Faculty Colloquium Series: Nathan Bracher

The Future of the Past in the Present Imperfect: Politics and the Subjects of History in Present-day France

Tuesday, 21 March 2017, 4-5 p.m.
Location: 311 Glasscock  Building
The paper is available to members of the Center’s listserv, or by contacting the Glasscock Center by phone at (979) 845-8328 or by e-mail at glasscock@tamu.edu.

Nathan-Bracher-768x534Nathan Bracher | Professor, Department of International Studies , 2016-17 Glasscock Internal Faculty Fellow, Texas A&M University

Dr. Nathan Bracher is a Professor of French at Texas A&M University. His current research continues assess the politics of history and memory in France as variously manifest in public schools, commemorations, the press and media, and private life as well as in film and literature. Bracher’s recent publications include After the Fall:  War and Occupation in Irène Némirovsky’s Suite française as well as several journal publications.

Even amid the raucous debate of the current presidential campaign season,which is presenting as many if not more vicissitudes and surprises than the 2016 American presidential election season, and in the context of an acute economic, political, and social crisis affecting France and many of its European partners,  French history, the representation and narration of France’s past in all its forms, remains a vital concern because it is closely linked to its self-image or “national identity.”  For a variety of reasons, the subjects of history and the national narrative are likely to remain salient characteristics of French society for the foreseeable future.  My paper will explain how and why this unabated presence of the past remains such an important issue and what the debate over the “national narrative” (or “roman national”) in present-day French politics, culture, and society reveals on several levels.

The Faculty Colloquium offers faculty an opportunity to discuss a work-in-progress with colleagues from different disciplines. By long-standing practice, colloquium presenters provide a draft of their current research, which is made available to members of the Glasscock Center listserv. Each colloquium begins with the presenter’s short (10-15 minute) exposition of the project, after which the floor is open for comments and queries. The format is by design informal, conversational, and interdisciplinary.

The Glasscock Center extends a warm invitation to faculty and students to join in a discussion of Professor Bracher’s work-in-progress. The paper is available to members of the Center’s listserv, or by contacting the Glasscock Center by phone at (979) 845-8328 or by e-mail at glasscock@tamu.edu. To join the Center’s listserv and receive regular notices of colloquia and other events, please register at http://listserv.tamu.edu/archives/chr-l.html.