Conference Program

The conference will have a workshop format: papers and related primary source documents will be made available to participants and attendees in advance (see Conference Materials). At the conference, authors will present opening remarks on their papers, respondents will offer comments, and open discussion will follow.


Friday April 21

Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, The University of Chicago

5733 S University Ave, Chicago, IL 60637

1:45 p.m. Welcome

2:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m. Panel 1: Law, Literature, and Gender

  • Mary Anne Case (University of Chicago), “Showing that ‘Femme est a L’omme pareille’ or The Role of Sex Stereotypes and of the Law in the ‘Gender’ Wars.”
  • Annabel Kim (Harvard University), “The Literary is Political: Monique Wittig’s Les Guérillères, a rewriting of La Cité des dames.
  • Respondent: Françoise Meltzer (University of Chicago)

3:30 p.m.–4:00 p.m. Coffee break

4:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m. Panel 2: Renaissance/Early Modern Debates

  • Anne Duggan (Wayne State University), “The Querelle des femmes and Nicolas Boileau’s “Satire X”: Going beyond Perrault.”
  • Esther van Dyke (University of Chicago), “The Freedom of Refusal: The Role of Angélique Arnauld and Jaqueline Pascal in the Jansenist Controversy.”
  • Scott Francis (University of Pennsylvania), “Marguerite de Navarre and the Indifference of Clothing: The Querelle des femmes meets Christian Liberty.”
  • Respondent: Ellen McClure (University of Illinois at Chicago)

6:00 p.m.  Reception



Saturday April 22

Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, The University of Chicago

8:15 a.m.–9:00 a.m. Breakfast

9:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m. Panel 3: Gender, Genre, and Authorship

  • Julia Abramson (University of Oklahoma), “Genre Trouble: Gender, Form, and the Politics of Revolutionary Exile, 1793-1798.”
  • Rebecca Crisafulli (University of Chicago), “Updating Miller and Kamuf’s Franco-American Authorship Querelle: Does an Author’s Gender Identity Matter?”
  • Kathleen Loysen (Montclair State University), “Early Modern French Storytelling: The Intersection of Women’s Authorship and the Querelle des femmes.
  • Respondent: Françoise Lavocat (Université Paris 3-Sorbonne Nouvelle/Neubauer Visiting Fellow, University of Chicago)

11:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m. Break

11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Panel 4: Corporeal Feminisms

  • Camille Froidevaux-Metterie (Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne/Sciences Po Paris), “The ‘Corporeal’ Querelle. French Feminists and the Female Body/ La querelle ‘corporelle’. Les féministes françaises et le corps des femmes.”
  • Jean-Thomas Tremblay (University of Chicago), “Political Breathing: Somatics of Feminist Coalition.”
  • Respondent TBD

1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m. Lunch

2:30 p.m.–4:00 p.m. Panel 5: Gender and Political Power

  • Leah Chang (The George Washington University), “Renaissance Queens and the Politics of Authenticity.”
  • Eliane Viennot (Université de Saint-Étienne), “Nouvelles perspectives sur la chronologie de la Querelle”
  • Respondent: Daisy Delogu (University of Chicago)

4:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m. Panel 6: Franco-American Debates on Gender

  • Laure Bereni (CNRS and Centre Maurice Halbwachs), “Between Normalization and Disruption. Reflections on the Institutionalization of Gender Studies in France.”
  • Bruno Perreau (MIT), “Gender as Immunity: How France Conceptualizes America.”
  • Respondent: Alison James (University of Chicago)