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Annual Conference Cancellation/Call for Video Presentation Proposals

27th April 2020

Dear colleagues,

Given the recent announcement that COVID-19 social distancing measures are likely to remain in place in the UK for the rest of the calendar year, the Society for Francophone Postcolonial Studies has taken the difficult but inevitable decision to cancel this year’s annual conference, due to take place in November 2020. The next SFPS conference will now take place in November 2021 (more details to follow nearer the time).

In order to maintain the Society’s academic discussion in these testing times, however, we should like to invite proposals for 10-minute video presentations, on the theme of ‘Health, Disease and Contagion in the Francophone Postcolonial World’.

Please send proposals of 200-250 words to the (would-be) Conference Organisers, Chabha Ben Ali Amer ( and Abdelbaqi Ghorab (, by the deadline of Friday 26 June. These will then be considered by the SFPS Executive Committee and a selection of 4-5 ‘winning’ presentations will be hosted, and freely accessible, on the SFPS website from autumn 2020.

We are very sad not to be able to welcome you in person to the SFPS conference this year but hope that you will continue to engage with the Society’s activities virtually. Please visit our website ( where you can find out about the many benefits of membership, and follow us on Facebook or Twitter (;

Wishing you and your families health and happiness.

Best wishes,

Julia Waters

President, Society for Francophone Postcolonial Studies.

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