Lecture by Pap Ndiaye, organized by the Chair of Artistic Studies. 20th / 21st centuries


Lecture “The minority paradox: Blackness in France” by the french historian Pap Ndiaye, organized by the Chair of Artistic Studies. 20th / 21st centuries.

Pap Ndiaye is a permanent researcher and university professor at the Center d’historie de Sciencies Po (CHSP) in Paris and Director of the Department of History and professor at the Institute of Political Studies of Paris (History of North America).

Specialist in the social history of the United States, especially minorities. He is also interested in minority situations in France (history and sociology of black populations).

Professor and Doctor in History, from the University of Virginia (MA), he has taught in France (EHESS) and in the United States (University of Pennsylvania, New York University, Northwestern University).


IVAM-UV-UPV (Institut Valencià d’Art Modern-Universitat de València-Universitat Politècnica de València-Universidad Miguel Hernández)

Directors: Juan Vicente Aliaga / Vicente Sánchez-Biosca

The life in images of contemporary culture outruns the (material and immaterial) traditional spaces in which they were entrapped in the past, even the recent past. Their genres and registers, their ambits of circulation, their ceaseless migrations give the impression of offering a previously unknown experience of the real at the same time as, in an apparent paradox, they display a not in the least feigned technological pride.

Nevertheless, however much studies of the History of Art, Fine Arts, Journalism and Audiovisual Communication have attempted to adapt to the demands of this state of affairs, the lability of the borders between creation and reflection, technology and art, the media and the collective imaginary, among others, requires more ductile ambits of reflection and debate than those to be found in university studies and traditional research. On the other hand, unlike classical philology, palaeography, the exegesis of written texts and the image still presents an imbalance between its (emotional, conceptual, political, memory-based) impact and the instruments provided to analyse it.

The aim of Cátedra Estudios Artísticos, arising from the collaboration between the University of Valencia, the Polytechnic University of Valencia and the IVAM, will consist in encouraging this reflection about the life of images both in the world of art and in social life, including imaginary. It will do so broadmindedly, avoiding academic, artistic or technological restrictions, but, nevertheless, thriving on and taking advantage of all the academic, museum-based and institutional aids at its disposal. For that reason, the fact that it is held at the IVAM is propitious because it can enrich its activities with the reflection about exhibitions, installations or lectures, and also the series of projections.