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SFPS Monthly Mailing: April 2013

1st April 2013


1.1   ‘Crossroads in African Studies’. Birmingham.

1.2   Ireland, slavery, anti-slavery, empire. Dublin.

1.3   The Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa (ASMEA) 6th Annual Conference. Washington DC.

1.4   Fourteenth Annual International Graduate Student Conference on
Transatlantic History. Texas.

1.5    “Francophone Literature of Africa and the Caribbean”. Washington.

1.6   Common Ground – A Two-Day Conference organized by the Centre for Cultural Studies. Goldsmiths, London.

1.7   Diaspora congolaise en Belgique : Imaginaires et relations postcoloniales au regard du champ artistique. Bruxelles.


Calls for contribution:


2.1 Politique Africaine. ‘Travail et politique’.


2.2 ProudFlesh: New Afrikan Journal of Culture, Politics, and Consciousnes


New titles:


3.1 Performing Islam 1.2


3.2 Africa and France. Postcolonial Cultures, Migration, and Racism.


3.3 Trash: African Cinema from Below


3.4 Scènes des genres au Maghreb


Other events/news:


4.1 ‘Moving Forward in the Eastern Congo: Roles to be Played by the International Community’. St Andrews.


4.2 Islands Unchained: Commodity Frontiers, Food Regimes, and Archipelic Aesthetics. Warwick.


4.3 Diaspora series. EMMA (University Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3).


4.4 SFS PG Conference ‘Intercultural Encounters’, IGRS, London.




Calls for papers


1.1 ‘Crossroads in African Studies’

Please see below the link to the call for papers for the conference
‘Crossroads in African Studies’ that will take place at the University of
Birmingham (UK) to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the Centre of
West African Studies (CWAS). We welcome submissions of interdisciplinary
papers and panels focusing on all African regions.

CWAS was founded in 1963 by John Fage, one of the most significant figures
committed to the institutionalisation of African Studies in the UK and
worldwide. Key contributors to Africa-focussed research have been based
at CWAS as researchers and teachers including A.G. Hopkins, Thomas
McCaskie, Paulo Fernando de Moraes Farias, Margaret Peil, Douglas Rimmer,
Ken Swindell, Karin Barber, Stewart Brown and, more briefly, David Henige
and Robin Law, Marion Johnson, Finn Fuglestad, Gareth Austin, and Richard

‘Crossroads in African Studies’ will also launch the first of a new annual
lecture series, the Fage Lectures. The first event in this series will be
a double lecture on African economic history from a global perspective and
in the longue durée, with two contributions delivered by Prof. Gareth
Austin (Graduate Institute, Geneva) and Prof. A.G Hopkins (University of
Texas), with Prof. Robin Law (University of Stirling) acting as
discussant. The first Fage Lecture has been organized with the generous
support of the African Studies Association of the UK (ASAUK), which in
2013 will also be celebrating its fiftieth anniversary.

Conference website:

Submissions and enquiries:


1.2 Ireland, slavery, anti-slavery, empire
Symposium: University College Dublin, 28-30 October, 2013

Confirmed Keynotes:
Richard Blackett, Vanderbilt University
Nini Rodgers, Queens University, Belfast

Call for Papers:
Nini Rodgers’ Ireland, Slavery and Anti-Slavery, 1612-1865 (2007) demonstrated that slavery has had ‘a dramatic impact both on the Irish who emigrated across the Atlantic and upon the economy at home’. As significantly, for black abolitionists, Ireland occupied an important site both as a place of literal freedom and as a vehicle through which complex questions of race, freedom, equality, empire and political subjectivity might be explored. This symposium offers the opportunity to further these discussions, and also to open debate on sometimes neglected relationships between Ireland and Latin America, Brazil, Africa or India, and to the related complexities, ambivalences and contradictions that the context of empire introduces to discussions of slavery and anti-slavery more broadly.


‘Ireland, slavery, anti-slavery, empire’ invites papers or panels from across the humanities and social sciences, and from Hispano, luso, franco and Anglophone areas of scholarship, focused on the relationship between Ireland, slavery, and ethical culture in the context of empire(s) from the 17th into the early 20th century. We also welcome papers on the memory, representation and challenges of that relationship in the 20th and 21st centuries. Topics might include, but are by no means limited to:


Revolution or rebellion
Slavery in Irish literature or Ireland in Black literature
The archive
The Congo
The Caribbean, Africa, Indian, Latin America and Ireland
Collection and curation
War and military service
American slavery
Black activism and imperial space
Travel writing/Exploration
The raced/gendered body
Slavery, empire and visual culture
Remembering or forgetting slavery, including contemporary slavery, and empire.

Abstracts of c 200 words, and a brief biography, should be sent to Fionnghuala Sweeney, Maria Stuart or Fionnuala Dillane (;; by 16 June, 2013. Papers should be in English and of 20 minutes duration.




1.3 The Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa (ASMEA) 6th Annual Conference.


The Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa (ASMEA)
announces it’s “Call for Papers” for the 6th Annual ASMEA Conference to be
held in Washington, DC, November 21-23, 2013. This year’s conference is
titled: “Tides of Change: Looking Back and Forging Ahead in the Middle East
& Africa.”

Members from any discipline, tenured or nontenured faculty or those
otherwise affiliated with a recognized research institution, may submit
proposals to participate in the conference. Unique proposals from senior
graduate students (ABD) will also be considered. Abstracts on topics
related to the Middle East and Africa should consist of a one-page outline
of the proposed subject to be presented. A recent C.V. and all contact data
must also be included with name, e-mail, phone number, affiliation. The due
date for proposals is Thursday, May 30, 2013.

In addition, ASMEA is offering the opportunity to apply for a travel grant
to help cover costs of hotel, registration, and transportation.

Please visit our website to download an application for the travel grant
and submit an online abstract submission form at

Inquiries can be directed to




1.4 Fourteenth Annual International Graduate Student Conference on
Transatlantic History

University of Texas at Arlington
Date of Conference: October 25-26, 2013

Deadline for Abstract Submissions: June 1, 2013

Keynote Speakers:

Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra, University of Texas at Austin

Ann Laura Stoler, The New School for Social Research

The Transatlantic History Student Organization in collaboration with Phi
Alpha Theta, the Barksdale Lecture Series, the History Department, and the
College of Liberal Arts of the University of Texas at Arlington are
sponsoring the Fourteenth Annual International Graduate Student Conference
on Transatlantic History.

Transatlantic history examines the circulation and interaction of people,
goods, and ideas between and within any of the four continents surrounding
the Atlantic basin between the time of the first Atlantic contacts in the
1400s and the present day. Situated primarily in the fields of both social
and cultural history, its approaches are problem-oriented in scope, and
highlighted by comparative and transnational frameworks.

This conference seeks to explore and further establish shared terminology,
methodologies, and defining parameters as they pertain to the field of
transatlantic history. It also seeks to serve as an interdisciplinary and
intercontinental meeting place where such ideas can converge into a common

We invite paper and panel submissions that are historical, geographical,
anthropological, literary, sociological, and cartographic in nature that
fall within the scope of transatlantic studies from both graduate students
and young scholars. We will accept submissions for papers written in
English, French, Spanish, and German.

Selected participants’ papers will be considered for publication in
Traversea, the peer-reviewed, online, open-access journal in transatlantic
history operated by doctoral students as a joint project between THSO and
the doctoral program in transatlantic history at the University of Texas at

Topics may include but are not limited to the following:

· New World encounters

· Atlantic empires

· Transatlantic networks

· Making of nation-states

· Transnational spaces

· Transatlantic migration

· Diaspora studies

· Collective memory

· Identity construction

· Transatlantic cuisine and consumption

· Intercultural transfer and transfer studies

· Transnational families

· Teaching transnational history

Submission of individual paper abstracts should be approximately three
hundred words in length and should be accompanied by an abbreviated,
maximum one-page, curriculum vita. Panel proposals (3-4 people) should
include titles and abstracts of panel as a whole as well as each individual
paper. Deadline for submission is June 1, 2013. We will notify authors of
accepted papers by July 1, 2013.

Financial assistance may be available to eligible international presenters.

The Conference Organizing Committee is composed of Nicole Léopoldie, Bryan
Garrett and Isabelle Rispler. Please direct submissions and questions to
Nicole Léopoldie




1.5 “Francophone Literature of Africa and the Caribbean”


2013 RMMLA  Convention- Vancouver, Washington USA.


Oct. 10-12, 2013


The session “Francophone Literature of Africa and the Caribbean” at the
67th Annual Convention of the RMMLA is devoted to Francophone
Literatures, Cultures, and Film of Africa and the Caribbean.
Topics include but are not limited to:
· Sub-Saharan Africa Literature, Culture, and Film
· Colonial and Post-colonial Studies
· Environmental questions in African / Caribbean Literature and film
· African Diaspora
· Maghreb Literature, Culture, and Film
· Creolité, Antillanité
· “Littérature monde”
· Feminist Theory and Women Writers
· Migrant Literature
· National / Transnational Theory
· Oral tradition, etc.

Please, submit your abstract for a 15-20-minute presentation (in English
or French) with title and contact information to Marie Noussi,, by April 15, 2013. Final selection of abstracts
will be made by April 30, 2013.




1.6 Common Ground – A Two-Day Conference organized by the Centre for Cultural Studies


24-25 June 2013. Goldsmiths, University of London, UK 


Postgraduates in the Centre for Cultural Studies are pleased to announce their annual conference. This year’s theme is Common Ground and we would like to invite papers, artistic presentations, workshops and panel proposals on all aspects of this topic.


This conference comes out of a shared frustration with the framing of canonical discourses. For every subject and object in the world, there is a linear story of its explanation– a forward-projecting narration of origins, development, transformation and signification. What is accomplished in this expository process is a reductivism that not only privileges particular modes of explanation, of knowing, but in doing so also neutralizes the grounds of subversive potential.  How can we explode these centralizing rationalities and reconfigure the conceptual space of knowing? How can we think critically about literal and metaphorical spaces and the accompanying temporalities which claim to bring individuals together and form alternative modes of collective being but simply end up privileging dominant, homogenising discourses of social control and organization?




Possible topics could include but are by no means limited to:




–       Privileging narratives


–       Writing and Rewriting History


–       Time, history and asynchronicity


–       Dissenting Voices


–       Homogeneity and hegemony


–       Interiority/exteriority


–       Discourses of Inclusion/Exclusion


–       The collective vs. the individual


–       Who are the 99%?


–       Nationalism and Identity


–       Digital Technologies and posthumanism


–       Crossing borders and limits


–       Institutional Critique


–       Spaces of convergence – the street, the square


–       Public vs. private spaces


–       Encounters, confrontations, conflicts


–       The production of difference


–       Subversive spaces and temporalities




Abstracts should be no longer than 500 words and emailed to: Deadline for submissions is 26 April 2013. For more information please visit




1.7 Diaspora congolaise en Belgique : Imaginaires et relations postcoloniales au regard du champ artistique


Colloque international


Bruxelles, 11-12 Octobre 2013


En 2010, la Belgique (à travers ses institutions, ses médias et la société civile) célébrait avec enthousiasme le cinquantenaire de l’indépendance du Congo. Une certaine glorification des rapports belgo-congolais était repérable, pourtant le pays est loin d’avoir intégré une ère postcoloniale de critique de soi. Ainsi, malgré l’incontestable renouveau de l’historiographie (post)coloniale depuis le milieu des années 1990, l’idéologie dominante paraît durablement enfermée dans le mythe paternaliste d’un colonialisme glorieux et civilisateur. Les excuses publiques succédant aux commissions d’enquêtes parlementaires ayant mis en lumière certaines violences du pouvoir colonial (Patrice Lumumba, génocide rwandais, par exemple) n’ont pas abouti à un dépassement des contentieux coloniaux, à l’instar des polémiques entourant l’inauguration d’une rue ou d’une statue à la mémoire Lumumba.


En outre, la question coloniale ne se réduit pas à l’ailleurs territorial et temporel car si les Congolais résidant en Belgique constituent une minorité dans le champ des migrations, on ne peut que constater leur surprenante assignation à l’altérité, ainsi qu’une racialisation des rapports sociaux des plus interpellante. La perte de centralité de la Belgique dans l’espace des migrations congolaises, à la faveur d’autres destinations (européennes, occidentales, africaines et asiatiques) est à cet égard significative. De même que les récentes données démographiques établissant l’important niveau de déqualification et de chômage au sein de ce groupe, en même temps qu’un niveau d’instruction record. Si ces chiffres peuvent en partie expliquer les nouvelles géographies diasporiques, ils sont par contre peu prolixes quand il s’agit d’expliquer ce qui se joue dans les rapports sociaux.


Au regard des politiques coloniales de mise à distance sociale, raciale et territoriale des Congolais, et des politiques migratoires qui ne pensèrent ni leur venue, ni leur sédentarisation, on serait tenté d’avancer la thèse du caractère structurel, et par conséquent de la transversalité à l’ensemble de la société, de ces discriminations. Une hypothèse que le manque de travaux empiriques dans le domaine scientifique ne nous permet toutefois pas d’affirmer mais que nous souhaiterions soumettre au champ artistique.


Si dans le domaine littéraire, la remise du prix Prix Jean Muno à Koli Jean Bofane pour Mathématiques congolaises (2008) inaugure probablement un tournant dans la reconnaissance des lettres et de la mémoire congolaise, l’hypermédiatisation du livre Congo : une histoire (2010) de David Van Reybrouck, et les débats qu’il a suscités, réitèrent par contre la permanence de conflits belgo-congolais concernant l’histoire du Congo, coloniale et postcoloniale. Au-delà de ces deux figures reconnues, et différemment établies, qu’en est-il du champ littéraire et surtout des autres domaines artistiques tels que les arts visuels, le cinéma, la peinture, la bande dessinée, le hip hop, par exemple ? De quelle manière les liens forgés durant le temps (post-colonial) alimentent-ils les modes de création, de promotion et de diffusion des artistes ? Comment ce champ artistique s’est-il constitué et recomposé dans le temps ?  Dans quelle mesure et de quelles façons ces expressions artistiques participent-elles à la (dé)construction de la narration nationale ? Ces expressions sont-elles en continuité et, ou en discontinuité avec les imaginaires et les représentations de la Belgique au sein de la diaspora ? Et enfin, comment les rapports belgo-congolais se reflètent-ils et selon quelle matérialité dans l’imaginaire de la diaspora ? Autant de questions qui seront discutées pendant deux jours dans le cadre de ce colloque qui s’adresse aux chercheurs issus de différentes disciplines.


Les propositions de communication peuvent s’articuler aux sous-thèmes suivants:




Ø  Place de la Belgique dans la géographie diasporique à partir des milieux religieux, culturels (comme la Sape) ou institutionnels (université, coopération, etc.)


Ø  Représentations de la Belgique forgées au cours de mobilités passagères en Europe (vacances, séjours professionnels, migrations, etc.) ou dans le cadre de dynamiques de retour.


Ø  Perspectives comparées de la situation (post)migratoire belge au sein de la diaspora congolaise.


Ø  Colonisation et contentieux belgo-congolais à travers le regard diasporique et dans les expressions artistiques belges et belgo-congolaises.


Ø  Questions identitaires dans la littérature de la diaspora congolaise en Belgique.


Ø  Mémoire culturelle de la diaspora congolaise : le Congo comme source d’inspiration des Congolais « en » Belgique.


Ø  Diaspora congolaise et messages mixtes : bande dessinée, arts graphiques et visuels, musique, musées. Quels messages pour quels publics ?


Ø  Ghettoization et hybridité au sein de la communauté congolaise de Belgique.


Les résumés de communications de 250 mots sont à envoyer à pour le 4 avril 2013 accompagnés d’une bio-bibliographie.


Organisation : Véronique Bragard, Sarah Demart, Sarah Gilsoul, Bénédicte Ledent, Fatima Zibouh, Antoine Tshitungu Kongolo, Jean Bofane, Monique Phoba. En Partenariat avec la Maison du Livre et le Centre culturel Jacques Franck.




Calls for contribution


2.1 Politique Africaine


Call for Papers for the March 2014 issue of Politique africaine – Appel à
contributions pour le numéro de mars 2014 de Politique africaine

Labour and Politics – Travail et politique. Guest editor / Coordonné par
Laurent Bazin

This special issue of Politique africaine seeks to examine the many ways in
which the political dimension of labour manifests itself today on the
continent. What is the place of labour in representations of the state, in
definitions of citizenship, in the political ideologies of governments, in
opposition movements and/or various forms of protest and rebellion? What
employment policies are implemented for the benefit of what social classes
and with what effects?

Download the full CFP on

Ce numéro de Politique africaine souhaite faire le point sur les multiples
voies par lesquelles se manifeste aujourd’hui la dimension politique du
travail sur le continent. Quelle est la place qu’occupe le travail dans les
représentations de l’État, la définition de la citoyenneté, les idéologies
politiques des gouvernants et ou des mouvements d’opposition, les formes
diverses de contestation et de révoltes ? Quelles politiques d’emploi sont
mises en œuvre, au profit de quelles catégories sociales et avec quels
effets ?
Téléchargez l’appel sur


2.2 ProudFlesh: New Afrikan Journal of Culture, Politics, and Consciousness

PROUDFLESH is pleased to issue its 2013 call for general submissions!

PROUDFLESH is very interested in the interrelated themes of memory,
materiality, performance and culture, appealing to scholars in a variety
of fields including cultural studies, performance studies, gender studies,
anthropology, history, archeology and musicology, among others. We invite
scholarly or creative works in the form of prose or poetic writing on
topics ranging from objectification, being and becoming; the use and
management of sites, bodies, monuments and objects at the individual,
local and global scales from different social spaces and sectors of
societies such as houses, ritual spaces, museums, touristic scapes,
ethnoscapes and nation-states; histories of or contemporary movements of
nationalism; silenced constituencies and struggles over power; history of
negotiations of race and ethnicity, identity and belonging; cultural
preservation and cultural consumption; object and profit oriented
capitalist material practices; to the politics of the production and/or
erasure of memory about the past, present and future. In addition to
particular case studies we are specifically interested in papers that
address theoretical and methodological questions.

Proudflesh is also seeking papers (5000-7000 words) for its upcoming
themed issues on Memory and Materiality, Popular Music, Dance and
Performativity, and Sexuality. We are particularly interested in papers
engaging new intersections of the above-named fields, from established and
emerging authors.

Submit all papers via the submission link at

Submission Deadline: June 15, 2013

If you wish to propose a Special Issue, contact the Editor directly at

If you need assistance with the submission process please direct inquiries
to Chief Administrator at




New titles


3.1 Performing Islam 1.2


Intellect is delighted to announce the publication of issue 1.2 of Performing Islam. In this issue, Joseph Alagha examines how the Taliban and Hizbullah practice jihad through music in different ways, Hizbullah through deploying music as a form of ‘resistance art’ and the Taliban through banning music completely. Music is also the focus of two other articles: Jon Stratton considers the work of French Algerian musician Rachid Taha from a postcolonial perspective, while Daniela Merolla reviews music on Dutch Moroccan websites.

Other articles examine ritual practice in Morocco and Kerala, Earle Waugh exploring performative healing rituals and the manifestations of baraka found in Moroccan Sufism; while the ritual practice of Kutheeratheeb, which is prevalent among Kerala Mappila Muslims, is the focus of Hashik Nadukkandiyil’s article. Finally, Mahdi Tourage explores how Muslim converts, especially white male converts, act as signifiers of devout Muslim belief, which is invoked by prominent converts’ hyper-performativity of their ‘muslimness’.


Rachid Taha and the postcolonial presence in French popular music
pp. 185-206(22)
Author: Stratton, Jon

Performing belief and reviving Islam: Prominent (white male) converts in Muslim revival conventions
pp. 207-226(20)
Author: Tourage, Mahdi

Mappila Muslims of Kerala – Text in the life and life in the text: Towards a complementary model
pp. 227-246(20)
Author: Nadukkandiyil, Hashik

Baraka, performative healing and the Moroccan Sufi chant
pp. 247-261(15)
Author: Waugh, Earle

Jihad through `music’: The Taliban and Hizbullah
pp. 263-289(27)
Author: Alagha, Joseph

Music on Dutch Moroccan websites
pp. 291-315(25)
Author: Merolla, Daniela

To view the full contents, abstracts and articles, please click here:

Journal’s URL:,id=209/

View the first issue free online:

Founder and Editor
Kamal Salhi
University of Leeds
Editorial Office:

2013 | Volume 2 | 2 issues per volume
ISSN: 20431015 Online ISSN: 20431023
Published by Intellect

Call for Papers
Performing Islam invites submissions that pursue the methods and methodologies by which we attempt to approach original research in Islam in performance studies, and the study of the performativity inherent in  Islam-related cultural production. Contributions which share research interests and experiences in interrelated areas of performative, homeland and diasporic negotiations, and the complexities of contemporary Islam are particularly welcomed.


3.2 Africa and France
Postcolonial Cultures, Migration, and Racism

Dominic Thomas


“A hugely impressive piece of scholarship by a leading figure in the field of French Studies who has carved out a position over the past decade as perhaps the most authoritative voice in U.S. academia on relations between France and its former sub-Saharan African colonies.” —David Murphy, University of Stirling


This stimulating and insightful book reveals how increased control over immigration has changed cultural and social production in theater, literature, and even museum construction. Dominic Thomas’s analysis unravels the complex cultural and political realities of long-standing mobility between Africa and Europe. Thomas questions the attempt to place strict limits on what it means to be French or European and offers a sense of what must happen to bring about a renewed sense of integration and global Frenchness.


African Expressive Cultures
344 pp.
cloth 978-0-253-00669-1 $80.00
paper 978-0-253-00670-7 $28.00
ebook 978-0-253-00703-2 $23.99


More information at:




3.3 Trash: African Cinema from Below
By Kenneth W. Harrow

Highlighting what is melodramatic, flashy, low, and gritty in the
characters, images, and plots of African cinema, Kenneth W. Harrow uses
trash as the unlikely metaphor to show how these films have depicted the
globalized world. Rather than focusing on topics such as national
liberation and postcolonialism, he employs the disruptive notion of trash
to propose a destabilizing aesthetics of African cinema. Harrow argues
that the spread of commodity capitalism has bred a culture of materiality
and waste that now pervades African film. He posits that a view from below
permits a way to understand the tropes of trash present in African
cinematic imagery.

344 pp., 44 b&w illus.
cloth 978-0-253-00744-5
paper 978-0-253-00751-3
ebook 978-0-253-00757-5

More information at:




3.4 Scènes des genres au Maghreb


Masculinités, critique queer et espaces du féminin/masculin


Edité par Claudia Gronemann et Wilfried Pasquier


Rodopi, Amsterdam/New York, NY 2013. 339 pp. (Francopolyphonies 11)


ISBN: 978-90-420-3606-2                                 Paper


ISBN: 978-94-012-0878-9                                 E-Book


Online info:


Dans la lignée des études postcoloniales et des études sur le genre, Scènes des genres au Maghreb examine les manifestations du genre dans différentes formes d’expression artistique de l’espace franco-maghrébin. Ce volume réunit les réflexions et analyses captivantes de spécialistes en littérature, cinéma et linguistique dans le but d’éclairer la fonction structurante des mythes génériques et de souligner l’impact social des images et des codes genrés ainsi que leur incidence dans les différents champs artistiques. D’Isabelle Eberhardt à Yasmina Khadra en passant par Bernard-Marie Koltès, Assia Djebar, Abdelkébir Khatibi ou Rachid Boudjedra, la littérature du (ou en rapport avec le) Maghreb y occupe une place de choix, à côté d’œuvres cinématographiques de Julien Duvivier, Mehdi Ben Attia ou encore Merzak Allouache. L’ouvrage, qui aborde en outre la question de la musique (raï) et des traditions iconographiques et culturelles, interroge ainsi l’ensemble des modes de création, réécriture, subversion ou perpétuation des mythes.


Claudia Gronemann est titulaire de la chaire de Littératures et Médias de langues romanes à l’Université de Mannheim. Elle a publié un ouvrage sur les nouveaux concepts de l’autobiographie et leurs fondements épistémologiques dans la littérature française et maghrébine (2002). Son deuxième livre, qui traite des débats sur le genre en Espagne à l’époque des Lumières, paraîtra en 2012. Elle est l’auteur de nombreux articles sur les écritures migrantes et postcoloniales, les études de genre, l’intermédialité et le cinéma, tant francophones qu’hispanophones, parus dans des revues spécialisées et des ouvrages collectifs.


Wilfried Pasquier est attaché d’enseignement et de recherches à l’Université de Mannheim où il enseigne la littérature et la langue françaises. Sa thèse de doctorat, Les hommes approximatifs – Récits du masculin dans la littérature maghrébine d’expression française, est consacrée au traitement romanesque du masculin et paraîtra en 2013.


Table des matières


Claudia Gronemann et Wilfried Pasquier: Introduction


Construction d’espace et du genre


Trudy Agar: Villes impénétrables, villes de fitna: la ville sexuée chez Yasmina Khadra et Assia Djebar


Emilie Notard: Les (mur)mur(e)s de cette féminité détestée dans Nos silences de Wahiba Khiari


Irmgard Scharold: Le désert comme emblème du non-lieu de la femme: Isabelle Eberhardt et sa construction de soi en musulman nomade


Birgit Mertz-Baumgartner: Quand il n’est pas là, elle danse… Transgressions de rôles de genre et d’espaces chez Malika Mokeddem, Leïla Marouane et Maïssa Bey


Doris Ruhe: Le Désert de la ville ou la légende de Romulus et Rémus revisitée. Bernard-Marie Koltès et sa pièce « algérienne »


Intersections et traditions du masculin/féminin


Mourad Yelles: Passages de genres et traversée(s) du « Texte maghrébin »


Rachid Boutayeb: La violence du texte fondateur: Abdelkébir Khatibi et la question du corps en Islam


Gabriele Birken-Silverman: (Un)Doing gender dans le raï? L’auto-représentation et l’hétéro-représentation des genres


Charles Bonn: Le sexe de l’écriture et son rapport à l’histoire, dans le roman algérien




Denise Brahimi: Déconstruction d’un mythe: la virilité au Maghreb


Claudia Gronemann: Omar Gatlato de Merzak Allouache (1977): une étude de cas sur le masculin


Wilfried Pasquier: Les 1001 années de la nostalgie de Rachid Boudjedra, un laboratoire du genre?


L’hybridité et « queer »


Khalid Zekri: Récits homoérotiques et récits au féminin dans la littérature marocaine


Sonia Zlitni-Fitouri: « La mélancolie des Genres » ou l’écriture hybride


Renaud Lagabrielle: Maghrébinité et homosexualité. A propos du long-métrage Le Fil (Mehdi Ben Attia, 2010)


Paroles d’écrivain


Regina Keil-Sagawe et Habib Tengour: Les « Odysséennes » de Habib Tengour




Other events


4.1 ‘Moving Forward in the Eastern Congo: Roles to be Played by the International Community’


The Coalition for a Conflict-Free St Andrews in collaboration with the Centre for the Study of Religion and Politics presents the Conference ‘Moving Forward in the Eastern Congo: Roles to be Played by the International Community’ on the 19-20 April. World renown Africanists Dr Gerard Prunier and Prof. Koen Vlassenroot will be giving the keynote speeches.


The conference will address several aspects concerning international involvement in the eastern Congo, such as armed rebel groups, the empowerment of women, resource exploitation, and the role of Congo’s neighbours.


The Conference consists of two parts


  1. Friday Evening – Keynote Speech by Gerard Prunier & Panel on Armed Groups


  1. Saturday Morning/Afternoon – 2 roundtables, 1 panel, keynote speech by Koen Vlassenroot with tbc presentations


Tickets can be purchased via PayPal here:


This Conference is sponsored by Christian Aid, Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, St Andrews Students’ Association, the 600th Development Office, as well as the University of St Andrews School of International Relations and School of Anthropology.


4.2 Islands Unchained: Commodity Frontiers, Food Regimes, and Archipelic Aesthetics


A One-Day Symposium on Caribbean Literature and the Environment

Yesu Persaud Centre for Caribbean Studies, University of Warwick, Friday 3rd May, 2013
The Writers’ Room, Millburn House

Speakers include: Professor Lizabeth Paravisini-Gebert (Vassar), Dr. Anthony Carrigan (Keele), Dr. Kerstin Oloff (Durham), Dr. Sharae Deckard (UCD)

This one-day symposium will explore the literary and cultural registration of what Kamau Brathwaite, in his famous essay on the poetics of the hurricane, called the “environmental experience” of the Caribbean. Although there is much to contest in Brathwaite’s essay, his emphasis on the violence of the hurricane as demanding a particular aesthetic corresponds to the accent placed on the material and symbolic significance of an eruptive nature in the work of many other Caribbean writers. In Les fruits du cyclone: Une géopoétique de la Caraïbe, Daniel Maximin argues that if, on the plantation, the vagaries of the natural world could be seen as complicit in the torment of the slaves, nevertheless these same surroundings also offered “an abundance of roots for hope, food for those marooning and refuges for those resisting.” Indeed, writes Maximin, “geography and more deeply still geology have allied with the slave and enabled him to fight, to find weapons, to dream, to imagine the possibility of liberty, equality, and a rooting in the here and now” (91). If the region’s eruptive nature thus held out the Utopian promise of breaking the chains of slavery, it also pointed to the potential destabilization of the landscapes produced by plantation labour and subject to the pressures of global commodity chains.

Bringing together critical perspectives drawn from environmental humanities, world literary studies, ecocriticism, and food studies, “Islands Unchained” will examine the aesthetic responses generated by the contradictory dynamics of the socio-ecological history of the archipelago. Exploring the possibilities offered by the commodity frontier as a basis for new kinds of literary comparativism, it will consider the mark left on Caribbean literature by sugar and other cash-crops, as well as by the socio-ecology of the provision grounds and the vernacular or folk foodways that persisted alongside, or emerged in opposition to, cash-crop regimes. In addition, it will discuss such issues as the value of a world-ecological methodology for reading Caribbean texts; the ‘archipelic aesthetics’ of a region constituted through a history of ecological catastrophe and renewal; the cultural encoding of the environmental crises induced by the logic of the commodity frontier, as well as of such natural hazards as volcanic eruptions and earthquakes; and the enabling possibilities of yoking food regime analysis to literary criticism.


This event is free and open to all. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. (So as to confirm numbers, please register your attendance by 30th April by emailing Michael Niblett or Chris Campbell on / Many thanks.




4.3 Diaspora series. EMMA (University Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3).


The last two events of the Diaspora series organised by EMMA (University Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3) are going to take place in June, in Montpellier and in Oxford.

The conference ‘African-Americans, “Race” and Diaspora’ is organised as a partnership between EMMA (University Paul-Valéry, Montpellier 3, France), MIGRINTER (CNRS, Université de Poitiers, France), Wake Forest University (NC, USA) and the Department for Continuing Education (University of Oxford, UK) as well as CAAR.
The provisional program and the registration form can be downloaded:

The last conference “Diasporic Subjectivity, Intimacy and Memory” (Oxford, June 30-July 2, 2013) will be organised as a partnership between EMMA (University Paul-Valéry, Montpellier 3, France), MIGRINTER (CNRS, Université de Poitiers, France), Wake Forest University (NC, USA) and the Department for Continuing Education (University of Oxford, UK).
It will be part of the main conference “Rethinking Diaspora” organised by Oxford Diaspora Program, COMPAS, IMI and Refugee Studies Center.


4.4 SFS PG Conference ‘Intercultural Encounters’


Registration Now Open!


Saturday 11th May, 2013


IGRS, London


To register for this event, simply email your name and institution to Rebecca Ewart and Marilyn Mallia . Registration is entirely free of charge!




9.00 – 9.30: Registration


9:30 – 10.15: Keynote:


Professor Judith Still (University of Nottingham)


10.15 – 10.30: Q & A


10.30 – 11.00: Tea and coffee


11.00 – 12.15: Panel A,  The Literary Construction of the European Other / La construction littéraire de l’Autre européen


‘Du Bellay and the Women of Rome’, Victoria Harvey (University of Cambridge)


‘L’Anglais féroce?: Pierre Jacques Fougeroux Debating the English in the 1720s Travel Account’, Emma Pauncefort (University College London)


‘Representing English Culture in the Literary Works of Claire de Duras’, Stacie Allan (University of Bristol)


12.15 – 13.15: Lunch


13.15 – 14.30: Panel B, Literary Reception and Intertextuality / Questions de réception et d’intertextualité


‘Polarité interculturelle: Crime fictions and the Negotiation of Identity in the Nordic Welfare State and the Fifth Republic’, Anne Grydehoej (University of Kent)


The French New Novel. Réception du Nouveau Roman aux États-Unis’, Lison Noël (Université Charles de Gaulle, Lille III)


‘A “Prestigious” Encounter with Proust: Intertextual Practice in Contemporary Chinese Fiction’, Shuangyi Li (University of Edinburgh)


14.30 – 15.00: Tea and Coffee


15.00 – 16.15: Panel C, Translation / La Traduction


‘La traduction des métaphores et des comparaisons dans les trois versions françaises de To Kill a Mockingbird’, Danielle Sullivan (Université de Nice Sophia Antipolis)


‘Encountering the “untranslatable” in Milan Kundera’s Le livre de rire et de l’oubli and Jorge Semprún’s Quel beau dimanche!’, Harriet Hulme (University College London)


‘ “Jo vus metrai en compaignie | un prodom e bon latimer” (vv. 1956-7): Intercultural Encounters in Marie de France’s L’Espurgatoire seint Patriz’, Merryn Everitt (University of Warwick)


16.15 – 17.15: Postgraduate Training:


‘Employability and Improving your CV’, Professor Adrian Armstrong (Queen Mary, University of London)



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