The Department of French is happy to welcome Professors Aubrey Gabel and Camille Robcis as the newest members of its faculty. Aubrey Gabel is a specialist of contemporary French literature and visual culture. Her dissertation, “Serious Play: Formal Innovation and Politics in French literature from the 1950s to the present,” examines how literary games have been interwoven with political theory and practice. Camille Robcis is an intellectual and cultural historian of Modern Europe, principally of modern French culture and thought. Her book The Law of Kinship: Anthropology, Pyschoanalysis, and the Family in France (Cornell UP, 2013) has been celebrated as a groundbreaking study on how a network of influential discourses (anthropological, psychoanalytic, religious, legal, political, historiographical) have contributed to the structuring role in French public debate and policy of the heterosexual family.
Additions to the graduate student community (Fall 2018) are: Ellen Burns (Trinity College, Dublin); Zachary Desjardins-Mooney (McGill University); Jeanne Devautour (ENS Lyon); Anna Langewiesche (Kenyon College); Soraya Limare (ENS Paris); Katherine Manansala (Boston College); Kaitlyn Matrassi (Ithaca College); Noah Mintz (Vassar College); Nyi Nyi Ohn Mint (Bard College); Emily Paull (University of Michigan); André Pettman (University of Arizona).
Souleymane Bachir Diagne is a recipient of the 2018 Frantz Fanon Lifetime Achievement award. The awards ceremony will take place this June at the Caribbean Philosophical Association international conference (Shifting the Geography of Reason: Ways of Knowing, Past and Future) at Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar.
The French Embassy honored Souleymane Bachir Diagne and Emmanuelle Saada with ceremony on December 4, 2017. Bénédicte de Montlaur, Cultural Counselor of the French Embassy, presented them with the insignia of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.
In November, Thomas Dodman discussed war literature and soldiers' writings with French historian Nicola Beaupré at the Maison Française. He also gave talks on the history of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and on the medical history of nostalgia -- the topic of his forthcoming book -- at the Richardson History of Psychiatry Research Seminar at Cornell's Weill Medical College in NYC.
Joanna Stalnaker recently contributed a chapter entitled “Rousseau’s First Person” to A History of Modern French Literature, published by Princeton. A chapter on Rousseau and Diderot’s silent dialogue at the end of their lives appeared in the volume Thinking with Rousseau, published by Cambridge. She spoke alongside Jonathan Israel, Brian Klug and Richard Wolin at a symposium in Lund, Sweden on “What’s Left of the Enlightenment?” In addition to her regular teaching, she is currently offering a course for Columbia alumni on the literary self-portrait from Montaigne to Colette.