Annual Conference 2015: Final Programme

10th November 2015

Society for Francophone Postcolonial Studies

In association with Liverpool University Press


Postcolonial Mobilities in the Francophone World

Friday 13 & Saturday 14 November 2015


Institute of Modern Languages Research, University of London,

Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU



Confirmed keynote speakers: Mireille Rosello and Kate Averis


Friday 13 November 2014



9.30-10.15           Registration and welcome



10.15-10.30         Welcome



10.30-12.00         Panel 1: Parallel Sessions


Panel 1a: (Re)constructing Collective Histories


Kate Hodgson (Liverpool University), ‘Conciliate and Pacify’: Border-Crossing as a Physical and Textual Strategy of Reunification in Nineteenth Century Haiti’


Anneka Haddix (UCLA), ‘Retracing the Past in Le Village de l’Allemand ou le journal des frères Schiller


Justin Izzo (Brown University), ‘Reading Benjamin in Djibouti: Abdourahman Waberi and the Theater of History’ 


Panel 1b: Creative Mobilities


Natalia Bremner (IMLR, University of London), ‘Reggae, Dancehall and CNARM: Youth Mobilities in Postcolonial Réunion’


Anne Mueller (UCLA), ‘Musical Mobility: Censorship and “Sanctionship” in Post-Genocide Rwanda’


Katie Tidmarsh (ULIP), ‘Moziki Littérature: Diffusion, Resistance and Memory on the internet’



12.00-2.00       Lunch/AGM



2.00-3.30         Panel 2: Parallel Sessions

Panel 2a: (Im)mobile Bodies


Jeanne Garane (University of South Carolina), ‘Freedom of Movement: The Magical Body in

Mahamat Saleh Haroun’s Grigris’


Linda Brindeau (Dickinson College), ‘La fluidité des identités sexuelles dans l’œuvre de Kettly Mars’


Adler Camilus (Université Paris 8), ‘Les frontières de la race, frontière de la domination et mobilité transfrontalière des corps’


Panel 2b: North African Mobilities


Aliénor Cadiot (EHESS-Paris), ‘Mobilités coloniales en temps de guerre entre l’Afrique du Nord francophone et la métropole’


Jamal Bahmad (University of Leeds), ‘De-centering Fortress Europe: Clandestine Migration and Maghrebi Cinema’s Critique of Globalisation’


Kayode Ayobami Atilade (Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria), ‘Globalisation and the Concept of Home in Tahar Ben Jelloun’s Novels’



3.30-4.00         Coffee/Tea



4.00-5.00         Panel 3: Parallel Sessions


Panel 3a: Rethinking French-Algerian Relations


Giulia Fabbiano (EHESS-Paris), ‘Postcolonial Mobility from France to Algeria: Narratives of Past, Practices of Present)


Laurie Benson (King’s College, London) ‘Re-imagining French-Algerian Relations: Art Practices, Institutions and the International’


Panel 3b: Fixity and Movement in the Caribbean


Nick Nesbitt (Princeton University), ‘The Misery of the Infinitesimal: Work and the promesse du bonheur in a Posthuman Caribbean’


Timwa Lipenga (University of Malawi), ‘En “fixant” le passé: La mobilité et la mémoire dans Victoire, Les Saveurs et Les Mots de Maryse Condé’


Shanaaz Mohammed (Florida State University), ‘(Im)mobility and the Mixed Race Female Identity in Arlette Minatchy-Bogat’s La Métisse Caribéenne’



5.00-6.00         Plenary Session: Kate Averis



6.00-7.00         Vin d’Honneur



7.30                 Dinner



Saturday 14 November 2014


09.30-11.00     Panel 4: Parallel Sessions


Panel 4a: Movement and Stasis


Claire Launchbury (University of New South Wales), ‘Liban sur rail: Postcolonial Mobility, Trains, Hope and Borders’


Esther Liu (Cardiff University), ‘Indigenous Missionary Movement and the Desire for Stasis’


Emmanuel Kayembe (University of Botswana), ‘Les mobilités postcoloniales en littérature africaines: entre utopie et réalité’


Panel 4b: Gendered Spaces


Edward Still (Oxford University), ‘Feminine/Masculine Spaces in the œuvre of Mohammed Dib: Broken Frontiers?’


Madonna Kalousian (Lancaster University), ‘Rituals of Exclusion in L’Armée du Salut (2006): Abdellah Taïam, the Flirting Flâneur, and the Queer Urban Migrant’


Azize Cour (ENSIAS), ‘Interrogating (Moroccan) Identity Politics in Abdelhak Sehane’s Novel Les Temps Noirs: Gender and Space’



11.00-11.30     Coffee/Tea



11.30-1.00       Panel 5: Parallel Sessions


Panel 5a: Immigration and Belonging


Gillian Glaes (University of Montana-Missoula), ‘Constructing Citizenships: African Immigration, Transnational Migration, and the Politics of Post-Colonial Belonging’


Antonia Wimbush (Birmingham University), ‘Women’s Immigration to France: A Caribbean Case Study of Pineau and Ega’


Sarah Arens (Edinburgh University), ‘Postcolonial (Im)mobilities: Brussels in Contemporary Black Belgian Writing’


Panel 5b: Mobility and the Diaspora


Katharina Fritsch (University of Vienna), ‘Mobilizing ‘Comorian diaspora’ in Marseilles – Twarab and Marseilles’ biopolitics of communitarization


Sheila Petty (University of Regina), ‘Relational Histories in African Cinema’


Clément Cayla-Giraudeau (University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne), ‘Politics from Abroad: the Case of the Senegalese and Djiboutian Diasporas’



1.00-2.00         Lunch



2.00-3.30         Panel 6: Parallel Sessions


Panel 6a: (Beyond) the Limits of the Nation


Julia Waters (University of Reading), ‘Mobile Belonging: Migration and Nation in Amal Sewtohul’s Histoire d’Ashok et d’autres personnages de moindre importance (2001) and Made in Mauritius (2012)’


Beatrice Ivey (University of Leeds), ‘Mobile Memories of Algerian and Indian decolonisation in Hélène Cixous’s L’Indiade ou l’Inde de leurs rêves’ 


Zoe Roth (Durham University), ‘The Jewish Avant-Garde: Transnational Modernisms, 1916-1945’


Panel 6b: Rethinking Mobilities


Sam Coombes (Edinburgh University), ‘Mobility-related Concepts in the Theoretical Writings of Edouard Glissant and their possible applications’


Jennifer Boum Make (University of Pittsburgh), ‘Penser au-delà du binarisme: Étude des potentiels de la créolisation glissantienne dans Aux États-Unis d’Afrique d’Abdourahman Waberi’


Farid Laroussi (University of British Columbia), ‘From Francophonie to Metacolonial, yet Not Your Familiar Travelling Theory’



3.30-4.00         Tea/Coffee



4.00-5.00         Dorothy Blair Memorial Lecture, Professor Mireille Rosello



5.00                 Close of Conference


The registration form for the conference can be found here: SFPS 2015 – Registration Form

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