SFPS Monthly Mailing – December 2017

SFPS Monthly Mailing: December 2017

  1. Calls for Papers

1.1 Call for Proposals: Teaching French Neoclassical Tragedy: MLA Options for Teaching Series (Deadline: 5 January)

1.2 The Expression of Marronnage in the English and French-speaking Caribbean in the 20th and 21st Centuries: Study Day (Deadline: 5 January)

1.3 Répétition/Répétition: The Society for French Studies Postgraduate Conference 2018 (Deadline: 5 January 2018)

1.4 Conflict: ASMC and SSFH Postgraduate Study Day (Deadline: 12 January 2018)

1.5 Archives of Resistance: Cosmopolitanism, Memory and World Literature (Deadline: 15 January 2018)

1.6 Call for Submissions: “Nationalism, Nativism, and the Revolt against Globalization (Deadline: 15 January 2018)

1.7 Power in Dystopia: Boston University Romance Studies Graduate Student Conference (Deadline: 15 January 2018)

1.8 Unveiling Hidden Discourses: 1968 Fifty Years Later  (Deadline: 31 January 2018)

1.9 Call for Submissions: Slavery, Memory and Literature Volume (Deadline: 1 February 2018)

1.10 New Forms of Expression in the French and Francophone Worlds: ASMCF Annual Conference (Deadline: 2 March 2018)

 

  1. Job Opportunities

2.1 Polonsky Postdoctoral Fellowships, Van Leer Institute, Jerusalem (Deadline: 7 January 2018)

2.2 Distinguished Professorship, Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures at East Carolina University (Deadline: 8 January 2018)

2.3 Hamilton Junior Research Fellowship in French, The Queen’s College, Oxford (Deadline: 15 January 2018)

2.4 Junior Research Fellowship, Trinity College, University of Oxford (Deadline: 25 January 2018)

2.5 Fellowships at Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies (Deadline: 31 January 2018)

 

  1. Announcements

3.1 Le Maghreb-Orient des livres (2-4 février 2018)

 

  1. New Titles

4.1 Postcolonial Europe Comparative Reflections after the Empires (Rowman & Littlefield, 2017)

4.2 Traces of War: Interpreting Ethics and Trauma in Twentieth-Century French Writing (Liverpool University Press, 2017)

4.3 Assia Djebar et la transgression des limites linguistiques, littéraires et culturelles (Classiques Garnier, 2017)

4.4 Les Soleils des indépendances d’Ahmadou Kourouma: Une longue genèse (CNRS Éditions, 2017)

4.5 Aesthetic Citizenship Immigration and Theater in Twenty-First-Century Paris (Northwestern University Press, 2017)

 

  1. Calls for Papers/Contributions

1.1 Call for Proposals: Teaching French Neoclassical Tragedy: MLA Options for Teaching Series

Profs. Hélène Bilis and Ellen McClure invite proposals for a volume entitled Teaching French Neoclassical Tragedy to appear in the Options for Teaching Series published by the Modern Languages Association. A guiding question for our volume will be: why teach French neoclassical tragedy, and why now?

The purpose of this volume is to allow faculty teaching across the academic spectrum, in a wide variety of disciplines, to introduce French neoclassical tragedies to students in a manner that emphasizes both the corpus’s irreducible strangeness and its piercing relevance to our own troubled and transitional times. The volume will be keen to showcase essays that seek to move past, or at least rethink, categories that in large part were imposed on this corpus during the past three hundred years. Essays that place the theatrical texts in productive dialogue with salon culture, the rise of the novel, developments in philosophy and science will be of particular interest, as will contributions that restore women to their status as full participants- as spectators, critics, and playwrights- in the theatrical conversation. In addition, we will also welcome submissions by scholars attentive to the newly emergent global history who draw attention to French neoclassical theater’s engagement with ideas and works from other national traditions, including European colonial expansion and Francophone spaces beyond metropolitan France. In short, we hope to establish a bidirectional conversation between specialists and non-specialists that will open this compellingly complex corpus to new perspectives and audiences.

Although all the essays will have primarily pedagogical aims, the volume will dedicate a section devoted to nuts and bolts issues in the classroom, with essays that outline successful assignments and practices. We will be careful to address a range of challenges and concerns that would be pertinent to a diversity of institutional settings and a varie-ty of pedagogical formats: early modern courses, survey courses, first-year writing courses, comparative approaches to tragedy, seminars on politics and literature, and courses in translation. Finally, we hope to present innovative work on neoclassical tragedy in a variety of Digital Humanities approaches.

Please send 500-word proposals for essays which will range between 3,000–3,500 words by January 5, 2018 to hbilis@wellesley.edu and ellenmc@uic.edu. Proposals should include the name(s) of the writer(s) proposed for discussion and the argumentative thrust of the proposed article as well as clear pedagogic implications. We would be happy to discuss potential proposals ahead of submissions and we encourage you to contact us if you’re considering writing a proposal.

 

1.2 The Expression of Marronnage in the English and French-speaking Caribbean in the 20th and 21st Centuries: Study Day

27 March 2018

Schoelcher, Martinique

This Study Day is an invitation to consider the existence of contemporary marronnage in the English and French-speaking Caribbean. What is left of marronnage in the 20th and 21st centuries? And what are its connections to resistance during slavery? Issues that participants may address include: – Marronnage and literary-artistic aesthetics – Marronnage and Caribbean culture – Marronnage and social transformation – Forms of emergence of maroons in literature – Maroon writing and aesthetics – Marronnage, body and representation – Marronnage and maroon communities The Study Day is organized by Alexandra Roch, Professor of Anglophone Studies at the University of the Antilles, Schoelcher campus, and author of Le Marronnage dans la littérature caribéenne (Paris: L’Harmattan, 2017). Proposals of approximately 350 words, in English or French, should be accompanied by a brief bibliography, should mention one’s institutional affiliation, and should be emailed to alexandraroch@yahoo.fr before January 5, 2018. Participation in the Study Day may take place via video conference (Skype). A publication of the proceedings of the Study Day is foreseen after selection of the best presentations.

For more information, see https://repeatingislands.com/2017/12/19/cfp-contemporary-marronnage/.

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L’expression du marronnage dans la Caraïbe anglophone et francophone au XXe et XXIe siècles

27 mars 2018

Schoelcher, Martinique

Le marronnage est l’expression de résistance de l’esclave déporté d’Afrique qui apparaît sous diverses formes dans la Caraïbe. Généralement associé à la fuite dans les bois et dans les espaces reclus, le marronnage  comprend aussi d’autres formes de résistances menées au sein même de la plantation comme l’empoisonnement ou encore le sabotage. Il constitue pour ces noirs africains un processus de refus de la traite, des modes de vie servile et des pensées imposées par les colonisateurs. C’est ainsi que le marronnage est une « conduite spécifique au sein du système esclavagiste […qui] au sens propre naît et meurt avec l’esclavage » (Rochmann 5).

Toutefois depuis quelques  décennies, nous assistons à un essor du marronnage qui n’intéresse plus seulement les historiens mais concerne également les philosophes, les sociologues, les littéraires, les anthropologues.

Cette journée d’étude invite donc à se questionner sur le marronnage dans la Caraïbe anglophone et francophone au XX et XXIe siècle. Que reste t-il du marronnage de nos jours ? Peut-on considérer l’existence d’un marronnage contemporain ? Que révèle une telle ferveur pour ce phénomène de résistance datant du XVe siècle ?

Ce sont ces quelques questions que souhaitent aborder cette journée d’étude. Ainsi, les propositions de communications pourraient porter sur les axes suivants, dont la liste est non exhaustive :

–          Marronnage et esthétique artistique littéraire

–          Marronnage et culture caribéenne

–          Marronnage et transformations sociales

–          Formes d’émergence du marron en littérature

–          Ecriture et esthétique marronne

–          Marronnage, corps et représentation

–          Marronnage et communautés marronnes

Nous vous invitons à nous faire parvenir à Alexandra ROCH (alexandraroch@yahoo.fr) un résumé d’environ 350 mots avant le 5 janvier 2018, accompagné d’une brève notice bibliographique précisant votre affiliation institutionnelle.

Les communications seront en français ou en anglais, dureront vingt minutes et seront suivies d’une période de questions.

La réponse du comité sera notifiée le 15 janvier 2018.

La journée d’étude aura lieu le mardi 27 mars 2018.

La participation à la Journée d’études peut se faire par vidéoconférence (via Skype), et il est prevu une publication des actes de la Journée apres selection des meilleures communications.

En savoir plus: http://www.fabula.org/actualites/l-expression-du-marronnage-dans-la-caraibe-anglophone-et-francophone-au-xxe-et-xxie-siecles_82542.php.

 

1.3 Répétition/Répétition: The Society for French Studies Postgraduate Conference 2018

Friday 16 March 2018

IMLR, London

Keynote Speaker: Prof Peter Dayan (University of Edinburgh)

English 

Humans are mimetic animals. We learn how to speak, how to walk, how to read, how to remember even and to think of ourselves as part of a history, through repeating gestures we were taught, reproducing practices that were passed on to us. Without its repetitions, life would be indecipherable, illegible. Repetition’s creative possibilities are particularly striking when one turns to the arts: in music and poetry, repetition is used as a composition principle (canon, song…) and a vehicle for expressivity (pathos). Additionally, repetition can be read as an ethical principle whereby we imitate models, as Classical authors were once to be imitated; through this mimetic behaviour, one can hope to achieve moral excellence.

But repetition is ambiguous; if we learn and eventually become autonomous beings through processes of repetition, don’t we also mimic out of conformism, and thus sometimes despite what we know to be right, as the most distressing dystopias have shown? Repetition can even infringe on what is deemed pathological behaviour (as with palilalia, paliphrasia, iteration), and one would go through a lot of trouble to draw a clear line between this “deviant” mode of repetition and its poetical counterpart. Turning to parodies, to mimes, to words spoken by burlesque characters (Molière’s for instance) or by non-human ones (Loulou in “Un cœur simple”), repetition appears as a comic device and an instrument of satire. But mechanical repetition is not always funny; on the production lines, workers reiterate the same meaningless gesture again and again, and alienate themselves: repetition now symbolises the condition of the modern worker. At last, repetition can take a tragic turn: whether it be at the level of the individual with Freud, or at the level of the collective with Hegel and Marx, history can be read as the repetition of the same, repetition that subjects are bent on preventing, often to no avail (preventing history from repeating itself: a too well-known trope of the second part of the 20th century).

What are the functions of repetition in literature from the Middle Ages onward? What role does it play in performance arts, wherein it signifies both a rehearsal, and the principle at the very basis of theatre, i.e. saying again a text that has already been said a thousand times (Corneille or Racine today), telling again a story that has already been told a thousand times (Antigone, the Trojan war…)? What do we make of phrases designed to be repeated (formules) that we can find in genres as diverse as the chanson de geste, philosophical discourse, the tale, the letter…? When we repeat something, do we produce something identical to the original, or rather, as Borges hinted in “Pierre Ménard”, are we only dealing with singular objects impossible to reproduce? Taking up Deleuze’s repetition (Différence et répétition), or Derrida’s iteration (“Signature Événement Contexte”), we could explore and question the poststructuralist philosophical reformulations of the notion of “repetition”, and its further theorisations in more recent research (in gender studies for instance).

The Society for French Studies invites proposals on all aspects of repetition from all the fields of French and Francophone Studies. Contributions from all periods and disciplines are welcome, including literature, poetry, history, philosophy, rhetoric, performance, translation, queer, gender and cultural studies.

Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Parody and pastiche
  • Tropes of repetition
  • (In)Authenticity
  • Originality
  • Humour
  • Teaching/didactics/pedagogy
  • Religion
  • Animals
  • Mimetism
  • Mimesis

Please send abstracts (250-300 words) for twenty-minute papers, either in French or in English, along with the name of your institution, the title of your PhD and your year of study to sfsrepetition2018@gmail.com no later than Friday 5 January 2018.

Organisers: Thomas Liano and Charlotte Thevenet

Français

L’être humain est un animal mimétique. Pour apprendre à parler, à marcher, à lire, pour se souvenir et s’inscrire dans une histoire, on répète et on reproduit les gestes, les pratiques qui nous ont été enseignées et transmises. Sans ses redites, la vie serait indéchiffrable tant elles s’inscrivent au cœur de ce qui fait l’humain. Principe créatif, la répétition l’est particulièrement quand on se tourne vers les arts : en musique comme en poésie, la répétition est un principe de composition (canon, chanson…) et un vecteur d’expressivité (pathos). En outre, on peut lire dans la répétition un principe éthique, celui de l’imitation des modèles, lié à l’imitation des Anciens en littérature, et qui permet à celui qui s’y soumet de prétendre à l’excellence morale.

Mais la répétition ne va pas sans ambiguïté ; si l’on répète pour apprendre et devenir autonome, ne répète-t-on pas aussi par conformisme, et ce parfois au détriment de ce que l’on sait juste, comme le montrent les plus glaçantes dystopies ? La répétition peut alors même friser le pathologique (palilalie, paliphrasie, itération), et l’on serait bien en peine de déterminer une frontière étanche entre ce mode de répétition et la répétition poétique. Dans la parodie, le mime, dans la bouche de personnages burlesques (chez Molière par exemple) ou non humains (le perroquet Loulou dans « Un cœur simple »), la répétition se fait comique et instrument de la satire. Mais la répétition mécanique parfois ne fait pas rire ; sur les chaînes de production, le travailleur s’aliène à répéter cent fois, mille fois, les mêmes gestes dépourvus de sens, et la répétition devient symbole de la condition du travailleur moderne. La répétition, enfin, peut prendre un tour tragique : que ce soit au niveau individuel avec Freud, ou au niveau collectif avec Hegel et Marx, l’histoire peut être conçue comme la répétition du même, que les sujets cherchent à tout prix, mais souvent en vain, à éviter (éviter que l’histoire ne se répète : trope bien connu de la deuxième partie du XXème siècle).

Quelles fonctions tient la répétition dans la littérature du Moyen-Age à nos jours ? Quel rôle joue-t-elle dans les arts du spectacle, où elle désigne à la fois la préparation en vue d’une représentation (rehearsal), et le principe même de l’adaptation qui consiste à répéter un texte dit des milliers de fois (Corneille ou Racine aujourd’hui), à répéter un motif exploité et mis en scène depuis la nuit des temps (Antigone, la guerre de Troie…) ? Comment comprendre l’usage de la formule dans des formes littéraires aussi diverses que la chanson de geste, le discours philosophique, le conte, la lettre… ? Répète-t-on toujours à l’identique, ou comme le suggère Borges dans « Pierre Ménard », n’y a-t-il que des objets singuliers impossibles à reproduire ? En mobilisant la « répétition » chez Deleuze (Différence et répétition), ou l’« itération » chez Derrida (« Signature Evénement Contexte »), on pourra s’interroger sur les réélaborations philosophiques auxquelles la notion de répétition a donné lieu dans le post-structuralisme français, et au-delà dans les fonctions nouvelles que lui ont conféré, par exemple, les gender studies.

La Society for French Studies invite les participant.es à envisager les aspects les plus divers de la notion de répétition et ce à travers tous les domaines des French and Francophone Studies, toute époque et discipline confondues, y compris la littérature, l’histoire, le théâtre, la poésie, la philosophie, la rhétorique, les translationqueergender, et cultural studies.

Les thèmes envisagés incluent :

  • Parodie et pastiche
  • Tropes de la répétition
  • (In)Authenticité
  • Originalité
  • Humour
  • Enseignement/didactique/pédagogie
  • La religion
  • L’animal
  • Mimétisme
  • Mimèsis

Les propositions de communication de 20 minutes (250-300 mots), en français ou en anglais, accompagnées du nom de votre institution, du titre de votre thèse et de votre année de doctorat, sont à envoyer à sfsrepetition2018@gmail.com avant le 5 janvier 2018.

Organisateur.ices : Thomas Liano et Charlotte Thevenet

 

1.4 Conflict: ASMC and SSFH Postgraduate Study Day

Call for Papers on the Theme of Conflict

Association for the Study of Modern and Contemporary France & Society for the Study of French History Postgraduate Study Day

3 March 2018

The Institute of Modern Language Research

Senate House, University of London, Malet St, Bloomsbury, London

Keynote: Emile Chabal (Edinburgh)

Deadline for abstracts: 12 January 2018

Contemporary society is riven by conflict, be it in the public, political or intellectual arena. Even a cursory glance at current news headlines appears to confirm such an assessment, with Donald Trump’s increasingly bellicose rhetoric, the War on Terror, the rise of the far right in France and elsewhere, Brexit, and the Catalonian independence debate, to offer but a few examples. 2018 also marks the centenary of the signing of the Armistice of 1918, fifty years since May ’68 and 170 years since the revolution of 1848. Within such a context, the aim of this Study Day will be to reflect upon conflict in its various manifestations in the French and Francophone world, be they conflicts of gender, class, race, language or ideology. How has conflict been imagined, represented and commemorated throughout French history and culture? How have the experiences of those caught up in conflicts been expressed and interpreted? What strategies have been conceived to resolve conflict?

We would like to invite proposals for twenty-minute papers in English or French that reflect on the theme of ‘Conflict’ from a variety of disciplinary perspectives within the broad spectrum that the two organising societies encompass: French and francophone history, as well as society and culture from 1789 to the present (literature, politics, linguistics, film, philosophy, etc.).

Suggested topics might include, but are by no means limited to:

– War

– Trauma

– Commemorating/remembering conflict

– Empire/postcolonialism

– Mental health

– Intergenerational conflict

– Visual cultures

– Intermediality

– Literary quarrels

– Private/public

– Public policy

– Class conflict

– Language conflict

– Conflict resolution

Call for Flash Presentations

For researchers at the beginning of their projects, we also welcome proposals for flash presentations of their research lasting no longer than 5 minutes and one PowerPoint slide (the research in question can cover any topic relating to the study of France). Please email frenchpg2018@gmail.com to indicate your interest.

The study day is generously funded by the Society for the Study of French History and the Association for the Study of Modern and Contemporary France. Attendance is free but we ask that all attendees become members of one of the two societies on the day. Some travel reimbursements will be made available for speakers.

Proposals/abstracts of no more than 250 words, either in English or in French, should be sent to frenchpg2018@gmail.com. The deadline for submissions is January 12th 2018.

Organising Committee: Sam Wilkinson (Nottingham, SSFH), Anais Pedron (QMUL, SSFH), James Illingworth (Queen’s Belfast, ASMCF) and Madeleine Chalmers (Oxford, ASMCF).

 

1.5 Archives of Resistance: Cosmopolitanism, Memory and World Literature

Three-Day International Conference

University of Leeds, June 20-22 2018

The rise to prominence of the field of ‘world literature’ is simultaneous with that of cosmopolitanism and memory studies. Often examined separately, they are in many ways connected. On the one hand, world literature might be understood as an archive of traumatic, world-historical transitions to capitalist modernity and its most violent (and continued) consequences; on the other, it might also be understood – more optimistically – as a repository of the cosmopolitan universality that has resisted capital’s predations. At the same time, these discourses are themselves imbricated in the very world-systemic violence they record and resist: world literature has been described by Franco Moretti as a system that is ‘one, and unequal’, part of the ‘struggle for symbolic hegemony across the world’; the theoretical universality of cosmopolitanism has been accused of violently eliding socio-cultural specificities in a manner akin to the indifferent universality of capital; meanwhile, memory and trauma studies tend towards an emphasis on finitude which philosophers such as Alain Badiou and Bruno Bosteels have provocatively argued is intrinsic to a new conservatism opposed to radical politics.

The aim of this three-day conference is thus to establish new critical positions in the burgeoning field of world literature, to provide critical interventions in current debates over the relation between world literature, cosmopolitanism, and memory studies, and to connect these debates to contemporary incarnations of capitalist modernity: refugee crises, neo-fascisms and environmental disaster. The conference proposes a four-part investigation:

  1. Resisting World Literature

How does world literature as literature resist? What is the relation between the global circulation of literature and the violent proliferation of walls, camps and borders across the world? How does world literature internalise, formalise or repress these borders? To what extent does a selective reduction of world literature to a melancholy archive of trauma and suffering reinforce contemporary exploitation and oppression? Is there common ground between theories of world literature inspired by world-systems theory and those more closely associated with cosmopolitanism and memory studies?

  1. Beyond (Liberal) Humanism

If the Bildungsroman is the archetypal ‘human rights’ form, which literary forms embody the experience of those who cannot actualise their human rights? If memory, cosmopolitanism and world literature are said to inculcate ‘empathy,’ what might be said for indifference, impersonality or impassivity? How have memory studies and trauma theory responded to accusations of Eurocentrism and anthropocentrism? What is the relation between liberalism and world literature?

  1. Lateness

How might the concept of world literature be related to periods of world-historical lateness (e.g., Erich Auerbach’s postwar lament over the demise of Weltliteratur through ‘standardisation’)? If ‘postmodernism’ is the cultural logic of ‘late’ capitalism, what is the cultural logic of ‘late fascism’ (Toscano)? How is Utopia imagined under conditions of ‘nostalgia for a post-utopian industrial modernity’ (Toscano)? What is the relation of cosmopolitanism and memory to lateness? Does there exist a ‘late style’ of world literature?

  1. Archives of the Future

How does world literature write the Anthropocene/ Capitalocene? How is the circulation of memories being shaped by diverse contemporary factors such as mass migration, refugee crises, environmental disaster and digital culture? How might world literature be reconceived as a counter-archive of resistant futurity? What is the role of collective memory in forging anti-capitalist solidarity?

By combining an investigation of resistance, the limits of liberalism, lateness and futurity, we aim to explore the idea of world literature as an archive of resistance.

Further topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Economic crisis
  • World-ecology
  • Combined and uneven development
  • Postcolonialism and decolonial struggles
  • Animal studies
  • Biopolitics/ necropolitics
  • Posthumanism
  • Islamophobia
  • Settler colonialism
  • Indigenous studies
  • Literary sociology (e.g., print culture, book market, UNESCO)
  • Manifestos
  • Petro-culture

Please send proposals (maximum 300 words) and short biographies for 20-minute papers to Dr Daniel Hartley (D.J.Hartley@leeds.ac.uk) by January 15th 2018.

Further details will gradually become available on the conference website: https://archivesofresistance.wordpress.com/

Conference Organisers: Professor Stuart Taberner (University of Leeds), Dr Daniel Hartley (University of Leeds)

Confirmed Keynote Speakers: Professor Mariano Siskind (Harvard University), Professor Lyndsey Stonebridge (University of East Anglia), Professor Charles Forsdick (University of Liverpool), Professor Janice Carruthers (Queens University Belfast)

This event is sponsored by Professor Stuart Taberner’s Leverhulme Project: “Traumatic Pasts, Cosmopolitanism, and Nation-Building in Contemporary World Literature.”

 

1.6 Call for Submissions: “Nationalism, Nativism, and the Revolt against Globalization”

EuropeNow, the online journal of the Council of European Studies, invites contributions for its February issue on “Nationalism, Nativism, and the Revolt against Globalization.” Responding to this summer’s attacks on Charlottesville and the University of Virginia, we are especially interested in essays that address transnational and international connections between nativist movements. Potential topics include:

–          the rise of far-right parties in Europe East and West;

–          nationalism and religion: anti-secularism, “Christian Europe,” Islamophobia, anti-Semitism;

–          nationalism and gender: role of women, visions for women, rhetoric of rape;

–          conceptions of race: constructing whiteness, constructing Europeanness;

–          aesthetics of nationalism: myths, symbols, iconography;

–          is this new? Ruptures and continuities with the twentieth century;

–          entanglements between democracy, populism, and fascism;

–          illiberalism and the erosion of democracy;

–          nationalism and the EU: Euroscepticism, separatism, the migrant crisis;

–          notions of home and belonging;

–          the economics of anti-globalism.

You are also welcome to propose a topic not on this list. Proposals for submissions should be no more 300 words in length and should be sent to the editors no later than Friday, December 22, 2017. If your proposal is selected, final submissions of 2,500-3,000 words will be due on January 15, 2018.

EuropeNow (http://www.europenowjournal.org/) is an online monthly journal that features research, criticism, and journalism on Europe. It receives more than 100,000 unique visitors each month. Submissions can take the form of short original research articles, book reviews, essays or commentaries.

Issue co-editors:

Manuela Achilles, UVA (ma6cq@virginia.edu)

Kyrill Kunakhovich, UVA (kunakhovich@virginia.edu)

Nicole Shea, EuropeNow (ns3091@columbia.edu)

 

1.7 Power in Dystopia: Boston University Romance Studies Graduate Student Conference

April 28th, 2018

Keynote Speaker: Jorge Olivera Castillo

“This is precisely the time when artists go to work. There is no time for despair, no place for self-pity, no need for silence, no room for fear. We speak, we write, we do language. That is how civilizations heal.” (Toni Morrison)

In times when humans are faced with more questions than answers, and when the battle for equality in race, gender and socio-economic status seems to lead nowhere, the work of artists attempts to give meaning to dystopia. The aim of this conference, “Power in Dystopia,” is to put into conversation literature from all centuries and genres where dystopia is either the result of oppression and abuse of power, or where dystopia has the potential of giving way to new forms of power struggles. Ultimately, does literature have the power to reclaim dystopia in an attempt to ‘heal civilizations’? We invite papers tackling this question through the following possible topics:

  • Speculative literature
  • Heterotopias
  • Subversion
  • Failed states
  • Authoritarian regimes
  • Modes of resistance
  • Ecocriticism
  • Revolutions

Please submit abstracts of 200-250 words for individual presentation or panel proposals (including a brief description of each presentations) to rsgsabu@gmail.com. We welcome papers in English, French, or Spanish. The deadline for submission is January 15th. Submission decisions will be sent out no later than February 1st.

Our keynote speaker, Jorge Olivera Castillo, is a Cuban journalist and poet. His defiant work has led to imprisonment and exile from his home country and he currently resides in Providence, Rhode Island as a member of the Scholars at Risk program at Brown University.

 

1.8 Unveiling Hidden Discourses: 1968 Fifty Years Later

An interdisciplinary conference at the University of Warwick

Keynote speakers: Professor Anne Etienne (UCC) and Professor Maud Anne Bracke (University of Glasgow)

Saturday, 19th May 2018

2018 marks the fiftieth anniversary of 1968, when social unrest and desire to change the status quo struck the world. Our interdisciplinary conference, titled “Unveiling Hidden Discourses: 1968 Fifty Years Later,” looks at this year and evaluates its lasting consequences, in both negative and positive senses.

The conference’s aim is twofold:

  • To demonstrate what happens when unacceptable discourses refuse to remain unacceptable on a global scale and social implications that follow accordingly.
  • To analyse 1968’s legacy and how social movements were manifested in different expressions, such as cultural production, policy and ontological understanding. Examples of such expressions were illustrated through theatre, the Civil Rights Act and pro-feminist demonstrations.

Paper proposals that address intend to showcase how social movements associated with 1968 impacted citizens’ lives on a transnational level. As a guide to submissions, we would ask that you consider the following questions:

  • How can this year’s impact be considered through a transnational lens?
  • Has this global movement been translated into social developments?
  • Do different disciplines demonstrate ways social movements can inspire change?

We welcome papers from all disciplines including but not limited to:

  • Gender studies
  • Political Science
  • Comparative Literature
  • History
  • Modern Languages
  • Law
  • Sociology
  • Philosophy

Submissions should consist of an abstract (up to 300 words), including a title and a short biography. They are to be sent to Hiddendiscourses1968@gmail.com by 31 January 2018. More information can be found at: https://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/hrc/confs/1968/.

 

1.9 Call for Submissions: Slavery, Memory and Literature Volume

Mads Anders Baggesgaard has just announced a call for submissions for the volume Slavery, Memory and Literature in a three-volume book: Comparative Literary Histories of Slavery. The idea of this book is to ask critical questions about how you can historicize literature when you work with the topic of slavery and how the topic of slavery challenges normal ways of historicizing literature. The deadline for abstracts is February 1, 2018.

Description: Over the last 3 decades, slavery and its social and cultural legacies has been an important subject of commemoration, scholarship and artistic exploration as well as a site of public debate. In this volume, we engage this question from the vantage point of literature, understood in the broadest sense as textual, visual or cinematic depictions of slavery across genres ranging from memoirs, diaries and travel literature to novels, documentaries and feature films. We ask how, at different moments, ‘literature’ has contributed to the transmission (or the repression) of the memory of slavery.

The engagements of literature with slavery take many forms. Literary texts have borne witness to the realities and practices of slavery both from afar and in the most intimate ways. Literature has helped to shape the cultural memory of colonial slavery both by contributing to the repression of atrocities in the formation of national imaginaries and through the preservation and actualization of the memory of slavery in for example emergent Caribbean (Vivian Nun Halloran 2009, Catherine A. Reinhardt 2008) or African (Laura T. Murphy 2012) literatures. And literature has served and continues to serve to explore, reinterpret and perhaps counter the colonial archives that were so closely intertwined with the practices of slavery.

In this volume, we invite researchers to engage in discussion of literature and slavery in relation to central questions of memory, testimony and the formation of archives. We raise questions such as: what is the relation between history and memory in literary representations of slavery; who narrates on behalf of whom and to what ends; what are the central metaphors, storylines and topoi of literary representations of slavery? What kind of identities and political realities are created or enabled by texts, what are the performative effects of literary language, and how do we understand different textual and oral representations of slavery within literary, cultural and political histories? We strive for a cross-disciplinary discussion of the ways in which textual (and other) representations shape and counter the formation of cultural memory of colonial slavery, encouraging contributions relating to recent discussions in different fields on the importance of representations for the formation of a cultural memory of slavery (Myriam Cottias 2007, Françoise Vergès 2006, Ana Lucia Araujo 2012) and of the related processes of forgetting and silencing (Gert Oostindie 2011, Michel-Rolph Trouillot 1995, Madeleine Dobie 2010).

Of special interest is the ways in which the politics of remembrance and forgetting reinforce and challenge global relationships shaped by colonialism. This entails looking at the role of cultural memory in the formation of diasporic identities (Paul Lovejoy et al. 2008, Paul Gilroy 1993, Alan Rice 2010), the way in which different histories and practices of memory and memory politics around the Atlantic interact and clash (Araujo 2015, Elisa Bordin and Anna Scacchi 2015) and of the role of memorialization in contemporary Africa (Bayo Holsey 2008, Mitch Kachun 2006, Rosalind Shaw 2002).

In recent years, greater accessibility of the colonial archives, especially through digitization, has also highlighted both the importance and the limits of these archives as the basis for memory practices, spurring a new wave of artistic interpretation of and interaction with the archives (Simone Osthoff 2009) and scholarly reflection of the relationship between different forms of representation and the archive (Ann Laura Stoler 2010). A central problematic is the very possibility of capturing and transmitting events through witnessing and testimonies. This relates to the few but important historical testimonies from slaves (Nicole N Aljoe 2011, Sandra E. Greene 2012, Deborah Jenson 2011) – of interest here both for the narratological and historical specificities of these texts and the for later importance of these texts for the remembrance of slavery – and to contemporary testimonies from victims of slavery (Ana Maria Lugão Rios & Hebe Mattos 2005) and fictional reconstructions of the experience of slavery.

In order to encompass a variety of representations, we invite papers on both canonical, well known forms of literature like the novel, the theatre and poetry and non-canonical and alternative forms of literature, including autobiographies, diaries, essays, travel writing, account books, ethnographic depictions etc. And the relationship between textual and other forms of representation, e.g. visual (Marcus Wood 2000, 2010, Nicholas Mirzoeff 2010) bodily, and performative forms of memory practice. We welcome papers that thematize the transatlantic, Mediterranean, African and Indian slavery in the period from 1400 until today.

Topics of interest therefore include (but are certainly not limited to): The importance of literature for the cultural memory of slavery; The history of slave narratives and their importance for the memory of slavery; Later literary imaginings of slavery in contemporary literature; Resistance to the dominance of the written document in literature; performance and visual culture; The importance of the memory of colonial slavery to resistance and awareness of contemporary form of slavery; The relation between an historical approach and an approach based in memory studies; Comparison between different forms of representation of slavery; Uses of the past in later and/or contemporary periods; The incorporation of non-canonical forms of literature on slavery in literary history; The challenge of literary historiography (periodization, text-types etc.) by slave literature and slave history.

Please send 300 words abstract to Karen-Margrethe Simonsen (litkms@cc.au.dk) no later than February 1, 2018. If selected for further process, a final deadline for the article will be August 15, 2018. After that deadline there will be a peer review process.

Selected articles will be published in Vol. 2 with the title of Slavery, Memory and Literature in the three-volume book Comparative Literary Histories of Slavery, eds. Mads Anders Baggesgaard, Madeleine Dobie and Karen-Margrethe Simonsen in the series of literary histories made by CHLEL (Coordinating Committee for Literatures in European Languages) under the ICLA (International Comparative Literature Association) Publishing House: John Benjamins Publishing. Please contact madsbaggesgaard@cc.au.dk or litkms@cc.au.dklitkms@cc.au.dk for more information and the full book description.

For more information, follow this link.

 

1.10 New Forms of Expression in the French and Francophone Worlds: ASMCF Annual Conference

Thursday 13 – Friday 14 September 2018

Lancaster University

We invite proposals for papers that critically examine the innovation and experimentation that characterise new and emerging forms of expression in the French and Francophone worlds. The relationship between reading and writing is constantly changing, genres are merging and new genres are emerging, literary forms and platforms influence one another, and digital media technologies are opening up new creative ways of telling stories. New forms of communication impact on social interactions and relationships, including political discourses and modes of engagement. Interlingual communication, creative and experimental uses of translation are reshaping the way we think about borders and identities, about the relationship of French to art and criticism beyond the Francophone world.

What has driven the emergence of new artistic and social forms and modes of expression and exchange? Do they replace existing forms, complement, or enhance them? To what extent are these new forms specific to the French or Francophone world or the contexts they emerge from? How is the use of the new modes and forms of communication shaped by the national and cultural traditions? What are the possibilities and challenges for forms of expression opened up by globalisation? What new forms of expression have been created by the meeting or layering of languages and cultures? What is the role of translation in rethinking interlingual and intercultural relations today? To what extent and how do intercultural and intra- or interlingual barriers move in the digital age?

We invite proposals for twenty minute papers on the following possible topics:

·         New modes and forms of expression

·         Literature, society, and/or politics in the digital age, including social and creative networks and online communities

·         The web as artistic medium

·         Artistic expression and subversion

·         Fiction and transgression

·         Multilingualism, translation, and creativity

·         The border in politics and as cultural space

·         Literature and globalisation

Papers may be delivered in English or in French. A publication connected with the theme of the conference is planned.

Postgraduate students are strongly encouraged to present papers, and the Association will offer a Postgraduate Essay Prize worth £100. For further information about the prize, please contact the ASMCF Postgraduate Representatives, James Illingworth and Madeleine Chalmers (jillingworth01@qub.ac.ukmadeleine.chalmers@trinity.ox.ac.uk).

Proposals for papers, featuring abstracts of up to 250 words in either English or French, should be sent in word format to c.baker@lancaster.ac.uk with the subject line ‘ASMCF 2018’ by Friday 2 March 2018.

Organizing committee: Charlotte Baker, Romain Bardot, Isabelle Baron, Erika Fulop, Delphine Grass, Véronique Lane

 

  1. Job Opportunities

2.1  Polonsky Postdoctoral Fellowships, The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute

The Polonsky Academy for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences

The Polonsky Academy at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute will award up to six Polonsky Postdoctoral Fellowships in the humanities or social sciences for up to five years, beginning October 1, 2018. The Fellowship offers an annual stipend of $40,000 and other benefits. Yearly renewal will be contingent upon demonstrated progress in research. Fellows are expected to be physically present at the Institute for consecutive years during the period of the award. Applications will be considered only if the Ph.D. dissertation was completed no longer than seven years ago. The deadline for submission is January 7th, 2018.

Online applications http://www.vanleer.org.il/en/polform should include the following documents in English, in separate files: statement of research plans (3-5 pages, with title); summary of your previous research (3 pages); one single-authored published article or equivalent unpublished work; curriculum vitae, including list of publications; complete contact information, including phone numbers, for three possible referees.

Outstanding candidates will be invited for interviews at the beginning of March, either in person or on Skype.

 

2.2 Distinguished Professorship, Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures at East Carolina University

The Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures at East Carolina University seeks applicants for a one-year distinguished professorship. Applicants can access the application at this link: https://ecu.peopleadmin.com/postings/11434. Please see the attached job description (also copied below).

The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures (www.ecu.edu/foreign/) is one of sixteen departments in the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences at East Carolina University. It is a diverse, research-active, and collegial unit that offers concentration programs in Classics, French, German, Global Studies, Hispanic Studies, Russian, and Foreign Language Education, as well as language courses in Japanese. Faculty also teach classes for the Master of Arts in International Studies (www.ecu.edu/cs-cas/international/index.cfm) and are expecting approval by UNC’s General Administration of a new M.A. in Hispanic Studies.

East Carolina University (www.ecu.edu), a member of the 17-campus University of North Carolina System, is classified as a Doctoral/Research-Intensive University and enrolls around 29,000 students, with over 5,500 pursuing graduate and professional degrees. ECU is located in Greenville, NC (pop. 90,000), which lies 90 miles east of Raleigh and 80 miles from the Atlantic coast.

Job Duties

The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at East Carolina University invites applications for the Whichard Visiting Distinguished Professorship in the Humanities. This special one-year appointment starts August 13, 2018, and ends May 6, 2019. The faculty member appointed will be hired at the rank of Visiting Associate Professor or Visiting Professor.

Expectations for the professorship include: teaching one course per term in the Foreign Languages and Literatures program in the candidate’s area(s) of expertise and contributing through workshops and public lectures to conversations relating to the humanities. The person appointed will act as an advocate for the importance of studying languages, literatures, and cultures, and will engage not only with students and faculty in the Department, College, and University, but also with the East Carolina community at large.

Minimum Education/Experience

Applicants must have speaking fluency in English, a doctorate or equivalent degree in a foreign language or related discipline, such as romance languages, classical studies, or foreign language education, a distinguished record of publication, and a demonstrated commitment to humanistic endeavors.

Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education

Preference will be given to candidates with a history of university engagement and participation in academic programming and community building. Candidates selected for pre-campus and campus interviews should be prepared to speak about their plans to use the funds associated with the professorship.

Special Instructions to Applicant

Applications must be submitted online at www.jobs.ecu.edu, and should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of research interests, statement of teaching interests (including plans to engage with students and faculty in the humanities), evidence of teaching effectiveness, and the names of and contact information for three current references. Applicants should also arrange for three current letters of recommendation to be sent to: Chair, Whichard Search Committee, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, East Carolina University, 3324 Bate Building, Mail Stop 556, Greenville, NC 27858. An official transcript is required upon employment. Qualifying degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.

Review of applications will begin January 8 2018, and the position will remain open until filled.

 

2.3 Hamilton Junior Research Fellowship in French, The Queens College, Oxford

The Governing Body proposes to elect to a Junior Research Fellowship in French tenable for three years from 1st October 2018.  The Fellow will be offered an affiliation with the Sub-Faculty of French within the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages.

The basic salary of the Fellowship, which is pensionable under the Universities Superannuation Scheme, is £31,604 per annum.    The Fellow will be a member of the Senior Common Room and be entitled to free meals in College along with a research allowance of £1,500 per annum.

Candidates should hold a doctorate in French or a closely-related field, or be close to completing such a doctorate.  Eligible candidates should have no more than three years of post-doctoral research experience by the closing date.

Further details can be found at: http://www.queens.ox.ac.uk/vacancies

Candidates should submit an electronic copy of their application to The Academic Administrator, The Queen’s College, Oxford, OX1 4 AW (joyce.millar@queens.ox.ac.uk), no later than noon, Monday 15th January 2018.

 

2.4 Junior Research Fellowship, Trinity College, University of Oxford

Junior Research Fellowships in Classics/Linguistics and Philology/French/Spanish

Applications are invited for a stipendiary Junior Research Fellowship tenable for three years from 1 October 2018 in one of the following subjects: Classics (languages and literature) / Linguistics and Philology / French (language, literatures and cultures) / Spanish (language, literatures and cultures). The successful candidate is likely to be at or near the postdoctoral level. The Fellow must engage in original research, and may undertake a limited amount of teaching with the consent of the College. The starting salary is point 30 on the HE single pay spine (£32,548 p.a.in 2017-18), rising to points 31 and 32 on this scale in years 2 and 3 of the appointment.

Applications should be sent by email to the Academic Administrator, Trinity College, Oxford (academic.administrator@trinity.ox.ac.uk) by Thursday 25 January 2018. Applicants should ask two referees to send confidential references direct to the Academic Administrator by the same date. Interviews will be held on Friday 9 March 2018. Further particulars, including details of salary and other benefits, may be obtained from the Trinity College website: http://www.trinity.ox.ac.uk/vacancies/.

Trinity College and the University of Oxford are Equal Opportunities Employers.

 

2.5 Fellowships at Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies

The Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies (VWI) invites applications for its fellowships for the academic year 2018/2019. The Institute is particularly keen to receive applications dealing with the Holocaust in France and the French-speaking world.

The VWI is an academic institution dedicated to the research and documentation of antisemitism, racism, nationalism and the Holocaust. Conceived and established during Simon Wiesenthal’s lifetime, the VWI receives funding from the Austrian Ministry of Science, Research and Economy as well as the City of Vienna. Research at the institute focuses on the Holocaust in its European context, including its antecedents and its aftermath.

Research projects are to focus on a topic relevant to the research interests of the VWI. Within this parameter, applicants are free to choose their own topic, approach and methodology. Fellows will have access to the archives of the institute. It is expected that fellows will make use of relevant resources from the collection in their research projects. Research results will be the subject of formal fellows’ discussions and will be presented to the wider public at regular intervals.

Funding is available for
– two senior fellows,
– two research fellows and
– four junior fellows

to work at the institute for a duration of between six and eleven months. Experience tells that residences between nine and eleven months are the most productive for facilitating the research of the fellows at the VWI.

Senior fellowships will be awarded to qualified scholars who have completed their PhDs, have authored exceptional academic publications and have been working at a university or academic institution for several years.

Research fellowships will be awarded to scholars who have completed their PhDs and have published works in their research field. Junior fellowships will be awarded to PhD-candidates.

With its fellowships, the VWI seeks to encourage communication and academic exchange among the fellows, providing an additional benefit beyond their research work. The fellows are expected to further the institute’s academic work and provide each other with advice and support in their research projects. Fellows must be regularly present at the VWI.

Fellows will be selected by the International Academic Advisory Board of the VWI.
Please attach your application in electronic format (in one *.pdf-file) to an email and submit it by 31 January 2018 to: fellowship@vwi.ac.at

Please see the information sheets on the different fellowships for further particulars on application modalities, aims, selection process and grant sums. These can also be downloaded from the homepage of the Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies (VWI).

 

  1. Announcements 

3.1 Le Maghreb-Orient des livres (2-4 février 2018)

Pour sa 24ème édition, le Maghreb des livres devient le Maghreb-Orient des livres organisé par Coup de soleil et l’iReMMO, du 2 au 4 février 2018, à l’Hôtel de ville de Paris.

Chaque année depuis 1994, le Maghreb des livres, organisé par l’association Coup de soleil, rassemble 5000 à 6000 visiteurs passionnés par la littérature, l’histoire et l’actualité du Maghreb et de ses diasporas. Ce salon du livre, à la riche programmation, a lieu depuis 2001 dans les salons de l’Hôtel de ville de Paris.

La collaboration inaugurée cette année entre Coup de soleil et l’iReMMO permet d’élargir au Moyen-Orient le champ géographique et culturel de ce salon du livre devenu incontournable. Il s’agit d’approfondir notre connaissance de la région et de ses évolutions contemporaines à travers la richesse et la diversité de ses expressions écrites (fictions et essais). Les écrivain.e.s de France et du Maghreb – Algérie, Maroc, Tunisie mais aussi Mauritanie et Libye – seront rejoints par leurs homologues du Moyen-Orient, de l’Égypte à l’Iran en passant par la Péninsule arabique et le Levant. En savoir plus: http://coupdesoleil.net/maghreb-des-livres-2017/.

 

  1. New Titles

4.1 Postcolonial Europe Comparative Reflections after the Empires (Rowman & Littlefield, 2017)

Edited by Lars Jensen, Julia Suárez-Krabbe, Christian Groes, and Zoran Lee Pecic

How has European identity been shaped through its colonial empires? Does this history of imperialism influence the conceptualisation of Europe in the contemporary globalised world? How has coloniality shaped geopolitical differences within Europe? What does this mean for the future of Europe? Postcolonial Europe: Comparative Reflections after the Empires brings together scholars from across disciplines to rethink European colonialism in the light of its vanishing empires and the rise of new global power structures. Taking an interdisciplinary approach to the postcolonial European legacy, the book argues that the commonly used nation-centric approach does not effectively capture the overlap between different colonial and postcolonial experiences across Europe.

For more information, follow this link.

 

4.2 Traces of War: Interpreting Ethics and Trauma in Twentieth-Century French Writing (Liverpool University Press, 2017)

By Colin Davis

The legacy of the Second World War remains unsettled; no consensus has been achieved about its meaning and its lasting impact. This is pre-eminently the case in France, where the experience of defeat and occupation created the grounds for a deeply ambiguous mixture of resistance and collaboration, pride and humiliation, heroism and abjection, which writers and politicians have been trying to disentangle ever since. This book develops a theoretical approach which draws on trauma studies and hermeneutics; and it then focuses on some of the intellectuals who lived through the war and on how their experience and troubled memories of it continue to echo through their later writing, even and especially when it is not the explicit topic. This was an astonishing generation of writers who would go on to play a pivotal role on a global scale in post-war aesthetic and philosophical endeavours. The book proposes close readings of works by some of the most brilliant amongst them: Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Albert Camus, Charlotte Delbo, Paul Ricoeur, Emmanuel Levinas, Louis Althusser, Jorge Semprun, Elie Wiesel, and Sarah Kofman.

For more information, follow this link.

 

4.3 Assia Djebar et la transgression des limites linguistiques, littéraires et culturelles (Classiques Garnier, 2017)

Sous la direction de Wolfgang Asholt et Lise Gauvin

Imprimer Assia Djebar et la transgression des limites linguistiques, littéraires et culturelles L’œuvre de Djebar se situe « à la croisée des langues », jusqu’à un « entre-deux-langues » corporel, sentimental et linguistique. Ses romans représentent une « littérature en mouvement », du writing between ou du nomadisme, avec une écriture fugitive, consciente de la longue durée culturelle, historique et religieuse.

En savoir plus.

 

4.4 Les Soleils des indépendances d’Ahmadou Kourouma: Une longue genèse (CNRS Éditions, 2017)

Sous la direction de Patrick Corcoran, Daniel Delas et‎ Jean-Francis Ekoungoun

Les Soleils des indépendances d’Ahmadou Kourouma est l’un des romans les plus marquants de la littérature africaine d’expression française du XXe siècle. Les Soleils des indépendances d’Ahmadou Kourouma est l’un des romans les plus marquants de la littérature africaine d’expression française du XXe siècle. Célébré par la critique dès sa publication, le roman a connu un immense succès qui ne s’est jamais démenti, en raison des qualités formelles de son écriture et de la puissance du récit. Mais c’est aussi une œuvre qui fait débat, en raison de la dimension politique de son propos : le récit dresse un réquisitoire sans concession de la société et de la gouvernance ivoiriennes dans la période de la post-indépendance. Kourouma n’est pas un simple chroniqueur. Ses ambitions dépassent le cadre conjoncturel dans lequel on a pu vouloir l’enfermer. Optant pour un style résolument hybride et une parole affranchie de toute langue de bois, il mise sur une nouvelle esthétique romanesque qui rend solidaires culture et langue, et qui multiplie les innovations au risque de bousculer la tradition écrite française. Ses audaces, tant linguistiques que politiques, enchantent beaucoup de lecteurs mais en dérangent aussi beaucoup d’autres. Voilà pourquoi, en dépit de ses allures de chef-d’œuvre, le texte a connu de si graves difficultés avant de pouvoir paraître. Refusé par les éditeurs français, publié initialement au Canada mais moyennant des révisions imposées à l’auteur, Les Soleils des indépendances est une œuvre qui méritait plus que tout autre d’être relue à la lumière de son parcours génétique. C’est ce que nous proposent les contributions rassemblées dans ce volume : plonger dans l’histoire du texte à la fois pour comprendre la genèse conflictuelle de l’œuvre, la nouvelle poétique romanesque qu’elle invente et la difficile émergence d’un créateur qui compte désormais parmi les grands écrivains contemporains.

En savoir plus.

 

4.5 Aesthetic Citizenship Immigration and Theater in Twenty-First-Century Paris (Northwestern University Press, 2017)

By Emine Fisek

Aesthetic Citizenship is an ethnographic study of the role of theatrical performance in questions regarding immigration, citizenship, and the formation of national identity. Focusing on Paris in the twenty-first century, Emine Fisek analyzes the use of theater by immigrant-rights organizations there and examines the relationship between aesthetic practices and the political personhoods they negotiate. From neighborhood associations and humanitarian alliances to arts organizations both large and small, Fisek traces how theater has emerged as a practice with the perceived capacity to address questions regarding immigrant rights, integration, and experience. In Aesthetic Citizenship, she explores how the stage, one of France’s most evocative cultural spaces, has come to play a role in contemporary questions about immigration, citizenship and national identity. Yet Fisek’s insightful research also illuminates Paris’s broader historical, political, and cultural through lines that continue to shape the relationship between theater and migration in France. By focusing on how French public discourses on immigration are not only rendered meaningful but also inhabited and modified in the context of activist and arts practice, Aesthetic Citizenship seeks to answer the fundamental question: is theater a representational act or can it also be a transformative one?

For more information, follow this link.