CFP: Louisiana State Univ. French and Francophone Studies Conference (grad) (1/1/07; 3/23/07-3/24/07)

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Stirring the gumbo pot: French and Francophone
Studies, Critical Approaches, and New Directions

Louisiana State University
Department of French Studies Graduate Association
(DFSGA) Conference
March 23rd-24th 2007, Baton Rouge, USA
Keynote Speaker: Professor Peggy Kamuf

Here in Louisiana, we know how to put different
ingredients into the same pot and create something
fresh and delicious. Sometimes too spicy, but never
bland, the results, however, can be difficult to
predict. We could say the same for the discipline of
French and Francophone Studies. With a breadth of
disparate critical approaches, French and Francophone
studies resemble a Louisiana gumbo. French and
Francophone Studies scholars thrive throughout North
America and around the world. What are some new
ingredients that keep French and Francophone scholars
on the forefront of humanities? How can French and
Francophone Graduate students spice up the discipline?

The Department of French Studies Graduate Association
at Louisiana State University invites graduate
students to submit proposals for 20-minute
presentations (in English or French) addressing the
status of French and Francophone Studies or any
research in the field. We actively seek proposals for
papers from all periods and aspects of French and
Francophone studies (linguistics, literature,
pedagogy, thought and the history of ideas, critical
theory, cultural studies, film studies, etc.).

Please note that one selected paper (as determined by
the organizing committee) will be published in the
online journal, edited by
Professor Alexandre Leupin:

We are pleased to announce that Professor Peggy Kamuf
will deliver the keynote address.
Professor Kamuf is the Marion Frances Chevalier
Professor of French and Professor of French and
Comparative Literature at the University of Southern
California. Her principal research interests are in
literary theory and contemporary French thought and
literature. She has written extensively on the work
of Jacques Derrida, Hélène Cixous, and Jean-Luc Nancy,
and has also translated a number of their texts. Her
earlier work was on18th-century French fictions of the
feminine (Fictions of Feminine Desire: Disclosures of
Heloise (1982)), the signature and authorship,
especially in Rousseau, but as well Stendhal,
Baudelaire, and V. Woolf (Signature Pieces: On the
Institution of Authorship (1988)), and the
institutionalization of literary studies, specifically
in France (The Division of Literature, or the
University in Deconstruction (1997)). Her most recent
work, Book of Addresses (2005), gathers essays on
fictionality, sexual difference, psychoanalysis, and
literary theory around the figure of the address of
speech and writing. She has also edited several
collections of work by Jacques Derrida: A Derrida
Reader: Between the Blinds (1991), Without Alibi
(2002), and Psyche: Inventions of the Other
(forthcoming 2006). In Spring 2006, she will return to
teach at the Centre de Recherches en Études Féminines
at the Université de Paris VIII (Vincennes-Saint

Please submit your abstract of no more than 250 words
(in French or English) with title and contact
information to by January 1st 2007.

Logan Connors and Marianne Halloran, conference

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