Autumn 2023

October 6

Robin Mitchell, University at Buffalo, Department of History and Africana and American Studies

Suzanne Simon Baptiste Louverture, A Microbiography: The ‘Wife of’ and Other Such Nonsense*

Location: John Hope Franklin Room, SSRB

October 13

Nicholas O’Neill, University of Chicago, Department of History

Scientists, Spies, Artisans, and the State: (Re)Inventing Porcelain in France

Location: Rosenwald 301

November 3

Arthur Clement, University of Chicago, Department of History

Instituting the Sciences of Religion as Reinforcement to the Laïque Social Bond

Location: Rosenwald 301

November 10

Alison James, University of Chicago, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures

Biofiction Against History

Location: Rosenwald 015

December 8

Peadar Kavanagh, University of Chicago, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures

Relation curieuse de l’Île de Bornéo: Fontenelle’s Curious Response to the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes (1685)

Location: Stuart Hall 20

 

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Autumn Quarter 2022

Oct 21 – Katie Jarvis (Associate Professor, Notre Dame, History): “The Frontage Road to Nineteenth-Century Capitalism: How Local Justice Transformed Credit Relationships in Revolutionary Paris” – with Colin Jones as respondent.
Nov 4 – Arthur Clement (PhD Candidate, UofC, History) – “Reexamining sécularisation and laïcisation: The Case of Eliminating the Catholic Faculties of Theology from the State University in the Early Third Republic”.
Nov 18 – Amine Bouhayat (PhD Candidate, UofC, RLL) – “Les relations internationales dans le théâtre de Pierre Corneille” (Detailed title TBD).
Dec 2 – Ryan Brown (PhD Candidate, UofC, RLL) – “In Defense of the Self: Proof, Public Opinion, and the Art of Autobiography in the works of Rousseau and Voltaire”.
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Winter Quarter 2023

Friday, January 13th, 12.00pm CT – Zoom (in French)

“Une généalogie de la facilité dans les théories et pratiques poétiques françaises”, par Léo Dekowski, doctorant à l’Université de Paris-Cergy (CY Héritages).

Friday, January 27th, 12.00pm CT – In person/Hybrid (Room TBD)

“A Gendered Frontier: Métissage and Indigenous Enslavement in Eighteenth-Century Basse-Louisiane”, by Leila Blackbird, PhD Candidate in History, The University of Chicago.

Friday, February 17th, 12.00pm CT – In person/Hybrid (Room TBD)

“Enslaved Marketers, Policing, and Commercial Connections in the Eighteenth-Century French Atlantic”, by Rachel Tils, PhD Student in History, The University of Chicago.

Friday, March 10th, 12.00pm CT – In person/Hybrid (Tea Room) 

“From Flâneuses to the Frontlines: Jewish Women’s Everyday Lives from the Vichy-Era to the Decolonial Age”, by Kyra Schulman, PhD Student in History, The University of Chicago.

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Spring Quarter 2022

Friday, April 15, 3.30pm
“The Archipelagos of Doubt: A Global History of French Skeptical Cultures (1620-1820)”, a talk by Stéphane Van Damme, Professor of History, École Normale Supérieure. Colin Jones, Professor of History at the Queen Mary University of London, will serve as respondent.

Friday, April 29, 3.30pm
“Installation theory in Anglo-Norman funerary monument: the case of Lewes Priory”, by Kirsten Lopez, PhD Candidate in French and Francophone Studies, The University of Chicago.

Friday, May 13, 12.00pm
“Donner la parole: à quel prix? Restitution et dette littéraire dans les recueils de voix contemporains”, by Mathilde Zbaeren, PhD Candidate in French and Francophone Literature, University of Lausanne.

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Winter Quarter 2022

Friday January 14, 12:00 pm
« La poésie française de 1960 à aujourd’hui au prisme de la réception de Pierre Reverdy », by Julia Pont, PhD Candidate in French Literature at Paris-Nanterre Université, France.

Friday January 21, 12:00 pm
“Dissertation Proposal: Satirical Interventions under Louis XIV”, by Peadar Kavanagh, PhD Candidate in French and Francophone Literatures, The University of Chicago.

Friday February 4, 10:00 am
“Vichy France and the Jews: The Impact of Memory on Historiography” a talk and discussion with Renée Poznanski, Professor Emerita in History at Ben-Gurion University, Israel.

Friday February 18, 12:00 pm
“Dans la chair des textes : l’aveu et le non-dit”, by Loriane Lafont, PhD Candidate in French and Francophone Literatures, The University of Chicago.

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Autumn Quarter 2021

Friday October 22, 3:30 pm
“Charron, Gassendi, and the Transmission of Montaigne’s Epistemology into 17th-Century French Thought”, by Benjamin Ransom, PhD Candidate in French and Francophone Literatures, The University of Chicago.

Friday November 5, 3:30 pm
“Contesting the Classroom: Reimagining Education in Moroccan and Algerian Literatures”, by Erin Twohig, Associate Professor in French and Francophone Literatures, Georgetown University.

Friday November 19, 3:30 pm
“Caricature, Skeleton, and the Baudelairean Self: the Emergence of Comicality in ‘Danse Macabre'”, by Xin Yan, MAPH Student, The University of Chicago.

Friday 4 December, 12:00 pm (Zoom)
“Montesquieu and The Federalist. A Contested Legacy”, by Hugo Toudic, PhD Candidate in History, The University of Chicago/CNRS.

 

 

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Spring Quarter 2020

Spring Quarter 2020

May 1: Fanny Malègue, PhD Candidate in History at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales, “Imposer la souveraineté par le chiffre ? Les recensements corses et l’État d’Ancien Régime”

(12 noon CST, Zoom meeting)

May 15: Esther Van Dyke, PhD Candidate in Romance Languages and Literatures, “Admiration and Etonnement: the Aesthetics of the Sublime in Corneille and Racine”

(4pm CST, Zoom meeting)

May 29: Colin Jones, Visiting Professor in History, “An Émigrée Noblewoman at the Heart of Revolutionary Paris: The Duchesse d’Elbeuf’s Letters to a Friend 1788-94”

(10am CST, Zoom meeting)

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Winter Quarter, 2020

January 10: David Ansari, Teaching Fellow in the Social Sciences, “The Politics of Diversity in Psychotherapy in France”

(4pm, John Hope Franklin Room, SSRB 224)

 

January 24: Bastien Craipain, PhD Candidate in Romance Languages and Literatures, “There Is No Odd in Ordinary: Louis Joseph Janvier, Haiti, and the Tropics of Racial Science.”

(4pm, John Hope Franklin Room, SSRB 224)

 

February 7: Emily Rap, PhD Candidate in History, “Litigating the Social Contract in the Eighteenth-Century French Countryside”

(4pm, John Hope Franklin Room, SSRB 224)

 

February 21: Oliver Cussen, PhD Candidate in History, “The Rise and Fall of the Coffee Island: Sovereignty and Interest in the French Indian Ocean”

(4pm, John Hope Franklin Room, SSRB 224)

 

March 6: Robin Bates, Lecturer in History at Northwestern University, “‘We Must Buy Up Each Colony in Its Entirety’: Abolition, Indemnity and the Definition of Property in the French Empire, 1830-1848″

(4pm, Wieboldt 207)

 

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Autumn Quarter 2019

Autumn Quarter 2019

October 4: Classical Antiquity and Modern Institutions in France Conference

(10am – 5pm, Logan Center for the Arts 801)

See program here.

October 18: Hollis Clayson, Bergen Evans Professor in the Humanities at Northwestern University (Art History), “Cherchez la lampe: Charles Marville, Gustave Caillebotte and the Gas Lamppost”

(4pm, Classics 021)

November 1: Bevin Blaber, PhD Candidate in the Divinity School, “Revolution and Literature: Maurice Blanchot’s Early Literary Reviews”

(4pm, John Hope Franklin Room, SSRB 224)

November 15: Charlotte Robertson, PhD Candidate in History, “Police Surveillance of the Bourse and Financial Public Opinion in Second Empire Paris”

(4pm, Wieboldt 207)

December 6: Lily Huang, PhD Candidate in History, “The Durée of the Body: Henri Bergson’s Essai sur les données immédiates de la conscience

(4pm, Wieboldt 206)

 

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Spring Quarter 2019

April 5: Johanna Pacyga, PhD Candidate in Anthropology: “Growing an African Church: Indigenous Sisters and the Expansion of the French Mission to Senegal.” Discussant: Deirdre Lyons, PhD Candidate in History
(4pm, John Hope Franklin Room, SSRB 224)
April 12: Paul Maneuvrier-Hervieu, PhD Candidate in History, Université de Caen: “De la guerre au “doux commerce” : les conséquences de la paix en Normandie.” Discussant: Oliver Cussen, PhD Candidate in History
(4pm, SPECIAL LOCATION: Tea Room, SSRB 2nd floor)
April 15 (Monday): Arthur Goldhammer, Center for European Studies at Harvard University, “Stung by Yellow Vests: The Revolt against the Republican Elite”
(12-1:30pm, John Hope Franklin Room, SSRB 224. Lunch served, though please RSVP in advance)
May 3: Thomas Dodman, Assistant Professor of French, Columbia University, “When Emile went to war: becoming a citizen-soldier”
(4pm, John Hope Franklin Room, SSRB 224)
May 7: Patrick Boucheron, Professor of History, Collège de France, Writing History : World History and Historiographical Nationalism” with commentary by Stéphane Gerson, Professor of French, New York University, and translator of Histoire mondiale de la France.
(SSRB 224, 4:30 pm)
May 17: Jennifer Cole, Professor and Chair, Department of Comparative Human Development, “The Traffic in Husbands: Extending Networks Transnationally
(4pm, Wieboldt 207)
May 24: Henry Shah, Shriver Center on Poverty Law, “‘Un jour, je ne serai plus rom !’. Vers une ethnographie intersectionnelle des revendications citoyennes des jeunes migrant.e.s européen.e.s.

(4pm, John Hope Franklin Room, SSRB 224)

May 31: Amine Bouhayat, PhD student in Romance Languages and Literatures, “Archéologie de l’impérialisme: Les relations internationales dans la tragédie française d’Ancien Régime (Corneille, Racine, Voltaire)”
(4pm, John Hope Franklin Room, SSRB 224) *Followed by the end-of-the-year potluck*
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