Sexuality and Islam in France: Presentations by Denis Provencher | Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies
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Sexuality and Islam in France: Presentations by Denis Provencher

September 13, 2017 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm

The Department of French and Italian and the Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Program presents two events on sexuality and Islam in France:

General lecture by Denis Provencher (Arizona), “Queer Maghrebi French”

Wed. September 13, 2017, 1:30-3:00pm
602 Cathedral of Learning (Humanities Center)

Professor Provencher's general lecture will draw from his forthcoming book Queer Maghrebi French, which investigates the lives and stories of queer Maghrebi and Maghrebi French men who moved to or grew up in contemporary France. It combines original French language data from ethnographic fieldwork in Paris, Lyon, and Marseille with a wide array of recent narratives and cultural productions including performance art and photography, films, novels, autobiographies, published letters, and other first-person essays to investigate how these queer men living in France and the diaspora stake claims to time and space, construct kinship, and imagine their own future.  By closely examining empirical evidence from the lived experiences of queer Maghrebi French-speaking performance artists, religious thinkers, novelists, and directors, as well as “everyday” (i.e., “non-artistic or non-creative”) study participants, this book presents a variety of paths available to these men who articulate and pioneer their own sexual difference within their families of origin and contemporary French society. 

Undergraduate lecture: “Treacherous Love Stories” 

Wed. Sept. 13, 12:00-12:50
144 Cathedral of Learning 

Abstract for undergraduate lecture: Treachery?  Treason?  What exactly are these and how do they get woven together with love and romance in a context like the course here at Pitt called “French Kiss?”  Not that anything French has anything to do with love, n’est-ce pas?  Or does it?   Are “all things French” related to kissing, romance, and love stories?  Or can they turn treacherous when it involves strangers or enemies?  This presentation is somewhat about a hook-up where the Frenchman sleeps with his (German) enemy during WW2 or perhaps with his North-African (Muslim) enemy in the post-9/11 or post-Charlie Hebdo attack era.  Good French sexual citizens who collude, fall into bed with, and perhaps fall in love with their post-colonial counterparts.  Treacherous love stories filled with trickery, exploitation, and even terrorism.

Prof. Provencher is Professor of French, Head of the Department of French & Italian at the University of Arizona, and Editor-in-Chief of the journal Contemporary French Civilization. He is the author of Queer French: Globalization, Language, and Sexual Citizenship in France (Ashgate, 2007) and Queer Maghrebi French: Language, Temporalities, Transfiliations, (Liverpool UP, forthcoming 2017).

Prof. Provencher will lead a discussion for graduate students on publishing on Thurs. Sept. 14, 12:00-1:00, French seminar room (13th floor).

Cosponsored by the European Studies Center, Honors College, and the Humanities Center.   

Portrait of artist 2Fik by photographer Richard Rhyme

Portrait of artist 2Fik by photographer Richard Rhyme

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