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Call for Papers: RevilATIONS Graduate Conference

The department is very pleased to announce a graduate conference, RevilATIONS, in Fall 2014. The conference will feature multidisciplinary perspectives on the spectrum of malevolence. We invite proposals exploring themes such as (but not limited to):  Good vs. evil; Language of evil / evil in language; Representations of evil in religion, or space, or time, or art; Violence (both symbolic and physical); Power, greed and money; Prejudice and its shadows; Gender: the good, the bad and the ugly; and Satan as hero. We welcome students of any graduate-level degree and encourage them to present during a twenty-minute period followed by a ten-minute discussion. Click here for the announcement. Abstracts will be accepted until July 30 (new deadline).


Ozouf Amedegnato Featured in UToday

An article featuring Dr. Ozouf Amedegnato has been recently published in UToday. Dr. Amedegnato speaks of the colonial influence in West Africa's official languages, advocating that French and English, vestiges of much of the continent's colonial past, should make way to local African languages. This would increase literacy rates, promote democracy and reduce corruption due to increased oversight and public participation in civil life.
Dr. Amedegnato's research is divided between linguistics and literature. As a sociolinguist, he is interested in language contact, language politics, stereotypes and discourse analysis. As a semiotician of literature, his work questions aspects of literary theory, using the corpus of West African literatures from the Negritude movement to current writers.


In Memoriam: Serge Zaïtzeff

We mourn the loss of our friend and colleague, Dr. Serge Zaïtzeff, who passed away on June 12, 2014. Serge Zaïtzeff was born in Versailles, France, in 1940.  He was a professor of Mexican Literature in our department. He joined the University of Calgary in 1963 and earned his PhD at Indiana University in 1970 with a dissertation on the analysis of Rafael López’ poetry and prose fiction. His field of expertise was Mexican “modernismo”, the generation of “Contemporáneos”, and the works by the members of “Ateneo de la Juventud”. He did excellent archival work, and as a result of his extensive research, he published several volumes that chronicled the literary, social, and political atmosphere of post-revolutionary Mexico. Read the full feature.

Jean-François Richer Wins Prize for Best Article

We are very proud to celebrate Dr. Jean-François Richer’s recent award.  A jury composed of scholars from the Association Canadienne des Études Francophones du XIXe Siècle (ACEF-XIX) chose Dr. Richer’s « Balzac Sonoriste. Les sons du Le Colonel Chabert », published in L’Année balzacienne 2013 (Presses Universitaires de France, pp. 327-352) for the 2014 Prize for "Best Article in Nineteen-Century French Studies". This prize is given each year and crowns the best paper published in the previous two years. In 2011 Dr. Richer was awarded a SSHRC grant to pursue his research project Sonorités balzaciennes: le paysage sonore dans La Comédie Humaine d'Honoré de Balzac. The project, which incorporates Richer’s award-winning article, analyzes the multifarious soundscape of The Human Comedy and its narratological and thematic functions.