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Word and Image: A Collaborative Research Exchange Project

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Since 1998, faculty and graduate students in Comparative Literature at UMass have benefitted from a collaborative research exchange relation with their counterparts in Romance Languages at the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium, one of Europe's leading universities. Comparative Literature graduate students and faculty have traveled to Belgium to deliver papers at an international conference, and UCL faculty and graduate students have traveled to Amherst to do the same. Individual faculty from UCL have come to UMass to give lectures, and faculty from UMass have gone to Paris and Louvain to deliver lectures in both venues. Three volumes of Cahiers or Notebooks of the Exchange have been published in Belgium, and a collection of essays by faculty and graduate students at both institutions is forthcoming from l'Harmattan in Paris.

Joining in this collaboration have been faculty from History and Communications at UMass, and faculty from Smith College, the University of Paris XIII and the University of Québec at Montréal.

On November 2, 2006, Comparative Literature will send three Ph.D. candidates (Antonia Carcelan, Nikolina Dobreva, Enrique Garcia) and two faculty (Professors Couch and Moebius) to Montreal to participate in the fourth international conference organized under the auspices of this exchange.

We gratefully acknowledge the initial support of then Graduate Dean Fred Byron and of then Dean of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, Lee Edwards, as well as that of then Dean of Erasmus College at Louvain, Georges Jacques, and the late Professor Pierre Massart. Professors Jean-Louis Tilleuil and Myriam Watthee-Delmotte of the UCL , Jean Perrot of Paris XIII and William Moebius at UMass have played exceedingly important roles in giving the exchange its focus and its energy.

 

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