The sense of a globe that is interconnected within and beyond the nation has a long history in literature and culture. This seminar examines the points of contact, as well as the dialogue emerging from a diversity of points of view, that place the role of otherness and boundary crossing at the very center of literature, culture, and politics in France.

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Past Events 2016 - 17

Zahia Rahmani, Writer and Art Historian, New York University
Moze, "Musulman" and France, récit d'une enfance
Sarah Gensburger, CNRS, Paris Ouest Nanterre-La Défense
Gérôme Truc, CNRS, ENS Cachan
From Charlie to Bataclan: A Research Project on Social Reactions to 2015 Terrorist Attacks in Paris
Nicholas White, Cambridge University and Emmanuel College
Emile Zola, the Franco-Prussian War, and the "Impatience of the Violent"
Lynne Huffer, Emory University
Wanton Extinction: Foucault, Wynter, and the Anthropocene
Guy Ben-Aharon, Director
Nael Nacer, Actor
"Meursault, contre-enquête": A Stage Reading of Kamel Daoud's Novel
Bruno Perreau, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Queer Theory: The French Response
Françoise Rubellin, Université de Nantes
Subversion, concurrence et censure : la guerre des théâtres à Paris au siècle des Lumières
Maurice Samuels, Yale University
The Right to Difference: French Universalism and the Jews
Bruno Perreau, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Queer Theory: The French Response
Tiphaine Samoyault, University Paris 3 - Sorbonne Nouvelle
Barthes et l'engagement
Anne Régent-Susini, University Paris 3 - Sorbonne Nouvelle
The Voice of the Amerindian Convert in Jesuit Relations in Canada: From the New Adam to the Universal Sinner, and from the Savage to the Noble Savage

Past Events 2015 - 16

Michel Collot, University Paris 3 - Sorbonne Nouvelle
Le paysage dans l'art moderne et contemporain
Fiston Mwanza Mujila, Writer, Democratic Republic of Congo
L'eau de la chèvre ou la chèvre de l'eau: variations poétiques sur un pays n'existant que sur papier
Vincent Debaene, Columbia University
Qu'est-ce qu'un auteur? Cotonou, 1935
Laurence Marie, Cultural Services of the French Embassy
The Art of Acting: Inventing Spectacle in Enlightenment Europe
Stéphane Lojkine, University of Aix-Marseille
Invention de l’esthétique et retour du politique: leçons des Lumières
John Armitage, Winchester School of the Arts
Joanne Roberts, Winchester School of the Arts
Critical Luxury Studies: Defining a Field?

Past Events 2014 - 15

4 Contemporary French and Francophone Thinkers
Touria Nakkouch, Ibn-Zohr University, Morocco
Worlds and France: Maghrebi Francophone Writers Remapping the French Imaginary and Creating "Monde"
Anne Lafont, Institut National d'Histoire de l'art
To the Great Black Men, the Grateful Arts? Attuck, Belley, Toussaint, and Others
Paul Bandia, Concordia College
Translation, Postcolonialism, World Literature
Philip Armstrong, Ohio State University
Precarity’s Prayers: On Forms of Political Speech
Claire Mauss Copeaux
Si loin de l’épopée: des récits de vétérans (La guerre de l’Algérie, 1954-1962)
Etienne Copeaux
Comment enseigner l’Islam en France?
Irving Goh, Tufts University
The Reject: From Contemporary French Thought to our "Posthuman" World

Past Events 2013 - 14

Olivier Surel, Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense
On the Very Idea of a Multinaturalism
Catherine Millet, Writer and Art Critic
Talk Title TBA
Jean-Pierre Le Dantec, University of Paris – La-Villette
Urban Design and the Genius of the Site: From André Le Nôtre to Today
Christine Ferlampin-Acher, Université de Rennes 2
Perceforest, un roman arthurien tardif et ses enjeux
Nicola Courtright, Amherst College
Spaces for a Queen: Physical and Imagined Architecture in 17th c. France
Laurent Binet, Writer
Talk Title TBA
Andrea Marculescu, Harvard University
Girls Interrupted: The Voice of the Possessed in Medieval French Theater
Faith Beasley, Dartmouth College
Transcribing India: François Bernier and the Art of Conversation in Seventeenth-Century France
Rachida Madani, Tangier, Morocco
Le choix du français comme langue d'écriture
Pierre Alféri, ENSAD, Paris
A Conversation with Pierre Alféri, Poet.
Reda Bensmaia, Brown University
Harragas or the Boat People

Past Events 2012 - 13

Jacques Ranciere
Talk title to be announced.
Martine Reid, Université de Lille-III
"La place des féminismes dans l'enseignement universitaire en France et aux Etats-Unis"
Mylène Priam, Harvard University
“Créolité Then and Now”
Etienne Balibar
"Uneasy Citizenship: From the Controversy on Humanism to the Controversy on Universalism"
Achille Mbembe
“Provincializing France?”
Tamar Garb, University College London
"'Eyes Wide Shut': Trauma in the Field of Vision"
Damien Mahiet, Harvard University
"Imperial Indifference, Subjugating Love: Sovereignty and Conquest in Eighteenth-Century French Opera"
Irit Kleiman, Boston University
"Political Subjectivity at the Edge of Modernity: Memory and Betrayal in Commynes's Mémoires"
Joshua Walker, University of Chicago
“Imaginaries of Extraction in Le Congo belge: Space and Sociality on the Kasaian Diamond Frontier, 1907-1960”

Past Events 2011 - 12

David Aberbach, McGill University
"The French Jews, Patriotism, and the Liberal State (1789-1944)"
Katherine Kolb, Southeastern Louisiana University
"Balzac's Fifth Symphony"
Antonin Baudry, Embassy of France, New York City
"Les portes du monde étaient fermées de l'intérieur. Réflexions sur l'art contemporain et la diplomatie culturelle"
Marie-Claire Blais, Quebecois author and playwright
"Une vision de nos temps tourmentés"
Jacques Berchtold, Université Paris IV - Sorbonne
“Rousseau et l’horizon arcadien du roman”
A reading by Wajdi Mouawad.
Jonathan Smolin, Dartmouth College
Talk title to be announced.
Wajdi Mouawad, Lebanese-Canadian writer, playwright, actor and director
A lecture by Wajdi Mouawad.

Past Events 2010 - 11

Rabah Ameur Zaïmeche, filmmaker
on film
Kim Thuy, Quebec Delegation in Boston
“Parcours burlesque d’une immigrante”
Nathalie Dajko, Tulane University
"Hurricanes on the Bayou: French on Shifting Grounds"
Michèle Pierre-Louis, Ex-Prime Minister of Haïti and IOP Fellow
"Haïti, littérature et société; paradoxes et créativités"
Bruno Bosteels, Cornell University
"Alain Badiou and Marxism"
Dominique Bertrand, Université Blaise Pascal
Christian Biet, Université de Paris 10
Hélène Bilis, Wellesley College
Jean-Vincent Blanchard, Swarthmore College
Juliette Cherbuliez, University of Minnesota
Claire Goldstein, Miami University
Michèle Longino, Duke University
Jeffrey Ravel, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Alain Viala, Oxford University
“L’œil classique en action. Regards croisés sur la vision au XVIIe siècle/ The Classical Eye: Perspectives on the Gaze in France During the Seventeenth Century”
François Dosse
"Gilles Deleuze et Félix Guattari: Un couple intellectuel singulier"
Jean-Pierre Bobillot, Université Stendhal
“de la POésie sonore à la médioPOétique / from sound POetrY to medioPOetics”