SFPS Postgraduate Workshop: UCLA May 2018


Transnational Francophone Postcolonial Studies

University of California, Los Angeles

SFPS Postgraduate Workshop | May 3-4, 2018

May 3rd | Royce 306


9                                  Breakfast and coffee

9.20                             Welcome and introduction

                        Nanar Khamo and Chair Dominic Thomas

9.30-11                        Panel I : Textual geographies,

                                   transnational spaces

                                   Moderator: Veronica Dean (UCLA)

  1. Coralie de Mazancourt (UCLA), “Transcolonial agencies in Yanick Lahens’sFaillesand Edwidge Danticat’s Create Dangerously
  2. Matthew Brauer (Northwestern University), “In What World does Francophone Literature Exist? A Liminal Perspective”
  3. Anna Levett (UNC-Chapel Hill), “Liquid Futures: Decolonizing the Mediterranean in Francophone Arab Literature”


11-11.15                      Coffee break

11.15-12.30                 Table ronde I : Human Zoos & Tour of


                        Charles Forsdick and Dominic Thomas

12.30-2                        Lunch break

2-3.30                          Panel II : Uses and Limits of


                                   Moderator: Coralie de Mazancourt

  1. Matt Reeck (UCLA), “Khatibi’s Intersemiotics: Reading Worlds”
  2. Iziar De Miguel (CUNY), “Libraries’ Acquisitions and the Post-Colonial”
  3. Madeline Bedecarré (EHESS), “Methodological Considerations for Studying French-language literature”

3.30-4                          Reading : Alain Mabanckou

4                                  Vin d’honneur

May 4th | Royce 236

9                                  Breakfast and coffee

9.30-11                        Panel III : Manifestations of violence

                                   Moderator: Nanar Khamo

  1. Bethany Mason (University of Birmingham), “Creolisation of the environment and identity in the work of Patrick Chamoiseau: towards a postcolonial ecocriticism”
  2. Scott Newman (Northwestern University), “Écrire l’Afrique, crier l’Afrique: Dambudzo Marechera, Sony Labou Tansi, and the Scream in Postcolonial African Literature”
  3. Ellen Davis-Walker (University of Edinburgh), “Postcolonial Brussels and decolonial walking tours: stepping towards a transnational public sphere with the Collectif Memoire Coloniale”

11-11.15                      Coffee break

11.30-12.30                 Table ronde II : Publishing in the          


                                   Charles Forsdick and Denis Provencher

12.30-1.30                   Lunch break       

1.30-3                          Workshop : presentations and discussion with conference presenters, UCLA graduate students, and roundtable participants on doctoral dissertations in progress

3-3.15                          Coffee break

3.15-4.30                     Table ronde III : The “transnational”

                                    landscape of the profession today

                                   Moderator: Dominic Thomas

Lia Brozgal (UCLA), Charles Forsdick (University of Liverpool), Olivia Harrison (USC), Martin Munro (FSU), Denis Provencher (University of Arizona), and Stephanie Bosch Santana (UCLA)

4.30                             Vin d’honneur


Sponsored by: UCLA French & Francophone Studies