Provost Joy Connolly visits the French Program
Our new provost Joy Connolly visited with the French department on the evening of February 23rd and met with faculty and students for an evening of cordial exchanges. Read more
Franck Helmcke presenting Professor Thomas Spear (l.) with the Gardien du Livre prizefor his work promoting Haitian literature. Professor Spear was one of three to receive the award.
Professor. Thomas Spear of the French Program at CUNY Graduate Center was honored in June 2016 at the annual Livres en Folie book festival, held in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, with the Gardien du Livre—or “Keeper of the Books”—prize for his work promoting Haitian literature. He was one of three recipients of the award.
Acclaimed novels by Distinguished Professor André Aciman (Comparative Literature/French) are drawing major interest — from both major media and Hollywood alike. Read more
Chris Clarke was awarded a PEN/Heim Translation Grant. He is among those who will be saluted at the tribute to Rabassa on October 21st, 2016 at the Graduate Center. Read more
This year’s French Department Conference, Mapping Memory, is coming up this Friday, March 11th. Please join us for four exciting panels (Rm. 5409), followed by a keynote address by French artist Prune Nourry, in conversation with the GC’s own Professor Romy Golan! The day will be topped off with a reception at 6:45 pm in the French Department Lounge (Rm. 4202). Read more
Marie Vieux Chauvet
On the occasion of the centennial year of the birth of the seminal Haitian writer
Marie Vieux Chauvet (1916-1973) and the January 2016 publication of the special issue of Yale French Studies devoted to the author,
The Ph.D. Program in French and the Henri Peyre French Institute present
A Centennial Celebration of
Marie Vieux Chauvet
Friday, March 4
Domna Stanton speaks about her latest book The Dynamics of Gender in Early Modern France: Women Writ, Women Writing (Ashgate, 2014)
Domna Stanton is featured in Roxanne Panchasi's latest podcast, in an interviw about her book The Dynamics of Gender in Early Modern France: Women Writ, Women Writing. Read Dr. Panchasi's summary below, and check out the podcast on the NBFS website. Read more
Mary Ann Caws, co-translator with Nancy Kline Earth
(Contra Mundum Press, 2015)
On Thursday, April 23, the Graduate Center will host “Risquer la Vulnérabilité: Risking Vulnerability,” a daylong symposium that aims to identify what vulnerability means in contemporary social sciences and humanities. Read more
Gender, Women and the Arab Spring, Ed. Andrea Khalil (2015) Routledge.
This book provides a unique investigation into the gender dynamics of the Arab Spring as it unfolded in North Africa. It covers issues such as gender legislation in the post-revolution period, sexual harassment, gender activism, politics and the female body, women and Islamist movements, state feminism, women and political economy, and women’s rights in the context of political transitions. Chapters on Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Libya and Egypt are written by specialist and activists from those countries. It includes a rare, first hand insight into the gender debates, human rights violations and politics of post-Qaddafi Libya, written by a Libyan scholar directly engaged in these developments. An analysis of post-Mubarak gender debates in Egypt is detailed by a gender activist and scholar currently engaged in these debates in favour of gender equitable legislation and human rights in Egypt. Two former Ministers of Women’s Affairs from Tunisia and Algeria, who are also prolific scholars, provide analysis on the situation of women’s rights in the context of Islamism and freedom of artistic expression in Tunisia and Algeria. In addition to these first-hand accounts written by North African political and civil society actors, the book provides a comprehensive theoretical background that allows for readers to understand the historical and deeper cultural contexts of gender struggles. The Foreword frames the larger debate about gender equality and democratisation in the North Africa/Middle East region and clearly presents the lines of investigation of the chapters. Each chapter contains a clear framing of the subject that will orient, educate, and intelligently inform the general reader about the history, current developments and stakes of women’s struggles that have intensified and shifted since the beginning of the Arab Spring.
1. Introduction: Gender paradoxes of the Arab Spring
2. Modernising women and democratisation after the Arab Spring
3. The Arab Spring exception: Algeria’s political ambiguities and citizenship rights
4. Political, aesthetic, and ethical positions of Tunisian women artists, 2011–13
5. The revolution shall not pass through women’s bodies: Egypt, uprising and gender politics
6. Tunisia’s women: partners in revolution
7. Gender and state-building in Libya: towards a politics of inclusion
8. Egyptian women and the 25th of January Revolution: presence and absence
9. Equal or complementary? Women in the new Tunisian Constitution after the Arab Spring
10. Young women and social media against sexual harassment in North Africa
11. Working-class women revolt: gendered political economy in Morocco
Link: http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9781138815223/ Read more