Hartwick Hosts Lecture on French History, Racial Identity

April 19, 2010

Hartwick College will welcome SUNY Binghamton Associate Professor of History and Women's Studies Elisa Camiscioli for a lecture titled "Universalist Histories and Embodied Identities: Immigration, Race, and Empire in Early Twentieth Century France." The talk will be held at 4 p.m. on Friday, April 23 in Eaton Lounge, Bresee Hall, on the College campus. It is free and open to the public.

Camiscioli is the author of Reproducing the French Race: Immigration, Intimacy, and Embodiment in the Early Twentieth Century (Duke University Press, 2009). Her compelling exploration of the racialized visions of French nationality held by French politicians and social theorists in the 1920s and 1930s has led her to challenge the longstanding assumption that the racist social policies of Vichy France were a radical break with France's liberal, republican tradition.

Camiscioli boldly documents the arguments in favor of race-based immigration policies that abounded after World War I, and counters the idealized notion of abstract citizenship with clear evidence that race and embodiment were routinely used to distinguish citizens from non-citizens.

She received State University of New York Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2008, as well as the State of New York/United University Professions Drescher Award for 2005-06. A year earlier, Binghamton University presented her with the Dean's Research Award, and Camiscioli was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend in 2003. She is widely published in the field, including contributions to Transnational Spaces and Identities in the Francophone World (University of Nebraska Press, 2009), as well as in French Politics, Culture, and Society; Gender and History; Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History; Journal of Modern History; Law and History Review; Modern and Contemporary France; and Social History, among others.

For more information, contact Hartwick College Associate Professor of French Mark Wolff at 607-431-4615 or This presentation is sponsored by the Hartwick History, Modern Languages, Sociology and Political Science departments.

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