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This project Inscriptions of the Self in the French and Francophone World explores the implications of various forms of cultural productions through text, image and speech. The project covers the topics of life narrative, migration trajectory, and language change across lifespans. It revolves around two factors: first-person narratives or testimonies and creative interpretations of cultural belongings to the francophone world. The project explores these topics through multiple mediums, including literature, film studies, linguistic studies, and cultural studies. It also explores these common themes across multiple locations.

The goals of this project are to initiate new partnerships with French institutions, enhance existing international collaborations, and explore funding opportunities for international projects involving a network of institutions in Europe and in North America. With this project, the FFRI will contribute to expand  and consolidate the interdisciplinary collaboration with units and centers within UF.  In addition, this project will enhance the knowledge and profile of French cultural production, scholarship, and language at the University of Florida and for the general public.

Events hosted as part of this project include:

A guest speaker series

  • Anne Brancky, Vassar College, Inscribing the Self on the Small Screen: How Marguerite Duras Put Literature on TV,  October 21, 2019 at 4pm,  (George E. Smathers Libraries (Library East), Room 100
  • Mame-Fatou Niang, Carnegie Mellon University, Blackness in FrenchOctober 28, 2019 at 4pm,  Scott Nygren Scholars Studio (Library West)
  • Kevin Meehan, University of Central Florida,  Vodou Inscriptions of the Self in Zora Neale Hurston’s Haitian Ethnography, November 18, 2019 at 4pm,  Scott Nygren Scholars Studio (Library West)

Voyages, a film festival (March 2020)

Linguistic changes across the lifespan, Round Table/Table ronde (February 2020)

with partners from the Université d’Orléans and the Université de Montréal


Coordinators of the project

Hélène Blondeau, Associate professor of French and Francophone Studies

Alioune Sow, Associate professor of French and Francophone Studies and African Studies

International Partners

Université d’Orléans, France

Université de Montréal, Canada


Sylvie Blum, Professor of French and Film, Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Benjamin Hebblethwaite, Associate Professor of Haitian and Francophone Studies, Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Brigitte Weltman-Aron, Professor of French, Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Kole Ade Odutola, Lecturer in Yoruba, Languages, Literatures and Cultures


University of Florida International Center, Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere (Yulee Lectures Endowment), Center for European Studies, Center for African Studies, Center for Latin American Studies, Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, Department of Linguistics, UF Libraries