H-France Salon, Volume 14 (2022)

Volume 14, Issue 24

Webinar: “NCFS Unbound: Mother’s Milk and Male Fantasy in Nineteenth-Century French Narrative ” 
October 14, 2022

In the second episode of NCFS Unbound! (formerly NCFS in Captivity) for the 2022-2023 academic year, Lisa Algazi Marcus (Hood College) discussing her new book Mother’s Milk and Male Fantasy in Nineteenth-Century French Narrative (Liverpool University Press, 2022) with Mary Jane Cowles (Kenyon College).

Introduction by Masha Belenky (George Washington University)

Video available HERE

The schedule of past and future episodes is available HERE. For more information about NCFS Unbound!, contact series organizers Rachel Mesch (Yeshiva University), Masha Belenky (George Washington University), and Susan McCready (University of South Alabama) at ncfsbookseries@gmail.com.

Volume 14, Issue 23

Webinar: “NCFS Unbound: Reading Baudelaire’s Le Spleen de Paris and the Nineteenth-Century Prose Poem” 
September 15, 2022

NCFS Unbound! (formerly NCFS in Captivity) returns for the 2022-2023 academic year with Seth Whidden (Oxford University) discussing his new book Reading Baudelaire’s Le Spleen de Paris and the Nineteenth-Century Prose Poem (Oxford University Press, 2022) with Catherine Witt (Reed College).

Introduction by Rachel Mesch (Yeshiva University)

Video available HERE

The schedule of past and future episodes is available HERE. For more information about NCFS Unbound!, contact series organizers Rachel Mesch (Yeshiva University), Masha Belenky (George Washington University), and Susan McCready (University of South Alabama) at ncfsbookseries@gmail.com.

Volume 14, Issue 22

“Colbert, Venality, and Parisian Judicial Elites during the Long Seventeenth Century: A Reappraisal by Robert Descimon” 
Edited by Hilary J. Bernstein, University of California, Santa Barbara

Venality of office was one of the most characteristic peculiarities of the French monarchy in the early modern period, influencing not only the structures of royal governance and finance at all levels and the professional outlook of royal officials but also the ways that elite families constructed their identities, arranged their marriages, and disposed of their property. In a recent article, entitled “Colbert, la dette publique et la haute robe parisienne,” Robert Descimon delves into these issues, providing a forceful analysis of the ways that Jean-Baptiste Colbert attempted to harness the financial resources inherent in venal office holding among elite Parisian families, leading to an unintended decline in the market and profound shifts within Parisian robe families and the Parisian sovereign courts by the eighteenth century. This H-France Salon issue attempts to bring the conversation on these issues further and to relate them to debates that have taken place over the last generation among French historians: after (1) an introduction authored by Hilary Bernstein, it includes (2) a link to the article in question: “Colbert, la dette publique et la haute robe parisienne,” Bulletin de la Société d’Histoire de France (2015): 3-68 (actually appeared in 2019) https://www.jstor.org/stable/45238347; (3) the recording of a Zoom seminar held on these issues on Friday, 27 May 2022; (4) a written response to the questions raised in the seminar by Robert Descimon, directeur d’études emeritus at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales; and (5) a short bibliography for further reading.

Introduction to ‘Colbert, Venality, and Parisian Judicial Elites during the Long Seventeenth Century: A Reappraisal by Robert Descimon’” 
Hilary J. Bernstein
University of California, Santa Barbara

Zoom Seminar on the work of Robert Descimon
Moderated by: Hilary J. Bernstein, University of California, Santa Barbara
Recorded by: Jennifer Meissner, University of California, Santa Barbara

This Zoom seminar focused on Robert Descimon’s article, “Colbert, la dette publique et la haute robe parisienne,” took place on Friday, 27 May 2022. The seminar begins with a round-table discussion among four senior scholars, including Professor James Collins (Georgetown University); Professor Sarah Hanley, emerita (University of Iowa); Professor Jacob Soll (University of Southern California); and Professor Juliann Swann (Birbeck College, University of London) and then proceeds with a more general discussion among the participants.

Pourquoi avoir fait lire « Colbert, la dette publique et la haute robe parisienne » ?” 
Robert Descimon
École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales

Bibliography for ‘Colbert, Venality, and Parisian Judicial Elites during the Long Seventeenth Century: A Reappraisal by Robert Descimon’” 

Volume 14, Issue 21

Maruao, les ailes de l’infiniPoèmes et essais bilingues de Flora Aurima Devatine et essais sur son œuvre (Maruao, the Wings of Infinity)
Edited by Estelle Castro-Koshy, James Cook University

Co-édition entre les éditions Littéramā’ohi et H-France Salon, ce numéro spécial inclut la majeure partie de l’ouvrage Maruao, les ailes de l’infini – Poèmes et essais bilingues de Flora Aurima Devatine et essais sur son œuvre (Maruao, the Wings of Infinity) (dir. Estelle Castro-Koshy) publié par Littéramā’ohi (Papeete, 2022). Il comprend en première partie un recueil de poèmes en français, en anglais et en tahitien de Flora Aurima Devatine, suivi d’essais de cette grande poétesse et penseuse tahitienne contemporaine traduits en anglais. Le seconde partie constitue un recueil d’articles novateurs de chercheurs, enseignants et traducteurs sur son œuvre magistrale. Des poèmes fondateurs et inédits de Aurima Devatine, écrits sur une période de quatre décennies, sont accompagnés d’illustrations réalisées par des artistes autochtones de Polynésie française (Hihirau Vaitoare, Tokainiua Devatine et Viri Taimana) et quatre petits-enfants de l’auteure. L’article de Marie Lamothe est accompagné de vidéos de ses interprétations en langue des signes française de trois poèmes de la poétesse.

Les articles proposent pour la première fois des études de ses poèmes en tahitien (Turiano-Reea et Frogier Leocadie), de l’influence des écrivains hispaniques sur sa poésie (Tilly), de la manière dont ses poèmes résonnent avec la culture Sourde (Lamothe), du rôle des points d’exclamation dans son œuvre (Anderson et Guerre). Le génie et la richesse de l’œuvre sont mis en lumière à travers des analyses du rythme et du va-et-vient entre le tahitien et le français (Porcher), des défis posés par la traduction de son œuvre (Anderson, Lamothe), de l’enrichissement sémantique et de l’éveil des consciences qu’apporte celle-ci (Guerre), de l’invitation que l’écrivaine nous lance d’écrire et d’offrir « une main avec laquelle apprendre à tresser avec les autres » (Lehartel), de la poétique de la délicatesse et du quotidien dans son œuvre ainsi que de sa dimension anticoloniale (Castro-Koshy)1.

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La version intégrale-livre de Maruao, les ailes de l’infini / Maruao, the Wings of Infinity, publiée par Littéramā’ohi comprend les essais en français de l’auteure, six hommages à la poétesse, ainsi que la version originale ou traduite en français des articles inclus ici en anglais.

Préface – Sur les ailes de l’infini : poétique du quotidien et de la délicatesse chez Flora Aurima Devatine” 
Estelle Castro-Koshy
James Cook University

Poèmes” 
Flora Devatine

Essays” 
Flora Devatine

Flora Aurima Devatine: The written word as transmitter of Tahitian traditions” 
Goenda Turiano-Reea
Université de la Polynésie française

L’enfant polynésien est sacré” 
Tehea Karine Frogier Leocadie
Université de la Polynésie française

Flora Aurima Devatine, la batteuse de mots” 
Titaua Porcher
Université de la Polynésie française

Le temps et l’espace d’écrire dans Tergiversations et Rêveries de l’Écriture Orale, Te Pahu a Hono’ura” 
Temiti Lehartel
Université de Montpellier III and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology

Simple Complexity, Complex Simplicity: on Translating Flora Aurima Devatine” 
Jean Anderson
Victoria University of Wellington

Translating a linear language into three dimensions” 
Marie Lamothe

Hispanic Influences in the Work of Flora Aurima Devatine” 
Eva Tilly
Université Rennes 2

Postface: Inventing the Vocative” 
Philippe Guerre

Video : Flora Aurima Devatine: poems ‘Le pétrel’, ‘Solitude’ and ‘Adresse’” 
Adaptés en langue des signes par Marie Lamothe

Volume 14, Issue 20

Webinar: “NCFS Unbound: Literary Slumming
May 12, 2022

For the final NCFS Unbound! webinar of the 2021-2022 academic year, Eliza Jane Smith (University of California San Diego) discusses her new book Literary Slumming: Slang in Nineteenth-Century France (Lexington, 2021) with Carolyn Betensky (University of Rhode Island).

Introduction by Masha Belenky (George Washington University)

Video available HERE

The schedule of past and future episodes is available HERE. For more information about NCFS Unbound!, contact series organizers Rachel Mesch (Yeshiva University), Masha Belenky (George Washington University), and Susan McCready (University of South Alabama) at ncfsbookseries@gmail.com.

Volume 14, Issue 19

French Presse: “Pasteur’s Empire: Bacteriology and Politics in France, its Colonies, and the World”
February 27, 2022

Sponsored by the Society for French Historical Studies, the French Presse dialogue series features discussions with authors about their new and forthcoming books on French and francophone history. 

In this webinar, Aro Velmet (University of Southern California Dornsife) discusses his book Pasteur’s Empire: Bacteriology and Politics in France, its Colonies, and the World (Oxford University Press, 2020) with Alice Conklin (The Ohio State University) and answers questions from the audience watching the event live.

Introduction by Judith Coffin (University of Texas at Austin)

Video available HERE

Volume 14, Issue 18

French Presse: “Futures of French History: Lightning Presentations by Early Career Scholars II”
March 20, 2022

Sponsored by the Society for French Historical Studies, the French Presse dialogue series features discussions with authors about their new and forthcoming books on French and francophone history. 

In this webinar, early career scholars in early modern French and francophone history offer 5-minute lightning presentations on their current projects, each followed by 15 minutes of questions from the audience watching the event live.

Introduction: Sally Charnow, Hofstra University
Moderator: Julie Hardwick, University of Texas at Austin

Panelists:

Video available HERE

Volume 14, Issue 17

French Presse: “Futures of French History: Lightning Presentations by Early Career Scholars I”
March 13, 2022

Sponsored by the Society for French Historical Studies, the French Presse dialogue series features discussions with authors about their new and forthcoming books on French and francophone history. 

In this webinar, early career scholars in 20th-century French and francophone history offer 5-minute lightning presentations on their current projects, each followed by 10 minutes of feedback from the audience watching the event live.

Introduction: Judith Coffin, University of Texas at Austin
Moderator: Lisa Leff, American University

Panelists:

Video available HERE

Volume 14, Issue 16

French Presse: “Muslims and Citizens: The French Revolution and Islam”
April 24, 2022

Sponsored by the Society for French Historical Studies, the French Presse dialogue series features discussions with authors about their new and forthcoming books on French and francophone history. 

In this webinar, Ian Coller (University of California, Irvine) discusses his book Muslims and Citizens: The French Revolution and Islam (Yale University Press, 2020) with Judith Surkis (Rutgers University) and answers questions from the audience watching the event live.

Introduction by Sally Charnow (Hofstra University) and Judith Coffin (University of Texas at Austin)

Video available HERE

Volume 14, Issue 15

“French but not (Q)White?: Expanding Frenchness for the 21st Century”
Plenary lecture at the 67th Annual Meeting of The Society for French Historical Studies conference, Charlotte, North Carolina, March 26, 2022

Mame-Fatou Niang, Carnegie Mellon University
Video

Volume 14, Issue 14

“Roundtable: Decolonization at the Margins of Empire” 
Roundtable at the 67th Annual Meeting of The Society for French Historical Studies conference, Charlotte, North Carolina, March 26, 2022

Co-Moderators: Jecca Namakkal (Duke University) and Sarah Griswold (Oklahoma State University)

Discussants:

Sung-Eun Choi, Bentley University
Sarah Miles
, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Video

Volume 14, Issue 13

“Presidential Session: Haiti Beyond Saint-Domingue” 
Presidential Session at the 67th Annual Meeting of The Society for French Historical Studies conference, Charlotte, North Carolina, March 26, 2022

Chair: Alyssa Sepinwall, California State University San Marcos

Panelists:

Crystal Eddins, University of North Carolina, Charlotte
Nathalie Pierre, Howard University
Marlene Daut
, University of Virginia
Rob Taber
, Fayetteville State University

Video

Volume 14, Issue 12

“The BUMIDOM and Its Aftermath: Internal Migration, Race and the Post-Colonial Trajectories of the French Overseas Territories (Martinique, Guadeloupe, Reunion Island) and Their Inhabitants” 
Panel Session at the 67th Annual Meeting of The Society for French Historical Studies conference, Charlotte, North Carolina, March 26, 2022

Chair: Philip Slaby, Guilford College

Audrey Célestine (Université de Lille), Sylvain Pattieu (Université Paris 8), and Janoé Vulbeau (Université de Lille), “Assessing the Political and Institutional Logics Behind Migration and Mobility Policies in the French Overseas Departments” 
Video

Pierre Odin, University of the Antilles, “About the ‘congés bonifiés’: Defending the Rights of Migrants from French Overseas Territories” 
Video

Volume 14, Issue 11

“From the Margins of the Republic: Contemporary France and French Hip Hop, 1982-2021” 
Panel Session at the 67th Annual Meeting of The Society for French Historical Studies conference, Charlotte, North Carolina, March 26, 2022

Chair: Christy Pichichero, George Mason University

Melanie Barbier, Bentley University, “Dominant and Counter-Discourses of National Identity and Political Engagement in French Rap and Hip-hop” 
Video

Paroma Ghose, The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, “‘Quand la justice slalome’: Belonging and Existing in France Through the Voices of the Marginalised, 1981-2012” 
Video

Ali Touilila, Yale University, “‘Puisque l’enfer c’est les autres, pourquoi vouloir faire comme les autres’: Rap and the Deconstruction of French Universalism” 
Video

Timothée Valentin, The Pennsylvania State University, “Black M Cancelled at Verdun: Excluding Rap from French Memorialization” 
Video

Volume 14, Issue 10

“Presidential Roundtable: Muslims in France Across Time and Space” 
Roundtable at the 67th Annual Meeting of The Society for French Historical Studies conference, Charlotte, North Carolina, March 25, 2022

Chair: Ethan Katz, University of California-Berkeley

Panelists:

Elizabeth Casteen, Binghamton University, SUNY
Ian Coller, University of California, Irvine
Junko Takeda, Syracuse University
Gillian Weiss, Case Western Reserve University

Video

Volume 14, Issue 9 

“French Studies and the Public Humanities: Teaching, Training, Doing” 
Panel Session at the 67th Annual Meeting of The Society for French Historical Studies conference, Charlotte, North Carolina, March 25, 2022

Chair: Denise Davidson, Georgia State University

Panelists:

Christine Adams, St. Mary’s College of Maryland
Liz Fink, Editor, French Politics, Culture & Society, Institute of French Studies, New York University
Sarah Griswold, Oklahoma State University

Video

Volume 14, Issue 8 

Rethinking Race and Representation in Art History and Material Culture of the Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Francosphere” 
Edited by:
Gülru Çakmak, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Jennifer Ngaire Heuer, University of Massachusetts Amherst

In the wake of widespread calls to decolonize institutional narratives of cultural heritage, the editors for this special issue, Gülru Çakmak (Department of the History of Art and Architecture, University of Massachusetts Amherst) and Jennifer Heuer (Department of History, University of Massachusetts Amherst), invited articles that would rethink constructions of race in art history and material culture in the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Francosphere. The pieces gathered here—eight articles, two poems and an interview—collectively examine art historical and historical narratives that reproduce racialized and imperialist ways of seeing and organizing the world and the past. By the same token, they offer alternative pathways to reclaiming historical agency as well as reflecting on the economic and commercial aspects of representing race and colonialism.

Introduction to Rethinking Race and Representation in Art History and Material Culture of the Eighteenth-and Nineteenth-Century Francosphere” 
Jennifer Ngaire Heuer (University of Massachusetts Amherst) and Gülru Çakmak (University of Massachusetts Amherst)

Discriminating Taste: Skin Color and Connoisseurship in Eighteenth-Century France” 
Oliver Wunsch
Boston College

Le Chevalier de Saint-Georges and His Mother: An Epic” 
Florence Ladd

An Interview with Florence Ladd” 
Gülru Çakmak
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Video HERE

‘All the Devils are Here’: How the Visual Culture of the Haitian Revolution Misrepresents Black Suffering and Death” 
Marlene L. Daut
University of Virginia

Setting the Tone: Commodified Black Children and Slave Imagery in the Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century French Fashion Press” 
Lise Schreier
Fordham University

If Objects Could Speak: Tales of Race and Empire at Renoir’s Luncheon of the Boating Party” 
Elizabeth Heath
Baruch College, City University of New York

Where is the Orientalist Artist? On Gérôme’s 1887 Carpet Merchant” 
Marc Gotlieb
Clark Art Institute and Williams College

Searching for ‘la petite Sap’: Embodiment, Agency, and Recovery in Auguste Rodin’s Drawings of the Cambodian Royal Ballet” 
Juliet Bellow
American University

The Case of Dr. Maclaud in Coastal Guinea: Re-Assessing Colonial Photography” 
Angie Epifano
Yale University

 

Volume 14, Issue 20

Webinar: “NCFS Unbound: Literary Slumming
May 12, 2022

For the final NCFS Unbound! webinar of the 2021-2022 academic year, Eliza Jane Smith (University of California San Diego) discusses her new book Literary Slumming: Slang in Nineteenth-Century France (Lexington, 2021) with Carolyn Betensky (University of Rhode Island).

Introduction by Masha Belenky (George Washington University)

Video available HERE

The schedule of past and future episodes is available HERE. For more information about NCFS Unbound!, contact series organizers Rachel Mesch (Yeshiva University), Masha Belenky (George Washington University), and Susan McCready (University of South Alabama) at ncfsbookseries@gmail.com.

Volume 14, Issue 19

French Presse: “Pasteur’s Empire: Bacteriology and Politics in France, its Colonies, and the World”
February 27, 2022

Sponsored by the Society for French Historical Studies, the French Presse dialogue series features discussions with authors about their new and forthcoming books on French and francophone history. 

In this webinar, Aro Velmet (University of Southern California Dornsife) discusses his book Pasteur’s Empire: Bacteriology and Politics in France, its Colonies, and the World (Oxford University Press, 2020) with Alice Conklin (The Ohio State University) and answers questions from the audience watching the event live.

Introduction by Judith Coffin (University of Texas at Austin)

Video available HERE

Volume 14, Issue 18

French Presse: “Futures of French History: Lightning Presentations by Early Career Scholars II”
March 20, 2022

Sponsored by the Society for French Historical Studies, the French Presse dialogue series features discussions with authors about their new and forthcoming books on French and francophone history. 

In this webinar, early career scholars in early modern French and francophone history offer 5-minute lightning presentations on their current projects, each followed by 15 minutes of questions from the audience watching the event live.

Introduction: Sally Charnow, Hofstra University
Moderator: Julie Hardwick, University of Texas at Austin

Panelists:

Video available HERE

Volume 14, Issue 17

French Presse: “Futures of French History: Lightning Presentations by Early Career Scholars I”
March 13, 2022

Sponsored by the Society for French Historical Studies, the French Presse dialogue series features discussions with authors about their new and forthcoming books on French and francophone history. 

In this webinar, early career scholars in 20th-century French and francophone history offer 5-minute lightning presentations on their current projects, each followed by 10 minutes of feedback from the audience watching the event live.

Introduction: Judith Coffin, University of Texas at Austin
Moderator: Lisa Leff, American University

Panelists:

Video available HERE

Volume 14, Issue 16

French Presse: “Muslims and Citizens: The French Revolution and Islam”
April 24, 2022

Sponsored by the Society for French Historical Studies, the French Presse dialogue series features discussions with authors about their new and forthcoming books on French and francophone history. 

In this webinar, Ian Coller (University of California, Irvine) discusses his book Muslims and Citizens: The French Revolution and Islam (Yale University Press, 2020) with Judith Surkis (Rutgers University) and answers questions from the audience watching the event live.

Introduction by Sally Charnow (Hofstra University) and Judith Coffin (University of Texas at Austin)

Video available HERE

Volume 14, Issue 15

“French but not (Q)White?: Expanding Frenchness for the 21st Century”
Plenary lecture at the 67th Annual Meeting of The Society for French Historical Studies conference, Charlotte, North Carolina, March 26, 2022

Mame-Fatou Niang, Carnegie Mellon University
Video

Volume 14, Issue 14

“Roundtable: Decolonization at the Margins of Empire” 
Roundtable at the 67th Annual Meeting of The Society for French Historical Studies conference, Charlotte, North Carolina, March 26, 2022

Co-Moderators: Jecca Namakkal (Duke University) and Sarah Griswold (Oklahoma State University)

Discussants:

Sung-Eun Choi, Bentley University
Sarah Miles
, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Video

Volume 14, Issue 13

“Presidential Session: Haiti Beyond Saint-Domingue” 
Presidential Session at the 67th Annual Meeting of The Society for French Historical Studies conference, Charlotte, North Carolina, March 26, 2022

Chair: Alyssa Sepinwall, California State University San Marcos

Panelists:

Crystal Eddins, University of North Carolina, Charlotte
Nathalie Pierre, Howard University
Marlene Daut
, University of Virginia
Rob Taber
, Fayetteville State University

Video

Volume 14, Issue 12

“The BUMIDOM and Its Aftermath: Internal Migration, Race and the Post-Colonial Trajectories of the French Overseas Territories (Martinique, Guadeloupe, Reunion Island) and Their Inhabitants” 
Panel Session at the 67th Annual Meeting of The Society for French Historical Studies conference, Charlotte, North Carolina, March 26, 2022

Chair: Philip Slaby, Guilford College

Audrey Célestine (Université de Lille), Sylvain Pattieu (Université Paris 8), and Janoé Vulbeau (Université de Lille), “Assessing the Political and Institutional Logics Behind Migration and Mobility Policies in the French Overseas Departments” 
Video

Pierre Odin, University of the Antilles, “About the ‘congés bonifiés’: Defending the Rights of Migrants from French Overseas Territories” 
Video

Volume 14, Issue 11

“From the Margins of the Republic: Contemporary France and French Hip Hop, 1982-2021” 
Panel Session at the 67th Annual Meeting of The Society for French Historical Studies conference, Charlotte, North Carolina, March 26, 2022

Chair: Christy Pichichero, George Mason University

Melanie Barbier, Bentley University, “Dominant and Counter-Discourses of National Identity and Political Engagement in French Rap and Hip-hop” 
Video

Paroma Ghose, The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, “‘Quand la justice slalome’: Belonging and Existing in France Through the Voices of the Marginalised, 1981-2012” 
Video

Ali Touilila, Yale University, “‘Puisque l’enfer c’est les autres, pourquoi vouloir faire comme les autres’: Rap and the Deconstruction of French Universalism” 
Video

Timothée Valentin, The Pennsylvania State University, “Black M Cancelled at Verdun: Excluding Rap from French Memorialization” 
Video

Volume 14, Issue 10

“Presidential Roundtable: Muslims in France Across Time and Space” 
Roundtable at the 67th Annual Meeting of The Society for French Historical Studies conference, Charlotte, North Carolina, March 25, 2022

Chair: Ethan Katz, University of California-Berkeley

Panelists:

Elizabeth Casteen, Binghamton University, SUNY
Ian Coller, University of California, Irvine
Junko Takeda, Syracuse University
Gillian Weiss, Case Western Reserve University

Video

Volume 14, Issue 9 

“French Studies and the Public Humanities: Teaching, Training, Doing” 
Panel Session at the 67th Annual Meeting of The Society for French Historical Studies conference, Charlotte, North Carolina, March 25, 2022

Chair: Denise Davidson, Georgia State University

Panelists:

Christine Adams, St. Mary’s College of Maryland
Liz Fink, Editor, French Politics, Culture & Society, Institute of French Studies, New York University
Sarah Griswold, Oklahoma State University

Video

Volume 14, Issue 8 

Rethinking Race and Representation in Art History and Material Culture of the Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Francosphere” 
Edited by:
Gülru Çakmak, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Jennifer Ngaire Heuer, University of Massachusetts Amherst

In the wake of widespread calls to decolonize institutional narratives of cultural heritage, the editors for this special issue, Gülru Çakmak (Department of the History of Art and Architecture, University of Massachusetts Amherst) and Jennifer Heuer (Department of History, University of Massachusetts Amherst), invited articles that would rethink constructions of race in art history and material culture in the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Francosphere. The pieces gathered here—eight articles, two poems and an interview—collectively examine art historical and historical narratives that reproduce racialized and imperialist ways of seeing and organizing the world and the past. By the same token, they offer alternative pathways to reclaiming historical agency as well as reflecting on the economic and commercial aspects of representing race and colonialism.

Introduction to Rethinking Race and Representation in Art History and Material Culture of the Eighteenth-and Nineteenth-Century Francosphere” 
Jennifer Ngaire Heuer (University of Massachusetts Amherst) and Gülru Çakmak (University of Massachusetts Amherst)

Discriminating Taste: Skin Color and Connoisseurship in Eighteenth-Century France” 
Oliver Wunsch
Boston College

Le Chevalier de Saint-Georges and His Mother: An Epic” 
Florence Ladd

An Interview with Florence Ladd” 
Gülru Çakmak
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Video HERE

‘All the Devils are Here’: How the Visual Culture of the Haitian Revolution Misrepresents Black Suffering and Death” 
Marlene L. Daut
University of Virginia

Setting the Tone: Commodified Black Children and Slave Imagery in the Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century French Fashion Press” 
Lise Schreier
Fordham University

If Objects Could Speak: Tales of Race and Empire at Renoir’s Luncheon of the Boating Party” 
Elizabeth Heath
Baruch College, City University of New York

Where is the Orientalist Artist? On Gérôme’s 1887 Carpet Merchant” 
Marc Gotlieb
Clark Art Institute and Williams College

Searching for ‘la petite Sap’: Embodiment, Agency, and Recovery in Auguste Rodin’s Drawings of the Cambodian Royal Ballet” 
Juliet Bellow
American University

The Case of Dr. Maclaud in Coastal Guinea: Re-Assessing Colonial Photography” 
Angie Epifano
Yale University

Volume 14, Issue 7

Webinar: “NCFS Unbound: Unmaking Sex
April 7, 2022

For the fifth NCFS Unbound! webinar of the 2021-2022 academic year, Anne Linton (San Francisco State University) discusses her new book Unmaking Sex: The Gender Outlaws of Nineteenth-Century France (Cambridge, 2022) with Rachel Mesch (Yeshiva University).

Introduction by Susan McCready (University of South Alabama)

Video available HERE

The schedule of past and future episodes is available HERE. For more information about NCFS Unbound!, contact series organizers Rachel Mesch (Yeshiva University), Masha Belenky (George Washington University), and Susan McCready (University of South Alabama) at ncfsbookseries@gmail.com.

Volume 14, Issue 6

Webinar: “NCFS Unbound: Women, Citizenship, and Sexuality
February 18, 2022

For the fourth NCFS Unbound! webinar of the 2021-2022 academic year, Melanie Hawthorne (Texas A&M University) discusses her new book Women, Citizenship, and Sexuality: The Transnational Lives of Renée Vivien, Romaine Brooks, and Natalie Barney (Liverpool, 2021) with Gretchen Schultz (Brown University).

Introduction by Masha Belenky (George Washington University)

Video available HERE

The schedule of past and future episodes is available HERE. For more information about NCFS Unbound!, contact series organizers Rachel Mesch (Yeshiva University), Masha Belenky (George Washington University), and Susan McCready (University of South Alabama) at ncfsbookseries@gmail.com.

Volume 14, Issue 5

French Presse: “Minerva’s French Sisters: Women of Science in Enlightenment France”
February 6, 2022

Sponsored by the Society for French Historical Studies, the French Presse dialogue series features discussions with authors about their new and forthcoming books on French and francophone history. 

In this webinar, Nina Gelbart (Occidental College) discusses her book Minerva’s French Sisters: Women of Science in Enlightenment France (Yale University Press, 2021) with Kathleen Wellman (South Methodist University) and answers questions from the audience watching the event live.

Introduction by Sally Charnow (Hofstra University) and Judith Coffin (University of Texas at Austin)

Video available HERE

Volume 14, Issue 4

French Presse: “At Home in Our Sounds: Music, Race, and Cultural Politics in Interwar Paris”
January 23, 2022

Sponsored by the Society for French Historical Studies, the French Presse dialogue series features discussions with authors about their new and forthcoming books on French and francophone history. 

In this webinar, Rachel Anne Gillett (Utrecht University) discusses her book At Home in Our Sounds: Music, Race, and Cultural Politics in Interwar Paris (Oxford University Press, 2021) with Jonathyne Briggs (Indiana University Northwest) and Kesewa John (University College London Institute of the Americas) and answers questions from the audience watching the event live.

Introduction by Sally Charnow (Hofstra University)

Video available HERE

Volume 14, Issue 3

Webinar: “NCFS Unbound: The History of French Literature on Film”
December 16, 2021

For the third NCFS Unbound! webinar of the 2021-2022 academic year, Kate Griffiths (Cardiff University) and Andrew Watts (University of Birmingham) discuss their new book The History of French Literature on Film (Bloomsbury, 2020) with Susan Harrow (University of Bristol).

Introduction by Masha Belenky (George Washington University)

Video available HERE

The schedule of past and future episodes is available HERE. For more information about NCFS Unbound!, contact series organizers Rachel Mesch (Yeshiva University), Masha Belenky (George Washington University), and Susan McCready (University of South Alabama) at ncfsbookseries@gmail.com.

Volume 14, Issue 2

Webinar: “NCFS Unbound: Precarious Partners”
November 19, 2021

For the second NCFS Unbound! webinar of the 2021-2022 academic year, Kari Weil (Wesleyan University) discusses her new book Precarious Partners: Horses and their Humans in Nineteenth-Century France (Chicago University Press, 2020) with Cheryl Krueger (University of Virginia).

Introduction by Rachel Mesch (Yeshiva University)

Video available HERE

The schedule of past and future episodes is available HERE. For more information about NCFS Unbound!, contact series organizers Rachel Mesch (Yeshiva University), Masha Belenky (George Washington University), and Susan McCready (University of South Alabama) at ncfsbookseries@gmail.com.

Volume 14, Issue 1

Webinar: “NCFS Unbound: Mormons in Paris”
September 23, 2021

Following the postponement of the Nineteenth-Century French Studies Association’s annual colloquium in 2020, Rachel Mesch (Yeshiva University), Masha Belenky (George Washington University), and Susan McCready (University of South Alabama) arranged NCFS in Captivity, a series of conversations about new and forthcoming books relating to nineteenth-century France.

For season 2, NCFS in Captivity returns as NCFS Unbound! In the first webinar of the 2021-2022 academic year, Corry Cropper (Brigham Young University) and Christopher Flood (Brigham Young University) discuss their new book Mormons in Paris: Polygamy on the French Stage, 1874-1892 (Bucknell University Press, 2020) with Susan McCready (University of South Alabama).

Introduction by Rachel Mesch (Yeshiva University)

Video available HERE

The schedule of past and future episodes is available HERE. For more information about NCFS Unbound!, contact series organizers Rachel Mesch (Yeshiva University), Masha Belenky (George Washington University), and Susan McCready (University of South Alabama) at ncfsbookseries@gmail.com.