If we could today—without the burden or benefit of precedent, tradition, or institutional inertia—invent a field called ‘French and Francophone Studies,’ what would it look like?
– Laurent Dubois & Achille Mbembe
Assistant Professor, Department of German and Romance Languages at
Johns Hopkins University
An intellectual historian with particular interests in French and European Renaissance literature and thought, book history, translation and reception studies, the history of political thought, the environmental humanities, and the work of Michel Foucault, her current project, “Mastering the Climate: Theories of Environmental Influence in the Long Seventeenth Century,” investigates the dissemination of “climate theories” across early modern Europe and the colonial world.
Assistant Professor, Department of Romance Studies, UNC – Chapel Hill
A specialist of nineteenth-century French literature and culture and critical theory, her first book project explores the mapping of prostitution and its spaces of practice (the brothel, the brasserie, the boulevard) in the nineteenth-century novel, examining the ways in which the prostitute is plotted as a textual landmark in order to ‘make space’ in the modern city. She is now working on a second book-length project which studies weather (meteorology, climate, and atmosphere) and the ecology of the novel in the French Second Empire and Third Republic.
Chair: Sanam Nader-Esfahani
Visiting Assistant Professor of French, NYU
Respondent: Downing Bray
PhD student, Department of French, NYU
Futures of French is a new series highlighting the work of early career scholars. Future meetings will take place on November 16, 2016; January 30, 2017; and March 23, 2017.
In English. Free and open to the public.
Sponsored by the Department of French