France & Louisiane

Georgetown University, Washington DC

Tuesday, November 18, 2003


To Celebrate

the 200th Anniversary of the Louisiana Purchase,

The French Department


an Interdisciplinary Conference

Click on the Fiddler and listen to Cajun music & songs like "Jolie Blonde" or "J'ai ete au bal"

France et Louisiane

17-18 Novembre 2003

Program (October 2003)

Monday 17 November, Maison Française, French Embassy

6: 30 PM:

Annick Foucrier (Université de Paris XIII): "The Louisiana Purchase and its Consequences."

Tuesday 18 November, Espace McCarthy, Department of French, Georgetown University, ICC 425

8:30AM - 9:00AM

9:00AM - 9:15AM

9:15AM - 10:45AM

10:45AM - 11:00AM

11:00AM - 12:30PM

12:30PM - 2:00PM

2:00PM - 3:30PM

3:30PM - 3:45PM

3:45PM - 5:15PM



Welcome Remarks by Carol Dover, Department of French

Session 1: "Les Bons Temps"

  • Camille DeGroef (Department of French): "Achat-Vente de la Louisiane: rappel historique"
  • Pascale Dewey (Department of French, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania): "Acadiens et Cajuns"
  • Carol Dover (Department of French): "Louisiana French Languages"


Session 2: "Space and discovery"

  • Bonita Billman (Department of Art, Music & Theater): "Some French Artists working in Louisiana"
  • Louis Reith (Lauinger Library): "The First Bishop of Louisiana, Mgr Dubourg"
  • Jean-François Thibault (Department of Romance Languages, The George Washington University): "Topologie de la Louisiane"

Lunch (Levey Center) and/or Movies (Espace McCarthy)

Session 3: "Legacy of Plantations"

  • Jean-Max Guieu (Department of French): "L'Habitation St-Ybars, ou Maîtres et esclaves en Louisiane, roman social d'Alfred Mercier (1881)"
  • Adam Rothman (Department of History): "Louisiana's 1811 Slave Insurrection"
  • Marc David (Department of Anthropology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill): "A History of Cursing: Race, Temporality, and ‘Voudou’ in South Louisiana"


Session 4: "Literary Voyages"

  • Paul Young (Department of French): "Manon, Under the Sand: Hiding the Body in the New World."
  • Dorothy Betz (Department of French): "Chateaubriand's Visions of America"
  • Andrew Sobanet (Department of French): "Tocqueville in Louisiana"

Closing Reception

This Conference is Free and Open to the General Public

For more information, please contact:

Prof. Jean-Max Guieu, French Department, Georgetown University, Washington DC 20057-1047

Phone: 202 687 6160