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Maryse Condé, Professor Emerita of French, is the winner of the New Academy Prize an alternative to the Nobel Prize in Literature, which was not awarded in 2018. The award ceremony took place in Stockholm on December 9.

Thomas Dodman has just published Une Histoire de la guerre with the Editions du Seuil, a global history of war in all its facets from the nineteenth century to the present, featuring contributions by 60 specialists from 6 different countries.

Kaiama L. Glover has been promoted to full professor (spring 2018). The same semester brought the publication of her translation of René Depestre's Hadriana dans tous mes rêves. Professor Glover will serve as an inaugural fellow of the Columbia Institute for Ideas and Imagination in Paris for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Emmanuelle Saada has been named the Carnoy Family Program Chair of Contemporary Civilization for a three-year term beginning in the fall of 2018.

Joanna Stalnaker has been named the Paul Brooke Program Chair for Literature Humanities for a three-year term beginning in the fall of 2018.

Joanna Stalnaker published “Les bouquets de Jean Starobinski” in the latest issue of Critique (no. 853-854, juin-juillet 2018).

Eliza Zingesser is the recipient of a Spring 2018 Junior Faculty Grant from the Provost for her book manuscript, research symposium and new translation. 

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 Choi  (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).

March 23, 2018 French daily Les Echo features Souleymane Bachir Diagne in culture section.

March 9, 2018 French daily Les Echos publishes article on Antoine Compagnon.

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.


2018 FACULTY DISTINCTIONS

Etienne Balibar

Hannah Arendt Prize in Political Thought, the City of Bremen and Heinrich Böll Foundation, Germany

Antoine Compagnon

Awarded Prix Guizot d'Histoire de l'Académie française, for his book Les Chiffoniers de Paris

Souleymane Bachir Diagne

Officier de l'Ordre national des Arts et Lettres

Frantz Fanon Lifetime Achievement Prize, Caribbean Philosophical Association

Thomas Dodman

Lenfest Junior Faculty Development Grant

Emmanuelle Saada 

Officier de l'Ordre national des Arts et Lettres

Eliza Zingesser

Lenfest Junior Faculty Development Grant

Provost's Grant for Junior Faculty Who Contribute to the Diversity Goals of the University

Heyman Center for the Humanities Fellowship

Malcolm Bowie Prize from the Society for French Studies

Eliza Zingesser was awarded the Malcolm Bowie Prize for her 2017 article “Pidgin Poetics:  Bird Talk in Medieval France and Occitania” published in New Medieval Literatures.

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 (2017), 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.

On October 26, 2017 at the Anton-Wilhelm-Amo-Lecture, Souleymane Bachir Diagne presented "Decolonizing the History of Philosophy" at the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg.

Antoine Compagnon, at the Frankfurt Book Fair, gave an interview to the Spanish newspaper El Pais (published on October 7, 2017) on French literature, among other topics.

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.

Eliza Zingesser presented a paper on “Bird Talk in Medieval France and Occitania” at NYU’s recent conference, The Sense of Sound (Le sens du son).

Thomas W. Dodman, Assistant Professor, is the newest member of our faculty (Fall 2017).

Elizabeth Marcus has joined Stanford University as a Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Humanities. Laure Astourian has joined Bentley University as an Assistant Professor. Yohann Ripert has joined Stetson University as an Assistant Professor.

Additions to the graduate student community (Fall 2017) are: Molly Lindberg, Pacific Lutheran University; Nadrah Mohammed, New York University; Benjamin Olivennes, Ecole Normale Supérieure; and Yan Zhao, Tufts University.


 

2017 FACULTY DISTINCTIONS

Etienne R. Balibar

Doctorate Honoris Causa, University of Crete, Greece

Antoine Compagnon

Doctorate Honoris Causa, University of Bucharest

Souleymane Bachir Diagne

Institute of Advanced Studies of Nantes (IEA) Fellowship

Named Associate Member, Institute of Advanced Studies of Nantes (IEA)

Delivered Edward Asid Memorial Lecture, American University in Cairo

IRCPL Project/Working Group grant winner for “Medieval and Early Modern Struggles toward Humility, Virtue, and Truth”

Promoted to Officier des Arts et Lettres, République Française

Madeleine Dobie

A&S Catalyst Grant for “A Safer Online Public Square”

Pierre Force

IRCPL Joint Project/Working Group Grant for “Medieval and Early Modern Struggles toward Humility, Virtue, and Truth”

Elisabeth Ladenson

Public Voices Fellowship

Sophie Queuniet

Carnegie Mellon University Teaching Innovation Award for “French Online” (co-authored with Chris Jones, the recipient of the prize)

Emmanuelle Saada

Named Chevalier des Arts et Lettres, République Française

Eliza Zingesser

Columbia University/American Academy in Rome Sovern Fellowship