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  • 21 Jan 2020 1:27 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    As an Allied Organization of the MLA, Women in French is guaranteed one session at the MLA Convention in Toronto, 7-10 January 2021. The Presidential Theme for the 2021 convention is Persistence. If you wish to propose a topic for our guaranteed session, please submit it by January 30, 2020 to Arline Cravens via email:  arline.cravens@slu.edu.

    Please limit your description to 200-250 words. Your topic will then be presented to the membership for an electronic vote. Normally, the person who proposes the session also chairs the session. A call for papers will then be posted on the MLA site and sent out to all members of WIF.  

    We are also eligible to propose two non-guaranteed sessions as well.

    Please do not hesitate to contact Arline Cravens (arline.cravens@slu.edu) if you have any questions. 


  • 15 Jan 2020 5:59 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    (le français suit)

    Position Title / Rank: Assistant Professor - French Studies

    College: College of Arts

    Department: School of Languages and Literatures

    Date Posted: December 16, 2018
    Deadline: February 14, 2020
    Please reference AD #19-72

    Position Description:

    The School of Languages and Literatures (SOLAL) at the University of Guelph invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the field of French Studies.

    The preferred candidate will have a specialisation in Gender and/or Sexuality studies in Québécois/Francophone Canadian literatures and cultures. Expertise in Digital Humanities will be an asset.

    The appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor, commencing on July 1, 2020. Candidates must have a PhD in French Studies at the time of appointment and a record of excellence in research and teaching. Excellence in teaching can be demonstrated by a strong teaching dossier. Evidence of excellence in research can be demonstrated, for example, by publications in refereed journals and presentations at scholarly conferences. With 6.5 full-time faculty members, the French program offers both undergraduate programs in French (Major and Minor) and an M.A. in French Studies.

    The University of Guelph is the second-largest employer in Guelph, a city of approximately 130,000 people, located about an hour drive west of Toronto, Ontario. University of Guelph is a top-ranked comprehensive university in Canada with an enrolment of about 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students across over 40 academic units. The University is known for its commitment to student learning, innovative research, and collaboration with world-class partners. It is a unique place, with transformative research and teaching and a distinctive campus culture. People who learn and work here are shaped and inspired by a shared purpose: To Improve Life. Reflecting that shared purpose in every experience connected to our university positions us to create positive change, here and around the world. Our University community shares a profound sense of social responsibility, a drive for international development, and an obligation to address global issues.

    Application Process

    The deadline to apply for this position is February 14, 2020. Interested applicants should submit the following materials (preferably as a single PDF file): a cover letter; a curriculum vitae; samples of research and a teaching dossier. Applicants must also arrange for three confidential letters of reference to be sent directly to the Director. All application material should be submitted electronically by email to:

    Margot Irvine
    Director, School of Languages and Literatures
    College of Arts
    University of Guelph
    50 Stone Rd. E., Guelph, Ontario, N1G 2W1
    Email: mirvine@uoguelph.ca 

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

    The University recognizes that applicants may have had obligations outside of work that have negatively impacted their record of achievements (e.g., parental, elder care, and/or medical). You are not required to disclose these obligations in the hiring process. If you choose to do so, the University will ensure that these obligations do not negatively impact the assessment of your qualifications for the position.

    The University of Guelph resides on the ancestral lands of the Attawandaron people and the treaty lands and territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit and we offer our respect to our Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee and Métis neighbours as we strive to strengthen our relationships with them.

    At the University of Guelph, fostering a culture of inclusion  is an institutional imperative. The University invites and encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in employment, who may contribute to further diversification of our Institution.

    If you require a medical accommodation during the recruitment or selection process, please contact Occupational Health and Wellness at 519-824-4120 x52674.


    Description du poste:

    L’École de langues et de littératures de l’Université de Guelph sollicite des candidatures pour un poste menant à la permanence, au rang de professeur.e adjoint.e dans le domaine des études françaises.

    Le/la candidat.e privilégié.e aura une spécialisation en études du genre et/ou des sexualités dans la littérature et culture québécoise ou les littératures et cultures de la francophonie canadienne. Une expertise en humanités numériques serait un atout.

    La nomination se fera au rang de professeur.e adjoint.e à compter du 1er juillet 2020. Le/La candidat.e détiendra un doctorat en études françaises au moment de sa nomination et fera preuve d'excellence en recherche et en enseignement. L’expérience en enseignement peut être démontrée par un excellent dossier pédagogique. L’excellence en recherche peut être démontrée, par exemple, par des publications dans des revues scientifiques évaluées par les pairs et des présentations à des colloques scientifiques.

    Avec 6,5 professeur.es à temps plein, le programme en études françaises offre des programmes sous-gradués en français (majeur et mineur), ainsi qu’une M.A. en études françaises. Le programme d’études françaises fait partie de l’École des langues et littératures, qui compte 19 membres du corps professoral et offre des programmes académiques qui mènent au B.A. en études françaises, études classiques, études européennes, études espagnoles et hispaniques, en Italien et en Allemand, ainsi que des programmes menant à la M.A. en études françaises, études européennes et en études latino-américaines et des caraïbes.

    L’Université de Guelph est le deuxième plus grand employeur de la ville de Guelph, une ville d’environ 130,000 personnes, située à une heure de route à l’ouest de Toronto, Ontario. L’Université de Guelph est l'une des meilleures universités polyvalentes du Canada avec des inscriptions d’environ 30,000 étudiant.es sous-gradué.es et gradué.es dans ses 40 unités académiques. L’Université est connue pour son dévouement à l’apprentissage, sa recherche innovatrice, et ses collaborations avec des partenaires de renommée internationale. C’est un endroit unique, où s’accomplissent des recherches et de l’enseignement transformateurs, grâce à la culture distincte de sa communauté. Ceux et celles qui y apprennent et travaillent sont formé.es et inspiré.es par un but partagé : améliorer la vie. Mettre en évidence ce but partagé dans chaque expérience reliée à nos postes universitaires nous positionne pour créer des changements positifs, ici et à travers le monde. Notre communauté universitaire partage un sens profond de responsabilité sociale, d’engagement envers le développement international et d’obligation d’adresser des questions globales.

    Processus d’application :
    La date limite pour soumettre sa candidature pour ce poste est le 14 février, 2020. Les candidat.es interessé.es devraient soumettre les documents suivants (de préférence en un seul fichier PDF) : une lettre de motivation, un curriculum vitae, des exemples de recherche et un dossier pédagogique. Les candidat.es devraient assurer que trois lettres de référence confidentielles soient envoyées directement à la Directrice. Tout le matériel devrait être soumis électroniquement par courriel à :

    Margot Irvine
    Directrice, École des langues et littératures
    University of Guelph
    College of Arts
    50 Stone Road E., Guelph, ON
    Canada, N1G 2W1
    Courriel: 
    mirvine@uoguelph.ca 

    Nous encourageons tout.es les candidat.es qualifié.es à présenter une demande ; toutefois, la priorité sera accordée aux Canadien.nes et aux résident.es permanent.es.

    L'Université reconnaît que les candidat.es peuvent avoir fait face à des obligations à l'extérieur du travail et qui ont eu une incidence négative sur leur vie professionnelle (p. ex. soins des parents, soins des aînés ou motifs médicaux). Les candidat.es ne sont pas obligé.es de divulguer ces obligations dans le processus d'embauche. Pourtant, si elles sont partagées, l'Université s'assurera que ces obligations n'aient pas d'incidence négative sur l'évaluation des qualifications pour le poste.

    L'Université de Guelph réside sur les terres ancestrales du peuple attawandaron et sur les terres visées par le traité et le territoire des Mississaugas du Crédit, et nous offrons notre respect à nos voisins Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee et Métis dans nos efforts pour renforcer nos relations avec eux.

    À l'Université de Guelph, la promotion d'une culture d'inclusion est un impératif institutionnel. L'Université invite et encourage toute personne qualifiée, y compris les membre des groupes traditionnellement sous-représentés dans l'emploi, qui peuvent contribuer à la diversification de notre établissement.

    Si vous avez besoin d'une mesure d'adaptation médicale pendant le processus de recrutement ou de sélection, veuillez communiquer avec Santé et Mieux-être au travail au 519-824-4120, poste 52674.


  • 6 Jan 2020 4:50 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    If you are interested in chairing a WIF panel at the 2020 South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA) annual conference, please send a call for papers by January 20, 2020 to Dr. Adrienne Angelo (ama0002@auburn.edu).

    Provide the following information:

    1) title of session;

    2) contact information of panel chair;

    3) a 150-200-word description of the panel;

    4) details for panel applicants, such as requested abstract length, submission deadline (May 15, 2020 suggested), any other special requests for submissions (i.e. brief bios, CVs, academic affiliation, etc.).

    The 2020 SAMLA conference is taking place from November 13-15, 2020 in Jacksonville, Florida.

    The theme of next year’s SAMLA conference is "Scandal! Literature and Provocation: Breaking Rules, Making Texts." Feel free to interpret that theme as broadly as possible, and you are also invited to propose a panel on another topic, too.


  • 2 Jan 2020 3:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    WIF sends warmest congratulations to the newly-elected members of our board: 

    • President: Arline Cravens
    • Vice-President: E. Nicole Meyer
    • Regional Representative for the Midwest: Jennifer Howell 
    • Regional Representative for the Rocky Mountains: Courtney Sullivan
    Thank you to all who participated in the election. We also send a special thanks to the nominating committee, Annabelle Rea and Colette Trout, as well as to Stephanie Schechner for setting up the elections. 
  • 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) 


    6. La femme et le genre policier / Women and the genre of the detective story

    In the detective story genre, women are more often than not the victims of a crime that a man is then in charge of solving. What happens when the woman plays a different part in this genre? How are women represented in detective novels / films / series when they are not the victims of the crime, but the detective or the criminal? Paper proposals looking at representations of women-other-than-victims in detective stories, from any era or region, are welcome.

    Dans le genre policier, la femme est plus souvent qu’à son tour la victime du crime qu’il revient alors à un homme de résoudre. Que se passe-t-il lorsque la femme joue un autre rôle dans ce genre? Quelles représentations trouve-t-on de la femme dans le roman / film / feuilleton policier lorsqu’elle n’y est pas la victime du crime, mais la policière ou la criminelle? Les propositions de communication portant sur les représentations de la femme-autre-que-victime dans les histoires policières de n’importe quelle période ou région, seront considérées.

    Chair: Véronique Maisier, Southern Illinois University (profmaisier@gmail.com)


  • 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

    The conference organizers have received a prestigious CEAH Symposium grant from ISU that allows them to now offer free registration for graduate students, postdoctoral students and independent researchers who present a paper at the conference.

    Thanks to this grant, all participants, whether they present a paper or not, will also be able to attend the reception and banquet free of charge.

    To make up for the delay, they extended the early bird registration fee to January 30, 2020.

    The registration fee includes breakfasts, lunches and transportation to the conference location and events for all three conference days.

    You may register at the following link:  https://registration.extension.iastate.edu/emc00/PublicSignIn.aspx?&SessionID=ejpffofhkfe0ejnfelfbp&Lang=*

    And reserve your hotel room here:  https://register.extension.iastate.edu/wf2020/hotel-and-travel

    Please be advised that on the evening of December 17, and on the morning of December 18, the registration system software will be updated. During that timeframe, you will not be able to register for the conference.

    Important deadlines:

    • December 12, 2019 through January 30, 2020: early bird rate
    • January 1, 2020: Participants must be members of WIF by January 1, 2020 to participate in the conference
    • January 31 through February 29, 2020: full rate
    • March 1, 2020: registration online ends; registration on site will be available (full rate)
    • March 15, 2020: deadline to be fully reimbursed in case of a cancellation
    • March 16, 2020: starting on this date, there will be no more refunds for cancellations

    We are looking forward to welcoming you to Ames!

    The Organizing Committee:

    Michèle Schaal, Iowa State University

    Arline Cravens, Saint Louis University

    Susan Ireland, Grinnell College

    ___________________________________

     

    Chers/chères collègues,

    Les organisatrices de la conférence viennent  de recevoir une bourses des plus prestigieuses d’ISU, la CEAH Symposium Grant. Celle-ci permet aux doctorant.e.s, postdoctorant.e.s, et chercheur.e.s indépendant.e.s qui présentent une communication de s’enregistrer sans frais aucuns.

    Grace à cette bourse, tou.te.s les participant.e.s pourront également assister gratuitement à la réception et au banquet, qu’iels présentent ou non une communication à la conférence.

    Elles ont prolongé l’application du tarif préférentiel jusqu’au 30 janvier 2020.

    Les frais d’inscription comprennent les petits-déjeuners, les déjeuners, de même que le transport sur les sites de la conférence pour les trois jours où celle-ci a lieu.

    Vous pouvez vous inscrire en cliquant sur le lien suivant :https://registration.extension.iastate.edu/emc00/PublicSignIn.aspx?&SessionID=ejpffofhkfe0ejnfelfbp&Lang=*

    Et réservez votre chambre d’hôtel en cliquant sur celui-ci : https://register.extension.iastate.edu/wf2020/hotel-and-travel 

    Dates butoirs importantes :

    • Jusqu’au 30 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
    • 31 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
    • 16 mars 2020 : à partir de cette date, aucun remboursement ne sera effectué pour désistement

    Nous nous réjouissons de vous accueillir à Ames ! 

    Le comité organisateur :

    Michèle Schaal, Iowa State University

    Arline Cravens, Saint Louis University

    Susan Ireland, Grinnell College


  • 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.


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