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Francophone Artists, Bandes Dessinées and Diasporic Graphics, Virtual Guest Speakers Series, Fall 2020

Techno-orientalisme et femmes bioniques: la représentation des héroïnes asiatiques dans la BD franco-belge de science-fiction, October 14, 4pm

Henri Simon Blanc-Hoang (PhD, University of Florida) is an Associate Professor at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, CA, where he teaches Spanish, French, Afro-Francophone studies, Latin American studies, and Postcolonial and Globalization studies. His research interests focus on bande dessinée and cinema, as well as science fiction. Blanc-Hoang’s publications include articles on the école franco-belge de bande dessinée, as well as on cómics by Spanish and Latin American authors.  His most recent projects include papers on Francophone bédéistes from the Vietnamese Diaspora (Marcelino Truong, Clément Baloup, Vink) as well as presentations on the description of Asian heroines in science fiction comics from France and Belgium. His practice is based in the San Francisco Bay Area, though his research often involves travel to Europe and Latin America.

Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow: Bandes dessinées in sub-Saharan Africa , October 21 at 4pm, Michelle Bumatay, Florida State University

Michelle Bumatay is an Assistant Professor of Global French Studies at Florida State University specializing in African francophone and diasporic cultural production (literature, comics, film, art). She is finishing her first manuscript, Black Bandes Dessinées, in which she examines comics by cartoonists from sub-Saharan Africa and the diaspora. She is the 2015 recipient of the Annual Lawrence R. Schehr Memorial Award for her conference paper, “Madame Livingstone and Notre Histoire: Travels in Time,” and she has published in Contemporary French CivilizationEuropean Comic Art, Research in African Literatures, Etudes francophones, and Alternative Francophone.

Representing Minority Varieties in the Media: The case of Acadieman, November 4 at 4pm, Philip Comeau, Université du Québec à MontréalOriginally from the Acadian region of Baie Sainte-Marie in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia, Philip Comeau is an Associate Professor in the Département de linguistique at the Université du Québec à Montréal. His research focuses primarily on varieties of Acadian French. Using a variationist sociolinguistic approach, his work often focuses on integrating formal linguistic theory with quantitative findings. He has worked on a number of grammatical features of French, including the subjunctive mood, future temporal reference, yes-no questions and his work has appeared in a number of academic journals, including the Journal of French Language Studies, Canadian Journal of Linguistics, and Linguistic Variation.

Voyages across Borders, Film Festival, ‘The inscriptions of the Self in the French and Francophone World’ project,  Spring 2021

UF Libraries Collection Comics Exhibit,  ‘Francophone Artists, Bandes Dessinées and Diasporic Graphics’ project,  Spring 2021