Recent and Upcoming Events

cropped-susan-suleiman.jpgMarch 4, 2018

 Susan Suleiman will speak about The Némirovsky Question at the London Jewish Book Fair, 11 a.m.

And she will participate in the panel discussion on “The ‘Jewish Question’ and Literature, March 4 at 5 p.m.


May 19, 2018, talk on The Némirovsky Question at the Cercil Museum (part of the Mémorial de la Shoah), in Orléans, France :  this will be an evening  program devoted to Némirovsky in the “Nuit des Musées” celebration, with readings from her work and a screening of Le Bal, based on her novella by that title.

June 1-2, 2018, international conference at University of Cambridge, England: “Subversive Intent and Beyond:  Surrealism, Politics, Sexuality.”  Here is a preview  of the conference:  

Subversive Intent & Beyond: Surrealism, Politics, Sexuality is a two-day symposium which aims to address the subversive intents and contestatory acts, the legacies and lessons, of Surrealism, especially as they bear on politically charged questions of sexuality, gender, race and nationality. Our symposium takes as a critical focal point Susan Rubin Suleiman’s Subversive Intent: Gender, Politics and the Avant-Garde (1990), in arguing for a ‘feminist poetics’ that subverted a longstanding masculinist tradition. Since the publication of Suleiman’s book, numerous scholars have taken that argument further and/or expanded Surrealism’s history to acknowledge a warren of transnational multi-gendered, polysexual, ethnically and racially diverse positions. Inasmuch as our conference signals a ‘beyond’ to subversive intents, it aims to map the trajectories of other subversive intents, other voices and practices, related, in one way or another, to Surrealism’s heterogeneous history. 

Some highlights from 2017

January 26Suleiman delivered the Naftulin Lecture on Jewish Identity at the Center for Jewish Studies at UCLA.  

January 30Lecture at the Center for Jewish Studies, Stanford University. 

February 4Symposium on “Diversity and Inclusion,” sponsored by the Consulate General of France,  Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

February 9-21:  Trip leader on Harvard Alumni Association trip to French Polynesia, where Suleiman lectured on French colonialism, the art of Paul Gauguin, and contemporary Polynesian writing in French.

February 24:  Symposium celebrating Faculty Fellows’ work, Hagler Institute for Advanced Study, Texas A&M University, where Susan Suleiman was a Faculty Fellow in 2016.  Panel on “Writing in Dark Times” included talks by Suleiman, Lynn Higgins, Henry Rousso, and Maurice Samuels.

March-April:  Talks on The Némirovsky Question in New York City:   Museum of Jewish Heritage, New York University, and Albertine Bookstore.

April 2Symposium on Simone de Beauvoir, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington D.C.  Suleiman spoke on Beauvoir’s prize-wining novel, The Mandarins.

September 27-29:  Radio interviews in Paris, after the publication of La Question Némirovsky by Albin Michel publisher.

October 1:  Panel discussion on La Question Némirovsky at the Mémorial de la Shoah in Paris, with biographer Olivier Philipponnat and  historian Annette Wieviorka.

October – DecemberStint as Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Study of the Central European University, Budapest, Hungary.  Working on the films of Hungarian Academy-Award winning director István Szabó

November 6:  Taping of radio program on France Culture, “La fabrique de l’histoire,” devoted to La Question Nemirovsky; aired on November 10:

November 7:  Taping in Paris of TV talk show « Bibliothèque Médicis, » moderated by Jean-Pierre Elkabbach ; shown on LCP channel on November 10:   

November 8:  Lecture on The Némirovsky Question, University of Verona, Italy.

November 27:  Lecture on The Némirovsky Question, Central European University, Budapest.

December 13Lecture on new work, Institute for Advanced Study, Central European University, Budapest:  “‘To Leave or to Stay’:  History, Politics, and Existential Choice in the Films of István Szabó”


A Few Highlights from 2016:

March 28:  Susan Suleiman delivered the Texas A&M  College of Liberal Arts’ Fallon-Marshall Lecture in Rudder Theatre  The lecture, titled“Choices and Choicelessness in Wartime France: Irène Némirovsky’s Final Journey,” was co-sponsored by the Texas A&M University Institute for Advanced Study (TIAS). Link to Event Page

April 13:  Susan Suleiman co-organized and spoke at the full-day conference, “Foreigners and Outsiders in Modern European Culture,” Texas A&M University Glasscock Center for the Humanities.  Other speakers were scholars Robert Zaretsky, Atina Grossman, Lia Brozgal, Dinah Hannaford, Robert Shandley, and artist Ken Aptekar. Link to Event Page

June 23-25: Düsseldorf, Germany”  Susan Suleiman was a plenary speaker at the MLA International Symposium, “Other Europes: Migrations, Translations, Transformations,” in the concluding panel on June 25. Link to Program

December 15:  Book talk about The Némirovsky Question at the Alliance Francaise in Washington, DC.