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  • 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)

    CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS

    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, 

    *radio

    *television

    *cinema

    *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.


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