The Department of French and Italian

Italian Placement Testing on 08/28 in HRH 2.106B @ 1:30 pm


The UT-Austin French and Italian Graduate Student Association proudly announces the Sixth Annual Graduate Student Conference at the Department of French and Italian, University of Texas at Austin on April 3-4, 2009.

Fri, April 3, 2009 | Department of French and Italian

This conference aims to evaluate conceptions of identity in Italy, France, the Francophone world and the Italian Diaspora from an interdisciplinary perspective. Participants are asked to address identities in states of transformation both throughout history as well as through the optic of more recent developments such as Decolonization, Globalization, Americanization, Postcolonial and post-1989 Migrations and European Union expansion. We aim to go beyond national frameworks by investigating transnational and regional contexts and to encourage a critical debate of the very notion of identity as a discursive category. Participants are asked to address questions of identity in the fields of literature and linguistics, music, film, art and popular culture.

The keynote speaker will be Dominic Thomas, Professor of French and Francophone Studies and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Los Angeles. Professor Thomas is author of Black France: Colonialism, Immigration and Transnationalism (2006) and Nation-Building, Propaganda, and Literature in Francophone Africa (2002).

Possible topics may include, but are not limited to:

- Immigration, Migration and Exile - Youth Culture/Hip-hop/slang - Cross-cultural contacts - Extra-territorial identities: Diaspora, Creolity, Mediterranean culture, rhizomatic contacts - Linguistic Identity, multilingualism - Second Language Acquisition and cultural competence - Homogenous versus hybrid linguistic identities - Regional languages and cultures in France and Italy - Genre and national identity: novels, epics, etc. - Postcolonial, national and transnational identities - Film and literature as cultural medium/national artifact - Sexual Citizenship and Gendered Identities - Quests for identity: Narratives of travel or wandering - Identity Onscreen: the representation of nation, ethnicity, gender and the body - Memory and Identity: collaboration and resistance - Underground culture, transgressive identities - Globalization and its discontents - Authors between "French" and "Francophone" - Nationalism, integration and minority cultures - Censorship and identity - The outsider in literature and culture - "Barbarians at the Gate": Identity as opposition and Otherness - Hybrid Genres, Hybrid Identities: Complexifying identity through music, film and/or visual arts

To be considered, paper proposals, in French, English or Italian, should include: A 200-300 word abstract Your name Mailing address Email address University affiliation

Deadline for submission is December 12th, 2008. Please email paper proposals as a Word document or PDF attachment to: Michael Gott,

Sponsored by: The Department of French and Italian, Center for European Studies, The Graduate School, The George W. Jalonick III and Dorothy Cockrell Jalonick Centennial Lectureship and the Department of Linguisti

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Tavola Italiana

Informal Italian conversation practice Fridays 3-4pm at the Texas Union's Cactus Café. Open to all students of Italian. Contact Antonella Olson for more information.

Le Cercle français

Informal French conversation practice Fridays in the Texas Union's Cactus Café from 3-4pm. Open to all students of French. Contact Nancy Guilloteau for more information.


Italian Placement Testing 

Professor Antonella will be administering placement exams on Monday, August 28th in HRH 2.106B at 1:30 pm. If you are seeking to take an Italian Language Placement Test, please attend this session. Due to time constraints makeups are not guranteed.

Cineforum Italiano

Hosting Italian films with English subtitles every Thursdays at 8:00 pm in Mezes B0.306. 

  • Department of French and Italian

    University of Texas at Austin
    201 W 21st Street STOP B7600
    HRH 2.114A
    Austin, TX 78712-1800