The University of Iowa

Napoleon and the World: European Studies Conference 2012

November 19th, 2012

The European Studies Group’s fourth-annual conference, “Napoleon and the World: Literature, Politics and the Arts,” will build off of the many UI projects this year on Napoleon Bonaparte for the 1812 bicentennial. The conference will be held Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in 315 Phillips Hall. This event is free and open to the public and no registration is required.

The keynote address “Isaac and Alexandre: Sons and Memorialists of Napoleon’s Black Generals” will be presented by Daniel Desormeaux, associate professor of French in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at the University of Chicago.

Desormeaux is interested in the transatlantic history of ideas in the late 18th-, 19th- and early 20th-centuries, a comparative analysis of history and literature, the development of new Francophone cultural institutions in the 19th-century, eyewitness accounts of the Haitian Revolution, slavery in Haiti, Literature and spirituality (voodoo), and race and gender (particularly in the late 18th century).

The conference will feature a panel discussion titled “Napoleon and the Black Atlantic,” as well as other presentations on literature, history and politics, and the arts. For a full schedule, visit

Main sponsors of the conference are the European Studies Group; Caribbean, Diaspora, and Atlantic Studies Program; the Division of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures; and UI International Programs.

For more information, contact Michel Laronde at or (319) 335-2264.

See the event poster