Dalhousie celebrates published professors

100 issues a proud achievement for the Dalhousie French program

Dr. Christopher Elson speaks about his work with translations, research and writing. Photo: Dylan McAteer

The French faculty at Dalhousie University is one of the more popular among the language programs. Recently, the department celebrated a milestone with their journal, Dalhousie French Studies, finally reaching a triple-digit issue number.

Founded in 1979, the French department released this now quarterly journal, which has gained global attention. The journal provides an examination of French literature, critical appraisals and book reviews.

“It’s on to the second hundred issues of Dal French studies and it’s a lot of work for department members to put together,” said department chair Dr. Christopher Elson.

At the same time, the faculty is celebrating the recent publications of professors. In honour of these achievements, they held a book launch.

Each professor had the opportunity to stand up in front of the room for five to 10 minutes to speak about their recent work. The books could all be found on a desk at the centre of the room for everyone to leaf through at the end of the presentation. One of the most highly anticipated works is Jasmina Milicevic’s Introduction à la linguistique, vols 1-3. A thorough examination of linguistics, Milicevic’s work underlines what the professors aim to do.

“They see that beyond our teaching capacities they link up to these research projects and the publications that flow from them,” says Elson. “I think it’s really good for students to see that full spectrum.”

The books have an international readership being published across Canada, the United States, Italy and France. These works are bringing attention to the department and the university from around the world, says Elson.

“It underlines the quality of the research we do, because these projects can be a long time in the making,” Elson said.

With hours of research, translations and writing, the professors set the example for students, both graduate and undergraduate.

“I think it will be worthwhile because I think students sometimes don’t understand the deep link between research and teaching,” said Dr. Michael Bishop. “Without research, your teaching becomes stale.”