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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WINTER QUARTER 2019

January 10, 12:30pm: Stephen Sawyer, Professor of History, American University of Paris.
Book Talk: Demos Assembled: Democracy and the International Origins of the Modern State, 1840-1880 (University of Chicago Press, 2018)
Room: John Hope Franklin, SSRB 224

January 25, 4pm: Deirdre Lyons, PhD Candidate in History
Paper: “’A Profound and Natural Antipathy Between Marriage and Slavery:’ French Abolitionism during the July Monarchy” Room: John Hope Franklin, SSRB 224

February 8, 4pm: Katharine Hamerton, Assoc. Professor of History, Columbia College Paper: “Malebranche, Fashion and the Providential Economy of the Enlightenment” Room: John Hope Franklin, SSRB 224

February 22, 4pm: Hall Bjørnstad, Assoc. Professor of French, Indiana University Paper: “Mirrors of Absolutism” Room: John Hope Franklin, SSRB 224

March 8, 4pm: Nicholas O’Neill, PhD Candidate in History
Paper: “Merchant Capitalism and Product Innovation in the French Porcelain Industry, 1720-1750” Room: John Hope Franklin, SSRB 224

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Fall 2018

FALL QUARTER 2018

Friday, October 5, 4 pm: Eric Jennings, Professor of History at the University of Toronto

The Martinique Corridor, 1940-1941: Rescue or Expulsion?

John Hope Franklin room (SS 224)

Friday, October 19, 4 pm: Michele Kenfack, PhD candidate in Romance Languages & Literature at the University of Chicago

L’espace apocalyptique: la ville aux confins de l’horreur et de la deliquescence.

Wieboldt 207

Friday, November 2, 4 pm: Katie McDonough, Visiting Postdoc Fellow at the Neubauer Collegium

Provincializing Information in Old Regime France: Roads, Maps, and Dictionaries in Brittany

John Hope Franklin room (SS 224)

Thursday, November 8, 12pm: Herrick Chapman, Professor of History at NYU

Book Talk: France’s Long Reconstruction: In Search of the Modern Republic (Harvard University Press, 2018)

John Hope Franklin room (SS 224)

RSVP HERE

Friday, November 16, 4:30-6:00 pm: Charles Keith, Associate Professor of History at Michigan State University [NOTE THE UNUSUAL TIME AND LOCATION]

The Daily Lives of Indochinese Migrants in Interwar France

Social Sciences Tea Room (SS 201)

Co-sponsored: East Asia Trans-Regional Histories Workshop

Friday, November 30, 4 pm: Bastien Craipain, PhD candidate in Romance Languages & Literature at the University of Chicago

Par-delà l’anthropologie (raciale) : Frédéric Marcelin, le roman national et la culture haïtienne

John Hope Franklin room (SS 224)

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Spring 2018

Wednesday, April 11, 12pm: Anne Cheng, Professor at the Collège de France, “Chinese Philosophy’ Between France and America.” John Hope Franklin (SS224).

Friday April 27, 4pm: Céline Spector, Professor of Philosophy at the Université Paris-Sorbonne, “Éloges de l’injustice / In Praise of Injustice.” John Hope Franklin Room (SS224).

Friday May 4, 12pm: François Hartog, Professor of History at EHESS, “Les apothéoses d’Ernest Renan.” John Hope Franklin Room (SS224).

Friday, May 11, 4pm: Lily Huang, PhD candidate in History at the University of Chicago. “Special Mechanics: Henry Bergson & the Language of Pedagogy.” John Hope Franklin Room (SS224).

Friday, May 18, 4pm: Colin Jones, Professor of History at Queen Mary, University of London.  “Resisting Terror, Resisting Robespierre.”  Tea Room (SS201).

Friday, May 25, 4pm: Charles Begué Fawell, PhD candidate in History at the University of Chicago. “Au-delà de Suez’: Journeying to and through the Fin-de-Siècle French Empire.” John Hope Franklin Room (SS224).

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Winter 2018

Wednesday, January 3, 5pm: A joint workshop with Transnational Modern Europe: Suzanne Kaufman, Associate Professor of History at Loyola, “Incident at Sousse: African Soldiers, Foreign Legionnaires, and the Paradox of Colonial Policing in 1930s Tunisia”
 
Friday, January 19, 4pmEllen McClure, Associate Professor of History and French and Francophone Studies at the University of Illinois-Chicago, “The Logic of Idolatry in Seventeenth-Century Theater: Molière and Racine”
 
Friday, February 2, 4pmJi Gao, PhD candidate in Romance Languages and Literatures at the University of Chicago, “Publier la littérature vernaculaire dans la seconde moitié du XVIe siècle – Guillaume Roville, Benoît Rigaud et les libraires lyonnais”

Friday, February 16, 4pm: Arthur Clement, PhD student in History at the University of Chicago, “Secularism and Studying Religion Scientifically in the University during the Third Republic”
 
Friday, March 2, 4pm: Julien Perrier-Chartrand, Postdoctoral Scholar in Romance Languages and Literatures at the University of Chicago, “De la couardise à la folie: représentations du duelliste dans le théâtre français des XVIe et XVIIe siècles” 
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Fall Quarter 2017 Schedule

Friday October 6, 4pm: Larry Norman, Frank L. Sulzberger Professor in Romance Languages and Literatures at the University of Chicago, “Déclassiser le classicisme français: La contestation transnationale du ‘Grand Siècle.” In the Tea Room (SS 201).

Friday October 20, 4pm: Chiara Nifosi, PhD Candidate in Romance Languages and Literatures at the University of Chicago, “Dire le temps par l’espace: Construction et fonctionnement d’une métaphore Proustienne.” In the Tea Room (SS 201).

Friday November 10, 4pm: Pierre-Michel Menger, Professor of Sociology at the Collège de France, “What’s Work Worth in France?” In the Tea Room (SS201).

Friday November 17, 4pm: Esther Van Dyke, PhD Student in Romance Languages and Literatures, “Sublime Racine: Theatrical Practices of the Ineffable.” In the Tea Room (SS201).

Friday December 1, 4pm: Oliver Cussen, PhD Candidate in History at the University of Chicago, “The Financier and the Philosophe: French Commercial Imperialism after the John Law System.” In the Tea Room (SS201).

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