Participants

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.

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.

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.

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.
Publications:
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.
Personal website : jttremblay.wordpress.com

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).