Hélène Huet talking about Mapping Decadence.

Originally from Lille, France, I first came to the US in in 2005-2006, when I served as a teaching assistant at Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana.

I hold a Ph.D. in French and Francophone studies from Penn State University (May 2015), and my dissertation is entitled “Le livre décadent : éditer, illustrer, lire” (“The Decadent Book: Publishing, Illustrating, and Reading”). My research interests include Decadent literature as well as nineteenth-century French literature and history more broadly, the history of the book and publishing, bibliophiles, “livres de collection”, history of cosmetics, and digital humanities.

Since August 2015, I am the European Studies Librarian at the University of Florida. In this position, I help develop the collections of the UF libraries for French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish. In addition to acquiring books and other materials that have been suggested to me, I strive to ensure that the UF’s Libraries’ collections in my areas are world-class. Another one of my responsibilities involves helping students and faculty find the perfect sources and resources for their research projects. I also provide library instruction on a wide range of topics to undergraduate and graduate students, and even faculty. Finally, I collaborate with professors and instructors to design both digital pedagogy and research projects.

My two current Digital Humanities projects are Mapping Decadence and the WWI Diary of Albert Huet.

As the Chair of the Collection Development Working Group of the Collaborative Initiative for French Language Collections (CIFNAL), I am currently overseeing two projects: the French and Francophone Digital Humanities projects LibGuide compiles a number of French and Francophone Digital Humanities projects from around the world. Meanwhile, the Finding French and Francophone Special Collections website highlights French and Francophone Special Collections in American and Canadian universities. These are searchable through a database and a Google Map.

Last but not least, I am the Vice-Chair of the Florida Digital Humanities Consortium (FLDH), which is a collective of institutions in the State of Florida that seeks to promote an understanding of the humanities in light of digital technologies and research.


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I relocated to Gainesville, Florida in 2015, where I now live with my partner, historian, educator, writer, and podcaster Sean Trainor and my cat Lucy.
You can find me on Twitter at @superHH, as well as on LinkedIn.

One comment

  1. Helene, I’m a GIS professonal in South Carolina, also a PSU graduate. I have done a lot of map rectification- rescaling and repositioning. I would think that a good quality 1800s map of Paris could be located. I would be glad to find one and rectify it to fit your base.
    Might give a historic tone to your work.

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