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SFPS Monthly Mailing: August 2013

28th July 2013


1.1″Africa and the Atlantic World”. East Carolina.

1.2 “Critical Articulations of Race to Class in Committed Cinema”, SCMS. Seattle.

1.3 Rwanda under the RPF: Assessing Twenty Years of Post-Conflict Governance. London.

1.4 Forum on European Expansion and Global Interaction 2014. New Orleans.

1.5 RITA Group Seminar Series 2013 – 14: Caribbean Literature and Space. Sheffield.

1.6 Quêtes et conquêtes de nouveaux mondes. San Francisco.

Calls for contribution:

2.1 The Global South Atlantic

2.2 Ethnopornography: Sexuality, Colonialism, and Anthropological Knowing

2.3 Callaloo: Black Diasporic Cinema

2.4 Visages et représentations de la femme dans la littérature camerounaise postcoloniale

2.5 JENdA: In Movement: Women in Africa and the African Diaspora Special Issue

2.6 Haiti after the Earthquake: the Shape, Role and Power of Writing

New titles:

3.1 Printemps arabe et littérature

3.2 The Contemporary Francophone African Intellectual

3.3 Contemporary French Civilization 38.2

3.4 Francosphères 2.1

3.5 Caribbean Critique: Antillean Critical Theory from Toussaint to Glissant

3.6 Intimate Enemies: Translation in Francophone Contexts

3.7 Contesting Views: The Visual Economy of France and Algeria

3.8 Childhood, Autobiography and the Francophone Caribbean

3.9 Redrawing French Empire in Comics


Other events/news:

4.1 African Studies Association of the UK Writing Workshop. Birmingham.

4.2 Fanon in Context. Leeds.

Calls for papers

1.1″Africa and the Atlantic World”
Fall 2013 SERSAS Conference
East Carolina University, Greenville, NC, USA
27 – 28 September 2013

Second Call for Papers

The publication of Fernand Braudel’s _The Mediterranean and the
Mediterranean World_ (1949), the creation of the African Studies
Association in 1957, and the formation of the World History Association in
1982 all provided inspiration for John Thornton’s _Africa and Africans in
the Making of the Atlantic World, 1400-1800_ (1992). Prior to and in the
years following the independence of Ghana in 1957, Africanists worldwide
had scorned Eurocentric views on African history, notoriously asserted by
Hugh Trevor-Roper in his BBC broadcast of 1963, and had begun to research
and publish the history of Africa from the diversity of African
perspectives. This inter-disciplinary effort culminated in UNESCO’s
eight-volumed _General History of Africa_ (1981-1993). That body of
knowledge has expanded ever since, seen in part in the logs of H-Net’s
Africana family of listservs. Recently, some Africanists have taken their
collective knowledge of the Mother Continent and presented it in a world
perspective. _Africa in World History_ (2004) by Erik Gilbert and Jonathan
Reynolds helped initiate this tradition in college survey texts.
Concurrently, Africanist scholarship has intersected with that of scholars
of Atlantic World European, Native American, and African American studies
to provide the foundation for new Atlantic World programs.

Held on campuses bi-annually throughout the southeast since 1973, the
Southeastern Regional Seminar in African Studies (SERSAS) will be hosted
this fall by East Carolina University. Those of you who attended the last
SERSAS conference at ECU in the fall of 2001 may remember the festive
musical performance of the SERSAS Structural Adjustment Blues Band led by
guitarists Jonathan Reynolds and Kevin Greene. This year’s music program,
which will coincide with Friday evening’s SERSAS welcome reception, will be
a performance of Afro-Andean music by Zamba Yawar conducted by Mario Rey.

Four exhibitions of ECU’s African art collection will be on display
throughout the university to celebrate both our SERSAS conference and
progress to date to establish an African art museum on ECU’s campus. Sharon
Pruitt, ECU’s African art historian, will share the history of ECU’s
African art collection. Dorothy Redford, who led the restoration of nearby
Somerset Place from the perspective of its slaves, will be the guest
speaker for SERSAS conferees.

This Second Call for Papers for the Fall 2013 SERSAS Conference seeks to
give faculty, independent scholars, and graduate students the opportunity
to share scholarship within the friendly atmosphere for which SERSAS is
renowned. The coordinators of SERSAS cordially invite you to present your
work within the wide parameters of the conference theme, “Africa and the
Atlantic World.” Proposals may fall within but are not limited to the
following topics:

– Commercial linkages between Europeans, Native Americans, and Africans

– Slavery in Africa and the Americas

– African and Native American societies in the Atlantic world

– Palmares and Maroon communities

– African agency in the trans-Atlantic slave trade

– African religion, Christianity, and Islam in the Atlantic World

– African art in the Atlantic World

– African music in the Atlantic World

– Resistance and collaboration in slavery

– The Diaspora in the Caribbean

– Marcus Garvey and W.E.B. Du Bois

= Abolition movements

– Slave ships

– Role of technology in shaping the Atlantic world

– Legacies of the Atlantic slave trade in the Atlantic world

Please send your 200-word proposal and brief resume to Kenneth Wilburn no later than 1 August.

SERSASians especially invite graduate students to present papers and
compete for the 2013 SERSAS Award for the best graduate student paper,
which carries a stipend of $100.

Registration for the conference is $30, payable on site, which will also
serve as your annual SERSAS membership dues. Participants will be informed
of local arrangements as the conference dates approach. Updates can be
accessed by visiting the web site for SERSAS:

The Fall 2013 SERSAS Conference will be held concurrently with ECU’s 1st
International Interdisciplinary Conference on Religion, whose theme is
“Religion, Immigration, Health, & Human Rights: Challenges and the Way
Forward.” Organizers plan to share sessions where themes overlap. Friday
evening’s reception and Afro-Andean music performance by Zamba Yawarwill be
attended by both groups. The URL for that conference’s announcement is:

The Fall 2013 SERSAS Conference is co-sponsored by ECU’s African and
African American Studies Program, Atlantic World Program, Department of
History, Ledonia Wright Culture Center, School of Art and Design, School of
Music, and Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences. Please join us for
what promises to be another exciting and friendly SERSAS Conference at East
Carolina University.

1.2 “Critical Articulations of Race to Class in Committed Cinema”

Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS)
19-23 March 2014
Seattle, Washington, USA

This panel seeks to understand the critical articulation of “race” to
“class” in committed cinema, whether documentary, experimental,
avant-garde, or narrative fiction. Priority will be given to proposals
focusing on films concerning the “Global South” or “Third World,” but
attention to the “West,” “Global North,” or “First World” is also welcome.
Proposals should indicate a strong foundation in film and/or cultural
theory, attend critically to cinematic form and structure as well as to
content, and be oriented intellectually toward a critique of political

Please e-mail a 250-350-word abstract, along with a short bibliography and
brief biographical statement, by August 1, 2013 to: Terri Ginsberg (

1.3 Rwanda under the RPF: Assessing Twenty Years of Post-Conflict Governance

Conference and Special Journal Issue

Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre
School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London
4 October 2013

In the nearly two decades since the 1994 genocide, Rwanda has experienced
substantial political, social and economic change, due mainly to the
ambitious policies of the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF). Analyses of RPF
rule, especially since Paul Kagame became President in 2000, vary greatly,
with some scholars characterising it as a visionary form of post-conflict
governance and development and others as a destructive brand of national
social engineering and the steady entrenchment of authoritarianism. While
some commentators describe this period as one of major political reform and
innovation, others emphasise continuities between the RPF and previous
Rwandan regimes, especially in terms of the centralisation of power.

This conference and the subsequent special issue of the Journal of Eastern
African Studies (JEAS) will bring together a broad spectrum of commentators
to debate the nature of Rwandan politics under the RPF and its impact on
the post-genocide reconstruction process, regional relations and the
wellbeing of everyday Rwandans. Rather than simply commemorating the
twentieth anniversary of the genocide, the conference and special issue
will analyse the nature and effects of the RPF’s particular brand of
governance, including in shaping Rwanda’s future political, social and
economic trajectories.

The conference will be hosted by the JEAS, and the Centre for African
Studies and the Department of Politics and International Studies at SOAS.
The conference organisers and editors of the special issue are Jason
Mosley, research associate at the African Studies Centre, Oxford (and
managing editor, JEAS), and Phil Clark, lecturer in comparative and
international studies, SOAS.

Interested speakers are invited to submit an abstract of no more than 300
words and a CV to Jason Mosley ( by 31 July
. Selected presenters will be notified by early August. Following the
conference, those presenters will be expected to submit a draft article of
maximum 8,000 words by 18 October 2013 for consideration for the special
issue, which will be published in the first half of 2014. Joint conference
presentations and joint articles would be extremely welcome. (Scholars
interested to contribute to the special issue but unable to participate in
the conference, please contact Jason Mosley.)

The following topics would be of particular interest but are by no means

* Situating the RPF within the broader history of Rwandan politics.
* Understanding the RPF within the regional context of post-liberation
movement ruling parties, and the role of the military in Rwanda’s political
* The impact of exile and civil war in the formation and policies of the
* Evaluating the effects of the RPF on electoral democracy in Rwanda.
* Competing dimensions of centralisation and decentralisation under RPF
* The impact of Kagame’s leadership.
* Analysing the internal structures and policymaking processes of the RPF.
* Assessing the RPF’s economic development agenda.
* The politics and impacts of land reform in Rwanda.
* The politics of post-genocide memory and accountability in Rwanda.
* The intersections of business, security and politics under the RPF.
* The RPF’s external relations (with the Rwandan diaspora, neighbouring
states, the United Nations, the African Union and international donors).

The organisers have some small funding which will be used to facilitate the
participation of speakers and authors from the global South. Other speakers
are kindly requested to cover their own travel and accommodation.

1.4 Forum on European Expansion and Global Interaction 2014

The Forum on European Expansion and Global Interaction [FEEGI] invites
paper proposals for its tenth biennial conference to be held in New
Orleans, LA, on February 21-22, 2014. FEEGI is interested in papers that
explore early modern interactions from a variety of perspectives, across
national and geographical categories, in an attempt to enhance our
understanding of the global consequences of European expansion in the early
modern world. Thus, we are interested in creative approaches from a variety
of fields and disciplines to the study of the expansion of Europe and the
world-wide response to that expansion.

As our conference utilizes plenary sessions, we prefer individual paper
proposals. In rare circumstances, panels may also be submitted for
consideration; panels may also be re-organized to fit a larger program
organized thematically in order to encourage comparative thinking outside
the bounds of regionally- and chronologically-bounded histories. If you are
interested in organizing a panel, please send an email to the address below
first to check on whether it would be appropriate; papers should still be
submitted individually.

FEEGI hopes to provide some financial support to graduate students who are
on the program.

Please enter proposals for individual papers no later than Monday,
September 16, 2013 on FEEGI’S website,
Proposers will be prompted to submit a paper title, 250-300 word abstract,
and the name, affiliation, and contact information of the presenter, along
with an abbreviated CV of no more than 500 words.

Please send any questions, comments, or notification of trouble with online
submissions to: Philip J Stern, Department of History, Duke University,

1.5 RITA Group Seminar Series 2013 – 14: Caribbean Literature and Space

The University of Sheffield Geography Department

Friday 8th November, 2013

Dr Patricia Noxolo, on behalf of the Race in the Americas (RITA) group,
seeks papers from postgraduate students and established academics on the
theme of Caribbean literature and space.
The seminar will be held on Friday 8th November, in the Department of
Geography at the University of Sheffield, and attendance will be free of
charge. A limited number of travel bursaries are available.

Submissions on any aspect of the spatialities of Caribbean literature are
welcome. These might include:
* The Spaces within Caribbean literature (how authors and works describe
and theorise space and spatiality, e.g. mythological or fantasy spaces,
global space, regional, national, rural or urban spaces, communal spaces,
the home or the body as a space);
* The spatial flows of Caribbean literature (how Caribbean literature has
been published, distributed and read in different places or along different
global routes);
* The ‘spaces’ occupied by Caribbean literature (positions taken by
Caribbean literature in different disciplines, and the role it has played
in global and local reading cultures)

DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACTS: Monday 16th September 2013. Please send all
submissions to
Please note that a limited number of postgraduate travel bursaries will be
available to support participation in this event, funded by the Sheffield
Institute for International Development (SIID) ( To apply, please send a CV along with your abstract, including a brief outline of your postgraduate research and
current institutional affiliation.
The Race in the Americas (RITA) group is holding a series of four seminars
across the UK during the academic year 2013-14 as part of the Regional
Seminar Series, which is funded by the Institute for the Study of the
Americas ( Full details of the seminar series
are available at

1.6 Quêtes et conquêtes de nouveaux mondes

Appel à communications

Congrès 2014 à San Francisco

29 juin au 6 juillet 2014


Dans l’imaginaire populaire, l’Ouest évoque les grands espaces, la ruée vers l’or, les nouveaux départs : un lieu à dimension mythique où tout est possible, un Eldorado accessible à tous. Ville arc-en-ciel, San Francisco occupe une place spéciale dans cet imaginaire du fait qu’elle a su faire naître des mouvements avant-gardistes qui, à leur tour, ont créé de nouveaux mondes. Pont entre le passé et l’avenir, ouverte sur l’océan, la ville accueille la marge et la fait sienne.

Par ailleurs, 2014 est, ne l’oublions pas, le centenaire du début de la Première Guerre mondiale qui a marqué la destruction de tout un monde et annoncé le début d’une ère nouvelle.

La thématique de notre colloque s’articule autour de l’exploration des diverses perspectives liées aux nouveaux mondes : féminisme, genre et sexualité ; malaise sociétal, contestation et revendication ; destruction et construction ; quêtes et conquêtes ; pont(s) entre les époques et les cultures.

Afin d’encourager de manière interdisciplinaire le développement des études, de la recherche, des publications portant sur la littérature, la langue, la culture, les arts et les sciences sociales dans tout le monde francophone, Le CIEF  accueille chaque année à son congrès un large éventail de sessions regroupées sous ces catégories. Nous vous proposons également une liste de thèmes ouverts dans lesquels la francophonie est un facteur principe et qui permettront de rassembler les intervenants autour de problématiques d’actualité, sous les grandes catégories de LANGUE-CULTURE-LITTÉRATURE-HISTOIRE-PÉDAGOGIE. Nous invitons les propositions sur les thèmes suivants de manière non exclusive :

  • Quêtes et conquêtes de nouveaux mondes
  • Ponts entre les époques et les cultures
  • Le voyage dans tous ses états
  • La langue française dans la grande et la petite histoire
  • Guerre et violence : expressions francophones
  • Autour d’un auteur
  • Malaise sociétal, contestation et revendication
  • Les francophonies ultramarines et africaines
  • Déterritorialisation, immigration et identité
  • La francophonie des Amériques : enjeux, identités et langues
  • Texte(s) et image(s)
  • L’espace et/ou l’écriture cinématographique
  • Écriture au féminin/masculin/genre ouvert
  • Repenser le postcolonial francophone
  • Le français, langue  véhiculaire: hier et aujourd’hui
  • Nouvelles techniques & didactique du français
  • Linguistique comparative & francophonie
  • Sociologie du français dans l’humanitaire

Pour lancer un pré-appel pour votre session: 10 septembre 2013
Pour répondre à un pré-appel: 8 octobre 2013

Pour soumettre une session complète15 octobre 2013
Pour soumettre une proposition individuelle15 octobre 2013

Pour de plus amples renseignements (août) :

Calls for contribution

2.1 The Global South Atlantic

Editors: Kerry Bystrom, Bard College and ECLA of Bard
( and Joseph R. Slaughter, Columbia University

Atlantic Studies, as a field of historical, literary, visual,
economic, political and cultural analysis, has tended to focus on
exchanges across the North Atlantic Ocean. Transformative studies like
Paul Gilroy’s The Black Atlantic (1992) opened the field to the South by
demonstrating the centrality of the slave trade and the African diaspora
to any understanding of the “Atlantic World.” Yet, even that South was
largely situated in the North, around systems of circulation and
exchange among Africa, North America, the Caribbean and Europe. Despite
the rise in oceanic, hemispheric, and regional studies in the past
decade, and despite the institutional transformations of Transatlantic,
Black Atlantic and Diaspora studies, the South Atlantic has not emerged
as a particularly potent conceptual or analytical configuration in
cultural studies; nor has it emerged as a particularly coherent social
and economic image-space in geopolitics.

In this volume of collected papers, we will explore different ways of
positioning Atlantic Studies in relation to the Global South, and also
reflect on the conditions of possibility and impossibility for the
coming into being of spaces like the Global South Atlantic. We will
focus on critically exploring how artists and intellectuals from the
Caribbean, Latin America, Africa and other Southern zones imagine the
Atlantic. Of special concern is the way individuals, governments or
political movements, social imaginaries, texts or other cultural
artifacts, and markets do (or do not) cross the oceanic space between
Africa, Latin America, and surrounding “Southern” regions; and the
larger structures of knowledge and power that enable or inhibit these

We invite papers that respond directly to the problem of the Global
South Atlantic by focusing specifically on events, periods, and issues
that establish and reconfigure relations among peoples around the South
Atlantic: charter-company colonialism; the transatlantic slave trade and
abolitionism; anti-colonialism and decolonization; tricontinentalism and
the non-aligned movement; Cold War dictatorships, resource extraction,
and human rights internationalism; indigenous movements and dirty wars;
diasporas and exiled intellectuals; transitional justice and truth
commissions; regional economic and security communities. In addition,
we’re interested in theoretical and historical perspectives on the
(South) Atlantic from the Global South. Specific questions of interest

• What and where is the (Global) South Atlantic? How is it possible to
map it? To position ourselves in relation to it?

• In what ways have people from the “Global South” imagined and
participated in creating something called “the Atlantic” or “the
Atlantic world,” from the early modern period to the present? In what
ways have they been excluded from this project?

• How might thinking about the South Atlantic, understood as that
expanse between Africa, the Caribbean, and Latin America, or understood
otherwise, alter current histories and theories of the Atlantic world?

• In what ways has the South Atlantic become an actually existing zone
of commercial, military, scientific, intellectual, artistic or cultural
navigation and exchange? What did these exchanges look like during 18th,
19th and 20th century colonialism and anti-colonialism? During the Cold
War? What do they look like in our contemporary moment of neo-liberal
capitalism and globalization?

• What role have discourses like those of environmental activism, human
rights and humanitarianism, or national security doctrine and other
forms of militarism (think of the North (and failed South) Atlantic
Treaty Organization), played in shaping relations across the Atlantic?

• What kinds of “alternative solidarities” (Popescu, Tolliver and
Tolliver)—those beyond ties created through the experience of
slavery—have been formed across the Atlantic ocean between North and
South or South and South? How are previous forms of transnational
solidarity remembered or, conversely, to what ends are they forgotten?

• How does the question of the (Global) South Atlantic impact studies of
slavery and the African diaspora it created?

• How might looking at something called the “South Atlantic” help us to
understand the discursive formations of Oceanisms, regionalisms, area
studies, hemispheric studies, postcolonialisms, and comparative

One goal of the collection is to bring together scholars working in
Anglophone, Francophone, Hispanic, and Lusophone literary and cultural
studies, as well as researchers working in other languages—such as
Arabic or indigenous languages—that are related to the (global) South
Atlantic. We aim to balance contributions from these multiple linguistic

Abstracts of 300 words and a short bio should be sent to both editors by
September 30, 2013. Accepted authors will be notified by late October,
and full drafts of accepted papers will be due by March 1, 2014. The
editors plan to approach presses once the initial selection of papers
has been completed.

2.2 Ethnopornography: Sexuality, Colonialism, and Anthropological Knowing

We are currently seeking scholarly contributions for a forthcoming edited
collection titled Ethnopornography: Sexuality, Colonialism, and
Anthropological Knowing, which will be submitted to a university press in
2014. We already have a number of contributors whose work focuses on some
aspect of the “ethnopornographic gaze” in relation to colonialism, and are
looking for a few more contributors, whose work might focus on Africa,
Asia, the Middle East, native North America, Papua New Guinea, the Amazon,
or other colonial contexts (though we have sufficient contributions about
Latin America, outside of the Amazon).

This is a project that was initiated by the late Neil L. Whitehead
(Madison-Wisconsin, Anthropology) and Pete Sigal (Duke University,
History), and is now being edited by Pete Sigal, Zeb Tortorici (New York
University, Spanish and Portuguese), and Erika Robb Larkins (University of
Oklahoma, Anthropology).

As conceived in our introduction to the volume, our usage of the term
“ethnopornography” refers to the synergy of sexuality and violence in the
cultural process of colonialist observation and exploitation. We argue
that ethnopornography is key to the legacy in the ethnographic gaze, as
practiced not only by professional anthropologists and ethnographers but
also by other cultural commentators (including colonists, travelers,
medical practitioners, and intellectuals). We term such an epistemological
regime “ethnopornographic” not because of the mere fact that the exposed
bodies of (colonized/desired) others are being represented, but rather for
the way in which such representations circulated in voyeuristic cycles of
gazing at and purporting to know the intimate (or the “authentic”). The
very notion of “ethnopornography” defies simple definition as the term
itself is an attempt to call attention to the multiple histories and
positionalities present in the history of colonial relationships, which
share a particular ethnological aesthetic and style. It is our goal to map
out what this particular aesthetic is, how it is imbued with
multidirectional power relations, and what its implications are in the
broader field of cultural discourse about the “other” vis-à-vis gender,
ethnicity, language, and species.

In short, we are looking for contributors whose work fits the themes that
we raise in this collection, and who are keen on engaging theories of
(colonial) viewing, spectatorship, and corporealities in their work.
Rather than simply include essays that focus on the intersections of
bodies, sexualities, and colonialism, we are, in particular, seeking
contributions that will critically think through the theoretical and very
real implications of “ethnopornography” in historical, anthropological,
andliterary production.


Those interested should email a 250-500 word abstract and a recent CV,
including contact information, by September 1, 2013 to: (Pete Sigal
(, Zeb Tortorici (, and Erika Larkins

Finished papers will be due in early 2014.
2.3 Callaloo: Black Diasporic Cinema

Callaloo invites papers for a special issue on Black Diasporic Cinema (Black Latinidad, African, Caribbean, etc.) guest edited by Michael B. Gillespie (Ohio University) and Keith M. Harris (University of California-Riverside).

Race as a constitutive, cultural fiction has always been a consequential element of history, social life, and art practice. With this in mind, the editors seek inquiries of black diasporic cinema that frame this conceptual field with a concern for visuality, blackness, and the art of cinema. Motivated by an immediate investment in the relationship between cinema and the discourses of race and blackness, this issue focuses on distinct modalities of black diasporic cinema by examining the substantial ways that blackness compels an interdisciplinary regard for race as discourse, affect, performativity, and aesthetic practice. Possible topics include, but are not limited to the following:

  • The idea of Black film
  • Black Independent Cinema
  • Black film music and sound studies
  • Genre Studies
  • Queer Diasporic Cinema
  • Stardom and Celebrity Studies
  • Diasporic Cinema and Visual Culture
  • Afrofuturism
  • Visual Historiography
  • Diasporic Feminist Film Practice
  • Racial Grotesque
  • Afrosurrealism
  • Racial Performativity
  • Experimental/Avant-Garde Film
  • Early Cinema
  • Documentary
  • Issues of Globalization and Cinema
  • Black Trafficking
  • Digital Cinema
  • Film adaptation
  • Machinama
  • White Supremacy
  • Animation
  • Revolution
  • Considerations of filmmakers whose work distinctively engages with the idea of the diaspora (eg., Raoul Peck, Isaac Julien, Steve McQueen, Claire Denis, Cheryl Dunye, etc.)

Callaloo Submission Guidelines:

Manuscripts must be submitted online no later than November 30, 2013. The manuscript should be submitted under the BLACK DIASPORIC CINEMA category. Please see the submission guidelines here: In order to submit manuscripts, you must register with the online tracking system. The registration process will only take a few minutes.

Please direct questions or other correspondence regarding this special issue to Callaloo via email at Please do not send any manuscripts to the guest editors.

2.4 Visages et représentations de la femme dans la littérature camerounaise postcoloniale

Faces and Representations of the Woman in Postcolonial

Cameroonian Literature

Appel à Contributions

Call for Papers

Depuis toujours la femme constitue un thème privilégié de la littérature. Les textes anciens et fondateurs tels la Bible, le Coran ont consacré l’image de la femme soumise à l’homme, à la société, de la femme comme sujet subalterne. De nombreuses littératures se sont fait l’écho d’un tel discours. A côté des images par ailleurs valorisantes de l’épouse et de la mère se cachent bien souvent des stéréotypes réducteurs qui confinent la femme au rôle de cadette sociale. Ces clichés véhiculés, en premier, par les hommes ont été relayés par les femmes, à travers différents médias à l’instar de la littérature, persuadées alors de ce qu’il fallait défendre ces rôles assignés par la « nature » à la femme. David Ndachi Tagne, s’intéressant à la littérature camerounaise, les a assimilés à des « rôles traditionnels ». Mais on peut se rendre compte que la thématique liée à la femme a singulièrement évolué au fil du temps et ce, avec le surgissement de nouvelles écrivaines dans l’arène littéraire.

Ce changement n’est pas sans rapport avec le nouvel ordre des choses : le changement des mentalités quelque peu rendu nécessaire avec les migrations des populations, des idées, mais aussi des habitus, et la liberté de parole désormais octroyée à tous au Cameroun. Les types à l’instar de la femme soumise, de la femme résignée et de la mère cèdent peu à peu la place à d’autres modèles comme la femme révoltée, la femme libérée, la femme autonome ; la femme se refusant de plus en plus à se laisser cantonner à la sphère domestique et aspirant à des desseins plus nobles. Calixthe Beyala, Marie Claire Dati, Anne Tanyi Tang, Margeret Afuh, Angeline Solange Bonono, Nathalie Etoke, Léonora Miano, Frieda Ekotto, Makuchi, Elise Mballa Meka, elles sont de plus en plus nombreuses à briser l’image sclérosée de la femme pour imposer celle de la femme forte, l’émancipée pour parler comme Arlette Chemain-Degrange. Les femmes tiennent ainsi désormais les premiers rôles loin des rôles de cadettes sociales sous lesquels elles sont souvent dépeintes et dans lesquels l’imaginaire collectif les a confinées. L’occasion leur est ainsi offerte de rehausser leur rôle social par rapport aux multiples occultations de l’histoire. Toutefois, il convient de noter que le sujet de la femme n’est exclusif aux écrivaines, les écrivains comme Mongo Beti, Jean-Roger Essomba, Gaston Paul Effa, Alobwed’Epie, John Nkemngong Nkengasong, Bole Butake, parmi tant d’autres, ont accordé une importante place à la femme dans leurs écrits. Leurs représentations créent parfois des femmes fortes à la seule fin de questionner leur force pendant que d’autres véhiculent l’image de la femme comme une force destructrice. Ce volet ouvre la possibilité à des études comparées des représentations de la femme par les auteurs masculins et féminins dans la littérature camerounaise.

L’objet de l’ouvrage est de présenter une sorte de panorama de l’appréhension de la femme, autant que possible dans une perspective diachronique, dans la littérature camerounaise (littérature écrite, littérature orale, littérature populaire) dans son ensemble et dans sa diversité. Y a-t-il continuité ou rupture ? L’approche comparatiste dans une dimension argumentative devra prioritairement conduire les différentes analyses. Les aspects sociologiques, sociopolitiques, socio-économiques et socio-historique, socio-sémiotique devraient être perçus dans les études ce d’autant que les cultures informent profondément les différentes appréhensions de la femme. Le Cameroun qui se définit communément comme l’Afrique en miniature est une mosaïque culturelle et de savoir-faire et vivre dont la prégnance se ressent dans les rôles de chaque genre dans la société et particulièrement de la femme. Il sera intéressant de voir comment les cultures différentes considèrent la femme. Une attention particulière devra être prêtée aux différences socioculturelles apparaissant dans les productions des mondes littéraires anglophone et francophone.

Les axes suivants sont indicateurs :

– la mise en parallèle des productions d’écrivaines et d’écrivains sur la femme ;

– la mise en parallèle de productions d’écrivains anglophones et francophones sur la femme ;

– la mise en parallèle d’écrits d’auteures qui valorisent des appréhensions opposées de la femme ;

– la peinture de la femme camerounaise dans un monde globalisé.

Les propositions d’article, en français et en anglais d’une longueur de 300 mots maximum, suivies d’une brève présentation du contributeur, sont à soumettre aux adresses suivantes:

Pr Flora Amabiamina, Maître de Conférences, Spécialiste de Littérature Comparée et de Littérature Africaine.

Dr. Blossom N. Fondo, Specialist in Postcolonial Literatures and Critical Theory.

Calendrier à retenir :

– 15 novembre 2013 : date limite de réception des propositions d’article

– 15 décembre 2013 : Réponse du comité de rédaction aux propositions d’article

– 28 février 2014 : date limite de recevabilité des textes définitifs

Faces and Representation of the Woman in Postcolonial Cameroonian Literature

From time immemorial the subject of woman has constituted a central position in literature. Ancient texts such as the Bible and the Koran have perpetuated the image of a woman submitted to the man, to the society and of a woman as a subaltern subject. Many literatures have echoed this discourse. Underneath the somewhat flattering images of the woman as wife and mother are usually hidden denigrating stereotypes which confine the woman to the role of a social subordinate. These clichés originally upheld by men have been espoused by women through different media such as literature, convinced that they had to defend these roles assigned to women by “nature”. Regarding Cameroonian literature, David Ndachi conformed them to “traditional roles”. However there is a noticeable evolution in the theme of woman especially with the advent of new writers on the literary arena.

This change is not unconnected to the new order of things: the change of mentality influenced by the migration of populations, ideas but also habits, and the freedom of speech for all in Cameroon. The image of the submissive, resigned woman and mother is gradually giving place to other models such as the revolutionary woman, the liberated woman, the independent woman, and the woman who systematically refuses the domestic space and aspires to more noble projects. Calixthe Beyala, Marie Claire Dati, Anne Tanyi Tang, Margeret Afuh, Angeline Solange Bonono, Nathalie Etoke, Leonora Miano, Frieda Ekotto, Makuchi, Elise Mballa Meka are amongst the women writers to deconstruct the image of the fragile woman and replace it with the strong emancipated woman, to cite Arlertte Chemain-Degrange. Henceforth, women occupy primary roles far removed from the socially subservient position wherein they have been confined by the collective imaginary. The opportunity has thus been given them to elevate their social role faced with the various concealments of history. However, it is worth-noting that the subject of woman is not only central to writings of women. Male writers such as Alobwed’Epie, John Nkemngong Nkengasong, Bole Butake, Mongo Beti, Jean-Roger Essomba, Gaston Paul Effa amongst others have consecrated important spaces in their creative oeuvres to the woman. Their representations sometimes create strong women only to interrogate their strength while others still continue sustaining the image of a woman as a destructive force. This opens up possibilities of a comparative discourse of the portrayal of women by male and female Cameroonian writers.

The purpose of this book is to present a kind of panorama of the apprehension of the woman from a diachronic perspective in the entire corpus of Cameroonian literature (written, oral, and popular literatures) in its diversity. Papers could seek to answer questions such as: has there been continuity or rupture?, how has the colonial legacy affected the place of the woman as portrayed in literary productions?, how and why is there a stark contrast between literary creations of men and women? The analyses should prioritize a comparative approach and an argumentative dimension. Sociological, socio-political, socio-economic, socio-semiotic, socio-cultural and socio-historical aspects should be perceived in the papers as well as the different cultural influences on the portrayal of the woman.

Cameroon which is generally referred to as “Africa in miniature” is an assortment of culture and know-how whose…is felt in the role of each gender in the society and especially that of women. It would be interesting to see how the different cultures view the woman. A special attention should be given to the socio-cultural differences found in literary productions from the Anglophone and francophone worlds.

The following axes are indicative:

– Parallel discussions on literary productions of male and female writers on the woman

– Parallel discussions on the literary productions of Anglophone and francophone writers on the woman

– Parallel discussions on writings by authors which valorize opposing views of the woman

– The painting of the Cameroonian woman in a globalized world

Abstracts in English and French of 300 words maximum are expected. This should be accompanied by a brief biosketch, and sent to the following addresses:

Professor Flora Amabiamina; Associate Professor. Specialist in Comparative and African Literatures.

Dr Blossom N. Fondo; Specialist in Postcolonial Literatures and Critical Theory.

Important dates

– 15 November 2013: Deadline for the reception of abstracts

– 15 December 2013: Response from the Editorial board

– 28 February 2014 : Deadline for the reception of complete articles

2.5 In Movement: Women in Africa and the African Diaspora Special Issue for JENdA: A Journal of Culture and African Women Studies.

Guest Editors: Henriette Gunkel, Zethu Matebeni, and Catherine Raissiguier

Deadline: October 31, 2013

We seek articles (5,000 to 6,250 words) and review essays (on books, film, video, performance, art, music, websites, etc. 1,000 to 1,500 words).

African women on the African continent and its Diasporas have always been agents of social change and initiators of political/cultural transformations. This special issue aims to explore the different forms of activism, grass roots interventions, and social movements they have generated and/or impacted. We are particularly interested in the ways in which African women inflect and transform current debates about rights, citizenship, belonging, and representation. We are also seeking essays that do not take for granted the concept of politics, but rather reflect on what actually constitutes the political.

Possible topics for articles:

§  Historical and current impact of African women’s political interventions from the grass roots to the global level

§  Explorations of regional and global African women’s political networks

§  African women’s organizing efforts around issues of work, peace, violence and sexuality

§  African women in ethnic and im/migration politics

§  African women’s roles in public health campaigns and politics

§  African women and the politics of race, class, gender, sexuality, nationality, and/or religion

§  African women agitating for change around poverty, insecurity, and education

§  African women and body politics

§  African women’s political interventions in literature, visual arts, and popular culture

§  African women’s involvement in and analysis of the so-called Arab spring

§  African women and the use of social media as a mode of political agitation and organizing

Send submissions or inquiries in MS Word or Rich Text format to: Catherine Raissiguier at Author(s) name and contact information should be included on a SEPARATE page. All submissions will be acknowledged via email. Kindly contact us via email if you do not receive an acknowledgement of your submission.

2.6 Haiti after the Earthquake: the Shape, Role and Power of Writing

In parallel with the historical construction of Haiti as an independent country, Haitian literature has been vibrant for over two centuries. Writers, poets, artists create and note the cultural vivacity of Haiti. The literature reaches different countries, is translated in several languages. Writers are internationally recognized and many receive famous literary prices. Then, on January 12, 2010, the earthquake shakes the earth, the ground of Haiti, shakes the bodies and the souls of people in Haiti and elsewhere. Immediately following the catastrophe, writers continue to write, start writing again, begin to create new works around the earthquake and its aftermath. Several articles, fictions, collective volumes are published. The strength and life of Haitian literature continues to engage readers, awakens new ones. Misery, pain, sadness and death populate the lines, but beauty, courage, vision and hope are also present. Words try to encompass the complexity of the new face of Haiti. Words try to capture the absence. But how is witnessing possible when the event is a catastrophe, when the event took the lives of so many, when the event is about destruction and death? What can writing, what can literature, do to capture death, the death of other people, to transcribe the memory, the loss? And how can literature capture the hope, the necessary survival?

This volume is devoted to works written after the earthquake, to the role and power of literature, to the necessity of writing that follows such a traumatic event. How can fiction, poetry, writing in general transcribe the memory, the witnessing? What is the role of literature, what is the role of the writer, when survival becomes central?

Please email questions or submit 500 word abstracts and 6000 word articles in French, MLA style, to Emmanuelle


Deadline: November 15, 2013

Please include with your submission:

Name and Affiliation
Email address
Postal address
Telephone number

New Titles

3.1 Printemps arabe et littérature

De la réalité à la fiction, de la fiction à la réalité

Xavier Luffin

Résumé :

Le « printemps arabe » fut une surprise pour tous : les gouvernements des pays concernés, les observateurs étrangers, mais aussi les intellectuels arabes. Néanmoins, nombre d’entre eux avaient déjà inclus dans leurs œuvres des scènes de révolte populaire, qu’elles soient fictives ou réelles, depuis l’époque coloniale jusqu’à cette fin d’année 2010, marquée par la révolution du jasmin à Tunis. Depuis, d’autres poètes, nouvellistes et romanciers ont pris la plume pour décrire à leur manière les différentes révoltes qui constituent ce fameux printemps, affrontant la difficulté de s’emparer d’un événement en cours, aux contours encore mal définis, qui par nature demanderait un temps de réflexion et de maturité pour en parler de la meilleure façon. Nous proposons ici une analyse de quelques-uns de ces textes, dus à des auteurs connus et moins connus, qu’ils soient d’Égypte, de Syrie, de Libye, du Qatar ou du Maroc.


L’auteur :

Xavier Luffin enseigne la langue et la littérature arabes à l’Université libre de Bruxelles. Il a traduit une douzaine de livres (romans, nouvelles, théâtre, poésie), essentiellement d’auteurs du monde arabe (Égypte, Liban, Soudan, Maroc, Tunisie, Palestine), mais aussi de Turquie et du Libéria. Il est également l’auteur de Religion et littérature arabe contemporaine. Quelques aspects critiques (2012).


3.2 The Contemporary Francophone African Intellectual
Editors: Christopher Hogarth and Natalie Edwards


Table of contents

Introduction: The Francophone African Intellectual Past and Present

Christopher Hogarth

Chapter One

Quand cessera la marche vers le mur indépassable de nos manquements ?

Nathalie Etoke

Chapter Two

The Quest to “Understand”: Francophone African Intellectuals and Rwanda

Elizabeth Applegate

Chapter Three

Separation and Return in the Intellectual Work of the Pieds-Noirs

Amy L. Hubbell

Chapter Four

L’Amour et l’argent: les romancières francophones d’Afrique subsaharienne dans leur rôle d’intellectuelles (1958-2010)

Claire L. Dehon

Chapter Five

Identité réelle et fantasmée dans Loin de mon père de Véronique Tadjo: l’écrivain entre filiation et déterritorialisation

Éloïse Brezault

Chapter Six

Fatima Mernissi’s Sultanes oubliées: Reading History as Mythos Instead of Logos

Marie-Therese Ellis

Chapter Seven

Cultural Markers in the Dusk of Tradition: Hélé Béji’s Metaphoric Landscaping of Tunisia’s Heritage in L’œil du jour and Une force qui demeure

C. Wakaba Futamura

Chapter Eight

Entre deux générations d’intellectuels africains”: Souleymane Bachir Diagne

Christopher Hogarth

3.3 Contemporary French Civilization 38.2

Volume 38, Number 2 / 2013 of Contemporary French Civilization, published by Liverpool University Press, is now available on the website at

You can keep up to date with and support the journal by signing up to new issue alerts here.

This issue contains:

From the torture chamber to the bedchamber: French soldiers, antiwar activists, and the discourse of sexual deviancy in the Algerian War (1954-1962)
Emma Kuby
DOI: 10.3828/cfc.2013.7
Settling their differences in the ring: French boxer Georges Carpentier’s conquest of England, 1911-1919
Christopher Rivers
DOI: 10.3828/cfc.2013.8
Selling rice to wheat eaters: the colonial lobby and the promotion of Pain de riz during and after the First World War
Lauren Janes
DOI: 10.3828/cfc.2013.9
À l’approche des cent ans de Banania, le retour du tirailleur
Etienne Achille
DOI: 10.3828/cfc.2013.10
Review Article
Richard Golsan
DOI: 10.3828/cfc.2013.11
DOI: 10.3828/cfc.2013.12

3.4 Francosphères 2.1

Volume 2, Number 1 / 2013 of Francosphères – the new French Studies journal published by Liverpool University Press of behalf of the University of London Institute in Paris – is now available on the website at

You can keep up to date with, and support the burgeoning journal by signing up to new issue alerts here.

This issue contains:

Andrew Hussey
DOI: 10.3828/franc.2013.1
Publish or Paris
Megan MacDonald
DOI: 10.3828/franc.2013.2
Moroccan Literature in French and English
Mohamed Laamiri
DOI: 10.3828/franc.2013.3
L’écriture romanesque au Maroc ou le paradigme de la diversité
Afaf Zaid
DOI: 10.3828/franc.2013.4
Ville, corps, dessin, et peinture dans Labyrinthe des sentiments de Tahar Ben Jelloun
Bernard Urbani
DOI: 10.3828/franc.2013.5
L’intellectuel marocain et la question de l’interculturel: Mohamed Leftah comme exemple
Jaouad Serghini
DOI: 10.3828/franc.2013.6
Casablanca Unbound
Jamal Bahmad
DOI: 10.3828/franc.2013.7
Borders and Bridges
Naïma Hachad
DOI: 10.3828/franc.2013.8
Book Reviews
DOI: 10.3828/franc.2013.9

3.5 Caribbean Critique: Antillean Critical Theory from Toussaint to Glissant

Nick Nesbitt

Liverpool University Press, 2013.

346 pp. ISBN : 9781846318665.

Caribbean Critique seeks to define and analyze the distinctive contribution of francophone Caribbean thinkers to perimetric Critical Theory. The book argues that their singular project has been to forge a brand of critique that, while borrowing from North Atlantic predecessors such as Rousseau, Hegel, Marx, and Sartre, was from the start indelibly marked by the Middle Passage, slavery, and colonialism.

Chapters and sections address figures such as Toussaint Louverture, Baron de Vastey, Victor Schoelcher, Aimé Césaire, René Ménil, Frantz Fanon, Maryse Condé, and Edouard Glissant, while an extensive theoretical introduction defines the essential parameters of ‘Caribbean Critique.’


-Introduction: The Caribbean Critical Imperative

Part I. Tropical Equality: The Politics of Principle

– Foundations of Caribbean Critique: From Jacobinism to 
Black Jacobinism
– Victor Schoelcher, Tocqueville, and the Abolition of Slavery

– Aimé Césaire and the Logic of Decolonization

– ‘Stepping Outside the Magic Circle’: The Critical Thought 
of Maryse Condé

– Édouard Glissant: From the Destitution of the Political to Antillean Ultra-leftism

Part II. Critique of Caribbean Violence
– Jacobinism, Black Jacobinism, and the Foundations of 
Political Violence

– The Baron de Vastey and the Contradictions of Scribal

– Revolutionary Inhumanism: Fanon’s ‘On Violence’

– Aristide and the Politics of Democratization

Part III. Critique of Caribbean Relation
– Édouard Glissant: From the Poétique de la relation to the Transcendental Analytic of Relation

– Césaire and Sartre: Totalization, Relation, Responsibility

– Militant Universality: Absolutely Postcolonial

– Conclusion: Aimé Césaire: The Incandescent I, Destroyer of Worlds


NICK NESBITT is a Professor of French at Princeton University. He is the author of Universal Emancipation: The Haitian Revolution and the Radical Enlightenment; Voicing Memory: History and Subjectivity in French Caribbean Literature; and editor of Toussaint Louverture: The Haitian Revolution and Sounding the Virtual: Gilles Deleuze and the Philosophy of Music.

3.6 Intimate Enemies

Translation in Francophone Contexts

Edited by Kathryn Batchelor and Claire Bisdorff


This volume draws together reflections by translators, authors and academics working across three broad geographical areas where the linguistic legacies of French colonial operations are long-lasting and complex, namely Africa, the Caribbean and the Indian Ocean. The perspectives that emerge move beyond traditional views of translation as loss or betrayal and towards a more positive outlook, highlighting the potential for translation to enrich the lives of readers, translators and authors alike, to counter some of the destructive effects of globalisation, and to promote linguistic diversity. In addition, translation is shown to be a most valuable tool in revealing the dynamics and pressures that are relevant to the political and economic contexts in which books are written, read and sold.


Francophone Postcolonial Studies, 4

264pp. 234 x 156 mm


HB ISBN: 9781846318672

April 2013

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3.7 Contesting Views

The Visual Economy of France and Algeria

Edward Welch and Joseph McGonagle


Fifty years after Algerian independence, the legacy of France’s Algerian past, and the ongoing complexities of the Franco-Algerian relationship, remain a key preoccupation in both countries. A central role in shaping understanding of their shared past and present is played by visual culture. This study investigates how relations between France and Algeria have been represented and contested through visual means since the outbreak of the Algerian War in 1954. It probes the contours of colonial and postcolonial visual culture in both countries, highlighting the important roles played by still and moving images when Franco-Algerian relations are imagined. Analysing a wide range of images made on both sides of the Mediterranean – from colonial picture postcards of French Algeria to contemporary representations of postcolonial Algiers – this new book is the first to trace the circulation of, and connections between, a diverse range of images and media within this field of visual culture. It shows how the visual representation of Franco-Algerian links informs our understanding both of the lived experience of postcoloniality within Europe and the Maghreb, and of wider contemporary geopolitics.


Contemporary French and Francophone Cultures, 27

Illustrations: 16 colour illustrations

224pp. 234 x 156 mm


HB ISBN: 9781846318849

April 2013

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3.8 Childhood, Autobiography and the Francophone Caribbean

Louise Hardwick


This book examines a major modern turn in Francophone Caribbean literature towards the récit d’enfance, or childhood memoir, and asks why this occurred post-1990, connecting texts to recent changes in public policy and education policy concerning the commemoration of slavery and colonialism both in France and at a global level (for example, the UNESCO project ‘La Route de l’esclave’, the ‘loi Taubira’ and the ‘Comité pour la mémoire de l’esclavage’).

Combining approaches from Postcolonial Theory, Psychoanalysis, Trauma Theory and Gender Studies, and positing recognition as a central concept of postcolonial literature, it draws attention to a neglected body of récits d’enfance by contemporary bestselling, prize-winning Francophone Caribbean authors Patrick Chamoiseau, Maryse Condé, Gisèle Pineau, Daniel Maximin, Raphaël Confiant and Dany Laferrière, while also offering new readings of texts by Aimé Césaire, Frantz Fanon, Edouard Glissant, Joseph Zobel, Françoise Ega, Michèle Lacrosil, Maurice Virassamy and Mayotte Capécia.

The study proposes an innovative methodological paradigm with which to read postcolonial childhoods in a comparative framework from areas as diverse as the Caribbean, North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa and particularly the Haitian diaspora in North America.


Contemporary French and Francophone Cultures, 24

256pp. 234 x 156 mm


HB ISBN: 9781846318412

April 2013

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3.9 Redrawing French Empire in Comics

Mark McKinney

Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 2013.

$79.95 cloth (alk. paper) 978-0-8142-1220-2. $14.95 CD 978-0-8142-9321-8. 288 pp. 6×9 in. 44 black-and-white illustrations. Series: “Studies in Comics and Cartoons,” no. 1.

Ordering information and excerpts available on the publisher’s website:

Redrawing French Empire in Comics by Mark McKinney investigates how comics have represented the colonization and liberation of Algeria and Indochina. It focuses on the conquest and colonization of Algeria (from 1830), the French war in Indochina (1946–1954), and the Algerian War (1954–1962). Imperialism and colonialism already featured prominently in nineteenth-century French-language comics and cartoons by Töpffer, Cham, and Petit. As society has evolved, so has the popular representation of those historical forces. French torture of Algerians during the Algerian War, once taboo, now features prominently in comics, especially since 2000, when debate on the subject was reignited in the media and the courts. The increasingly explicit and spectacular treatment in comics of the more violent and lurid aspects of colonial history and ideology is partly due to the post-1968 growth of an adult comics production and market. For example, the appearance of erotic and exotic, feminized images of Indochina in French comics in the 1980s indicated that colonial nostalgia for French Indochina had become fashionable in popular culture. Redrawing French Empire in Comics shows how contemporary cartoonists such as Alagbé, Baloup, Boudjellal, Ferrandez, and Sfar have staked out different, sometimes conflicting, positions on French colonial history. This is the first volume in a series, “Studies in Comics and Cartoons,” edited by Lucy Shelton Caswell and Jared Gardner.

Mark McKinney is professor of French, Department of French and Italian, Miami University, Ohio.

Table of Contents:

List of Illustrations


Chapter 1: Redrawing French Empire in Comics: An Introduction

Chapter 2: Redrawing Colonial Algeria

Chapter 3: The Fall of French Indochina

Chapter 4: The Algerian War and Its Aftermath

Chapter 5: The Voyage Out and the Voyage In


Works Cited


Mark McKinney,

Other events

4.1 African Studies Association of the UK Writing Workshop

Call for Applications: The African Studies Association of the UK (ASAUK) has extended the deadline for applications to attend a writing workshop for early career scholars to be held at the University of Birmingham on 3rd September 2013. The deadline for papers is now 5pm the 2nd of August.

The African Studies Association of the UK (ASAUK) is organising a writing workshop for early career scholars to be held at the University of Birmingham on 3rd September 2013. The aim of the writing workshop is to assist early career scholars to prepare material for publication in international journals.

The workshop is open to any doctoral students early career scholars based in UK Universities.

For more information including journal themes and how to apply please go to the website:

4.2 Fanon in Context

A colloquium in celebration of David Macey (1949-2011)

University of Leeds

Friday 11 October 2013

Organisers: Prof. Russell Goulbourne and Prof. Max Silverman

Speakers: Dr Kathryn Batchelor, Prof. Bryan Cheyette, Dr Patrick Crowley, Dr Azzedine Haddour, Dr Jane Hiddleston, Dr Jean Khalfa, Prof. Neil Lazarus, Prof. David Murphy, Dr Matthieu Renault

In his introduction to Charles Lam Markmann’s English translation of Frantz Fanon’s Peau noire, masques blancs (Black Skin, White Masks, Pluto Press, 1986), Homi Bhabha memorably claimed that one of the most original and disturbing qualities of the work is that it rarely historicizes the colonial experience. It is this kind of dehistoricization that David Macey powerfully challenged in his eloquent and passionately written biography of Fanon, first published in 2000 (2nd ed., 2012) and translated into French in 2011. This colloquium – generously supported by the Modern Humanities Research Association – both celebrates David Macey’s singular contribution to Fanon studies and pursues the intellectual agenda which he persuasively established by setting Fanon’s work in rigorously researched contexts.

To register to attend – £20 waged/£10 unwaged, including refreshments – please go to The deadline for registration is Monday 30 September.

For more information about the colloquium, go to

The programme is as follows:

10.00-10.45: Registration

10.45-11.00: Opening remarks – Prof. Margaret Atack (University of Leeds)

11.00-12.15: Session 1 – Fanon’s Reading, Reading Fanon

Dr Jane Hiddleston (Exeter College, Oxford), ‘Fanon and the Uses of Literature’

Prof. Bryan Cheyette (University of Reading), ‘Fanon, Memmi and the Anxiety of Cosmopolitanism’

Dr Kathryn Batchelor (University of Nottingham), ‘De-philosophizing Translation: The Key to Success?’

12.15-14.00: Lunch

14.00-15.15: Session 2 – Fanon between Marxism and Psychiatry

Dr Azzedine Haddour (University College London), ‘Fanon’s Marxism and the Colonial Question’

Dr Matthieu Renault (Université Paris 7 Denis Diderot), ‘Fanon and Tran Duc Thao: The Making of French Anticolonialism’

Dr Jean Khalfa (Trinity College, Cambridge), ‘Fanon and Psychiatry’

15.15-15.45: Break

15.45-17.00: Session 3 – Fanon’s Futures

Dr Patrick Crowley (University of Cork), ‘Inoperative Fanon and That Which is to Come’

Prof. Neil Lazarus (University of Warwick), ‘Fanon and African Literary Intellectuals’

Prof. David Murphy (University of Stirling), ‘Success and Failure: Fanon as Prophet of Decolonization’

17.00-17.15: Closing remarks – Prof. Russell Goulbourne and Prof. Max Silverman (University of Leeds)

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