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Fourth Year Ph.D. Candidate Claire-Marie Brisson's Francophone Podcast Attracts Media Attention

December 2, 2019

Fourth Year Ph.D. Candidate Claire-Marie Brisson's Francophone Podcast Attracts Media Attention

Fourth Year Ph.D. Candidate Claire-Marie Brisson has attracted attention from various media outlets in Canada and the US for her new online presence. As host of The North American Francophone Podcast, available for streaming on Spotify and Apple Podcasts, Claire-Marie endeavors to share the perspectives, history, and cultures of Francophone peoples in North America to an English-speaking audience.

Claire-Marie has conducted three on-air interviews with Radio-Canada Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and British Columbia, and has been shared widely in two articles published by Radio-Canada News. The Consulate General of Canada in Detroit has also contacted Claire-Marie to discuss how it can provide support for subjects that may cover the Great Lakes region.

Claire-Marie's episodes have explored the first-ever French-language Canadian cookbook, published in 1840, and an episode on Acadian music in Maine is forthcoming in episode three, available Thursday, December 4. She hopes that her other interviews will engage with other Francophone communities in Canada and the US.

You can listen to Claire-Marie's podcast here:

 http://thefrancophone.buzzsprout.com/

The two articles published (to date) by Radio-Canada are available here:

1. https://ici.radio-canada.ca/premiere/emissions/culture-et-confiture/segments/entrevue/144293/claire-marie-brisson-cuisine-franco-canadienne-histoire-amerique

2. https://ici.radio-canada.ca/premiere/emissions/le-cafe-show/segments/entrevue/144028/francophonie-balado-diversite-amerique-nord-quebec

 

 

ACTFL Report: Foreign Language Demand Among U.S. Employers.

September 10, 2019

The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) and its Lead with Languages campaign, with the support of Pearson LLC and Language Testing International, commissioned Ipsos Public Affairs to conduct a survey of 1,200 U.S. employers, and the resulting 2019 report, Making Languages Our Business: Addressing Foreign Language Demand Among U.S. Employersindicates an urgent and growing demand for language skills in the workplace.

 

Congratulations to Maya Boutaghou whose book "Occidentalismes" received Honorable Mention for the 2019 Anna Balakian Prize attrributed by the International Comparative Literary Association

August 27, 2019

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Philippe Roger co-sponsored conference examining the past, present and future of the journal "Critique" in June at a castle in Normandy. Martin Rueff, a Professor at the University of Geneva will be a guest lecturer this Fall.

August 21, 2019

A week-long conference examining the past, present and future of the journal Critique, took place in June at Cerisy-la-Salle, a beautiful castle in Normandy with a long history of important intellectual encounters. For detailed infos on the colloquium, go to https://cerisy-colloques.fr/revuecritique2019/

 

On the picture, from left to right : Philippe Roger, general editor of Critique ; Michel Deguy, founder and general editor of Po&sie ; Martin Rueff ; Sylvie Patron and François Bordes (co-organizers of the conference along with Philippe Roger).

Martin Rueff (center), a Professor at the University of Geneva, a critic and a poet, will be our guest this Fall. He will deliver a public lecture on the 1st of November, then participate in Claire Lyu's and Philippe Roger's seminars.

 

Deborah McGrady named Executive Editor of the Journal, Digital Philology

August 14, 2019

Deborah McGrady is the new Executive Editor of the journal, Digital Philology:A Journal of Medieval Cultures, which is published with the Johns Hopkins University Press. The journal is a peer-reviewed journal devoted to the study of medieval texts and cultures. It fosters new research that challenges traditional fields of study, national boundaries, and periodizations, that introduces new methods of engaging with medieval materiality, and that advances the applied and theoretical promise of the digital humanities. For more details on the journal, visit https://www.press.jhu.edu/journals/digital-philology-journal-medieval-cultures

Algerian newspaper Liberté publishes article on Maya Boutaghou’s first novel: “Voyage d’Alger”

July 30, 2019

 Click here for the article that Algerian newspaper Liberté in Algiers published on Maya Boutaghou's first novel "Voyage d'Alger".

                                                                   

 

 

 

Congratulations to Dr. Sherri Rose (UVA PhD, French, 2013) who has earned tenure at Hillsdale College in Michigan!

July 11, 2019

Congratulations to Eric Essono Tsimi who earned his Doctoral Degree in French on Saturday, May 18, 2019. Dr. Tsimi has accepted a position as Senior Lecturer in Francophone Literary and Cultural Studies at The Ohio State University (Columbus).

May 23, 2019

Congratulations to Eric Essono Tsimi who earned his Doctoral Degree in French on Saturday, May 18, 2019.  He successfully defended his dissertation on March 25, 2019 "De la contre-utopie: essai sur le roman de la décadence depuis l'attentat contre Charlie Hebdo" .

Dr. Tsimi has accepted a position as Senior Lecturer in Francophone Literary and Cultural Studies at The Ohio State University (Columbus) in the fall.  He will be teaching:  (Undergraduate Course)"French 1802 - The Black Panther's Trail:  Art, Power and History in Francophone Africa, GE Culture and Ideas" and (Undergraduate/Graduate Course) French 5205 - Black Africa and Diaspora: Texts and Contexts".  

 

Congratulations to Alexandra Natoli, (PhD, 2016), as she has accepted a position beginning in August 2019 at the University of Southern Indiana

May 23, 2019

Fellow Dr. Alexandra Natoli

Dr. Alexandra Natoli is Assistant Professor of French at the University of Southern Indiana, a new role she will begin in August 2019. She earned her Ph.D. in French from the University of Virginia. As the J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Fellow at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, Dr. Natoli will be conducting research for her project, “Bodily Matters: Remembering Outhouse Space in the Nazi Camps.”

Dr. Natoli has presented her research at various conferences. In 2013, she took part at the centenary colloquium honoring Resistant and Auschwitz-Birkenau Survivor Charlotte Delbo. She presented her paper, “Le corps absent: la figure humaine en tant qu’espace négatif chez Charlotte Delbo” at the event, which was jointly organized by Delbo’s estate and the National Library of France (BnF). She presented early research for the “Bodily Matters” project at the 2017 Emerging Questions in Holocaust Testimony Conference, giving a paper entitled, “Exploring Outhouse Space in the Nazi Camps.” She recently gave a talk entitled, “The Road Away from Auschwitz: Embodying Absence in Francophone bande dessinée” at Lessons and Legacies XV in St. Louis.

Dr. Natoli is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships. In 2016, she was a fellow at the Summer Institute of Northwestern University’s Holocaust Education Foundation. In 2013, she was the recipient of an Arts, Humanities, and Social Science Summer Research Fellowship (UVa), which permitted her to conduct archival research on Charlotte Delbo at the BnF in Paris. 

Dr. Natoli is fluent in English and French. She additionally possesses intermediate Polish language skills, having received a Summer Foreign Language Fellowship to study Polish in Krakow, Poland in 2014.

While in residence at the museum, Dr. Natoli seeks to explore the complex and often surprising roles of outhouse areas in survivor memory, using written and oral testimony. She will conduct research to examine outhouses as sites of commercial and social exchange, and to analyze the experience of those who worked in these spaces. Her research will also analyze how the physicality of these different locales shaped survivor’s perceived relationships to them. Through her research, Dr. Natoli seeks to reorient our gaze towards the everyday by contemplating one of the most central, yet frequently neglected aspects of daily existence in the Nazi camps. By mapping the conflicted, yet critical ways survivors remember outhouse areas, she seeks to create a more nuanced vision of these sites and their surrounding narratives in survivor memory.

Dr. Natoli will be in residence through August 31, 2019, and can be contacted at anatoli@ushmm.org.

Maya Boutaghou is pleased to announce the publication of a new collective book: Représentations de la guerre d’indépendance algérienne. Paris: Classiques Garnier, 2019.

May 22, 2019

Maya Boutaghou is pleased to announce the publication of a new collective book: Représentations de la guerre d’indépendance algérienne. Paris: Classiques Garnier, 2019.

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Deborah McGrady will be delivering a plenary talk at the10th International Colloquium on Christine de Pizan Conference to be held at the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle on June 18, 2019.

May 13, 2019

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Ari Blatt is pleased to announce the publication of a new book (co-edited with Edward Welch, U. of Aberdeen): France in Flux: Space, Territory and Contemporary Culture Liverpool UP, 2019

April 22, 2019

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John Lyons Presents: « La singularité dans la pensée de Leo Strauss et le « pari » de Pascal »

April 5, 2019

John Lyons Presents: Tragédie et probabilité paradoxale : les récits concurrents

April 2, 2019

UVA French graduate, Peter Chekin's, PhD (2017) article has been accepted in the Zeitschrift für romanische Philologie, the premier venue for Romance Linguistics studies

March 4, 2019

Recent UVA French graduate, Peter Chekin, PhD (2017) article: "Jean de joinville and the Old French rhotic consonant" has been accepted by the Zeitschrift für romanische Philologie, the premier venue for Romance Linguistics studies.

"Based on textual evidence from Jean de Joinville’s Vie de saint Louis, this article argues that the Old French rhotic consonant /r/ had a dorsal pronunciation for at least some groups of medieval Francophones. This argument counters the prevailing view that medieval French /r/ was uniformly apical, and that the now-standard dorsal pronunciation only emerged in the early modern period. The article then develops the hypothesis that dorsal /r/ came into Old French as a result of Germanic influence, and not as a spontaneous development. For this purpose, it first surveys the current state of the debate about the origins of dorsal /r/ in the Germanic languages and evaluates the merits of its principal arguments in the light of Joinville’s testimony. The article then advances a sociolinguistic argument in favor of the Germanic-origins hypothesis. Using the available evidence for the interactions between Germanic- and Romance-speakers at the dawn of the written French language, it proposes that Carolingian-era nobles who were native speakers of Franconian dialects brought this pronunciation of /r/ into Old French, and that this sound subsequently persisted in some Old French aristocratic speech as part of a prestige accent."

 

Recent French graduate, Sam Campbell wins prestigious scholarship

February 28, 2019

Sam Campbell is serious about wildlife preservation – and now he has an avenue by which he can seriously pursue it.

Campbell, a 2017 University of Virginia graduate, will study the African wildlife trade in Asia as one of this year’s 18 Luce Scholarship recipients.

The Luce Scholars Program is a fellowship program launched by the Henry Luce Foundation in 1974 to enhance the understanding of Asia among potential leaders in American society. The program provides stipends, language training and individualized professional placement in Asia.  Click here for more.

The Writer's Gift or the Patron's Pleasure

Deborah McGrady announces publication of her new book. "The Writer's Gift or the Patron's Pleasure? The Literary Economy in Late Medieval France".

February 4, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

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UVA ranks as the top university in the country in number of BA degrees awarded in French

February 1, 2019

 George’s first book, Montaigne’s Career, Oxford, 1998

Congratulations to George Hoffmann, PhD UVA 1990 and Professor of French at U Michigan, on winning the MLA's prestigious Scaglione Prize for his latest book, Reforming French Culture: Satire, Spiritual Alienation, & Connection to Strangers, Oxford, 2017.

January 9, 2019

Congratulations to George Hoffmann, PhD UVA 1990 and Professor of French at U Michigan, on winning the MLA's prestigious Scaglione Prize for his latest book, Reforming French Culture: Satire, Spiritual Alienation, & Connection to Strangers, Oxford, 2017.  George’s first book, Montaigne’s Career, Oxford, 1998, also won the Scaglione Prize.  

Antoine

The film critic and historian Antoine de Baecque is visiting us from the École Normale Supérieure (Paris). He is hosting two screenings this week, and will be giving a lecture entitled “Le cinéma est mort! Vive le cinéma!” on the 31st.

October 31, 2018

The film critic and historian Antoine de Baecque is visiting us from the École Normale Supérieure (Paris). He is hosting two screenings this week, and will be giving a lecture entitled “Le cinéma est mort! Vive le cinéma!” on the 31st. He was equally accompanied by doctoral candidate Claire-Marie Brisson and master’s student Beau Bryan as he visited Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello. Bienvenue!

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The UVA Department of French welcomed two guest speakers sponsored by The French Embassy, La Fondation Charles de Gaulle, and CCI Paris Ile-de-France on October 2.

October 2, 2018

The UVA Department of French welcomed two guest speakers sponsored by The French Embassy, La Fondation Charles de Gaulle, and CCI Paris Ile-de-France on October 2. Pictured here from left to right are Lova Rajaonarisoa, Claire-Marie Brisson - both from the Department of French, as well as Diane Grillère (Paris-Sorbonne; Fondation Charles de Gaulle) and Anaïs Ravet (CCI Paris Ile-de-France).

 

Lost Boy

Congratulations to UVA 2018 French Alum Christopher Benos Released his First Studio Album "Lost Boy".

August 29, 2018

Congratulations to French Department alum Christopher Benos for the recent release of his first studio album! “Lost Boy,” an album of impressionistic piano music, was written and recorded in Aix-en- Provence following time spent there on a study abroad trip with the Department. Some of the tracks were inspired by time spent studying and walking in the steps of Cézanne, others by time spent in the lavender plateau of Valensole. The album is available on all major music streaming platforms, including Spotify, linked below.

 

https://open.spotify.com/album/6bo5XzHJ8PPzDeY4tAKHka?si=QGjP 6r_LST-hqFa_giR28g

Claire Marie

Doctoral candidate Claire-Marie Brisson was invited as a special correspondent to French Canadian television on August 12, conducting two interviews on the one-year anniversary of Charlottesville's "Unite the Right" rally.

August 14, 2018

Doctoral candidate Claire-Marie Brisson was invited as a special correspondent to French Canadian television on August 12, conducting two interviews on the one-year anniversary of Charlottesville's "Unite the Right" rally. Click link below to hear interviews. Both interviews were aired on RDI Info - Francophone Canada's national news network as broadcast by Radio-Canada. Click here to view the second interview to their social media.

Jennifer

Professor Tsien reflects on her conflicted relationship with a classic novel in her personal essay, “The Danger of Liaisons,” Eighteenth-Century Fiction.

August 8, 2018

Professor Tsien reflects on her conflicted relationship with a classic novel in her personal essay, “The Danger of Liaisons,” Eighteenth-Century FictionClick here for link

 

 

Claire Marie

Claire-Marie Brisson has become our newest published author with her first journal publication, "Toppling Statues, Towering Walls: The Tumultuous United States in the Shadows of the Canadian Global Ideal,” journal Études Canadiennes / Canadian Studies

June 13, 2018

Claire-Marie Brisson has become our newest published author with her first journal publication, "Toppling Statues, Towering Walls: The Tumultuous United States in the Shadows of the Canadian Global Ideal,” due to appear in the journal Études Canadiennes / Canadian Studies N°85 (Le Canada, refuge américain / Canada: A Refuge from the United States) this December. This journal is published in Paris by L'Association Française d'Études Canadiennes.

 

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