One of the essays published in the second volume of Diasporas, Cultures of Mobility, ‘ Race’ , entitled “‘Carrying Africa’, Becoming Lebanese: Diasporic Middleness in Lebanese Fiction”, by Dr Ghenwa Hayek, was just awarded the Khayrallah Prize in Diaspora Studies:
Séminaire EMMA mardi 24 novembre 18h, salle 126, Saint-Charles
Professor Josef Jařab :
What remains of the original motto e pluribus unum in America today?
From de Crèvecœur’s concept of the “American, this new man” to Israel Zangwill’s “Melting Pot”; from Horace Kallen’s “cultural pluralism” to Gunnar Myrdal’s “American Dilemma…” Why have they all (or nearly all) become multiculturalists now, as stated by sociologist Nathan Glazer in his 1997 book, We Are All Multiculturalists Now.
The presentation will focus on some recent developments in American cultural identity; plurality of contemporary American culture and literature as a (somewhat belatedly) recognized fact of life.
Josef Jařab (born 1937, Kravaře, Czechoslovakia) is a professor of English and American Literature at Palacký University, Olomouc. He has written or edited a score of books and hundreds of essays on cultural pluralism, African American literature and culture, modern poetry and fiction, issues of higher education, and on media. He has lectured all over Europe, and in the United States and Canada. He is a founding member of the Czech Learned Society, and the first chairman of the Czech Fulbright Committee and the Czech and Slovak Association for American Studies; he served as president of the European Association for American Studies from 2000 to 2004. After the “Velvet Revolution” in 1989 he became the first freely elected university administrator in Czechoslovakia and served as rector of Palacký University for seven years; in 1996 his university was awarded the Hannah Arendt Prize for the reforms carried out during the period of transformation. From 1977 to 1999 he was rector and president of Central European University in Budapest and Warsaw. As an independent, he held a seat in the Senate of the Czech Parliament where he chaired the Committee on International Affairs, Defence and Security. In the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe he was vice-chairman of the Committee on Culture and Education and chaired the Subcommittee on Media. For a decade he has represented Czech humanities in the European Science Foundation and was a member of the Observatory of the Bologna Magna Charta Universitatum. He received honorary doctorates from Durham University, England, Moravian College, Bethlehem, and Mount Mercy College, Cedar Rapids, USA, and is the first Czech recipient of the Woodrow Wilson Freedom Award. He had scholarships from the American Council of Learned Societies, from Harvard University’s DuBois Institute for African-American Research, the British Council, the Salzburg Seminar of American Studies. Among his recent publications is an edition of a representative volume of Allen Ginsberg’s work, a book of Yusef Komunyakaa’s selected verse in Czech translation, and an essay on translating this African American poet; a piece on Ken Kesey as cult fiction writer. Moreover, he co-edited George Steiner’s Idea of Europe with critical essays (including his own) accompanying the collection and contributed to A New Literary History of America published by Harvard University Press.
Séminaire ouvert à tous.
Monica Latham, MCF à l’Université de Lorraine, soutiendra son habilitation à diriger des recherches le samedi 28 novembre 2015 à 14h à l’Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3, salle des colloques 2.
Le document de synthèse s’intitule : « Réécrire le canon : filiations et itinéraires du roman contemporain anglo-américain »
Le jury est constitué de :
Daniel Ferrer, Directeur de recherche, CNRS (rapporteur)
Christine Froula, Professeur, Northwestern University, E-U (rapporteur)
Jean-Michel Ganteau, Professeur, Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3
Michel Morel, Professeur émérite, Univesrité de Lorraine
Christine Reynier, Professeur, Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3 (garante)
Vanessa Guignery,Professeur, ENSLSH-Lyon (rapporteur)
La soutenance est publique.