Innovative Interdisciplinary Directions in French, Italian, Francophone and Italophone Studies

This series of six invited presentations, two cross-disciplinary OSU-based working groups, and a capstone iTunes U course aims to reconsider Francophone, French, and Italian Studies
outside of traditional disciplinary boundaries. What happens when we think of our research and teaching not as topics or fields, but in terms of broad areas, synergies, and crossdisciplinary
initiatives? How are students pushed to think and learn differently? To this end, scholars will come to OSU who began their careers in French, Francophone, or Italian Studies, and are now innovators in fields such as global, medical, digital, and environmental humanities, disability studies, animal studies, and ecocritical studies. Events will be collaborative (involving local and regional respondents, including students), accessible, and open to all. Topics include: Animals; Asylums; The Digital; Disability; Health Humanities; Fuel; Metalabs; Climate Change; Water.


Confirmed Speakers and Events

Autumn 2018:

Monica Seger, William and Mary: Stories to Save Lives: Environmental Toxicity and Narration in Two Italian Sites, September 14, 2018

Edwin Hill, University of Southern California: Black Flânerie, or Wandering while Black in the City of Light, September 28, 2018

Hakim Abderrezak, University of Minnesota: “The Refugee Crisis” and the Mediterranean Seametery, November 2, 2018

Working GroupInterdisciplinarity in Action: Collaborative Projects in the Arts and Humanities at OSU and Beyond, November 30, 2018

Spring 2018:

Karen Pinkus, Cornell University: On the Subsurface in the Time of Climate Change, January 19, 2018

Working Group: A Meta-Reflection on Interdisciplinarity in the Arts and Humanities at Ohio State, February 9, 2018

Deborah Jenson, Duke University: On Health Humanities, March 2, 2018

John Foot, University of Bristol: On Asylums, April 12, 2018


Generous support from the Humanities and the Arts Discovery Theme; The Department of French and Italian; The Department of Spanish and Portuguese; The Department of Theater; The Humanities institute; The Center for Languages, Literatures and Cultures; The Department of Classics; The Department of Comparative Studies; The Environmental Humanities Discovery Theme; The Department of Anthropology.
All events are free and open to the public. For more information, please contact: Benjamin Hoffmann and Dana Renga.


Coming up: Hakim Abderrezak, University of Minnesota, November 2