M.A Communication & Information, Lyon, France
B.A Philosophy, Tours, France
Angélique Aristondo received her academic training in France, where she also worked as a journalist and a web editor. She started teaching French in 2012. She taught at Saint John’s University, Fordham University and Columbia University. She is now a Graduate Teaching Fellow at Hunter College. Her interests include WWI and WWII postwar cultural history, surrealism and second-language acquisition pedagogy.
I am currently completing my dissertation, The Ethics of Desire, under the direction of Professor Royal S. Brown. I will defend my dissertation on March 15, 2019. My areas of specialization include French literature and visual culture, with a focus on Avant-Garde literature and visual art, French theory, continental philosophy, postcolonial studies and critical race theory, and psychoanalysis. I have a BA in political science, a MA in philosophy from the Sorbonne, and a graduate certificate in Critical Theory from The Graduate Center. I am the founder of the research group Religion and the Sacred in Art and Critical Theory, a member of the International Association of Art Critics, and an active participant of the Lacanian Compass, an affiliate group of the New Lacanian School.
Publications: “Je pense, donc je ris : rire et souveraineté dans la pensée de Georges Bataille”. Revue Scientifique Humoresques n°39, Humour : Les mots et les choses. (à paraître)
“Le jour de la communication: Kierkegaard, Chestov, Bataille et la question du péché”. Les Cahiers Léon Chestov n°13 : Kierkegaard et la philosophie existentielle. (à paraître)
B.A., French, SUNY at Stonybrook
M.A., French, SUNY at Stonybrook
I am currently writing my PhD dissertation, “The Invisible ‘Third World’ woman remakes visible space: woman-authored cinema from France, India and the Maghreb’. Originating from an Indo-Caribbean diaspora, where Hindi was frequently spoken among adults at home, but only British English taught in schools, I learnt that our life’s experiences are first gathered from relationships to the Other. My education and experiences in Trinidad, New York & Paris took my learning beyond relationships & the classroom, putting me at the crossroads of questioning the way people are represented, especially those not having the power or means to represent. All questions of identity - subalternity, exclusion, caste-ism, displacement, deterritorialization, assimilation and silence - provide fertile ground for crossing frontiers in Indo-Franco-Maghrebi realms of cinema, but particularly from the POV of the Third worlded woman. “Third-World” women have long been excluded from center screen and space, and positioned in liminal, coded spaces — harems, brothels, ashrams, zawiyas, convents, or domestic space. Since spatial organization is integral to the production of the social, my thesis examines how spaces, from the domestic to the virtual, are reclaimed, redefined, and reformulated by women in politically engaged films made by “Third-World” women directors focused on “Third World” women. Please join me at my BlogSpot for more on such subjects at www.crossingfrontieres.wordpress.com
Langues Orientales, Sorbonne-Paris IV
B.A., Judaic Studies, Brooklyn College
M.A., French, Brooklyn College
Languages: French, Hebrew, and Yiddish
Areas of Interest: Renaissance and 20th century literature and culture; linguistic and cultural aspects of exile, especially how memories of native tongues and cultures are incorporated into new and/or adopted identities; also, the music of Éric Satie and the writings of Albert Camus, Gaston Blanchard, and Paul Ricoeur.
Born in Oran, Algeria, Éric grew up in Lyon, France, and studied in Montreux, Switzerland before embarking on the study of oriental languages at Paris IV Sorbonne. He came to New York with a JOINT scholarship awarded for his translation into French of a scholarly work on ancient architectural monuments. Éric earned a degree in Judaic studies at Brooklyn College and studied at a famous rabbinical school in New York. He has taught Hebrew, English, and French at different schools and organizations in New York and currently teaches French at Brooklyn College as a Graduate Teaching Fellow. Beyond university settings, Éric works as a rabbinical consultant in food production and completed an internship at Brooklyn Botanic Garden that led to a series of public presentations on multicultural incenses and fragrances.
B.A., French and Comparative Literature, Illinois State University
M.A., French Literature, Tulane University
M.Phil., French, CUNY Graduate Center
Interests: 19th-21st century literature,
visual/media poetics, games studies.
After doing some archival research in Paris, Chris is hard at work on his dissertation project that explores links between Stéphane Mallarmé’s object poetry and contemporary new media poetry. He has given papers on Mallarmé, kinetic poetry, and hysteria in early cinema among others. This year at the national MLA convention, he will participate in a roundtable on literary change and New Media. He holds the competitive Dissertation Year Fellowship, allowing him to focus on his research and writing. He has taught at Fordham University, Lehman College, and participated in an Instructional Technology Fellowship through Macaulay Honors College.
M.A., Cultural Translation, The American University of Paris
B.A., English, Minor in Hispanic Studies, Connecticut College
Languages: English, French, Spanish
Christine's area of interest is the eighteenth-century, and during her second year of the program she studied topics such as the Eighteenth Century Today and Theater in the Eighteenth Century at the Sorbonne as part of the CUNY-Paris Exchange. She is particularly interested in the influence of fashion in eighteenth century France and the emergence of clothing and accessories as not only a reflection of social status but also of personal taste and style. Christine is also interested in the “fantastique” genre made popular in the nineteenth century and translated Alexandre Dumas’ novel La Femme au collier de velours as part of her Master’s thesis. Christine has spent several years studying and teaching English in France, and currently teaches French at Brooklyn College.
B.S., English and French, Minor in Women and Gender Studies, SUNY Oneonta (2015)
Languages: English, French, Italian (working knowledge)
Areas of Specialization: Medieval, Feminist Theory, Queer Theory
Simon's interests include queer activity and gender nonconformity within a medieval context. They have previously presented a paper at SUNY Oneonta’s Gender Out of Bounds Symposium (“Nature and Nurture in Silence: How Queering Gender Roles Challenges and Preserves Hegemonic Ideology,” April 2015).
B.A., French, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC, Canada
M.A., Literary Translation French - English, NYU, New York, NY
Areas of Specialization: Translation studies, contemporary French literature, cinema studies, linguistics.
Chris is specializing in Translation Studies and is particularly interested in French literature of the 20th and 21st centuries. His translations include work by Éric Chevillard (Masters Thesis), Raymond Queneau (New Directions), Nobel Prize winner Patrick Modiano (NYRB Classics), Pierre Mac Orlan (Wakefield Press, forthcoming), and Marcel Schwob (in progress). He spent the second year of his PhD studies on exchange, studying at Paris-Sorbonne as well as teaching at Paris X Nanterre - IUT St Cloud Métiers du livre.
Chris received a Doctoral Student Research Grant in 2014, which he used to conduct research at the Centre de Documentation Raymond Queneau in Verviers, Belgium; a research grant from the Henri Peyre Foundation in 2015, which he used to conduct research in the Fonds Queneau at the Bibliothèque Universitaire de Dijon; and a second DSRG grant in 2016, which assisted with research in the Barbara Wright archive at the Lilly Library, Indiana University (Bloomington).
Chris was the recipient of a PEN/Heim Translation Fund grant in 2016 for his work on Marcel Schwob’s “Imaginary Lives” (Wakefield Press, 2017). His dissertation work centers on Raymond Queneau’s translations from English to French. Chris is currently a Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) fellow at City Tech in Brooklyn.
Fali Hasan Fezea Al Sudani
M.A. French Modern Criticism, University of Baghdad, College of Languages, Iraq, 1991
B.A. French Literature, University of Baghdad, College of Languages, Iraq, 2001
Falih has an interdisciplinary interest ranging from US-France knowledge transfer, Cultural studies, interdisciplinary studies, history of ideas, modern French criticism, to Iraqi intellectual history, ancient Arab history, modern Arab politics and journalism. Falih has worked as a journalist and was editor-in- chief of literary journals and daily newspapers in Baghdad, Iraq. He has translated a handful of books, published articles about Arab- West cultural and intellectual influences and Iraqi political and social contemporary scene. He published papers on the intellectual role of the French and western Christian missionaries to Iraq during the 17th and 19th century; and the intellectual transition stage after the 2003 US intervention in Iraq. He has received a fellowship of The American Academic Research Institute in Iraq, TAARII, 2012, and was a Visiting Scholar, Aramex grant for travel to the 2010 Middle East Studies Association annual meeting held in San Diego, USA. With GC fellowship, Falih hopes to improve his skills and to be an active member in the intellectual life in US.
Iziar de Miguel
B.A., Foreign Applied Languages, Université de La Sorbonne
Master’s in Translation, Université de La Sorbonne
Interests: Transnational writers such as Jorge Semprún, matters related to copyright and digital publishing, cities in literature and crime novels, in particular, the roman noir.
Iziar complemented her studies at La Sorbonne with a course on Advanced Conference Interpreting from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh (Scotland) and studied Law in Spain for two years before deciding to become a translator. She worked in Paris for 18 years as a professional editor and translator for museums, publishing houses such as Larousse and Clé international, and cultural institutions such as the Institut Français. She also worked as Content and Translation Manager before cofounding a translation company in Paris. Before coming to New York, she lived in Basque Country in Spain, in France, and in Morocco.
B.A. French and English Literature, University of New Hampshire
M.A. French and Francophone Studies, University of Connecticut
After living in France for a year, Ryan decided to continue his graduate education at the University of Connecticut, where he taught French language courses while earning his Master’s degree. He then accepted a position as a doctoral student in the French department at the Graduate Center, CUNY. Ryan is an early modernist whose research interests include queer theory, women writers, homosociality, and body politics. Broadly speaking, his current research investigates spaces of homosocial desire – how they’re created and manipulated – in short stories of the 17th century.
Claudine E. Jean-Baptiste
M.A., French, Princeton University
Bryn Mawr’s Institut d’études d’Avignon
B.A., French and Italian, Hunter College
Claudine has a background in education. Her interests include quest of identity and bâtardise in Francophone literature, melodrama, specifically the representation of slavery and abolitionist discourse in nineteenth century popular theatre, French culture and civilization, particularly eighteenth century ideologies in regards to slavery and colonialism, as well as literary translation. She started teaching French as a graduate fellow in Princeton in 2002. Since Princeton, she has been working at Queensborough Community College (CUNY) as a lecturer for the past ten years and more recently at Nassau Community College (SUNY). She held previous teaching positions at St John’s University and Molloy College. Besides teaching, Claudine enjoys writing. She is currently working on two memoirs.
ABD; M.Phil, 2015,
Women’s Certificate, 2015
Areas of specialization: women’s writing, representations of social class and also home in 20th century novel, representations of women in the postmodern novel, feminist theory, intersections of inequalities of gender, race, and class in the 20th century novel
Lisa Karakaya will defend in the spring of 2019. Her dissertation, “Out of Home,” focuses on the representation of social class, intersected with inequalities of gender and race, in the novels of selected French and francophone women writers of the late 20th century and early 21st century, and examines the ways in which portrayals of home, exile, and loss are related to these inequalities. The first chapter of her dissertation covers novels of Marguerite Duras (French Indochina), the second, Marie Cardinal (French Algeria), the third, Maryse Condé, Simone Schwarz-Bart, and Myriam Warner-Vieyra (Guadeloupe), and the fourth, Francine Noel and Catherine Mavrikakis (Québec). Lisa currently teaches French at Queensborough Community College, and has taught French language and French and francophone literature since 2011.
Selected recent publications/research:
- “ ‘Etre une femme sur terre:’ radical resistance in Pluie et vent sur Télumée miracle,” presented at NeMLA conference, April 2018
- “Hiraeth: Marie Cardinal’s Nostalgia and the Question of Class” published December 2017, in Women in French Studies special issue journal, presented at the Women in French Conference June 2016
- “A Troubling Absence: Home, exile, and the search for female identity in the works of Marie Cardinal and Marguerite Duras,” presented at 2014 SPFFA conference, published in SPFFA Journal, Francographies, December 2015
B.A., French and Physiological Sciences, Marquette University (2017)
Languages: English, French, Russian, Spanish, Reunion Creole
Areas of Interest: Postcolonial literature and theory, Refugee studies particularly from Western Africa, Creole studies, creolization, globalization.
Born in the United States to former Soviet Union political refugees, Simon started traveling to and attending public schools in France from the age of eight and became fluent in French doing so. He pursued a B.A. in French from Marquette University and earned it in 2017. He then taught for a year on La Réunion as part of the TAPIF program through the French Embassy. This experience ascertained his interest in postcolonial studies and teaching, but also kindled his interest in creole studies, specifically with regards to language and culture.
Simon recently presented a paper named “The Refugee Crisis through the Eyes of Yaguine and Fodé: What Has Changed Since 1999?” at Displacement 2018: An interdisciplinary graduate student conference at the
CUNY Graduate Center, Department of Comparative Literature
Master in French Literature, ASU, Tempe
Master in Conflict Resolution, Cocody, Abidjan
Master in Public Law, Bouake, Bouake
Bachelor in Public Law, Bouake, Bouake
Areas of interest: Francophone, Gender, Human Rights, French Paradigms in Western Thought, Literature in Relation to Other Arts and Disciplines, Critical theories.
Parfait is a current doctoral candidate and Teaching Fellow at Brooklyn College. He taught French language at the Arizona State University and French Reading Knowledge at the CUNY-Graduate Center. He is member of the French Program Executive Committee Representative. Prior to joining the program, Parfait worked in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, as a journalist for various media, from panafrican magazines (Marches Tropicaux, Les Afriques, etc.) to international news agencies (the Integrated Regional Information Network of the United Nations (UN-IRIN) and the Associated Press (AP), etc.). He also worked as a Public Information Officer and as a Human Rights Officer at the United Nations Operation in Ivory Coast.
B.A., Philosophy, Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia
M.A., French, Brooklyn College, CUNY
Languages: English, French, Russian
Conferences: Cincinnati Conference on Romance Languages and Literatures (April 2015) Areas of interest: Renaissance poetry, Renaissance studies, Renaissance literature, 19h century literature, Translation.
B.A., French, Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH
M.A., French, Hunter College, New York, NY
Languages: English, French, Spanish
Areas of Specialization: 17th Century, 20th/21st Century, Women's Studies, Children's Literature, Narratology, Adaptations
Amy is currently working on her dissertation, titled "Unnatural Issue: Gendered Adaptations of 'Peau d’âne' in Contemporary French and English Texts," which incorporates the study of fairy tales, adaptation, and incest narratives, among other subjects. Amy recently began working in academic publishing, serving as editorial assistant for the Literary Studies and Music & Sound Studies editors at Bloomsbury Academic in New York, NY.
M.A., Sciences Po Lyon
Areas of Specialization: 19th and 20th century literature, gender studies, queer studies, travel literature.
Thomas Muzart earned his Masters degree at Sciences Po Lyon in Communications and Culture. His studies in France led him to work on cultural activism and queer studies, especially in his thesis, entitled Les festivals de cinema gay et lesbien en France : le militantisme culturel en question. After working for several theatre companies in New York and Paris, he decided to combine his academic and professional interests to further question issues on identity and performance. He published several articles on gender studies for the online magazine non.fiction. In 2013, he gave a paper entitled “Jean Genet et le roman : une idiosyncrasie romanesque pour une idiosyncrasie identitaire” at the annual French department's conference at CUNY. In 2014, he presented his work on the filmmaker and gay activist Lionel Soukaz at the “Art and Conflict” conference at University of Virginia. As a participant to the Summer School for Sexualities, Cultures and Politics 2014 in Belgrade, he presented his latest research on the pornographic discourse in France. He will also give a paper on Gide and the exile at the upcoming Nineteenth Century French Studies Colloquium in San Juan. He currently teaches French at Baruch and City College.
M.A., Hunter College
B.A., The Evergreen State College
Rebecca Raitses is currently working on her dissertation proposal, the working title of which is Beyond the Familial: A New Approach to the Filiation Narrative in the Works of Dalila Kerchouche, Colombe Schneck and Martine Storti. She has presented on Franco-Ontarian poet Patrice Desbiens (“Life in Subtitles: The Poetry of Patrice Desbiens,” Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Nov. 2017) and written on Tony Gatlif for an anthology of French filmmakers (“Tony Gatlif doesn’t sit still for a portrait”). Rebecca currently teaches French at Hunter College.
Sara Rychtarik is specializing in medieval French literature. She graduated from Barnard College, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in English and French Studies. She has also studied at the International Center of Photography and the Center for Book Arts.
Sara has worked extensively in film, music, and photographic production, producing several short films, as well as a television series. During her career in production she managed the production office of renowned musician and artist, John Lurie, as well as the photography studio of fashion photographer and music video director Stéphane Sednaoui.
Sara is also a fine art and documentary photographer. She has photographed for such publications as Details and Black Book, and her work has been included in several solo and group exhibitions, including the “Queens International 2006” at the Queens Museum of Art. Sara was awarded a grant from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and Queens Council on the Arts for her series Queens Plaza.
Sara has presented papers at various conferences including the 32nd Annual Illinois Medieval Association Conference, The Henri Peyre French Institute Food Seminar: SALT and SUGAR/SALT or SUGAR? (Graduate Center, CUNY), and the 51st Annual Congress on Medieval Studies.
She currently teaches French at City College.
B.A., French, Hunter College
Interests: 20th Century, Contemporary, Queer Theory, Feminist Theory, Science Fiction, Translation.
Oliver Sage is working on a cluster of modern and contemporary figures ranging from Jean Genet to Virginie Despentes to Samuel R. Delany. They are particularly interested in looking at the ambiguous connections between violence and the erotic in queer modern and contemporary fiction, as well as the openings and slippages between the literary and the ‘paraliterary’ worlds of fantasy and (science) fiction. Other interests include queer potentialities and radical failures in translation studies. They are a 2018 Humanities Alliance Graduate Fellow.
Annie Schultz graduated from Centre College with a BA, double majoring in French and Studio Art (Painting). She then taught English in Avignon, France before completing her MA in French Language and Literature. Her research interests include 19th century French literature, French and Lebanese cinema, surrealism, and impressionism.
M.A., French Literature, Hunter College CUNY
B.A., English with a minor in French, City College CUNY
Anna's field of study is the 16th century. For her master’s thesis, she wrote about the notion of female honor in the works of Madeleine
des Roches. After having enjoyed learning Latin and German (to the extent that she decided to study briefly in Germany, for which she received a grant from the Max Kade Foundation), Anna is learning ancient Greek, a language that was of interest to 16th century French humanists. In the world of English, she writes poems, some of which have been published. She is three-quarters of the way towards having enough poems for her first book. Anna is a Teaching Fellow at Hunter College, and she is working with Professor Sautman on a three-year seminar at the Henri Peyre French Institute called Food, Power, Exchange, and Identity in the French and Francophone Worlds. In the spring of 2015 at LSU, Anna presented a paper linking midrash to Zola’s novel L’Œuvre.
B.A. Sociology, Minor in French, Marymount Manhattan College
M.A. Global French Studies, Columbia University
Melissa Trujillo received her bachelor’s degree from Marymount Manhattan College with a major in sociology and a minor in French language. Her undergraduate studies focused on the sociology of the body, and her final thesis was an ethnographic study of ballerinas and their relationship to pain. Melissa went on to complete a master’s degree in Global French Studies at Columbia University’s Paris campus. Melissa’s master’s culminated in a thesis that treated hysteria in 18th-century medical texts, and deviant female corporeality. Melissa is joining CUNY’s French Ph.D. program after spending two years studying French literature at the University of Colorado, and she is more than excited for what is to come! She hopes to continue her research on the body while shifting her focus towards French influence in, and francophone productions from, the Levant.
Marguerite Van Cook
M. Phil, French, Graduate Center
M.A., Modern European Studies, Columbia University, 2011
B.A., Magna cum Laude, English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University, 2008
A.A. (Hons), English, Borough of Manhattan Community College, 2006
Newcastle upon Tyne Polytechnic, Fine Art, 1975-1977
Portsmouth College of Art and Design, Foundation Studies, 1973-1974
Areas of Specialization: History of Political Economics; Romanticism; Aesthetics; Eighteenth & Nineteenth Century Literature; Comics; Film; Theatre & Performance; GLBTQ Studies.
Marguerite Van Cook is a Ph.D candidate whose recent work looks at the intersection of political economics, aesthetics and literature, and the politics of gender. She is an assistant to the Henri Peyre French Institute. Van Cook came to New York with her punk band The Innocents after touring with The Clash. She stayed, opened the gallery Ground Zero and curated numerous events and shows. Her own work as an artist and filmmaker placed her in many museum collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum, and the Schwartz Art Collection at Harvard. Her other credits include poet (she was awarded the Van Rensselear Prize while at Columbia), writer, critic, comic book artist, and actor. Her graphic novel a generational biography, "The Late Child and Other Animals," with James Romberger was nominated for an Ignatz Award and was published in France as "L'Enfant Inattendue". Her collaborative project with David Wojnarowicz and James Romberger, “Seven Miles a Second,” a graphic memoir of Wojnarowicz’s life and death, was published in France in 2012 and is in its second edition in America. In 2006, Van Cook became the creative and managing director of the Howl! Arts Festival, an annual, all-ages, multicultural, LGBT-friendly arts festival, which led in 2009 to the establishment of Howl HELP, a free emergency health and care service for downtown artists. She teaches French 101, 102 & 201 at Hunter College, CUNY and Fench 106 at BMCC, CUNY.
B.A. Major Philosophy and Minor History, Lyon III
M.A. Philosophy and Critical Theory, Paris 8
Nina Verneret graduated in continental philosophy in Paris. She wrote her master’s thesis on the roots of the Baroque period in Europe and its reception in the Latin world.She is a contributor and editor for the social science books review website Nonfiction.fr. She writes about independent cinema, contemporary art, and literature. Nina also edits video content (narrative and documentary).
B.A., French Literature, Hunter College; l’Université de Paris IV – La Sorbonne
Alicen Weida received her B.A. in French Literature from Hunter College, where she also began graduate study in 2014. Before beginning graduate work, Alicen interned at the Cultural Services of the French Embassy’s Département du livre, most notably helping to organize the ‘2014: A Year with Proust’ centennial festival.
In 2016, she was an organizer for the French program’s annual graduate student conference, “Mapping Memory,” which welcomed graduate students from the U.S., Canada, France, and Morocco. Her academic interests include 20th Century and contemporary literature, Translation studies, and Women’s and Gender studies. She is currently pursuing a certificate in the Women’s Studies program.
M.A., French, Bryn Mawr College (2010)
M.D., Albany Medical College (1970)
B.S., Union College (1966)
Subsequent to his postgraduate medical training at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, George practiced nephrology in suburban Philadelphia for 30 years, which he continues to do on a part-time basis. Within French Studies, he is interested in the 20th Century, and especially Albert Camus. In Comparative Literature, W.G. Sebald intrigues him as well.
M.Phil., French, CUNY Graduate Center (2014)
B.A., French, University of Houston (2008)
B.A., English and Creative Writing, University of Houston (2008)
Areas of Specialization: Québécois literature, Translation Theory, Globalization in francophonie
Antoinette is a doctoral candidate interested in the manifestation and representation of Québécois identities in language and literature. Her dissertation, “Anywhere But Here: Québécois Identities in the Road Novel,” focuses on migration, expatriation, and bilingualism in certain Québécois texts and their English translations and French republications. She presented a paper entitled, "Negotiating Difference on The Road in Le Ciel de Bay City by Catherine Mavrikakis” at Interconnections: Patterns, Pathways & Possibilities, the interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference at the University of Rhode Island in April 2015, and will be presenting another paper, "Toward the Self and the Other: An Examination of National Identity in Two Quintessential Québécois Road Novels,” at the Trinity College International Conference Pulling Together or Pulling Apart: Identity and Nationhood - Spain, Europe, the West in June 2015 in Dublin, Ireland.
Antoinette was an Enhanced Chancellor’s Fellow from 2009-2013, a Writing Fellow at LaGuardia Community College from 2013-2014, and was awarded a Jeanne Marandon Summer Fellowship through the Société des Professeurs Français et Francophones d’Amérique to do research in Québec at Université Laval in 2014. As an Adjunct Instructor, Antoinette has taught at Manhattan College, Hunter College and City College, and enjoys both the theoretical and practical applications of teaching. She co-created and co-lead a pedagogy seminar at the Graduate Center with colleague Chris Brandon in May 2015, which included sessions on creating syllabi, structuring lessons, using media in the classroom and teaching with technology, approaches to common topics and no-English instruction, and applying the proposed methods in a workshop format.
In addition, Antoinette is a freelance translator, private French tutor and French diction coach for singers. Apart from her academic interests, Antoinette also enjoys pursuing her artistic interests as a singer, performing with The Young New Yorkers’ Chorus since 2012 and being a part of other musical projects.
B.A. French and Anthropology, Hunter College
Patricia Anne Winter, a native New Yorker, is a doctoral candidate in French. A dancer, choreographerand former trapezist, Ms. Winter was part of la nouvelle dance française movement in Paris in the 1980s and early 1990s, and the New York avant-garde dance scene in the 1990s. In France, she taught dance in several conservatories, as body awareness workshops to medical students at the Faculté de Médecine in Paris. In 1994, she had a residency at the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes in Mexico City, where she created two choreographies after having done research on women artists working in Mexico, such as Frida Kahlo, Remedios Varo, and Tina Modotti. Concurrently she conducted dance workshops in the Escuela Nacional de Ciegos (National School of the Blind). She is currently working on a dance theater piece to be presented in Copenhagen.
Ms. Winter earned her BA in Anthropology, Special Honors, and French from Hunter College in 2010. In 2011 she was a guest lecturer in Hunter College's Arts Across the Curriculum Program and spoke about contemporary dance in America. In 2013 she participated in a panel discussion on dance and the body politic for the graduate program in anthropology at Hunter College. Ms. Winter has a special interest in the performing body and dance in 17th and 18th C. France, and 19th C. French literature. Her dissertation research focuses on the le ballet de cour and le ballet d’action, addressing questions of the body, spectacle, and gender in 17th and 18th C. French dance. She teaches French at Fordham University and Hunter College, and is a Writing Fellow at John Jay College.
M.A. French and Gender Studies, McGill
B.A. French Literature, Université de Montréal
Sarah Yahyaoui is an first year PhD student in French at the Graduate Center. Her current research focus on identity in Quebec through the representations of Scandinavia and the idea of nordicity. That interest for Québécois identities translated in her feminist reading of Nicole Brossard’s Le centre blanc and in her analysis of rappers Dead Obies’ franglais songs. She created a trimestrial reading night of short texts, Speed Reading and is a founding member of the Clit Club, a feminist art collective.