The Center for Interdisciplinary French Studies was pleased to host Professor Sylvie Daviet who is currently a professor of Geography at Aix-Marseille Université. She is an economic and social geographer with a strong interest in territorial development, innovation, entrepreneurship, industrial restructuring, and labor geography. She held a Jean Monnet permanent course from 1998 to 2001 on the Regional Policy of the European Union.
From September 21st – 24th, Sylvie had the opportunity to meet with several different UW faculty and staff, engage with students and visit the many different bustling parts of the UW Campus.
Starting out her visit, she met with UW Study Abroad director Dan Gold, to discuss one of our signature UW Madison Study Abroad Program’s in partnership with Aix-Marseille Université. That evening, French undergraduate and graduate students from UW-Madison and Aix-Marseille were able to discuss their experiences studying at UW-Madison with Prof. Daviet, while dining at the French House.
Accompanied by Professional French Master’s Student Kristin Ehlert, Prof. Daviet visted the top of Van Vleck for the best views of the campus from lake Mendota all the way to the capital building. While enjoying croissants and coffee at the Wisconsin Insitute for Discovery, they discussed the differences between French and American higher education systems as Kristin recently finished an internship at the Université Paris-Saclay. Later on in the day, Sylvie made her way to Professor Gilles Bousquet’s Doctors without Borders Class to present and to engage with current UW-Madison students.
On her final day on the UW-Madison Campus, CIFS and the Center for European Studies hosted what was the main event of her visit, titled “The French 2022 Elections and the Transformations of French Politics” at the French House. In collaboration, Prof. Daviet and UW-Madison Professor Laird Boswell offered their insights to UW-Madison students from varying disciplines regarding the French 2022 elections. They presented on the transformations of the political landscape in domestic French Politics and answered questions from students.
The visit of Professor Sylvie Daviet was an exciting opportunity for UW-Madison Students, Staff and Faculty to collaborate and discuss the French 2022 elections. The Center for European Studies and CIFS were extremely thrilled to have organized and hosted this successful event, engaging students from all disciplines and welcoming world class experts to discuss these important shifts in the current French political climate.