Todd Reeser awarded senior EURIAS Fellowship for AY2019

Todd Reeser, Professor of French and Director of the GSWS Program, has been awarded a ten-month senior residential fellowship in AY2019 in Lyon, France under the auspices of the EURIAS to conduct archival research on his ongoing "Transgender France" book project, and become part of a research team at the Max Weber Center. His research community in Lyon is focused on the subcategory of "Sexualités, couples, identités."

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James Coleman co-edits volume on Luigi Pulci in Renaissance Florence and Beyond

Prof. James Coleman has co-edited (with Andrea Moudarres, UCLA) Luigi Pulci in Renaissance Florence and Beyond: New Perspectives on his Poetry and Influence (Brepols).

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Renate Blumenfeld-Kosinski Elected Officer of Medieval Academy

Renate Blumenfeld-Kosinski, Distinguished Professor of French, has been elected as an Officer of the Medieval Academy of America. She will serve on the Academy's Council, its primary governing body, for three years, culminating in 2020-2021 when she will serve as President of the Academy.

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David Pettersen admitted to the Ordre des Palmes Académiques by the French Ministry of Education

Congratulations to our colleague David Pettersen, who has been admitted to the Ordre des Palmes​ Académiques by the French Ministry of Education.

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Renaissance Society of America Awards Gordan Prize to Todd Reeser

We are delighted to announce that our colleague Todd Reeser is the recipient of the Phyllis Goodhart Gordan Book Prize for Setting Plato Straight. This is the first time... 

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Graduate Students awarded Fellowships

French PhD students Paulina Tomkowicz and Jennifer Boum-Maké have been awarded a Mellon Pre-Doctoral Fellowship and a Lawler Fellowship, respectively, for the 2017-2018 Academic Year...

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Two new faculty publications

Congratulations to Francesca Savoia, whose new book, Nel bitume, nel fuoco, nell’obblìo. Poesie inedite, has just been published by Aracne Editrice.

We also celebrate Professor Renate Blumenfeld-Kosinski's Philippe de Mezieres et l'Europe: Nouvelle histoire, nouveaux espaces, nouveaux langages (Droz), co-edited with Joel Blanchard.  

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Migrations of Cultures Undergrad Conference a Success

Congratulations to the participants and organizers of the Migrations of Culture undergraduate research conference! Seventeen undergraduates traveled to Pitt on March 30 and 31 from across the US and Canada—joining an equal number of Pitt undergrads—to present their impressive research in modern languages, literatures, and cultures. Special thanks to keynote speaker Prof. Sheldon Lu.

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Congratulations to French major Leah Kaufman on her Boren Scholarship

Leah  Kaufman, a double major in psychology and French, was awarded a David L. Boren Award from the National Security Education Program.  She will be studying Arabic in Israel.

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Call for Papers | Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference – "Mosaics: Difference, Diversity, Assemblage"

The French and Italian Graduate Student Organization would like to invite interested Pitt graduate students and advanced undergraduates to submit proposals of contributions for their upcoming interdisciplinary graduate student conference “Mosaics: Diversity, Difference and Assemblage,” to be held February 24, 2017. In light of continuing approaches to artistic production that draw on rhizomatic thought, this conference proposes a reconsideration of difference and diversity in French and Italian literature, film and theory.

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Call for Papers: Undergraduate Conference in the Modern Languages | "Migrations of Cultures"

Do you want to share your ideas with other undergraduate students? Or get feedback on a paper? Maybe you are considering graduate school in one of the modern languages and want to get some conference experience and practice your presentation skills? Consider sending an abstract to the exciting conference we are planning at the University of Pittsburgh. Abstracts should be sent to Professor Giuseppina Mecchia, at, by December 9 2016.  Deadline for submissions has been extended to January 6, 2017.

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The Mythic Voyage Resurfaces in Lina Prosa’s The Trilogy of the Shipwrecked

Sampsonia Way, the journal of Pittsburgh’s City of Asylum, sat down with the Sicilian playwright Lina Prosa for a wide-ranging interview during her March visit to Pittsburgh to present the bi-lingual public readings of her play Lampedusa Beach. Read the interview

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Italian BA alumna Margo Lynch was featured in the RagusaNews online newspaper of Ragusa, Sicily

Margo used the newspaper as a central resource for her thesis, “Dirty Work: Immigrant Exploitation in Italy. A Case Study: Sicily from 2007-Present,” part of her MA in Migration Studies through the Erasmus TEMA program, a collaboration of the University of Catania (Italy) and the Università Eötvös Loránd (Hungary). Read full article

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French PhD student Sylvia Grove has published an article, “Defining ‘Men with Good Taste’

Constructions of Masculinity, Consumption, and the Culinary in France’s New Food-lifestyle Magazine for Men” in Food Studies. An Interdisciplinary Journal 6.3 (2016): 27-39.

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2015 Graduate News

Anne Ganster, ABD in French, has published her first scholarly article, entitled « Le Premier Homme d’Albert Camus: l’individu de l’autofiction et de la Méditerranée » (197-211).


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