Nicole Grégoire

Status : FNRS Postdoctoral Fellow

ULB-Institut de Sociologie
Avenue Jeanne, 44 - CP124 - B-1050 Bruxelles
Office : S12-218
Phone : +32-2-650 34 09 - Fax : +32-2-650 43 37

Research interests : African diasporas; “African” / “black” subjectivities; social movements; forms of collective actions related to (post-)migration issues; forms of “black” solidarity ;political transnationalism.

Based on a fieldwork mainly conducted between 2007 and 2010, my PhD dissertation explores the link between the sub-Saharan associational life and its potential for collective action in Belgium. It analyzes the various attempts at building a “panafrican” community in a logic of claim; the identity practices and discourses that go along these attempts; and the types of networks they are based upon.

As a Postdoctoral Research Fellow, my aim is to develop a comparative and transnational perspective on the forms of “black” solidarity in the US and in Europe. I plan, on the one hand, to explore the ways in which recently settled “black” African immigrants in the U.S. connect with African Americans’ “black” movements and/or with other “black” immigrants’ associational initiatives. I am currently conducting ethnographic research in several U.S. cities that are important gateways for contemporary “black” African immigration. On the other hand, I plan to follow the transatlantic circulation of references related to “black” solidarity.


Peer-reviewed articles

- Grégoire, N. & Mazzocchetti, J., 2013. Jeunes "blacks", élites associatives "panafricaines" et espaces publics. Altérité "africaine" et luttes collectives pour la reconnaissance en Belgique, Revue européenne des migrations internationales, (29)2, pp. 95-114.
- Bolya, S. C., Godin, M. & Grégoire, N., 2013. “Le Kivu, c’est notre Alsace-Lorraine, Monsieur !” Femmes d’origine congolaise dans l’espace public et contraintes de la dénonciation en situation postcoloniale, African Diaspora, (6), pp. 97-121.
- Grégoire, N., 2010a. Identity politics, social movement and the state: ’Pan-African’ associations and the making of an ’African community’ in Belgium. African Diaspora, 3 (1), pp. 159-181.
- Grégoire, N., 2009. Politicizzare l’etnicità. Associazionismo e militantismo delle popolazioni originarie dell’Africa sub-sahariana in Belgio. Afriche e Orienti (1-2), pp. 26-36.

Book chapters

- Grégoire, N., 2015. New African Diasporas and Forms of Black Solidarity in Belgium. In : T. Falola, & D. Sanchez eds. Living Africanity: Identities, Performance, and Homelands in Africa and the African Diaspora. Amherst : Cambria Press.
- Grégoire, N., 2014. Being a Full Citizen: ’African’ Otherness, Political Representation and Struggle for Recognition in Belgium. In : ENAR ed. Invisible Visible Minority: Confronting Afrophobia and Advancing Equality for People of African Descent and Black Europeans in Europe. Bruxelles: ENAR - European Network Against Racism.
- Grégoire, N., 2014. Redéfinir les frontières de l’entre-soi en situation post-migratoire : Carrières associatives et construction d’un espace associatif "panafricain" à Bruxelles. In : Mazzocchetti, J. ed. Migrations subsahariennes et condition noire en Belgique, Academia-L’Harmattan, Louvain-la-Neuve : Academia-L’Harmattan, coll. Investigations.
- Grégoire, N. & Petit, P., 2011. Communitarian Rhetorics within a Changing Context: Belgian Pan-African Associations in a Comparative Perspective. In: S. Bonjour & A. Rea eds. The Others in Europe. Legal and Social Categorization in Context. Bruxelles: Editions de l’Université de Bruxelles.

Other publications

- Demart, S., & Grégoire, N., 2015. Citoyennetés postcoloniales, condition noire et négrophobie. Politique, revue de débats, (88).
- Grégoire, N., 2013. Du bon usage de "diaspora". Migrations Magazines, (11), pp. 6-9.
- Grégoire, N., 2010b. Vie associative et engagement. Politique, revue de débats, (65)

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