Romance Languages and Literatures

Conference: Querelle des Femmes (day 2)

WhenApril 22, 2017 08:15 AM - 04:30 PM
WhereCenters for Gender/Race Studies, Community Room (105)
Event Website
Contact InformationFrance Chicago Center
DescriptionThis conference will examine feminist and gender thought as manifested across historical, linguistic, cultural, political, and disciplinary boundaries. As our historical point of departure, we will explore the medieval roots of the so-called Querelle des femmes, or Quarrel about/among women, often situated in the seventeenth century, but with clear antecedents in both legal and literary medieval and early modern texts. There is little agreement among scholars concerning the Querelle’s boundaries: Who were the participants? What texts belong to it? When and why did it begin and end (if indeed it has ended)? The conference will also interrogate modern and contemporary feminist and gender theory, with a comparative focus on French and Anglo-American approaches and paradigms.

8:15 a.m.–9:00 a.m. Breakfast

9:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m. Panel 3: Gender, Genre, and Authorship

Julia Abramson (University of Oklahoma), “Genre Trouble: Gender, Form, and the Politics of Revolutionary Exile, 1793-1798.”

Rebecca Crisafulli (University of Chicago), “Updating Miller and Kamuf’s Franco-American Authorship Querelle: Does an Author’s Gender Identity Matter?”

Kathleen Loysen (Montclair State University), “Early Modern French Storytelling: The Intersection of Women’s Authorship and the Querelle des femmes.”

Respondent: Françoise Lavocat (Université Paris 3-Sorbonne Nouvelle/Neubauer Visiting Fellow, University of Chicago)
11:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m. Break

11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Panel 4: Corporeal Feminisms

Camille Froidevaux-Metterie (Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne/Sciences Po Paris), “The ‘Corporeal’ Querelle. French Feminists and the Female Body/ La querelle ‘corporelle’. Les féministes françaises et le corps des femmes.”

Jean-Thomas Tremblay (University of Chicago), “Political Breathing: Somatics of Feminist Coalition.”

Respondent TBD

1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m. Lunch

2:30 p.m.–4:00 p.m. Panel 5: Gender and Political Power

Leah Chang (The George Washington University), “Renaissance Queens and the Politics of Authenticity.”

Eliane Viennot (Université de Saint-Étienne), “Nouvelles perspectives sur la chronologie de la Querelle”

Respondent: Daisy Delogu (University of Chicago)

4:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m. Panel 6: Franco-American Debates on Gender

Laure Bereni (CNRS and Centre Maurice Halbwachs), “Between Normalization and Disruption. Reflections on the Institutionalization of Gender Studies in France.”

Bruno Perreau (MIT), “Gender as Immunity: How France Conceptualizes America.”

Respondent: Alison James (University of Chicago)
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