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Laure Astourian

Assistant Professor, Modern Languages
Ph.D., Columbia University, 2016
M.Phil., Columbia University, 2013
M.A., Columbia University, 2011
B.A., University of California, Berkeley, 2008
Office: Morison Hall 382 | 781.891._2195 | lastourian@bentley.edu
                       


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Bio

Laure Astourian specializes in French and francophone film of the late 1950s and 1960s. Additional research interests include twentieth-century and contemporary French culture; contemporary French cinema; documentary cinema; and international cinema. She received a Ph.D. from Columbia University in 2016 and was the Phi Beta Kappa Mary Isabel Sibley Fellow in French Studies in 2016-2017. Her articles have appeared in Studies in French Cinema and the edited collection Dans le sillage de Jean Rouch (Editions de la Maison des Sciences de l'Homme). Her translations have appeared in Romanic Review. At Bentley, Astourian teaches French language and culture at all levels.

Teaching Interests

French and francophone film; French culture and society; French literature; French conversation; French to English translation; French language acquisition; international cinema

Research Interests

French and francophone film; the French New Wave; cinéma vérité; French visual ethnography; documentary film; intersections of fiction and documentary; intersections of film and literature; international cinema

Professional Links

https://laureastourian.com/

Awards and Honors

2019, Faculty Affairs Committee Grant, Bentley University
2019, Faculty Summer Research Grant, Bentley University
2018, Faculty Summer Research Grant, Bentley University
2017, Dean's Fund for International Travel Grant, Bentley University
2017, Faculty Affairs Committee Grant, Bentley University
2016, Phi Beta Kappa Mary Isabel Sibley Fellowship in French Studies, Phi Beta Kappa Society
2015, Mellon Humanities International Travel Award (Fall), Columbia University
2015, Mellon Humanities International Travel Award (Spring), Columbia University
2014, École Normale Supérieure (rue d’Ulm) Exchange Fellowshp, École Normale Supérieure and Columbia University
2012, Jeanne Varney Pleasants Prize for Excellence in French Language Pedagogy, The Lois Roth Endowment and Columbia University
2012, Phi Beta Kappa Walter J. Jensen Fellowship, Phi Beta Kappa Society
2010, Foreign Language and Area Studies Summer Fellowship, U.S. Department of Education
2009, Foreign Language and Area Studies Academic Year Fellowship, U.S. Department of Education
2008, Phi Beta Kappa Society Membership, Phi Beta Kappa Society

Publications

Journal Article(s)
Astourian, L. (2017). Jean Rouch's Moi, un Noir in the French New Wave. Studies in French Cinema, 17 (2), pp. n. pag.. (link)

Book Chapters
Astourian, L. (2018). « Moi, un Blanc » : de la genèse d’A bout de souffle. Dans le sillage de Jean Rouch. Editions de la Maison des sciences de l'homme

Book Reviews
Astourian, L. (2018). [Review of the book Éric Rohmer: A Biography]. H-France Review. (link)

Other(s)
Astourian, L. (2015). Interview with Henry Rousso (Translation). Romanic Review, 105(1-2), 91-96.

Astourian, L. (2015). Interview with Laurent Binet (Translation). Romanic Review, 105(1-2), 87-90.

Conference Presentations

Astourian, L. (2019). "The Soldier as Cinematograph: Archives of Algeria in Muriel ou Le temps d'un retour." Presented at the Visible Evidence XXVI Conference, Los Angeles, CA.

Astourian, L. (2019). "Ethnography and National Identity in 1960s French Cinema." Presented at the Society for Cinema and Media 's Society for Cinema and Media Studies Annual Conference, Seattle, WA.

Astourian, L. (2018). "Jean Rouch's Paris Films: From Chronique d'un été to Petit à petit." Presented at the Brown University's International Colloquium on Twentieth and Twenty-First Century French and Francophone Studies, Providence, Rhode Island.

Astourian, L. (2018). "Sunday in Peking...and Paris." Presented at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies's Society for Cinema and Media Studies Annual Conference, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Astourian, L. (2018). "Panel discussion: French New Wave Cinema." Presented at the Yale University Whitney Humanities Center's 14th Annual European Film Conference, New Haven, CT.

Astourian, L. (2018). "Youth as Witnesses: Resisting the Rhetoric of War in Contemporary France." Presented at the Modern Language Association's Modern Language Association Annual Convention, New York, New York.

Astourian, L. (2017). "Invited lecture - Jean Rouch's Moi un Noir in the French New Wave." Presented at the Princeton University's Department of French and Italian, Princeton, New Jersey.

Astourian, L. (2017). "Narrowing Visions of Paris in Marker's La Jetée and Le Joli mai." Presented at the Indiana University Bloomington's International Colloquium on Twentieth and Twenty-First Century French and Francophone Studies, Bloomington, Indiana.

Astourian, L. (2017). "The French New Wave and Sub-Saharan Africa." Presented at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies's Society for Cinema and Media Studies Annual Conference, Chicago, Illinois.

Astourian, L. (2016). "Invited lecture - Migration and Immigration in Mid-Century French Ethnography." Presented at the Columbia University French Department's Modern Francophone Colloquium, New York, New York.

Astourian, L. (2016). "Guest lecture - Alternatives to the Auteur." Presented at the Columbia University Film and Media Studies Program's Pro-seminar on film history (Prof. Jane Gaines), New York, New York.

Astourian, L. (2015). "Aesthetics of the Taboo: Alain Resnais and the Algerian War." Presented at the Duke University's The Resnais Archipelago Conference, Durham, North Carolina.

Astourian, L. (2015). "Jean Rouch, Ethnography, and the Nouvelle Vague." Presented at the Northeast Modern Language Association's Northeast Modern Language Association Convention, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Service

Department Service
Coordinator, French minor, 2019 - Present
Organizer, French club, 2019 - Present
Department representative, Fall Open House - 2018

University Service
Honors Program Faculty Council, 2018 - Present
Valente Center Advisory Board, 2018 - Present
Instructor, First-year Seminar, 2019 - 2019
Selected Presenter on Teaching Innovation, Bentley Teaching Colloquium - 2019
Moderator, Honors Conference - 2019
Organizer, Study Abroad in France Workshop - 2019
Guest speaker, International Film Series - 2018
Guest speaker, History Department Conference - 2017

Professional Service
Panel organizer "Exotic x Endotic: Filming Metropolitan France in the '60s and Beyond" for Colloquium on 20th-21st c. French/Francophone Studies, 2018
Panel organizer "Chris Marker and the Foreign" for Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference, 2018
Invited jury member, Programme euro-américain Selection Committee for Sciences Po - Boston, MA - 2018
Invited jury member, Programme euro-américain Selection Committee for Sciences Po - San Francisco, CA - 2017