2016 “The Empire of Letters: Enlightenment-Era French Salons,” with Chloe Edmondson, Networks of European Enlightenment Conference, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, April.

2015 “Social Networks in the Enlightenment: The Case of Parisian Salons,” Marcus Orr Center for the Humanities' Brown Bag Lecture, University of Memphis, Memphis, TN, September.

2015 “The Milieu of the Prisoner of War Camp in La Grande Illusion,” University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, NC, April.


2016 “The Global Geography of Le Curé de village,” Nineteenth-Century French Studies, Brown University, Providence, RI, October.

2016 “Nineteenth-Century Salons: A Latter-Day ‘Republic of Letters’?,” The Making of the Humanities V Conference, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, October.

2016 “Spying on the Dead: Contemporary Ethics of Privacy for the Pre-Internet Age,” American Association of Comparative Literature, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, March.

2016 "The Ecosystem of Print: The Case of Delphine de Girardin’s Parisian Salon," Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies, Appalachian State University, Asheville, NC, March.

2016 “Literary Readings in the Age of the Newspaper: Delphine de Girardin’s Parisian Salon, 1836-1843,” Society for French Historical Studies, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, March.

2015 “Reclaiming Feminist Literary History through Digital Mapping,” Northeastern Modern Language Association, Toronto, ON, May.

2015 “Social Versus Spatial Networks in Balzac’s Human Geography,” American Association of Comparative Literature, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, March.

2014 “Collections or Collectivities: Physionomies as Interconnected Fluid Systems,” Nineteenth-Century French Studies, San Juan, PR, October.

2014 “Networks in Literary History: The Salons Project,” Digital Humanities Forum, University of Kansas, September.

2014 “Using Images, Charts, and Maps to Stimulate Conversation,” Association of American Teachers of French, New Orleans, LA, July.

2014 “Ethics and the Novel: Kant versus Constant,” Midsouth Philosophy Conference, Rhodes College, Memphis, TN, February.

2013 “From the Faubourg Saint-Germain to the Bas Fonds: Mapping the Trajectories of Balzac’s Minor Characters,” Nineteenth-Century French Studies, Richmond, VA, October.

2013 “Street Art and the Paris Establishment: The Case of le M.U.R.,” The Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present, Detroit, MI, October.

2013 “Visualizing Rural Populations,” THAT Camp Southeast Missouri, Arcadia, MO, September.

2013 “Mapping Fuzzy Logic and Fictional Universes,” THAT Camp Alabama, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, August.

2013 “Literary Salons, Bourgeois Cercles: Social Networks and the Aesthetics of the Post-Revolutionary Salon,” American Comparative Literature Association, University of Toronto, April, part of panel “Occupy the Territory: Mapping and Unmapping Social Space in Nineteenth-Century Europe,” organized with Meghan Freeman, Oregon State University.

2012 “Mapping French Salons: 1700-1914,” LENS Mapping People Symposium, University of Redlands, Redlands, CA, October.

2012 “The bal bourgeois: Taste, Excess, and Social Distinction,” Nineteenth-Century French Studies Conference, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, October.

2012 “Comment se vendre : L’escroquerie et le marketing dans ‘La vie publique et privée de mossieu Réac’ de Nadar,” Presse, prostitution, bas-fonds dans l'espace médiatique francophone, Colloque international, Université Laval, Québec, Canada, June.

2012 “Enrichissez-vous: Speculation in the comédies-vaudevilles and Balzac,” American Comparative Literature Association, Providence, RI, March.

2012 “The Melodrama of History: Carlyle, Dickens, and Sand on the Morality of the Revolution,” Modern Language Association, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, January.

2011 “French Salons and Utopian Ideals,” French Culture Workshop, Stanford University, CA, December.

2011 “Above the Law: Reviving the Marquise de Brinvilliers,” Nineteenth-Century French Studies Conference, Philadelphia, PA, October.

2011 “French Salons: Death or Renewal? The Case of Sophie Gay and Delphine de Girardin,” Humanities Education and Research Association, San Francisco, CA, February.

2009 “Is Socialism the Opiate of the Masses?: Politics as Religion,” Modern Language Association, Philadelphia, PA, December.

2009 “The Cult of the Nobility: Nineteenth-Century Heraldry and Arms,” Nineteenth-Century French Studies Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah, October.

2009 “Balzac and the Stock Market,” Nineteenth-Century French Studies Conference, Salt Lake City, UT, October.

2009 “Noble Signs, Bourgeois Readers,” French Culture Workshop, Stanford University, CA May.

2009 “Adolphe: The Necessary Destruction of Tradition, Spontaneity and Unreason,” University of Chicago, IL, Romance Languages Graduate Conference, May.

2009 “Anti-Romantic War Heroes: T.E. Lawrence and René Char,” Avatars: Personae, Heteronyms, Pseudonyms, Comparative Literature Graduate Conference, Stanford University, CA, April.

2008 “Stendhal: Audience Construction and Romantic Irony,” Aesthetics Workshop, Stanford University, CA.

Melanie R. Conroy | | Assistant Professor of French