Mills and Stanford to Host Conference on 17th-century French Culture and History

Oakland, CA—October 18, 2017

The French and Francophone Studies Program at Mills College and the Department of French and Italian at Stanford University will jointly host the 36th annual conference of the Society for Interdisciplinary French 17th-Century Studies on November 2-4, 2017. The theme of this interdisciplinary conference is “Passages.”

Sessions will explore the theme of passages in a wide sense: passage from politeness to insults, from normality to exemplarity, from spoken to unspoken, from life to death, and from France to the Orient. A special session on pedagogy will include undergraduate and graduate students. Based on digital humanities approaches and students’ questions and discussions, panelists will analyze how to teach 17th-century materials and think about ways to make this part of history more accessible.

This is an interdisciplinary effort on Mills and Stanford campuses, which, in addition to offering a venue for international scholars, will showcase Mills and Stanford faculty with expertise in French and other disciplines. This event will include important plenary sessions presented by leading scholars, writers, and artists from all over the world. You may register for the event here

Conference Details:

Date: Thursday-Saturday, November 2-4, 2017


Thursday and Friday:

Lokey School of Business and Public Policy, Room 101
Mills College, 5000 MacArthur Blvd.
Oakland, CA 94613


Stanford University
Building 260 (Language corner)
450 Serra Street
Stanford, CA 94305

Keynote speaker:

Jean-Marie Apostolidès, Stanford University


  • Exemplary Figures

Chairs: Agnès Cousson (Université de Brest) and Jean-Vincent Blanchard (Swarthmore College)

  • Insults, Fury, and Vehemence

Chairs: Gilles Declercq (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle) and Stella Spriet (Université de Saskatchewan)  

  • Orientalisms

Chairs: Ali Yaycioglu (Stanford University) and Audrey Calefas-Strébelle (Mills College)  

  • Pedagogy and Digital Humanities

Chairs: Hélène Bilis (Wellesley College) and Hélène Visentin (Smith College)

  • Rites of passage

Chairs: Charlotte Trinquet du Lys (University of Central Florida) and Bertram Gordon (Mills College) 

  • Specters and Ghosts

Chair: Nicholas Paige (University of California Berkeley) 

  • Spoken and Unspoken

Chairs: Jennifer Tamas (Rutgers University) and Laurence Plazenet (Université Paris-Sorbonne) 

Detailed information about the conference schedule and workshops can be found here.

All attendees must be current members of the Society for Interdisciplinary French 17th-Century Studies. Attendees can register to become Society members here.

Registration for the conference is $160 for students and part-time teachers and $200 for faculty.

Some panel discussions are free for Mills faculty and students. For more information or for questions about the conference, please contact:

Audrey Calefas-Strébelle
Languages, Literatures, and Philosophy Department
Mills College
5000 MacArthur Blvd.
Oakland, CA 94613

About Mills College
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