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Institut des Amériques

The Institut des Amériques-UT Austin Center promotes the development of scholarly activities, facilitates joint research and exchange between European and American specialists and serves as a gateway to France and Europe.

At a Glance

Focus:

Research between the Americas and France

Program Features:

Interdisciplinary research and scholarly activities

Partners/Sponsors:

The Institut des Amériques (IdA)

Contact

Gabriel Daveau
Inaugural IdA-UT Fellow

What is the Institut des Amériques?

The Institut des Amériques (IdA) is a French institution that promotes research of the Americas. The IdA values comparative and interdisciplinary approaches to the humanities and social sciences. 

The Institute, headquartered in Paris, France, maintains a robust network of interdisciplinary researchers and universities throughout France and the Americas.

IdA at UT Austin

To foster international cooperation, the IdA has established 12 hubs in institutions of higher education or research in the Americas. In 2019-2020 the University of Texas at Austin became the newest center to join this prestigious group.

The IdA - UT Center promotes the development of scholarly activities with the aim to:

  • Disseminate research between the Americas and France, with an emphasis on transdisciplinary and trans-American projects.
  • Encourage exchange between European and American specialists, enriching academic knowledge on the Americas.
  • Serve as a gateway to France and Europe, participating in the construction of a Euro-American hub of higher education and research.

Program Coordination

The coordinator for the IdA – UT Center is a visiting doctoral student from France and facilitates the IdA - UT partnership through academic events and programming. Meet the current coordinator:

Gabriel Daveau, the inaugural IdA - UT fellow, is a Ph.D. student at the Université de Lille, focusing on nineteenth-century literature of the Southern United States. His dissertation is tentatively titled “Sectional and National: William Gilmore Simms’s short stories and the American literary canon.” He holds a visiting researcher position in the Department of English.

Upcoming Events

Join scholars from around the world for an interactive three part virtual series as we explore questions of construction and deconstruction of material and symbolical borders, in the pivotal space that links the United States, Central America, and the Caribbean.

Register for the Series Events Here

About the Series

When experienced by migrants, by land or by sea, borders never fail to conjure up dramatic images. They interrupt the circulation of people with both material and immaterial barriers. The US/Mexico border is one such visual sign of fragmentation, creating a North and South in one similar region, materializing a gap between the developed and the underdeveloped or developing – enacting asymmetrical power relations. Yet ideas and phenomena such as culture are a constant reminder that these borders are not strict lines of separation. Gloria Anzaldúa thus uses the word “Nepantla” – the “Nahuatl word for the space between two bodies of water, the space between two worlds,” – to define the in-between space that her poetry and identity occupy. Through a truly plural voice – bilingual and bicultural – the Chicana poet breaks through the liminal space and recreates community.

The seminar strives to challenge the audience to rethink borders and their multi-faceted realities in a space that includes Central America, the Caribbean, and the Gulf Coast of the United States. This unusual grouping will make for a unique exploration of the phenomena of border fragmentation and hybridity. Calling upon a broad theoretical understanding of borders, the seminar also invites us to think of this American crossroads as a space that is at once perceived, conceived, and lived, through a variety of cuts and junctions.