Lecture with French journalist Nabil Wakim


Location: Online

Introduced by Nanovic Faculty Fellow Sonja Stojanovic, Assistant Professor of French and Francophone Studies and discussion Daniel Maroun, Department of French & Italian, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

About the Lecturer

Nabil Wakim is a journalist for the French newspaper "Le Monde" and he has just published a book called "L'arabe pour tous. Pourquoi ma langue est taboue en France" [Arabic for all: Why my language is taboo in France], in which he discusses France's relationship to the Arabic language in the context of growing islamophobia.

Arabic is the second most-spoken language in France, however, is it barely formally taught in schools; Arabic instruction happens primarily at home, in mosques or through cultural organizations. In his recently-published book, journalist Nabil Wakim explores the reluctance of the French educational system to widely include Arabic as a foreign language choice (English, Spanish or German are the most popular languages taught in primary and secondary schools).

About the Speakers

Nabil Wakim is the director of editorial innovation at Le Monde in Paris. He was the digital editor-in-chief and online managing editor of Le Monde and politics editor during the 2012 French presidential campaign. In 2009, he launched the crowdsourced fact-checking blog “Les décodeurs.” He teaches digital journalism at Sciences Po in Paris, and is a 2015 Nieman Fellow at Harvard.

Sonja Stojanovic specializes in 20th- and 21st-century French and Francophone literatures. Her current book project, Mind the Ghost: Thinking Memory, History, and the Contemporary through Fiction in French, is under contract with Liverpool University Press. She also has a longstanding interest in contemporary women’s writing – particularly the work of Marie Darrieussecq – and is working on another project which investigates the gendered representations of precarious workers in contemporary French fiction. She is currently co-editing a volume titled ‘Taking Up Space’: Womxn at Work in Contemporary France with Siham Bouamer (Sam Houston State University).

At Notre Dame, she is a Faculty Fellow of the Nanovic Institute for European Studies and of the Kellogg Institute for International Studies. She is also an associate member of the Centre for the Study of Contemporary Women’s Writing (Institute of Modern Languages Research, UK).

She has been advising students writing capstone essays (as part of the Minor in European Studies), conference presentations, and scholarly articles. She is available to discuss potential research projects with both undergraduate and graduate students.

Daniel Maroun is the director of undergraduate studies and undergraduate advisor for French at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. His research is informed by the intersection of gender and sexuality with Francophone communities primarily in North Africa and the Levant. He is interested in the expression of sexual identity and citizenship and how protagonists navigate these issues in relationship to their family and their society as well as France's literary response to HIV/AIDS.



Originally published at nanovic.nd.edu.