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  • 5 Dec 2019 1:24 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Call for Papers for Women in French Sessions

    2020 Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association Conference

    Boulder, Colorado, October 7-10, 2020

    Please send a 250-300 word abstract in French or English, including presenter’s academic affiliation and contact information, to one of the panel chairs listed below by March 31, 2020.

    We are also planning an evening reception for members and those interested in Women in French. All those interested in Women in French are encouraged to attend.

    Please contact Dr. Sullivan directly (courtney.sullivan@washburn.edu) if you have any questions.


    1. The Literature of Shock/La Littérature de choc

    In our contemporary environment saturated with attention-grabbing headlines, we are accustomed—or perhaps not—to encountering stories of shock and horror that vie for our attention. But what about literature that shocks, that demands that we respond not with admiration or attachment, but rather with confusion, fear, disgust, or outrage? How do we read texts that disturb our expectations, break with familiar paradigms, or violate an erstwhile integrity? And what if these texts don’t lead us back to our familiar frameworks of continuity, order, justice, freedom, etc.? What are our intellectual and visceral responses to shock, and why might those responses be important and not simply gratuitous?

    A l’heure actuelle, dans notre culture saturée d’histoires, nous avons l’habitude (peut-être) de lire des titres qui essaient de capter notre attention en faisant appel à des réactions de choc, de colère ou d’horreur. Mais comment réagir à la littérature de choc, une littérature qui exige qu’on réponde avec confusion, peur, dégout, ou indignation au lieu d’admiration ou d’attachement? Comment lire ces textes qui troublent nos attentes, qui déjouent nos paradigmes chéris, qui violent un sens de l’intégrité? Et que penser si ces textes ne nous ramènent pas aux systèmes familiers qui aboutissent à la continuité, l’ordre, la justice, la liberté, etc.? Quelles sont nos réponses intellectuelles et viscérales au choc? Comment et pourquoi ces réponses pourraient-elles être tout de même importantes et non pas gratuites?

    This call for paper proposals is not limited to works by contemporary writers. Discussion of French and Francophone women writers of any era or any genre are encouraged. 

    Chair: Eilene Hoft-March, Lawrence University (Eilene.Hoft-March@lawrence.edu)


    2. La femme invisible / The Invisible Woman

    This panel explores the invisibility of women over 50 in contemporary French fiction and/or film. How does the writer/director represent her character’s acceptance of or fight against aging-related invisibility?

    Chair: Michèle Bacholle, Eastern Connecticut State University (bachollem@easternct.edu)


    3. Climate Crisis in the Francosphere

    As we begin the third decade of the 21st century, the climate crisis continues to inspire diverse reactions throughout the global community: scientists, politicians, and activists all over the world are responding with heightened urgency (and some with a perplexing denial of facts). Similarly, as more and more writers begin to address the climate crisis, the Environmental Humanities continues to gain traction, and “Digital Environmental Humanities” has appeared as a discipline. This panel seeks to explore varieties of women’s environmental engagement in the “francosphere.” Not limited to literature, the panel wishes to address all forms of women’s activism or engagement in the contemporary period of climate crisis. In what ways do women’s movements, literary works, digital or artistic engagements address climate change, environmental destruction, natural disasters, nuclear colonialism, or resource exploitation? How are women in France, the Indian Ocean, Oceania, the Caribbean, Africa, Canada, or other French-speaking areas responding to the contemporary climate crisis? How do class categories play a role in women’s environmental engagements and environmental justice debates? Paper proposals focusing on any of these regions, questions, or modes of engagement are welcome. 

    Chair: Julia Frengs, University of Nebraska (jfrengs2@unl.edu)


    4. Identity Matters: Self-determination, Affirmation, and Naming (Oneself) in Contemporary France

    On a 2019 special episode of the Binge Audio podcast Couilles sur la table, French author and philosopher Didier Eribon creates formative coincidence between comprehension of his queer and working-class identity and a string of influential sociohistorical markers including the 19th century industrial revolution, working class movements, and the campy inverts of late nineteenth-century Europe. He states: “ma date de naissance, c’est la naissance des grands mouvements ouvriers […] ma date de naissance, c’est le front populaire […] ma date de naissance, c’est aussi le procès d’Oscar Wilde.”  Conversely, and several months earlier on the same podcast, trans-feminist philosopher and author Paul Preciado calls for a disassociation from the postmodern, neoliberal “délire de la nomination” desiring instead an embodied philosophical practice that would reduce the particularisms of identitary movements to the abstract notion of “corps vivants”: living bodies deserving of rights, respect, and dignity as such. 

    We might understand Didier’s comments as informed by the oft criticized communitarian currents of Anglo-American political movements that have, for better or worse, seeped into French socio-cultural terroir, but that are often seen as necessary, for those that adhere to them, to spotlight the blind spots of French universalism ; for Preciado, we might see the influence of France’s vision of universalism often touted as the ideological response to the noxious particularism of communitarian ideals in France. 

    This panel seeks contributions that will engage with questions of naming identity in contemporary France.  Are identity politics important/no longer important in the Hexagon? How do identity politics/resistance to identity politics play out in French and francophone cultural productions (literature, film, podcasts, web content, etc.)? What are the cultural, political, and linguistic stakes of self-determination in French and francophone culture? Have we moved/should we be moving toward a post-identity notion of the social/of politics in France and in francophone culture? And where does universalism/communitarianism fit into this movement?

    Chair: CJ Gomolka, DePauw University (cjgomolka@depauw.edu)


    5. Space, Place and Time in French and Francophone Women’s Narratives

    Power, identity and relationships often relate to place and, arguably, space. For example, questions of family and / or immigration seemingly involve not only these but the notion of time. This session proposes to investigate space, place, and time, and how these concepts play out in women’s narrative (texts or films). In what ways do women’s narratives create new understandings of space, place and time? In what ways might these spaces and places be gendered? And, in what way are they an experience of identity? Does women’s experience create a new space, place, or concept of time, and if so, in what ways? 

    Chair: E. Nicole Meyer, Augusta University (nimeyer@augusta.edu) 

  • 2 Dec 2019 1:04 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    10th International Women in French Conference: “Margins: Voices and Pathways”
    Iowa State University 
    May 14-16, 2020

    Conference attendees are invited to benefit from the early-bird conference registration rate that is offered between December 1, 2019 and January 15, 2020. See the conference calendar below, and click here to register at the conference site.

    December 1, 2019 - January 15, 2020: Early-bird registration rate

    January 1, 2020: Participants must be members of WIF by this date to participate in the conference

    January 16 - February 29, 2020: Full rate

    March 1, 2020: Online registration ends

    March 15, 2020: Deadline for full reimbursement (in case of a cancellation)


    Les intervenant.e.s sont invité.e.s à profiter du tarif préférentiel offert entre le 1er décembre 2019 et le 15 janvier 2020. Veuillez voir ci-dessous le calendrier de la conférence et cliquez ici pour vous enregistrer sur le site de la conférence. 

    1er décembre 2019 au 15 janvier 2020 : tarif préférentiel

    1er janvier 2020 : les intervenant.e.s sélectionné.e.s par le comité scientifique devront obligatoirement être membre de WIF avant le 1er janvier 2020 pour pouvoir participer à la conférence

    16 janvier au 29 février 2020 : plein tarif

    1er mars 2020 : fin des inscriptions en ligne, un enregistrement à la conférence même sera disponible (plein tarif)

    15 mars 2020 : date butoir pour un remboursement en cas de désistement

  • 25 Nov 2019 9:24 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This is a reminder that December 1, 2019 is the deadline for applications for the two positions that will be open starting in January 2020. Click the position titles below for more details:

    If you would like to apply, please send a brief message and cv to Juliette Rogers ( jmrogers@macalester.edu) that highlight your qualifications and interest in the position. Dr. Rogers will then forward all applications received by the deadline to the WIF Studies editorial board for a decision.

  • 11 Nov 2019 3:55 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    "French for Specific Purposes" session at the AATF conference in Trois Rivières, Québec, July 15-18, 2020

    Submit an abstract Nicole Meyer (nimeyer@augusta.edu) by November 20th.

  • 11 Nov 2019 3:47 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    “Approaches to Teaching Colette” session at the AATF conference in Trois Rivières, Québec, July 15-18, 2020

    Proposed by Tama Engelking, Cleveland State University

    For the 2020 AATF Convention in Trois-Rivières Québec, Dr. Engelking is proposing a 65-minute panel that will bring together different approaches to teaching Colette.  Colette’s work is often anthologized and several of her short stories are regularly featured in intermediate texts and readers, yet French teachers often have difficulty knowing how to situate her work and how to approach teaching the rich diversity of the texts she produced over her long career since they do not neatly fit into many of the standard categories of literature survey courses.  Dr. Engelking is organizing this panel to showcase diverse approaches to teaching Colette’s work with the goal of providing pedagogical materials and ideas to participants so they will consider incorporating (more of) Colette’s work into the curriculum.  Approaches may be geared for any level of proficiency and can be in French or English.  A second reason for this panel is to explore interest in developing a volume on Colette for the MLA “Approaches to Teaching” series. A volume devoted to the wide variety of approaches to her work that also includes pedagogical support materials will be of interest to many scholars and teachers of French literature.   

    Dr. Engelking's plan is to include 3-4 speakers in this proposed 65-minute session.  To be considered, please email the following to t.engelking@csuohio.edu  by November 15th:

    1. The title of your paper along with a description of 250-500 words
    2. An abstract of 50-75 words (for the program)
    3. AATF membership status.  Proposals submitted by members are given preference by the section committee

    Dr. Engelking will let you know by November 21st if your paper has been selected for the proposed panel so that we can finalize the submission to the AATF by the December 1st deadline. 

    Note from Dr. Engelking: If you are not able to or interested in attending the 2020 AATF conference, but are interested in contributing to a volume on “Approaches to Teaching Colette,” I would love to hear from you.  I am starting to gather information about creating a proposal for the series.  One of the first steps is to send out a questionnaire to find out exactly how Colette is being taught.  Feel free to send me an email, and I also invite you to share course syllabi that include works by Colette.

  • 1 Nov 2019 6:05 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Department of French in the Faculty of Arts & Science at the University of Toronto invites applications for a tenure-stream appointment in French Linguistics with a specialization in Computational Linguistics. The appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor and will commence on July 1, 2020 or shortly thereafter.

    We seek candidates whose research and teaching interests complement and strengthen our existing departmental strengths. The successful candidate must have expertise in French Linguistics, with a focus on Computational Methodologies which may include areas such as: application of computational methodologies to linguistic theory, text/corpus linguistics, platforms and software for language processing and language learning, theories and applications related to large corpora, modeling of language processing and production or NLP. Candidates must also have expertise in at least one area of linguistics (bilingualism, L1/L2 acquisition, lexicology, morphology, phonetics, phonology, semantics, syntax, sociolinguistics, etc.). French must be the primary language of research focus. Candidates must have a demonstrated ability to teach core undergraduate courses in French linguistics from a formal perspective, including quantitative methods, as well as advanced French as a Second Language courses. Duties will include teaching at both the Graduate and Undergraduate levels. The successful candidate will be expected to pursue innovative and independent research at the highest international level and to establish an outstanding, competitive, and externally funded research program.

    Applicants must:
    1. Have a PhD in Linguistics, Computational Linguistics, or a related field by the start date of the appointment, or shortly thereafter.
    2. Have native or near-native competence in French and near-native competence in English.
    3. Provide evidence of excellence in research, which will be demonstrated by publications in top-ranked and field-relevant academic journals, presentations at significant conferences, awards and accolades, the submitted research statement and strong endorsements by referees of high international standing.
    4. Provide evidence of excellence in teaching, which will be demonstrated through teaching accomplishments, strong letters of reference, the teaching dossier (containing a teaching statement, sample course syllabi and  teaching evaluations) submitted as part of the application.

    Submission guidelines can be found at http://uoft.me/how-to-apply. We recommend combining attached documents into one or two files in PDF/MS Word format. If you have any questions about this position, please contact Marjorie Rolando, Assistant to the Chair, at french.assistanttothechair@utoronto.ca with subject line: “French Linguistics  Position - (your full name)”. 

    Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

    This position will be held at the University of Toronto, St. George campus in downtown Toronto. More information on the University of Toronto www.utoronto.ca and the Department of French www.french.utoronto.ca can be found on their respective websites.

    All qualified candidates are invited to apply online by clicking the link below. Applicants must submit a cover letter (no more than 2-pages); a current curriculum vitae; a recent writing sample such as an article, conference paper or excerpt drawn from a dissertation chapter (no more than 30 pages); as well as a teaching dossier to include a teaching statement, sample course syllabi, and  teaching evaluations.

    Applicants must also arrange to have three letters of reference sent directly by the referee via email (on letterhead and signed) to Professor Anne-Marie Brousseau, Interim Chair of the Department of French at french.assistanttothechair@utoronto.ca (with “French Linguistics Position” and the applicant’s name in the subject line) by the closing date. 

    All application materials, including reference letters, must be submitted by the closing date of January 9, 2020. 

    The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons/persons of colour, women, Indigenous/Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

    As part of your application, you will be asked to complete a brief Diversity Survey. This survey is voluntary. Any information directly related to you is confidential and cannot be accessed by search committees or human resources staff. Results will be aggregated for institutional planning purposes. For more information, please see http://uoft.me/UP.

    All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

    Apply here: https://utoronto.taleo.net/careersection/10050/jobdetail.ftl?job=1903340&tz=GMT-04%3A00&tzname=

  • 9 Oct 2019 5:04 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Department of French and Francophone Studies at The Pennsylvania State University invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Advanced Assistant or Associate Professor in pre-20th century or post-1945 culture and society. We are a vibrant department with interdisciplinary strengths in francophone studies, cultural history, colonial/critical race studies, visual studies, and women's, gender and sexuality studies. As a department, we aspire to include faculty and students with diverse backgrounds and experiences because we are conscious of the unique role each individual plays in our collective engagement with shaping the production and sharing of knowledge about and throughout the francophone world. Thus successful candidates must either have demonstrated a commitment to building an inclusive, equitable and diverse campus community, or describe one or more ways they would envision doing so, given the opportunity. Penn State is committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of its forms. We embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusion that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity, and engage all individuals to help them thrive. We value inclusion as a core strength and an essential element of our public service mission. Start date is August 2020 and the teaching load is two courses per semester. Candidates for Advanced Assistant Professor should show significant research and teaching promise. Duties will include a combination of teaching and research, based on the candidate's qualifications. Candidates for Associate Professor should have an outstanding publication record, a commitment to securing external funding, and a track record of excellence in teaching and mentoring students. Duties will include a combination of teaching and research, based on the candidate's qualifications. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in hand by the time of appointment and native or near-native fluency in both French and English. A Ph.D. in a field other than French and Francophone Studies is welcome. To apply, please submit a dossier that includes a cover letter, curriculum vitae, diversity statement, no more than 30-page writing sample and contact information for three references. Applications received by November 12, 2019, will be considered for MLA interviews; applications arriving later will be accepted until the position is filled.

    Apply online at https://apptrkr.com/1621771

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    Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

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  • 30 Sep 2019 1:42 PM | Women in French Admin (Administrator)


    WIF Studies

    Special Issue 2022

    “Tu es drôle pour une fille”

    Funny Women in French, from the Salon to Youtube 

    For a special volume of Women in French Studies (2022), we seek contributions that investigate the humor of women of French expression since 1789.  We wish to explore the cultural archive for signs of women’s creative use of humor since the Revolution and the Napoleonic Code and track it through today’s digital age.  Against a tradition of reception that treats women as the unlaughing at which men laugh, this volume aims to demonstrate and reflect on the multiple humorous forms and practices of women of French expression and on their place in what Alain Vaillant calls “la civilisation du rire.”

    It has been 20 years since Humoresques devoted a special issue to the question in Armées d'hmours : rires au féminin, where co-editor Judith Sandor Stora wrote that “l’étude de l’humour féminin en France commence à peine.”  In 2012, the Canadian journal Recherches féministes took up the mantle with its special issue “Les voies secretes de l’humour des femmes” but left the door open for a volume on the humor of women of French expression. 

    The need for such a volume has become all the more compelling since the Humoresques volume. Along with novelists of all stripes, women are laughing: in the press and in cartoons, in street art, on the little and big screen, on the radio, and on the stage. Blanche Gardin won the Molière prize for humor in 2018. Franco-Ivoirien stand-up Shirley Souagnon travels to Reunion to conduct humor workshops.  The Internet explosion allows women unmediated access to a global public. Greater visibility and increased numbers, though, have not changed the fact that funny women still pose a problem. In 2014, French Youtuber and humorist Natoo (Nathalie Odzierjko) published a vlog called “Les femmes et l’humour” in response to a viewer’s back-handed compliment, “Tu es drôle pour une fille.” Natoo’s five-minute vlog deliciously skewers the perennial stereotypes about women and humor, calling to mind 19th- century journalist Delphine Gay de Girardin’s witty nose-thumbing to would-be detractors in her weekly newspaper column from the July Monarchy. 

    Submissions that explore any region of the French-speaking world and any creative practice using humor (taken in its largest sense to include the comic, the satiric, the ironic, etc.). within the historical parameters are welcome.  

    Trans-national and historical perspectives most welcome.

    Possible areas of inquiry: 

    *literary humor

    *performance (art, music, one woman shows, etc.)

    *cartoons and comic strips, 




    *digital cultures.  

    Abstract of 250-300 words in English or in French requested by November 4, 2019

    Please send proposals to Cheryl Morgan (cmorgan@hamilton.edu)

    Notice of acceptance by December 15, 2019

    Full manuscript due by June 10, 2020.

    Manuscripts will go through blind peer review.

With members from the United States, France, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Canada, Belgium, Ireland, Australia, Cameroon, Poland, Greece, Switzerland, Turkey, Spain, and Italy.


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