Published by Amy Martin on 27 Mar 2014

The Results Are In!

The FPSA officers for 2014-2015 will be:

Executive committee representatives: Thomas Muzart, Allison Faris

  • Alternates: Parfait Kouacou, Marguerite Van Cook

Chair, FPSA: Thomas Muzart

Graduate Council Rep: Phillip Griffith (2014-2017, 2-year term)

Secretary, FPSA: Amy Martin

Faculty Membership committee: Chris Brandon, Ashley Williard

  • Alternates: Mariana Goycoechea, Patricia Winter

Admissions and Awards committee: Phillip Griffith, Eric Lynch

  • Alternates: Lisa Karakaya, Marguerite Van Cook

Curriculum committee: Chris Brandon, Eric Lynch

  • Alternates: Frederic Baitinger, Amy Martin

Student Elections committee: Frederic Baitinger, Amy Martin, Antoinette Williams-Tutt

FPSA Alumni Relations ad-hoc committee: Amy Martin, Antoinette Williams-Tutt

Congratulations to our new representatives!

Published by Amy Martin on 25 Feb 2014

March 3rd FPSA Meeting

Meeting 3 March 2014 Sign

Published by Amy Martin on 12 Feb 2014

USS Scholarships – Application due April 7th

The University Student Senate (USS) is pleased to announce their Ernesto Malave Merit, Graduate Peer Mentoring, and Donald and Mary Ellen Passantino Scholarships competition.

One Ernesto Malave Merit Scholarship of $1500.00 will be awarded to a Graduate Center student in good academic standing with a 3.5 and above demonstrating outstanding academic and leadership performance under extraordinary circumstances.

The Donald and Mary Ellen Passantino Awards are for Graduate Center students with a disability and / or international students that have at least a 2.5 GPA. One Donald and Mary Ellen Passantino Award of $750.00 shall be awarded to a student with a disability and one to an international student. This scholarship recognizes international students and students with disabilities who have demonstrated outstanding scholarship and enthusiastic leadership and service under extraordinary circumstances.

In 2013, the University Student Senate of the City University of New York established the Graduate Peer Mentoring Scholarship. The scholarship awards $1000.00 to one student per campus, per academic year for demonstrating a tremendous effort to help other graduate students through academic support, professional development, and leadership development within their college community.

Applicants can apply to only one scholarship per academic year (either the Ernesto Malave Merit, Graduate Peer Mentoring, or the Donald and Mary Ellen Passantino Scholarship).

All applications must be received by the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, The Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue – Room 7301– New York, New York 10016, byApril 7.

Please see the scholarship application forms.


Published by Amy Martin on 07 Dec 2013


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The French Program Student Association will be holding the third meeting of the semester on Wednesday, December 11 at 12pm in room 5489.

The first order of business is always to approve the proposed agenda and the previous meeting’s minutes, so be sure to review both before arriving. They’re both posted under the FPSA & DSC tab. Before we approve the agenda, anyone can motion to add, remove or edit items–so please feel free to suggest important ideas that might require some decision making or discussion by the group.

See you there!

Published by Amy Martin on 28 Oct 2013

Conférence@934 – “US Media’s Coverage of France”

US Media’s Coverage of France

Steven Erlanger    

London bureau chief for The New York Times, previous bureau chief in Paris

Laure Mandeville

Chief US correspondent for Le Figaro in Washington


Monday, November 18, 2013 at 6:30 pm

Consulate General of France

934 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10021

(btw. 74th and 75th Streets)

Please RSVP to:


The French American friendship is characterized by a fruitful political, cultural and economic dialog. French and American journalists are contributing to this dialog everyday, reporting on our respective countries. We will welcome two internationally recognized reporters: Steven Erlanger from The New York Times and Laure Mandeville from Le Figaro, for a productive discussion on the US media’s coverage of France in the 21st century.

Steven Erlanger became the London bureau chief of The New York Times in August 2013, after five years as bureau chief in Paris and, before that, four years as bureau chief in Jerusalem. He has served as Berlin bureau chief, bureau chief for Central Europe and the Balkans, based in Prague, and chief diplomatic correspondent, based in Washington. From 1991 to 1995, he was posted in Moscow, after being Bangkok bureau chief and Southeast Asia correspondent from 1988 to 1991.   In New York, he was Culture Editor from 2002 to 2004. Previously, he worked for The Boston Globe. He was European correspondent, based in London, 1983-87, and deputy national and foreign editor.  He reported from Eastern Europe, Moscow and revolutionary Iran.

Laure Mandeville has been the chief US correspondent for Le Figaro in Washington since January 2009. She joined the foreign desk of Le Figaro in 1989 and spent twenty years covering the post-soviet world (Eastern Europe, Russia, Baltic countries, Caucasus, Ukraine, Central Asia). She was correspondent to Moscow from 1997 to 2000. She also covered Europe, Islam in Europe and transatlantic relations. She is the author of The Russian Army, a Power in Tatters (1994) and The Russian Reconquest (2008).


Conferences@934 is a series of monthly conferences organized by the Consulate General of France that brings together two leading experts who share their analyses on international issues.  More information: or on



Published by Amy Martin on 09 Sep 2013

CFP: DISAPPEARANCE: Spatial and Temporal Horizons

DISAPPEARANCE: Spatial and Temporal Horizons

a two-day interdisciplinary conference

November 7th & 8th, 2013

The Department of Comparative Literature

The Graduate Center, CUNY

New York, New York

The Graduate Students in The Department of Comparative Literature at The Graduate Center, CUNY invite you to a conference investigating the question of disappearance through various disciplines.  Disappearance is first used as a noun in English in a 1712 edition of the Spectator.  Founder Joseph Addison writes that if we “look into the Bulk of our Species, they are such as are not likely to be remembered a Moment after their Disappearance.  They leave behind them no Traces of Their Existence, but are forgotten as tho’ they had never been” (No. 317).

If disappearance is broadly considered as a transition from being there to no longer being there, then what is it that happens in the instance of vanishing? What disappears? What causes disappearance?  How does disappearance function?  How are questions of memory, existence and trace exacerbated when the term is directly applied in a political context, as it has commonly been used since the 1950s.  In what ways do academic disciplines perpetuate and protect against disappearances?  If the moment of disappearance is a horizon, how can we mobilize our understanding of space and time to open new perspectives within the question of disappearance?

We welcome examples and explorations from a variety of disciplines and intersections including: literature, languages, film, philosophy, political science, linguistics, psychology, education, human rights, theory, cultural studies, American studies, women’s studies, queer studies, journalism, medieval studies, art, art history, digital media studies, theater, music, sociology, history, science, Judaic studies, Latin American studies, fine arts and cognitive science.

Possible conference papers might take up the inquiries below, but additional investigations are welcome.  We invite papers exploring and theorizing:

what disappears in a disappearance
what marks the moment of disappearance
what gets revealed in a disappearance
what’s left behind in a disappearance
where the disappeared goes
who/what names something as a disappearance
how literature deals with disappearance
power and disappearance
ghosts and disappearance
death and disappearance
disappearance and erasure
distortion and disappearance
disappearance and deception
disappearance and identity
disappearance and the body
transformation and disappearance
disappearance and/in Magical Realism, Romanticism, post-modernity, etc
disappearance and translation
disappearance and history, oral traditions and artifacts
disappearance and religion
the space of disappearance
the temporal capacity of disappearance
the mobility of disappearance
disappearance in the contemporary world
disappearance and globalization
privacy, security and disappearance

We welcome submissions of individual papers and proposals for panels of 3-4 papers in English.  Please submit a 250-300 word abstract for a 15-20 minute paper by September 25th, 2013 to  Proposals should include the title of the paper, presenter’s name, institutional and departmental affiliation, and any technology requests.

Published by Amy Martin on 23 Oct 2011

CFP – Adaptations

The Graduate Humanities Forum of the University of Pennsylvania invites submissions for its twelfth annual conference: “Adaptations.” This one-day interdisciplinary conference will take place on Friday, February 17th, 2012 at the Penn Humanities Forum, in conjunction with its 2011-2012 theme, “Adaptations.” Our keynote speaker is Dr. Rey Chow.

In the humanities, the word “adaptation” has traditionally described the relationship of one work of art to another; we tend to consider the debt or faith a new text owes its precursor, to think about the identity between objects that persists across time, space, and media. This understanding of adaptation relies upon a series of apparent contradictions: highly constrained forms prove agile in accommodating unique content, artistic works inaugurate new markets but are consumed within existing economies, tropes and figures fall in and out of favor according to the perception of their utility and relevance, or the valuation of their obsolescence. We seek papers that consider the tensions between freedom and constraint, active and passive, survival and resistance: how does adaptation negotiate among these?

We also seek papers that consider versions of adaptation from beyond the traditional purview of the humanities: how might science studies, the digital humanities and other emerging fields articulate questions of transformation, migration and persistence? If, for example, an agent changes in response to a new environment, and the environment itself alters due to the agent’s presence, to what or to whom do we attribute agency? How do we imagine autopoeisis? What urgency might questions of adaptation gain if considered through the study of populations? Transformations of object and audience take place within each new encounter, sites and identities proliferate; we therefore invite submissions from a wide range of disciplines exploring specific adaptations, as well as submissions exploring adaptation itself, both in its traditional humanistic senses and in the new ways in which emergent areas of scholarship are expanding the term.

Topics for proposals might include:
– Audiences and receptions
– Techniques and technologies of adaptation
– Digitization and new media
– Commodification, assimilation and revolution
– Survival, survivance, and loss
– Identities and artworks / identities among artworks
– Translation and transmission
– Repurposing, reuse, and bricolage
– Failures of adaptation and regeneration

Hailed as one of the most prominent intellectuals working in the humanities today, cultural critic Dr. Rey Chow works at the confluence of postcolonial studies, ethnic studies, gender and sexuality studies, literature, film and visual studies. She is the author of numerous publications including Sentimental Fabulations, Contemporary Chinese Films (2007), and The Protestant Ethnic and the Spirit of Capitalism (2002). Her book Primitive Passions (1995) was the recipient of the Modern Language Association’s James Russell Lowell prize. Dr. Chow’s current work concerns the legacies of poststructuralist theory, the politics of language as a postcolonial phenomenon, and the shifting paradigms for knowledge and lived experience in the age of visual technologies and digital media. Formerly Andrew W. Mellon Professor of the Humanities at Brown University, Dr. Chow is Anne Firor Scott Professor of Literature at Duke University.

Please send 250-word paper proposals, along with a 1-page CV to Sarah Dowling at by November 15, 2011.

For further information please visit


Published by Amy Martin on 23 Oct 2011

CFP – Publication of Doctoral Dissertation

Name of organization:  ROMAN Books

Contact email:

ROMAN Books, an independent publishing house of international repute, is now accepting proposals for doctoral and postgraduate dissertation for publication. After publication the book will be available and sold in USA, UK and Ireland by major bookstores like Amazon, Waterstones and Barnes & Noble.

The dissertation must be complete. Authors are paid annual royalties at a competitive rate.

Please send a 1000 word abstract, a detail chapter-by-chapter synopsis and three sample chapters for consideration to

Our complete submission guide is available at:

For more information visit our website:

‘Like’ us at

cfp categories:  african-american, american, bibliography and history of the book, children’s literature, classical studies, cultural studies and historical approaches, ecocriticism and environmental studies, eighteenth century, ethnicity and national identity, film and television, gender studies and sexuality, general announcements, graduate conferences, humanities computing and the internet, interdisciplinary, international conferences, journals and collections of essays, medieval, modernist studies, poetry, popular culture, postcolonial, professional topics, religion, renaissance, rhetoric and composition, romantic, science and culture, theatre, theory, travel writing, twentieth century and beyond, victorian

Published by Amy Martin on 16 May 2011

Galerie Monnin NY presents Faces of Haiti, May 18-21

This Wednesday, the show “Faces of Haiti,” hosted by the Galerie Monnin New York, opens at Rogue Studios in Chelsea. Click on the photo below to view the poster with full information: Art Gallery Opening

Published by Amy Martin on 04 May 2011



Date limite : 30 juin 2011

APPEL A TEXTES POUR LE PROCHAIN NUMERO SUR LE THEME “Etat des lieux des études francophones dans les pays non officiellement francophones”

Date publication prévue : janvier 2012

Pour le 4ème numéro d’Alternative Francophone, nous sollicitons des contributions autour des thématiques suivantes:

– Que recouvre exactement la désignation « études francophones » ou celles apparentées dans les pays officiellement non francophones? Quels discours sur la francophonie s’élaborent dans les départements de français, en particulier dans les pays non officiellement francophones? Sont-ils différents des discours élaborés en France et aux USA? ?

– Quelles parentés y a-t-il entre la littérature francophone et d’autres traditions littéraires de pays non officiellement francophones (en particulier, celles en provenance des anciennes colonies, mais aussi les littératures migrantes contemporaines)? Y a-t-il des espaces ou des auteurs francophones plus étudiés que d’autres ?

– Dans quelle mesure le modèle esthétique et politique (Négritude, Créolité, littérature-monde, métissage) que la littérature francophone promeut peut-il être appliqué et généralisé hors de la francophonie ?

– Quelles sont les différentes stratégies d’institutionnalisation des études francophones dans l’université des pays officiellement non francophones? Y a-t-il [eu] des résistances contre l’intégration des études francophones dans l’institution universitaire de ces pays? Comment les études francophones cohabitent-elles avec les autres départements comme ceux d’études françaises et de littérature comparée?

– Comment s’organise le champ institutionnel des études francophones (associations, conférences, revues spécialisées, appui d’organismes francophones) dans les pays non officiellement francophones? Quel est le soutien réel des organismes faisant la promotion de la Francophonie (ex : AUF) ?

– Dans quelle mesure les études francophones et la littérature francophone en particulier permettent-elles de renouveler les stratégies d’apprentissage du français? Le décentrement induit par les études francophones porte-t-il préjudice à la norme (linguistique, culturelle, etc.) française instituée ou au contraire l’enrichit-elle? Qu’est-ce que l’étude de la littérature francophone a changé dans la façon d’aborder la littérature française?

– L’étude de la littérature francophone laisse-t-elle suffisamment de place à celle d’autres genres issus de la francophonie comme la paralittérature, la musique, la bande dessinée et le théâtre? Avec les études francophones, d’autres catégories d’analyse sont-elles apparues ou ont-elles été mises en évidence (par exemple, dans les domaines de l’oralité et de l’hétéroglossie)?

Nous encourageons les contributions portant sur d’autres aires géographiques que la France, les USA et le Canada.

Protocole et calendrier de publication :

Les auteurs sont priés d’adresser leur proposition d’article à Sathya Rao ( et C(h)ris Reyns-Chikuma ( avec comme objet : « Proposition AF/4 » au plus tard le 30 juin 2011.

Les contributeurs doivent respecter le protocole de publication faute de quoi leur article pourra être refusé



30 juin 2011: date limite d’envoi de l’article, du résumé et de la note bio/bibliographique ;


15 octobre 2011 : communication de la décision du comité scientifique aux participants ;


janvier 2012 : publication dans Alternative francophone vol.1 no4.





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