Sylvie N Durmelat


Associate Professor
Postcolonial studies, Food studies, Immigration and minorities in France Diasporic cinema, The Algerian War of Independence, Algerian cinema


Department of French
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Sylvie Durmelat is Associate Professor in the Department of French and Francophone Studies at Georgetown
University where she teaches courses on representations of the Algerian war of independence, immigration and class in France, global Algerian cinema, and food and the French Empire. Her research, at the intersection of cultural and postcolonial studies, focuses on colonial legacies, narratives of immigration and integration in France, as well as foodways and issues of food production and consumption. Her publications include Fictions de l’intégration: du mot ‘beur’ à la politique de la mémoire and Screening Integration: Recasting Maghrebi Immigration in Contemporary France (co-edited with Vinay Swamy). She recently guest-edited a special issue of French Cultural Studies, titled “Food and the French Empire” forthcoming in May 2015. Recent publications include "Tasting displacement: couscous and the making of culinary citizenship in Maghrebi-French films" in Food and Foodways (May 2015). She is currently working on a book project titled “Processing Decolonization: How Couscous Became French”.


  • Ph.D. (1995) University of Michigan, French and Fancophone Literature