Presentation Title

Hidden Stories: Culture, Gender, Sexuality, and Race in La Francophonie

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Keywords

Francophone, Culture, Gender, Sexuality, Race

Department

International Studies and Languages

Major

Psychology, Religion

Abstract

In order to diversify the French Studies curriculum, Dr. K. Marshall requested the compilation of an annotated bibliography and literature review. Our objective in this Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) was to conduct a survey of Francophone sociolinguistics and cultural studies literature on culture, gender, sexuality, and race. To compile the bibliography and literature review, we consulted 13 academic texts, including two full books. The review was organized according to the following subsections: Rural versus Urban Queer Identity, Discourses of “coming out”, Queer Identity among Individuals in France, Black Lesbian Writers in Senegal, North African Queer Individuals, and Martinique Queer Individuals. In this presentation we will focus on the discourses of “coming out” between Francophone and Anglophone people (Provencher, 2007/2016). These discourses differ according to cultural conceptions of identity in public and private spaces. Secondly, we will discuss 2Fik, a Franco-Moroccan queer photographer, from a Muslim family. 2Fik’s body of work is designed to challenge traditional conceptions of gender, nationality, religion, and sexuality (Provencher, 2017). He is an example of reconciliation within an intersectional identity, since he remains actively involved with his conservative family even while distancing himself from the conservative Muslim culture in which he was raised. Finally, we will reflect on how this research has enabled Dr. K. Marshall to include a wider representation of Francophone perspectives and stories in upper-division French Studies courses.

Faculty Mentor

Dr. Kelle L. Marshall

Funding Source or Research Program

Summer Undergraduate Research Program

Presentation Session

Session B

Start Date

23-4-2021 4:30 PM

End Date

23-4-2021 4:45 PM

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Apr 23rd, 4:30 PM Apr 23rd, 4:45 PM

Hidden Stories: Culture, Gender, Sexuality, and Race in La Francophonie

In order to diversify the French Studies curriculum, Dr. K. Marshall requested the compilation of an annotated bibliography and literature review. Our objective in this Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) was to conduct a survey of Francophone sociolinguistics and cultural studies literature on culture, gender, sexuality, and race. To compile the bibliography and literature review, we consulted 13 academic texts, including two full books. The review was organized according to the following subsections: Rural versus Urban Queer Identity, Discourses of “coming out”, Queer Identity among Individuals in France, Black Lesbian Writers in Senegal, North African Queer Individuals, and Martinique Queer Individuals. In this presentation we will focus on the discourses of “coming out” between Francophone and Anglophone people (Provencher, 2007/2016). These discourses differ according to cultural conceptions of identity in public and private spaces. Secondly, we will discuss 2Fik, a Franco-Moroccan queer photographer, from a Muslim family. 2Fik’s body of work is designed to challenge traditional conceptions of gender, nationality, religion, and sexuality (Provencher, 2017). He is an example of reconciliation within an intersectional identity, since he remains actively involved with his conservative family even while distancing himself from the conservative Muslim culture in which he was raised. Finally, we will reflect on how this research has enabled Dr. K. Marshall to include a wider representation of Francophone perspectives and stories in upper-division French Studies courses.