Transnational Studies

Popularized in the context of globalization studies, transnationalism broadly indicates cross-border relationships between individuals, groups, and institutions in “global” spaces, calling into question the norms of state-based social/cultural frameworks. French and Italian languages and cultures, through their global presence within and beyond the Mediterranean and Atlantic worlds, are models of transnationalism.

Our faculty engages in research and teaching that examines cross-regional connections from the medieval period to the twenty-first century, and we encourage students to think about comparative models for cultural analysis. This research network stimulates cross-disciplinary connections with transnational work being done at the University of Pittsburgh in, for example, the Global Studies Center, The European Studies Center, the Department of History, the History of Art and Architecture Department, and the English Department. 

Recent events in the Transnational Studies Network:

Lecture in French: "La Reconquête, histoire et politique linguistiques du Québec," with Professor Chantal Bouchard, McGill University, September 12, 2019

 Lecture by Emmanuel Bruno Jean-François, "Of Shores and Waves, and Marine Tales: Islands, Oceans, and Fallacies of Colonial Geographies in the Indian Ocean," March 19, 2020 

"Afro Diasporic French Identities," a film screening by Nathalie Etoke, Nov 13-14, 2014

Humanities Center Colloquium, "Afropean Narratives of the 21st Century," with Alain Mabanckou and Dominic Thomas, Oct 30, 2014

Undergraduate Research Projects in this Network:

Darlene D'Souza,. Honors Thesis: "Une exploration de la relation entre cartographie, langue et culture" (Brett Wells,dir.), Spring 2018

Cyd Johnson, Honors Thesis: "Translating Crimes Against Humanity: La conclusion de la déposition de Michel Zaoui dans le procès de Maurice Papon" (John Walsh, dir.), Spring 2018

Julia Hartigan, Honors Thesis: "Les écrivaines haïtiennes et la migration genrée: réconcilier un passé violent et l'identité nationale" (John Walsh), Spring 2019


Network coordinator: Chloé Hogg