23rd Annual French & Francophone Studies Graduate Student Conference, October 18-19.
Thursday, October 18, 2018
306 & 314 Royce Hall
RSVP required for admission. Please RSVP here.
For more information about this event, please contact the organizers directly.
The first edition of the Dictionnaire de l’Académie Francaise, written in 1694, lists fifteen definitions for the word “Nature.” The first and broadest, reads simply, “Tout l’Univers, toutes les choses créées.” Other definitions present the idea of a universal spirit that is born in all things, the intrinsic qualities of a being, man’s temperament, the natural state of man—as opposed to Grace or Art, or even simply the idea of specie.
Certainly, across French and Francophone history, artists, thinkers and intellectuals have engaged with Nature in all its various forms. Authors from Marie de France to Derrida have also interrogated the nature of literature and cultural production. What is the nature of narrative? Of poetry? Of prose? Of authorship? What is the nature of literary analysis? Of critique? Of cultural analysis?
In our current moment, which simultaneously denies and recognizes the importance of nature, and where our natural world is increasingly threatened, the role of nature and natural roles demands to be recognized and analyzed. How do we define nature? How do writing and nature interface and shape one another? How does nature—whether the natural world, human nature, the nature of (post)colonialism, animal studies, the “nature” of forms, etc.—shape, represent, engage with or embody our world? How can an ever-evolving understanding of nature, in all its forms, help us better understand ourselves, our world, or today’s realities and challenges?
Keynote Speaker: Natania Meeker (USC, French and Comparative Literature)
Opening Speaker: Katherine Hornstein (Dartmouth, Art History)
Cost : Free and open to the public. RSVP required above for admission.
Sponsor(s): Center for European and Russian Studies, Center for 17th and 18th Century Studies, Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Art History, English, Department of History, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, French and Francophone Studies, UCLA LENS, Alliance Francaise de Los Angeles, Consulate General of France in Los Angeles