Past Events Summaries

Fall Quarter 2016

Spring Quarter 2016

Winter Quarter 2016

Fall Quarter 2015

Spring Quarter 2015

Winter Quarter 2015


Fall Quarter 2016

THE MINORITY PARADOX: BLACKNESS IN FRANCE

Date & Time: Friday, November 11, 2016. 4:00PM
Location: John Evans Alumni Center, 1800 Sheridan Road
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WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING FOR: Music-Image Relations

Date & Time: Thursday, November 3, 2016. 4:00PM
Location: Forum Room, Deering Library
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BEYOND OCCITANIA: The Department of French & Italian Annual Fall Colloquium, Day 2

Date & Time: Friday, October 28, 2016. 9:00AM
Location: Harris Hall-108, 1881 Sheridan Road
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BEYOND OCCITANIA: The Department of French & Italian Annual Fall Colloquium, Day 1

Date & Time: Thursday, October 27, 2016. 5:30PM
Location: John Evans Alumni Center, 1800 Sheridan Road
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Found Object:  A Case Study in Interdisciplinary Research in the Humanities

Date & Time: Friday, October 21, 2016. 4PM
Location: Harris Hall-108, 1881 Sheridan Road
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THE CHAPLIN FILES: A Graduate Student Workshop

Date & Time: Friday, October 21, 2016. 12PM
Location: Crowe Hall 2-130, 1860 Campus Drive
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ABDELFATTAH KILITO VISIT Oct. 3 - 7, 2016

Date & Time: Monday, October 3, 2016. 12PM
Location: Hagstrum Room, University Hall-201, Evanston, IL
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Date & Time: Tuesday, October 4, 2016. 9AM
Location: Program of African Studies Seminar Room, 620 Library Pl. Evanston, IL
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Date & Time: Friday, October 7, 2016. 4PM
Location: Kresge Hall, Rm. 1-515, Evanston, IL
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Spring Quarter 2016

ART, PHOTOGRAPHY, AND MEDIA IN THE ITALIAN 1960s

Date & Time: Monday, May 9, 2016. 4PM
Location: Harris Hall, Rm. 108, Evanston, IL 60208-2220
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POSTCOLONIAL STUDIES IN FRANCE TODAY

Date & Time: Thursday, May 5, 2016. 4:30PM
Location: McCormick Foundation Center, Rm. 3-127, 1870 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208-2220
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HAND / MACHINE / WRITING / POLITICS IN 1960s ITALY

Date & Time: Friday, April 29, 2016. 4PM
Location: Harris Hall, Rm. 108, Evanston, IL 60208-2220
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TERRANES of CLIMATE CHANGE: SUBSURFACE, SURFACE, ATMOSPHERE

Date & Time: Friday, April 29, 2016. 12PM
Location: Crowe Hall, Rm. 2-130, 1860 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208-2220
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LANGUES ET ÉCRITURES POSTCOLONIALES, une causerie

Date & Time: Friday, April 22, 2016. 12PM
Location: Crowe Hall, Rm. 2-130, 1860 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208-2220
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LITERATURE & POLITICS IN HAITI TODAY

Date & Time: Monday, April 11, 2016. 4PM
Location: John Evans Alumni Center, 1800 Sheridan Rd., Evanston, IL 60208-2220
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Winter Quarter 2016

FAIRY TALE ANIMALS

Date & Time: Thursday, March 3, 2016. 4PM
Location: McCormick Foundation Center, Rm. 3-127, 1870 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208-2220
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Departmental Lecture Series: ART IN THE JUNGLE: ENVISIONING REFUGEES IN THE CALAIS CAMP

Date & Time: Friday, February 19, 2016. 4PM
Location: Hagstrum Room, University Hall-201, Evanston, IL 60208-2220
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Fall Quarter 2015

THE SPECTACLE IS EVERYWHERE: 1968 AS A GLOBAL EVENT

Date & Time: Friday, November 6, 2015. 4PM

Location: McCormick Foundation Center, Rm. 3107, 1870 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208-2220

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LYON: UNE CAPITALE DU LIVRE A LA RENAISSANCE

Une causerie avec Michel Jourde, Professeur de littérature française, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon. Le déjeuner sera servi.

Date & Time: Thursday, October 29, 2015. 12:00-1:00PM

Location: Crowe Hall 2-130, 1860 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208-2220

Conference Co-Sponsor: the French Interdisciplinary Group, the Buffett Institute for Global Studies, and the French Embassy in the United States

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ROLAND BARTHES’S CRITICAL LEGACY

On Friday, October 23, 2015, this one day symposium focused on Roland Barthes, one of last century’s leading European essayists and critics. Whether writing on popular phenomena like soap-ads and wrestling, Honoré de Balzac’s work, or the most private of photographs, Barthes has indelibly influenced the way we think of the relationship between words, images, objects, and affects.

To mark the centenary of his birth, the Department of French and Italian presented a one-day interdisciplinary symposium, bringing together renowned European and American scholars. The symposium aimed at interrogating Barthes’ complex legacy in the fields of literary and visual studies while also questioning the notion of legacy itself: How do we critically inherit an author’s critical legacy? What kind of relationship to the future does a legacy open up for those who actively receive it?

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Spring Quarter 2015

2015 GRADUATE STUDENT CONFERENCE

The May 29, 2015 Graduate Student Conference, “Radicalisms: Movements and Moments,” opened a critical dialogue about the nature, potential, and limits of “radicalism” in academia. The conference featured a keynote address by Kent State University’s Professor Kevin Floyd. In his compelling talk, entitled “Gendered Labor and Abstract Life,” Professor Floyd offered a Marxist critique of gendered forms of value-producing labor in the debt-ridden global South. The afternoon panels brought together graduate students in Art History, Comparative Literature, English, and French, including our own Matthew Brauer, Joseph Derosier, and Jessica Neuschwander.

It was organized by Rachel Grimm, Colin Jackson, Arachi Jung, and Brian McLoughlin.

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MICHELA MINESSO'S PRESENTATION

On May 21, 2015, Michela Minesso, Professor of Contemporary History at the University of Milan, gave a lecture called "An Innovative International Ruling Class: Industrial and Technical Elites in Milan Between Liberalism and Fascism," on the central role of industrial and technical élites of Milan in the Italian industrialization occurring between the end of the 19th century and the rise to power of fascism, including the environments and the institutions in which those élites operated.

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ELIZAVETA STRAKHOV'S PRESENTATION

On May 19, 2015, Elizaveta Strakhov, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in French Medieval Literature, gave a lecture titled “The Silence of the Lambs: The French Pastourelle and Critiques of the Hundred Years War.” It was followed by lively discussion among graduate students and faculty, and a well-attended reception.

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MAKRAM ABBES' PRESENTATION

On May 11, 2015, Makram Abbes of Ecole Normale Supérieure-Lyon gave a talk titled "Maximes, poésies et récits: rhétorique et politique dans les textes arabes."
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PANNILL CAMP'S PRESENTATION

On April 27, 2015, Pannill Camp of Washington University in St. Louis gave a lecture, “Irruption and Awakening: The Masonic Plays and Revolutionary Festivals of François-Félix Nogaret” (1740-1831), which is part of his book project on the relations between theater, rituals, Freemasonry, and the French Revolution.

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MARC CREPON CAUSERIE

On April 23, 2015, Marc Crépon led a causerie entitled "Contrer la violence: réflexions après les événements du 7 au 9 janvier à Paris."

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ISABELLE ALFANDARY'S PRESENTATION

On April 20, 2015, Isabelle Alfandary of the Université de la Sorbonne-Nouvelle (Paris III) presented a talk entitled “Derrida-Lacan: In Between Psychoanalysis and Deconstruction,” through the support of the Department of French and Italian and the French Interdisciplinary Group. The talk explored new intersections between Lacanian psychoanalytic theory and Derridean thought.

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Winter Quarter 2015

CHRISTOPHER ATWOOD'S PRESENTATION

On March 3, 2015, Dr. Christopher Atwood, a visiting lecturer in Italian, presented a multi-media talk on Futurist art (1909-144) titled "Modernity, Machines and Motor Oil: Italian Futurist Art and Ideals." Topics discussed included Futurists’ representations of speed, the movement’s relationship with Fascism, and the revolutionary Futurist Cookbook (1931).

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CHRISTOPHER DAVIS' PRESENTATION

On February 9, 2015, Dr. Christopher Davis gave a lecture titled "Each in their Latin: Grammar, Poetics, and Old Occitan as a Literary Language."

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