SFPS monthly mailing: September 2010

Society for Francophone Postcolonial Studies

 Between Utopia and Dystopia: The Afterlives of Empire

Friday 19 & Saturday 20 November 2010

In association with Liverpool University Press

and the Institut Français du Royaume-Uni

 Institut Français du Royaume-Uni
17 Queensberry Place
LONDON SW7 2DT

 PROGRAMME

 Friday, 19 November 2010

 9.30-10.30       Registration

 10.30-10:45     Opening Remarks – David Murphy

 10:45-12:15     Panel 1: Utopian Literary Futures

• “The Global Mediterranean: Literature and Migration” (Dominic Thomas)

• Speech and Utopia. Senghor’s Poetic Universalism (Michael G. Kelly)

• Decolonizing culture, decolonizing the intellectual: The First Congress of Black Writers and Artists (Paris, 1956) (Lucie Mercier)

 12.15-2.00       Lunch/AGM

 2.00-3.30         Panel 2: Parallel Sessions

 Panel 2a: Caribbean

• Hopes and Frustrations of Departmental Life: the Ambiguities of Martiniquan Attitudes towards the Colonial Inheritance (Sam Coombes) 

• Social Dispossession in Dystopian Guadeloupe: Nèg maron, Lettre ouverte à la jeunesse and the Strikes of 2009 (Louise Hardwick)

• “Returns to the native land”1: Dany Laferrière’s unresolved dilemma (Gabrielle Parker)

Panel 2b: Post-imperial Melancholia

• The afterlives of the national: Mediterranean melancholia in the contemporary Algerian novel (Edwige Tamalet Talbayev)

• From Melancholia to Utopia?: on the paradox of recent theory (Lucy Brisley)

• Historicizing the ‘Playground’: The Beach and Empire in Diasporic Island Literatures (Namrata Poddar)

3.30-3.45         Coffee

3.45-4.45         Panel 3: Parallel Sessions

Panel 3a: The Afterlives of the Ancien Régime’s Empire

• ‘Imagining the post-slavery future: travel writing and the afterlives of the Haitian revolution’ (Kate Hodgson)

• After ‘Loss’: Utopian Visions of French India during the Indian ‘Mutiny’ (1857–58) (Nicola Frith)

Panel 3b: Afro-pessimism and Disillusion

• Utopia/Dystopia: Williams Sassine and Afro-Pessimism (Charlotte Baker)

• La nation anti-impérialisme: désillusion et utopie dans Allah n’est pas obligé (2000) d’Ahmadou Kourouma (Nadra Hebouche)

 5.00-5.45         Keynote Speaker: Kate Marsh

‘Nous étions évidemment inspirés par l’exemple de l’Inde’: Idealization of 1947, the end of the Union française, and les ultimes confettis de l’Empire de Dupleix

6:00-7:30         Vin d’Honneur

8:00                 Dinner

 

Saturday, 20 November 2010

10.00-11:00     Panel 4: Parallel Sessions

 Panel 4a: Bande Dessinée

• Memory and Postmemory in Morvandiau’s D’Algérie (2007) (Ann Miller)

• Paradoxical Paradises: Gendered Interweavings of Utopia and Dystopia in the (Post-) Colonial Bande Dessinée (Catriona MacLeod)

Panel 4b: Sexuality and Narcissism

• L’affect mélancolique et la sexualisation des hautes aspirations d’indépendance africaine dans Juletane de Myriam Warner-Vieyra (Anna-Leena Toivanen)

• On a Politics of Narcissism in the African Postcolony: Maryse Condé’s Hérémakhonon (Kaiama L. Glover)

 11.00-11:15     Coffee/Tea

 11:15-12:45     Panel 5: Parallel Sessions

 Panel 5a: Algeria

• Albert Camus’ defence of a French Algeria as a utopian idea of nation or empire building and cultural merging (Heidi Bojsen)

• Postcolonial Algerian cinema: from a ‘constellation of revolt’ to the ‘crushed state of melancholia’ (Guy Austin)

• Shades of Grey: Challenging Utopian and Dystopian Representations of the Algerian War of Independence (Claire Eldridge)

 Panel 5b: Africa

• Ironie, satire, allégorie : la rhétorique de la contre-utopie postcoloniale chez Sembène et Ngũgĩ (Ousmane Ngom)

• Le néocolonialisme littéraire: la réception des “Soleils des indépendances” (1968-1970) d’Amadou Kourouma par les éditeurs et les critiques périphèriques (canadiennes) et métropolitaines (Vivan Steemers)

• Alternate History and the Disunited States of Africa (Taiwo Adetunji Osinubi)

 12.45-2.00       Lunch

 2.00-3.30         Panel 6: Utopian Pasts, Utopian Futures

• The Union Française, Eurafrique, and the fate of French late-colonial utopias (Stephen Tyre)

• La vision panafricaine de Kwame Nkrumah : de la réalité à l’utopie? (Amzat Boukari-Yabara)

• Past glories and oppressive tradition. Empires in European textbooks (Susanne Grindel)

3.30-3.45         Tea/Coffee

3.45-4.30         Keynote Speaker: Ferdinand de Jong (Chair: David Murphy)

Postcolonial Heterotopia: The Monument of the African Renaissance.

 4.45                                 Close of Conference

 

To register for the conference, please email sfpsconference@googlemail.com before Monday 8 November 2010.

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La littérature haïtienne contemporaine

10 novembre 2010

Université de Cergy-Pontoise – Site des ChênesSalle de conférences – 33 boulevard du Port à CergyResponsable : Sylvie BrodziakCentre de recherche Textes et francophonies – CRTF (EA1392) Programme

9 h 00 – 9 h 15: Accueil des participants

9 h 15 – 9 h 30: Ouverture par Madame Françoise Moulin Civil, présidente de l’université de Cergy Pontoise et Monsieur l’ambassadeur de Haïti en France, Fritzner Gaspard

9 h 30 – 10 h 30: Conférence inaugurale par le professeur Charles Forsdick (Liverpool). « “Un spectre oublié” : Toussaint Louverture et les enjeux de la représentation transculturelle »

10 h 30 – 11 h 00: Antony Soron (Paris IV-IUFM). De l’obstacle à la transparence : L’énigme du retour de Dany Laferrière ou la réponse limpide de l’écriture vibrante

11 h 00 – 11 h 30: Sylvie Brodziak (UCP). Bicentenaire ou le meurtre pour mémoire de Lyonel Trouillot

11 h 30 – 12 h 00: Corinne Blanchaud (UCP). René Depestre, homme banian

12 h 00 – 12 h 30: Débat

 

14 h 00 – 14 h 30: Fulvio Caccia (UCP). Écritures migrantes et transculture : les écrivains haïtiens de la diaspora et la modernité

14 h 30 – 15 h 00: Nicole Grepat (UCP). Marie-Célie Agnant : «Haïti et l’image de la mauvaise mère»

15 h 00 – 15 h 30: Lise Gauvin (Montréal). Présentation du fonds « Émile Ollivier » à Montréal

15 h 30 – 16 h 15: Débat et pause

16 h 15 – 16 h 45: Dominique Fattier (UCP). Quelques remarques sur le rapport langues/littérature dans une situation de contact de langues : Haïti, de l’Indépendance à nos jours

16 h 45 – 17 h 15: Christiane Chaulet Achour (UCP). « Une décennie de prix littéraires : René Depestre, Évelyne Trouillot, Gary Victor, Dany Laferrière, Lyonel Trouillot, Yanick Lahens »

17 h 15 – 18 h 00: Conclusion. Daniel Maximin, poète et écrivain, commissaire en charge de l’année de l’Outre Mer.

Soirée spectacle

“Mélovivi” ou le “Piège” de Frankétienne

(extraits) en ouverture de la Semaine de la solidarité internationale

Mercredi 10 novembre 2010 à 20 heures •

Auditorium du CRR

Compagnie Moun San Mélé – Mariann Matheus

Mise en scène : Mariann Matheus

 

« La planète titube, la planète trébuche, la planète vacille, la planète oscille,
la planète vire et chavire, en tressaillement de frayeur et déraillement de terreur…
Intenses battements du gouffre quand l’abîme nous avale. »

Frankétienne

Frankétienne poète, romancier, dramaturge, artiste-peintre, musicien, acteur, père du mouvement spiraliste, a reçu en juin 2010, l’insigne de Commandeur dans l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres par Frédéric Mitterrand, ministre de la Culture et de la Communication.

En janvier 2010, Frankétienne répétait sa pièce Mélovivi ou le Piège, devant se jouer quelques jours plus tard à Port-au-Prince, lorsque la terre a tremblé à Haïti, c’était le 12 janvier…

La stupeur passée, vu l’ampleur de la catastrophe, que peut-on faire ? : témoigner.

Témoigner en jouant des extraits du texte de Frankétienne qui parle du chaos, tiens justement, du chaos engendré par notre inconscience vis-à-vis de notre planète.

Nous présenterons Mélovivi en ouverture de la SSI, en reprenant les mots de Toto Bissainthe dans la chanson Rassemblement « Si Haïti est tombée, elle se redressera ». Et, pour dire à notre tour avec les jeunes de cette édition, comme tous les voisins de Frankétienne au moment où ils le découvraient, assis dans la rue, en pleurs, face à sa maison écroulée : « le poète est vivant, le poète est vivant ! ».

Entrée libre sur réservation auprès du CRR de Cergy-Pontoise
Conservatoire à rayonnement régional de Cergy-Pontoise
Parvis de la Préfecture – BP 80309 – 95027 Cergy-Pontoise cedex
Tél. : 01 34 41 42 53

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Call for Papers

The Complexity and Originality of Camus’s Writings

Session ID: 11078

 42nd Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)

April 7-10, 2011

New Brunswick, NY – Hyatt New Brunswick

Host Institution:  Rutgers University

 

This year marked the fiftieth anniversary of Camus’s death. His death interrupted his career as Camus was still writing when he had his tragic accident. Fifty years later, his work still has a tremendous impact on XXIst century literature. We still find his writings interesting and relevant, and they seem to offer comments on our world and our literature today. Throughout his life and career, Camus demonstrated a high concern for writing, for the other and for social and political events. Camus was involved in communism and then backed-out, he took a stance in the Algerian independence process, etc. He was often considered an existentialist writer, and some critics still view him as an existentialist. But his writings and thinking demonstrate that he cannot be classified in that category. In his articles, in his fictions, in his more philosophical work, the ideas he expressed and the way he expressed them, always keeping in mind the importance of writing, are indeed evidence of the fact that he transcended categories and could not be easily labeled. This impossibility contributes to the richness of his writings.

In this panel, we would like to explore and understand the complexity of Camus’s work. We invite approaches that concentrate on the original aspects of his writings and would like to explore how and why they are still relevant for us today. Possibility of publication after the conference. Please submit 300-word abstracts in English or French to Emmanuelle Vanborre:

Emmanuelle.Vanborre@gordon.edu 

Deadline:  September 30, 2010

Please include with your abstract:

Name and Affiliation

Email address

Postal address

Telephone number

A/V requirements (if any; $10 handling fee with registration)

 The 42nd Annual Convention will feature approximately 360 sessions, as well as dynamic speakers and cultural events.  Details and the complete Call for Papers for the 2011 Convention will be posted in June: www.nemla.org. 

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APPEL A COMMUNICATIONS

 

Nouvelles francophonies et langues coloniales dans un monde global

7-9 avril 2011
Université de l’Illinois à Urbana-Champaign
Département de français

Conférenciers invités :
Professeure Sylvie Dubois, Louisiana State University
Professeure Françoise Lionnet, University of California Los Angeles
Professeur émérite Albert Valdman, Indiana University

Langues: français et anglais

Organisateurs: Adlai Murdoch et Zsuzsanna Fagyal

Cette conférence interdisciplinaire sur les francophonies est née d’un intérêt pour les
frontières, les limites, les points de contact et de mélange entre les langues, les
communautés et les réseaux (politiques et sociaux), mais aussi pour les contacts
entre les genres, les disciplines, et les paradigmes. Nous réfléchirons aux manières
dont la langue française et les autres communautés de langue des anciennes
colonies s’imaginent à travers la culture, ce dernier terme faisant référence aux
moyens d’exprimer l’identité dans les discours écrits et parlés, la littérature, le
théâtre, la langue et la musique.

Voici quelques questions et thèmes clés qui seront considérés pour les sessions et
communications envisagées:

–       Combien  y a-t-il de francophonies ? Comment s’articulent-elles dans différentes
régions du monde ?
–       Dans quelle mesure peut-on parler de « variétés du français dans le monde » ?
Cette expression serait-elle équivalente à World Frenches?
–       Existe-t-il des visions ou des modèles concurrents de la mondialisation?
Comment peuvent-ils/elles influencer l’étude des langues, des régions, et les
disciplines?
–       Dans quelle mesure des liens géographiques et historiques sont-ils tissés entre
les espaces d’écriture et les espaces de représentation ?  Comment ce tissage
éventuel se manifeste-t-il?
–       Quelle est l’importance des sujets (connexes ?) suivants pour la langue
française dans le contexte de la mondialisation : les langues véhiculaires, le code-
switching, les entre-deux linguistiques et l’hybridité culturelle, et enfin l’existence de
communautés de langue isolées ?
–       Quelle importance accorder à la présence française, à l’époque coloniale aussi
bien qu’aujourd’hui, dans de nombreux endroits du monde francophone?
–       Quels sont les avantages et les limites de la mise en place d’une politique
officielle en matière de langue ? L’usage effectif de la langue rend-il problématiques
certaines de ces politiques?
–       Quels sont les avantages et les limites des normes scolaires, des pratiques et
des politiques concernant la hiérarchisation et l’utilisation des langues ? Dans quelle
mesure ces questions peuvent-elles déterminer l’avenir des études universitaires dans
le domaine de la francophonie ?

Les organisateurs se proposent d’engager le débat à partir des questions ci-dessus et
dans de multiples perspectives: linguistiques, historiques, littéraires et culturelles.
Cette multiplicité d’approches semble particulièrement appropriée dans la mesure où
le terme même de francophonie implique à la fois la langue et la littérature produites à
des époques et dans des espaces historiquement déterminés. L’objectif de la
conférence sera d’encourager les participants à dépasser les frontières disciplinaires
dans le but de trouver de nouveaux moyens d’aborder les questions posées et de
soulever des questions inédites.

Date limite pour l’envoi des propositions de communication : LE  15 OCTOBRE  2010

Les propositions doivent être envoyées par courriel à la fois  comme texte dans le
courriel ET en pièce jointe en format MSWord à l’adresse suivante:
newfrancophonies@gmail.com

Les communications pourront être en français ou en anglais. La publication d’un choix
de communications de la conférence est envisagée dans un ou plusieurs volumes
collectifs et/ou numéros spéciaux de revues.

Les propositions doivent impérativement inclure les informations suivantes :
–       Nom
–       Affiliation universitaire
–       Adresse électronique
–       Adresse, numéro de téléphone et fax
–       Titre de la communication ou de la session
–       Brève description de la communication (250-500 mots)

CALL FOR PAPERS

New Francophonies and Colonial Languages in a Global World
Nouvelles francophonies et langues coloniales dans un monde global

April 7-9, 2011
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Department of French

Keynote speakers:
Professor Sylvie Dubois, Louisiana State University
Professor Françoise Lionnet, University of California Los Angeles
Professor Emeritus Albert Valdman, Indiana University

Languages: French and English

Organizers: Adlai Murdoch and Zsuzsanna Fagyal

This interdisciplinary conference on francophonies grows out of an interest in borders,
boundaries, points of interface and mixing—between languages, communities and
networks (political and social), as well as genres, disciplines, and paradigms. It will
consider the ways in which French and other former colonial language communities
imagine themselves through culture, where we understand culture as a means of
expressing identity in and through spoken and written discourse, literature, drama,
speech, and music.

Among the key questions and themes for possible panels and presentations are the
following:
       How many francophonies are there?n In what ways do they articulate themselves
in different places?
       Ton what extent are there, or will there be world Frenches?
       Are theren competing models or visions of globality or globalization, and how
might they impact the study of languages, regions, and disciplines?
       To whatn extent are there geographical and historical links between spaces of
writing and those of representation, and how (if at all) do the former impact the latter?
       What is the importance of such (related?) subjects as languesn véhiculaires,
code-switching, linguistic in-betweens and cultural hybridity, and the existence of self-
contained language communities for French in a global context?
       What importance should be accorded to France’sn colonial presence and
continuing influence in many of these locations?
  n     What are the benefits and limitations of holding an official policy towards
language, and does actual usage test the boundaries of such official policies over
time?
       What are the benefits and limitations ofn academic standards, practices and
policies with regard to language divisions and language use? How will these issues
shape the future of graduate studies in the field?

The conference proposes to engage a potentially complex debate by addressing the
issues from linguistic, historical and literary/cultural perspectives. This is appropriate
since the term francophonie implies both language and literature produced in historical
times and places. Our goal will be to encourage the participants to bridge disciplinary
boundaries in order to find fresh entries into the questions raised and to propose
entirely new questions.

Deadline for submission of abstracts: OCTOBER 15, 2010

Submissions in French or in English should be sent electronically both as text (in the
body of the email) and as MSWord attachment to the following e-mail address:
newfrancophonies@gmail.com

Papers may be given in French or in English. Presentations selected for the
conference will be considered for subsequent publication in one or more edited
volumes and/or journal special issues. All submissions must contain the following
information:

•       Name
•       Affiliation
•       E-mail address
•       Mailing address, phone and fax number
•       Title of proposed paper or panel
•       Brief description of same (250-500 words)

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CALL FOR PAPERS

The Dialectics of Orientalism in Early Modern Europe, 1492-1700

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, October 7-8, 2011

 In early modern Europe, discourses on and images of the Orient and Islam are inextricably tied to the rise of national consciousness and the formation of a European identity as several Western states were striving for imperial supremacy. The goal of this international and interdisciplinary conference is to explore the dialectical function of early modern Orientalism for the creation of different notions of a collective self: national, European, and/or imperial.

 We invite proposals for contributions that analyze the multiple uses of an imaginary Islam and Orient and compare at least two national orientalist discourses and/or the intersection of nation-building and the invention of Europeanness catalyzed through these discourses. Beyond being simplifications, what role do stereotypes play in the complex and often contradictory rhetorical dynamics that served to articulate, implement and promote both internal policies and supranational endeavors of imperial supremacy? To whom are these stereotypical representations addressed and through what media? In what instances does the creation of a fictive homogeneous nation lead to the conceptual “islamization” of minority groups? Is there a competition among European nation-states for the hegemony in the representation of the Oriental, and in which ways does it feed into a transnational rivalry for imperial power? What does the comparison of different national accounts of Orientalism reveal about the supposed homogeneity of the stereotypical Muslim?

 Proposals for presentations of 20-25 min that address any of these or related questions will be evaluated by an interdisciplinary organizing committee. The conference language is English.

 Please send a 250-500 word abstract by November 15 to earlymodernorientalism@illinois.edu, along with information about your professional affiliation and a brief cv or a reference to your personal website.

 For more information, visit www.earlymodernorientalism.illinois.edu or contact the organizers:

 Marcus Keller (Department of French): mkeller@illinois.edu

Javier Irigoyen-García (Department of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese): irigoyen@illinois.edu

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Call for Papers

 The Francophone African Intellectual

This panel will discuss the definitions and activities of the Francophone African intellectual, discussing such issues as the issues s/he engages, the fields s/he occupies, her/his residence and his/her relations with the State and the people. We will consider proposals defining this figure in the broadest terms, and his/her engagement across a wide field of culture, including literature,cinema and cultural criticism. Please send abstracts to Christopher Hogarth christopher.hogarth@wagner.edu by September 30th, 2010.

 April 7-10, 2011 New Brunswick, New Jersey

The 42nd Annual Convention will feature approximately 350 sessions, as well as dynamic speakers and cultural events. Interested participants may submit abstracts to more than one NeMLA session; however, panelists can only present one paper (panel or seminar). Convention participants may present a paper at a panel and also present at a creative session or participate in a roundtable.
Abstract Deadline: September 30, 2010

Please include with your abstract:

  • Name and Affiliation
  • Email address
  • A/V requirements (if any; $10 handling fee)

Dr. Christopher Hogarth,

Assistant Professor,

Department of English,

Wagner College

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“CARIBBEAN UNBOUND V: Vodou & Créolité”

Franklin College Conference on

Caribbean Literature & Culture

Keynote Speaker: Simone Schwarz-Bart, novelist & playwright

CALL FOR PAPERS

Possible panel topics:

Vodou & Gender / L‟oeuvre de Simone Schwarz-Bart / Materialism and Folk Religion/ Zombies and „revenants‟ in novels by André and Simone Schwarz-Bart/ Chamoiseau et l‟oralité / Caribbean Cityscapes / Traumas / Diasporic Vodou / Representation of Caribbean Women/ Comparative Caribbean Fiction / Caribbean Literary Chronologies: Négritude, Antillianité, and Créolité (Negritud-Negrismo, Antillanidad e Hibridez)/ Caribbean Modernity/ Caribbean Cinema & Films about the Caribbean/ Literary Expressions of the Haitian Diaspora in Québec/ Caribbean Performance: Theater, Dance & Music/ Travel Writing / Migration to and from the Caribbean / Reunifying Hispaniola/ Women Voicing Caribbean Realities / Caribbean Autobiography/ Creole Religions of the Caribbean Cultural Zone: Santéria, Candomblé and Vodou/ Anglophone Caribbean Poetry/ Ambiguities of Race, Class and Gender/ Diaspora(s) / Indigenism, Spiralism and Magical Realism / Contemporary French West Indian Fiction/ Conflicting Nationalisms in Haiti and the Dominican Republic / Interplays of Voice, Place and Time/ Vodou and the Haitian Revolution/ The Blacksmiths of Croix-des-Bouquets (in conjunction with “Il Museo delle Culture Extraeuropee” in Lugano) / Caribbeans in Switzerland

DEADLINE for Proposals: submit panel & presentation titles along

with a 100 word abstract (via WORD attachment ) by September 25, 2010

Thursday evening, April 7th – Saturday, April 9th, 2011

Location: Franklin College Switzerland

Via Ponte Tresa 29, 6924 Sorengo (Lugano), Switzerland

Tel: +41 91 985 22 60 Fax: +41 91 994 41 17

Fees for Registration: 175 Swiss Francs (60 sfr. for graduate students), which include a Caribbean dinner prepared by Franklin College students and staff

For further information contact Prof. Robert H. McCormick, Jr.

Email: rmccormick@fc.edu

Tel. +41.91.986.36.31, website: www.fc.edu

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Vacancies

Assistant Professor of French

The department of French and Italian within the Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages at Stanford University is seeking applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in French.  Applicants will be expected to teach courses at both the graduate and undergraduate levels in the area of Francophone studies, with preference given to specialists in Caribbean and/or African literature (Maghreb included).  Native or near native fluency in French (and English) is required; fluency in one or more additional relevant languages is preferred.

Applicants should send curriculum vitae (including list of publications), writing sample, and three letters of reference to Director of French and Italian, c/o Allen Sciutto, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford, CA 94305-2005. Inquiries should be directed to Allen Sciutto, 650-725-6137, or allen.sciutto@stanford.edu. For full consideration, materials must be received by November 1, 2010. The term of appointment would begin September 1, 2011.

Stanford University is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty.  It welcomes nominations of, and applications from, women and members of minority groups, as well as others who would bring additional dimensions to the university’s research and teaching missions.

 

Dan Edelstein
Associate professor of French
Director of undergraduate studies, DLCL
Chair of undergraduate studies, French

Department of French and Italian
Division of Literatures, Culture, and Languages (DLCL)
Stanford University
Stanford, CA 94305-2010
Phone: (650) 724-9881
Website <http://www.stanford.edu/dept/fren-ital/cgi-bin/?q=node/26>
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