Events

The Future of French and Francophone Studies: The “Francophone” in Question

General Programming

Cosponsors
  • Cultural Services of the French Embassy
  • Maison Française
Organizer
  • Emmanuelle Saada, Professor of French, Columbia University

In the second workshop of this series on The Future of French and Francophone Studies, participants will explore with audience participants some of the constitutive questions of the field of Francophone Studies, in relation both to teaching and to research.

In the first workshop session, panelists will initiate a discussion about the contemporary forms and stakes of linguistic diversity in the "francophone world" and how they analyze and teach texts that are at the confluence of several languages.

The second session will be devoted to the question of how we historicize the francophone. While the field has tended to privilege 20th-Century texts and debates, some researchers have begun to make claims on other time periods and develop a longue durée approach to the francophone. This panel will consider how the central questions and methodologies in the field are being transformed by such a chronological expansion.

The third panel will explore the process of "politicization" of the francophone. While the dominance of "politics" over "aesthetics" has long been used to describe the field, current works are interrogating the nature of the "political" in francophone studies, often in conjunction with the affirmation of human rights, the deployment of violence and the multiple experiences of trauma.

This workshop is open to scholars and graduate students in French and Francophone studies and related fields with an interest in the topics to be explored. The format of the workshop is designed to encourage a dialogue among panelists and the scholars and students in the audience. It will start with an online forum that will go live about ten days before the meeting on April 3. Rather than a formal paper, the discussants in each session are being asked to prepare a set of short responses (500 words each) to a series of queries. Their responses will be posted, and conference attendees are encouraged to read and comment on their responses, as a way of stimulating ideas and perspectives to be explored together at the workshop.

RSVP to [email protected] by April 1.

For more information: e-mail Lindsey Long at [email protected] or call the Maison Française at 212 854-4482.

Program

April 3, 2015  Friday

10:00am - 10:30am EDT

Registration/Welcome

10:30am - 12:00pm EDT

Session 1: The Francophone in Between Languages

Souleymane Bachir Diagne

Professor of French

Columbia University

Kaiama L. Glover

Professor of French

Barnard College

Amr Kamal

Assistant Professor of French and Arabic

The City College of New York, City University of New York

Moderator

Emmanuelle Saada

Associate Professor of French and Romance Philology; Director of the Center for French and Francophone Studies

Columbia University

12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT

Break I

1:00pm - 3:00pm EDT

Session 2: Historicizing the Francophone

Laurent Dubois

Marcello Lotti Professor of Romance Studies and History

Duke University

Tabetha Ewing

Associate Professor of History

Bard College

Doris Garraway

Associate Professor of French

Northwestern University

Alex Gil

Digital Scholarship Coordinator, Humanities and History Division of the Libraries

Columbia University

Gary Wilder

Professor of Anthropology

The Graduate Center, City University of New York

Moderator

Vincent Debaene

Associate Professor of French

Columbia University

3:00pm - 3:30pm EDT

Break II

3:30pm - 5:30pm EDT

Session 3: Politicizing the Francophone

Vanessa Agard-Jones

Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Columbia University

Justin Izzo

Assistant Professor of French

Brown University

Régine Joseph

Assistant Professor of European Language and Literatures

Queens College, City University of New York

Miriam Ticktin

Associate Professor of Anthropology

The New School for Social Research

Moderator

Madeleine Dobie

Professor of French

Columbia University

5:30pm - 7:00pm EDT

Closing Discussion and Remarks
Participants
  • Vanessa Agard-Jones Assistant Professor of Anthropology Columbia University
  • Vincent Debaene Associate Professor of French Columbia University
  • Souleymane Bachir Diagne Professor of French Columbia University
  • Madeleine Dobie Professor of French Columbia University
  • Laurent Dubois Marcello Lotti Professor of Romance Studies and History Duke University
  • Tabetha Ewing Associate Professor of History Bard College
  • Doris Garraway Associate Professor of French Northwestern University
  • Alex Gil Digital Scholarship Coordinator, Humanities and History Division of the Libraries Columbia University
  • Kaiama L. Glover Professor of French Barnard College
  • Justin Izzo Assistant Professor of French Brown University
  • Régine Joseph Assistant Professor of European Language and Literatures Queens College, City University of New York
  • Amr Kamal Assistant Professor of French and Arabic The City College of New York, City University of New York
  • Emmanuelle Saada Associate Professor of French and Romance Philology; Director of the Center for French and Francophone Studies Columbia University
  • Miriam Ticktin Associate Professor of Anthropology The New School for Social Research
  • Gary Wilder Professor of Anthropology The Graduate Center, City University of New York