Congratulations to our graduate Sarah Clancy who was awarded the French Embassy Prize as well as the BA in Liberal Arts College Medal at a conferring ceremony held at MIC on 26 October. Sarah will also be receiving two extra awards at a special ceremony on 21 November.
Dr Loïc Guyon was admitted to the rank of Chevalier de l'ordre national du Mérite during a ceremony held at the French ambassador's residence on 15 June. Click here to find out more.
Dr Mairéad Ni Bhriain presented a paper at the 2nd international SCENARIO Forum conference held in UCC on 25-28 May. The conference was entitled "Performative Spaces in Languages, Literature and Culture Education" and Dr Ni Bhriain's paper explored the topic of "Action-Orientation Language Learning: The use of performative practices and spaces in the development of creative pedagogies for learners of French".
Congratulations to Dr Mairéad Ni Bhriain (Department of French Studies) and Dr Britta Jung (Department of German Studies) for organising a very interesting workshop on 11 May on the theme of "Contested Identities: The State, Religion and Public Spaces" under the umbrella of the MIC-based Irish Centre for Transnational Studies. The workshop notably gave rise to a lively discussion on the concept of secularism and laïcité and the definition of public space in such matters. Staff and students from the departments of French Studies, German Studies and Philosophy attended the event and took part in the debate. This workshop was an exploratory event and, given its success, should be followed in the near future by a series of seminars and conferences on the same topic. To find out more, please click here to be taken to the website of the Irish Centre for Transnational Studies.
Dr Joelle Popineau, from Université de Tours, one of our partner institutions in France, visited Mary Immaculate College from Monday 27 to Thursday 30 March as part of the Erasmus Staff Teaching Mobility scheme. During her stay, she notably taught first- and final-year students of French on various topics ranging from comparative translation to French business correspondence or Nouvelle vague cinema. We were delighted of this opportunity to work with Dr Popineau and are looking forward to new staff and student exchanges between our two institutions in the future.
Secondary-school teachers of French, as well as a few MIC students and teachers from Alliance française de Limerick, took part in a training workshop organised by the French embassy in Ireland and hosted by the Department of French Studies at Mary Immaculate College on Thursday 23 March. This was the second continuous professional development event of this kind to take place at MIC and more will follow in the years to come. The theme of the workshop was "How to help students of French better listen, read, understand and speak". The trainer was Ms Odile Ledru-Menot, an international expert in the fields of linguistics and didactics. Participants came from Limerick, Tipperary, Kerry and Cork. During her visit to MIC, Ms Ledru-Menot also taught final-year students as part of our new module FR4777 - French Production & Performance.
Dr Loïc Guyon, '"Le martyre de la royauté vivante". La représentation du régicide révolutionnaire dans la littérature romantique', in Régicides en France et en Europe (XVIe-XIXe siècle), Geneva, Droz, 2017. Click here for more details.
Azouz Begag was the special guest of the Department of French Studies on Thursday 9 March. The holder of a PhD in Economics from the University of Lyon 2, Azouz Begag lectures at the prestigious Ecole Centrale de Lyon and has been a visiting professor at Cornell University and at the University of California. The author of over 50 novels, children books, essays and academic volumes, Dr Begag was also Minister for Equal Oppornuties in the government of Dominique de Villepin between 2006 and 2007. This event was organised in partnership with the French Embassy in Ireland as part of "le mois de la Francophonie". More details on our departmental Facebook page: www.facebook.com/MaryI.French
Over 150 people turned up on Friday 3 and Saturday 4 February in Dublin to the first event organised by the Association des Membres de l'Ordre des Palmes Académiques en Irlande (AMOPA Irlande), chaired by Dr Loïc Guyon. The event involved a public interview with French author, film director and member of Académie Goncourt Philippe Claudel (on Friday 3 February at Alliance française de Dublin) and the screening of Philippe Claudel's award-winning film "Il y a longtemps que je t'aime" ("I've Loved You So Long") at the Irish Film Institute on Saturday 4 February. To find out more about AMOPA Irlande and its activities, please visit the association's website at www.amopa-irlande.org
An international food buffet will be served in An Seomra Caidrimh from 12 o'clock to 2pm on 15 November to celebrate the diversity of languages and cultures. French, German and Irish food and drinks will be offered. All welcome. Bon appétit !
Congratulations to Aoife O'Connor (pictured here with Mr Darach Sanfey) who graduated this year and was awarded with a Certificate for Excellence in French Studies at a special ceremony held at MIC on 23 November.
Congratulations to Dr Anissa Bennaïli (pictured above with Darach Sanfey, her supervisor) who was awarded her PhD in French Studies at this year's graduation ceremony.
Congratulations also to graduating BA student Armor Harris (pictured above with Dr Loïc Guyon) who was awarded the French Embassy Prize at this year's conferring ceremony.
Dr Nadia Kiwan (University of Aberdeen) will give a guest lecture entitled "Humanist adventures: new cultures of civic engagement in contemporary France" on Tuesday 25 October at 12 o'clock in room T2.08. The event is open to all.
Farewell and best of luck for the future to Kévin Pirès, our language assistant for the past year, and to Dr Marion Joassin, who was part of our teaching team for the Spring semester. Thank you both for all your hard work!
Congratulations, too, to our esteemed colleague Prof. Grace Neville, an old and valued friend of this department, who was recently awarded the highest civilian honour bestowed by the French State, the Légion d’Honneur, by His Excellency M. Jean-Pierre Thébault at the residence of the French Ambassador to Ireland. We rejoice in your success, chère amie, which we know to be richly merited.
L-R: Dr Eamon Maher, M. Frédéric Rauser, Conseiller de coopération et d’action culturelle, Prof. Grace Neville, Dr Loïc Guyon, Dr Brigitte Le Juez.
The Ordre des Palmes Académiques (Order of Academic Palms) is a French Order of Chivalry for academics and cultural and educational figures. Originally a decoration founded by the Emperor Napoléon to honour eminent members of the University of Paris, it is today awarded by the French Ministry for Education to acknowledge distinguished contributions to education or culture. In November 2015, the cultural services of the French Embassy approached Dr Guyon, Head of the Department of French Studies at MIC and Dr Eamon Maher, Director of the National Centre for Franco-Irish Studies at ITT Dublin, and tasked them with founding an Irish section of the Association des Membres de l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques.
On Thursday 7 April, AMOPA Irlande (Association des Membres de l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques en Irlande) held its inaugural AGM at the French Embassy in Dublin, where the following were elected as members of the Executive Board: Dr Loïc Guyon (President), Prof. Grace Neville (Vice-President), Dr Eamon Maher (Secretary) and Dr Brigitte Le Juez (Treasurer). The AGM was followed by a reception hosted by H.E. the Ambassador of France, Mr Jean-Pierre Thébault, at his residence. During the reception, the Ambassador thanked the members of the Executive Board and said that the Association — the first of its kind in Ireland — would enjoy the full support of the French Embassy in its future endeavours.
AMOPA Irlande currently has 37 members who received the Palmes académiques between 1975 and 2016. They are teachers of French, inspectors from the Department of Education and academics working in the fields of French Studies, Law, Economics, Medicine, IT, Mathematics and several other fields. All have distinguished themselves by their exceptional contribution to the promotion of French language, culture and science. The Association’s primary mission is to organise and/or support cultural or educational events aimed at promoting French language and culture among young people in Ireland, and you can find out more about its activities at www.amopa-irlande.org.
The Department of French Studies warmly applauds this new initiative and is especially proud to congratulate our colleague Loïc Guyon and all the members of the Executive Board. Nous vous adressons toutes nos félicitations et souhaitons un bel avenir à l’AMOPA Irlande !
The Department of French Studies, in collaboration with the French Embassy and the Alliance Française de Limerick, was honoured to host a guest lecture as part of the events organised for the Mois de la Francophonie en Irlande 2016. The celebrated Haitian writer Louis-Philippe Dalembert delivered a paper on 11 March entitled « Écrire depuis l'enfance » and spoke with students, staff members and visitors about his writing.
Later, in Angers, Olivier Ernest was invited to deliver a paper on the Francophone writer Jules Roy at an international pluridisciplinary conference on the theme of « Identités plurielles en Francophonie » held on 17th-18th March at the Maison de la recherche Germaine Tillion. Bravo, cher collègue !
The Department of French Studies has successfully secured funding under the #T1Step Innovation Fund, part of a National Forum project on Enhancing Language Teaching through technology. Plans are under way to create and curate a Virtual Learning Environment for the development of French language skills which will be piloted among our incoming 1st year students in 2016-17. The Review Panel included Prof. Gary O’Brien, Associate Vice President Administration, Kieran Pearse, Director of ICT, David Moloney, Coordinator of Blended Learning Unit, Seona Stapleton, Educational Technologist, BLU, Dr Deirdre Ryan, Educational Developer/T&L Projects Manager and Dr Anne O’Keeffe, Director of Teaching and Learning.
The Department of French Studies is pleased to announce the launch of a new postgraduate programme, the taught Masters in European Thought & Culture. This new programme will be jointly taught by the departments of French Studies, German Studies and Philosophy. Applications for September 2016 are welcome and all enquiries can be directed to the relevant heads of department. Click here to watch a video presentation of our joint-programme by Dr Niall Keane (Head of the Department of Philosophy).
Dr Stéphane Aymard (French embassy's Attaché de coopération scientifique et universitaire) and Ms Louise Aupetit (chargée de mission) met with members of the Department of French Studies and with Dr Liam Chambers (Head of History) on Monday 7 December to discuss the support that the French embassy could provide for various research projects. Their visit follows that of Ms Nathalie-Zoé Fabert's (French embassy's Attachée de cooperation pour le français) on 27 October.
In the name of the MIC French community, the Department of French Studies wishes to thank all those who were in the foyer on November 13th at 11am to observe a minute's silence in memory of the victims of the Paris attacks. We also wish to thank all those who could not be there but who spontaneously sent us messages of commiseration. It was extremely moving to see the French flag flying at half-mast in front of the Foundation Building (see picture below). We are all very grateful to the President’s Office and to Brian Kirby and the maintenance team to have organised that touching tribute. Ireland and France have always had a special bond and it was really obvious on that sad day. The book of condolence will remain in the foyer until Friday 20 November. A huge thank you also to our second-year students who, in the wake of the tragic events in Paris, had the incredibly kind gesture of reading a text they had written in French, at the beginning of one of their lectures, expressing their solidarity with France and its citizens. They then went on to offer us the magnificent bunch of flowers pictured below... Merci à tous et toutes pour votre soutien.
Congratulations to Dr Vivien Hennessy (pictured with Darach Sanfey, Loïc Guyon and Mairéad Ní Bhriain) who was awarded her PhD in French Studies during last Friday's conferring ceremony at MIC. Congratulations also to Conor Sheehan and Lisa Lynch who were respectively awarded the French Embassy Prize and the College Medal for French.
The 17th annual conference of the Irish Association for French & Francophone Studies was held at UL on 16 and 17 October. Dr Mairéad Ní Bhriain gave a paper entitled '« La Question »? The systematisation of torture during the French-Algerian war' and Dr Loïc Guyon chaired parallel session 5B dedicated to "Systèmes du genre".
Dr Loïc Guyon was invited to give a talk to the members of the Limerick Shannon Probus club on Tuesday 6 October. Probus is a club of retired professional and business people affiliated to the Rotary Club. Dr Guyon's talk dealt with issues of crime and punishment in 18th- and 19th-century France.
Welcome to Kevin Pirès, our new language Assistant (lecteur) from the University of Clermont-Ferand. See our Staff Members section for more details.
Secondary-school teachers of French from various parts of the country gathered at Mary Immaculate College on Friday 26 and Saturday 27 June to attend a Continuous Professional Development seminar hosted by the Department of French Studies and sponsored by the French embassy.
Guest lecturer Odile Ledru-Menot, a renowned specialist in the field of Français Langue Etrangère and phonetics, initiated secondary-school teachers of French to the latest techniques in second-language acquisition through group discussions and activities.
Speaking on the success of this event, Dr Loïc Guyon, Head of the Department of French Studies, said: “We are delighted of this new opportunity to collaborate with the cultural services of the French embassy in Ireland to offer CPD training to secondary-school teachers of French and contribute towards the dissemination of the latest methods in language learning. The event was originally destined to teachers from Limerick city and county but some people came from as far as Anthenry, Cork and Wexford. This is clear evidence that there is a strong demand for that kind of training and the Department of French Studies will endeavour to host other similar events in the future”.
A big thank you to Dr Cécile Decousu and Ms Adeline Lenik for all the work they did for the department this year. Dr Cécile Decousu was replacing Dr Mairéad Ni Bhriain while she was on leave and Ms Adeline Lenik was our language assistant from the university of Clermont-Ferrand. We are sorry to see them leave and wish them every success in their future careers.
Congratulations to our PhD candidate and departmental assistant Olivier Ernest, who last Friday presented a paper at a major international conference held at the Université d'Angers on the theme of 'L'Autre dans la Francophonie' (proceedings forthcoming). Olivier's paper was entitled 'La perception de l'Autre dans les Chevaux du soleil de Jules Roy'.
Professor Grace Neville (Emerita Professor of French and former Vice President for Teaching & Learning at University College Cork) will give a lecture on French cartoonists on Thursday 12 February at 4pm in room T202. Her talk will notably come back on the recent tragic events in Paris. All welcome!
The Department of French Studies is currently offering a PhD Teaching Assistantship. Please visit our 'Postgraduate' section to find out more. The deadline for applications is 16 March 2015.
Congratulations to Dr Marion Joassin who was awarded her PhD in French Studies during the graduation ceremony on 23 October. Marion worked as a Teaching Assistant for three years in the Department of French Studies. She was co-supervised by Dr Loïc Guyon and Prof. Sylvain Ledda (Université de Rouen). We wish her all the best in her future academic career.
Congratulations also to BA graduate Ann Nix who was presented with the College Medal for French and to B.Ed. graduate David Butler who was awarded the French Embassy Prize.
The Department of French Studies was delighted to welcome on campus French Ambassador to Ireland, His Excellency Mr Jean-Pierre Thébault on the occasion of the celebration of the 70th anniversary of Alliance française de Limerick. Mr Thébault was given a guided tour of the Franco-German House by the French team before making his way to the Foundation Building where he was welcomed by the President of Mary Immaculate College and the Mayor of Limerick. The ceremony in honour of the 70th anniversary of Alliance française de Limerick and of Mrs Marianne Griffin, one of its longest serving teachers, was attended by over 100 guests.
Welcome to Adeline Lenik (Language Assistant), Stéphane Narcis (PhD student and Teaching Assistant) and Ann Nix (MA student and Teaching Assistant) who are joining our teaching team this semester. See our Staff Members section for more details.
Congratulations to PhD student and former Teaching Assistant Marion Joassin who successfully defended her thesis during her viva voce examination on August 28th. Dr Mairéad Ni Bhriain was her internal examiner and her external examiner was Prof. Barbara Cooper from the University of New Hampshire (USA). Marion's PhD was co-supervised by Dr Loïc Guyon and Prof. Sylvain Ledda (Université de Rouen).
The Department of French Studies presents 'Performing Identities', a two-day international and interdisciplinary conference held on Thursday 19 and Friday 20 June and organised for our department by Dr Mairéad Ni Bhriain in partnership with the Irish Centre for Transnational Studies (MIC) and in collaboration with members of the 'Performance, Text and Context' research cluster in UL. Click here to access our dedicated conference page.
Farewell and best of luck for the future to Suzanne Présumey, our language assistant (left on the picture) who will be returning to France at the end of the month after having spent one academic year in our department as part of our teaching team.
Dr Loïc Guyon chaired the keynote address of the President of Paris-Sorbonne University, Prof. Barthélémy Jobert, at the University of Sheffield during the 12th annual conference of the Society of Dix-Neuviémistes (28-30 March). Prof. Jobert talked about the representation of emotions by romantic painters in nineteenth-century France. For more details, click here to visit the Society of Dix-Neuviémistes' website.
Prof. Melanie Hawthorne (Texas A&M University) was the guest of the Department of French Studies on Friday 14 March. After taking part in PhD student Vivien Hennessy's mid-way viva, Prof. Hawthorne gave a public lecture entitled "Biography as Museum: Depicting the Life of Renée Vivien".
Dr Loïc Guyon (Head of French Studies) and Ms Anissa Bennaïli (PhD candidate) were both invited to give a talk in La Roche-sur-Yon and Nantes as part of an international conference on "Légendes noires et légendes dorées, ou comment la littérature fabrique l'Histoire) organised by L'AMo, a research centre based at the university of Nantes. Ms Bennaïli presented a paper on the representation of Louis XIV in French literature during and immediately after the Revolution and Dr Guyon talked about the many avatars of French adventurer Vidocq in nineteenth-century literature.
Lise Andriès, Frédéric Ogéé, John Dunkley and Darach Sanfey (eds), Intellectual journeys: the translation of ideas in Enlightenment England, France and Ireland, Oxford, Studies on Voltaire and the Eighteenth Century, 2013, 374 pages.
Congratulations to B.Ed. graduate Meaghan McCarthy who was awarded the College Medal for French on Friday 25 October for her outstanding in this subject throughout her degree.
Congratulations to BA graduate Micheál Ó Flaithearta who was awarded the French Embassy Prize during the conferring ceremony held on Thursday 24 October. This year's French Embassy Prize was presented to the BA or B.Ed. graduate who has made the greatest progress in French in the course of her/his degree.
Congratulations to Dr David Ledent who was awarded his PhD in French Studies at the conferring ceremony held at Mary Immaculate College on Thursday 24 October! David is pictured here with (from left to right) Darach Sanfey, Dr Mairéad Ní Bhriain (internal examiner) and Dr Loïc Guyon (PhD supervisor).
Dr Mairéad Ní Bhriain gave a fascinating public lecture entitled 'The Violent Return of an Unwanted Past: Navigating the Histories of the French Colonial Past' on Tuesday 22 October as part of the Centre for Historical Research seminar series jointly organised by the Departments of History in MIC and UL.
Dr Mairéad Ní Bhriain, Mr Darach Sanfey and Ms Marion Joassin all gave papers at the 15th annual conference of the Association des Etudes Françaises et Francophones d'Irlande (ADEFFI) organised by Dr Loïc Guyon (ADEFFI President) and Dr Julie Rodgers (local organiser) at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth on 18, 19 and 20 October. Dr Ní Bhriain's paper was entitled 'Unspoken Histories of the French Liberation: Tears and Triumph in Marguerite Duras's La Douleur'. Mr Sanfey's paper was entitled '"Ecrire et me cacher", Rousseau's unspeakable autobiography' and Ms Joassin's paper was entitled 'Représentation de l'Histoire dans la littérature française du "juste milieu" (1818-1840) : Y-a-t-il une representation delavignienne de l'Histoire'. The general theme of the conference was 'Histoire(s)' and French writer and film director Philippe Claudel was the ADEFFI's guest of honour.
Loïc Guyon & Andrew Watts (eds), Aller(s)-Retour(s), Nineteenth-Century France in Motion, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013, 295 pages.
The Department of French Studies is delighted to welcome two new members in our teaching team this year: Ms Suzanne Présumey (our new lectrice from Clermont-Ferrand) and Mr Olivier Ernest (who is going to do a PhD under Dr Máiréad Ní Bhriain's supervision and was awarded one of our department's Teaching Assistantships). Ms Anissa Bennaïli having reached the end of her three-year term as Teaching Assistant will now be lecturing in UL for a semester while completing her PhD thesis. Please visit our "Staff Members" section for more details.
Dr Loïc Guyon was awarded the title of Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Palmes académiques at a ceremony held at the French embassy in Dublin on 20 June.
Darach Sanfey recently chaired a panel at the commemorative one-day symposium on "The Dark Side of Diderot" organised by James Hanrahan (TCD) and Síofra Pierse (UCD) and held on Friday 7 June at Newman House, St. Stephen's Green. A copy of the programme is available at www.ucd.ie/sll/FinalProgramme.pdf.
Congratulations to our colleagues Dr Niall Keane (Philosophy) and Dr Máiréad Ní Bhriain (French Studies) on the splendid success of their one-day symposium to mark the centenary of Albert Camus’s birth, held at MIC last Friday under the aegis of the Irish Centre for Transnational Studies. In addition to the excellent papers delivered by the invited speakers, the open discussion/round table format of the event created a tremendously fertile and stimulating debate, a most enjoyable end to the teaching year, and a salutary antidote to the pressures of examination week. The event drew a large crowd from near and far and all of the participants to whom we spoke were unanimous in their praise of the organisers and their favourable impression of the College.
Prof. François Moureau (Paris Sorbonne) was the guest of the Department of French Studies on Friday 19 April as part of the Arts Faculty seminar series. He gave a talk entitled 'Monstres, hallucinations et peurs diverses dans les voyages anciens'. Former director and founder of the Centre de Recherche sur la Littérature des Voyages (www.crlv.org), former director of the Presses de l'Université Paris Sorbonne, Prof. Moureau is one of the most renowned specialists of French travel literature.
Dr. Deirdre Mulrooney, in partnership with the Department of French Studies of Mary Immaculate College, Limerick and Alliance française de Limerick presents "Bohemians: Et ce chant dans mon coeur" at Mary Immaculate College (TARA building), April 16th-April 30th, an exhibition of illustrated poetry , written by dancer Jacqueline Robinson and illustrated by Basil Rakoczi, founder of the White Stag Art Group. This beautiful series of prints was made in Paris, where Jacqueline Robinson founded L'Atelier de la dance, inspired by what she learnt from forgotten modern dancer pioneer Erina Brady. This exhibition of rare 1871 prints is in memory of Ireland's first modern dancer, the late June Kuhn (née Fryer), with whom Jacqueline Robinson trained and performed.
Dr. Loïc Guyon was the guest of the Department of Languages, Literatures & Cultures and the Humanities Centre of the University of New Hampshire (USA) on April 1st to give a talk as part of a research seminar series in honour of Prof. Barbara Cooper. Dr. Guyon's talk was entitled 'Changing scenery: The representation of travel on the French stage'.
This year Mary Immaculate College decided to extend Seachtain na Gaeilge 2013 to the promotion of multilingualism and invited the departments of French Studies and German Studies to join in. On this occasion, the Department of French Studies, with the support of the French Embassy in Dublin and Institut Français, will organise the public screening of "Tous au Larzac !" ("Leader-sheep !") on Thursday 14 March at Mary Immaculate College (7pm, T1.16, TARA building). English subtitled. All welcome!
Dr Sylvie Lannegrand (National University of Ireland, Galway) will give a guest lecture on Charles Juliet's autobiography Lambeaux to our second-year students on Thursday 14 March at 11am as part of French module FR4753 - Writing the Modern Self.
Professor Sylvain Ledda (Université de Nantes), one of the best specialists of nineteenth-century French theatre, has been invited by the Department of French Studies to give a public talk at Mary Immaculate College as part of the Arts Faculty Seminar Series. The talk will be delivered in French and will deal with French theatre in the age of Romanticism. It will take place at 2.30pm on Friday 8 March in room G08. All welcome. Tea/coffee and scones will be served. Prof. Ledda will also take part in our PhD student Marion Joassin's mid-way viva at 11am in room T1.11 the same day.
Congratulations to Dr David Ledent on the successful completion of his PhD viva voce examination on Saturday 8 December. David has worked in the department as a postgraduate teaching assistant for the past three years and our pleasure at seeing him graduate with this, his second doctoral degree (!) is tempered only by regret at the thought that he will now be leaving us for greener pastures. We wish him every success and happiness in his future career. David’s dissertation was entitled ‘The Social Human Being according to Emile Zola’. His work was supervised by Dr Loïc Guyon, his internal examiners were Dr Máiréad Ní Bhriain and Dr Michael Kelly (UL), and his external examiner was Dr Nicholas White (Cambridge).
Congratulations to B.Ed. student Siobhan Corcoran (pictured above) who was awarded both the College Medal for French ahd the French Embassy Prize for her outstanding results in French throughout her degree at Mary I.
Photo de C. Hélie, Gallimard
Dr Loïc Guyon will be interviewing French author Philippe Djian at the Alliance française in Dublin on Thursday 18 October at 6.30pm. Philippe Djian will also be the guest of honour of the 14th annual conference of the Irish Association of French Studies (ADEFFI) which will be held in Galway on 19, 20 and 21 October. To find out more about ADEFFI, please visit the association's website: www.adeffi.ie or become a fan of the ADEFFI's Facebook page: www.facebook.com/ADEFFI
Friday 28 September saw the opening of the Franco-German House at MIC by the French Ambassador to Ireland, Her Excellency Madame Emmanuelle d'Achon, and the German Ambassador to Ireland, His Excellency Dr Eckard Lübkemeier. The Franco-German House is the result of a joint-initiative by the departments of French Studies and German Studies at Mary Immaculate College. It stems from the need to create a space where students of French and German could meet, socialise, speak French and/or German and have access to audio-visual resources in both languages. In May 2010 a proposal to create such a space on campus was put forward to the President of Mary Immaculate College by Dr Christiane Schönfeld (Head of German Studies) and Dr Loïc Guyon (Head of French Studies). In April 2011 the College management offered to transform Summerville Lodge into a social and study space for students of French and German. Summerville Lodge is a listed building erected on campus in the 1870s. Having been left unused for many years it required a full restoration work in compliance with the standards of the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage. Staff from the departments of French Studies and German Studies were given the opportunity by College management to submit a detailed proposal to the architect as to how they wanted the interior of the building and the surrounding areas to be designed. The house is surrounded by a landscaped garden and four flag posts stand in front of it bearing the European, French, German and Irish flags. The living room has been turned into a social space where students will be able to meet, practice their French and/or German, read French/German newspapers and magazines and watch French/German television or DVDs. The other main room (study room) will be a work space equipped with computers. There will be 8 work stations which are destined to be used primarily by postgraduate students from both departments. The Franco-German House will also serve as a base for special events (research seminars, film screenings, sport events screenings, etc.)
Congratulations to Vivien Hennessy who was awarded a Master's degree in French Studies by the Board of Examiners of Mary Immaculate College on Friday 21 September. Vivien wrote her Ma dissertation under Darach Sanfey's supervision on the works of 18th-century French playwright and political activist Olympe de Gouges. She is now going to do a PhD in French Studies under Dr Loïc Guyon's supervision thanks to the studentship she was recently awarded to her by the College.
Congratulations to Ciara Nash who just completed her MA by research in French Studies. The title of her dissertation was 'A Study of French Suburban Discourse from Sociolinguistic and Literary Perspectives'.
Welcome to Clémentine Dauphant, our new language assistant from Clermont-Ferrand. Check out our 'Staff Members' section for more details.
Congratulations to our PhD student and Teaching Assistant Marion Joassin who published her first academic paper as part of the proceedings of a conference held in Rouen last year on 19th-century French playwright Casimir Delavigne. Marion's paper is entitled 'Le dossier de presse de La Fille du Cid'.
Just out: a new volume co-edited by Dr Loïc Guyon & Dr Sylvie Requemora-Gros on Image & Voyage
Congratulations to our MA student and Teaching Assistant Vivien Hennessy who has just been awarded one of the MIC Studentships to prepare a PhD in the Department of French Studies from September. We are all very proud of her!
Dr Ollivier Errecade (Lycée militaire d'Aix-en-Provence) was invited by the Department of French Studies to give a public talk entitled 'Representations of Evil in the Middle-Ages' as part of the Arts Faculty seminar series on Wednesday 25 April at 5.30pm in room G08. All welcome.
March 2012Mary Immaculate College will be hosting the 10th annual conference of the Society of Dix-Neuviémistes from 30th March to 1st April. The Department of French Studies will be actively involved in the organisation of the event with various members of staff chairing sessions. To find out more please visit the Society's website: www.sdn.ac.uk.
Dr Mairéad Ní Bhriain will give a paper at an international conference dedicated to the theme 'Activists on Trial: A Franco-British Dialogue' which will take place at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques in Rennes (France) on 23 and 24 March.
Prof. Annie Dupart (Université de Cergy-Pontoise) will give a talk entitled 'La construction de la figure d'une héroïne : Charlotte Corday' as part of the Arts Faculty seminar series on Wednesday 21st March. Prof. Duprat will also attend PhD student Anissa Bennaïli's mid-way viva.
Prof. John Flower (University of kent) has been invited as a guest lecturer to give a talk to second-year students on Patrick Modiano as part of the module entitled FR4753 - Writing the Modern Self. Prof. Flower's talk will take place at 11am in room T2.01 on Tuesday 20 March.
Darach Sanfey will be the invited speaker at an event hosted by the UCD School of Politics and International Relations to mark the 300th anniversary of the birth of Jean-Jacques Rousseau. His lecture will be entitled '"Reckless, scandalous, impious": un drôle de citoyen. Rousseau and the prerogatives of citizenship'. The event will be sponsored by the Swiss Embassy and will take place at 5pm on Thursday 8 March in room G317, Newman Building, Belfield, followed by a reception at which his Excellency Beat Loeliger, the Swiss Ambassador to Ireland, will present the UCD Library with a set of Rousseau's collected works.
Anissa Bennaïli and Marion Joassin will both give a paper on 3rd March at a postgraduate conference at the University of Sheffield jointly organised by the Irish Association for French & Francophone Studies (ADEFFI), the Association for the Study of Modern & Contemporary France (ASMCF) and the Society for the Study of French History (SSFH). Anissa will speak about representations of young king Louis XIV in Alexandre Dumas' novels and Marion will speak about her work on French 19th-century playwright Casimir Delavigne. Details of the event can be found on the ADEFFI website: www.adeffi.ie.
Dr Loïc Guyon will be one of the speakers at the 28th Kate O'Brien Weekend on 25 and 26 February. To find out more please visit the website of the KOB Weekend by clicking here.
Dr Loïc Guyon will give a talk at 5pm on Tuesday 24 January entitled 'Scène vagabondes : Les pièces de voyage dans la littérature française' as part of the seminar series organised by the Department of French at Trinity College Dublin.
Dr Mairéad Ní Bhriain was recruited on a permanent basis to replace Dr Gillian Jein. We wish to congratulate Mairéad on her appointment and are all looking forward to be working with her. Welcome to the team Mairéad!
After a year and a half spent with us, Dr Gillian Jein, who was on a three-year contract at Mary Immaculate College, has been offered a permanent position at Bangor University (Wales). We will be very sorry to see Gillian go. She was a tremendous asset to the Department and we can only regret that the Employment Control Framework prevented us from offering her a permanent position with us back in 2010. We wish Gillian all the best in her future career. The Department of French Studies has now been allowed to recruit a new permanent member of staff to replace Gillian. The job ad and details on how to apply can be found on the Human Resources Office webpage.
‘L’entente cordiale? Celebreting a century of Franco-Irish rugby Rivalry’
Friday 11 November 2011, from 5pm at Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick
A special event organised by the National Centre for Franco-Irish Studies (NCFIS) in partnership with the Irish Association for French & Francophone Studies (ADEFFI) with the support of the departments of English and French Studies at Mary Immaculate College, the French Embassy and the Limerick European City of Sport 2011 committee.
The event will begin by a talk by Dr Philip Dine (NUI, Galway) on 11 November at 5pm in room T.108 (note the special time and the change of venue) given as part of the Arts Faculty seminar series. Dr Dine’s talk will be entitled: ‘La Vie en Rose: Reinventing French Rugby in the Professional Era’
Dr Philip Dine’s talk will be followed by a cheese and wine reception offered by the Limerick European City of Sport 2011 committee and a round table, chaired by Dr Dine and starring Donal Spring, Jean-Michel Aguirre, Peter Clohessy and Mick Galway (in T.118).
Prof. Barbara T. Cooper (University of New Hampshire) will give a talk entitled 'Centers and peripheries. A Lesson from a French drama of 1840, Le Tremblement de terre de la Martinique by Ch. Lafont and Ch. Desnoyer' as part of the Arts Faculty seminar series on Tuesday 1st November at 5.30pm in room G08. Prof. Cooper is a specialist of nineteenth-century French literature, drama and culture. All welcome.
The Department of French Studies had the great pleasure to welcome Dr Sylvie Requermora-Gros (Université de Provence) on Monday 24 and Tuesday 25 October. Dr Requemora-Gros was invited to give two guest lectures to our second-year students on the theme 'Love in the Age of Classicism'.
Dr Loïc Guyon opened the 13th annual conference of the Irish Association for French Studies (ADEFFI) in Aix-en-Provence on 21 and 22 October. Three staff members also gave papers dealing with the conference's general theme Transgression(s):
Mr Darach Sanfey gave a paper entitled '"Cet amour fatal dont je m'efforçoit de guérir": la passion solitaire de Jean-Jacques Rousseau'
Dr Gillian Jein gave a paper entitled 'The Image in the City: Unitary Urbanism and JR's Paris 'Exhibitions'
Dr David Ledent gave a paper entitled 'Le naturalisme comme trangression du réalisme balzacien'
All three papers will soon be available as podcasts on the ADEFFI website: www.adeffi.ie
Dr Michael G. Kelly (University of Limerick) will give a talk entitled 'Speech and Utopia. Literary and linguistic community in the works of Senghor and O Cadhain' on Tuesday 27 September at 5.30pm in room G.08 as part of the Arts Faculty seminar series.
Welcome to our new students! This year the Department of French Studies is offering French for Beginners for the very first time. This is to allow students who didn't do French for their Leaving Cert to take French Studies as one of their degree subjects anyway. Places are limited so if you want to join this new programme please contact the Head of French Studies as soon as possible and in any case before the beginning of week 2.
Don't forget to join us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MaryI.French to share tips with other students and keep yourself informed of our department's news and of job opportunities.
Please note that BA and BEd students can do French and Geography in first year. However it is not possible to do French and Theology.
Emile Zola à l'honneur ! 19th-century French writer Emile Zola will be the focus of David Ledent's mid-way PhD viva and Prof. Alain Pagès's public talk on Monday 12 September. Prof. Pagès (Paris 3 - Sorbonne nouvelle) is a leading specialist of Zola and the naturalist movement. His talk is scheduled at 5.30pm in room T.108. Beforehand Prof. Pagès will attend David Ledent's mid-way viva from 4pm to 5pm in room T.111.
He did it again! Dr David Ledent (PhD student and Teaching Assistant) gave his second interview this year on France Culture radio channel. This time David was given an opportunity to talk about his latest book on French sociologist Emile Durkheim. You'll find the podcast here.
The Department on Facebook! We have just created a Facebook page for the Department of French Studies. Feel free to become a fan to check out the department's latest news by following this link: www.facebook.com/MaryI.French
The French Ambassador to Ireland H.E. Mrs Emmanuelle d'Achon, accompanied by Dr Hadrien Laroche (Scientific & Cultural Counselor), visited Mary Immaculate College on Friday 24 June 2011. She was welcomed by the President, the Dean of Arts and the Head of French Studies in front of the main entrance to the TARA building before being taken for a guided tour of campus during which they had an opportunity to meet staff and students from the Department of French Studies. A reception was held in the Blue Parlour and a meeting with some of the members of the executive committee of the Irish Association for French Studies (ADEFFI, www.adeffi.ie) concluded her visit. Here are a few photos of the event...
The Department of French Studies is pleased to announce that an assistantship is currently available for a PhD in French Studies on any topic related to nineteenth-century French literature and culture. Please visit our Postgraduate Studies page to find out how to apply.
NEW! From September 2011 the Department of French Studies will provide students who have not taken French at Leaving Certificate level with access to the French Studies undergraduate course thanks to three specially designed French for Beginners modules. Please visit our Undergraduate Courses page to find out more.
Just published: Voyage et Théâtre du XVIe au XIXe siècle, Loïc P. Guyon et Sylvie Requemora-Gros (ed.) (Paris : Presses de l’Université Paris-Sorbonne, coll. ‘Imago Mundi’, 2011). Click here for more details.
Dr Gillian Jein will give a talk entitled 'Silencing the Monument: Life Writing and writing life in Georges Perec’s Ellis Island' as part of the Arts Faculty Seminar Series on Tuesday 12 April at 5.30pm in room G08.
Dr Loïc Guyon will be chairing panel 21 of the 9th annual conference of the Society of Dix-Neuviémistes at the University of Birmingham on Saturday 9 April.
Our external examiner, Prof. Tim Unwin (University of Bristol) will come to Mary Immaculate College to attend the final-year oral exams on Tuesday 5 and Wednesday 6 April.
Dr Loïc Guyon (ADEFFI President) will open the annual postgraduate day of the Association des Etudes Françaises et Francophones d'Irlande (ADEFFI) at University College Cork on Saturday 2 April.
Following a thorough selection process two of our final-year BEd students, Michael Hayes and Sharon Murphy, were recruited as English Language Assistants at the Military College (Lycée militaire) in Aix-en-Provence.
From next September, Sharon and Michael will therefore go and spend a full school year in Aix teaching English to French pupils preparing for the Baccalauréat and French students preparing for the highly competitive Grandes Ecoles exams. In addition to receiving a good salary, they will be granted free accommodation and free meals on the Military College campus, right in the city centre of Aix-en-Provence, at the expense of the French Ministry of Defence.
This opportunity was offered to them as part of an agreement recently concluded between the Department of French Studies and the Military College which will hopefully see more of our students be offered similar positions in Aix in the future. Félicitations à Sharon et Michael !
This month the Department of French Studies will welcome the following guest lecturers:
Tuesday 29 March: Prof. Bill Marshall (University of Stirling) will give a public lecture entitled Traces and Spaces: Parkour and Cinema as part of the Arts Faculty seminar series.
Tuesday 8 March: Prof. Grace Neville (University College Cork) will give a guest lecture to first-year students on French comic book art.
Thursday 3 March: Prof. Máire Cross (University of Newcastle) will give a guest lecture to final-year students on 19th-century French writer and social activist Flora Tristan.
Tuesday 1st March: Ms Tanya Flanagan will give a lecture to first-year students on the Modern Languages in Primary School project and future employment prospects.
Mr Gauthier Krin and Ms Blandine Rellier, two MA students from the University of Clermont-Ferrand, will be spending a week in the Department as part of a work placement from Monday 7 March.
The Department of French Studies will welcome Ian O'Donoghue and Stephen O'Riordan, two pupils from Coláiste Iósaef, Kilmallock for a one-week work placement from Monday 28 February to Friday 4 March. Ian and Stephen will be given the opportunity to attend lectures and tutorials and discover the daily life of an academic department.
Congratulations to final-year B.Ed. students Michael Hayes and Sharon Murphy who were selected to be the nominees of the Department of French Studies for the two positions of English Language Assistantships currently on offer at the Lycée militaire in Aix-en-Provence.
Three English Language Assistantships in France are currently on offer via the Department of French Studies for second-year BA students and final-year BA and BEd students.
The first two positions are for the Military College (Lycée militaire) in Aix-en-Provence and are open to both second-year and final-year BA students as well as final-year BEd students. The third position is for the Université Blaise Pascal in Clermont-Ferrand and is only open to final-year BA and BEd students.
A pre-selection of potential applicants will be conducted by the Department of French Studies. Applicants will be chosen according to the following criteria: level of spoken French, marks obtained so far, motivation and benefits for the future career. To take part in the pre-selection process candidates must send a motivation letter and a CV (in English) to Dr Loïc Guyon by 15 February 2011 at the latest. Candidates will then be interviewed (part of the interview will be carried out in French).
The English Language Assistantships at the Military College involve approx. 12 hours of teaching a week for the entire duration of the school year (15 September-30 April 2011) for a monthly salary of about €900. Language assistants will also be given free accommodation and free meals at the Military College, in the city centre of Aix-en-Provence.
The English Language Assistantship (lecteur/lectrice d'anglais) in Clermont-Ferrand involves 300 hours of work between September and June 2011 for a net monthly salary of €1,200 paid over 12 months. The deadline for application is 15 February 2011. Candidates will be called for interview soon after. Please note that the fact of having been successfully pre-selected by the Department of French Studies does not in any way constitute a guarantee of getting the position applied for.
The final decision and the formal job offer will be made by the Military College in Aix-en-Provence or the Université Blaise Pascal in Clermont-Ferrand. Second-year BA students should therefore retain the possibility of spending a year or a semester abroad as Erasmus students until the job offer has been officially confirmed.
Three new modules have been approved by the College as part of the B.A./B.Ed. programme for students taking French as one of their academic subjects. They will be taught from academic year 2011-2012. To find out more, please visit the 'Undergraduate Courses' section of our website. Loïc Guyon was appointed as a member of the advisory board of the Journal of European Studies.
Loïc Guyon will be giving a guest lecture to classes préparatoires students at the Military College (Lycée militaire) of Aix-en-Provence on 30 November. David Ledent has been invited by famous French philosopher Raphaël Enthoven to speak live on France Culture, one of the most repsected national radio stations on 15 November. David will talk about his 2009 monography dedicated to the life and works of German sociologist Norbert Elias. Click here to find out more. David Ledent gave a paper entitled 'Zola, sociologue du quotidien' at the 9th annual conference of the Hellenic Semiotics Society held at the University of Nicosia (Cyprus) on 6 November.
Loïc Guyon, Darach Sanfey and Gillian Jein were respectively elected to the positions of President, Treasurer and Publicity Officer of the ADEFFI (Association des Etudes Françaises et Francophones d'Irlande) on Saturday 30 October. Congratulations to all our 2010 graduates and especially to Ms Vivien Hennessy (pictured above) who was awarded the College Medal for French as well as the French Embassy Prize!
The 2010 annual gathering of the Association des Etudes Françaises et Francophones d'Irlande (ADEFFI) will be hosted by the Department of French Studies on 29-30 October. Colleagues and postgraduate students working in the field of French Studies from all around Ireland will take part in a two-day workshop. Darach Sanfey, Gillian Jein and our three PhD students will be presenting papers on their latest research projects. Click here to read the programme and here for some practical details.
You can find out more about the ADEFFI by visiting their website: www.adeffi.ie Darach Sanfey gave a public lecture entitled ''A formidable talent for dispute', Montesquieu and the Irish' as part of the Arts Faculty Seminar Series on Tuesday 26 October. Click here to listen to a podcast. Loïc Guyon chaired a session on 'Philosophy & Method in Nineteenth-Century Travel' at the 'Scientific Instuctions for Travellers' conference held at the Moore Institute, National University of Ireland, Galway on 8-9 October.
From now on, our news section will include information on the various research activities carried out by members of staff in the Department of French Studies: David Ledent gave a paper entitled 'Ordre social et désordres psychiques : Le regard de Zola sur le Second Empire' at Order and Chaos, Postgraduate Conference of the Society of Dix-Neuviémistes held at the Maison Française d'Oxford on Saturday 18 September. Loïc Guyon chaired panel 3 ('Imposing Order') at the same conference.
The Department of French Studies and the Department of German Studies are delighted to announce the launch of 'PICTURES' a film club for MIC staff and students. Screenings will take place every Monday at 8pm in T.116 from 27 September. Click here to download the programme for the first semester.
Welcome back and bienvenue to all our new students! This year the departments of French and German Studies will put forward a proposal to create a new stream in the BEd programme (BEd Modern Languages stream) in order to enable BEd students to do their degree in four years instead of three and spend their thrid year in France or Germany (as BA students do) as Erasmus students or English Language Assistants. If our proposal is approved by the College, this new BEd Modern Languages stream will represent a great opportunity offered to BEd students able to demonstrate a sufficient level of proficiency in either French or German at the end of their second year. More about this soon...
There was an exceptionally high number of applicants for the position of Assistant Lecturer/Lecturer in French Studies recently advertised at Mary Immaculate College. We received applications from as far as Canada, China, the Middle-East and the US and we would like to thank all the applicants for their interest in our institution. Dr Gillian Jein was offered the job and we wish to congratulate her on her appointment. We wish unsuccessful candidates the best of luck in their future applications for jobs.
The annual conference of The Eigthteenth-Century Ireland Society, incorporating the colloquium on 'France, Great Britain, Ireland: Cultural Transfers and the Circulation of Knowledge in the Age of Enlightenment', will take place on 25 and 26 June at the University of Limerick. Click here to read the full programme. For further details, please contact Mr Darach Sanfey (co-organiser).
Following Ms Máiréad Ní Dhomhnaill's decision to retire at the end of the academic year the Department of French Studies is seeking to recruit a new member of staff. A job ad for a three-year full-time lectureship in French Studies was recently posted on various websites and in the Irish Times. Potential candidates can click here to read the ad and further particulars. Ms Máiréad Ní Dhomhnaill will be greatly missed by both staff and students. We wish her a very happy retirement.
After spending the past three years working for us as a language assistant (when lectrice contracts usually do not extend beyond a year!) Ms Marie Dumas will also be leaving us at the end of the month. She will be replaced in September by a new lectrice from the University of Clermont-Ferrand. We wish to thank her for all the work she did for us over the past three years and wish her all the best in her future career.
Joyeuses Pâques ! April will be a busy month for the Department of French Studies with oral exams taking place as usual during week 11 (for second-year students) and 12 (for first- and final-year students). Please check our main notice board to find out when you are scheduled for.
Dr Loïc Guyon (Head of French Studies) will spend a week at the Université de Provence (Aix-en-Provence) from 26 April as Professeur invité. He will give a couple of lectures and seminars to both staff and students and is planning to sign an Erasmus exchange agreement with the Division des Relations Internationales which will enable students from Mary Immaculate College to go and spend a semester or a year in Aix-en-Provence from the academic year 2011-2012.
Four guest speakers have been invited to come to Mary Immaculage College by the Department of French Studies this month. Our first guest will be Prof. John Flower (University of Kent) who will give a talk on 1st March entitled 'Yankees go home!' The American Presence in France from 1945 to 1965 as part of the 2010 Arts Faculty Seminar Series (click here to find out more about the AFSS and download podcasts of the talks). Ms Tanya Flanagan (national coordinator for the Modern Languages in Primary Schools Initiative) will be our second guest. She will come on 3rd March to talk to our first-year students about the teaching of French to primary school pupils in Ireland. Our third guest will be Dr Éamon Ó Ciosáin (National University of Ireland, Maynooth) who will give a talk (as part of the 2010 AFSS) on 16th March entitled 'Homeless troops and banished men'? Exile and migration among the Irish in France, 1590-1792. Finally, Dr Georges Le Brusque (University of Limerick) will give a lecture to our second-year students in week 10 on the fourth part of Zola's novel Germinal.
Dr Alan English, Head of French at St Patrick's College Drumcondra (Dublin City University) came to Mary Immaculate College as guest lecturer on Wednesday 3rd February to make a general presentation of Balzac's Le Père Goriot to our second-year BA and BEd students. It is hoped that the Department of French Studies at MIC and the Department of French at SPD will have further opportunities to collaborate in the future.
Bonne année ! And the year begins well for us in the Department of French Studies since we have the pleasure of welcoming our first PhD students: David Ledent (from France) and Mamadou Abdoulaye Ly (from Senegal). Both of them were awarded one of the assistantships currently offered by the Department. To find out more about them please visit our Staff Members section which will soon be updated.
That's it! Our brand new programme has been approved. To find out what modules we will be offering from September 2010, please visit our Undergraduate Courses section.
The Department of French is pleased to announce the nomination of a new external examiner in the person of Prof. Tim Unwin (University of Bristol). Prof. Unwin is a renowned specialist of French Studies. Click here to find out more about him.
The French team is currently designing some brand new modules to replace some of the existing ones from the academic year 2010-2011. “The French & Love”, “The Formation of the Modern Self”, “Crime & Justice” and “Reason & Sensibility” are some of the new module titles under consideration...
The Department of French Studies is pleased to announce that three assistantships at MA and PhD level are currently available. Go to our Postgraduate Studies page to find out how to apply.
A new Head of Department was appointed in the person of Dr Loïc Guyon. Click here to find out more.