Laure Astourian

  • Assistant Professor, Modern Languages
  • Ph.D. Columbia University
  • M.Phil. Columbia University
  • M.A. Columbia University
  • B.A. University of California, Berkeley

Research Interests

History of French cinema; the French New Wave; cinéma vérité and direct cinema; 1950s and 1960s films of Chris Marker, Alain Resnais, Jean Rouch; French ethnographic cinema; film criticism; cultural studies; documentary cinema; intersections of fiction and documentary; intersections of image and text.

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 key works of 1960s French cinema in relation to the history of French visual ethnography and the dissolution of the French colonial empire. 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.

Professional Links

Professional Memberships

  • Women in French
  • Modern Language Association
  • Society for Cinema and Media Studies
  • Phi Beta Kappa Society
  • 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 Chapters


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

  • 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, (18) 134 (Link)

  • 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.
  • Presentations

  • Astourian, L. (2021). “Invited lecture - « Moi, un Noir : l’ethnographie française presque libérée” Presented at the"Racial Imaginaries" Graduate Seminar, Department of French and Italian, Princeton University Princeton, NJ
  • Astourian, L. (2021). Presented at theFrancophonie Webinar Series, "Paris Pictures, Beyond the Cliché," with Catherine Clark (MIT), Consulate General of France Boston, MA
  • Astourian, L. (2019). “Invited international lecture - Alain Resnais From Statues to Muriel” Presented at theCinema Studies Institute, The University of Toronto Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Astourian, L. (2019). “Cléo, From Object to Subject” Presented at the Bentley University (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 theVisible 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 Society for Cinema and Media Studies Annual Conference Seattle, WA
  • Astourian, L. (2018). “Youth as Witnesses: Resisting the Rhetoric of War in Contemporary France” Presented at the Modern Language Association Modern Language Association Annual Convention New York, New York
  • 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 14th Annual European Film Conference New Haven, CT
  • Astourian, L. (2018). “Sunday in Peking...and Paris” Presented at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies Society for Cinema and Media Studies Annual Conference Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Astourian, L. (2018). “Jean Rouch's Paris Films: From Chronique d'un été to Petit à petit” Presented at the Brown University International Colloquium on Twentieth and Twenty-First Century French and Francophone Studies Providence, Rhode Island
  • Astourian, L. (2017). “Invited lecture - Jean Rouch's Moi un Noir in the French New Wave” Presented at the Princeton University 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 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 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 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 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 The Resnais Archipelago Conference Durham, North Carolina
  • Astourian, L. (2015). “Jean Rouch, Ethnography, and the Nouvelle Vague” Presented at the Northeast Modern Language Association 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