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Graduate Student News

Meghan McGinley has been invited to present her paper “Language as Debt: Reimagining Saussure’s Positive Linguistic Sign as a Debt Structure” at the Yale Comparative Literature “Currencies” conference on March 31st and April 1st of 2017.

Cara Bailey is presenting her paper “La violence et le nationalisme du commissaire Llob dans Double blanc de Yasmina Khadra” at the Cincinnati Conference on Romance Languages and Literatures, March 31-April 1, in Cincinnati, OH.

Jacob Abell has been invited to present  a paper at the International Medieval Congress at the University of Leeds in July 2017. The topic of his paper will be the diversity and structure of different forms of knowledge in the work of Bonaventure, a medieval scholastic philosophical theologian who taught at the University of Paris.

Raquelle Bostow was awarded a grant from Women in French to present her paper “Abjection, Feminine Resistance and Death in Eliette Abécassis’s La Répudiée.” at theSAMLA conference in November 2016.

Meghan McGinley has been selected to present her paper “Market Movements, Literary Shifts: Fear, Greed and Hope as Cultural Volatility Drivers during La Belle Époque” at the UCLA French and Francophone Studies “Fear” conference this October.

Nathan Dize recently published a piece on the African American Intellectual Historical Society (AAIHS) blog called  Reading Junot Díaz in France: American Racism and Teaching in a Trump Era.”
In addition, Nathan and Abby Broughton were invited to present to the Caribbean Digital conference at Columbia University to present as part of a roundtable of scholars developing innovative digital projects pertaining to Caribbean culture, history, and literature.

Roxane Pajoul was selected to receive a Summer Research Award from the Vanderbilt Graduate School. She will travel to Martinique and Guadeloupe to do archival research and conduct interviews .

Kate Devine is the 2016-17 Vanderbilt Graduate Exchange Student. She will spend the year in Paris  where she will be a lecturer in English at The Sorbonne.

Alexandra Astier is the 2016-17 Vanderbilt Graduate Exchange Teacher coming from Paris, France.  She will teach French 1101 and serve as the French Hall Coordinator in McTyeire Hall.

Abby Broughton, Kathryn Devine, Bonnie Griffin and Cara Wilson researched and curated an 18th Century Book exhibition in the Jean and Alexandra Heard Library.  The exhibition, entitled “Sensuality and Textuality: Experiencing the 18th Century Book” will be in the Lobby of Central Library from May 2016 – March 2017.

Bonnie Griffin presented her paper, “Shock, Subversion, and the Belgian Congo: Jef Geeraerts as a Queer Colonial AntiHero?” at the UGA Crossroads Conference (Feb 5-6 2016)

Raquelle Bostow spent the 2015-16 academic year in Aix-Marseille Université where she served as a lecturer in English.

Diana Banegas, our 2015-16 Graduate Exchange Teacher and McTyeire French Hall Coordinator, has returned to Aix-en-Provence where she will continue work at Vanderbilt in France.

Abby Broughton, second year PhD. student in French, has just announced the launch of a second installment of her digital humanities project A Colony in Crisis: The Saint-Domingue Grain Shortage of 1789.