Dr. Stern regularly presents and publishes on contemporary francophone literature, sociology of the author, and performative authorship.
Selected recent research presentations and publications
“Disidentifying African Authors at a French Writers’ Festival: Mabanckou and Miano at Étonnants Voyageurs.” Forthcoming (2018) in special issue of Research in African Literatures.
“Performing the Immigrant: The Works of Calixthe Beyala and Fatou Diome.” Paroles gelées. Volume 28 Number 1 (2014). 79-96.
African Studies Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, 16-18 November 2017.“Francophone Visibility and Book Festivals on the African Continent”
Digital Africas Symposium, Amherst College, Amherst, MA, 12-14 October 2017. “Digital Obsolescence? Abandoned Blogs in the Francophone Literary Field”
Conseil international d’études francophones, Université des Antilles, Martinique, 26 June-2 July 2017. “Complicités littéraires dans le champ littéraire francophone contemporain: Sami Tchak et Anada Devi.”
African Literature Association, Yale University. 14-17 June 2017. “Between France and Me: Ta-Nehisi Coates and Alain Mabanckou.”
The Performance of Pan-Africanism: From Colonial Exhibitions to Black and African Cultural Festivals, Winthrop-King Institute for Contemporary French and Francophone Studies, Florida State University, 20-22 October 2016. “Disidentifying African Authors at French Literary Festivals.”
Conseil international d’études francophones, Saly-Portudal, Sénégal; 23-29 May 2016. “Un retour aux sources? Les imaginaires géographiques d’Alain Mabanckou dans Lumières de Pointe-Noire et Petit Piment.”
Haitian Studies Association, Montreal, QC; 22-25 October 2015. “Troubling Identities: The Performative Authorship of Dany Laferrière.”
African Studies Association Annual Meeting, Indianapolis, IN; 20-23 November 2014. “Authentic Performances: Léonora Miano’s Reconstruction of the Past in La saison de l’ombre.”
Modern Language Association Convention, Chicago, IL; 9-12 January 2014. “Critic, Creator, Curator: Three Francophone African Writers and Authorial Presence on the Web.”
African Studies Association Annual Meeting , Philadelphia, PA; 29 November 2012. Panel Chair: “Blurred Lines: Permeable Frontiers in Francophone African Literature, Film, and Music. Title of Paper: “Writing at the Borders of the Text: The Performative Authority of Alain Mabanckou.”