Denis Provencher (U Arizona): "Queer Maghrebi French"

September 13, 2017 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm

Drawing from his forthcoming book Queer Maghrebi French, Prof. Provencher's talk will investigate the lives and stories of queer Maghrebi and Maghrebi French men who moved to or grew up in contemporary France. It combines original French language data from ethnographic fieldwork in Paris, Lyon, and Marseille with a wide array of recent narratives and cultural productions including performance art and photography, films, novels, autobiographies, published letters, and other first-person essays to investigate how these queer men living in France and the diaspora stake claims to time and space, construct kinship, and imagine their own future. By closely examining empirical evidence from the lived experiences of queer Maghrebi French-speaking performance artists, religious thinkers, novelists, and directors, as well as “everyday” (i.e., “non-artistic or non-creative”) study participants, this book presents a variety of paths available to these men who articulate and pioneer their own sexual difference within their families of origin and contemporary French society. 

Denis Provencher is Professor of French and Head of the Department of French & Italian at the University of Arizona. Editor-in-Chief of the journal Contemporary French Civilization, he also is the author of Queer French: Globalization, Language, and Sexual Citizenship in France (Ashgate, 2007) and Queer Maghrebi French: Language, Temporalities, Transfiliations (Liverpool UP, forthcoming 2017).

Organized by the Department of French & Italian and the Program in Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies. Cosponsored by the Humanities Center.   

Location and Address

602 CL (the Humanities Center)