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This University Seminar focuses on the transnational material, intellectual and symbolic exchanges that have characterized the regions that once composed successive French empires since the seventeenth century.  The seminar will not be an exercise in colonial or imperial history, organized around the opposition between « center » and « periphery », but rather an exploration of connections and lines of fragmentation within that space. The goal of the seminar will be to explore not only France’s global expansion and retraction in the modern period, but, no less significantly, the after-lives of the French empire in various post-colonies, networks, and institutions. Our goal is to map a distinct—but not isolated—world within the “globe,” one conditioned but not defined by France, its empires, its language, and its ecumene. Inherently interdisciplinary, the seminar will bring together scholars in the humanities and the social sciences from Europe, North America, Asia, and Africa in order to understand these complex exchanges that reach « Beyond France ».

Ralph Ghoche

Samia Henni

Aubrey Gabel

Nadrah Mohammed

Meeting Schedule

09/29/2023 Maison Française, 2nd Floor
11:00 AM

Paraska Tolan-Szkilnik, Cornell University

Respondent: Gregory Mann, Columbia University

12:30 PM

Gregory Valdespino, Princeton-Mellon Initiative in Architecture, Urbanism and the Humanities

12:30 PM

Jennifer Boum Make, Georgetown University