Assistant Professor, Romance Languages and Literatures and Film, Television and Theatre; Associate Director of Ph.D. in Literature
Professor Morel’s research focuses on fiction and trauma, the city in literature, and critical theory. In 2010, he defended a doctoral dissertation in Comparative Literature at Paris 8 on contemporary German writers and Berlin as world literary space. Olivier Morel studied at the Institut d’Études Politiques (Sciences Po) before pursuing post-master's degrees in history and philosophy at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (Paris).
He worked for over thirteen years as a journalist, specializing in radio, but also contributing to print media such as Le Monde Diplomatique and La Quinzaine Littéraire, and television documentaries. He has contributed to many audio-visual projects and films, including a 2004 video installation for the Mémorial de la Shoah and the city of Paris based on interviews he conducted with Holocaust survivors. His book, Visages de la grande guerre, was published by Calmann-Lévy in 1998. Like much of his work, this text on international veterans from the First World War focuses on remembrances and accounts of survivors. From 1997 to 2007 he collected the accounts of the last WWI survivors across the world. His research led to the publication of several works and three documentary films: The Twentieth Century, three survivors (French Institut National de l’Audiovisuel, 1999), The Last from World War I (French History Channel, 2000), and Farewell 14 (French public television “France 2”, 2006). He has created two exhibits based on this work with photographer Didier Pazery, the first a permanent exposition at the Ossuaire de Douaumont (France) and the second a temporary installation in the Gare de l’Est in Paris scheduled to coincide with the hundredth anniversary of the outbreak of the Great War (2014).
In 2010, Olivier Morel completed a feature-length documentary film with Zadig Productions titled On the Bridge (L’Âme en sang; Amerika’s Verletzte Seelen). It aired in Fall 2011 on the European public television channel ARTE and received much acclaim in international film festivals, including a number in the United States.
His current work includes a forthcoming graphic novel titled “Revenants” (Futuropolis-Gallimard, 2013), a monograph on Berlin as literary capital (Presses Universitaires de Vincennes, 2014) and a documentary film for ARTE (2014).