calls for papers, job opportunities, new titles

SFPS Monthly Mailing: February 2017

27th February 2017

Monday, February 27th, 2017

1. Calls for Papers

1.1 Postcolonialism in Interdisciplinary Perspective

1.2 Memory, Migration, and Decolonisation in the Caribbean and Beyond, 1804 to the Present

1.3 2017 Association for the Study of Modern and Contemporary France (ASMCF) Annual Conference: Work and Play

1.4 Special Issue of French History, “French Colonial Histories from Below”

2. Job Opportunities

2.1 Research Assistant/Research Associate, University of Glasgow

2.2 Lecturer in French, University of Kent

3. Announcements

3.1 Literature and the Humanities in an Age of Autocracy (Workshop)

3.2 Semaine anticoloniale 2017

4. New Titles

4.1. Cul de Sac: Patrimony, Capitalism, and Slavery in French Saint-Domingue

4.2 Francophonie québécoise et littérature marocaine migrante: Mémoire, médiation et potentiel symbolique


1. Calls for Papers/Contributions

1.1 Postcolonialism in Interdisciplinary Perspective

Dept. of African Studies and Anthropology, Arts Building, University of Birmingham

Wednesday 17th May 2017

The ‘Postcolonialism in Interdisciplinary Perspective’ conference will create a platform for postgraduate students to discuss emerging concerns within Postcolonial Studies across a range of geographic and disciplinary boundaries, including Area Studies, History, Literature and Cultural Studies.

This one-day event, which will be hosted at the University of Birmingham, will provide postgraduates with an interdisciplinary forum for networking, collaboration and information exchange, as well as an opportunity to share and receive feedback on current research in a friendly setting. It will also provide postgraduates with the opportunity to become aware of state-of-the-art research by experts in their field and to orient their own work within this context.

The following list of topics is not exhaustive, but has been conceived to provoke thought and to indicate the aims of the conference. Relevant papers that do not address these themes are also welcome.

❖Spaces of resistance, memory and remembrance

❖National and/or diasporic identity and experience

❖Transnationalism, citizenship and belonging

❖Postcolonial queer studies

❖Economic policy in the postcolonial context

❖The role of natural resources in postcolonial relationships

❖The rise and fall of postcolonial literary output

❖The complexities of publication in postcolonial writing

❖Representations of ‘Otherness’ in post-colonial writing

❖Creole and the canon

Panels will be organised once abstracts are received and accepted for the conference.

Abstract Submission Guidelines: Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words to using the subject heading “Abstract 2017”. Please include your university affiliation details, relevant contact information and a short biography of up to 150 words. Those selected for the conference will be invited to give a 20-minute presentation.

Submission Deadline and Key Dates:

Abstract submission deadline:                        15th of March 2017

Notification of abstract acceptance:               31st of March 2017

Abstracts published online:                            17th of April 2017


1.2 Memory, Migration, and Decolonisation in the Caribbean and Beyond, 1804 to the Present

Institute of Latin American Studies, Senate House, School of Advanced Studies, University of London

23rd–24th May 2017

We invite papers that interrogate the intersections between memory, migration, and decolonisation across the Caribbean and its diasporas. The conference seeks to explore how ideas about decolonisation have resonated in the Caribbean, the Americas, and Europe. We take Haitian independence (1804) as a thinking point for debates surrounding concepts of independence, colonialisms, and freedoms. We welcome papers that explore contemporary practices of neo-colonialism and resistances to them as well as issues of formal ‘decolonisation’. We will develop themes of decolonisation by moving beyond any set discipline: we are particularly interested to hear proposals from artists, curators, musicians and community activists, as well as scholars. As part of an ongoing oral history project, this conference will feature a community-led public engagement activity that focuses on the lived experiences of decolonisation and migration amongst members of Britain’s Caribbean diaspora.

Themes of interest include (but are not limited to):

  • Memories and experiences of migration, empire, and (de)colonisation;
  • (Neo)colonialism in the contemporary Caribbean and beyond;
  • The development of national consciousness;
  • Caribbean literature;
  • Theorising decolonisation;
  • Visions of a post-colonial future.

Please send abstracts of no more than 250 words, by Friday 17th March, to

Keynote Speaker: Prof Matthew Smith (University of the West Indies, Mona)

Guest Speakers: Prof.Tina K. Ramnarine (Royal Holloway, University of London) Dr William ‘Lez’ Henry (University of West London)

Convenors: Jack Webb and William Tantam (Institute of Latin American Studies); Maria del Pilar Kaladeen (Centre for Postcolonial Studies)

In association with AHRC Translating Cultures Theme.


1.3 2017 Association for the Study of Modern and Contemporary France (ASMCF) Annual Conference: Work and Play

Bangor University

7–9th September

Keynote Speakers: Helen Abbott (University of Birmingham), Claude Boli (Responsable scientifique du Musée National du Sport, Nice), Sarah Waters (University of Leeds)

From the Tennis Court Oath to Nuit Debout, work and play have been instrumental in organising socio-political life in the French Republic. Culturally too, work and play are formative of identity, inviting reflection on the power relations at stake in the construction and deconstruction of identities. Inviting proposals for papers on this theme, this conference seeks to bring together a broad range of disciplinary approaches to consider theories, representations, practices and interconnections of work and play in France and the rest of the French-speaking world. Traversing sociological, political, anthropological as well as aesthetic and cultural spheres, the conference theme is intended to stimulate debate across a far-reaching horizon of enquiry.

Proposals for 20-minute papers are invited on the following, non-exhaustive areas:

  • The politics of work and play: labour and leisure
  • Class relations, social movements
  • Issues of identity: gender, sexuality, bodies, language
  • Psychologies: deviance, rebellion, depression, humour
  • Theories and practices of ‘performance’
  • Aesthetics of work and play: experiment, adaptation
  • Spaces of work and play; actual, virtual
  • Philosophies of work and play
  • Sport, games
  • Unemployment, sloth
  • Work, play and time

We invite both proposals (250 words max.) for individual papers and for panels, which should consist of three presenters and a named chairperson. All papers will last 20 minutes and may be delivered in English or French. Postgraduate students are strongly encouraged to present papers.

Postgraduate Essay Prize: Postgraduates presenting at the conference are encouraged to enter their papers for the ASMCF Postgraduate Essay Prize. The Prize includes a £50 cheque and an invitation for the winner to submit their paper to the Association’s journal, Modern & Contemporary France. If you would like more information about the prize, please contact the ASMCF Postgraduate Representative, James Illingworth:

A publication connected with the theme of the Conference is planned.

Proposals for papers, featuring abstracts of up to 250 words in either English or French, should be sent in Word format (doc. or .docx) to by 31 March 2017. Please put ASMCF 2017 proposal in the subject line of your e-mail.

Further information about the Association for the Study of Modern and Contemporary France and membership information can be found here:


1.4 Special Issue of French History, “French Colonial Histories from Below”

The editors of French History seek articles for a special issue on the theme of “French Colonial Histories from Below” to appear in autumn 2019.

Since French History published its first special issue devoted to France’s colonial past in 2006, empire has developed into a vibrant area of inquiry within French history. A decade on, there is a well-established and growing body of research on the ideologies and discourses of French empire, political and cultural influences between the colonies and metropolitan France, linkages between French and other empires, and the postcolonial legacies of French imperialism for colonizer and colonized alike. Seeking to further broaden this already diverse field, we invite contributions exploring the histories of French imperialism and colonialism “from below.”

Concern with the “subaltern” has long been central to colonial historians, while scholars working in the newer fields of world or global history have shown the power of writing history “from the bottom up” to shed new light on large-scale historical phenomena, including empire. In addition to making the complexities of empire legible, especially to students and non-specialists, such approaches also have the potential to illuminate the connected or entangled nature of colonial histories, and the ways that they were experienced and shaped by individuals and local communities across the French empire.

Proposals exploring “bottom-up” approaches to any aspect or period of French colonial history, including the postcolonial, are welcome. The editors are interested in submissions that focus on particular colonial territories but equally with articles that take transnational approaches or consider metropolitan France as an imperial space.

Although we expect most of the published contributions to be based on primary source materials, we also welcome theoretical and methodological articles that consider the opportunities and challenges, intellectual and practical, associated with writing colonial and postcolonial histories from below.

The editors particularly encourage submissions from early career researchers and scholars from under-represented groups.

Full manuscripts of 8000-10,000 words (including references), in either English or French, should be submitted by 1 September 2017 to the guest editors of the special issue, Claire Eldridge ( and Jennifer Sessions ( Any enquiries regarding potential contributions should also be addressed to the guest editors.


2. Job Opportunities

2.1 Research Assistant/Research Associate, University of Glasgow

Research Assistant/Research Associate (Part-time), School of Culture and Creative Arts, University of Glasgow

Salary Range: £27,629 – £38,183

Job Purpose: To make a (leading) contribution to the project: ‘Africa’s Lost Classics’ in Context, working with Dr Lizelle Bisschoff. Specifically, the job requires expert knowledge in the area of African cinema.

This post is part time, 16.7 hours per week, and is fixed term until 31 January 2018. Closing date: 6 March 2017. Interviews will take place on 20 March 2017.

For more information (including on main duties and responsibilities, knowledge, qualifications, skills and experience), see


2.2 Lecturer in French, University of Kent

Lecturer in French, School of European Culture and Languages, University of Kent

Location: Canterbury
Salary: £32,958 to £46,924 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Closes: 2nd April 2017

The Department of Modern Languages in the School of European Culture and Languages at Kent is seeking to appoint a Lecturer in French with expertise in any field of French language, literature and culture.

You will be able to demonstrate an outstanding research profile commensurate with your career stage and the ability to teach on a range of modules in the Department’s French programmes, including both cultural content and language modules.

In this role, you will be expected to develop new modules in your area of expertise and to be an enthusiastic and inspiring teacher. Moreover, you will be able to contribute to the Department’s increasing ambition and international standing in terms of high-quality research (Modern Languages and Linguistics at Kent being one of the highest-ranked departments in the UK at REF2014), and to be a dynamic colleague capable of working effectively as part of a team. A commitment to public engagement and impact activities would be an advantage.

The School of European Culture and Languages is a multidisciplinary school and one of the largest at the University of Kent. Comprising six departments, the School embraces Classical and Archaeological Studies (including Ancient History), Comparative Literature, English Language and Linguistics, the Modern Languages (French, German, Hispanic Studies, and Italian), Philosophy, and Religious Studies, as well as programmes in Asian Studies and World Literature.

Closing date for applications: 2 April 2017

Interviews are to be held: 2 May 2017

To view the full job description and to apply for this post, see: If you require further information regarding the application process please contact Teresa Bubb at

Please note – applications must be made via the University’s online application system. You will be required to fill in the main details section of the application form as well as upload your CV and a cover letter. Your cover letter should clearly and explicitly address the requirements of the Person specification and you should provide clear evidence and examples in your application which back-up any assertions you make in relation to each criterion. We recommend a maximum of 4 x A4 sides for this document.

CVs or details sent directly to the department or via email cannot be considered.

If you are invited for an interview, we will request references for you at that stage.


3. Announcements

3.1 Literature and the Humanities in an Age of Autocracy

University of Bristol

24 March 2017, 10am – 6pm

This third and final workshop in the ‘Ethics, Affect and Responsiblity: Global Citizenship and the Act of Reading’ will take place on 24 March 2017 at the University of Bristol. With the theme ‘Literature and the Humanities in the Age of Autocracy’, sessions will focus on literature as a site of resistance; affect, empathy and social justice under a state of emergency; authoritarianism and revolutionary thought; and literary activism through publishing.

We are particularly delighted that Professor Derek Attridge (York) will be giving a keynote lecture on the writing of J.M. Coetzee and challenges to philosophical ethics. Other confirmed speakers include Dr Carolyn Pedwell (Kent), Professor Radhika Mohanram (Cardiff), Dr Joe Ford (Durham), Dr Charlotta Salmi (Birmingham) and Dr Micheal Burns (UWE), and Annie Webster (SOAS). The event will conclude with a public poetry reading.

The workshop is free and open to all. To register, please email Dr Madhu Krishnan ( with your name and any access or dietary requirements by 17 March 2017.


3.2 Semaine anticoloniale 2017 (4-20 mars)

Programme Paris/Île de France:

Programme Marseille:

Programme Annonay:

Contre toutes les formes de colonialisme et de racisme avec la Marche de la dignité et de la justice (dimanche 19 mars à 14h Place de la Nation):

Pour en savoir plus:


4. New Titles

4.1. Cul de Sac: Patrimony, Capitalism, and Slavery in French Saint-Domingue (University of Chicago Press, 2017)

Paul  Cheney

In the eighteenth century, the Cul de Sac plain in Saint-Domingue, now Haiti, was a vast open-air workhouse of sugar plantations. This microhistory of one plantation owned by the Ferron de la Ferronnayses, a family of Breton nobles, draws on remarkable archival finds to show that despite the wealth such plantations produced, they operated in a context of social, political, and environmental fragility that left them weak and crisis prone.

Focusing on correspondence between the Ferronnayses and their plantation managers, Cul de Sac proposes that the Caribbean plantation system, with its reliance on factory-like production processes and highly integrated markets, was a particularly modern expression of eighteenth-century capitalism. But it rested on a foundation of economic and political traditionalism that stymied growth and adaptation. The result was a system heading toward collapse as planters, facing a series of larger crises in the French empire, vainly attempted to rein in the inherent violence and instability of the slave society they had built. In recovering the lost world of the French Antillean plantation, Cul de Sac ultimately reveals how the capitalism of the plantation complex persisted not as a dynamic source of progress, but from the inertia of a degenerate system headed down an economic and ideological dead end.

For more details, see


4.2 Francophonie québécoise et littérature marocaine migrante: Mémoire, médiation et potentiel symbolique (Approches littéraires, 2017)

Mostafa Benfares

Dans la foulée des débats épineux et interminables sur l’avenir des littératures francophones dans le monde, le binôme d’antan culture supérieure/culture inférieure n’a plus sa place dans les discours culturels et démocratiques modernes. Lesquels discours vont jusqu’à considérer la francophonie comme « le dernier avatar de colonialisme ». Pour pouvoir bannir ces préjugés, l’urgence d’une littérature Monde en français demeure un choix pressant et privilégié. Dans cette perspective, pourquoi continuer à parler au Québec de la littérature marocaine d’une manière timide et isolée en la considérant toujours comme source seconde par rapport à la source première locale ?

Pour en savoir plus:

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