Reserach Seminar 2016-2017

Irene Hatzopoulos

Directorial Voice in Pier Paolo Pasolini’s Comizi d’amore

In his article “The Voice of Documentary”, film critic and theoretician Bill Nichols focuses on the evolution of expository discourse as documentary film techniques changed.  I will focus on what he calls the “reality effect” seen in documentaries that belong to the tradition of cinéma verité, and will analyze how that effect is manipulated by Pasolini in his 1964 documentary Comizi d’amore (Love Meetings). 


Ritt Deitz

Alumni Involvement as Pedagogy : Storytelling in the Professional French Masters Program

What do retooled learning goals in a previously-traditional undergraduate “business French” course have to do with the professional lives of Professional French Masters Program alumni from that same department?  How can “career path storytelling” by a department’s alumni, including concrete examples from their work, simultaneously serve that department’s promotional and curricular agendas?  What role does program alumni storytelling play in the way program students plan and pursue the next phase of their careers?  This talk will present the promise and pitfalls of a holistic strategy devised to answer these questions, with a special focus on the involvement of a particular PFMP alumna and her work in international development projects in Senegal.


Anthony Radoiu

Medieval and Early Modern Poetic Experiences of Captivity: Realities of Confinement, Visions of Liberty.

In which ways do experiences of prison and confinement cultivate possibilities of expression and affectivity? What is the relationship between constraints and literary and creative fruition? By tracing the poetic works and lives of Charles d’Orléans in the 15th century, Clément Marot in the 16th century, and Théophile de Viau in the 17th century, this presentation seeks to situate each poet in his respective century and narrative of captivity. It further seeks to tease out each varied yet unique relationship of poet to jail cell, as well as each poet’s realization of confinement which he chooses to express through a poetic medium.

This seminar will feature presentations of ongoing scholarly work by the graduate students, academic staff and faculty of the department, and a lively discussion following.  The languages will be English, French and Italian.  Discussion will be held in English.  For further information please contact Ullrich Langer (, Caitlin Schaer ( or Lauren Surovi (