Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute

Tulane University

Thomas A. Klingler

Professor - French & Italian

Contact Info
klingler@tulane.edu

Department Affiliation
French & Italian

Degrees

  • B.A., Manchester College, French, 1983
  • M.A., Indiana University, French Linguistics, 1986
  • M.A., Indiana University, General Linguistics, 1988
  • Ph.D., Indiana University, French Linguistics, 1992

Academic Experience

  • Associate Professor, Tulane University, 1998-2018
  • Assistant Professor, Tulane University, 1992-1998

Research & Teaching Specializations: Louisiana, Haiti, Language/Linguistics, Creole Languages and Cultures

Related Experience

  • Director of Graduate Studies, Department of French and Italian, Tulane University, 2000-2003
  • President, CODOFIL Consortium of Louisiana Universities and Colleges, 2002-2003
  • Reviewer, National Science Foundation, 1999
  • Research Assistant, Louisiana Creole Dictionary Project, 1988-1991
  • Editorial Board (comité scientifique) of Nouvelles Etudes Francophones. 2004-

Distinctions

  • Named Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Academic (Knight in the Order of the Academic Palmes) by the French Minister of Education, 2013
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Research Fellowship, 2004-2005
  • Louisiana Board of Regents Support Fund Enhancement Grant, 2003-2006
  • American Council of Learned Societies Research Fellowship, 2003-2004
  • Cane River National Heritage Area Research Grant, 2003-2004
  • Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities Outreach Grant, 2003

Languages:

  • French
  • German
  • Creole

Overseas Experience

  • Lesser Antilles
  • France
  • Haiti

Selected Publications

  • 2017. “La Louisiane.” In Reutner, Ursula (ed.). Manuel de francophonies. Situation sociolinguistique, aménagement linguistique et particularités du français. Berlin : de Gruyter. 394-428
  • 2015. “Beyond Cajun: Toward an expanded view of regional French in Louisiana.” In Picone, Michael D. and Catherine Evans Davies (eds.). New perspectives on language variety in the South. Historical and contemporary approaches. Tuscaloosa: The University of Alabama Press. 627-640.
  • 2013. “Louisiana Creole.” With Ingrid Neumann-Holzschuh. In The Survey of Pidgin and Creole Languages, vol II, Portuguese-based, Spanish-based, and French-based languages. Susanne Maria Michaelis, Philippe Maurer, Martin Haspelmath, and Magnus Huber, eds. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 229-240.
  • 2013. Le Bijou sur le Bayou Teche/The Jewel on the Bayou Teche. With students in FREN 4110/6110 Field Research on French in Louisiana. A documentary of language and culture along Lousiana’s Bayou Teche.
  • 2013. “Louisiana Creole structure dataset.” With Ingrid Neumann-Holzschuh. In Atlas of Pidgin and Creole Language Structures. Susanne Maria Michaelis, Philippe Maurer, Martin Haspelmath, and Magnus Huber, eds. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.
  • 2012. “French in a non-Acadian community: A phonological study of the French of Ville Platte, Louisiana.” With Chantal Lyche. In Phonological Variation in French: Illustrations from three continents. Gess Randall, Chantal Lyche and Trudel Meisenberg, eds. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. 275-312.
  • 2010. “Conversation à la Ville Platte (Louisiana Unis): langue et musique en Louisiane.” In Les variétes du francais parlé dans l’espace francophone. Ressources pour l’enseignement. Detey, Sylvain, Jacques Durand, Bernard Laks and Chantal Lyche, eds. Paris: Ophrys. ISBN 978-2-7080-1283-7. Partie VII, chap. 5. 341-354.
  • 2009. “How Much Acadian is there in Cajun?” In Acadians and Cajuns: The Politics and Culture of French Minorities in North America. Ursula Mathis-Moser and Günter Bischof, eds. Innsbruck: Innsbruck University Press. 91-103.
  • 2009. Dictionary of Louisiana French as Spoken in Cajun, Creole, and American Indian Communities. With Albert Valdman, et al. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi.
  • 2006. “Louisiana Creole at the periphery”. With Nathalie Dajko. In History, Society, and Variation in Pidgins and Creoles. Clancy J. Clements et al., eds. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. 11-28.
  • 2003. ‘‘If I Could Turn my Tongue Like That”: The Creole of Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press.
  • 1998. Dictionary of Louisiana Creole. With Albert Valdman et al. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.

Recently-Taught Latin American-Related Courses: FREN 4080: French Around the World, ANTH 6415: Pidgins and Creoles

Number of Dissertations or Theses Supervised in the Past 5 Years: 3

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Stone Center for Latin American Studies to host 11th annual Workshop on Field Research Methods

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Join us at the Stone Center for Latin American Studies for the 11th Annual Weekend Workshop on Field Research Methods on Saturday, January 26, 2019. The deadline to apply for the workshop is January 15, 2019.

How will you get the data you need for your thesis or dissertation? Do you envision immersing yourself for months in the local culture, or tromping the hills and farms seeking respondents? Sorting through dusty archives? Observing musicians at work in the plaza? Downloading and crunching numbers on a computer? For any of these approaches: How might you get there, from here?

This workshop aims to help you approach your data collection and analysis for your thesis or dissertation topic, and to adapt and refine your topic to be more feasible. You will take your research project ideas to the next stop—whatever that may be, include raising travel grants. Learn to:

  • Plan more efficiently, feasible, and rewarding fieldwork
  • Prepare more compelling and persuasive grant proposals
  • Navigate choices of research methods and course offerings on campus
  • Become a better research and fieldwork team-member

Format
This is an engaged, hands-on, informal workshop. Everyone shares ideas and participates. We will explore and compare research approaches, share experiences and brainstorm alternatives. You will be encouraged to think differently about your topic, questions, and study sites as well as language preparation, budgets, and logistics. The participatory format is intended to spark constructive new thinking, strategies, and student networks to continue learning about (and conducting) field research.

Who is leading this?
Laura Murphy, PhD, faculty in Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences, and affiliate faculty to the Stone Center for Latin American Studies.

Who is this for?
This workshop is targeted to Stone Center graduate students as well as graduate students from other programs (GOHB, CCC, humanities, sciences, and others) if space is available. The workshop will be particularly helpful for those who envision research with human subjects.

Sign up
Sign up as soon as you can! Apply by January 15, 2019, at the latest to confirm your stop. Send an email with the following details:

  • Your name
  • Department and Degree program
  • Year at Tulane
  • Prior experience in research, especially field research
  • Academic training in research design and methods
  • Include a 1-paragraph statement of your current research interests and immediate plans/needs (i.e. organize summer field research)

Light breakfast and lunch will be provided. Not for credit.

For more information and/or to apply: Contact Laura Murphy or Jimmy Huck.

In the Shadows of Slavery and Colonialism: A Symposium on Intersectionality and the Law

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The Tulane and New Orleans communities are invited to join the Newcomb College Institute (NCI) for a day-long symposium In the Shadows of Slavery and Colonialism: A Symposium on Intersectionality and the Law, which provides an opportunity for researchers affiliated with NCI to engage with distinguished scholars in their field around the legal and political legacies of slavery and colonialism through an intersectional lens.

The researchers for the 2019 symposium are scholars who have been NCI postdoctoral fellows in the past two years. The Symposium theme was selected based on shared issues in the work of these researchers. They are Dr. Bonnie Lucero of the University of Houston and Dr. Emma Shakeshaft of the ACLU of Wisconsin, both of whom were Law & Society Fellows at NCI from 2017-2018, and Dr. Maria R. Montalvo, NCI’s 2018-2019 Bonquois Fellow in Women’s History in the Gulf South.

NCI has been awarded a Carol Lavin Bernick Faculty Grant from Tulane to host this inaugural symposium with the hope and intention that it will become a biennial event. In 2016 the Carol Lavin Bernick Family Foundation initiated this unique grant program to support the research and teaching of Tulane faculty.

This year’s symposium will consist of three sessions, each of which includes a discussion between one NCI researcher, her chosen distinguished scholar, and the audience. The researchers will prepare papers in advance for these sessions. (RSVP below to receive copies of pre-circulated materials.)

The symposium will also include a Fridays at Newcomb lunchtime panel with all three invited scholars. The panel will be moderated by Tulane Professor Laura Rosanne Adderley and will explore the usefulness of intersectionality as a theoretical framework for revealing the legacies of slavery and colonialism. Fridays at Newcomb is a lecture series with speakers across disciplines that provides students with the opportunity to learn about subjects outside of their majors. Lunch is provided at every Fridays at Newcomb lecture and they are each free and open to the public.

The schedule will be as follows:

8:30 – 8:45 AM – Tulane President Michael Fitts has been invited to give opening remarks

8:45 – 10:00 AM – Bonnie Lucero and Deirdre Cooper Owens, a conversation about Dr. Lucero’s paper, “Reproducing Racial Hierarchy in Cuba’s Slave Society.” RSVP recommended.

10:15 – 11:30 AM – Emma Shakeshaft and Dorothy Roberts, a conversation about Dr. Shakeshaft’s paper, Race, Membership, and Sovereignty: the Benefits of Using a Comparative Approach When Analyzing Race in Transracial Adoption Cases. RSVP recommended.

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Fridays at Newcomb, In the Shadows of Slavery and Colonialism: The Uses of Intersectionality, Dorothy Roberts, Marisa Fuentes, and Deirdre Cooper Owens, moderated by Laura Rosanne Adderley, Associate Professor of History and Director of Africana Studies at Tulane University

1:30 PM – 2:45 PM – Maria R. Montalvo and Marisa J. Fuentes, a conversation about Dr. Montalvo’s paper, The Burden of Proof: Race, Freedom, and Litigation in the 1800s. RSVP recommended.

RSVP Information

In order to ensure the highest quality of engagement with each scholar’s work, NCI will collect RSVPs and will make the research essays available in advance to those who plan to attend the symposium sessions. Note that no RSVP is necessary for attendance at the Fridays at Newcomb lunchtime panel.

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City, Community, and Culture Symposium VOICES

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The City, Culture, and Community (CCC) program at Tulane University is now accepting submissions for the 2019 spring symposium to be held on February 9, 2019. The deadline to submit a proposal is December 21, 2018. The 2019 symposium, VOICES: Visibility, Orientation, Identity, Creativity, Environment, Spaces, seeks to understand creative approaches to how inequalities are negotiated: socially, culturally, and institutionally.

The symposium is looking for research that explores creative approaches to agency, institutional organization, and cultural production and consumption within complex social systems. What are the current issues facing our communities, institutions, and cities? How can we be creative and inclusive in our approach? We are interested in how scholars frame these questions in regards to race, gender, sexuality, and class. This symposium invites scholars to present work from a variety of disciplines, perspectives, theoretical frameworks, and methodologies. As the academy continues to evolve, interdisciplinarity proves more and more a necessity. This symposium intends to create an interdisciplinary space that can bring together scholars, practitioners, students, and community members to engage across lines and extend current conversations around agency, resilience, and social justice across the globe.

The keynote speaker, Dr. Ernesto Martinez, is an Associate Professor in Ethnic Studies at the University of Oregon. In his keynote address Queer Arousals in Contexts of Racialized Harm, Dr. Martinez conducts an intersectional analysis of the ways that queer men of color negotiate epistemic injustice through the creation and consumption of film, literature, and art. His research interests include queer ethnic studies, women of color feminisms, US Latinx literature and culture, and literary theory. He is the author of On Making Sense: Queer Race Narratives of Intelligibility (Stanford UP, 2012) and The Truly Diverse Faculty: New Dialogues in American Higher Education. (Palgrave, 2014). Along with his academic achievements, Dr. Martinez also writes bilingual Latinx children’s books, produces films (La Sarentata, 2017), and serves as a board member for the Association for Jotería Arts, Activism, and Scholarship (AJAAS), a queer Latinx grassroots organization dedicated to producing art and analyzing culture and politics in the context of activism.

Conference submissions are open to graduate students, outstanding undergraduates, educators, and practitioners. The symposium is a forum to showcase original research, theory expansion, innovative analysis, practical applications, and case studies. We welcome unpublished journal articles, area exam sections, dissertation chapters, working papers, and other forms of research analysis. As the space is intended to be for workshopping and dialoguing, literature reviews will not be considered. Presentations will be organized either in panels or individually.

The submission deadline is December 21, 2018. Any questions should be directed to tulaneccc@gmail.com.

Teaching Cuban Culture & Society: A K-12 Summer Educator Institute in Cuba

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APPLICATION DEADLINE: MARCH 8, 2019
Cost: $3300

Now, in its fifth year, the Stone Center for Latin American Studies and the Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute at Tulane University are proud to announce the return of our annual two-week summer educator institute exploring the geography, culture and history of Cuba. For an educator, Cuba is rich with lessons to bring into the classroom. This program highlights the important historical and cultural connections between the United States and Cuba. Participants will explore key sites and meet local experts and artists who will provide unique insight for educators who teach such subjects as U.S./Latin American Relations, World Geography, World History, and Spanish among others. Come and visit the site of the historic Bay of Pigs, explore Milton Hershey’s sugar plantation and hear firsthand about the Cuban national literacy campaign from the teachers themselves. In collaboration with The Hershey Story, The Museum on Chocolate Avenue.

Fill out the online APPLICATION here, due March 8, 2019. In addition, supplemental materials are also needed by March 8th in order for application to be considered complete.

Applicants also have the option to fill out and submit an Adobe PDF version of the APPLICATION. Please submit this application and the supplemental materials via email to crcrts@tulane.edu by March 8th, 2019.

Additional materials needed:

  • Two letters of recommendation (please make sure to have at least one recommendation letter from a colleague at your school) Please email your recommenders the PDF above. They submit via email the complete recommendation letter.
  • Copy of Passport
  • Sample lesson plan
  • $500 program deposit

THE PROGRAM INCLUDES:

  • Lodging at Casa Vera (double occupancy)
  • At least 1 meal a day (at Casa Vera and on excursions)
  • Transportation to/from airport to residence (if you arrive on time)
  • Medical insurance: Each participant will be covered for the entire program length by a travel health insurance policy.
  • Group tours and excursions, with associated transportation

THE PROGRAM DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Airfare to/from Miami: approx. $300-$600
  • Visa: $50-$100 depending on airline
  • Checked luggage ($25) + Overweight baggage: This constitutes anything in excess of maximum allowed luggage weight (50lbs), both going and returning from Cuba.
  • Communication: Internet and long distance/international calls
  • Additional meals (1 a day, snacks)
  • Taxi/ground transportation: Participants are responsible for expenses incurred getting around town during free time.
  • Admission to museums, events, etc.: Participants will be responsible for these expenses unless they are part of itinerary.
  • All materials and personal expenditures
  • Loss/Theft Travel Insurance: Please note only travel medical insurance is included in program. If you would like additional coverage (including insurance for loss of baggage, emergency cash transfers, etc.), it is recommended that you purchase additional insurance.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: MARCH 8, 2019

Please email crcrts@tulane.edu or call 504.865.5164 for additional details.