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Professor Anna Rocca and Dora Carpenter-Latiri at the NeMBLA conference

World Languages Professor Anna Rocca

My sabbatical leave in spring 2015 gave me new perspectives on my research and the time to publish a book chapter and a peer-reviewed article. As the director of the French and Francophone Literatures Area at the Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA), I also had the opportunity to organize a unique international cultural event at the 2015 NeMLA Conference in Toronto, Canada. I invited Tunisian professor, author, and photographer Dora Carpenter-Latiri and organized her photo exhibition entitled Tunisian Women of the Book: Encounters with Remarkable Women. Senior lecturer at the University of Brighton in the UK, in 2013/2014 Carpenter-Latiri conducted fieldwork in Tunisia and France and took the photo-portraits of fifteen women writers, academics, editors, artists. Carpenter-Latiri’s exposition was the first of its kind in the US and had an audience of at least 3000 people. At the conference, I also proposed, organized and chaired the roundtable: 21st Century Tunisian Women Writers’ Literary Production and presented a paper entitled: Tunisia: Representations of Women’s Solidarity, Yesterday and Today.

Salem State's 2015 summer grant allowed me to attend an international conference in the historical literary forum of Cerisy-La-Salle in Normandy, France, which eventually set up promising collaborative research. The International Cultural Centre of Cerisy-la-Salle is a prestigious venue for intellectual and scholarly encounters and an important reference in the history of French intellectual life. I attended two seminars over the course of seven days: 1. Hybridizations and Tensions in North African and Sub-Saharan Narratives and 2. Writings About the Self, Writing About the Body. During the week, approximately sixty invited speakers from all over the world presented their most recent literary critical works. The conference was impressive and the castle where we lodged was absolutely breathtaking during the day and overly scary at night.

I was also elected as the Regional Representative of Women in French (WIF) in New England and Eastern Canada. WIF is an MLA Allied Organization and a scholarly association devoted to the promotion of the study of French and Francophone women authors.

Snibston Museum Corset

World Languages Professor Anna Rocca

My sabbatical leave in spring 2015 gave me new perspectives on my research and the time to publish a book chapter and a peer-reviewed article. As the director of the French and Francophone Literatures Area at the Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA), I also had the opportunity to organize a unique international cultural event at the 2015 NeMLA Conference in Toronto, Canada. I invited Tunisian professor, author, and photographer Dora Carpenter-Latiri and organized her photo exhibition entitled Tunisian Women of the Book: Encounters with Remarkable Women. Senior lecturer at the University of Brighton in the UK, in 2013/2014 Carpenter-Latiri conducted fieldwork in Tunisia and France and took the photo-portraits of fifteen women writers, academics, editors, artists. Carpenter-Latiri’s exposition was the first of its kind in the US and had an audience of at least 3000 people. At the conference, I also proposed, organized and chaired the roundtable: 21st Century Tunisian Women Writers’ Literary Production and presented a paper entitled: Tunisia: Representations of Women’s Solidarity, Yesterday and Today.

Salem State's 2015 summer grant allowed me to attend an international conference in the historical literary forum of Cerisy-La-Salle in Normandy, France, which eventually set up promising collaborative research. The International Cultural Centre of Cerisy-la-Salle is a prestigious venue for intellectual and scholarly encounters and an important reference in the history of French intellectual life. I attended two seminars over the course of seven days: 1. Hybridizations and Tensions in North African and Sub-Saharan Narratives and 2. Writings About the Self, Writing About the Body. During the week, approximately sixty invited speakers from all over the world presented their most recent literary critical works. The conference was impressive and the castle where we lodged was absolutely breathtaking during the day and overly scary at night.

I was also elected as the Regional Representative of Women in French (WIF) in New England and Eastern Canada. WIF is an MLA Allied Organization and a scholarly association devoted to the promotion of the study of French and Francophone women authors.