On Sunday 24 April. France goes to the polls to elect a president. This follows a first-round contest which saw President Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen finish first and second, advancing to the runoff election in what will be a re-run of the 2017 contest. The vote will take place amid a backdrop of war in Ukraine, rising inflation, and much uncertainty at European level. This event will examine the issues at stake in the election, for France and the European Union, and what is likely to happen.
Brought to you by the Maynooth Centre for European and Eurasian Studies (Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence) & MU Social Sciences Institute.
Professor Michael Cronin (Trinity College Dublin)
Dr. Emmanuelle Schön-Quinlivan (University College Cork)
Kevin Saudé (University of Limerick)
Lara Marlowe (French Corespondant - Irish Times)
Prof. John O'Brennan
|Professor Michael Cronin||Professor Michael Cronin holds the Chair of French at Trinity College Dublin. He received his BA from Trinity College Dublin, his MA from University College Dublin and his PhD from Trinity College Dublin for a dissertation on ludic elements in the prose fiction of Réjean Ducharme and Gérard Bessette. He taught in the Université of Tours, the École Normale Supéreiure (Cachan) and was Director of the Centre for Translation and Textual Studies at Dublin City University. He is a member of the Royal Irish Academy and an Officer in the Ordre des Palmes Académiques. Professor Cronin has published extensively on language, culture, translation and travel writing. Among his works are Across the Lines: travel, language, translation (2000), Translation and Identity (2006), The Expanding World: towards a politics of microspection (2012) and Eco-Translation: translation and ecology in the Age of the Anthropocene (2017). His current interests are in developing eco-criticism in relation to modern languages and translation, exploring the notion of ‘translation trauma’ in relation to population displacement and investigating language identities as mediated through travel
|Kevin Saudé||Kevin Saudé is a PhD candidate at the University of Limerick. His research, supervised by Dr. Rory Costello, looks at the effect of party system polarization on political identities in Western European electorates between 1999-2019. Kevin is originally from Lorraine, France, and came to Ireland at age 20. He worked in a variety of roles prior to attaining a First Class honours degree from the University of Limerick. Kevin also lectures in European Studies and Comparative European Politics.
|Dr Emmanuelle Schön-Quinlivan||Dr Emmanuelle Schön-Quinlivan holds a Jean Monnet Chair in Active European Citizenship (2021-24) and a Jean Monnet Teacher Training grant in 2022. The focus of those projects will be to develop a continuum of education on Ireland and the EU from Junior Infants to 6th year. Emmanuelle is also the Director of the UCC Hub in Active European Citizenship. This Hub is the home for all the programmes and activities emerging from the Jean Monnet Chair and Teacher Training. It will also become the focus for interdisciplinary collaboration in European Studies. Born in France, she graduated in European law and political science from La Sorbonne (BL), Sciences Po Paris (MA) and Edinburgh University (LLM). She completed her PhD on the institutional impact of the 2000-2005 Kinnock administrative reforms. She teaches European policy-making and institutional politics as well as French politics. Her research interests lie in the area of European politics. Emmanuelle has published Reforming the European Commission (Palgrave, 2011) as well as several articles and book chapters on the role of the European Commission as agenda-setter and policy-maker.
|Lara Marlowe||Lara Marlowe is a leading journalist on French politics and life, writing as France correspondent for The Irish Times. https://www.irishtimes.com/lara-marlowe-7.1837461
|Prof. John O' Brennan||John O' Brennan holds the Jean Monnet Chair in European integration in the Department of Sociology and is director of the Maynooth Centre for European and Eurasian Studies. His work focuses on European Union institutions and politics, and, specifically on the process and politics of the EU's Enlargement policy. His research output includes books, journal articles and book chapters on EU integration. He also works on Ireland's relationship with the European Union and is currently finishing a monograph which examines Ireland's experience of EU membership over 50 years since accession in 1973. O' Brennan is a board member and past Vice-President of the Irish Association for Contemporary European Studies (Iaces) and a member of the Irish government's Brexit Stakeholder Group since 2017.