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Stéphanie Ponsavady & Jennifer Row: Displacement/Mobility/Velocity

If we could today—without the burden or benefit of precedent, tradition, or institutional inertia—invent a field called ‘French and Francophone Studies,’ what would it look like?
– Laurent Dubois & Achille Mbembe

Stéphanie Ponsavady received her Ph.D. in French and French Studies from NYU. Her first book, Colonial Roadshow: Cultural and Literary Representations of the Automobile in French Indochina, will be released from Palgrave Macmillan in 2018. Her research focuses on the development of transportation systems, with special attention given to roads and the automobile, in the French Colonial Empire. She is Associate Editor of Transfers: Interdisciplinary Journal of Mobility Studies and an Affiliate with the Council on Southeast Asia Studies at Yale University.

Jennifer Row‘s research interests include French and English early modern theater, queer and feminist theory, and affect theory. Her book project, Queer Velocities: Time, Sex, and Biopower on the Early Modern Stage, looks at the impact of newly precise timekeeping technologies on queer erotics in early modern French and English theater. She holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Cornell University. She was the 2016-17 Solmsen Fellow in the Institute for Research in the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and beginning fall 2018 she will be an Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota.

Chair: Laura Hughes, Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of French Literature, Thought, and Culture, NYU
Respondent: María Sánchez-Reyes, PhD candidate, NYU (French/Institute of French Studies)

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Futures of French is a series highlighting the work of early career scholars.