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Notre Dame, IUSB to host French-American conference to shape new research

Author: Arts and Letters


Shaping future research in revolutionary studies will be the focus of Francophone and Anglophone scholars in literature, history and art who will gather for an international conference Oct. 6 (Monday) at the University of Notre Dame and Oct. 7 (Tuesday) at Indiana University South Bend (IUSB).

Part of an ongoing collaboration by a team of scholars from Notre Dame, IUSB, the Universit de Provence and the Universit de Toulouse, the conference, titled “New Paradigms for Revolutionary Studies: French-American Colloquium,” is free and open to the public.

Lynn Hunt, Eugen Weber Professor of History at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), will deliver the keynote address titled “Revolution and Subjectivity: Towards a New Paradigm?” at 7p.m. Oct. 6 in the Annenberg Auditorium of Notre Dame’s Snite Museum of Art. All other lectures will be held in 100 McKenna Hall at Notre Dame and at the IUSB Student Activity Center. The conference program is available on the Web at

“This is a historical event in that it unites Notre Dame and IUSB at the highest level of scholarly discourse,” said Julia Douthwaite, Notre Dame’s assistant provost for international studies and professor of Romance languages and literatures. “It’s the culmination of a collaboration I’ve been involved in with colleagues in France for the past two years and will bring people from around the world to participate in a bilingual conference held on both campuses.”

Seeking to promote interdisciplinary scholarship, the conference includes an exhibit of revolutionary-era drawings in the Snite Museum. The exhibition in the Scholz Family Works on Paper Gallery and paintings in the permanent installation of the 18th Century Gallery are on display through Oct. 19, providing visitors with an opportunity to view several works created by French artists during the stormy years of the revolutionary period. In addition, an exhibit of rare books is available from the Special Collections of the Hesburgh Library.

The conference was organized by Douthwaite and Lesley Walker, chair of IUSB’s Department of World Language Studies. The project was partially supported by Indiana University’s New Frontiers in the Arts & Humanities Program, funded by the Lilly Endowment Inc. and administered by the Indiana University Office of the Vice Provost for Research and Notre Dame’s Nanovic Institute for European Studies.

Contact: Julia Douthwaite, 574-631-5203, or

Originally published by Shannon Chapla at on September 12, 2008.