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Full Year - 2013

 


Friday, November 22, 2013: Memorial for Professor Giuseppe Di Scipio. 5pm-7pm in Room 4202.

Thursday, November 21, 2013: Breathless: An American Girl in Paris: a conversation about Nancy K. Miller's new memoir. 6pm-8pm in Room 9100 (Skylight Room).

Wednesday, November 20, 2013: "Gender & Sexuality Lectures: A Praxis for Cosmopolitan Solidarity?" a talk by Professor Domna Stanton, Ph.D. Program in French. 12pm-1pm in Room 6112.

Friday, November 15, 2013: "The Practice of Taste: from Pierre Bourdieu to Antoine de Courtin," a talk by Professor Erec Koch, Ph.D. Program in French, The Graduate Center. 5pm in Room 4202.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013: "Michel Leiris et le surréalisme," a talk by Catherine Maubon. 6:15pm in Room 4202.

Friday, October 18, 2013: "Women in the Pantheon of Illustrious Men: Galleries, Books and Political Allegoryin 17th Century France," a talk by Professor Abby Zanger. 5pm in Room 4202.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013: New Translation of de Beauvoir’s The Second Sex: a panel discussion. 4pm-6:30pm in Room 9204.

Thursday & Friday, October 3-4, 2013: A Centennial Celebration of Aimé Césaire at Lehman College (Thursday, October 3, 2pm-6pm) in the East Dining Room and at The Graduate Center (Friday, October 4) in Room C197.

Friday, September 6, 2013: Poetry Reading: Alessandro de Francesco with translator Belle Cushing. 5pm in Room 9204.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013: "The Empire of Fashion in 19th Century France," a talk by Professor Sima Godfrey of the University of British Columbia. 6:30pm in Room 4202.

Friday, May 3, 2013: "Orientations: Female-female Eros in Renaissance Neoplatonism," a talk by Todd Reeser (University of Pittsburgh).

Friday, April 26, 2013: "Le sexe de la littérature," une conférence par Martine Reid sur la nature des résistances rencontrées en France quand il est question des femmes auteurs. 5pm in Room 4202.

Friday, March 1, 2013: Idiosyncrasy / Idiosyncrasie, the 2013 iteration of the annual Graduate Conference by the Ph.D. Program in French. Martin E. Segal Theatre. 8am-5pm (including breakfast and reception) in Room 4202 and the Martin E. Segal Theatre. Visit the conference website here.

Friday, February 8, 2013: "Pratiquer l'écriture: John Cage et la théorie textuelle francophone," a talk by Charles Robert Simard. 5pm in Room 4202.

Event Descriptions


Friday, February 8, 2013: "Pratiquer l'écriture: John Cage et la théorie textuelle francophone," a talk by Charles Robert Simard. 5pm in Room 4202. 

L’approche théorique du texte littéraire souffre encore aujourd’hui dans la francophonie d’une sorte de vénération en trois temps : culte de l’auteur (approche « psychologiste » ou « génétique »), culte du texte (mort de l’auteur et poststructuralisme, déconstruction), culte du lecteur (théories de la lecture et de la réception, approches sociologiques). En travaillant avec l’aléatoire et l’indétermination, l’artiste transdisciplinaire John Cage (1912-1992) crée à partir des années 50 un univers à la fois philosophique et littéraire qui bouscule la conception traditionnelle de l’œuvre d’art littéraire. En plus de proposer une révision des figures habituelles, la nouvelle « textualité » de Cage nous invite à réintégrer la théorisation du texte dans un contexte de pratique de l’écriture.

Friday, March 1, 2013: Idiosyncrasy / Idiosyncrasie, the 2013 annual Graduate Conference by the Ph.D. Program in French. Martin E. Segal Theatre. 8am-5pm (including breakfast and reception) in Room 4202 and the Martin E. Segal Theatre. 

The notion of idiosyncrasy is inextricable from the history of cultural production. In the humanities, this is attested by the twentieth-century obsession with deconstructions of the self, from the fragmented modern self to the empty self of existentialism, the constructed self of poststructuralism, the dissolved postmodern self, and the hybrid, creolized, and cosmopolitan selves of postcolonial theory. The social sciences have also investigated idiosyncrasy, from Gaston Bachelard’s notion of the epistemological rupture that breaks through common sense to Edwin Hollander’s idea of “idiosyncrasy credit,” Pierre Bourdieu’s critique of taste, and the “binding problem” in cognitive science. Yet the twentieth century was not novel: we may also cite Rabelais’s neologisms, the familiarization of strangeness in Montaigne, and the grotesque according to Victor Hugo. Nor does the question of the self exhaust the problem, for we may also consider the idiosyncratic work, the idiosyncratic medium or materiality, idiosyncratic hermeneutics, and the nexus of idiosyncrasy and technology, from print cultures to digital communities. 

This conference invites graduate researchers and theorists to examine idiosyncrasy in French-language culture from a wide variety of philosophical and disciplinary perspectives. We welcome contributions not only in literary and media studies but from any and all neighboring disciplines where idiosyncrasy is an important subject, including but not limited to history, philosophy, linguistics, archeology, architecture, psychology, sociology, cognitive science, and computer science. Visit the conference website here.

Friday, April 26, 2013: "Le sexe de la littérature," une conférence par Martine Reid sur la nature des résistances rencontrées en France quand il est question des femmes auteurs. 5pm in Room 4202.

Diplômée de l’université de Yale aux Etats-Unis où elle a enseigné plusieurs années, Martine Reid est professeur de littérature française à l’université de Lille-III et spécialiste de littérature du XIXe siècle. Elle est l’auteur de nombreux articles et de plusieurs livres, dont le dernier est consacré à George Sand (Signer Sand. L’œuvre et le nom, Belin, 2003). Elle a réédité une vingtaine de textes classiques au Livre de Poche, chez Actes Sud (Babel) et chez Gallimard (Quarto et Folio). En février 2013 Martine Reid a publié une biographie de George Sand chez Gallimard. Cette biographie n’a pas pour objectif de rendre compte des vies multiples et des publications foisonnantes qui font d’Amandine-Aurore-Lucile Dupin (1804-1876), devenue George Sand en 1832, avec la publication d’Indiana, une femme de lettres hors du commun. Elle propose un ensemble d’aperçus qui permettent la mesure d’une personnalité et d’une créativité exceptionnelles, et la réfutation de quelques clichés tenaces. Son dernier ouvrage, Des Femmes en littérature (Belin), sur la place des femmes en tant qu'auteurs du XVIIIe au début du XXe siècle, paraîtra fin mai 2013.

Friday, May 3, 2013: "Orientations: Female-female Eros in Renaissance Neoplatonism," a talk by Todd Reeser (University of Pittsburgh). This talk historicizes queer theory’s insight that lesbianism is often linked to problems of representation by focusing on links between questions of reading and Platonically-inflected female-female erotic love in the Renaissance.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013: "The Empire of Fashion in 19th Century France," a talk by Professor Sima Godfrey of the University of British Columbia. Sima Godfrey teaches in the Dept. of French, Hispanic and Italian Studies at the University of British Columbia. From 1999- 2007 she changed hats to establish and direct the Institute for European Studies at that university, where her interests quickly shifted to questions of cultural identity. She has published widely on the usual suspects of 19th-century French literature, including Balzac, Baudelaire, Flaubert, Gautier, Mallarmé, Maupassant, Nerval and others. For the past decade she has focused on aspects of modern French cultural history, most notably the concept of fashionability in 19th-century France -- the research for which has inspired her talk. Along the way, however, she has also published on Concrete Poetry (on poetry and architecture in France), Product Placement in French literature, the representation of North American First Nations in French cinema, and most recently, on the Crimean War in French Cultural Memory, a project she is calling “La Guerre de Crimée n’aura pas lieu.” Professor Godfrey's talk on May 15 is designed to accompany the exhibition "Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity," at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Friday, September 6, 2013: Poetry Reading: Alessandro de Francesco with translator Belle Cushing. Alessandro De Francesco is an Italian poet, theoretician and artist currently based in London after a long stay in France. Internationally regarded as one of the most relevant poets and language artists of the new generation, Alessandro is currently recipient of the writers' grant of the French National Book Center and is the youngest Faculty member of the European Graduate School, where he was invited twice as artist-in-residence and visiting professor of poetry. He published the following books of poetry and conceptual writing: Lo spostamento degli oggetti (2008), from 1000m (2009), Redéfinition (2010), Ridefinizione (2011), Augmented Writing (2013). His poetry is regularly translated and published in journals worldwide. Recent publications in English can be found in the following magazines: Lana Turner Journal, OR, Gradiva, Continent (all translations by Belle Cushing).

Thursday & Friday, October 3-4, 2013: A Centennial Celebration of Aimé Césaire (1913-2008) at Lehman College & The Graduate Center

Sponsored and organized:
At Lehman, by the School of Arts & Humanities, and the Departments of African and African-American Studies, Latin-American, Latino and Puerto-Rican Studies and Languages & Literatures.
At the Graduate Center, by the Ph.D. Program in French, with additional support from the Henri Peyre French Institute and the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center.
Additional support from the Martinique Promotion Bureau and Haiti Cultural Exchange.

Thursday, October 3: Lehman College, East Dining Room
2pm-6pm

2:00-2:30 -- Welcoming remarks by Prof. Milagros Ricourt and Prof. Thomas Spear. Film projection: L’ami fondamental, by Euzhan Palcy (2006, in French, 18 mins.).

2:30-4:00 -- Global Césaire, a one hour panel followed by Q&A moderated by Prof. Mark Christian (Lehman), with Prof. Ghelawdewos Araia (Lehman), Prof. Françoise Naudillon (Concordia U.), Prof. Nick Nesbitt (Princeton U.), and Prof. Milagros Ricourt (Lehman).

4:30-6:00 -- Readings of texts by Césaire (in English/French); remarks & reading by Nimrod (author, poet, essayist); reception.

Friday October 4: The Graduate Center, Room C197 
2:30pm-7pm

2:30-3:45 -- Césaire et la mémoire, a roundtable chaired by Thomas Spear, with Sylvie Kandé, Françoise Naudillon, Lucie Paul, and Ronnie Scharfman.

4:30-5:45 -- Césaire et Haïti, a roundtable chaired by Régine Joseph, with J. Michael Dash, Wilson Décembre, Frantz Leconte, Jasmine Narcisse, and Étienne Télémaque.

6:00-7:00 -- “Césaire, l’océanique,” a keynote address by Nimrod (in French).

7:00 -- Reception.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013: New Translation of de Beauvoir’s The Second Sex: a panel discussion. 

As part of the Sue Weinberg Lecture Series, The New York Society for Women in Philosophy and the Department of Women Studies at the Graduate Center present a panel on the new translation of Simone de Beauvoir's The Second Sex. The panel will include translators Constance Borde and Sheila Malovany-Chevallier, as well as commentary from Debra Bergoffen (George Mason University). Please join us to discuss the history of de Beauvoir's The Second Sex, controversy over the different translations, and the effects of the translations on the meaning and legacy of de Beauvoir's philosophical work. Cosponsored by the Center for the Study of Women and Society and the New York Society for Women in Philosophy (NYSWIP).

Friday, October 18, 2013: "Women in the Pantheon of Illustrious Men: Galleries, Books and Political Allegoryin 17th Century France," a talk by Professor Abby Zanger.

Abby Zanger is author of Scenes from the Marriage of Louis XIV: Nuptial Fictions and the Making of Absolutist Power (Stanford) as well as numerous essays on topics situated at the cusp of the fields of literature, history, visual studies, and gender theory. Most recently she has published articles and book chapters on topics such as women and iconography, witchcraft and placebos, the politics of the marriage plot, allegories of royal procreation, and the relations between print and theatre. She is currently working on two book projects, one on political allegory and the other on passages to print, both concerning early modern France. This talk is cosponsored by the Center for the Study of Women and Society and the PhD Program in French.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013: "Michel Leiris et le surréalisme," a talk by Catherine Maubon. 

Catherine Maubon is Professeur de littérature francaise, Dipartimento di Filologia e critica delle letterature antiche e modern, Università degli Studi di Siena. She is the author of: “L'Age d'homme de Michel Leiris,” “Michel Leiris : autour de l'autobiographie,” and “Desir et melancolie: lectures du Page disgracie de Tristan l'Hermite.” Lecture in French. A reception will follow the lecture.

Friday, November 15, 2013: "The Practice of Taste: from Pierre Bourdieu to Antoine de Courtin," a talk by Professor Erec Koch, Ph.D. Program in French, The Graduate Center. 

In this talk, Professor Koch will explore how Pierre Bourdieu’s La Distinction sheds light on the problematic inflection of taste in the seventeenth century by examining the case of Antoine de Courtin’s seminal Nouveau Traité de la civilité qui se pratique en France parmi les honnêtes-gens (1671). Courtin’s text elaborates taste not as a faculty of discernment but as a function of normative social performance: taste is enacted by the body and inscribed within it.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013: "Gender & Sexuality Lectures: A Praxis for Cosmopolitan Solidarity?" a talk by Professor Domna Stanton, Ph.D. Program in French.

Domna Stanton is Distinguished Professor of French at the Graduate Center where she specializes in the early modern period, women's writing, critical theory and human rights. Stanton just completed a collection of her essays, The Dynamics of Gender, and she is now working on The Monarchy, The Nation and its Others: France in the Era of Louis XIV. Her other books include the classic The Aristocrat as Art, and the edited collections Discourses of Sexuality: from Aristotle to Aids and The Female Autograph: Theory and Practice of Autobiography from the 10th to the 20th Century and The Defiant Muse: French Feminist Poems from the Middle Ages to the Present.

Thursday, November 21, 2013: Breathless: An American Girl in Paris: a conversation about Nancy K. Miller's new memoir.

Join us for a conversation about Nancy K. Miller’s new memoir, Breathless: An American Girl in Paris, a feminist coming–of-age story set in 1960s Paris. Nancy K. Miller is Distinguished Professor of English and Comparative Literature, The Graduate Center/CUNY. She will be joined by Tahneer Oksman, Aoibheann Sweeney, Kamy Wicoff, and Wayne Koestenbaum.