linguistics, pragmatics, cultural studies, migration and diaspora studies, intersectionality, queer futures, France, Maghreb, Quebec, intercultural communication, LGBTQ studies
Dr. Denis M. Provencher is Associate Dean for Interdisciplinary Affairs and Partnerships and Professor of French and Francophone Studies in the Department of World Languages and Cultures at North Carolina State University. He also serves as editor-in-chief of the interdisciplinary journals Contemporary French Civilization (CFC) and CFC Intersections, and as the co-editor of the book series, Modern & Contemporary France, all published by Liverpool University Press. He is also a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Language and Sexuality (John Benjamins Publishing) and Contemporary French & Francophone Studies: Sites (Taylor and Francis). Before joining NC State, Dr. Provencher worked at the University of Arizona where he served as Head of Department, French & Italian (2016-2021), as Interim Director of the Institute for LGBT Studies (2018), and as Faculty Fellow in the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs (2021-2022). He also held affiliate appointments in Anthropology, Gender and Women’s Studies, the Institute for LGBT Studies, Linguistics, and Second Language Acquisition and Teaching. Earlier, Dr. Provencher worked as Assistant Professor (2005-2008) and Associate Professor (2008-2015) of French and Intercultural Communication at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). He also directed UMBC’s MA program in Intercultural Communication (2010-2016) and held affiliate appointments in Gender and Women’s Studies and in the interdisciplinary PhD program in Language, Literacy, and Culture. Prior to UMBC, Provencher also worked at the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse (1998-2005). Dr. Provencher’s academic career also includes holding visiting appointments and research affiliations with national and international universities. They include serving as a Researcher in the Francophone Mobility Chair Program (2022) at the University of Ottawa (Canada) and as Senior Research Fellow and Marie Curie International Incoming Fellow (2012-2013) at Nottingham Trent University (UK). Dr. Provencher earned his interdisciplinary Ph.D. in French Civilization and Cultural Studies (1998) and a master’s degree in French (1994) from The Pennsylvania State University, and a bachelor’s degree in French (1992) from the University of Vermont. His main interests include French civilization and cultural studies, language, gender and sexuality, migration and diaspora studies, conversation and discourse analysis, intercultural pragmatics, and critical intercultural communication. Provencher’s research cuts across traditional disciplinary boundaries and explores the transnational flow of languages, peoples, texts, and ideas related to gender, sexuality, class, race and religion across North America, Europe, and North Africa. His publications include two single-authored books, two co-edited volumes, and more than 30 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on these topics. For example, Dr. Provencher is the author of Queer French: Globalization, Language, and Sexual Citizenship in France (Ashgate/Routledge, 2007) and Queer Maghrebi French: Language, Temporalities, Transfiliations, (Liverpool UP, 2017). Queer Maghrebi French won the 2017 Ruth Benedict Book Prize, Honorable Mention, from the Association of Queer Anthropology of the American Anthropological Association. With Dr. Siham Bouamer, he has co-edited the volume Abdellah Taïa's Queer Migrations: Non-Places, Affect, and Temporalities (Lexington Books, 2021). He is currently finishing a new co-edited volume, Queer Realms of Memory: Archiving LGBTQ Sites and Symbols in the French National Narrative (Liverpool UP, under contract), with Dr. Siham Bouamer and Dr. Ryan Schroth where they build on the work of historian Pierre Nora. Dr. Provencher is also conducting fieldwork in Ottawa and Montreal, Canada for a new monograph on Queer Quebec, which is funded in part by the Chaire Moblité Francophone Program at L’Université d’Ottawa. Dr. Provencher is a firm believer in leadership training. He is also an advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion, as well as for work-life balance and mental health for faculty, staff, and students. He is a former fellow (2018-19) of the Academic Leadership Institute (ALI) at the University of Arizona. He also co-chaired (2021-22) the College of Humanities’ committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and completed (2020-21) the Inclusive Leadership Cohort Certificate (ILCC) program, for which he also served on the steering committee. He is also the 2022 recipient of the University of Arizona’s Richard Ruiz Diversity Leadership Faculty Award, which is given in recognition to a faculty member working to make the campus a more diverse and inclusive campus.
Abdellah Taïa’s Queer Migrations: Non-Places, Affect, and Temporalities
Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.
Abdellah Taïa’s transfilial myth making and unfaithful realms of memory
In D. M. Provencher & S. Bouamer (Eds.), Abdellah Taïa’s Queer Migrations: Non-Places, Affect, and Temporalities (pp. 219–255). Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.
2021 book review
Le sexe et ses doubles: (Homo)sexualités en postcolonie
[Review of Le sexe et ses doubles: (Homo)sexualités en postcolonie., by P. Awondo]. H-France Review, 21(37). https://h-france.net/vol21reviews/vol21no37Provencher.pdf
Diasporic Sexual Citizenship: Queer Language, (Im)Possible Subjects, and Transfiliation
In K. Hall & E. R. Barrett (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Language and Sexuality.
Ed(s): K. Hall & E. Barrett
Trans/filiations épistémologiques: Ecrire la famille, la révolution et un nouveau Maroc dans ‘Lettre à ma famille’ et ‘Le chaouche’” = Epistemological Trans/filiations: Writing the family, revolution and a new Morocco in ‘Letter to my family’ and ‘The civil servant’
Trans/filiations épistémologiques: Ecrire la famille, la révolution et un nouveau Maroc dans ‘Lettre à ma famille’ et ‘Le chaouche’” = Epistemological Trans/filiations: Writing the family, revolution and a new Morocco in ‘Letter to my family’ and ‘The civil servant.’ In Abdellah Taïa. Poétique et politique du désir engagé = Abdellah Taïa. Poetics and Politics of Engaged Desire (pp. 229–243). Paris: Editions Passage.
2018 journal article
2Fik’s deal with the devil: a queer and transfilial remix of “La chasse-galerie” at Montreal’s Festival TransAmérique
Contemporary French Civilization, 43(3-4), 487–495.
“Je suis terroriste, pédé et le fils de Marilyn Monroe”: Cinematic Stars and Transfiliaton in Abdellah Taïa’s Infidèles (2012)
In V. K. Orlando & P. A. Pears (Eds.), Paris and the Marginalized Author: Treachery, Alienation, Queerness, and Exile (pp. 153–166). Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.
Ed(s): V. Orlando & P. Pears
2017 book review
Queer Theory: The French Response
[Review of Queer Theory: The French Response, by B. Perreau]. EuropeNow: A Journal of Research & Art. https://www.europenowjournal.org/2017/07/05/queer-theory-the-french-response-by-bruno-perreau/
2016 journal article
Introduction: Contemporary French Civilization at 40
Contemporary French Civilization, 41(3-4), 359–363.
2016 journal article
Queer (Again) in Québec
Quebec Studies, 61, 111–114.
2015 journal article
Feeling, Doing, Acting, Seeing, Being Queer in Québec: Michel Marc Bouchard, Rodrigue Jean, and the Queer Québec Colloquium
Quebec Studies, 60, 3–22.
Sami Bouajila: les mille et un visages du Français beur
In S. Dumerlat & V. Swamy (Eds.), Les écrans de l’intégration (pp. 245–263). Paris: Presses universitaires de Vincennes.
Ed(s): S. Dumerlat & V. Swamy
2014 journal article
Stepping back from queer theory: Language, fieldwork and the everyday in sexuality studies in France
French Cultural Studies, 25(3-4), 408–417.
2009 book review
Algeria in France: Transpolitics, Race and Nation
[Review of Algeria in France: Transpolitics, Race and Nation, by P. A. Silverstein]. Contemporary French Civilization, 33(1), 241–244.
2008 book review
Integrating Islam: Political and Religious Challenges in Contemporary France
[Review of Integrating Islam: Political and Religious Challenges in Contemporary France, by J. Laurence & J. Vaisse]. Contemporary French Civilization, 32(1), 223–226.
One in Ten: Teaching Tolerance for (Class) Difference, Ambiguity, and Queerness in the Intercultural Classroom
In R. Johnson III & K. Oldfield (Eds.), Resilience: Queer Professors from the Working Class (pp. 63–81). State University of New York Press.
Ed(s): R. Johnson & K. Oldfield
2007 book review
Gay TV and Straight America
[Review of Gay TV and Straight America, by R. Becker]. Historical Journal of Film, Radio, and Television, 27(3), 451–453.
2007 magazine article
Maghrebi-French Sexual Citizens: In and Out on the Big Screen
Provencher, D. M. (2007, January). Cineaste: America’s Leading Magazine on the Art and Politics of the Cinema., XXXIII(1), 47–51.
Queer French: Globalization, Language, and Sexual Citizenship in France
Aldershot, UK and Burlington, VT: Routledge/Ashgate.
2007 book review
Sexing the Citizen: Morality and Masculinity in France, 1870–1920 (review)
[Review of Sexing the Citizen: Morality and Masculinity in France, 1870-1920, by J. Surkis]. Nineteenth Century French Studies, 35(3), 670–672.
2007 book review
The Gay Republic: Sexuality, Citizenship and Subversion in France
[Review of The Gay Republic: Sexuality, Citizenship and Subversion in France, by E. McCaffrey]. Contemporary French Civilization, 31(1), 229–233.
2006 book review
Bringing the Empire Back Home: France in the Global Age
[Review of Bringing the Empire Back Home: France in the Global Age, by H. Lebovics]. Contemporary French Civilization, 30(1), 181–184.
2006 book review
Paul Virilio: Theorist for an Accelerated Culture
[Review of Paul Virilio: Theorist for an Accelerated Culture, by S. Redhead]. The French Review, 79(4), 63–64.
Sealed with a Kiss: Heteronormative Narrative Strategies in NBC’s Will & Grace
Sealed with a Kiss: Heteronormative Narrative Strategies in NBC’s Will & Grace. In M. M. Dalton & L. R. Linder (Eds.), The Sitcom Reader: America Viewed and Skewed (pp. 177–189). State University of New York Press.
Ed(s): M. Dalton & L. Linder
Sealed with a Kiss: Heteronormative Narrative Strategies in and Audience Responses to NBC’s Will and Grace
New York, New York: The Center for the Study of Media and Society, GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.
2004 book review
Disenchanting Les Bons Temps: Identity and Authenticity in Cajun Music and Dance
[Review of Disenchanting Les Bons Temps: Identity and Authenticity in Cajun Music and Dance, by C. J. Stivale]. The French Review, 77(5), 1048–1049.
2003 book review
AIDS in French Culture: Social Ills, Literary Cures
[Review of AIDS in French Culture: Social Ills, Literary Cures, by D. Caron]. The French Review, 76(4), 843–844.
In H. Dauncey (Ed.), French Popular Culture: An Introduction (pp. 34–47). Oxford: Oxford University Press/Arnold Publishing.
Ed(s): H. Dauncey
2001 book review
A toute vitesse
[Review of A toute vitesse, by G. Morel]. The French Review, 74(6), 1256–1257.
2001 book review
L’Aventure américaine de l’oeuvre de François Truffaut
[Review of L’Aventure américaine de l’oeuvre de François Truffaut, by L. Alfonsi]. The French Review, 75(2), 409–410.
2001 journal article
The linguistic representation of femininity and masculinity in Jean Genet's Notre-Dame des Fleurs
French Cultural Studies, 12(34), 043–058.
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