lockdown, he has been part of a political action group within CSI’s union chapter to block cuts, save jobs, and defend a new vision for CUNY.

Muriam Haleh Davis – Assistant Professor of History at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She works on the intersection between race and the economy in colonial and postcolonial Algeria and is co-editor for the Maghreb page on Jadaliyya. She has been involved with faculty organizing at UCSC, especially around the wildcat graduate student strike this past winter and fall.

Adom Getachew – Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago. She is the author of Worldmaking After Empire: The Rise and Fall of Self-Determination (Princeton University Press, 2019). She is a member of Scholars for Social Justice and has participated in recent work to build a coalition of academics for a New Deal in Higher Education.

Rebecca Scales – Associate Professor of History at the Rochester Institute of Technology. She is the author of Radio and the Politics of Sound in Interwar France, 1921-1939(Cambridge University Press, 2016) and is currently writing a history of polio in twentieth-century France. She will focus on the politics of disability, inclusion, and access for faculty and students during the pandemic.


*This event is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is required & space is limited. Registrants will receive a confirmation email with a link to join this virtual session via Zoom approximately three hours before the start time. The event will be recorded.  

We look forward to seeing you!

Emily Marker, Rutgers University – Camden and Chair, WSFH DEI Committee

Christy Pichichero, George Mason University and Vice President, WSFH

Daniel Lee, Queen Mary, University of London

Roxanne Panchasi, Simon Fraser University

Patrick Luiz Sullivan De Oliveira, Princeton University


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