SLURS: Research Group

14 November 2023, Relais Culture Europe (Paris)


Part of the program SLURS Pickle Bar organise a one day research group at Relais Culture Europe, in Paris on 14th November at 132 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis, 75010 Paris, France.

The project aims to study the history of language violence with a peculiar focus on specific geographies and community struggles. By studying slurs, and in particular ethnophaulisms (or disparaging remarks about an ethnonym), the project will look at how violent expressions, or derogatory words, are being shaped into linguistic local discourses. Invited researchers, curators and artists will look at visuals and philological sources as well as the practice of translation.

The day of research will start with a reading session of bibliographical references on the topic, followed by presentations and talks with the contributors.


10:00 – 12:00: Reading group
moderated by Patricia Couvet, Anastasia Marukhina (Pickle Bar) and Deniz Kirkali

12:00 – 13:00:  Lunch break

13:00 - 14:00: Talk Jocelyne Dakhlia

14:10 – 15:10: Presentation by Collectif Piment  Rhoda Tchokokam & Celia Potiron

15:20 – 16:20: Talk by Alessandro Gallicchio

16:30 – 17:15: Talk by Garine Gokceyan

17:15 – 18:00: Talk Reclaiming Slurs?

18:00 – 21:00: Event curated by Natálie Kubíková

Jocelyne Dakhlia is a historian of the Maghreb and the Mediterranean whose research focuses in particular on forms of circulation and historical continuities or discontinuities, including in conflict.

Alessandro Gallicchio is Senior Lecturer in History of contemporary art at Sorbonne University and independent curator. He lives between Paris and Marseille.

Garine Gokceyan, is a Brussels-based graphic designer and researcher born in Beirut. Her creative endeavors revolve around multidisciplinary projects that embrace multicultural and multiscriptual approaches.

Deniz Kirkali is a curator and writer based in Istanbul and London. She has co-founded topsoil, a transnational curatorial and research collective, and Garp Sessions, a summer programme in Babakale, Turkey.

Natálie Kubíková is an independent curator based in Paris and Prague. She is a director and founder of Prague based gallery and residency program, Garage Gallery.

Collectif Piment (Rhoda Tchokokam and Celia Potiron) develops a bold political reading of Afrodiasporic culturesAuthors of a cultural program broadcas on Radio Nova, the collective published Le Dérangeur. Petit lexique en voie de décolonisation in 2020.