Attend our public seminar series on Language and Culture, presented by RMIT Global and Language Studies.
Guest speaker: Alexis Bergantz
Alexis Bergantz is a lecturer in French at RMIT University in the School of Global, Urban and Social Sciences. Before joining RMIT, Alexis taught and designed courses in French language and culture, and history at University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) and Australian National University (ANU), where he completed his doctorate in the School of History. Alexis’ research interests broadly span transnational and imperial history, life writing, the Francophone world, and teaching pedagogy.
My research concerns the linking of local and regional history to the macro economic and political aspects of global history. I do this through the study of cultural encounters and moments of cultural conflict. This presentation is an overview of my two main related research projects and is framed by the overarching narrative of my work.
My first project is a cultural history of the idea of Frenchness and French culture in Australia in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. It explores the links between representations of France, and of the French, and the ways in which different groups of individuals - whether they were French migrants or Australian colonists - mobilised these representations in social life and why.
Building on this first project, my second project examines the murky cultural and legal in-between space that existed between the French and British empires between the middle of the nineteenth century and the middle of the twentieth. By considering the life stories and agency of liberated and escaped convicts who managed to find their way to Australia (and sometimes the wider-world) from the French penal station in New Caledonia (c1867-1950s), this project, much as the first, aims to underscore the transnational and transimperial connections constitutive of nations and empires through micro-history and the study of everyday life.
Language and Culture Seminar Series (LACSS)
This Series is focused on research in:
1. Language, society, culture, history and politics
2. Applied linguistics, language pedagogy
The Language and Culture Seminar Series (LACSS) is a new forum for RMIT researchers, including HDR students to share their research and engage in cross-cultural dialogues. It is open to anyone interested in the field.
The seminar will run once a month from Sem 1, 2017. If you are interested in presenting please contact Dr. Glenda Mejía (LACSS convenor) at email@example.com.
LACSS is located within the Centre of Global Research (CGR).