Catherine Gallouët, dean of William Smith College and professor of French and Francophone Studies, will deliver the Kinghorn Global Fellow Lecture on Thursday, April 30 at 6 p.m. in the Vandervort Room of the Scandling Campus Center. The lecture represents the culmination of Gallouët’s research as the recipient of the 2014-15 John Readie & Florence B. Kinghorn Global Fellowship.
Established in 1970 and generously endowed by Dr. and Mrs. William Reckmeyer in honor of John Readie and Florence B. Kinghorn, the fellowship honors outstanding faculty at HWS who have exemplified global citizenship on a continued basis.
In light of the Kinghorn Fellowship, the lecture will be connected to global citizenship and reflective of the work Gallouët has done to qualify for the award. The lecture, titled “Africans in the European Imagination and Beyond: From 18th Century Text to 21st Century Reel,” will present an aspect of the research conducted throughout the past year on European representations of Africans in culture from the French Enlightenment to the present.
Gallouët’s most recent scholarly research focuses on how resistance and revolt of African slaves are represented in 18th century cultural productions. Through the fellowship, Gallouët has worked towards bringing this research to book form.
Gallouët also recently published Marivaudage: théories & pratiques d’un discours (Oxford Studies in the Enlightenment, 2014), a collection of essays exploring the style of Marivaux as it is discussed by his contemporaries and is remembered today. She also published on Nzingha, queen of Angola, in a special issue on Africa in the 18th century French journal Dix-Huitième Siècle. The article, reviewed in Angola and in Brazil where Nzingha is a historical heroine, is considered a breakthrough in European studies of the African queen.
This year, she presented three papers in academic conferences in France and in Martinique where she conducted research. She is also co-editor of “Les représentations du Noir dans la littérature, l’histoire et les arts européens et américains des XVIIIe et XIXe siècles.“
Through her involvement with her research, her department, HWS committees and student groups, Gallouët has been deeply involved in the fabric of the HWS student experience since 1986 and particularly engaged in global study.
Born in Vietnam, Gallouët received her doctorate and master’s from Rutgers University, her B.A. cum laude from Hope College and her Bacalauréat, with honors, from Académie de Grenoble. She is on the board of SATOR, editor of the review Topiques, member of Groupe de Recherches sur les Représentations Européennes de l’Afrique et des Africains aux 17e et 18e siècles, American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, N-E American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies, Société Marivaux, and M. L. A.