Spring Quarter 2017 Schedule

Wednesday, 29 March, 12:00 PM: Aliénor Cadot, Ph.D. Student in History at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, “Between Colonial Situation and Fascism: Categorization and Migration of Algerian Civilians (1939-1943).” 12:00 PM in the John Hope Franklin Room (SS 224).

Friday, 14 April: Emily Fransee, Ph.D. Student in History, University of Chicago, “From the Black Invasion to The Conquerors of Mars: Speculative Fiction and Empire in Late Nineteenth Century France.” 4:00 PM in the John Hope Franklin Room (SS 224).

Wednesday, 26 April, Special Lunch Session: Carolyn Eichner, Associate Professor of History and Women’s and Gender Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, “Translating Culture and Time: Legends, Politics, and the French-Kanak Colonial Encounter,” 12:00 PM in the John Hope Franklin Room (SS 224).

Friday, 12 May: Nicholas O’Neill, Ph.D. Student in History, University of Chicago, “The Politics of Taste and Trade: The State and the Porcelain Industry in France, 1720-1830.” 4:00 PM in Harper Memorial 148.

Friday, 26 May: Alison James, Associate Professor of French Literature, University of Chicago, “Paper Witnesses: Documentary Writing and Postwar Memory.” 4:00 PM in the John Hope Franklin Room (SS 224).

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Winter Quarter 2017 Schedule

Friday, 6 January: Leora Auslander, Professor of History, University of Chicago, “Civic Materialism: Everyday Nation-Making in Paris and Berlin.” 4:00 PM in the John Hope Franklin Room (SS 224).

Friday, 20 January: Elisa Jones, Ph.D. Candidate in History, University of Chicago, “Democratizing a Noble Privilege: The French Monarchy’s Response to the Crisis of Religious Pluralism.” 4:00 PM in the John Hope Franklin Room (SS 224).

Friday, 3 February: Sara Hume, Associate Professor of History, Kent University, “Alsatian Traditional Dress and Religious Performance.” 4:00 PM in the John Hope Franklin Room (SS 224).

Friday, 17 February: Mollie McFee, Ph.D. Candidate in Comparative Literature, University of Chicago, “The Akademi Kreyòl Ayisyen: A Language Academy for the Global Age.” 4:00 PM in the John Hope Franklin Room (SS 224).

Friday, 3 March: David Ansari, Ph.D. Candidate in Comparative Human Development, University of Chicago, “Don’t be too psychological’: How Student Therapists learn to Think, Act, Speak in Mental Health Services for Immigrant Patients in Ile-de-France.” 4:00 PM Location TBA.

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Fall Quarter 2016 Schedule

The Workshop on Interdisciplinary Approaches to Modern France and the Francophone World meets every other Friday at 4.00pm in the John Hope Franklin Room (Social Sciences 224), unless otherwise noted.

Friday, 30 September:  Oana Panaïté, Associate Professor of French, Indiana University Bloomington, “The Colonial Fortune: Primal Scenes in Contemporary Fiction.” 4:00 PM in the John Hope Franklin Room (SS 224).

Friday, 14 October:  Rebecca Crisafulli, Ph.D. Candidate in Romance Languages and Literatures, University of Chicago, “Reading Louise d’Épinay’s L’Histoire de Madame Montbrillant as Educational treatise.” 4:00 PM in Classics 111.

Wednesday, 19 October at Noon:  Special lunchtime session with Alice Kaplan, Professor of French, Yale University, “Literary Publishing in a Dictatorship: Notes for an essay on the Editions Barzakh, Algiers.” 12:00 PM in the John Hope Franklin Room (SS 224).

Friday, 28 October:  Jennifer Wild, Associate Professor of Cinema and Media Studies, University of Chicago, “The Chaplin Files.” 4:00 PM in the John Hope Franklin Room (SS 224).

Friday, 11 November: Gregory Valdespino, Ph.D. Student in History, University of Chicago, “’Against the Dead Past, the Future is Broken’: Mourning and Imperial Community after the Mount Pelée Eruption.” 4:00 PM in the John Hope Franklin Room (SS 224).

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Spring Quarter 2016 Schedule

The Workshop on Interdisciplinary Approaches to Modern France and the Francophone World meets every other Friday at 4.00pm in the John Hope Franklin Room (Social Sciences 224), unless otherwise noted.

Friday, April 4 (4pm): Tyson Leuchter, Ph.D. Candidate in History, University of Chicago. “Settling Accounts: The Émigré Indemnity and Financializing Citizenship in Restoration France.”

Friday, April 15 (4pm): Elisa Jones, Ph.D. Candidate in History, University of Chicago. “A Freedom in Chains: Protestant Negotiation and the Fight over Liberté de Conscience in Sixteenth-Century France.”

Friday, April 29 (4pm): Antoine Compagnon, Professor of French Literature, Collège de France. “Les chiffonniers littéraires : Baudelaire et les autres.”

Friday, May 13 (4pm): Rafe Blaufarb, Professor of History, Florida State University. “Talking Property Before 1789.”

Wednesday, May 18  at Noon: Special lunchtime session with Elwin Hofman, Ph.D. Student in History, University of Leuven (Belgium). “Confessions, emotions and self in Belgium, 1750-1850.”

Friday, May 27 (4pm): Cate Talley, Loyola University at Chicago. “Modern Poetics and the Folk Imagination.”

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Winter Quarter 2016 Schedule

The Workshop on Interdisciplinary Approaches to Modern France and the Francophone World meets every other Friday at 4.00pm in the John Hope Franklin Room (Social Sciences 224), unless otherwise noted.

Friday, Jan. 8 (4pm): Mari Jo Velasco, PhD Candidate in Music, University of Chicago. “Songs of Social Unrest, Revolutionary Spirit, and Religious Dissidence, 1789-1799.”

Friday, Jan. 22 (4pm): Madeleine Elfenbein, PhD Candidate in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago. “Alexandre Dumas, Teodor Kasap, and the Limits of Pan-Mediterranean Liberalism.”

Friday, Apr. 5 (4pm): Rebecca Hartkopf Schloss, Associate Professor of History, Texas A&M University. “Facilitating Freedom: Women, Family, and Migration in the Early Nineteenth Century French Atlantic.”

Friday, Mar. 4 (4pm): Chiara Nifosi, PhD Student in French, University of Chicago. “La rhétorique de l’espace dans À la recherche du temps perdu.”

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Fall Quarter 2015 Schedule

The Workshop on Interdisciplinary Approaches to Modern France and the Francophone World meets every other Friday at 4.00pm in the John Hope Franklin Room (Social Sciences 224), unless otherwise noted.

Friday, Oct. 2 (4pm): Yann Robert, Assistant Professor of French Literature, University of Illinois at Chicago. “Out of (the) Order: The Eighteenth Century’s Invention of the Modern Lawyer-Actor.”

Friday, Oct. 16 (4pm): Liam Mannix, PhD Candidate in History, University of Chicago. “Beyond the Counter-Enlightenment: Reinventing Church Landownership for a Regenerated France.” (WB 207)

Friday, Oct. 30 (4pm): Xavier Wrona, Professor at the École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Saint-Étienne (France). “The Case for a New Disciplinary Field in the Social Sciences: Architecture and the Thinking of Totality.”

Friday, Nov. 13: In lieu of our afternoon meeting, we invite you to participate in the conference “Fiction/Non-Fiction: The Uses and Truths of Literature,” organized by Alison James, Associate Professor of French Literature in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at the University of Chicago.

Friday, Dec. 4 (4pm): Linsey Sainte-Claire, PhD Candidate in French, University of Chicago. “La folie du pouvoir.”

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Spring Quarter 2015 Schedule

The Workshop on Interdisciplinary Approaches to Modern France and the Francophone World is pleased to announce its Winter 2015 schedule.  We meet alternate Fridays at 4.00pm in the John Hope Franklin Room (Social Sciences 224), unless otherwise noted.

Friday, April 3 (4pm):  Emily Fransee, PhD Candidate in History. “”Known and Unknown Worlds’: Science Fiction and French Empire from the 17th to the 20th Century”.

Friday, April 17:  In lieu of our afternoon meeting, we invite you to participate in “Theatrophobia:  Theorizing Theater Antitheatrically”, a day-long workshop exploring key strains of antitheatrical discourse in Europe, and especially in France, from the sixteenth through the twentieth centuries. The workshop will be held on Friday, April 17, from 9:30am to 5:30pm in the Terrace Seminar Room, Reva & David Logan Center for the Arts.

Friday, May 1 (4pm):  Anny Dominique Curtius, Associate Professor of Francophone Studies, University of Iowa: “From the Blue Guide to the Morne: Suzanne Césaire’s Caribbean Ecopoetics.”

Wednesday, May 13 (5pm):  Judith Surkis, Associate Professor of History, Rutgers University:   “Colonial Literature, Kabyle Customary Law Reform, and the Crisis of Representation in French Algeria, c. 1920.”  Co-sponsored with the Transnational Approaches to Modern Europe Workshop.  PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE OF DAY AND TIME. 

Friday, May 29 (4pm):  Elisa Jones, PhD Candidate in History. “Pacification and the Politicization of Liberté de Conscience in the French Wars of Religion”.  Co-sponsored with the Early Modern Workshop.

 

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Winter Quarter 2015 Schedule

The Workshop on Interdisciplinary Approaches to Modern France and the Francophone World is pleased to announce its Winter 2015 schedule.  We meet alternate Fridays at 4.00pm in the John Hope Franklin Room (Social Sciences 224), unless otherwise noted.

Friday, January 9 : Monica Olaru, PhD Candidate in Comparative Literature, “Becoming Mediocre: the Plot of Failure in Balzac and Dickens.”

 Friday, January 23 : Kelly Summers, PhD Candidate in History, Stanford University, “The Problem of Return: Emigration and the Limits of the Thermidorian Thaw, 1794-95.”

 Friday, February 6 : Colin Jones, Professor of History, Queen Mary University of London, “9 Thermidor: Cinderella of French Revolutionary journees.”

Friday, February 20 : Patrice Gueniffey, Director of Studies EHESS, History, “Biography and the renewal of political history.”

Friday, March 6 : Susanna Caviglia-Brunel, Maître de conférences, Université de Limoges (France) and Visiting Lecturer in Art History at the University of Chicago, “Historia in Crisis.”

Workshops will be followed by wine & cheese receptions, and we hope to see many of you this quarter. If you require assistance to fully participate in these workshops, please contact Emily Rap (ejrap@uchicago.edu) or Linsey Sainte-Claire (lsainte@uchicago.edu).

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Fall Quarter 2014 Schedule

The Workshop on Interdisciplinary Approaches to Modern France and the Francophone World is pleased to announce its Fall 2014 schedule.  We meet alternate Fridays at 4.00pm in the John Hope Franklin Room (Social Sciences 224), unless otherwise noted.

This Friday, October 3, Geneviève Rousselière, Harper-Schmidt Fellow in the Social Sciences Division, will be presenting a book chapter entitled “Constant’s Challenge: Imagining a Republic for the Moderns.”

 Future Workshops

Friday, October 17:  Hall Bjornstad, Associate Professor of French, IU-Bloomington, “After the Sun: Royal Succession and Unruly Exemplarity in the Memoirs of Louis XIV”.

Friday, October 31:  Emily Marker, PhD Candidate in History, “The Multiple Logics of Postwar Laïcité: Negotiating French Secularism Across Metropolitan, Europeanist and Franco-African Youth & Education Policy, 1944-1950”.

Friday, November 14:  Liam Mannix, PhD Candidate in History, “Patriotism, Productivity, and Rural Investment: the Political Economy of the Landowning Clergy in Enlightenment France, 1750-1788”.  PLEASE NOTE THAT THE WORKSHOP WILL EXCEPTIONALLY BEGIN AT 3:30pm on this date. The location remains the same.

Friday, December 5 :  Mollie McFee, PhD Candidate in Comparative Literature, “Beyond Translation: La matrice féconde of Frankétienne’s roman (en) créole.” PLEASE NOTE THAT THE WORKSHOP WILL EXCEPTIONALLY MEET IN WIEDBOLT 207.

A wine and cheese reception will follow each Workshop session.  We hope you will mark your calendars and join us this quarter!

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Spring Quarter 2014 Schedule

We are pleased to announce the following spring quarter workshops (unless noted, we have the usual time and location – 4pm on Fridays, SS #224 John Hope Franklin Room):
 
 
4/4, Emily Fransee (UChicago graduate student, the Department of History): 
“‘Daughters of this Great French Community’: Women’s Suffrage in Colonial Senegal, 1943-1945”
*Please note that we have an unusual location:  Haskell Hall, Mezzanine 102
* Co-sponsored by the African Studies Workshop.
 
 
4/18, Professor Catherine Clark (MIT, the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, French Studies): 
“Paris Imagined, Paris Documented: Visual History at the Musée Carnavalet and the Bibliothèque historique”
 
 
5/2, Professor Daniel Desormeaux (UChicago, the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures): 
“La guerre des cartes: Toussaint et Leclerc à Saint-Domingue en 1802”
 
 
5/9, Tyson Leuchter (UChicago graduate student, the Department of History): 
“Privilege, in Its Evil Sense: Law, Economic Liberalism, and the Company of Parisian Brokers, 1801-1841”
 
 
5/16, Professor Thomas Christensen (UChicago, the Department of Music): 
“François-Joseph Fétis and the Metaphysics of Tonality”
 
 
5/30, Rebecca Crisafulli (UChicago, the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures):
“Sincerity in Mme de Sévigné’s Lettres and Mme d’Épinay’s L’Histoire de Madame de Montbrillant
 
 
Workshops will be followed by wine & cheese receptions, and we hope to see many of you this quarter.  If you require assistance to fully participate in these workshops, please contact Rebecca Crisafulli (crisafulli@uchicago.edu) or Agatha Kim (agatha@uchicago.edu). 
 
In addition, we would like to invite you all to join us for our annual spring planning meeting on Friday, April 4 from 12-1:15 p.m. in Harper Memorial West, #284. Lunch from Snail Thai Cuisine will be provided. At this meeting, we will discuss the running of the workshop next year, and we would greatly appreciate your comments and advice. Specifically, we invite you to come with the names of outside scholars and UChicago graduate students and faculty we should consider inviting to present at the workshop. (Graduate students, you are welcome to volunteer yourselves if you are interested in presenting.) We will also discuss the basic logistical details of the workshop (start time, location, student coordinators, etc.).
 
If you will not be able to attend the meeting, please feel free to share your thoughts with us via e-mail: Rebecca Crisafulli (crisafulli@uchicago.edu) and Agatha Kim (agatha@uchicago.edu)
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