NCFS in Captivity

With our annual conference postponed due to Covid-19, NCFS is hosting a year-long virtual book series. We are delighted to present: NCFS in Captivity, a series of conversations with authors of recent books in the field. Each session will be followed by a virtual reception. Bring your own cocktails and nibbles!

The conversations will be recorded and posted on H-France Salon.
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Rachel Mesch, Masha Belenky, Susan McCready

Please note: when you register, the time will first display in Central Time, although the program lists times in Eastern time. However, once you have registered and added the event to your calendar it will appear in your local time.


Thursday, August 20, 12PM EDT
The Betrayal of the Duchess
Maurice Samuels in conversation with Andrew Counter

Friday, September 25, 2PM EDT
Vénus Noire
Robin Mitchell in conversation with Pratima Prasad

Friday, October 23, 2PM EDT
Before Trans
Rachel Mesch in conversation with Kirstin Ringelberg

Friday, November 13, 2PM EST
Victims of the Book
François Proulx in conversation with Melanie Hawthorne

Friday, December 18, 2 PM EST
Reframing Japonisme
Elizabeth Emery in conversation with Willa Silverman


(Details and registration coming soon)

January: Popular Literature from Nineteenth-Century France
Masha Belenky and Anne O’Neil Henry in conversation with Andrea Goulet

February: The Culture of War: Literature of the Siege of Paris, 1870–71
Colin Foss in conversation with Nick White

March: Discomfort Food: The Culinary Imagination in Late Nineteenth-Century French Art
Marni Kessler in conversation with Janet Beizer

April: The Fallen Veil: A Literary and Cultural History of the Photographic Nude in Nineteenth-century France
Raisa Rexer in conversation with Alex Wettlaufer

May: Working Girls: Sex, Taste, and Reform in the Parisian Garment Trades, 1880-1919 Patricia Tilburg in conversation with Susan Hiner

June 4: Balzac’s Lives 
Peter Brooks in conversation with Susanna Lee