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Édouard Glissant's Tout-Monde: Transnational Perspectives
Fri, Nov 16, 2018, 12:45 PM – 7:00 PM
Elebash Recital Hall & The James Gallery
Image Credit: Photograph from the private collection of Olivier Glissant.
About the symposium:
The year 2018 marks what would have been the 90th birthday of Édouard Glissant (1928-2011), the eminent thinker of Relation and the All-World (Tout-Monde) who taught for sixteen years at the City University of New York’s Graduate Center. Since Glissant's passing, the influence of his thought continues to grow as his works are now taught not only in Europe and the Americas but also in India and China.
CUNY celebrates the transnational reach of Édouard Glissant's ideas and the continued sustenance they provide to activists, artists, scholars and writers world-wide. It underlines his call for all people to abrogate the walls, real or imaginary, that separate them for all communities to achieve equality and solidarity and embrace the "Poetics of Relation."  
Édouard Glissant’s humanist project influenced and engaged colleagues and students alike during his years as Distinguished Professor of French at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (1995 to 2011), a city in which diverse ethnic and religious groups share a space that allows “Relation” to thrive, be reformulated and constantly rediscovered. The symposium includes academics whom Glissant mentored as well as those who have been inspired by reading him and have applied his thought to their own work and in teaching their own students.

The symposium brings to the fore scholars and artists who apply Édouard Glissant's theories to shed light on inter-communal relations, expose the power dynamics of the privileged versus the marginalized, advocate against boundaries while acknowledging difference, contest dominant hierarchies of race, ethnicity, and gender, and show how texts normalize some groups and make others “other.” The symposium celebrates the many perspectives of the Tout-Monde and brings the “periphery” back to the center of discourse, mindful of the powerful Glissant-inspired motto “Les Périphériques vous parlent!” (The Periphery is speaking to you!).

Presenters and speakers include:
Mary Ann Caws
Mohit Chandna
Nathalie Etoke
Paul Fadoul
Emmanuel Bruno Jean-François
Jarrod Hayes
Sylvie Kandé
Cilas Kemedjio
Francesca Canadé Sautman
Barbara Webb
Christopher Winks
Pedro Zylbersztajn

We will end the day-long symposium "Édouard Glissant's Tout-Monde: Transnational Perspectives" in The James Gallery with a reading by Mary Ann Caws in both French and English from her own translation of Édouard Glissant's epic poem Le Sel Noir, followed by a reception.
This symposium is organized by the Center for the Humanities, the Henri Peyre French Institute, and  Americas Society, and is co-sponsored by Advanced Research Collaborative (ARC), the Ph.D. Program in French at the Graduate Center, CUNY, and the Institute for Research on the African Diaspora in the Americas and the Caribbean (IRADAC)

This symposium coincides with the exhibition Lydia Cabrera and Édouard Glissant: Trembling Thinking at the Americas Society.
For more about Édouard Glissant Programming

Image Credit: Photograph from the private collection of Olivier Glissant.


Édouard Glissant: Seminar Series
This November at the Graduate Center, CUNY, the Henri Peyre French Institute, the PhD Program in  French, and the Center for the Humanities at the Graduate Center, CUNY invite you to attend a series of seminars honoring the legacy of Édouard Glissant, who taught here from 1995 to 2011.

Each of the informal seminars—held in the French Department thesis room where Glissant taught––will be led by one of his former students on a topic of their choosing, ranging from their personal experience with Glissant to the themes in his work and its ongoing influence across disciplines. Offering an intimate at-one-remove experience, these one-hour seminars will be open to 10–15 participants. To attend, participants must RSVP on Eventbrite (see links to RSVP below).
Click here for more information about the seminar series, the leaders, and to RSVP.
  • Weds, October 24, 2-3pm: Paul Fadoul, Lecturer in French, Queens College, CUNY [FULLY BOOKED]


These seminars are in tandem with the exhibition Lydia Cabrera and Édouard Glissant: Trembling Thinking at the Americas Society (Oct. 9, 2018–Jan. 12, 2019), and the symposium "Édouard Glissant's Tout-Monde: Transnational Perspectives" at the Graduate Center, CUNY (Fri, Nov 16, 2018, 12:45 PM – 7:00 PM).

Co-sponsored by the Henri Peyre French Institute, the PhD Program in French, and the Center for the Humanities at the Graduate Center, CUNY. 
Édouard Glissant: One World in Relation

Screening & Conversation
Tue, Nov 6, 2018, 6:30 PM – 08:30 PM
Manthia Diawara’s film Édouard Glissant: One World in Relation (2009, 48 min) follows Édouard Glissant, thinker of Relation and the All-World, on a transatlantic journey as he discusses his philosophies of creolization, relation, and history. Following the screening will be a discussion with the director and artist Asad Raza, co-curator of the exhibition Lydia Cabrera and Édouard Glissant: Trembling Thinking at the Americas Society (October 9, 2018 to January 12, 2019).

This screening is in tandem with the exhibition Lydia Cabrera and Édouard Glissant: Trembling Thinking at the Americas Society (Oct. 9, 2018–Jan. 12, 2019), and the symposium "Édouard Glissant's Tout-Monde: Transnational Perspectives" at the Graduate Center, CUNY (Fri, Nov 16, 2018, 12:45 PM – 7:00 PM).

                        Co-sponsored by the Americas Society, New York.

Rivereuse, Water, Gender and Resource in Early Modern France.
Friday September 21st, 2018
5.00 pm. French Lounge 4202

Speaker: Katherine Ibbett

This talk explores the relationship between a figurative language about rivers and a new science of hydrology in early modern France and the French Americas. How did the residents of riverbanks - from nymphs to washerwomen - navigate the significance of the river and its multiple resources?

Katherine Ibbett is Professor of French at the University of Oxford, and Caroline de Jager Fellow in French at Trinity College, Oxford; she has previously taught at University College London and the University of Michigan. She is the author of Compassion’s Edge: Fellow-Feeling and its Limits in Early Modern France (Penn, 2017) and The Style of the State in French Theater (Ashgate, 2009), and the co-editor of Walter Benjamin’s Hypothetical French Trauerspiel (Yale French Studies 2013). She is currently working on a book entitled Liquid Empire, about the writing of water in France and the Americas.

Co-Sponsors: French, Renaissance, Studies,Women's Studies, History and Comparative Literature

Channeling Relations in Medieval England and France 
Friday May 4th, 2018.
This event is hosted by Pearl Kibre Medieval Study and the Doctoral Students’ Council
at the The Graduate Center, CUNY.
Generous contributions were made by The Henri Peyre French Institute, the Medieval Studies Certificate Program, the Ph.D. Program in Art History, the Ph.D. Program in English, and the Ph.D. Program in History.
Organizers: Stephanie Grace-Petinos (University of Wisconsin-Madison); Deborah McGrady (University of Virginia); Elizabeth Robertson (University of Glasgow); Sara Rychtarik (Graduate Center, CUNY)

Jacques Viau Renaud Book Tour
Friday April 20th at 5:30 pm, Room 4202
Hosted by the Ph.D. Program in French this Friday April 20th at 5:30 pm Room 4202
Conversation with Sophie Marinez, Daniel Huttinot, Amaury Rodriguez & Raj Chetty Conversation will take place around the publication of J’essaie de vous parler de ma patrie (Mémoire d’encrier, 2018), the French translation of poems by Jacques Viau Renaud (1941-1965), a Haitian-Dominican poet who died in the struggle for Dominican sovereignty during the North-American occupation. Presented by the Center for the Study of Women & society Co-Sponsored by the Henri Peyre French Institute Join us at Jacques Viau Renaud’s book tour’s first stop in New York City

L'Île Maurice : carrefour de l'Océan Indien et du monde
Mauritius: crossroads of the Indian Ocean and of the world
 A special forum.
Friday April 13th, 2018

 Recherches contemporaines en littérature de l'Océan Indien:
 "Une île du bout des mondes…", Emmanuel Bruno Jean-François, Penn State University.
 "Maurice, un état-océan et ses spectres", Kumari Issur, University of Mauritius.
 Paroles d’écrivaine:
 "Remplir les silences de l'histoire par l'écriture", Shenaz Patel (journaliste et écrivaine).
 [Presentations followed by a round table and a discussion.]
 Room 9204, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
 Co-sponsored by the Henri Peyre French Institute

Renaissance Workshop & Public Lecture by Distinguished Scholar Mireille Huchon
Two day event: March 26 and 27

The Henri Peyre French Institute is delighted to announce;
 Professor Mireille Huchon, Senior Member of the Institut Universitaire de France, and Vice-President of the Société d’Histoire Littéraire de la France, Director of the series Etudes et Essais sur la Renaissance, Textes de la Renaissance, Les Mondes de Rabelais and co-director of the collection Bibliothèque de la Renaissance aux éditions Classiques Garnier, will speak on:

On Tuesday March 27th, room 9207, 6 PM

There will also be a workshop on early modern work in progress
with doctoral students in dialogue with Professor Huchon, 
March 26th.
Place: French thesis room lounge

Haunted History in France and America: When the Ghosts of Slavery Resurface
Student Conference 2018 March 23, 2018, 9:30am – 6:30pm

Keynote, Crystal Fleming, Professor of Sociology and Africana Studies, SUNY Stony Brook
Room C201 & C202

As seen in Charleston, South Carolina and more recently in Charlottesville, Virginia, monuments that celebrate slave-owning heritage such as confederate flags and memorials honoring anti-abolitionists have become contentious subjects, leading to outrage and violence. For some, these controversial symbols represent racial oppression; for others, their heritage, turning historic landscapes into a stage for the ongoing conversation about race and inequality in America. Unlike France, the United States has yet to officially acknowledge slavery as a crime against humanity or to erect slave memorials that pay homage to the victims.

2018 will mark the 170th anniversary of the abolition of slavery in France’s former colonies. Since the 150th anniversary of the Abolition of Slavery in 1998 and the Taubira law of 2001, the French State has sponsored a number of memorials across continental France and its overseas departments. These include memorials along the slave ports of arrivals in Western France, the impressive ACTe memorial in Guadeloupe, François Hollande’s commitment to build a state-of-the-art slave memorial museum in Paris, and the declaration of May 10th as the national day for commemorating slavery. Nevertheless, the current will to equate remembrance with reparation seems at odds with the reality in France where institutionalized racism along with socioeconomic disparity between Whites and Blacks continue to intensify racial division. On both sides of the Atlantic, people call for the creation of slave memorials to break the cycle of the past. Creating monuments alone is not sufficient. The conversation about race must take place as well. And as Professor Jennifer Allen says in a recent conversation with NPR, “the discussions about monuments and the Confederacy…are an opportunity for the U.S. to reimagine its relationship to the past” (2017). She further suggests that the moment the younger generation becomes involved in the debate, “you start to see a sort of qualitative re-evaluation of the kind of forms memory and commemoration might take” (2017). The same can be applied to France. The symbolic act of remembering must be followed by real actions that will bring meaningful changes not only in the lives of slaves’ descendants but also in racial equality. We are particularly interested in interdisciplinary studies and welcome a diversity of methodological approaches. Our goal is to have a stimulating conversation on this heated debate from both sides of the Atlantic.

Contributions may address one or more of the following:
Memory politics
Trauma theory and slavery
Critical race theory
The reconstruction of slavery in literature
Absence of slave autobiographies and narratives in French literature
The unsung heroes of slavery abolition
Social history Sources and archives on slavery
Public space as historic landscape
Architecture and the politics of memorialization
Reconstruction of memory
The significance of selective versus collective memory
Disguising and displacing slavery in France
Cinema and memory
Commemoration, museums, and monuments Museums as sites of contestation
Myths and silence in the discourses of abolition
Schoelcherism and politics of assimilation Slavery and the struggle for freedom as imaginary narratives
The role of Saint-Domingue in the first emancipation Haiti as the first black nation and antebellum America

A Surrealist Moment
October 19th 5.30 pm -7.30pm

In Honor of Distinguished Professor Mary Ann Caws
An Evening of Surrealist Performances.
The Martin Segal Theater
Doors OPEN at 5.00pm. Refreshments will be served after the show.
Sponsored by The Henri Peyre French Institute

Adventures in Criticism Friday,
April 21, 2017

  A Day-Long Symposium on Nineteenth-Century French Studies in Honor of Professor Julia Przybos
10:00AM - 8:00 PM The Graduate Center CUNY, Rooms 9205 & 4202 Students, alumni and faculty of the Graduate Center, CUNY along with guest speakers Claudie Bernard (NYU), Rachel Corkle (BMCC), Rachel Mesch (Yeshiva), Raisa Rexer (Vanderbilt), Wilson Decembre (Hunter College) and Chapman Wing (College of Staten Island).

Special thanks to: The Henri Peyre Institute, Prof. Julia Przybos, Prof. Francesca Sautman, Prof. Sara McDougall, Patricia Winter, Marguerite Van Cook, Christopher Campbell and Sabeel Kazi
Full Program here

 llegitimacy in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe
 Thursday May 17th 2:00-4:00 PM, Room 9205

Sara McDougall (French, John Jay and The Graduate Center): “Bastards and Bastard Priests in Medieval Europe”

Glenn Burger (English, Queens and The Graduate Center): “Bedroom Conduct: Legitimizing Late Medieval/Early Modern Marital Relations”