Oct 20-21 | UCLA Dept of French & Francophone Studies Grad Conference: “Fear”

Published: October 14, 2016

21st Annual UCLA French & Francophone Studies Graduate Student Conference


October 20-21, 2016 – Royce Hall, Room 306

Keynote Speaker: Professor Tracy Sharpley-Whiting (Vanderbilt University)

Discourses of fear dominate our contemporary moment. In this so-called “Age of Terrorism,” fear knows no borders, spreads quickly, and provokes the fearful to react in unpredictable ways. Politicians lash out and make shows of strength; citizens march en masse while immigrant families take flight; journalists proclaim “même pas peur!” while young people turn to newer forms of media to express their disillusionment and reshape pervasive stereotypes. At the same time, the causes—or perceived causes—of fear can be as varied as these reactions. .

Please join us for an interdisciplinary exploration of the reverberations of fear at the 21st Annual UCLA French & Francophone Studies Graduate Student Conference. Conference proceedings will take place in Royce 306, starting at 10am.


  • Panel 1: 11 AM – 12:30 PMAt the Root: Unearthing Fear as a Primary Motivation
  • Panel 2: 2 PM – 3:30 PM La peur, mise en image:  Fear as Affective Experience in Graphic Novel & Film
  • Panel 3: 4 PM – 5:30 PMLasting impressions, new realities: tracing fear through literature


  • Panel 4: 10:30 AM – 12:15 PMFear of/in Transition: Shifts and Movements, Riots and Revolutions
  • Panel 5: 1:30 PM – 3 PMFear as a Weapon of the State
  • 3:15 – 4: 45 PM: Moderated discussion on “Blackness and Black Culture in a Historical Context”
  • Featuring Dominic Thomas, Professor and Department Chair; Tracy Sharpley-Whiting, Distinguished Professor, Vanderbilt University; moderated by Professor Lia Brozgal
  • 5 PM: Keynote address by Tracy Sharpley-Whiting:A Peripatetic Painter: Wifredo Lam, Exile, Art, and Occupation”

We hope you will join us!

Gina Lorenz and Elizabeth Collins
“Fear” Conference Co-Chairs
21st Annual UCLA French & Francophone Studies Graduate Student Conference
Website: http://uclaffsconference2016.weebly.com/
Email: uclafrenchgradconf2016@gmail.com