Immigration in Contemporary France: Literary and Cultural Perspectives | Newberry

Immigration in Contemporary France: Literary and Cultural Perspectives

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

9:30 am to 12:30 pm

The Newberry

Julia Elsky, Loyola University
Programs for Teachers
Newberry Teachers' Consortium

This seminar explores representations of immigration to France in literature and culture, focusing on the topics of responses to French universalism and the choice to write in French as an adopted language. Participants will explore the history of immigration in France from the interwar period until the present day, as well as develop definitions of the many terms linked to migration in the French context: immigrant, émigré, expat, refugee, migrant. We will look at the topic from historical and cultural points of view by focusing on writings by Patrick Weil and Joan Wallach Scott as well as responses to the current refugee crisis. In addition, we will study texts by writers responding to the legacy of French universalism, as well as their paths to take part in the tradition of French literature, including short works by Andreï Makine, Nancy Huston, and Leïla Sebbar. This seminar will offer participants a chance to study responses to the French universalist tradition in the context of histories of immigration in the twentieth- and twenty-first centuries in France, drawing parallels and contrasts between issues and responses to immigration in the interwar period and today. ​

Please note this seminar will be conducted in French.

Cost and Registration Information 

Newberry Teachers’ Consortium members may register for this seminar through their designated membership contact as space permits. Non-member educators may register for this seminar by purchasing an individual membership at the time of registration. Registration for all NTC seminars opens Friday, September 7, 2018. For more information about NTC membership, please contact Charlotte Ross, Teacher Programs Manager, at

The seminar will be followed by a catered lunch. Registrants should RSVP for lunch to assist Teacher Programs staff in reducing waste.

A link to the assigned pre-readings for this seminar will be distributed to participants via email.

If you believe you are registered for this seminar but have not received an email confirmation or reminder, please contact Teacher Programs staff.