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Christy Pichichero (George Mason University) Race, Gender, and Docile Bodies in Eighteenth-Century France

Sarah Dunstan (QMUL) ‘Race, Rights and Reform: Black activism in the French Empire and the United States from World War I to the Cold War’

In this seminar, two scholars address the pressing question of race across centuries of French history. Pichichero will be presenting on early modern and modern France, and Dunstan on the twentieth century. Join us for what promises to be a rich and varied discussion.

Dr. Christy Pichichero (A.B. Princeton University; B.M. Eastman School of Music; Ph.D. Stanford University) is Associate Professor of History and French and Director of Faculty Diversity at George Mason University. She has held fellowships at the Stanford Humanities Center, the University of Cambridge (King’s College), the École Normale Supérieure (Paris), West Point Military Academy, and the Society of the Cincinnati. She is the author of The Military Enlightenment: War and Culture in the French Empire from Louis XIV to Napoleon (Cornell University Press, 2017; paperback, 2020; Chinese translation, forthcoming; finalist, Oscar Kenshur Book Prize). Her work on French empire, race, gender, and warfare has appeared in venues such as French Historical Studies, Modern Language Notes, Renaissance Drama, and H-France Salon.

Dr. Pichichero is deeply engaged in anti-racism, diversity, equity, and inclusion work at GMU, in the discipline of French History, and in the academy more broadly. She is the President of the Western Society for French History and serves on the Executive Committee of the Society for French Historical Studies, the Board of Directors of the Consortium on the Revolutionary Era, and as an international delegate of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies.

Dr. Sarah C. Dunstan is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at Queen Mary University of London.  Her first book, Race, Rights and Reform: Black Activism across the French Empire and the United States from World War I to Cold War, is forthcoming with Cambridge University Press in March 2021.


All welcome- this event is free, but booking is required.