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April 2014

Four lectures by department scholars in the "Arts on Violence" series, Wednesday April 23, 1:00 p.m.

Arts on Violence et le Département des études françaises et hispaniques présentent :

1. "Génocide contre les Tutsi: 20 ans après, je me souviens" (Dr. Philippe

2. "
Memory and Trauma in Carmen Aguirre’s Something Fierce" (Dr. Myriam Osorio)

3. “Murder in the cathedral: The assassination of the inquisitor Pedro de
Arbués and its consequences" (Dr. Messod Salama)

4. "Violence, idéologie, témoignage; remarques pragrammatiques" (Dr.
Jean-Marc Lemelin)

Avec la présentation de Dr. Anne Thareau, Directrice, Département d’études françaises et hispaniques

Wednesday April 23, 2014
Mercredi, 23 avril, 2014

1 :00 – 3 :30


Employment opportunities with the Le Réseau de développement économique et d'employabilité de Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador

Le Réseau recherche un(e) agent(e) de développement économique pour l'ouest de Terre-Neuve  et un(e) Responsable pour le développement touristique francophone. Toute candidature devra être envoyée au plus tard le lundi 21 avril 2014 à 17h00 heure avancée de Terre-Neuve heure avancée de Terre-Neuve.

Recent reading by Chilean-Canadian playwright Carmen Aguirre

Chilean-Canadian playwright and actress Carmen Aguirre read from her book Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter on Friday, March 28, 2014.

Book Launch of Dr. Anne Thareau's and Dr. Scott Jamieson's French Visitors to Newfoundland

On Thursday,  February 13 at Queen's College, ISER Books organized a celebration of the launch of French,Visitors to Newfoundland: An Anthology of Nineteenth-Century Travel Writings, translated and edited by Dr. Scott Jamieson and Dr. Anne Thareau.

Recent publications and presentations by members of the Department of French and Spanish


Dr. Anne Graham has published two articles in 2013.  One entitled, "French
Renaissance Tragedy and the Tragic Code", was published in Research on
Medieval and Renaissance Drama (v. 51, p. 17-25). Another article,
"Thésée ou le monstre tragique dans Phèdre de Racine", appeared in a
collected volume, Autour du Minotaure, published by the Presses
Universitaires Blaise Pascal (p. 277-291, 2013).

Dr. Maria A. Rodriguez has published a book this year with Dr. Elizabeth
Murphy, Faculty of Education, entitled Activity Theory perspectives on
technology in higher education
, published by IGI Global.

Dr. James MacLean has published a 6-page review of Sergey Zanin, Société idéale et horizon d'utopie chez J.-J. Rousseau in the Winter 2014 issue of @nalyses: Revue de critique et de théorie littéraire.

Dr. Jean-Marc Lemelin has published on his website, between December 2012 and February 2014,  three studies under the heading Radicant: Tesmoing, Tractatus and Avenant.

Dr. Phillippe Basabose has published the following article:

« Discours du déni : de la vérisimilitude à la vérisimulation » in Faire
face au négationnisme du génocide des Tutsi, éd. Josias Semujanga & Jean-Luc
Galabert. Saint-Jean (France), mars 2013.

Dr. Basabose has also had published (Fall 2012) by Editions Lettropolis in France a 693-page book enitled Retour sur le colonialisme.

Dr. Neil B. Bishop, Professor, Department of French and Spanish, and the
well-known St. John's Francophone poet Annick Perrot-Bishop have published
a bilingual volume including four collections of poetry, two being Ms
Perrot-Bishop's originals and two Dr. Bishop's revised translations
thereof. The volume,  Of Amber Waters Woven / Tissée d'eau et d'ambre, was
published in late 2012 by Ekstasis Editions of Victoria, B.C. The authors
thank the Canada Council for the Arts for its grant in support of the


Dr. Phillippe Basabose has given the following lectures:

1) Participation au « Débat : Négationnisme et manipulation politique », au
Lancement du livre Faire face au négationnisme du génocide des Tutsi,
Montréal, May 24, 2013.
2) « Génocide et phagocytage de la justice : cas de l’Itsembabatutsi »,
McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario. July 3-5, 2013.

Dr. James MacLean gave a lecture entitled "Virtue at the edge of Europe: Islam as a model for the West in the work of Guillaume Postel" at the Annual Conference of the Canadian Society for Renaissance Studies, and another lecture entitled "Alain Badiou et la question de l'identité française" at the Annual Conference of the Association des Professeurs de Français des Universités et Collèges Canadiens, Victoria, British Columbia, June 2013.

Dr. Myriam Osorio  has given a lecture entitled "Redefinir el centro, la periferia y la marginalidad: También la lluvia de Iciar Bollaín" at the Annual Conference of the Canadian Association of Hispanists, Victoria, British Columbia,  June 3, 2013.

M.A./M.Ed. programme for French Teachers

A  Master of Arts and Education (Teaching of Francophone Literatures and Cultures) degree has been developed and is now being offered conjointly by the Department of French and Spanish and the Faculty of Education. This new M.A./M.Ed., which is offered for part-time study through distance education courses, is designed specifically for practising teachers of French. Applicants must have a Bachelor of Education degree with a minimum "B" standing and at least two years of experience teaching French.