The University of Iowa

Fall 2009 Events

Eating the Tropics: Lafcadio Hearn's Martinique

Date: Monday, October 5
Time: 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: 315 Phillips
Presenter: Valérie Loichot, Department of French and Italian, Emory University
Invited: Caribbean Diaspora and Atlantic Studies Program, co-sponsors: African Studies Program, Department of French and Italian, European Studies Group and International Programs

How Greek Religion shaped Greek Culture
Ida Beam Lecture, Classics Colloquium

Date: Monday, October 5
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: 1505 Seamans Center
Presenter: Jon Mikalson, Department of Classics, University of Virginia
Invited: Department of Classics, Department of Religious Studies, European Studies Group and Eta Sigma Phi

First Annual European Studies Conference

"Memories and Visions: Europe 20 Years after the Fall"

Date: Thursday, December 3
Time: 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Location: 100 Phillips Hall (Auditorium)

Film screening: "Das Leben der Anderen (2006)"
(subtitles: The lives of Others, 2007) 
Follow-up discussion: Astrid Oesmann, Department of German

Date: Friday, December 4
Time: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Location: 315 Phillips Hall 

Registration and breakfast: free of charge 

Conference Schedule

8:30-9:00 Breakfast, conversation

9:00-9:15 Brief introduction:
Kristine Fitch, Associate Dean, International Programs
Michel Laronde, Director, European Studies Group 

9:15-10:15 Keynote address:
Konrad Jarausch, Lurcy Professor of European Civilization, University of North Carolina 

"Germany 1989: A New Kind of Revolution?"

10:30-12:00 Morning Panel:
" Legacies: In the Aftermath of the Fall"

Elizabeth Heineman, Department of History, University of Iowa

"Who’s Sexually Repressed? East and West Germans after Reunification"

Kimberly Elman-Zarecor, Department of Architecture, Iowa State University

"Socialist Neighborhoods after Socialism: Addressing the Architectural Legacy of Communism in the Czech Republic"

Dénes Gazsi, Arabic/Department of French and Italian, University of Iowa

"Cracks in the Iron Curtain, Pan-European Picnic, Crumbling Communism – Hungary’s Role in the Fall of the Berlin Wall" 

12:00-1:30 Lunch 

1:30-3:00 Afternoon Panel:
"Enduring Identities: Two Case studies"

Lorin Ditzler, Program in Urban and Regional Planning, University of Iowa

"Economics of Urban Identity in Post-Communist Europe: Bucharest" 

Jonathan Larson, Department of Anthropology, University of Iowa

"Behind the Velvet Curtain: Crisis, Criticism, and Scripted Instability in Twentieth-Century Slovakia"

Jason Verber, Department of History, University of Iowa

“Divided and Conquered: The German Question, the Berlin Wall, and German Relations with Postcolonial Africa"

3:30-5:30 Film Screening:
Exclusive Preview!

"The Power of the Powerless"

Panel discussants: 
Astrid Oesmann; Department of German, Jonathan Larson; Department of Anthropology

A public lecture based on his book: Europe through Arab Eyes (Title TBA)

Date: Thursday, October 22
Time: 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Location: 2520D UCC
Presenter: Nabil Matar, Department of English, University of Minnesota
Invited: Middle East and Muslim World Studies, co-sponsor: Department of French and Italian, European Studies Group

Spring 2009 Events

Photographing the Algerian War, Reading Marc Garanger

Date: Friday, January 30
Time: 12:30 p.m.
Location: UCC 2390
Presenter: Jennifer Howell, Graduate student, Department of French and Italian, University of Iowa

Marc Garanger (b. 1935) is best known for his photographs of Algerian women taken under orders of the French government in 1960. The photographs, now widely circulated and criticized, were destined for the fabrication of identity cards that native Algerians were required to carry during the later years of the French-Algerian War (1954-62). Yet Garanger’s photographs are reminiscent of those in Malek Alloula’s collection which show intimate views from inside the harem—eroticized views formally forbidden to the Western gaze. Equally problematic are Garanger’s photographs of the war itself selectively published in the 1984 album La Guerre d’Algérie vue par un appelé du contingent. According to historian Benjamin Stora, Garanger’s photographs represent the horror, fear, and anguish of the war and should therefore be equated with antiwar discourses. But which or rather whose stories do Garanger’s photographs portray? To what extent is this arrangement of ethnographic, topographic, documentary, and generally nostalgic images subversive regarding Garanger’s official mission as military photographer? Finally, and perhaps most importantly, how should Garanger’s photographs be interpreted within the framework of existent French national meta-narratives?

Jennifer Howell is a PhD candidate in French at the University of Iowa. Her dissertation research focuses on representations of the Algerian War in the bande dessinée in both France and Algeria. She has also written articles on the use of photography in literature for French Cultural Studies (2008) and the Journal of European Studies (forthcoming in 2010).

Rape Hysteria and the Sexual Economy of Race: French Accusations of Sexual Assault against African-American GIs, 1944-1945

Date: Thursday, February 19
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Location: UCC 2520 B
Presenter: Mary Louise Roberts, Department of History, University of Madison-Wisconsin

In American mass culture, the D-Day invasion in Europe has been presented as an unequivocally heroic victory. In fact, the American invasion was not without struggle and conflict. Relations between the French and Americans were marred by discord and violence during the years 1944 and 1945. This paper examines the startling number of rape charges made against “soldats de couleur” by French civilians in two Norman towns, Cherbourg and Le Havre. A close look at these charges reveals that many of them were based on hearsay and “sightings” produced in an atmosphere of racial hatred. But racism alone cannot explain the explosion of charges against black soldiers. More than an object of racist prejudice, the African-American soldier became a projection of French fears concerning the chaos of war, the tensions of American military occupation, and the threat of an American “colonization” of France.

Mary Louise Roberts is a Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is the author of two books, Civilization without Sexes: Reconstructing Gender in Postwar France 1917-1927 (University of Chicago, 1994) and Disruptive Acts: The New Woman in Fin-de-siècle France (University of Chicago, 2002). She is at work on a project concerning sexual relations between the GIs and the French civilian population during the American presence in France, 1944-1945.

Crossing Borders and European Studies Convocation

“Europe in the World. Identities, Networks, Challenges”

Our first ESG Conference co-organized and co-sponsored with the Crossing Borders Program

Date: Thursday and Friday February 26-27
Guest speaker: Jean-Baptiste Main de Boissière, French Consul General in Chicago

Building the New Jerusalem in England: a Female Messiah and her Followers 1919-1934

Date: Monday, March 9
Time: TBA
Location: TBA
Presenter: Jane Shaw, Chaplain and Dean of Divinity at New College Oxford
Invited: Department of History. Co=sponsor, ESG

"European Integration: A Contested Territorial Project"

Date: Friday, April 10
Time: 4:00 pm
Location: University Capitol Center 2520D
Presenter: Wil Zonneveld, Faculty of Architecture and Urban Design, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

Over the course of several decades groups of planners have strived for the creation of some sort of territorial governance at the European level beyond the national level. In a historical sense the starting point was formed by networks of national planners. In the late 1960’s the Council of Europe got involved and about 20 years later the European Community took over. Today, what are the main policy issues proposed under the banner of European territorial governance? Which institutions have been created to discuss matters of territorial governance and what competence do they have?