Faculty Profile - 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

Bio

Laure Astourian specializes in French cinema of the late 1950s and 1960s. Her approach combines film history, film criticism, and cultural studies. Her book manuscript examines the French New Wave and cinéma vérité in relation to the history of French visual ethnography and the dissolution of the French colonial empire. Additional research interests include twentieth-century and contemporary French culture and society, documentary cinema, international cinema, and the politics of multilingualism. Astourian joined the Bentley faculty in 2017. She holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University (2016) and was the Phi Beta Kappa Mary Isabel Sibley Fellow in French Studies in 2016-2017. As a 2020-2021 Fulbright Scholar, she will spend Fall 2021 working on her manuscript at the École normale supérieure in Paris.

Teaching Interests

French and francophone cinema; French culture and society; French conversation; French to English translation; film history; film criticism

Research Interests

French cinema; the French New Wave; cinéma vérité; history of French visual ethnography; film history; film criticism; cultural studies; reception studies; documentary cinema; intersections of fiction and documentary; intersections of image and text; politics of multilingualism

Professional Links

https://laureastourian.com/
https://www.bentley.edu/news/france-fulbright-0
https://www.linkedin.com/in/laureastourian/

Awards and Honors

2020, Fulbright Research Fellowship - France (U.S. Scholar Core Program), The Fulbright Scholar Program
2020, Faculty Summer Research Grant, Bentley University
2020, Faculty Affairs Committee Grant, Bentley University
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 Fellowship, 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 Articles
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 Reviews
Astourian, L. (2020). [Review of the book L'aventure du réel ]. Fiction and Film for Scholars of France. (link)

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

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

Other(s)
Astourian, L. (2020). Philosophically Paradjanov (Translation). KinoKultura(70) (link)

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 Proceedings and Presentations

Astourian, L. (2019). "Invited international lecture - Alain Resnais From Statues to Muriel." Presented at the Cinema Studies Institute, The University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Astourian, L. (2019). "Cléo, From Object to Subject." Presented at the Bentley University's (Au) Revoir, Varda, Bentley University.

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). "Invited speaker - Introduction of Moi, un Noir and Panel on 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
Search Committee, Assistant Professor of French, 2019 - 2020
Mentor (Faculty) for Study Abroad Fair - 2019
Mentor (Faculty) for Undergraduate Academic Programs Fair - 2019
Committee Member for Modern Languages Website - 2019
Organizer, French Club, 2019 - 2019
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
Conference/Workshop Organizer for (Au) Revoir, Varda: Panel Honoring the Work of French Filmmaker Agnès Varda - 2019
Committee Member for Toni Morrison Event - 2019
Selected Presenter on Teaching Innovation, Bentley Teaching Colloquium - 2019
Moderator, Undergraduate Research Colloquium - 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
Invited jury member, Programme euro-américain Selection Committee for Sciences Po - Boston, MA - 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 - San Francisco, CA - 2017

Public Service
Program Organizer for "The Caucasian Albanian Palimpsest and Cultural Erasure in Nagorno-Karabakh" Panel (link: https://youtu.be/sXigAmb0V9E?t=1622) - 2020
Program Organizer for "Black Lives Matter for Armenians" Panel (link: https://youtu.be/9inqAeEoufk) - 2020
Program Organizer for BLM Film Series: Charles Garry and Civil Rights - 2020