Please, tell us about your research project
My dissertation is entitled « Conversion, aversion, subversion: Pratiques de l’aveu et l’aveu en pratique(s) » which does not tell you much about what I am doing. Let’s say I am here to work on the first chapter which deals with Chrétien de Troyes —to say it very shortly— and that I came to meet a specialist of Byzantine History, Catherine Holmes (University College), hoping that she could help me to better understand what’s going on in Cligès, a most difficult and “global” novel.
Could you please tell us a bit more about your scholarship/exchange programme?
I'm affiliated with the University of Chicago (RLL department), and I will be staying in Oxford for three months thanks to the French part of my cotutelle, l’École Pratique des Hautes Études (LEM, Laboratoire d'études monothéistes).
First impressions of Oxford/the University?
Even better than expected — which means a lot —: outstanding professors, tea, fish and ships, cows and the grass is greener than I could possibly imagine. Joke apart, the environment for working is really fantastic, people are nice (for real) and the atmosphere can be accurately described by the French expression “auberge espagnole”. Indeed, it’s very international which is lovely. Also, the new librarian Janet is so helpful and gifted: she knows Welsh, and can read aloud for you very old tales in that magical language…Overall, the MFO and Oxford is a perfect place to work, meet people, and thrive.