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SFPS Monthly Mailing: July 2015

19th July 2015


  1. Calls for Papers/Contributions1.1 Joint Conference –  Haiti: Beyond Commemorations & Boundaries1.2 Panafricanisme et Négritude: dialogues entre l’Afrique et la diaspora africaine (passé, présent, future)1.3 The Oxford History of Popular Print Culture, Volume 8: Popular Print Culture in Canada and the Caribbean

    1.4 Littératures francophones, écritures postcoloniales, interculturalité (Tizi-Ouzou)

    1.5 The Representation of Youth in Contemporary French Cinema

    1.6 Islamophobia and Surveillance: Genealogies of a Global Order

    1.7 Passages, Seuils, Portes

    1.8 Journée d’étude Victor Segalen

  1. New Titles2.1 Le Roman féminin francophone de la migration2.2 Penser avec l’Afrique; Prévoir avec l’Afrique, agir dans le monde qui vient

3. Announcements

3.1 Creation of La Socété Internationale des Amis de Mohammed Dib

3.2 UK Sartre Society Meeting: Race, Existentialism and Gender

3.3 New Transnational Modernisms Series at Peter Lang

3.4 New Website of Postcolonial Studies Association


  1. Calls for Papers/Contributions


1.1 Haiti: Beyond Commemorations & Boundaries

Graduate Student & Faculty Joint Conference: Haiti: Beyond Commemorations & Boundaries (University of Chicago, May 12-14, 2016; Deadline: August 14, 2015)


This joint conference explores the field of Haitian Studies through multiple approaches that go beyond geographical and linguistic boundaries as well as the chronological limitations of a century. The aim is to transcend the curiosity towards the Haitian Revolution, and the extended series of sociopolitical crises made more acute in the wake of the 2010 earthquake. Vast fields of potential inquiry in Haitian Studies (notably literature, history, anthropology, culture, and language) are too often under-examined, whereas the most popular of these fields seem bound by deeply entrenched traditional academic discourses. This event will attempt to generate a pertinent, innovative, and theoretically informed approach to understanding Haiti. It proposes a brainstorming on current work in a number of disciplines, thereby attempting to move scholarly work and theoretical reflection on Haiti “beyond commemorations,” as the conference’s title so aptly puts it. The contributors will represent a diverse group of scholars (both established and young researchers) in terms of discipline, methodological and theoretical perspectives.


Graduate symposium (Thursday): speakers will be asked to prepare short (15-20 min.) presentations.


Faculty conference (Friday & Saturday): speakers will be asked to prepare a 30-minute talk and allow 15 minutes for discussion.


Papers can be presented in French and/or English.


INDIVIDUAL SUBMISSIONS should consist of a titled abstract of no more than 250 words.


Important Dates

Deadline for proposal submission: August 14, 2015

Notification of acceptance: September 14, 2015

Graduate Students Conference: May 12, 2016

Faculty Conference: May 13-14, 2016


  •    The focus of the conference

Presentations will be organized in a way to stimulate a dialogue between graduate students and faculty. They will showcase ongoing debates among philosophers, historians, musicologists, and literary scholars, and facilitate a face-to-face conversation between literary specialists who have considered the French & Francophone studies as two indissociable entities and those who have vowed to maintain a restricted field of postcolonial Francophone studies. The organizers envision different panels to reflect these ideological divides as well as themes, questions, and unsettled issues vis-à-vis minor and major literatures.


Among other things, the one-day graduate conference will be an occasion to assess the landscape of Caribbean studies with an emphasis on the unique issues faced by graduate students and postdoctoral scholars who identify their field of interests in French Caribbean, Francophone, or French/Francophone literatures.


The conference will discuss the issues introduced above, with a special emphasis on all sorts of new ground-breaking projects related to the context of a New World intellectual history of Haiti and the Black American Diaspora since the French Revolution. The list of topics we hope to consider includes, but is not limited to the following:


  • The uncharted connection between late nineteenth-century Haitian thinkers (such as Anténor Firmin, Louis-Joseph Janvier) and Booker T. Washington on the one hand, and W.E.B. Dubois and Jean Price-Mars (the Father of Negritude according to Senghor) on the other. Rethinking Haitian intellectual history and the Black Atlantic.
  • A comparative analysis of racial issues, and the political visions of Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. Dubois, and Anténor Firmin in the context of a New World intellectual history of Haiti and the Black American Diaspora at the end of the nineteenth century.
  • How and why does the French/Francophone tradition examine Haitian culture differently?
  • How can we possibly re-think the postcolonial in the context of Haiti which has been independent since 1804?
  • What is the relationship between Haitian history in fiction and fiction in Haitian reality?
  • What is the role of history as a discipline in contemporary Haiti? How does the history of literature or the philosophy of history engage with issues of slavery, colonialism, and the colonial legacy of racial conflicts within Haiti?
  • Fin-de-siècle Haïti and French Fin-de-siècle France.
  • Caribbean Archipelago: Hispanophone, Anglophone, and Francophone experiences.
  • Haiti-Louisiana-Québec: North-American Francophone exchanges.
  • Re-thinking Haitian music, culture, art, and tradition beyond colonialism and voodoo.
  • What are the evolving definitions of the term Francophone studies? How can we connect French studies with Haitian studies?
  • Can we reverse the literary histories between Haiti and France instead of carving to the continuing tradition to read nineteenth-century Haitian poetry as an offspring of French Romantic poetry?
  • A reflection on the cultural and literary aspects of monarchy in post-revolutionary Haiti, focusing especially on the kingdom of Henry Christophe in the North (1811-1820).
  • Is it possible to overcome the stereotype of “Haiti as perpetual catastrophe”?
  • What is commemoration? Commemorative approaches as historical distortion: the case of Haitian Independence.
  • Hegel and Haiti.
  • Clausewitz on War and Toussaint Louverture on indigenous Warfare.


Questions regarding abstracts or presentations may be directed to


Faculty conference: Daniel Desormeaux (Organizer)



Graduate conference: Bastien Craipain, Michele Kenfack, Linsey Sainte-Claire (graduate committee organizers)





1.2 Pan-Africanism and Negritude: Dialogues between Africa and the African Diaspora (Past, Present, Future)


Howard University

Blackburn Center

Washington, DC

November 4-6, 2015


Deadline to Submit Proposals: July 15, 2015

Extended Deadline: July 30, 2015


In its resolution 68/237 of 23 December 2013, the General Assembly of the United Nations (U.N.) proclaimed the International Decade for People of African Descent commencing 1 January 2015 and ending on 31 December 2024. The decade aims to strengthen the economic, social, cultural, civil and political rights of people of African descent, and adopt national, regional and international legal frameworks in accordance with the Durban Declaration on the Elimination of All forms of Racial Discrimination, and to ensure their full and effective implementation.

In this context, a second International Conference, “Pan-Africanism and Negritude: Dialogues between Africa and the African Diaspora (Past, Present, Future)” (November 4-6, 2015) is being organized at Howard University to lead the forthcoming global activities regarding the U.N. recommendations and objectives. The first academic meeting at Howard University was an echo of the International Year for People of African descent proclaimed also by the U.N. in 2011.

The organization of this International Conference is intended to contribute not only to the reconstruction of the bond between Africans and African Diaspora, but also to the defragmentation of the memory of the scattered Africa and Africans caused by the slavery, colonization and (im)migration. Because, although an early Pan-Africanism and Negritude had strongly advocated for the pride of the cultural heritage, history, unity and empowerment of Africans and African Diaspora; although the music (i.e. jazz, blues, reggae, rumba, salsa, hip hop, rap, etc.), the language (creole, palenquero, etc.), the religion (vaudou, candomblé, santería,  etc.), the food (malanga, fufu, gombo, etc.) and the (im)migration are today critical factors of relations between Africans and African Diaspora, many adverse challenges continue to pave the ways of their unity and empowerment.

Participants of all continents and all disciplines are encouraged to submit their proposals and foster in general the reflections –but not limited to- on what critical role the early Pan-Africanism, Negritude and Negrismo played on the dialogues between Africans and African Diaspora and on their empowerment; how to (re)negotiate both, the reconstruction of the scattered identities and the defragmentation of memories, and how to enhance unity and empowerment today; finally, what visions and key elements can be recommended to overcome the actual challenges and what mechanisms to realize such a recommendations. Academics, scholars, graduate students, journalists, fiction and non-fiction authors/writers, playwrights, filmmakers, educators, translators and interpreters, artists, publishers, community and movement leaders, civil right activists, NGO’s leaders, youth, etc. are, therefore, invited to submit individual paper, panel, roundtable, workshop, play, film screening and discussion, etc. At the end of the International Conference, the Scientific Committee will edit and publish a book of selected proceedings.


Send panel, workshop, roundtable, and individual paper abstracts as a word document or pdf attachments to:

Clément Animan Akassi, Ph.D.

Host Committee and Program Chair

Department of World Languages & Cultures

Howard University



Languages of the International Conference:

The presentations will be mainly in English and Spanish. However, presentations in French and Portuguese will be welcome.


Paper, panel, roundtable, workshop proposals may include -but are not limited to- the following sub-themes: 

  • Revisiting the Genealogy of Pan-African Thoughts
  • Role of the Pan-Africanism, Negritude and Negrismo on the Dialogues between Africa and African Diaspora
  • The Francophonie on the Construction of Pan-African and Negritude Thoughts: Contributions of Léopold Sédar Senghor, Aimé Césaire, Léon Gontran Damas, Dany Laferrière, Patrice Lumumba, Sékou Touré, Thomas Sankara, etc.
  • African and African Diaspora Cultural Production in Spanish (Literature, Art, Film, etc.) as Location of Pan-African Cultures, Issues and Identities
  • E.B. DuBois, Maya Angelou, Kwame Nkrumah and the Pan-Africanism
  • Manuel Zapata Olivella, Léopold Sédar Senghor and the Negritude Movement
  • Langston Hughes, Nicolás Guillén and the Movements of Harlem Renaissance and Negrismo
  • Jean Price Mars and the Africanization of Haitian Thoughts
  • Haitian Diaspora in the Education of African Elite
  • Haitian Revolution in African and African Diaspora Thoughts, Literature, Art and Film
  • Writing the Resistance and the Scattered Identities of Women in Edwidge Danticat’s Works
  • Frantz Fanon and the Bound of Resistance, Memory and Solidarity with Africa
  • Negritude and Contacts with Africa in Aimé Césaire’s Thoughts and Works
  • The Thoughts of Frantz Fanon and Aimé Césaire on Achille Mbembe’s Postcolonial Theory
  • Pan-African Thoughts, Works and Activism of Abdias Do Nascimento
  • The “International Negritude” to Decolonize the Imaginary
  • Revisiting the Genealogy of Thoughts on African Diaspora
  • Joseph Harris and the Global Dimensions of the African Diaspora
  • Molefi Kete Ashante and the Thought of Afrocentricity
  • Manuel Zapata Olivella and the Unifying African Philosophy of Muntu
  • Dialogues between Africa and African Diaspora through African Religions in Europe, Latin America, U.S., Canada, and the Caribbean
  • Dialogues between Africa and African Diaspora through African Culinary Art in Europe, Latin America, U.S., Canada, and the Caribbean
  • Reggae, Jazz, Hip Hop, Rap, Rumba, Samba, Salsa as Pan-African Music of Resistance
  • Vaudou, Candomblé and Santería as African Religions of Liberation and Resistance for African Diaspora
  • African American Civil Right Movements in the Formation of African Diaspora Movements in Europe, Latin America, Canada, Caribbean, and the South Pacific
  • Alice Walker’s Womanism and the African Women’s Representations of Feminism
  • Impact of Negritude on the African Diaspora Movements in the South Pacific
  • (Im)Migrations, Contacts and New Pan-African Movements of Resistance in Europe, Latin America, U.S., and Canada
  • (Im)Migrations, Contacts and Pan-African Issues in the African and African Diaspora Cultural Production (Literature, Art, Film, etc.)
  • The Challenges of Renegotiating the Bound of Afrocentricity within a Scattered Identities and Fragmented Memories
  • The Challenging Roles of the African and African Diaspora Women as Agents of Resistance, Change and Reconstruction of Memory
  • Naming African Diaspora in Europe, Latin America, U.S., Canada, South Pacific and the Challenges of Self-Identity, Unity and Empowerment
  • Re-Envisioning the Future to Reconstruct the Unity, Strengthen the Economic, Social, Political, Civil and Cultural Rights and Empower Africans and African Diaspora
  • Enhancing Mutual Circulation/Relationship between African and African Diaspora knowledge, Thought/Philosophy and Creation through Translations
  • Strengthening Unity between Africans and African Diaspora through African Lingua Franca(s) or Creolization


1.3 The Oxford History of Popular Print Culture, Volume 8: Popular Print Culture in Canada and the Caribbean


Edited by Gary Kelly and David Buchanan, The Oxford History of Popular Print Culture is an eleven-volume series devoted to the exploration of popular print culture from the beginning of the sixteenth century to the present. The key questions are: What did most people read? Where did they get it? Where did it come from? What were its uses in its readers’ lives? How was it produced and distributed? What were its relations to the wider world of print culture? How did it develop over time? Two volumes are published (Volume 1: Cheap Print in Britain and Ireland to 1660; Volume 6: US Pop Print Culture 1860-1920) and several others are in progress. The General Editor of the series is Gary Kelly at the University of Alberta.


Volume 8: Popular Print Culture in Canada and the Caribbean will explore the production and reception of popular print materials from the seventeenth century to the present in Canada and the Caribbean. The aim is to provide a complete re-evaluation of the history of Canadian and Caribbean literature from the perspective of readers. This requires setting forth a clear and expansive picture of what most people actually read, how they did/do so, in what circumstances, and to what purposes. The volume as a whole will redefine popular print culture in Canadian, Caribbean, and related contexts through the recovery and analysis of neglected forms and authors, material conditions and networks, social relationships and practices. Although open to a wide range of approaches, we are especially interested in essays that embrace historical-material methodologies such as book history and ethnomethodology. We welcome proposals by emerging and senior scholars from a wide range of disciplines. These may include book history and new media, literary and cultural studies, social history and Canadian studies, study of the Americas and Caribbean studies. We encourage work that emphasizes breadth of coverage (i.e. introductory or survey essays) or in-depth enquiry (i.e. case studies). Interdisciplinary and comparative approaches to address aspects of popular print culture that require renewed attention or have hitherto remained largely untouched are also encouraged. All essays must be written in accessible jargon-free English. But we look forward to submissions that deal with popular print and reading originally in other languages.


Areas of interest include but are not limited to:


  • early reading practices;
  • print history, literacy, and popular reading;
  • religious literature: bibles, tracts, pamphlets, magazines, poetry, novels;
  • print and the theatre;
  • print for young readers: authors, works, themes, publishers, places;
  • downmarket periodicals: newspapers and magazines, mixed format, international content, serialization, popular fiction and poetry;
  • books of all kinds: almanacs, school books, cook books, gift books, guide books, self-help books;
  • genre fiction: novels: romance, science fiction, fantasy, chick lit;
  • text and image: the illustrated press, comics, graphic novels, posters, postcards, bookmarks;
  • radical and social problem literature: novels, magazines, pamphlets, newspapers; labour, suffrage, temperance, Christian, socialism;
  • non-fiction/reference: encyclopaedias, dictionaries, magazines, creative;
  • specific works, periodicals, imprints/brands;
  • Canadian/Caribbean authors;
  • international authors read in Canada/Caribbean;
  • transnational networks: the importation of print, international authorship, transnational publishing, syndication;
  • Canadian/Caribbean and international copyright legislation;
  • local reading of foreign literature: in translation, in the original language;
  • the socialization of reading: canonization, reading in school, at church, in the home;
  • contemporary print and reading in cities;
  • public libraries: content and use, historical analysis of borrowers’ records, contemporary purchasing and programs;
  • community reading practices: national, linguistic, cultural, regional, institutional;
  • history of reading practices;
  • communication circuits: writing, editing, printing, publishing, marketing, distribution, selling, buying, borrowing, giving;
  • large-scale publishing;
  • writing for stage, radio, television, and film;
  • erotica: magazines, novels;
  • recognition: bestseller lists, literary prizes;
  • radio, literature, and reading;
  • distribution/sellers: chain stores, second-hand shops, supermarkets, drugstores;
  • online publishing, selling, and purchasing;
  • festivals: of books, reading, genre fiction, poetry;
  • reading in everyday life: on the bus, in bed, on vacation, at Christmas, when no one is looking;
  • things otherwise difficult to categorize.


Please submit an essay abstract of 300-500 words and a CV of no more than two pages to Gary Kelly ( and David Buchanan ( by 1 August 2015.






            1.4 Littératures francophones, écritures postcoloniales, interculturalité (Tizi- Ouzou)


Département de français de la Faculté des Lettres et des langues, Université Mouloud MAMMERI

Le département de français de la Faculté des Lettres et des Langues de l’Université Mouloud Mammeri de Tizi-Ouzou organise un colloque national intitulé « Littératures francophones, écritures postcoloniales, interculturalité ! » les 29 et 30 novembre 2015

“Tout ce que je pourrais dire durant ma vie, paroles de bouches ou paroles écrites, ne serait jamais que l’expression d’un discours antérieur à moi, préformé dans un passé lointain, mais vivant en moi, nourri par une tradition, une sagesse, une conception de la vie, de l’homme qui sont les trésors inaliénables et sacré de mon peuple” (Jean Amrouche)

Moult appellations ont été attribuées aux littératures non europhones écrites en français: littératures francophones, francographes, périphériques, mineures, émergentes, postcoloniales. Cette dernière appellation semble, à notre sens, rendre compte de la réalité du contexte d’émergence de ces productions littéraires dans la mesure où ces dernières sont nées du grand mouvement de déstructuration que fut la colonisation depuis ses débuts jusqu’à nos jours.

Les études postcoloniales, théorisées par Edward Saïd, Homi Bhabha, Gayatri Spivak, Achille Mbembe et bien d’autres, eux-mêmes inspirés par les essais de Frantz Fanon (Les Damnés de la terre), Aimé Césaire (Discours sur le colonialisme), Albert Memmi (Portrait du coloniséPortrait du colonisateur), ont déconstruit le canon occidental et porté le soupçon sur l’ethnocentrisme des théories esthétiques européennes.

Les littératures de langue française, émanant des ex-colonies (Afrique du Nord et Afrique noire, Antilles, Moyen Orient), énoncent des univers spécifiques, se placent au coeur des rencontres, entre modernité et tradition, entre tellurismes particuliers et lieux de résidence, entre modèles occidentaux imposés ou assumés et modèles ancestraux hérités et réinventés. Ces littératures, qui s’expriment dans une « langue ensemencée par les sons et les rythmes de l’origine…, langue s’ouvrant au différent et s’allégeant des interdits paroxystiques » pour reprendre Assia Djebarsont des littératures d’avenir, selon Jean Marc Moura, car elles répondent à la vocation de la fiction telle que définie par C. Newman: elles sont en effet « la méthode de l’homme moderne grâce à laquelle les antinomies peuvent être désapprises; un processus dans lequel les oppositions ne sont ni résolues ni transcendées mais rendues réciproquement évocatrices. »

Axes de réflexion:

Revoir les définitions des théories postcoloniales. Approcher la modernité et la postmodernité des œuvres maghrébines, négro-africaines et antillaises. Cerner la mosaïque culturelle (interculturalité) dont elles sont porteuses et inventorier ses composantes. Etudier la spécificité des univers telluriques (originels) et leur réinvention. Voir les concepts de l’ensemencement de la langue (-bi-langue, créolité, variance, négrification…).

Comité Scientifique

  • Professeur Yamilé GHEBALOU
  • Docteur Aini BETOUCHE
  • Docteur Malika Fatima BOUKHELOU
  • Docteur Ahmed BOUALILI
  • Docteur Abdelaziz KHATI
  • Docteur Salah Ait CHALAL

Comité d’organisation

  • Madame Lila ABDESSELAM
  • Monsieur Mounir AHMED-TAYEB
  • Monsieur Boualem BELKHIS
  • Monsieur Hakim MAHMOUDI
  • Monsieur Boudjema OUMEDDAH
  • Monsieur Mohamed FRIDI

Les propositions de communication doivent parvenir à l’adresse

Dates importantes:

  • Envoi des propositions : 15 octobre 2015
  • Réponse du comité scientifique : 15 novembre 2015

Envoi des communications définitives : 20 novembre 2015

  • Programme définitif : 25 novembre 2015
  • Le colloque : 29 et 30 novembre 2015


            1.5 The Representation of Youth in Contemporary French Cinema

Romain Chareyron/NeMLA Conference 2016

NeMLA 2016
The representation of youth in contemporary French cinema

Proposals are now being accepted for the NeMLA conference that will be held in Hartford, CT March 17th-20th 2016.

The numerous accolades received by Thomas Cailley’s film Les Combattants/Love at First Sight at the 2015 César Awards Ceremony (it garnered the awards for Best First Film, Best Actress and Most Promising Actor) is the most recent example of French cinema’s long-standing fascination with youth. As noted by Dominique Thévenin in his foreword to Karin M. Egloff’s book Les Adolescents dans le cinéma français: entre deux mondes: “[t]he adolescent dilemma, its multitude of external determinants and its internal psychological changes have been a topic of predilection among contemporary French filmmakers” (i) . Ever since François Truffaut’s Les 400 coups, filmmakers have investigated the complexity of youth, while offering an honest and often uncompromising vision of society at a given time in its history. In recent years, the works of emerging film directors such as Isild Le Besco, Mia Hansen-Løve or Céline Sciamma have displayed a common desire to avoid oversimplification in order to reveal youth in all its ambiguities.
Despite its undeniable impact in French cinema, little has been done to analyze and discuss the thematic and aesthetic significance of this trend. By understanding youth in a broad sense (childhood, adolescence and young adults), this session intends to showcase the various ways in which contemporary French cinema (from the 1990’s to the present) has been challenging preconceived ideas about this age group, presenting us with alternative interpretations of youth.

We particularly welcome presentations that focus on, but are not limited to, the following topics:

-Youth and sexuality.
-Youth and the banlieue.
-Coming-of-age narratives.
-Youth and the concept of film genre.
-The significance and treatment of the body in the representation of youth.

(i) Egloff, Karin M. Les Adolescents dans le cinéma francais: entre deux mondes. New York: The Edwin Mellen Press, 2008.

For all the information regarding the 2016 NeMLA conference and the format to submit abstracts, click on the following link:

To submit abstracts, please click on the following link:

The deadline to submit abstracts is September 30th 2015.

For any further questions, please contact Dr. Romain Chareyron at the following address:


1.6 Islamophobia and Surveillance: Genealogies of a Global Order

ErRS* annual symposium

25 September 2015, Edge Hill University, UK

The global order of State and inter-State surveillance has become an integral feature of contemporary human life. For a typical individual inhabiting State-controlled spaces, the apparatus of monitoring is inescapable— embedded in technologies and legal frameworks of movement, communication, and capital. Beyond these mechanisms and tools, States are enlisting an ever expanding circle of human agents of surveillance— both willing and unwilling— in education; communal organisations; commerce.

The structures and philosophy of surveillance are interwoven with those of State incarceration and killing—from extra-judicial killing to war. This triangle is not just a part of any so-called ‘War on Terror’; it cannot be reduced to the Drone icon or processes such as ‘extraordinary rendition’. Rather, the surveillance/control triangle is an integral and defining aspect of today’s State and global inter-State system.

Islamophobia did not invent State surveillance; nor is surveillance confined to the Islamic enemy. Nonetheless, the extent and shape of today’s surveillance order derives in large part from fear of Muslims and Islam. This symposium is concerned with the genealogies of this relationship in political thought and praxis. Why, when, and where did the Islamophobic surveillance imperative emerge? And how did it evolve into such a powerful element in apparatuses of global and local State power?

Scholars such as Arun Kundnani and Martin Thomas have examined aspects of the story of State surveillance and Islamophobia. But little attention has been devoted to uncovering the intellectual origins of this phenomenon in its full global and historical dimensions, which, arguably, cannot be limited to the recent past. ‘Islamophobia and Surveillance’ aims to remedy this neglect and start a new debate on this pressing issue.

The symposium will consist of ten papers, and it is intended that they will be the basis of a journal special-issue. Upon the finalisation of the programme, a full proposal will be submitted to Ethnic and Racial Studies. Papers will be submitted and shared among participants prior to the meeting.

The keynote lecture will be given by Gil Anidjar, Professor in the Departments of Religion and Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies at Columbia University, and author of Blood: A Critique of Christianity (Columbia, 2014); Semites: Race, Religion, Literature (Stanford, 2008); The Jew, the Arab: A History of the Enemy (Stanford, 2003); and, ‘Our Place in al-Andalus’: Kabbalah, Philosophy, Literature in Arab Jewish Letters (Stanford, 2002).

Proposals that engage with one or more of the following issues will be particularly welcome:

  • Medieval Christianity, notions of self, and the Islamic challenge
  • Religious thought and the Enlightenment
  • Race-thinking and the Western State
  • European imperial and colonial practices of surveillance in Islamic lands
  • International surveillance collaboration
  • Islamophobic surveillance in Asian States, including Islamic lands
  • International institutions of power, such as the League of Nations, United Nations, NATO, the European Union
  • The Cold War and its legacies
  • Comparative studies with other moments in the history of State surveillance

Please submit abstracts of up to 300 words and a brief biography to Dr James Renton (Edge Hill University) by 30 June 2015:

*The Ethnicity, Race, and Racism Seminar, Edge Hill University—an interdisciplinary hub that explores urgent contemporary questions of race, racism and ethnicity across time and space.


            1.7 Passages, Seuils, Portes

Colloque International des Études Françaises et Francophones

des XXème et XXIème siècles

17-19 mars 2016, Saint Louis, Missouri

Appel à contributions

Selon Proust, « la lecture est […] l’incitatrice dont les clefs magiques nous ouvrent au fond de nous-même la porte des demeures où nous n’aurions pas su pénétrer ». Ponge, lui, écrit, à l’encontre des « portes d’ivoire et de corne » de Breton menant au rêve, qu’une fonction de la lecture est d’accéder au réel: au plaisir d’ouvrir une huître, une orange, une porte. Le seuil évoque aussi l’hermétisme mallarméen mettant le sens sous clé, faisant barrage à « l’universel reportage ». Par ailleurs, nombre d’écrivains, dont Ernaux, Modiano, Rouaud, font de la littérature un instrument de mémoire à portée collective, de transmission, de passage. Quignard y voit une chance – et un risque – de métamorphose, une poussée consubstantielle aux mues incessantes du monde, instaurant une « communauté de solitaires ». Communautés réelles ou imaginaires, voire inavouables, la littérature, le cinéma, l’art construisent des espaces pour ceux et celles restés dehors, aux marges. Mais comment entre-t-on aujourd’hui dans un livre sans pages? Comment l’art contemporain accueille-t-il, résiste-t-il?

Appelée la « Porte vers l’Ouest », au bord du « Grand Boueux » Mississippi chanté par Mark Twain et le Blues, St. Louis accueillera en 2016 le Colloque International des Études Françaises et Francophones des XXème et XXIème siècles. Fondée en 1764 par Pierre Laclède (« claie ou barrière » en béarnais), la ville est symbolisée par son Arche, imposant mémorial métallique au message ambigu: symbole de l’entreprise des pionniers, elle sous-entend colonisation et extermination des indigènes, minimise la ségrégation sociale et raciale remise au premier plan lors des récents événements de Ferguson, banlieue de la ville. Le colloque, auquel participeront notamment Pascal Quignard et Jean Rouaud, examinera les notions de porte, de seuil et de passage.

Les propositions dans les domaines suivants sont les bienvenues : littératures française, francophone et comparée, théorie littéraire, études culturelles, gender studies, traduction, art, cinéma, photographie. Plusieurs axes de recherches peuvent être envisagés:

– Inclusion/exclusion

– Identités/métissages

– Espace public/privé

– Lisibilité/illisibilité

– Matérialité/format du livre

– Accélération et flux/résistance(s)

– Recueillement/« je » collectif

– Lecture et réception

– Transmission

– Accessibilité/inaccessibilité

– Espace du soi/espace collectif

– Espace profane/espace sacré

– Traversées/franchissements/dérives

– Mutations

Les propositions de soumissions et/ou de sessions, en anglais ou en français, comprenant un résumé

de 250-300 mots pour chaque communication et description de session ainsi que les coordonnées et renseignements biographiques des participants, sont à envoyer à l’adresse suivante:

Date limite: 31 août 2015

Organisateurs : Professeurs Lionel Cuillé (Webster University), Pascal Ifri (Washington University), Jean- Louis Pautrot (Saint Louis University), Olivier Penot-Lacassagne (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3)


            1.8 Journée d’étude Victor Segalen


University of Kent, Canterbury (GB)

22 avril 2016


Opaques, indéfinissables, inachevés, les textes de Victor Segalen ont longtemps rebuté le public pour se cantonner dans les cercles universitaires. Depuis sa mort prématurée au printemps 1919, les critiques s’accordent pourtant à reconnaître l’importance de la pensée du médecin breton dans la formation d’une réflexion moderne sur l’exotisme, sur l’altérité et sur l’écriture de l’ailleurs.

Depuis la fin du XXe siècle, l’oeuvre de l’auteur qui fut à la fois poète, romancier, essayiste, médecin, critique d’art et archéologue s’affirme dans le paysage poétique français. En témoignent la réédition en préparation de ses Oeuvres Complètes sous la direction de Philippe Postel en 18 volumes (Honoré Champion) et la reprise desCahiers Victor Segalen avec un premier numéro paru en 2013 (Le Mythe de la Chine Impériale, Paris, Honoré Champion) puis un second numéro paru en 2015 (Exotisme et altérité, Paris, Honoré Champion). La portée de son œuvre dépasse par ailleurs le champ littéraire pour se placer au centre de réflexions anthropologiques ou, plus récemment, post-coloniales.

Cette journée d’étude invite les jeunes chercheurs à s’interroger sur l’actualité de la recherche segalenienne : comment lire, penser l’oeuvre de Victor Segalen en 2016? Les communications pourront approfondir quelques tensions déjà illuminées par la critique et proposer de nouvelles pistes de lecture. Elles pourront se pencher, par exemple, sur les axes suivants (la liste n’est pas exhaustive):

  • Héritages et postérités de Victor Segalen
  • Divers, distance et exotisme
  • L’Autre, l’Ailleurs et Soi
  • Réel et Imagination
  • Le corps
  • Oeuvre et théorie critique
  • Origines et destinations
  • Poétique du texte


Les propositions de communication de 300 mots devront nous parvenir avant le 15 janvier 2016 à l’adresse suivante : Les communications ne devront pas excéder 20 minutes.


Comité Scientifique :

– Mathilde Poizat-Amar, University of Kent

– Colette Camelin, Université de Poitiers

– Philippe Postel, Université de Nantes



  1. New Titles

2.1 Le Roman féminin francophone de la migration

Le Roman féminin francophone de la migration: Émergence et identité
Élodie Carine Tang
Par l’analyse de six romans de trois romancières francophones, cet ouvrage montre l’existence de groupes minoritaires au sein de la littérature francophone, parmi lesquels celui des écrivains féminins. Le roman féminin, écrit dans un contexte de migration, exprime les opacités du malaise identitaire. L’étude révèle ainsi comment l’écriture peut déconstruire et installer une crise des identités sexuelle, religieuse et culturelle en même temps qu’elle bouleverse des valeurs et codes sociaux.

ISBN : 978-2-343-06592-2 • 15 juin 2015 • 246 pages

Prix éditeur : 26 € 24,70 €



2.2 Penser avec l’Afrique; Prévoir avec l’Afrique, agir dans le monde qui vient

Veuillez s’il vous plait noter la sortie de deux livraisons de la revue Desgénérations (, le n° 22, “Penser avec l’Afrique” et le n°23, “Prévoir avec l’Afrique, agir avec le monde qui vient”.

Sommaire n° 22, Penser avec l’Afrique
Anthony Mangeon: Kwame Anthony Appiah, ou comment penser global depuis l’Afrique
Entretien avec Souleymane Bachir Diagne: Du mouvement vers l’universel
Magali Bessone: Décoloniser la philosophie politique
René Depestre: Profession de foi transraciale
Nadia Yala Kisukidi: Les morts de Lumumba
Jean-Godefroy Bidima: Penser, voir, éprouver : l’Afrique au risque de ses « régimes d’historicité »
Achille Mbembe: L’afrique planétaire

Artistes :
Driss Ouadahi: Entre nous
Massinissa Selmani: Dessins
Rashid Ali & Andrew Cross: Mogadishu – Lost Moderns

 Jean Pierre Huguet
Date de parution: 11/06/2015
Ean: 9782355752551
21 x 14.8 cm, 96 pages
Lien :

Sommaire n° 23, Prévoir avec l’Afrique, agir dans le monde qui vient
Entretien avec Jean-Loup Amselle: Penser avec l’Afrique, penser contre l’Afrique (des post-coloniaux)
Saïd Bouamama: Les crises africaines contemporaines à la lumière des penseurs de la révolution africaine
Françoise Blum: Aux origines d’un cosmopolitisme contemporain
Kwasi Wiredu: La nécessité d’une décolonisation conceptuelle en philosophie africaine (extrait)
Abdelkader Damani: Marcher dans le rêve d’un autre
Pierre-Philippe Fraiture: V.Y. Mudimbe : ordre du discours et émancipation du sujet africain
Arnaud Zohou: Au fon
Joseph Tonda: Penser contre l’impérialisme noir

Marcia Kure: Les trois grâces
Jonathas de Andrade: Posters pour le Musée de l’Homme du Nordeste
Nidhal Chamekh: De quoi rêvent les martyrs 2

Editeur :
 Jean Pierre Huguet
Collection :
Date de parution : 11/06/2015
21 x 14.8 cm, 96 pages
Lien :


  1. Announcements

 3.1 Creation of La Société Internationale des Amis de Mohammed Dib

The website of La Société Internationale des Amis de Mohammed Dib can be found at the following link:


3.2 UK Sartre Society Meeting: Existentialism, Race and Gender


The UK Sartre Society are excited to announce the line-up for our 2015 meeting on Friday 18 September! The theme of this year’s conference is “Existentialism, Race and Gender.”The conference will be followed on Saturday 19 September by a one-day workshop on Frantz Fanon, somewhere in London, organised by the AHRC project Rethinking Existentialism.


More details, including registration information, to follow shortly. We look forward to seeing you all in September!


Friday 18 September : 10.30-19.00

La Petite Salle, Institut Français, South Kensington, London

Keynote Speaker

Lewis Gordon (Connecticut)author of What Fanon Said, Existentia Africana,
Bad Faith and Antiblack Racism, and editor of Existence in Black.


Submitted Papers


Okonkwo and Frantz: Suicide in the thought of Achebe and Fanon
– Dinesh Napal (Warwick)

Wilful Inauthenticity in the Francophone Caribbean: Re-reading a Bad Faith Narrative
– Michael Wiedorn (Georgia Tech)

Adult Male-to-Female Transsexualism: A Clinical Existential-Phenomenological Inquiry
– Roberto Vitelli (Naples Federico II)

25 Years of Gender Trouble: Judith Butler and the Sartrean Imaginary
– Kathleen Lennon (Hull)

Jean-Paul Sartre and the Arab World: A Reconsideration
– Yoav Di-Capua (Texas Austin)


3.3 New Transnational Modernisms Series at Peter Lang

The University of Bristol’s Transnational Modernisms Research Cluster (TMRC), in association with the Centre for the Study of Colonial and Postcolonial Societies, is pleased to announce a new publication series from the academic publisher Peter Lang, entitled Transnational Cultures. Series Editors: Dorothy Price, Madhu Krishnan and Rhian Atkin Transnational Cultures promotes enquiry into the cultural products of transnationalism with a particular focus on the visual arts, literature, music, performance, cinema and new media. With the growth of diasporic communities, migratory crossings and virtual exchange, cultural production beyond, across and traversing borders has become an increasing focus of scholarship within historical, contemporary and comparative contexts. Concepts of nationhood are increasingly understood as a limiting and limited way of understanding culture, as artists, writers, filmmakers and intellectuals produce multilingual or translingual texts, collaborate and communicate across national borders, and redefine and reject the national in favour of the global and/or the postnational. This series encourages new work that investigates how a transnational lens might transform existing understandings of art and culture produced in any period or location. What broader flows of knowledge, capital and power mark the cultural crossings that appear and reappear in pre-modern, modern and contemporary social formations? How do the cultural products of transnationalism trouble existing narratives of the nation-state? How do transnational cultures interact with and become absorbed by local, indigenous and national narratives? Topics may include the production and consumption of culture across borders; mutual exchange of ideas, objects and practices as a result of exile, migration and displacement; the role of social media, vlogging, reality television and digital gaming in transnational dialogue. The series strives to offer a renewed understanding of the networks of cultural exchange, transmission and translation that have helped to produce and disseminate aesthetic ideas across different continents and centuries. Proposals for monographs and edited collections are welcome. All proposals and manuscripts will be peer reviewed. The main language of publication is English.


3.4 New Website of Postcolonial Studies Association


The new website of the Poscolonial Studies Association is available here:


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