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SFPS Monthly Mailing: June 2013

3rd June 2013


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

1.2 African Diasporas: Old and New. Texas.

1.3 10th Conference of The International Society for the Oral Literatures of Africa (ISOLA). Abidjan.

1.4 20th and 21st Century French and Francophone Studies International Colloquium: “Money”. New York.

Calls for contribution:

2.1 Cambridge Journal of Postcolonial Literary Inquiry. ‘New Topographies of the Postcolonial’.

2.2 Anthem Studies in Travel

New titles:

3.1 Peuls et Paysans

3.2 Revue Genre et Colonisation. “Femmes, le genre et les sexualités dans l’Algerie coloniale (1830-1962)”

3.3 La lumière de Souleymane Cissé

3.4 Les Cinémas francophones ouest-africains

Other events/news:

4.1 SFPS PG Study Day: “Allah n’est pas obligé: The Location of Islam in Francophone Cultures”.

4.2 Aimé Césaire: A Centenary Celebration

4.3 Crossing Cultures Senegal

4.4 Une architecture de la mémoire. Nantes.

4.5 ISHD annual conference: “Colonialism, decolonization and post-colonial historical perspectives.”

4.6 37th Annual Conference of the Society for Caribbean Studies. Warwick.

4.7 CIEF : “Femmes européennes en voyage. Afrique, Orient : regards littéraires.” Paris.


Calls for papers

1.1 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 writing or Ireland in Black writing
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. Offers to chair or respond are also welcomed.

1.2 The University of Texas Africa Conference

African Diasporas: Old and New

April 3-6, 2014

We are now inviting scholars to submit conference papers and full panel
proposals for the 2014 conference on African Diasporas: Old and New. The
goal of this conference is to create an interdisciplinary dialogue
concerning Africa and Africans throughout the world from both historical
and contemporary approaches. This conference seeks to bring together a
vast array of scholars on a variety of academic levels to discuss the
complex experiences of African descended peoples across the globe.

What is the African Diaspora? How are old and new diasporas discussed in a
variety of disciplines? How can we conceptualize the African Diaspora?
What is the role of the African Diaspora in modern politics? How do
various groups within old and new African diasporas conceptualize
themselves in relation to others? How do diasporic voices shape
conceptualizations of individual and collective identities? What will the
African diaspora look like in the future?

Some potential topics may include:

– Human rights in the African Diaspora

– Identity politics in the African Diaspora

– Conceptualizations of Diaspora

– The concept of homeland

– Reverse migrations

– Transnationalism, immigration, and citizenship

– Expressive culture in the African Diaspora

– Historiographical debates on the African Diaspora

– Religion, traditional culture, and creolization in the African Diaspora

– New Media and social media in the African Diaspora

– Slavery and the African Diaspora

– Kinship

– Indian Ocean networks

– Trans Saharan Trade

– Colonialism, labor, and the African Diaspora

– New Diaspora history

– Migration and memory

-International politics in the African diaspora

– Cultural expressions of political realities, including political protest
in the forms of music, literature, film, art, etc., both in Africa and
throughout the Diaspora

– Forms of transnational political protest in the African Diaspora.

As with all our previous conferences, participants will be drawn from
different parts of the world. Submitted papers will be assigned to
particular panels according to similarities in theme, topic, discipline,
or geographical location. Papers can also be submitted together as a
panel. Additionally, selected papers will be published in book form.

This conference also has a commitment to professional development which
will be fostered through workshops in writing, publishing, and conference
presentation. The conference will also provide ample time for
professionals from various disciplines and geographical locations to
interact, exchange ideas, and receive feedback. Graduate students are
especially encouraged to attend and present papers and will be partnered
with a senior scholar to encourage their own growth as scholars.

The deadline for submitting paper proposals is November 31, 2013.
Proposals should include a 250-word abstract and title, as well as the
author’s name, address, telephone number, email address, and institutional

Please submit all abstracts to Cacee Hoyer/Danielle Sanchez:

A mandatory non-refundable registration fee of $150 for scholars and $100
for graduate students must be paid immediately upon the acceptance of the
abstract. This conference fee includes admission to the panels, workshops,
and special events, as well as transportation to and from the conference
from the hotel, breakfast for three days, dinner on Friday night, lunch on
Saturday, and a banquet on Saturday evening.

The University of Texas at Austin does not provide participants with any
form of funding support, travel expenses, or boarding expenses. If the
conference obtains outside funding this will be used to help subsidize
graduate students’ accommodations on a competitive basis but it is not

Convened by Dr. Toyin Falola

Coordinated by Cacee Hoyer and Danielle Sanchez

1.3 10th Conference of The International Society for the Oral Literatures of Africa (ISOLA)

University of Cocody, Abidjan, Ivory Coast
June 12-15, 2014.

*Theme: “Oral Literature and Education”*

It is a well-known fact that the education of the members of the community
occupies pride of place in the heritage of the societies with oral
traditions. Beyond the youth, the education in question targets
individuals throughout the course of their lives.

The primary framework is that of the so-called “traditional” operation of
these societies. This first context has known various genres which served
the purpose of the ethical (transmission of moral values and behaviors),
artistic (oral arts training) and practical (suitable community activities
and the assorted social behaviors) training of users. The majority of
these genres, including the more playful ones, often fulfill an
educational function as well. Some target the entire community (the case
of the “knowledge” genres, including the proverb, proposing a body of
general ethics), while others (marriage and agricultural songs, for
example) address a specific group.

However, for more than a century already, a formal system, originating in
a more script-oriented and supposedly universal tradition, meant to open
the way to more transcultural values, has been superimposed on this
“traditional” oral education. This evolution comes with a challenge: how
is it possible to open up to the world without abandoning the specific
values at base of the identity of these societies with an oral tradition?
How can we preserve this cultural originality by avoiding excessive

By examining the question of this fundamental need for balance, certain
teachers came to the conclusion that various aspects of the oral tradition
could be fruitfully imported into the school system. Consequently, many
school handbooks made room for folktales, proverbs, epic or oral poems. In
fact, in “modern” education in Africa, from the primary to the tertiary
level, an opening was made for the inclusion of the oral literature.

Avenues of “popular” education, originating in the contemporary context,
have also been added to the more formal sectors of education. This is a
complex phenomenon, and might take the shape of public policy or of a
religious institution or national or international NGO initiative. This
“popular” education operates within the frameworks of sanitation, health
(the fight against the HIV-AIDS, for example), civic education, etc. The
various actors involved choose sometimes the recourse to oral literature
for a greater impact of their educational message.

This conference proposes that we think about “Oral Literature and
Education” following three broad thematic areas:

*1: “Traditional” Education*

This first thematic area welcomes papers focusing on the educative means
(ethical, artistic, practical, etc.) deployed by the various oral genres
(proverbs, folktales, songs of all types, initiation texts, tongue
twisters and other types of word play) or genre systems. In fact, several
genres sometimes form an education-oriented system. It then becomes
important to apprehend the relation among them. Similarly, the
identification of the purposes and of the didactic means employed is also
important. Is their pedagogy dogmatic, inductive or interactive? Lastly, a
given genre sometimes targets various levels of appreciation, as recalled
by the famous introduction to Hampaté Bâ’s Kaydara:

Story, told, to be told…

Are you truthful?

For the small children playing in the moonlight, my story is a tale of

For the women threading cotton in the long nights of the cold season, my
narrative is a delectable pastime.

For the men with bearded chins and rough heels, it is a true revelation.

So, I am at once futile, useful, and a fount of knowledge.

Moreover, the traditional education system may also be studied from the
point of view of the circulation of the word within the society. Indeed,
specialized or reserved genres obviously exist. It then becomes useful to
question the social category and the role of the instructor in question
and the social category of learner in an identified field.

It might be interesting, finally, to consider the strategies of teaching
or diffusion of oral texts in “traditional” society. These differ
depending on the genre. Indeed, certain genres require the initiation of
the future interpreter, while others are learned “naturally” in the course
of social life.

*2: Formal Education in Schools and Universities/Tertiary Institutions*

A) This second thematic area considers the presence, for one reason or
another, of oral literature in books or teaching materials of educational
and academic institutions. Are these in the form of complete works or of
extracts? How are they adapted? What transformations did they undergo to
fit into this new framework? By what critical material and teaching aids
are they accompanied? The study of the methods of presentation of these
works should allow the clarification of their pedagogical objectives. In
this respect, it is also possible to study the divide between the didactic
exploitation of these texts in the academic framework and their cultural
functions within their context of origin.

A special place will be given to the oral folktale, the genre primarily
exploited as an educational tool. A series of comparative topics may be
considered here, including: i) the folktale and the moral order; ii) the
folktale and narratology; iii) the folktale as a documentary source; iv)
the folktale and written literature; v) the folktale and the other arts:
audio-visuals, the performing arts, music, painting; vi) contemporary
adaptations of the folktale… This list remains wide open to other
relevant comparative perspectives such as:

+++ the relationship between oral literature and educational and

+++ academic institutions (institutionalization, anthologies, the

+++ “defense and illustration” of the oral legacy by first generation

+++ writers, re-appropriations/reinvention/transgressions by contemporary

+++ writers and artists, and theatrical film adaptations); the

+++ ideological exploitation of the oral legacy; Favorite themes:

+++ portraits of the “traditional” woman, the “ideal mother”, the good

+++ child and the rural environment…

B) As an extension of Thematic Area 2, “Formal Education in Schools and
Universities/Tertiary Institutions”, we would like to propose a workshop
on teaching and research in orality in tertiary institutions. This
encounter, in the context of the conference, is aimed primarily at taking
stock of the institutionalization of orality in the higher institutions of
Africa, regardless of language and discipline orientations. Researchers
from various parts of the continent are warmly invited to share their
experience and that of their home institution regarding (i) curriculum
(courses taught, perspective, discipline); (ii) or research group or
center; (iii) publication (Web sites, journals, other paper and electronic
publications); (iv) of scientific animation (meetings, workshops,
conferences…) The results of this workshop will go towards the
preparation of a collective publication, distinct from the proceedings of
the conference, to be carried out in collaboration with certain

*3: Popular Education*

This section concerns the use of orality (in particular proverbs and
folktales, but also in neo-oral urban songs and advertising on television
and radio, spaces of consumer “education” and diffusion of “modernity”) to
sensitize the public about contemporary issues of a social, cultural and
political order. From this point of view, it might be particularly
interesting to examine the exploitation of the oral legacy by the media
(radio, television, press), which is often controlled by the political
authorities. It might thus be relevant to study the narrow line that
sometimes separate popular education and the manipulation of public
disguised as sensitization.

ISOLA is committed to the promotion of excellence in scholarship. Proposed
papers should have a clearly defined thesis, show familiarity with
research trends, and address the conference theme, highlighting Africa and
the African diaspora.

The working languages of ISOLA are English and French.

Abstracts of no more than 500 words, in both languages, bearing the
author’s name and institutional affiliation and a brief bio note should be
sent to:

Dr Leon Kofi:

DEADLINE for the receipt of proposals is June 30, 2013.

For further information—registration fee, membership, transportation,
lodging, and all conference updates, please visit our website:

*ISOLA Organizing Committee*:

Chiji Akoma, Chair, ISOLA Conference Committee:

Antoinette Tidjani Alou, ISOLA President:

Rose Opondo, ISOLA Secretary:

Bob Cancel, ISOLA Communications Officer and Webmaster:

Jean Derive, LOC Collaborator:

1.4 20th and 21st Century French and Francophone Studies International Colloquium

New York City: March 6-8 2014

Co-organized and hosted by

NYU, CUNY Graduate Center and Columbia University

“Money / L’Argent”

This conference, to be held in New York City on March 6, 7 and 8 2014, will focus on the role that money, economics, dépense, financial crises and equitable or unjust economic distribution have played in 20th and 21st century French and Francophone literatures, visual cultures, theatre, history, theory, translation studies and gender and ethnic studies. Since the financial crises of 2008, there has been an ever widening debate about the role that financial gain plays in the production of culture and the functioning of institutions of higher education throughout the world. At the same time, the crises have energized communities that put into question the culture of capital and the ties between capitalism and culture, all of which has created particularly dynamic, ideological, moral and cultural power struggles. This conference will serve as an open discussion on the way money has worked in stories, aesthetic forms, translations, methodologies, curricula and our own institutions from 1900 to the present.

Possible topics include:

Economics and the Cultural Field

National or Global Culture?

Financial Crises and the Avant-garde

Gender and Economic Disparities

Fetishism and the Taboo of Money

Writers and their Institutions

Cinematic Production and Globalization

Copyright and Royalties in the Digital Age

Cultural and Economic Centers and Peripheries

Culture and the Welfare State


“Occupy Wall Street” and “le Comité invisible”

The Great Depression and Art



Poetry and/versus Money

Cognitive Capitalism and the Study of Literature and Film

Esthetic Practices and the Working Class

Proposals for individual presentations and for complete panels can be submitted in French or English by August 31, 2013. Please send them to The proposal should be from 200-250 words for each presentation and should include the affiliation, the name and the email address of each participant.


Peter Consenstein (CUNY)

Ludovic Cortade (NYU)

Philipp Watts (Columbia)


Calls for contribution

2.1 Cambridge Journal of Postcolonial Literary Inquiry

‘New Topographies of the Postcolonial’ 

At a time when disciplines are scrambling to keep up with both the accelerations and upheavals of a global informational economy and radical geopolitical shifts away from Euro-American dominance, how might literary postcolonialism be reconfigured? Since the turn of the century, we have witnessed genuine shifts in world literary flows brought on by proliferating information technology and translation networks; by transformed territorial and economic alignments in a post-Soviet era; and by the emergence of multiple war zones and new ethnic and religious conflagrations. Large-scale humanitarian crises wrought by wars and catastrophic climate change have brought new subalterns into our moral economy – asylum seekers, climate refugees, illegal migrants, and even large swathes of the Muslim populace demonized as a consequence of the ghoulish global visibility of fundamentalist versions of political Islam.

A critical response to these developments on the part of postcolonial literary scholars ought not to ignore emergent literary topographies that can no longer be circumscribed by classical postcolonial geographies of Europe and its others. They demand new modes of comparative analysis: conceptual, philological, translational, textual, generic and, broadly, the aesthetic.

Essays may range the spectrum from the transregional to the planetary and include under the rubric of the transregional, literatures from the Middle East, Asian and African influences on Anglophone and Francophone literatures, and literary/linguistic travel among post-plantation economies that bypass a now defunct colonial economy. Contributions from a planetary perspective may include essays on novelization in the era of humanitarian wars, subaltern literary genres of the information age, and literary works on climate change.

The essays should be up to 8,000 long including both notes and bibliography.  The deadline for submission of the essay is September 30, 2013.  Please visit: for formatting and other submission information.

2.2 Anthem Studies in Travel

We are interested in receiving book proposals for Anthem Studies in Travel. The series publishes new and pioneering work in the burgeoning field of travel studies. Titles in this series engage with questions of travel, travel writing, literature and history, and encompass some of the most exciting current scholarship in a variety of disciplines. Proposals for monographs and collections of essays may focus on research representing a broad range of geographical zones and historical contexts. All critical approaches are welcome, although a key feature of books published in the series will be their potential interest to a wide readership, as well as their originality and potential to break new ground in research.

You can find more information here:

We welcome submissions of proposals for challenging and original works that meet the criteria of this series. We make prompt editorial decisions. Our titles are published simultaneously in print and ebook editions and are subject to peer review by recognized authorities in the field. Should you wish to send in a proposal for a collection of essays, a single or multi-authored monograph, or a course reader, please contact us at:

Charles Forsdick

Series Editor, Anthem Studies in Travel

New titles

3.1 Peuls et Paysans
Les Halayɓe de Mauritanie

Amadou Oumar DIA
Préface de Sophie Caratini

Édition -Diffusion
5-7, rue de l’École
Polytechnique 75005 Paris
email :

Jusqu’à l’instauration de la frontière mauritano-sénégalaise en 1960, les
Halayɓe, dont les terrains de culture s’étendent de part et d’autre du
fleuve Sénégal, formaient une communauté homogène, réputée pour son
esprit d’indépendance.

Du côté mauritanien, le développement de la ville de Boghé, escale
importante du trafic fluvial à l’époque coloniale, s’est traduit par
l’implantation d’une école française qui a formé nombre de hauts cadres
de l’État ainsi que de brillants intellectuels. Mais aujourd’hui, la
jeunesse de la vallée, en mal d’avenir, tente d’émigrer par tous les moyens, fuit
une région dévastée par l’échec des projets de développement. Traumatisée par
les violences des années 1980-90 et par l’injustice et le chauvinisme d’État,
la population vit sous la menace récurrente de conflits ethniques.

Ce livre, qui dévoile toute la subtilité de la société paysanne du Fuuta-Tooro, a
pour vocation de devenir un classique de l’histoire et de l’anthropologie

Né en 1949 à Boghé, en Mauritanie, Amadou Oumar Dia est historien et chercheur à l’Institut des langues nationales de Mauritanie. Fortement impliqué dans la lutte contre l’analphabétisme, il préside l’Association pour la Renaissance du pulaar en République islamique de Mauritanie qui publie depuis 1981 le seul journal en langue pulaar du pays : Fooyre Ɓ amtaare.

25 euros
244 pages
ISBN : 978-2-296-99765-3

3.2 Revue Genre et Colonisation – Review Gender and Colonization, “Femmes, le genre et les sexualités dans l’Algerie coloniale (1830-1962)”
– “Women , gender, and sexualities in Colonial Algeria (1830-1962) »

Nous avons le plaisir de vous annoncer la sortie du premier numéro de la
revue internationale bilingue (anglais/français) Genre & Colonisation
exclusivement centrée sur les interactions entre l’histoire des femmes, du
genre et des sexualités et l’histoire des colonisations. Publiée par New
York University en France, la revue se veut un carrefour et un lieu
d’échange entre les chercheurs francophones et anglophones qui travaillent
sur ces questions.

Consacré à l’’Algérie, le premier numéro (printemps 2013) de la revue,
dirigé par Ryme Seferdjeli et Christelle Taraud, a pour objectif de faire
état et de mettre en valeur les travaux sur les femmes, le genre et les
sexualités dans l’Algérie coloniale (1830-1962), champ de la recherche en
pleine expansion depuis plusieurs années comme le montrent, les articles
de Sarah Ghabrial, Claudine Guiard, Michel Levallois, Claire Marynower,
Rebecca Rogers, Ryme Seferdjeli, Judith Surkis et Christelle Taraud.
Le numéro propose aussi une interview de la fille de Messali Hadj, Djanina
Messali-Benkelfat, qui y évoque son père, bien sûr, mais aussi sa mère,
Emilie Busquant, compagne du père nationalisme algérien et grande
militante indépendantiste.
Il est enfin accompagné par un artiste-plasticien algérien, Ammar Bourras,
dont les créations ponctuent le numéro en proposant un autre regard sur la
question des femmes et du genre en Algérie.

Vous pouvez consulter la revue à l’adresse suivante :

We are pleased to announce the publication of the first issue of the
international journal Gender & Colonization. Gender & Colonization is a
bilingual (English/French) journal exclusively devoted to the interactions
between gender and women’s history, the history of sexuality and colonial
history. Published by New York University in France, its aim is to serve
as a forum for dialogue and exchange between Francophone and Anglophone
academics working on these topics.

This first issue (Spring 2013), devoted to Algeria and edited by Ryme
Seferdjeli and Christelle Taraud, has for main objective to highlight new
research on women, gender, and sexualities in Colonial Algeria (1830-1962)
– a growing field as demonstrated in the articles of Sarah Ghabrial,
Claudine Guiard, Michel Levallois, Claire Marynower, Rebecca Rogers, Ryme
Seferdjeli, Judith Surkis, and Christelle Taraud.
The issue also includes an interview with Djanina Messali-Benkelfat, the
daughter of Messali Hadj. In it, Messali-Benkelfat talks about her father
but also about her mother, Emilie Busquant, the long-term partner of the
Father of Algerian Nationalism and herself a prominent activist.
Finally, the issue features the work of Ammar Bourras, an Algerian artist
whose art offers a different gaze on the question of women and gender in

The website link of The international journal is:

3.3 La lumière de Souleymane Cissé

Cinéma et Culture
Samuel Lelièvre
Préface de Jean-Michel Frodon
L’Harmattan, mars 2013

Tout en prenant en compte l’articulation entre esthétique et politique ainsi que le développement historique d’un cinéma africain en relation avec un contexte socioculturel singulier, ce livre explore Yeelen (La Lumière) de Souleymane Cissé dans toute sa richesse et complexité symbolique et de sens, en adoptant le principe selon lequel “expliquer plus, c’est comprendre mieux”.

ISBN : 978-2-343-00201-9

3.4 Les Cinémas francophones ouest-africains

Boukary Sawadogo

L’Harmattan, février 2013.

Voici analysées, au travers des cinémas francophones ouest-africains, de 1990 à2005, les mutations qui concernent, d’une part les modes de production et de distribution, d’autre part le passage du collectif à l’individu dans l’énonciation. Cette étude analyse, par le médium filmique, la représentation et l’expérience de trois figures d’altérité : le fou, l’homosexuel et la femme.

ISBN : 978-2-296-99827-8

Other events

4.1 Society for Francophone Postcolonial Studies Postgraduate Study Day

“Allah n’est pas obligé: The Location of Islam in Francophone Cultures”

University of Stirling, 20 June 2013

Keynote Speaker: Philip Dine (National University of Ireland, Galway)


9:30 – 10:15 Registration

10:15 – 11:45 Panel 1:

Karima Lahrach-Maynard, ‘The Representations of Islam in France during the Crusades of Saint Louis and the Egypt Expedition of Bonaparte’

Kirsty Bennett, ‘Identity Crux: Isabelle Eberhardt, Islam and the Ottoman Empire’

Alain Joseph Sissao, ‘La présence de l’islam dans la littérature africaine contemporaine’

11:45 – 12:00 Coffee Break

12:00 – 13:00 Panel 2:

Amina Easat-Daas, ‘Islam Européen? Islam Belge? Islamic Identity amongst Politically Active Muslim Women in Francophone Belgium’

Chloé A. Gill-Khan, ‘French Republican Secularism and Islam in North African Diasporic Cultural Production’

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 15:30 Panel 3:

Stefanie Van De Peer, ‘Même Pas Mal! Nadia El Fani’s Double Consciousness’

Mauro Di Lullo, ‘Jean Genet and Political Islam’

Rym Ouartsi, ‘Marock: Debating Religious Values, Obscuring Social Class Differences’

15:30 – 16:00 Coffee Break

16:00 – 16:30 Publishing Workshop:

Professor David Murphy (University of Stirling)

16:45 – 17:45 Keynote: Philip Dine (National University of Ireland, Galway), Title TBC

17:45 – 18:00 Close

There will be a small charge of £10 for participation in the Study Day. This fee will cover catering costs. Please contact Jamal Bahmad at the following email address for a registration form:

4.2 Aimé Césaire: A Centenary Celebration

At the French Institute,

17 Queensberry Place,



24th June, 2013

Aimé Césaire, the great poet, politician and playwright, was born in Martinique on 26th June, 1913.

He has been hailed as the leading francophone poet of the twentieth century and one of the prophets of negritude – the 1930s black consciousness movement whose steadfast aim was to ‘decolonise the mind’ and reassert pride in the African cultural values of the diaspora.

Césaire, who died in 2008, was an intellectual of great discernment and eloquence; an artist of the avant-garde who championed non-Western cultural forms. His influence upon post-colonial theatre and discourse is abiding.

An international and inter-disciplinary colloquium on Monday 24th June (9.30am-6pm) will honour and explore Aimé Césaire’s life, work and legacy. Selections of his poetry and plays will be recited and performed, both in English and French.

Confirmed speakers include: Professors Richard and Sally Price (College of William and Mary, Virginia), Charles Forsdick (Liverpool), Roger Little (Trinity College, Dublin), Romuald Fonkoua (Sorbonne, Paris)

Registration fee: £20

Space limited. Advance registration required by 17th June.

To register and for further information, please contact the organiser:

Dr Philip Crispin, University of Hull,

4.3 Crossing Cultures Senegal

Intercultural Dimensions announces its 23rd Crossing Cultures Senegal program

January 2014

Intercultural Dimensions, Inc. (a 501(c)(3) non profit organization) offers a unique and stimulating travel and educational program focused on the French-speaking Republic of Senegal, West Africa. The program dates for the 2014 Crossing Cultures Senegal program are January 4 to January 20. It will be ID’s 23rd program to Senegal. Experience the real story of Senegal.

Led by two former U.S. Peace Corps volunteers, this well-established cultural immersion program appeals to people in and out of academia. It works well for those who want to experience family life and community projects in rural areas of this diverse nation and for those with special interests in dance and music training, teaching, literature, environment, women’s rights, literacy, art, textiles, medicine, nutrition, history, government, NGOs, agriculture, small business, language and health.

The Crossing Cultures Senegal group (three leaders and three to five participants) is small allowing the leaders to tailor activities to the participants’ interests.

The fee is at cost. Extended stays for volunteer work or field study can be facilitated. This program is an eye-opener. For some it can be a stepping stone to their future; for others it can be an enrichment of the work they are already doing.

Please visit ID’s website for more information and to apply to participate in the next program:

Please click here:

John Hand and Janet Ghattas

Janet L.Ghattas
General Director
Intercultural Dimensions
PO Box 391437
Cambridge MA 02139
617 864 8442

4.4 Une architecture de la mémoire. Nantes.

The Memorial to the Abolition of Slavery, in Nantes, opened to the public
in 2012. For its opening, on March 25, 2012, events included a 3 day
colloquium (1er Reencontres du Memorial) about ‘slavery in the past and
the present’ and numerous other public events.
Nantes’ former mayor and current French Prime Minister, Jean Marc Ayrault,
President Soglo (Republic of Benin), and Christiane Taubira, lawmaker who
wrote the french law declaring slavery crime against humanity, gave
significant public addresses.
This year, June 7-8, 2013, a new colloquium ‘Rencontres du Memorial’ will
look at Architectures of Memory.

These colloquiums are coordinated by noted historian Francoise Verges, who
served as President of the National French Committee on History and Memory
of Slavery.


The project involves the transformation of 350 meters of the coast of the
Loire River, in the center of the city, returning to the city in the form
of new public spaces, areas that were used as parking.

The project provides both space and means for remembering and thinking
about slavery and the slave trade; commemorating resistance and the
abolitionist struggle; celebrating the historic act of abolition; and for
bringing the visitor closer to the continuing struggle against present-day
forms of slavery. This project -unique in its kind and scale in Europe-
includes the adaptation of a pre-existing residual space, product of
construction of embankments of Loire in18th, 19th & 20th Centuries. The
140 metres-long sub-surface space, ‘found’ in archival documentation,
along and often below the level of the water, is the heart of the
memorial. Its transformation into public space required complex
engineering to construct a protective ‘cuvelage’ due to the tides of

Here is a good series of images at Archdaily:

Memorial website:

4.5 International Society for History Didactics


16 _18 September 2013

Tutzing, Academy for Civic Education

In 2013 the annual conference of the ISHD takes place in the Academy for
Civic Education in Tutzing, Germany.

The topic will be:
Colonialism, decolonization and post-colonial historical perspectives –
Challenges for History Didactics and history teaching in a globalizing

Colonialisme – décolonisation – perspectives postcoloniales: des défis
pour la didactique et l’enseignement de l’histoire dans le contexte de
la mondialisation

Kolonilalismus, Dekolonisierung, postkoloniale Perspektiven.
Herausforderungen für die Didaktik der Geschichte und den
Geschichtsunterricht im Kontext der Globalisierung

The International Society of History Didactics is looking forward to
welcome several guests and well-known scholars from all over the world
in Germany, who will definitely have very interesting and important
discussions about the topic of the conference and who will present the
results of their distinguished studies.

Further information about the conference can be found here:

For more information about the Academy for Civic Education in Tutzing,
please visit:

4.6 37th Annual Conference of the Society for Caribbean Studies

Registration is open for the 37th Annual Conference of the Society for Caribbean Studies, 3-5 July, University of Warwick.
The registration deadline for non-presenting delegates is 15 June 2013

For the provisional programme and registration go to

The conference will open with a keynote by Professor Neil Lazarus of Warwick University. A renowned scholar of postcolonial studies and world literature, Professor Lazarus will reflect on the Caribbean from the perspective of new thinking on uneven development and the theorisation of world literature. The Bridget Jones Award presentation will this year be delivered by Surinamese visual artist Kit Ling Tjon Pian Ji.

Panels include:
Round Table: The State of Caribbean Studies
The Tourist Caribbean
Migration and Identity
Labour and Economy
Caribbean Psyche
Environment and Development
Walter Adolphe Roberts and Imperial Border Crossing
Urban Culture and the Performance of Difference
Made in St. Lucia: A Case Study in Caribbean Craft Development
US-Caribbean Relations
The Life and Work of Antonio Benitez-Rojo
Bodies: Corporeality and Encounter
Print Cultures
Ethnicity in Comparative Perspective
Digital Humanities
Earl Lovelace
Bodies: Love and Sexuality
Caribbean Literature in World Ecological Perspective
Landscape and Ecology
Politics and Revolution

Full delegate rates: £200
Concessionary rates (full-time student or unwaged): £100.00
Day rates are also available (see registration form on

4.7 Femmes européennes en voyage. Afrique, Orient : regards littéraires”

Le Centre International d’Etudes Francophones (CIEF)

Université Paris-Sorbonne, les 14 et 15 juin 2013.

Les récits de voyage de femmes font depuis quelques années l’objet d’une (re)découverte progressive grâce à une critique littéraire explorant ce domaine en friche. Dans cette lignée, ce colloque propose d’interroger le statut du voyage « féminin » et la spécificité (le cas échéant) du regard que la femme, derrière la voyageuse, porte sur les pays visités d’Orient et d’Afrique. Il s’agit d’explorer les liens établis entre le genre féminin et le rapport à l’altérité, en prenant appui sur des textes littéraires dans lesquels la voyageuse cherche à montrer son rapport à l’autre en tant que femme. Quelles attitudes prévalent dans ces textes ? Une empathie pour les peuples colonisés et une défense des opprimé(e)s ? Une attitude coloniale ou colonialiste ? Ou encore une apparente neutralité ? Se pencher sur des figures aussi diverses que Valérie de Gasparin, Raymonde Bonnetain, Myriam Harry, Marga d’Andurain, Alice Poulleau ou encore Madeleine Poulaine… permet de mener des recherches en s’appuyant sur un spectre suffisamment large pour saisir des enjeux qui se dessinent pendant une période menant des velléités coloniales et du déclin de l’empire Ottoman, jusqu’aux indépendances orientales et africaines.

Dans l’histoire du genre du récit de voyage, c’est en effet une période de transition : genre autobiographique apte à dire le moi et la construction d’une identité en contact avec l’altérité orientale ou africaine, le récit de voyage se politise et devient, au tournant du siècle, exploration de l’autre et possible remise en cause des valeurs et idéologies occidentales. Nous chercherons à interroger le rôle des femmes dans cette réorientation des enjeux de l’expérience viatique à ce moment de l’histoire littéraire.

Ce colloque sera l’occasion de mener une réflexion croisée sur le récit de voyage féminin dans les deux aires géographiques et culturelles que sont l’Orient et l’Afrique, afin de saisir différences et similitudes entre deux expériences parfois complémentaires, parfois opposées, chacune alimentant l’imaginaire de l’autre.

Programme  :

Vendredi 14 juin. Amphithéâtre Michelet
9h00 Discours d’accueil

Séance 1 : Les voyageuses et l’Empire Ottoman
Présidente de séance : Margot Irvine
9h30 Sarga Moussa (UMR LIRE-CNRS), Conférence inaugurale : « Tristes harems. L’exemple de la comtesse de Gasparin (‘A Constantinople’, 1867) au regard de la tradition des voyageuses en Orient»
10h30 Frank Estelmann (Université de Frankfurt-am-Main, Allemagne), « Louise Colet et l’Orient-Isthme-de-Suez. Les Pays lumineux dans le contexte de l’inauguration du canal de Suez en 1869
11h00 Débat et pause
11h30 Daniel Lançon (Université Stendhal Grenoble 3), « Le voyage de Blanche Lee Childe en Égypte (1881-1882) ou les conservatismes à l’épreuve des altérités »
12h00 Débat

Séance 2 : Colonisations. De l’aventure à l’engagement politique et esthétique des femmes
Présidente de séance : Julie d’Andurain
14h30 Margot Irvine (Université de Guelph, Canada), « “On colonise par la femme et non par le fusil” : Raymonde Bonnetain au Soudan (1892) »
15h00 Vassiliki Lalagianni (Université du Péloponnèse, Grèce), « L’orientalisme sans voile : récits de voyage en Turquie de Marcelle Tinayre et de Demetra Vaka-Brown »
15h30 Débat et pause
16h00 Renée Champion (EHESS), « Gertrude Bell (1868-1926) et ses écritures de l’Orient »
16h30 Emmanuelle Radar (Université d’Utrecht, Pays-Bas), « Camille Drevet (1880-1969), une grande voyageuse oubliée et l’urgence de son Les Annamites chez eux (1928) ».
17h00 Débat

Samedi 15 juin. Amphithéâtre Descartes
9h00 Accueil

Séance 3 : Remise en cause des visées coloniales : les années 1920
Président de séance : Daniel Lançon
9h15 Julie d’Andurain (École militaire, CDEF), « De Zénobie à Marga d’Andurain, en passant par lady Esther Stanhope. Les femmes à Palmyre dans une perspective de longue durée »
9h45 Élodie Gaden (Université Paris-Sorbonne) et Pascale Roux (Université Stendhal Grenoble 3), « Alice Poulleau, de la Bourgogne à la Syrie. Orientalisme et régionalisme dans le journal A Damas sous les bombes et dans les contes (Sept histoires de Syrie, Pur jus : faicts et dicts de biberons de Borgoigne, La Madone de la Blanche épine et autres contes) »
10h30 Débat et pause

Séance 4 : Regards sur l’Afrique avant les Indépendances
Présidente de séance : Élodie Gaden
11h00 Maéva Bovio (Université Stendhal Grenoble 3), « En quête d’identité : Myriam Harry entre Europe, Afrique et Orient »
11h30 Bernard Mouralis (Université de Cergy-Pontoise), « L’Afrique de l’Est chez Vivienne de Watteville : Un thé chez les éléphants et Petite musique de chambre au pied du mont Kenya (1936-1937) »
12h00 Romuald Fonkoua (Université Paris-Sorbonne), « Madeleine Poulaine, Une Blanche chez les Noirs. L’Afrique vivante (1931) »
12h30 Débat

Séance 5 : Perspectives contemporaines
Président de séance : Romuald Fonkoua
15h00 Roland Colin (EHESS), « Renée Colin-Noguès, une femme photographe en regard de la culture sénoufo au Soudan français. 1952-1955 »
15h30 Anna Garycka (Université de Strasbourg), « Olga Stanislawska : une femme seule sur les routes d’Afrique »
Conclusions et perspectives, par Élodie Gaden et Romuald Fonkoua

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