Sofie Lachapelle | Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies

Sofie Lachapelle

Portrait of Dr. Sofie LaChappelle in front of U of G's Massey Hall

Email: 
slachap@uoguelph.ca
Summary: 

My present research project explores the intersections between the normalisation of voice sounds and understandings of national identity.

Program

History

About My Research...

My research deals with the history of science as it relates to culture, entertainment, and religion in Modern France. My present project "Properly Speaking: The Development of French Sound, 1830-1914" (a SSHRC funded collaboration with UofGuelph musicologist Kimberly Francis) explores the linguistic soundscapes of 19th-century France and the normalisation of voice sounds through education, medicine, law, culture, entertainment, and phonetics. Other research interests include my recent monograph Conjuring Science: A History of Scientific Entertainment and Stage Magic in Modern France (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), which explores the relationship of science, magic and entertainment in 19th and early 20th-century France.

How My Research Improves Life...

My present research project explores the intersections between the normalisation of voice sounds and understandings of national identity. By focusing on 19th-century France, it seeks to answer broader questions about the relationship of voice sounds to nationhood.