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Spring 2010

  •  Laila Pedro presented a paper entitled "Framing Fragmenting Figures: Implied Bodies and Différance in Three Paintings of Wifredo Lam" at Bodies, the 12th Annual Comparative Literature Conference at the University of South Carolina, Columbia. Laila also presented a paper at the Carolina Conference on Romance Literatures at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill entitled "(Im)Mutable Dance: Melting Boundaries Around the Represented Body of Salomé."
  • Desmond Hosford has been named director of the Institute for French and Francophone Musical Culture at the CUNY Graduate Center. The Institute will be housed at the Barry S. Brook Center for Music Research and Documentation and will launch later this year.
  • Lauren Donaldson presented a paper entitled "[En]gendering Chocolate Consumption: Representations of Ambivalent Effects on 17th-Century Women" at the "Consumption: Pleasures of the Text, Materiality, and Cultural Practices" colloquium presented by the French Graduate Student Association of Columbia University.
  • Tim Wilson presented a paper entitled "There's Money Ingenius: A Look at the Commercialization of French Auteur Cinema" at the Graduate Center French Department Graduate Student Conference "Marginaliser le(s) centre(s)" on February 5th.
  • Desmond Hosford has published an article, "Anthropomorphic Terror: The Bête-Machine, the Ballet de Cour, and the Tragédie en Musique" in Music and Art: International Journal for Music Iconography XXXIV 1–2 (spring–fall 2009), 21–31.

Fall 2009

  •  Laila Pedro presented a paper entitled "Impossible Bodies: Poetics of Difference in Julian del Casal" at "Rethinking the Mangrove: Second Symposium of Critical Practices of Caribbean Cultural Studies" held at the University of Puerto Rico in October of 2009.
  • Steve Puig presented a paper entitled "Enfermés dehors : représentations de la banlieue dans les romans de Rachid Djaïdani" at the «Urbanités littéraires / Cityscapes - Literary Escapes » colloquium which was held in Buffalo, NY, on 10-13 September, 2009. He is also a featured contributor to Respect Mag, a magazine dedicated to contemporary urban culture in France.

Spring 2009

  •  Desmond Hosford and Charles Wrightington have published their volume, Fortune & Fatality: Performing the Tragic in Early Modern France (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2008).

Fall 2008

  •  Rebecca Linz presented a paper entitled "Pour Gagner sa vie: Daughters' Choices in Literary Texts of Quebec" at the 2008 ACQS (American Council for Quebec Studies) conference in Quebec City.  She was able to participate in this conference thanks to funding received from the Doctoral Student Research Grant program at the Graduate Center.
  • Desmond Hosford, Lynn Karam, and Chong Wojtkowski co-chaired and moderated the PhD Program in French's annual Student Conference on November 21. This year's conference theme was "Policing Sexuality: Exploitation, Resistance and Censorship in French and Francophone Culture."
  • Steve Puig published two articles: “Léon-Gontran Damas et les écrivains de la Harlem Renaissance : une négritude transatlantique” in the journal L’arbre à palabres 22, Autumn 2008, and an interview with Mohamed Razane in Expressions maghrébines vol. 7, n° 1, summer 2008 on "beur literature".

Spring 2008

  •  The Student Conference Committee is pleased to announce the theme of its annual student conference, to be held at the Graduate Center on November 21, 2008. 
  • Desmond Hosford presented his paper “Antrhopomorphic Terror: The Bête-Machine, the Ballet de Cour, and the Tragédie en Musique” at the conference “Music, Body, and Stage: The Iconography of Music Theater and Opera” held by the Répertoire International d’Iconographie Musicale on 11-14 March.

Fall 2007

  •   Stève Puig published an article entitled "Rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis de Louis-Philippe Dalembert : une émancipation littéraire ?" in Nouvelles Francographies (Winter 2007) and on November 30, he presented a paper entitled "Leon-Gontran Damas et les ecrivains de la Harlem Renaissance" at the Leon-Gontran Damas symposium in Cayenne, French Guyana.
  • On November 30, John Sorrentino presented at the CUNY IT Conference at John Jay College of Criminal Justice on a panel titled "Using Wikis for Interdisciplinary Research." He discussed the pedagogical impact of wiki technology as it is integrated into Honors College Seminars. The presentation represents John's work as an Instructional Technology Fellow at the Macaulay Honors College at Brooklyn College.
  • Desmond Hosford has published the articles “Marie-Antoinette,” “Opera,” and “Royalty, Queered” in the Encyclopedia of Sex and Gender, ed. Fedwa Malti-Douglas (Macmillan Reference, 2007).
  • Sophie Maríñez received the 2007 CUNY Doctoral Research Grant as well as the Marandon Fellowship granted by the Société des Professeurs Français et Francophones d’Amérique (SPFFA) to conduct research in France on the castles and writings of Mlle de Montpensier. She is also a recipient of the 2007-2008 Carole & Morton Olshan Dissertation Fellowship granted by the Graduate Center.
  • Chong J. Wojtkowski presented a paper entitled, "Whose gaze is it anyway? Alienation, identity, and the (female) spectator" at the Alienation and alterity: Otherness in modern contemporary Francophone Contexts colloquium. The colloquium was held at the University of Exeter, in Exeter, United Kingdom, 4-6 September 2007.


Spring 2007

  •   Stève Puig presented a paper entitled, "Rachid Djaïdani: une poétique de la banlieue" at the 20th/21st century French and Francophone studies colloquium in College Station, TX which took place on March 22-24. He is also a contributor for the Encyclopedia of Slave Resistance and Rebellion published by Greenwood in January 2007.
  • Thanks to her Graduate Research Grant, in January 2007 Noelle Rouxel-Cubberly led interviews in France on spectators' as well as film professionals' perception of film titles. The result of this fieldwork is part of her dissertation. In addition, this summer, Noelle will return to teach at Bennington College's MATSL (Master's in Teaching a Second Language) Program. She will be responsible for the pedagogy component of the course: "Language and Pedagogy: Resistance(s)" which will focus on the French Resistance and the pedagogical notion of understanding.
  • Chong Wojtkowski has published an article entitled, "100 % Marseillais: Marseille Rap and Defining Difference" in Initiales/Initials (Volume 21, 2006).
  • Several students participated in the Northeast Modern Language Association Convention, held in Baltimore, Maryland, March 1-4, 2007.
    Stève Puig presented a paper entitled, "Une identite caribéenne en mouvement: le "vagabondage" de Louis-Philippe Dalembert comme pratique littéraire" at the panel entitled "From Negritude de Creolization."
    Noelle-Rouxel Cubberly presented a paper at the "Gender and Spectatorship in Contemporary French Cinema" panel. Her presentation was entitled "Un Air de famille: les titres de Claire Denis, Nicole Garcia, et Agnès Jaoui."
    Chong Wojtkowski and Sophie Saint-Just both presented at the panel entitled "A Paradox of Identities: Reading Difference in French Fiction and Film."
    Chong's presentation was entitled, "Le parler phocéen: Linguistic Difference in the local speech of Marseille."
    Sophie presented a paper entitled, "Marginalized and Liberating Paradigms of French Caribbean Difference."

Fall 2006

 
  • Sophie Maríñez presented a paper entitled “Constructing Homes in Exile: Space and Gender in the Work of Mlle de Montpensier” at “Envisioning Home," the Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference organized by the Graduate Center’s Comparative Literature Department, November 4.
  • Desmond Hosford and Charles Wrightington, co-chairs of the French Interdisciplinary Group for 17th Century Studies, organized and moderated a student conference: "Fortune and Fatality: Performing the Tragic in Early Modern France (1553-1715)."
  • Jacquelyn Libby presented a paper entitled, "“‘Major e longinquo reverentia’: On Geographical and Historical Distance in Racine’s Bajazet” at the "Fortune and Fatality: Performing the Tragic in Early Modern France (1553-1715)" student conference on October 20.
  • Angèle Branca presented a paper entitled,  “Portrait de l'auteure dramatique en suppliant: Manlius de Marie-Catherine Desjardins” at the "Fortune and Fatality: Performing the Tragic in Early Modern France (1553-1715)" student conference on October 20.
  • Desmond Hosford has published an article entitled, "Reigning Women, Crushed Women: Duty, Glory, and Suicide in the Tragedies of Philippe Quinault.” Formes et formations au dix-septième siècle. Ed. Buford Norman. Tübingen: Narr, 2006. 75-84.
  • Viral Bhatt presented a paper entitled, "La fonction allégorique de la Sénégalaise à travers plusieurs textes filmiques Sénégalais " at The Graduate Center French Department's annual conference, Locating Empire: Seduction, Domination, and Revolt in the French Cultural Reach, October 6.
  • John Sorrentino presented a paper entitled, “The Queer ‘I’ for the North African: André Gide’s Immoralist” at The Graduate Center French Department's annual conference, Locating Empire: Seduction, Domination, and Revolt in the French Cultural Reach, October 6.
  • Desmond Hosford and Chong Wojtkowski served as co-organizers and moderators at the Department's annual student conference: Locating Empire: Seduction, Domination, and Revolt in the French Cultural Reach, on October 6.
  • John Sorrentino presented a paper entitled, "Queer 'I' for the North African: Andre Gide's Immoralist and the Other Spaces of Desire." at the "Other Spaces" conference at Duke
    University's Department of Romance Studies on September 29.
  • Joseph Rienti was recently appointed a full-time position as the Study Abroad Program Coordinator and Advisor at Fordham University .
  • Lynn Karam recently completed an independent study where she edited a collection of interviews done with film director Arthur Penn for a book entitled "Arthur Penn: Interviews" to be published by Sticking Place Books in 2008.
  • Noelle Rouxel-Cubberly and Wednesday Knudsen were award recipients of the new Graduate Research Grant Program for the 2006/2007 academic year.
  • Rebecca Linz presented a paper entitled, "Penetrating Knowledge: Representations of Relations Between Women in Sexual Texts of Early Modern France" at the Society for French Studies Conference in St. Andrews, Scotland on July 4th, 2006.  Rebecca was the recipient of the 2006 CLAGS (Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies) Student Travel Award for this paper.
  • Michael Latour completed the Human Rights curricular option through an eight month internship with the International Foundation for Education and Self-Help in Djibouti, East Africa. Michael worked as a teacher trainer as well as a curriculum developer for the Ministère de l'Education Nationale et de l'Enseignement Supérieur de Djibouti.
    While in Djibouti, he presented a paper entitled, "Idées marxistes dans le roman de la Caraïbe: Jacques Roumain et Maryse Condé." The conference paper was part of the activities of the Cercle des lecteurs which attracts literature students, scholars, as well as local and foreign authors to the Université de Djibouti.
    Michael was recently appointed a full time position at Fordham University as a Language Instructor where he teaches different levels of French as well as literature courses.
  • In July 2006, Noelle Rouxel-Cubberly taught a French teacher education course at Bennington College for its MATSL (Master's in Teaching a Second Language) program. The language and pedagogy course, "Expérience et Analyse", focused on the multifaceted notion of progress in Hugo's Les Miserables and in pedagogy.
  • Chong Wojtkowski was elected Co-chair for Student Affairs of the CUNY Doctoral Students' Council.

 

Spring 2006

 
  • Noelle Rouxel-Cubberly and Chong Wojtkowski served as co-organizers of the French Pedagogy Seminar series that held two events; April-May 2006.
  • Steve Puig presented a paper entitled, ""La question du retour au pays natal dans quelques romans haïtiens" at the 2006 Carolina Conference on Romance Literatures on March 24-25. At the same conference he chaired a panel on the literature of the Americas.
  • Sophie Maríñez published an article entitled “Poética de la Relación en ‘Dominicanish’ de Josefina Baez” in Revista La Torre, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Año X,  Núm. 35.
  • Angèle Branca presented a paper entitled "A Dramatic Resurrection of the Commune de Paris: Nadine by Louise Michel" at Entralogos 2006: "Turns, Returns, Detours: (His)tory and (Re)presentation," at the Romance Studies Graduate Student Conference, Cornell University, on February 10-11.
  • Noelle Rouxel-Cubberly presented a paper entitled "Titre (à voir). Economie(s) du titre de film français" at the NYU French Graduate Student Association Conference, "Reflets brisés: Le point de rupture entre texte / image" on February 24.
  • Rebecca Linz presented a paper entitled "Monique Wittig's Les Guérillères: A Cycle of Feminist R/Evolution" at the 20th-Century Literature Conference at the University of Louisville.
  • Steve Puig published an article entitled "Quelques romans de l'exil post-duvaliéristes: le retour impossible" in the Journal of Haitian Studies (Vol. 1, Spring 2005).

 

Fall 2005

 
  • Angèle Branca was Assistant to the Director of Programs at the Martin E. Segal Theatre here at the Graduate Center for Act French's Carte blanche, a dialogue series with French and American directors, September-December 2005.
  • Lynn Karam presented a paper entitled, "One Woman Writes An(Other): A Western Gaze on the Oriental Other in Mme de Villedieu’s Mémoires du Sérail sous Amurat II” at the Department's French Orientalism: Culture, Politics, and the Imagined Other conference on October 29.
  • Steve Puig presented a paper entitled, “Isabelle Eberhardt: un exemple d’anti-orientalisme?” at the Department's French Orientalism: Culture, Politics, and the Imagined Other conference on October 29.
  • Desmond Hosford and Chong Wojtkowski served as co-organizers and co-chairs of the Department's student conference on Orientalism. For a list of papers given, see the program on our Events page.
  • Desmond Hosford and Angèle Branca were featured on CUNY TV's French cultural events program, Canapé, broadcast in September and October. They were interviewed about their production of Racine's Bazajet
  • Sophie St. Just presented a paper entitled,Telling (Post)Colonial Tropes: The Middle Passage and The Exile of King Behanzin” at Princeton University's The Ends of Postcolonial Theory Conference on September 23.
  • Alison Baird Lovell successfully defended her dissertation and has received a humanities postdoctoral teaching fellowship at Stanford University.
  • The Department is pleased to announce the creation of the French Interdisciplinary Group for 17th Century Studies.
  • Chong Wojtkowski presented a paper on identity in French rap music at the Australian Society for French Studies in Perth, Australia on July 6th.
  • John Sorrentino was recently awarded the newly-created University Fellowship, where he and another Fellow will be working with Dr. Judith Summerfield, University Dean of Undergraduate Education, and Dr. Crys Benedicks, Director of Undergraduate Education. The University Fellows will collaborate with the Office of Undergraduate Education in the professional development of the new cohort of Writing Fellows as well as with the General Education/CUE projects across CUNY.
  • John Sorrentino and faculty partner Professor Magda Vasillov, chair of the Department of Humanities at Hostos Community College of CUNY, presented their work at the CUNY-wide conference "Making Connections: A CUNY General Education Conference on Integrative Learning" on May 6. Their presentation was entitled "Integrating Modern Art into the Social Context of the 20th and 21st Centuries."

Spring 2005

 

  • Desmond Hosford presented a paper entitled, "La Femme qui règne et la femme écrasée: Le Devoir, la gloire et le suicide dans les tragédies de Philippe Quinault" at the North American Society for Seventeenth-Century French Literature Annual Conference,  on April 16.
  • Chong Wojtkowski presented a paper entitled "Identities Made in Marseille" at the Michigan Academy Annual Conference in Ann Arbor, Michigan on March 4.
  • Animesh Rai was recently awarded a Distinguished Scholars Dissertation Prize. He won a Geoffrey Marshall Dissertation Fellowship in the Humanities.
  • Dean Wilson is currently working in Hanoi, Vietnam as a consultant for the Ford Foundation. He is writing a grant proposal for the Vietnam National University Department of Literature to start a new film studies program there.
  • Desmond Hosford (Director and role of Osmin) and Angèle Branca (Associate Director and role of Bajazet) presented the American premiere of Jean Racine's tragedy Bajazet on 18 February 2005 in a fully staged production employing 17th-century tragic gesture, declamation, staging, and costume.
  • Noëlle Rouxel-Cubberly presented a paper entitled "Proust’s Time Regained Through Raúl Ruiz’s Magic Lantern: Transposition of a Narrative Device" at Florida State University's (Tallahassee) Thirtieth Annual Literature and Film conference on January 28.
  • Sophie Maríñez was awarded the Magnet Fellowship for Continuing Students, a 2-year fellowship offered by the Graduate Center to full-time minority students.