Laure Bereni, Associate Researcher in Sociology at the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), and affiliated with the Centre Maurice Halbwachs in Paris.

Laure Bereni obtained her PhD in Political Science in 2007 at the Université Panthéon-Sorbonne. Prior to her current position, she taught during two years at the NYU Institute of French Studies – where she is coming back as a Visiting Professor during the Spring of 2017. Her primary research work focused on women’s movements and political representation in France. She is currently working on a comparison between corporate diversity programs in France and in the US. Her publications on gender and feminism include: “Women’s Movements and Feminism: French political sociology meets a comparative feminist approach”, in  R. Elgie, et al. (eds), The Oxford Handbook of French Politics (OUP, 2016); La bataille de la parité. Mobilisations pour la féminisation du pouvoir, (Paris, Economica, 2015); Introduction aux études sur le genre (Bruxelles, de Boeck, 2012, co-authored with S. Chauvin, A. Jaunait, A. Revillard); “French Feminists Renegotiate Republican Universalism : The Gender Parity Campaign », French Politics, 5(3), 2007.

Leah L. Chang, Associate Professor of French at The George Washington University and a Senior Research Associate at University College London.

Leah Chang received her PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 2002. She worked on book history, print culture, gender, and women writers for her monograph Into Print: The Production of Female Authorship in Early Modern France (2009) and on texts by and about Catherine de Médicis for Portraits of the Queen Mother: Polemics, Panegyrics, Letters (with Katherine Kong, 2014) which won the Josephine Roberts Award from the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women.  Her current projects focus on queens, adolescence, matriarchy, and hybridity in early modern Europe.

Rebecca Crisafulli, Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at the University of Chicago.

Rebecca will defend her dissertation, “Sincerity and Social Transformation in the Work of Louise d’Épinay,” this spring. She has won fellowships from the Franke Institute for the Humanities and the Georges Lurcy Charitable and Educational Trust and has written articles on the heretofore-neglected intellectual link between d’Épinay and Mme de Sévigné and on a possible identity for Rousseau’s correspondent known as Henriette ***. Rebecca holds a Master of Arts in French from the University of Virginia and has taught courses in French and Gender and Sexuality Studies at UVa, the Catholic University of America, and the University of Chicago.

Anne Duggan, Professor of French and Chair of the Department of Classical and Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at Wayne State University.

Anne E. Duggan received her PhD from the University of Minnesota. Her books include Salonnières, Furies, and Fairies: the Politics of Gender and Cultural Change in Absolutist France (2005) and Queer Enchantments: Gender, Sexuality, and Class in the Fairy-Tale Cinema of Jacques Demy (2013). Her current research interests include continued work on Madeleine de Scudéry, the oriental tale in early modern France, and twentieth- and twenty-first-century fairy-tale film.

Scott Francis, Assistant Professor of French at University of Pensylvania.

Scott completed a Ph.D. at Princeton University in May 2012 and spent the 2012-13 academic year as a Mellon Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow at Penn. A book manuscript based on his dissertation, Fashioning Authors, Advertising Readers: Authorial Personae and Ideal Readers in Lemaire, Marot, and Rabelais, which interprets representations of authors, printers, and readers as antecedents of modern advertising, is currently under consideration. He is also pursuing a project on Reformation theology and gender in Marguerite de Navarre, which focuses on the concepts of scandal and adiaphora in Marguerite and the Circle of Meaux; recent publications stemming from this project include “Marguerite Nicodémite? Adiaphora and Intention in Heptaméron 30, 65, and 72,” Renaissance and Reformation/Renaissance et Réforme 39.3 (Summer 2016): 5-31, and “Scandalous Women or Scandalous Judgment? The Social Perception of Women and the Theology of Scandal in the Heptaméron,” forthcoming in L’Esprit Créateur. With Kevin Brownlee, he is editing a special issue of French Forum (forthcoming in late 2017) based on a colloquium on Christine de Pizan and Marguerite de Navarre held at Penn in November 2014.

Camille Froidevaux-Metterie, Professor of Politics at the Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne and at Sciences Po Paris.

She is former fellow of the Institut Universitaire de France where she held a Academic Excellence Chair for a research project dedicated to the changes in the status of women. She is the author of La révolution du féminin published in 2015 by Gallimard. Her analysis is based on a historical and philosophical approach of the place of women in Western society and takes into account the experience of the female body in a phenomenological perspective. Her ongoing work focuses on the Gender Convergence process by which men are progressively becoming women like any other. She also prepares a book dedicated to feminist theories and debates, from the women’s movement origins to the present day.

Annabel Kim, Assistant Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures at Harvard University.

Annabel KIm got her B.A. in French and Art History from Williams College in 2007 and her PhD in French from Yale in 2014.  She specializes in 20th- and 21st-century French literature with a particular focus on the contemporary novel and French feminist writing and theory. She has published on Marie Darrieussecq and Monique Wittig and has an article forthcoming in PMLA on Anne Garréta. Kim’s first book, Unbecoming Language: Anti-Identitarian French Feminist Fiction is under contract with the Ohio State University Press. She is beginning to think about her second book project, Cacaphonies, which will aim to theorize an excremental poetics of modern and contemporary French literature that accounts for why there is so much fecal matter in the books that matter, i.e. the canon.

Kathleen Loysen, Associate Professor of French, Deputy Chair, and Undergraduate Advisor in the Department of Modern Languages & Literatures at Montclair State University in New Jersey.

Kathleen Loysen received her PhD in French Literature from New York University in 2002. Her primary area of research is narrative fiction of the early modern period in France, and she has published a book entitled Conversation and Storytelling in 15th and 16th Century French Nouvelles (Peter Lang, 2004), along with articles on the Cent nouvelles nouvelles, Marguerite de Navarre, the Evangiles des quenouilles, the anonymous Caquets de l’Accouchee, Mme Galien, and Jacques Tahureau. Her current book project involves literary representations of oral storytelling scenes and the notion of women’s authorship in early modern French literature.

Bruno Perreau, Cynthia L. Reed Professor, and Associate Professor of French Studies at MIT, Faculty Associate at the Center for European Studies, Harvard.

Perreau started his career in France where he taught political science and constitutional law both at the University of Paris 12 and at Sciences Po. He first moved to the US as a member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, then as a faculty at MIT. In 2010, he was named a Newton Fellow by the British Academy and became a Research Associate at Jesus College, Cambridge. In 2014-15, he was a fellow at Stanford Humanities Center. Perreau’s research belongs to the field of critical and social theory, with a specialization on gender in translation and minority politics in contemporary France. He is more specifically interested in studying how the textuality of the law and the making of personal and group identities intertwine. Perreau is the author of several books in French on political institutions, kinship, bioethics, and LGBT studies, and is currently working on a new book project on minority presence in the aftermath of the Orlando attack and the Black Lives Matter movement.
Les Défis de la République. Genre, territoires, citoyenneté (ed. with Joan W. Scott), Presses de Sciences Po, 2017.
Queer Theory: The French Response, Stanford University Press, 2016. The Politics of Adoption. Gender and the Making of French Citizenship, MIT Press, 2014.
Penser l’adoption. La gouvernance pastorale du genre, Presses universitaires de France, 2012.
Le Président des États-Unis (with Christine Ockrent), Dalloz, 2008.
Le Choix de l’homosexualité. Recherches inédites sur la question gay et lesbienne (ed.), EPEL, 2007.
Cinquante ans de vie politique française. Le débat sur la fin de la Ve République, Librio, 2007. Homoparentalités. Approches scientifiques et politiques (ed. with Anne Cadoret, Martine Gross and Caroline Mécary), Presses universitaires de France, 2006.
Homosexualité. Vingt questions pour comprendre, dix textes à découvrir, Librio, 2005.

Jean-Thomas Tremblay, Ph.D. candidate in English Language and Literature at the University of Chicago

Jean-Thomas has a Certificate in the Study of Gender and Sexuality, at the University of Chicago. He is also Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada doctoral fellow (2013-2017) and a residential fellow at Chicago’s Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality (2016-2017). His dissertation project, “We Don’t Breathe Alone: Forms of Encounter in Anglophone North America Since the 1970s,” tracks breathing as a foremost concept for various kinds and scales of encounter – with oneself, with each other, with the world, and with finitude – in an experimental literature that deals with contemporary ecological and political crises. His scholarly writing has been published or is forthcoming in Post45 Peer-Reviewed, Criticism, PhaenEx, and Women & Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory. His non-scholarly writing has been published in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Public Books, Arcade,Review 31, the Oxonian Review, Make Magazine, V21, and Pop Matters. He coordinates the 20th/21st Century Workshop at the University of Chicago.
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Esther Van Dyke, PhD student at the University of Chicago.

Prior to coming to UChicago, Esther did a masters at University of Illinois at Chicago. Her researches focus on 17th century aesthetics and theater. She is currently developing her dissertation proposal around Racine’s use of the longinian sublime both in his tragic discourse and in his theatrical effects.

Éliane Viennot, Emeritus professor at université de Saint-Étienne, member of IHRIM (UMR 5317) and the Institut universitaire de France (2003-2013).

Éliane Viennot is a specialist of feminine political figures of the Renaissance (Marguerite de Valois, Anne de France, les duchesses de Guise…). For the past fifteen years she has been working on a history of relations between La France, les femmes et le pouvoir (2006, L’invention de la loi salique, 5e-16e siècle ; 2008, Les résistances de la société, 17e-18e siècle ; 2016, Et la modernité fut masculine, 1789-1804). In parallel with that, she motivated studies and researches on la Querelle des femmes, « de la Renaissance aux lendemains de la Révolution » (4 volumes have been published so far) and has worked on  the reunion of french language with the feminine gender (2014, Non, le masculin ne l’emporte pas sur le féminin ! Petite histoire des résistances de la langue française ; 2016, L’Académie contre la langue française : le dossier « féminisation »). She cofounded the Société internationale pour l’étude des femmes de l’Ancien Régime (2000) and the Institut Émilie du Châtelet pour le développement et la diffusion des recherches sur les femmes, le sexe et le genre (2006).