Wednesday, March 6, 2014

University of New Orleans Presents International Conference on Emile Zola and Naturalism

University of New Orleans' College of Liberal Arts faculty are spending their Spring Break co-hosting and presenting papers at an important international conference on the contributions of 19th-century French writer Emile Zola to Naturalism, a theatrical and literary movement of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Emile Zola and Naturalism

Join us this week for a three-day conference on Emile Zola and Naturalism, hosted by the University of New Orleans Foreign Languages Department and College of Liberal Arts.

The conference runs from Thursday, March 6 through Saturday, March 8. All workshops will be held on the second floor of the University Center.

All events will be held on campus and free to the UNO community.

More than 100 participants from 19 countries as varied as Norway, Portugal, Brazil, India, Lebanon, Senegal and Japan, are expected to attend the three-day event this week on the University's Lakefront campus. Thirteen UNO students and faculty will present papers.

The International Conference on Emile Zola and Naturalism runs from Thursday, March 6 through Saturday, March 8 in the University Center, said Associate Professor of French Juliana Starr, who serves as the event's chief organizer. The UNO Department of Foreign Languages, together with faculty from other departments in the College of Liberal Arts, will co-host the event with the Association Internationale Zola et Naturalisme® (AIZEN) at the University of Alberta, Canada. 

Other sponsors include: the University of New Orleans Center Austria, the University's Diversity Committee and the French Consulate of New Orleans, she said.

Professors Olivier Bourderionnet in the UNO Department of Foreign Languages and Hamp Overton in the University's acclaimed Film and Theater Department are assisting Starr as members of the organizing committee, she said. Workshops and lecture sessions will be held on the second floor of the University Center.

The three-day conference kicks off tonight with an opening cocktail reception held at the UNO main campus art gallery. "Southern Women at Work", a photography exhibit presented in conjunction with the conference, will be on display.

The conference also includes a film screening of the Louisiana feature "Low and Behold" in the Robert E. Nims Theater in the Performing Arts Center.

For fun, co-hosts have organized a river cruise for conference participants on the Steamboat Natchez, as well as an optional tour of Laura Plantation in Vacherie, La.

Three faculty from the UNO Foreign Languages Department, three faculty in Film Studies, two faculty in English, two faculty in History and Women's Studies, two graduate students in the English Department and one former graduate student from the Department of Foreign Languages will present papers, said Starr.

All UNO faculty and students, as well as the general public, are invited to attend the sessions free of charge.

 

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