Humanities & Arts

Writing History with Maps: Border Areas of Northern New Spain (15th to 18th Centuries / Mexico-USA 19th Century)

Whereas it has been widely agreed that maps are an essential source for historians, there is no doubt that cartographic representations also constitute a means and a medium…

Spatialities of the French Empire in Comparative Perspective

My project, which I will conduct at École Normale Supérieure in Paris, explores historical questions at the intersection of…

Invisible Empires: Colonial Commodities, Capitalism, and the Making of the Modern French Self, 1750-1970

My current book project, Invisible Empires: Colonial Commodities, Capitalism, and the Making of the Modern French Self, 1750-1970…

What is a Barbarian ? A Study of Hector in the Homeric Scholia to the Iliad

The Homeric scholia to the Iliad

Dance Descriptions and Ekphraseis in Greek Archaic Poetry

My project is to apprehend the aesthetic purpose of dance descriptions in archaic Greek poetry, by studying the relation between poetic dance descriptions and…

Theoretical Water: Archimedes’ Floating Bodies (3rd c. BC)

Ancient philosophers significantly contributed to build a rational discourse on water, which in many ways is still in use today. This new approach would obviously stir…

Roxane Debuisson Collection Fellowship

Dr. Chloe Summers Edmondson specializes in the literature and history of early modern France. She holds the position of Acting Assistant Professor of French at Stanford…

Improving Access to Online Media through Haptic Feedback

This project aims to improve accessibility for D/deaf and/or Disabled individuals in online media experiences by: (1) designing and…

The History and Memory of Cossack’s Emigration in France (1924-1945)

Lydia Kamenoff’s doctoral thesis focuses on the history and memory of the Cossacks in France (1924-1945), an original and central theme…

French Foreign Volunteers and the Kurdish Diaspora in France

France has a long history of political involvement in the Middle East, not only at the state level but also at the individual level…

Oriental impressions: Printing Oriental Languages between West and East, 16th-19th centuries

The “Oriental impressions: Printing Oriental Languages between West and East, 16th-19th centuries” conference, to be held in Paris in December 2023, will bring together an…

African Airs

Inside-Out Earth, the larger project of which

Probabilistic Phonology: Formal Analysis & Empirical Assessment of Two Theories

Phonology is the sub-discipline of linguistics that studies the sound systems of languages. Over the past two decades, phonology…

Not-so-clandestine Conspirators: Jacobin Ideas of Secrecy and Property and their Legacies

By the French Revolution, the drive for transparency was a defining feature of the political culture. Conspiracies and the fear of conspiracies were common and…

Roxane Debuisson Collection Fellowship

The Debuisson Collection has brought me closer to the history of Paris than I have ever been. Over the past quarter I have cataloged the…

Writing History with Maps: Border Areas of Northern New Spain (15th to 18th Centuries / Mexico-USA 19th Century)

Whereas it has been widely agreed that maps are an essential source for historians, there is no doubt that cartographic representations also constitute a means and a medium for writing history. In this sense, I intend to explore to what extent and how cartography has contributed to the writing of the history of the border spaces of the north of New Spain (16th-18th Centuries), later crystallized in the Mexican-USA border (19th Century). What stories do the maps of these “marginal” spaces tell? How are they told? By whom and for what purpose?

Spatialities of the French Empire in Comparative Perspective

My project, which I will conduct at École Normale Supérieure in Paris, explores historical questions at the intersection of environmental history and Indigenous studies. While in Paris, I will work closely with staff and researchers at ENS to examine how French imperial and colonial regimes structured the lives of Indigenous peoples through the disciplining of the environment in France’s various territories.

Invisible Empires: Colonial Commodities, Capitalism, and the Making of the Modern French Self, 1750-1970

My current book project, Invisible Empires: Colonial Commodities, Capitalism, and the Making of the Modern French Self, 1750-1970 examines the colonial foundations of modern industrial capitalism in France. The project takes up an old historiographical question, namely: what role did the French empire play in the development of French capitalism?

Dance Descriptions and Ekphraseis in Greek Archaic Poetry

My project is to apprehend the aesthetic purpose of dance descriptions in archaic Greek poetry, by studying the relation between poetic dance descriptions and ekphrasis - a concept that can be understood as a vivid description, or, in a narrower apprehension, as a literary description of an artwork. I will focus on twelve poem excerpts, from Homeric poetry to the 5th century B.C.

Theoretical Water: Archimedes’ Floating Bodies (3rd c. BC)

Ancient philosophers significantly contributed to build a rational discourse on water, which in many ways is still in use today. This new approach would obviously stir questions about the nature of the element, among others. This is one of my fields of interest, within the Greek and Latin tradition (6th c. BC to 2nd c. AC). In line with this, Archimedes’ Floating Bodies (3rd c. BC) deserve more than a detour in my research. Thanks to the France-Stanford Center, I will do a philological reading of the text together with Pr.

Roxane Debuisson Collection Fellowship

Dr. Chloe Summers Edmondson specializes in the literature and history of early modern France. She holds the position of Acting Assistant Professor of French at Stanford University. She earned a Ph.D. in 2020 in the department of French and Italian at Stanford University. As the France-Stanford Center Fellow for the Roxane Debuisson Collection on Paris History, she is currently developing a new project on the history of the Palais Royal from the ancien régime through the early nineteenth century.

Improving Access to Online Media through Haptic Feedback

This project aims to improve accessibility for D/deaf and/or Disabled individuals in online media experiences by: (1) designing and developing new ways to send vibration and haptic information online, and (2) designing ways to seamlessly incorporate user preferences and accessibility features, such as caption sizes, vibration feedback intensity, and audio customization options, into online media experiences.

The History and Memory of Cossack’s Emigration in France (1924-1945)

Lydia Kamenoff’s doctoral thesis focuses on the history and memory of the Cossacks in France (1924-1945), an original and central theme to better understand the history of Russian emigration in the twentieth century. Located at the crossroads of military history, social history, the history of anticommunism and memory studies, her Ph.D.