La Maison Française of NYU's Events (411)

March 29, 2019
Friday
  • French Decolonization in Global Perspective - Conference

  • Mar 29, 2019 from 5:00am to 1:00pm
  • Location: La Maison Française of NYU
  • Description:

    Institute of French Studies Conference
    Organized by Jessica Pearson (Macalester College) and Herrick Chapman (NYU)

    This conference will explore the process of French decolonization in the twentieth century in the context of broad global developments, movements, ideas, and policies. It aims to evaluate recent trends in the fields of French history and the history of decolonization and to suggest possible avenues for future inquiry. It will focus on several intersecting themes, such as decolonization and European integration, the rise of international organizations and the role they played in shaping French decolonization, and the Algerian War in global context.

    9:30 – 9:45 a.m.  Opening Remarks

    Herrick Chapman, New York University
    Jessica Pearson, Macalester College

    9:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Decolonizing Development

    “Fashioning the Future: Global Catholicism at the End of Empire in French West Africa”
    Rachel Kantrowitz, Brown University

    “Decolonizing ‘la brousse’? Medical Expertise and Rural He

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March 26, 2019
Tuesday
  • Divine Diamonds: Gender, Embodiment, and Movement in the French Banlieue - Margaret Flinn

  • Mar 26, 2019 from 3:00pm to 4:30pm
  • Location: La Maison Française of NYU
  • Description:

    Two recent French films (Divines, Benyamina, 2016; Bande de filles, Sciamma), directed by women and featuring racially and ethnically marked girls’ bodies in movement, have achieved notable critical and popular success. Residents of the Parisian banlieue, these girls share a heritage of post/colonial immigration. This talk interrogates how these films represent gendered bodies and how those bodies are offered to be seen, but also how they relate to the space of the banlieue. To what degree do the social microcosms these “bandes de filles” represent figure as aspirational utopian alternatives to the lived realities of French suburban poverty? Embodying histories of migration, the girls' filmed representations show a transcendent movement that seeks to escape or surpass that history—as they aspire to a future do they engage in forgetting or remembering of the past via their narratives or movements?

     

    Framed by feminist and phenomenological considerations of the body in film, Margaret C. Fl

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March 12, 2019
Tuesday
  • Dance through Time: Antiquity and the Ballets Russes - Illustrated Lecture

  • Mar 12, 2019 from 3:00pm to 4:30pm
  • Location: La Maison Française of NYU
  • Description:

    Clare Fitzgerald
    Associate Director for Exhibitions and Gallery Director, ISAW

    Rachel Herschman
    Co-curator, Hymn to Apollo: The Ancient World and the Ballets Russes, and curatorial assistant, ISAW

    The lecture, presented at La Maison Française, is held in conjunction with the exhibition Hymn to Apollo: The Ancient World and the Ballets Russes, on view at NYU’s Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, 15 East 84th St., from March 6 to June 2.  

    In English

    Co-sponsored by the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World and La Maison Française

    Image:

    Léon Bakst
    Costume Design for Tamara Karsavina as Chloé, for Daphnis et Chloé
    ca. 1912
    Graphite and tempera and/or watercolor on paper
    H. 28.2 cm; W. 44.7 cm
    Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT, The Ella Gallup Sumner and Mary Catlin Sumner Collection Fund: 1933.392
    Image: Allen Phillips/Wadsworth Atheneum

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March 11, 2019
Monday
  • 20th Century French Music: A Clarinet Recital

  • Mar 11, 2019 from 3:00pm to 4:15pm
  • Location: La Maison Française of NYU
  • Description:

    The ventures of Debussy and Ravel into impressionism and the responsive compositional output from Les Six produced a flowering of innovative and compelling wind music.

    The clarinet chapter of 20th century French music is saturated with tonal nuance and trademark French lyricism at their finest. In addition to the well-known nonpareils composed by Debussy, Poulenc, Messiaen, and Ravel, there is a vast underground of forgotten gems by lesser known masters: Bozza, Cahuzac, and Pierné. While these latter pieces are mainstays of the clarinet repertoire, they are largely unknown by wider audiences.

    Clarinetist Sam Boutris and pianist Marina Iwao will provide a fresh look at these unjustifiably unheralded treasures. Commentary by Michael J. Gilligan.

    Reservations: 212-998-8750 or maison.francaise@nyu.edu
    Tickets: $20 General Admission; $10 Students with ID

    Musicians' bios at as.nyu.edu/maisonfrancaise/events/2019/hidden-gems--early-20th-century-french-clarinet-music---concert

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March 5, 2019
Tuesday
  • Chez mon père - Reading/Performance by Marie Darrieussecq

  • Mar 5, 2019 from 2:00pm to 3:30pm
  • Location: La Maison Française of NYU
  • Description:

    Unpublished text read by the author (in French)

    Exclusive presentation in the U.S. 
     

    Des lotissements. Des parkings. Une centrale nucléaire. Pas tout à fait aujourd’hui. Pas tout à fait d’un autre temps. Des images d' une « utopie pavillonnaire », à la fois rythmée et aléatoire. Et l’écrivaine Marie Darrieussecq se tient à la jointure de ces images choisies par elle et le cinéaste Laurent Perreau. Un récit familial, intime, d’enfance et de jeunesse. Un père. Une vie dans l’angle de l’Europe. Une vie française, en trente minutes. Un texte inédit et voué à le rester, qui n’est écrit que pour vous être lu. 

    Ce spectacle créé à Arles en écho à l’exposition 'Levitt France', dans le cadre des Rencontres de la photographie (2017), a tourné depuis dans divers festivals et théâtres en France. 

    Essayiste, romancière, dramaturge, autrice d’albums jeunesse et psychanalyste, Marie Darrieussecq est née au Pays basque en 1969. Normalienne, agrégée de lettres, elle soutient en 1997 sa thèse de doctorat s

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  • Thinking Space in Cinema and Literature - International Colloquium

  • Mar 5, 2019 at 3:45am to Mar 7, 2019 at 7:30am
  • Location: La Maison Française of NYU
  • Description:

    Thinking Space in Cinema and Literature
    Penser l’espace dans le cinéma et la littérature

    During this international colloquium, participants will be exploring the question of the relations between cinema and literature through the prism of space on the basis of three approaches:
    - The Geography of literary and cinematic creation examines the spatial context in which works are produced from a historical, social and cultural point of view;
    - Geocriticism explores spatial narratives as the result of perception and the substance of an imaginary. would study the relations between space, forms and genres, both literary and cinematic;
    - Geopoetics studies the relations between space, forms and genres, both literary and cinematic. The semiotic perspective of texts takes on spatial modalities: typography and the materiality of the book considered as object, spectatorship and modalities of the apparatus.

    Co-organized by Ludovic Cortade (NYU, Department of French Literature, Thought and Culture) and Gui

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February 27, 2019
Wednesday
  • Stephen W. Sawyer’s Demos Assembled: Democracy and the International Origins of the Modern State

  • Feb 27, 2019 from 1:30pm to 3:00pm
  • Location: La Maison Française of NYU
  • Description:

    Roundtable

    Previous studies have covered in great detail how the modern state slowly emerged from the early Renaissance through the seventeenth century, but we know relatively little about the next great act: the birth and transformation of the modern democratic state. Demos Assembled (University of Chicago Press, 2018) provides us with a fresh, transatlantic understanding of that political order’s genesis, and sheds new light on the subsequent reciprocal influence that American thinkers and politicians had on the establishment of post-revolutionary regimes in France. Sawyer argues that the emergence of the stable Third Republic (1870–1940), which is typically said to have been driven by idiosyncratic internal factors, was in fact a deeply transnational, dynamic phenomenon.

    With Stephen W. Sawyer, professor and chair of history, and director of the Center for Critical Democracy Studies at the American University of Paris, editor of the Tocqueville Review and associate editor of the Annal

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February 26, 2019
Tuesday
  • Speak Up (Ouvrir la voix) - Film Screening and Discussion

  • Feb 26, 2019 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm
  • Location: La Maison Française of NYU
  • Description:

    With director Amandine Gay in conversation with art historian Sandrine Colard (African Art History, Rutgers), and poet/scholar Sylvie Kandé as respondent.

    African and African Diaspora writers and artists have met the 21st century with unprecedented new images and visions of Africa and the world. From Lagos, Johannesburg and Dakar to Paris, New York, London, or Berlin, writers and artists of African descent are mobilizing the resources available to them, wherever they are, to think with the world and redefine the contemporary in their own images. They are re-engendering themselves and acquiring new and active identities, social, political and sexual, in their writing and artistic processes.

    In this installation of the 21st Century/New African and African Diaspora Writings and Arts, women of African descent in France and Belgium converse about what it means to be a woman today and belong to the Afro community in the documentary film Speak Up (Ouvrir la voix, 2017) by Amandine Gay. By shari

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February 21, 2019
Thursday
  • The Rise of the Sea and the Novel - Thangam Ravindranathan

  • Feb 21, 2019 from 2:00pm to 3:30pm
  • Location: La Maison Française of NYU
  • Description:

    Does the contemporary French novel have anything to say about climate change? This talk is part of a larger project that considers literature as an ambiguous witness of humans' fragile earthly predicament.

    Thangam Ravindranathan is Associate Professor of French Studies at Brown University. She is the author of Behold an Animal. Four Exorbitant Readings (forthcoming, Northwestern University Press, 2019), Là où je ne suis pas. Récits de dévoyage (Presses Universitaires de Vincennes, 2012), and co-author (with Antoine Traisnel) of Donner le change: L'impensé animal (Editions Hermann, 2016). 

    In English

    Sponsored by Department of French Literature, Thought, and Culture

     

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February 13, 2019
Wednesday
  • Too Black to be French - Isabelle Boni-Claverie

  • Feb 13, 2019 from 1:30pm to 3:00pm
  • Location: La Maison Française of NYU
  • Description:

    Institute of French Studies book presentation and discussion

    “Where are you from?” is the question that black French people are asked the most, the question that pops up the most spontaneously in conversation. “Where are you from?” asks the friend of a friend at a party, the person next to you at a dinner, the colleague trying to make friends, the perfect stranger. At the age of 6, Isabelle discovered that she was black. She dreamed of playing Mary in the school nativity play. She would be Balthazar, the Wise Man from Africa. For this little girl raised in an affluent neighborhood of Paris, it was a shock.

    In Trop noire pour être française, Isabelle Boni-Claverie tells her story, from Paris to Abidjan, from her private Catholic school to working in television. A black woman from a privileged social background, she nonetheless has to face the obvious: in France, class does not erase race. She weaves her story with her grandfather’s, an African man who became a magistrate of the French Rep

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February 7, 2019
Thursday
  • The Politics of Urban Architecture - Anna Rosensweig & Mame-Fatou Niang

  • Feb 7, 2019 from 2:00pm to 3:30pm
  • Location: La Maison Française of NYU
  • Description:

    Futures of French is a seminar series exploring new directions in French Studies and highlighting the work of early career scholars.

    Anna Rosensweig is Assistant Professor of French at the University of Rochester. Her work focuses on early modern literature and culture, the intersections of literature and political theory, and performance studies. She is currently completing a book manuscript titled Tragic Opposition: Rights of Resistance on the Early Modern Stage, in which she locates a new genealogy of rights in early modern tragedy. Rosensweig has also begun a second book, Building the Royal Body, which investigates how early modern dramas and political ceremonies align the king's body with elements of urban architecture. 

    Mame-Fatou Niang is Associate Professor of French and Francophone Studies at Carnegie Mellon University. She works on contemporary France, Postcolonial and Transnational Studies, Media, and Urban Planning. Her recent research examines the development of Afro-Frenc

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February 4, 2019
Monday
  • En langage maternel francoys: Naturalizing the French Language

  • Feb 4, 2019 from 2:00pm to 3:30pm
  • Location: La Maison Française of NYU
  • Description:

    How does the king’s language become the mother tongue of a nation?  This talk will explore the cultural politics of the French language around 1540, examining the famous Edict of Villers-Cotterêts—the law issued by François I that codifies the langage maternel francoys as the exclusive language of justice in France—alongside the visual aesthetic of Fontainebleau and the phonetic spelling reforms of Jacques Peletier du Mans in order to understand how French becomes “naturalized” as a national idiom.

    Katie Chenoweth is Assistant Professor of French at Princeton University.  Her research focuses on the history of books and other media, with a concentration on the sixteenth century.  Her first book, The Prosthetic Tongue: Printing Technology and the Rise of the French Language, is forthcoming in the Material Texts series with the University of Pennsylvania Press.  At Éditions du Seuil in Paris, Katie Chenoweth is the director of the Bibliothèque Derrida collection, which publishes the semin

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December 10, 2018
Monday
December 6, 2018
Thursday
  • Migration and Mobility - Morgane Cadieu & Minayo Nasiali

  • Dec 6, 2018 from 2:00pm to 3:30pm
  • Location: La Maison Française of NYU
  • Description:

    Futures of French Series

    With Morgane Cadieu (French, Yale), Minayo Nasiali (History, UCLA), and comments by Tony Haouam (French and French Studies, NYU).

    Morgane Cadieu is Assistant Professor of French at Yale University. She specializes in 20th and 21st century prose, randomness in literature and philosophy, space studies and materialism. The manuscript of her first book on Georges Perec, Samuel Beckett, Anne Garréta, Italo Calvino and Sophie Calle is called Marcher au hasarddéterminisme, clinamen et libre-arbitre en littérature au XXème siècle. In this work, she maps out the spatialization of chance; traces the genealogy of the atomist swerve; and shows how the authors of her corpus construct a new type of urban strolling.

     

    Minayo Nasiali is Associate Professor of History at UCLA. Her first book, Native to the Republic: Empire, Social Citizenship, and Everyday Life in Marseille since 1945 (Cornell University Press, 2016), examines the politics of everyday life in Marseille neighborho

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December 1, 2018
Saturday
  • AATF Annual Workshop for Teachers of French

  • Dec 1, 2018 from 4:30am to 9:30am
  • Location: La Maison Française of NYU
  • Description:

    Co-presented by NYU's Department of French Literature, Thought, and Culture and the New York Metropolitan Chapter of AATF (American Association of Teachers of French), this free workshop for high school and college language teachers will feature presentations on the theme of "Promoting Student Engagement and Facilitating Oral Production." 

    Registration for this workshop is required. Space is limited.RSVP:  john.moran@nyu.eduPlease indicate your name, the name of your school, and level of French courses taught.

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November 29, 2018
Thursday
  • Are We Post-Francophone Yet? - Kaoutar Harchi & Lia Brozgal

  • Nov 29, 2018 from 1:30pm to 3:00pm
  • Location: La Maison Française of NYU
  • Description: RoundtableKaoutar Harchi is Postdoctoral Researcher at the Musée du Quai Branly and visiting professor at NYU (French Literature, Culture and Thought and Institute of French Studies). A sociologist of culture, her work revolves around francophonie as an intellectual and social field and the trajectories of Algerian novelists who have obtained recognition in France. She is the author of Je n’ai qu’une langue et ce n’est pas la mienne (2016). She has also published three novels, including L’ampleur du saccage (Actes Sud, 2011).Lia Brozgal is Associate Professor of French and Francophone Studies at UCLA, with a special emphasis on France and North Africa. She is the author of Against Autobiography: Albert Memmi and the Production of Theory (2013); co-editor of Being Contemporary: French Literature, Culture and Politics Today (2015); co-editor of Ninette of Sin Street (the first English translation of the Tunisian novella Ninette de la rue du Péché by Vitalis Danon); and author of essays o
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November 27, 2018
Tuesday
  • Jean-Paul Sartre, La Révolution française et le présent - Sophie Wahnich

  • Nov 27, 2018 from 2:00pm to 3:15pm
  • Location: La Maison Française of NYU
  • Description: L'appréciation politique et intellectuelle de la Révolution française doit moins, depuis 1945, aux historiens qu'aux philosophes, moins à l'évolution de l'historiographie comme telle qu'à la manière dont des penseurs de première importance se sont mêlés de penser la Révolution française. Les querelles philosophiques des années 1960, sur les fonctions respectives de l'histoire, de l'anthropologie, des sciences dites humaines, et de la philosophie ont installé la Révolution française au cœur des débats. Le plus fameux d'entre eux a opposé Jean-Paul Sartre et Claude Lévi-Strauss, et, dans son sillage, Michel Foucault a promu, contre Sartre, une conception scientifique du savoir sur l'homme où la Révolution française n'a plus eu aucun intérêt. Mais personne n'en est resté là.Quel est aujourd’hui le legs de ces querelles, pour les historiens et pour la manière de concevoir l’expérience politique de la Révolution française?Sophie Wahnich est directrice de recherche au CNRS (IIAC/EHESS/PSL).
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November 14, 2018
Wednesday
  • Honoring Laura Kalba, 2016-17 Laureate of the Wylie Prize in French Cultural Studies

  • Nov 14, 2018 from 1:30pm to 3:00pm
  • Location: La Maison Française of NYU
  • Description:

    Laura Kalba is Associate Professor of Art at Smith College. Selected from a pool of sixty nominated books, Color in the Age of Impressionism: Commerce, Technology, and Art (Penn State, 2017) draws from multiple founts of expertise to trace the far-reaching repercussions of a new visual field around color in late nineteenth-century France. Laura Kalba outlines a new field of study around chromatics, at the intersection of technological innovation and class politics, of visual and commercial cultures, of modes of perception and aesthetic judgment.

    In English

    Institute of French Studies Event 

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November 13, 2018
Tuesday
  • Józef Czapski and His Lectures on Proust in a Soviet Prison Camp - Eric Karpeles & Anka Muhlstein

  • Nov 13, 2018 from 2:00pm to 3:15pm
  • Location: La Maison Française of NYU
  • Description:

    Józef Czapski (1896–1993) lived many lives during his ninety-six years: student in Saint Petersburg during the Russian Revolution, painter in Paris in the roaring twenties, Polish reserve officer fighting the invading Nazis at the onset of World War II. When taken prisoner of war in a Soviet camp, and with nothing but memory to go on, he brought Marcel Proust’s In Search of Lost Time to life for an audience of prison inmates. In a series of lectures, Czapski described the arc and import of Proust’s masterpiece, sketched major and minor characters in striking detail, and movingly evoked the work’s originality, depth, and beauty. Eric Karpeles has translated this remarkable feat of the critical imagination into English in addition to authoring the first biography of this towering figure. Anka Muhlstein joins Karpeles in a conversation about this singular project and astoundingly complex figure.

    ERIC KARPELES
    Painter, writer; author of Paintings in ProustAlmost Nothing: The 20th-Century

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November 12, 2018
Monday
  • Les Rétifs - Gerty Dambury

  • Nov 12, 2018 from 2:00pm to 3:15pm
  • Location: La Maison Française of NYU
  • Description:

    Guadeloupean novelist and theatre director Gerty Dambury will be in conversation about her novel Les Rétifs (Les Editions du Manguier, 2012) with Professor Judith Miller, of NYU's Department of French Literature, Thought and Culture. Based on an historical event, Les Rétifs follows a child as she waits for her father to return from the bloody construction worker's strike of 1967.  Dambury weaves a portrait of class, race, and political activism in the Francophone Caribbean through the family's story. Dambury and Miller will also read excerpts in French and in English, from Miller's recent translation of the novel (The Restless, The Feminist Press, 2018).

    In French

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