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Douglas Smith

Senior Lecturer

School Of Languages and Literature
Newman Building
Belfield
Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 7168108
Email: douglas.smith@ucd.ie

Biography

Academic Degrees/Diplomas:
BA (1st Hons) French and German (Oxon): 1988
PGCE (QUB): 1989
DPhil (Oxon): 1992

Positions Held:
Laming Junior Fellow, The Queen's College, Oxford, 1992-93
Lecturer in French Studies, University of Warwick, 1993-1997
College Lecturer in French, University College Dublin, 1997-2004
Senior Lecturer in French, University College Dublin, 2005-present

Professional

Honours and Awards

Year: 2003.
Title: Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences Senior Research Fellowship, 2003-04

Associations

Association: Member of Association détudes françaises et francophones dIrlande (ADEFFI), Function/Role: *
Association: ADEFFI , Function/Role: Secretary (1999-2000 and 2004- 2005)
Association: Member of Society for French Studies, Function/Role: *
Association: Member of Editorial Board of Irish Journal of French Studies (2007-2010)., Function/Role: Member of Editorial Board
Association: Member of Editorial Board of Paragraph: A Journal of Modern Critical Theory (2013-), Function/Role: Member of Editorial Board
Association: ADEFFI, Function/Role: Treasurer (2009-10)
     

Conference Contributions

Smith, D.; (2007) 'Travelling Light in the Upper Stor(e)y: Artaud in Ireland',. [Non Refereed Paper/Abstract Presented at Conference], Annual Conference of the Association d'études françaises et francophone d'Irlande,, Trinity College Dublin , 05-OCT-07 - 06-OCT-07.
Smith, D.; (2007) 'Paris Underground/Paris Orbital?: The Critique of Urbanism in French Fiction and Theory circa 1974'. [Non Refereed Paper/Abstract Presented at Conference], Defining Space Conference, UCD , 11-OCT-07 - 13-OCT-07.
Smith, D.; (2007) Defining Space. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Defining Space, Newman House, UCD , 12-OCT-07 - 13-OCT-07.
Smith, D.; (2007) 'Sens de la cuisine ou cuisine du sens?: Eating and Meaning in Mythologies'. [Non Refereed Paper/Abstract Presented at Conference], Mythologies at 50: Roland Barthes and Popular Culture, Humanities Institute, UCD , 20-APR-07.
Smith, D.; (2007) Mythologies at 50: Roland Barthes and Popular Culture. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Mythologies at 50: Roland Barthes and Popular Culture, Humanities Institute, UCD , 20-APR-07.
Smith, D.; (2007) 'From One China to the Other: Cartier-Bresson and Sartre on China',. [Non Refereed Paper/Abstract Presented at Conference], Global Photographies Conference, Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dun Laoghaire , 27-JUN-07 - 29-JUN-07.
Smith, D.; (2006) 'Double Exposures: Photography and the City in Brassaï'. [Non Refereed Paper/Abstract Presented at Conference], Photography and the City Conference, Clinton Institute, University College Dublin , 29-JUN-06 - 01-JUL-06.
Smith, D.; (2006) 'The Broken Hexagon: French Nuclear Culture between Empire and Cold War'. [Non Refereed Paper/Abstract Presented at Conference], Empire and Culture Now: Francophone Perspectives on the New World Order, Humanities Institute of Ireland, University College Dublin , 15-SEP-06 - 16-SEP-06.
Smith, D.; (2006) 'Problems in Cultural Topography: Marc Augé versus Pierre Nora'. [Non Refereed Paper/Abstract Presented at Conference], Because the World is Round: Perspectives on the Work of Marc Augé, Humanities Institute of Ireland , 01-DEC-06.
Smith, D.; (2006) 'Double Negatives and Double Exposures: Graffitti and the City in Brassaï's Photographs of Paris',. [Non Refereed Paper/Abstract Presented at Conference], Durham Centre for Advanced Photography Studies Research Seminar, University of Durham , 31-OCT-06.
Smith, D.; (2005) Indecisive Moments: Cartier-Bresson, Barthes and Photojournalism'. [Non Refereed Paper/Abstract Presented at Conference], Society for French Studies Annual Conference, University of Leeds, , 04-JUL-05 - 06-JUL-05.
Smith, D.; (2005) *. [Conference Organising Committee Member], Architecture and its Metaphors Symposium,, UCD , 23-APR-05.
Smith, D.; (2005) 'Je ne suis décidément pas photographe: Photography in the Work of Chris Marker'. [Non Refereed Paper/Abstract Presented at Conference], The Image and the Creative Act conference,, The Baltic Arts Centre, Gateshead - organized by Universities of Durham and Newcastle , 24-JUN-05 - 26-APR-06.
Smith, D.; (2005) 'Discourse in Fiction and Drama',. [Chaired Session], Discursive Spaces, Postgraduate Conference, Humanities Institute of Ireland , 26-MAY-05.
Smith, D.; (2005) Wood, Paper, Plastic, Celluloid: Towards a Material Critique of Modernity in Post-War France. [Non Refereed Paper/Abstract Presented at Conference], French Department Research Seminar, Queen's University of Belfast , 01-NOV-05.
Smith, D.; (2005) 'The Performance Paradigm: A Critical Genealogy'. [Oral Presentation], Research Seminar, Humanities Institute of Ireland, University College Dublin , 15-APR-05.
Smith, D.; (2004) 'Funny Face: Humanism in Post-War French Photography and Philosophy'. [Non Refereed Paper/Abstract Presented at Conference], Photography and Text in Modern and Contemporary French Culture International Conference, Alliance française, Dublin , 30-APR-04.
Smith, D.; (2004) 'Margins of Literature'. [Chaired Session], Association des études françaises et francophones d'Irlande Annual Conference', University of Limerick , 01-OCT-04 - 02-OCT-04.
Smith, D.; (2004) 'Insects at the Intersection: Roger Caillois, Entomology and the Logic of Science'. [Non Refereed Paper/Abstract Presented at Conference], Bataille, Caillois and Science Conference, University College Cork , 03-DEC-04 - 04-DEC-04.
Smith, D.; (2003) (Un)Reconstructed Space? The Imaginary in Post-War French Culture,. [N/A], Writing Aesthetics, International Association for Philosophy and Literature Annual Conference, University of Leeds, England, 27-31 May 2003, University of Leeds, England , 27-MAY-03 - 31-MAY-03.
Smith, D.; (2003) Writing (At) The End of History: Kojève, Queneau, Bataille,. [N/A], Research Seminar, School of Modern Languages, University of St Andrews, Scotland, 17 February 2003, University of St Andrews, Scotland , 17-FEB-03.
Smith, D.; (2003) Célines Arcades Project: Death on the Instalment Plan and Modernity According to Walter Benjamin,. [N/A], Research Seminar, Humanities Institute of Ireland, University College Dublin, 22 November 2003, University College Dublin , 22-NOV-03.
Smith, D.; (2003) Un monde qui saccorde à nos désirs?: André Bazins Cinematic Realism,. [N/A], Realism Revisited, Association des études françaises et francophones dIrlande Annual Conference, Queens University of Belfast, 3-4 October 2003, Queen?s University of Belfast , 03-OCT-03 - 04-OCT-03.
Smith, D.; (2003) The Arcade as Haunt and Habitat: Aragon, Benjamin, Céline,. [N/A], Romance Studies Habitat Conference, Gregynog Hall, Wales, 8-10 September 2003, Gregynog Hall, Wales , 08-SEP-03 - 10-SEP-03.
Smith, D.; (2003) In the Footsteps of Alexander? Malraux, Lévi-Strauss and Le Corbusier in India. [N/A], Indochina, India and France: Cultural Representations Conference, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, England, 5-7 September 2003, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, England , 05-SEP-03 - 07-SEP-03.
Smith, D.; (2002) The Icon in Question, Icônes, iconographies, iconoclasmes,. [Chaired Session], Association détudes françaises et francophones dIrlande Annual Conference, NUI Maynooth, 4-5 October 2002, NUI Maynooth , 04-OCT-02 - 05-OCT-02.
Smith, D.; (2002) Disfigurements: Francis Bacon, Gilles Deleuze, David Lynch and the Formless,. [N/A], Formless/Informe Conference, University College Cork, 21-22 June 2002, University College Cork , 21-JUN-02 - 22-JUN-02.
Smith, D.; (2002) Museums and Moving Pictures: Malraux, Resnais, Godard,. [N/A], Research Seminar, Department of French Studies, University of Warwick, England, 7 May 2002, University of Warwick, England , 07-MAY-02.
Smith, D.; (2002) Humanism, Post-Humanism and its Allegories: Philosophy and Fiction in the 1940s (Blanchot and Camus) and the 1990s (Houellebecq and Sloterdijk). [N/A], European Philosophy and the Human Condition, Society for European Philosophy Conference, University College Cork, 11-14 September 2002, University College Cork , 11-SEP-02 - 14-SEP-02.
Smith, D.; (2002) Structuralism in the Mirror: Lévi-Strauss and Modernism,. [N/A], Claude Lévi-Strauss: Interdisciplinary Perspectives Conference, , 20-22 September 2002, University of Durham, England , 20-SEP-02 - 22-SEP-02.
Smith, D.; (2001) Beyond the Cave: Lascaux in Bataille, Blanchot and Char,. [N/A], Society for French Studies Annual Conference, University College Dublin, 2-4 July 2001, University College Dublin , 02-JUL-01 - 04-JUL-01.
Smith, D.; (2001) From royaume farfelu to grand projet: Malrauxs Imaginary Museum,. [N/A], Projects and Experiments in Modern French Culture Conference, Institute of Romance Studies, University College London, England,18-19 May 2001, University College London, England , 18-MAY-01 - 19-MAY-01.
Smith, D.; (2001) La Femme dans les romans de Pierre LErmite. [Chaired Session], Clergé et cultures populaires, School of Applied Languages and Intercultural Studies Conference, Dublin City University, 16 June 2001, Dublin City University , 16-JUN-01.
Smith, D.; (2000) Without Walls: World Art and Malrauxs Imaginary Museum,. [N/A], Royal Irish Academy National Committee for Modern Language Studies Annual Conference, University College Dublin, 10-11 November 2000, University College Dublin , 10-NOV-00 - 11-NOV-00.
Smith, D.; (2000) Between Phenomenology and Anthropology: Sartre and the Gift,. [N/A], Phenomenology and Culture, Annual Conference of the British Society for Phenomenology, University College Cork, 28-29 July 2000, University College Cork , 28-JUL-00 - 29-JUL-00.
Smith, D.; (2000) Le mal-être et le roman,. [Chaired Session], Le Mal-être dans la culture francophone, Association détudes françaises et francophones dIrlande Annual Conference, Trinity College, Dublin, 25 November 2000, Trinity College, Dublin , 25-NOV-00.
Smith, D.; (1999) Laughter and Forgetting: History and Memory in Nietzsche,. [N/A], Memory and Forgetting in Contemporary French Culture Conference, University College Dublin, 29-30 January 1999, University College Dublin , 29-JAN-99 - 30-JAN-99.
Smith, D.; (1998) La ville, mode dinemploi: Paris dans luvre de Rilke et Breton,. [N/A], Research Seminar, Department of French and Comparative Literature, Université de Caen-Basse Normandie, 6 November 1998, Universite de Caen-Basse Normandie , 06-NOV-98.

Committees

Committee : First-Year Convenor and Examinations Officer 1999-present
Committee : Second-Year Core Course Convenor 2000-present
Committee : Final-Year Option Convenor 1997-2002
Committee : Member of Quality Improvement and Quality Assurance Review Co-ordinating Committee and Co-Editor of QIQA Report 1999-2000
Committee : Chair of Interview Panel for Permanent Post in German Department, UCD, 21 June 1999.
Committee : Member of Interview Panel for Fellowship in German Department, UCD, 15 June 2000
Committee : Member of Interview Panel for Fixed-Term Post in Spanish Department, UCD, 11 May 2000
Committee : UCD Faculty of Arts Modular Board 1997-99
Committee : Irish Journal of French Studies (2007-).

Employment

Employer: The Queen?s College, Oxford
Position: Laming Junior Fellow
Employer: University of Warwick
Position: Lecturer in French Studies
Employer: University College Dublin
Position: College Lecturer in French

Education

Year 1988 Institution: Oxford University, UK
Qualification: BA Subject:
Year 1992 Institution: Oxon
Qualification: D.Phil Subject: --none--
Year 1989 Institution: QUB
Qualification: PGCE Subject: --none--
Year 1992 Institution: Oxford University, UK
Qualification: DPhil Subject:
   

Outreach Activities

Participation in The Critical Take roundtable discussion at Irish Film Institute, 19 May 2013.
Lecture on Claude Chabrol's La Femme infidèle, Irish Film Institute, 12 February 2013.
Participation in radio roundtable discussion on Jean-Paul Sartre, 'Making History', Newstalk FM, 20 January 2013.
Presentation of Bruno Dumont's Hors Satan at Irish Film Institute, 8 January 2013.

Journals Edited

The Irish Journal Of French Studies: Editorial Board member.

Other Activities

External Examiner (BA and MA programmes), French Section, School of Applied Languages and Intercultural Studies, Dublin City University, 2002-08

Publications

Books

Smith, D.; (1996) Transvaluations: Nietzsche in France 1872-1972. : *. [Details]

Book Chapters

Douglas Smith; (2011) ''Creative Void and Monochrome Heart: The Geopolitics of the Mediterranean in Braudel, Camus and Klein'' In: Kathleen James-Chakraborty and Sabine Strümper-Krobb (eds) (eds). Crossing Borders: Space Beyond Disciplines. Oxford: Peter Lang. , pp.159-176 [Details]
Douglas Smith; (2009) ''Funny Face: Humanism in Post-War French Photography and Philosophy'' In: Neil Badmington (eds). Roland Barthes: Critical Evaluations. London: Routledge. [Details]
Douglas Smith; (2011) ''Frenchman's Bend: William Faulkner, la littérature francophone et la culture de la défaite'' In: Michael Brophy and Mary Gallagher (eds). La Migrance à l'¿uvre: repérages esthétiques, éthiques et politiques. Oxford: Peter Lang. , pp.237-247 [Details]
Douglas Smith; (2010) '''Scrapbooks: Recycling the Lumpen in Benjamin and Bataille'' In: Gillian Pye (eds). Trash Culture: Objects and Obsolescence in Cultural Perspective. Oxford: Peter Lang. , pp.113-128 [Details]
Smith, D.; (2008) ''Delayed Departures: Cinema/Architecture/Venice'' In: Hugh Campbell, Samantha Martin-McAuliffe, Brian Ward, Natalie Weadick (eds) (eds). The Lives of Space: A Reader. Dublin: Irish Architecture Foundation. , pp.117-129 [Details]
Smith, D; (2008) ''Redrawing the Hexagon: The Space of Culture in Malraux and Blanchot'' In: Mary Gallagher (ed.) (eds). World-Writing: Poetics, Ethics,Globalization. Toronto:: University of Toronto Press. , pp.138-166 [Details]
Smith, D; (2008) ''Humanism, Post-Humanism and its Allegories: Philosophy and Fiction in Post-war and Contemporary France'' In: Michael Brophy, Phyllis Gaffney and Mary Gallagher (eds.) (eds). Reverberations: Essays in Honour of Professor E. J. C. Caldicott. Dublin: UCD Press. , pp.29-302 [Details]
Smith, D.; (2006) ''The Art of the grand projet: Malraux's Imaginary Museum and its Contemporary Legacy'' In: Gratton, J. and Sheringham, M (eds). The Art of the Project: Projects and Experiments in Modern French Culture. Oxford: Berghahn. , pp.140-155 [Details]
Smith, D; (2004) ''Disfigurements: Bacon, Deleuze, Lynch and the Formless'' In: Patrick Crowley and Paul Hegarty (eds.) (eds). Functions of the Formless. Oxford: Berg. , pp.210-223 [Details]
Smith, D.; (2003) ''Without Walls: World Art and Malraux's Imaginary Museum'' In: E. J. C. Caldicott and Anne Fuchs (eds.) (eds). Cultural Memory: Essays on European Literature and History (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2003). Oxford: Peter Land. , pp.175-190 [Details]
 

Peer Reviewed Journals

Smith, D; (2004) '(Un)reconstructed space?: The imaginary in post-war France (Sartre, Malraux, Merleau-Ponty, Blanchot)'. Graph, 27 :68-81. [Details]
Smith, D; (2004) 'Beyond the cave: Lascaux and the prehistoric in post-war French culture'. French Studies, 58 :219-232. [Details]
Douglas Smith; (2010) ''The Broken Hexagon: French Nuclear Culture between Empire and Cold War''. Modern and Contemporary France, 18 (2):213-229. [Details]
Douglas Smith and Mary Gallagher; (2010) ''Empire and Culture Now: Francophone Perspectives on Globalisation''. Modern and Contemporary France, 18 (2):147-155. [Details]
Douglas Smith; (2009) ''Debating Cultural Topography: Sites of Memory and Non-Places in the Work of Pierre Nora and Marc Augé''. Irish Journal of French Studies, 9 :31-48. [Details]
Douglas Smith; (2009) ''Exploring Supermodernity: Marc Augé in Context(s)''. Irish Journal of French Studies, 9 :1-8. [Details]
Douglas Smith; (2009) ''From One China to the Other: Cartier-Bresson, Sartre and Photography in the Age of Decolonization''. Photographies, 2 (1):59-71. [Details]
Smith, D.; (2008) ''Cuisine du sens ou sens de la cuisine?': Cooking and Meaning in Barthes's Mythologies''. Nottingham French Studies, 47 (2):41-51. [Details]
Douglas Smith; (2008) ''Mythologies at 50: Barthes's (Im)Pertinence''. Nottingham French Studies, 47 (2):1-5. [Details]
Douglas Smith; (2007) ''"Travelling Light in the Upper Stor(e)y": Artaud in Ireland''. Irish Journal of French Studies, 7 :27-41. [Details]
Smith, D.; (2008) ''Sur les quais de brume: The French Reception of Elia Kazan's On the Waterfront''. French Cultural Studies, 19 (1):85-99. [Details]
Smith, D; (2008) ''A River Runs Through It: Lévi-Strauss and Renoir in India''. Francophone Postcolonial Studies, 6 (1):62-79. [Details]
Smith, D.; (2007) ''Le Temps du plastique: The Critique of Synthetic Materials in 1950s France''. Modern and Contemporary France, 15 (2):135-151. [Details]
Smith, D; (2005) ''Giving the Game Away: Play and Exchange in Situationism and Structuralism''. Modern and Contemporary France, 13 (4):421-434. [Details]
Smith, D; (2005) ''In the Footsteps of Alexander? Malraux, Lévi-Strauss and Le Corbusier in India''. Francophone Postcolonial Studies, 3 (1):96-109. [Details]
Smith; (2005) ''Funny Face: Humanism in Post-War French Photography and Philosophy''. French Cultural Studies, 16 (1):41-53. [Details]
Smith, D.; (2004) ''Beyond the Cave: Lascaux and the Prehistoric in Post-War French Culture''. French Studies, 58 (2):1-14. [Details]
Smith, D; (2004) ''The Arcade as Haunt and Habitat: Aragon, Benjamin, Céline''. Romance Studies, 21 (1):17-26. [Details]
Smith, D; (2004) ''"A World In Accordance With Our Desires"?: Desire, Death and Realism in André Bazin's Film Criticism''. Studies in French Cinema, 4 (2):93-102. [Details]
Smith, D; (2004) ''Moving Pictures: The Art Documentaries of Alain Resnais and Henri-Georges Clouzot in Theoretical Context''. Studies in European Cinema, 1 (3):163-173. [Details]
Smith, D; (2004) ''Le Structuralisme au miroir: Lévi-Strauss et le modernisme''. Les Temps Modernes, 626 :115-132. [Details]
Smith, D; (2004) ''(Un)Reconstructed Space?: The Imaginary in Post-War France (Sartre, Malraux, Merleau-Ponty, Blanchot)''. Paragraph, 27 (3):68-81. [Details]
Smith, D; (2003) ''Liberating Strasbourg: Malraux and German Thought''. International Journal of Cultural Policy, 9 (2):207-219. [Details]
Smith, D.; (2002) ''Between the Devil and the Good Lord: Sartre and the Gift''. Satre Studies International, 8 (1):1-17. [Details]
Smith, D.; (1999) ''Castration and its Discontents: Psychoanalysis, Anthropology and Masculinity in Leiris's L'Age d'homme''. French Studies, 53 (1):38-49. [Details]
 

Conference Publications

Smith, D (2008) NOTTINGHAM FRENCH STUDIES Sense of cooking or cooking of the senses? Food and meaning in mythologies , pp.41-51 [Details]
   

Editorial

Smith, D; (2008) 'Mythologies' at 50: Barthes's (im)pertinence (Roland Barthes). Editorial [Details]
Gallagher, M,Smith, D; (2010) Empire and Culture Now: Francophone Perspectives on Globalisation. Editorial [DOI] [Details]
                     

Translation

Smith, D.; (2000) _______________, The Birth of Tragedy. Translation [Details]
Smith, D.; (1996) Friedrich Nietzsche, On the Genealogy of Morals. Translation [Details]
 

Book Reviews

Smith, D (2003) Conceptions of the absurd: From Surrealism to the existentialist thought of Chestov and Fondane. Book Reviews [Details]
Smith, D (2006) The year 1945: proceedings of the Conference of Paris IV-Sorbonne (January 2002). Book Reviews [DOI] [Details]
Smith, D (2006) 'Alter ego': The critical writings of Michel Leiris. Book Reviews [DOI] [Details]
Smith, D (2007) Sartre and the Jewish: international conference proceedings organized in Maison Heinrich-Heine (cite internationale universitaire de Paris). Book Reviews [DOI] [Details]
Smith, D (2007) Generation existential: Heidegger's philosophy in France 1927-1961. Book Reviews [DOI] [Details]
Smith, D (2009) On the Waterfront. Book Reviews [Details]
Smith, D (2011) The Politics of Aesthetics: The Distribution of the Sensible. Book Reviews [Details]
Smith, D (2012) Thinking the Impossible: French Philosophy since 1960. Book Reviews [DOI] [Details]
                                                       

Research

Research Interests

Literary and Cultural Theory; Intellectual and Cultural History; Anthropology; Cinema; History of Art; Museology

Twentieth-century French cultural and intellectual history; twentieth-century French literature; French cinema; French cultural studies; Continental philosophy; French anthropology and sociology; French-American relations; history and theory of photography; history and theory of architecture and design; literary and cultural theory.

Current research projects

Book project on cultural topography of post-war France

Book project on material and immaterial culture in post-war France

Book project on photography in France

 

Recent Postgraduates

Research Supervision/Examination:
Supervision of Minor MA Dissertations:
Delphine O'Keeffe, ¿Songs of Immigration: The Coming of Age of the Franco-Algerian Identity through Rai and Rap Music', MA dissertation, Dublin European Institute, University College Dublin, August 2001.
Conor Rowan, ¿Michel Foucault and EU Enlargement into Central and Eastern Europe: Power Relations and the Enlargement Process', MA dissertation, Dublin European Institute, University College Dublin, August 2001.
Maureen Quinn, ¿The Cinematic Representation of Collaboration in Louis Malle's Lacombe Lucien and Marcel Ophuls's Le Chagrin et la pitié', MA dissertation, Department of French, University College Dublin, September 2003.
Mairéad Finn, ¿The Violence of Representation and the Representation of Violence in the Fiction of Albert Camus', MA dissertation, French and Francophone Studies, UCD School of Languages, Literatures and Film. October 2005.


Completed PhD Supervision:
Rania Kosmidou, ¿The Cultural Memory of Civil War in European Cinema', co-supervision with Professor Anne Fuchs, 2005-10.


PhD Examination:

Internal examiner, PhD thesis: Ian James, ¿The Fictional and Theoretical Writings of Pierre Klossowski', Department of French Studies, University of Warwick, June 1997.

External examiner
, DPhil thesis: Adrian Morfee, ¿Waving not Drowning: Antonin Artaud and the Search for Plenitude (1923-48)', Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages and Literature, University of Oxford, March 1999.

Internal examiner, PhD thesis: Olga Cox Cameron, ¿The Relation of Language and Narrative Form to Psychotic Structures in the Early Work of Jacques Lacan', Department of French, University College Dublin, 2000.