Department of French, Italian and Spanish
We extend a warm welcome to Dr. Marie-Andrée Bergeron (Assistant Professor) and to Dr. Moustapha Fall (Instructor), who joined the department on July 1.
Dr. Bergeron is a scholar of 20th century Québec literary studies and discourse analysis; she earned her doctorate from Université Laval. She has written extensively on feminist studies, and is the co-founder of Françoise Stéréo. Among her publications, Les mots de désordre (Montreal: Dimedia) and Nous avons voulu parler de nous. Le discours éditorial des féministes québécoises (1972-1987) (forthcoming). She is currently working on Militances. Carnets de France Théoret 1977-1982 with Isabelle Boisclair.
Dr. Moustapha Fall's main areas of expertise are second language acquisition (French and English) and francophone literatures. He has recently co-edited Traditions Orales Postcoloniales (Paris: L’Harmattan) and authored Legacy of a Linguistic Crisis in Sunu Gaal (Saarbrücken: Lambert Academic Publishing). Wolof Children in the Crossfire of a Bilingual Education in Primary Schools in Senegal (New York: Oxford University Press) is forthcoming. He studied at the University of Cheikh Anta Diop (Dakar), the University of Wisconsin, and holds a PhD from the University of British Columbia.
We are thrilled to announce that Dr. Eileen Lohka has received a Visiting Professorship with Interactions Culturelles et Discursives, a distinguished research centre within the Faculty of Arts at Université François Rabelais in Tours, France, to be held during March 2016.
Dr. Lohka is a specialist of international francophone literatures and cultures, diasporic writing and creative fiction. In the course of her visiting professorship, she will participate in a conference on the short form (of writing); will deliver a lecture on women in French colonial Mauritius (and their traces in the institutional memory); and is planning to give graduate seminars on the Francophone literature of the Indian Ocean, and on the concept of absence portrayed in writing.
The main research focus of Interactions Culturelles et Discursives addresses the polysemic and interdisciplinary concept of « authority ». Over and above the dichotomy between « authority » and « freedom », the centre aims to rethink the range of possible relationships between what is already given and what is new, between recognized sources and spontaneous contributions― aspects which authority always combines in an idiosyncratic manner.
We are delighted that Dr. Kenneth Brown has received a Lady Davis Fellowship to conduct research at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HUJI). Dr. Brown will work with HUJI students on the institution’s extraordinary collection of incunabula (i.e., books printed before 1501) from Spain and Portugal. His research will focus on La Celestina (1499), the popular name of Tragicomedia de Calisto y Melibea, arguing that it is a Sephardic work. Attributed to Fernando de Rojas, a converted Jew, La Celestina is considered one of the masterpieces of Spanish literature.
The Lady Davis Fellowship Trust was created in 1973 to provide an opportunity for exceptional scholars outside Israel to teach, study and participate in research at HUJI and at the Technion Institute of Technology in Haifa.The trust has greatly enriched these institutions by regularly introducing outstanding talent into their academic environment and by linking them, through human bridges, to the world network of knowledge and scholarship. To date, over 2,000 scholars have served as Lady Davis Fellows. The international impact and recognition is impressive, making it one of the most prestigious fellowship programs in the world. The program is named after Lady Davis, an eminent philanthropist and benefactor of educational institutions.
Our heartiest congratulations go to Monica Salib, the 2015-2016 E. Catherine Barclay Scholarship recipient. Monica is one of our best students in French, and the opportunity to study in France was a natural progression in her studies. When she first started at the University, Monica enrolled in Biological Sciences, minoring in French. She realized, however, that French is what she enjoyed the most: in her third year Monica made the switch, and is now pursuing an honours degree.
Monica grew up in Kuwait, where she attended a French school until moving to Canada. Her passion for French culture is credited to her mother, a true Francophile who still speaks to her in French.
The scholarship is named after E. Catherine Barclay (1902-1985), an outstanding educator and world citizen.To implement her ideals and goals, the award provides the opportunity for recipients to study in France, to gain experience and an appreciation for living in another culture, and to acquire something of her world view of the family of nations. More ...