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SFPS Mailing: February 2021

25th February 2021
  1. Calls for Papers/Contributions.

1.1 CFP: Multilingualism in the Global Mediterranean (MLA – 6–9 January 2022: Washington).

1.2 Book proposals welcome: New Studies in European Cinema series relaunch.

1.3 Workshop on Violence, Aesthetics, Anthropocenes: Colonialism, Racism, Extractivism (inc. CfP for PhD candidates).

1.4 CSA JOURNAL – CALL FOR PAPERS: The Caribbean and COVID-19.

1.5 CFP MLA 2022: Francophone / Early Modern.

1.6 CFP: Women in French Sessions at SAMLA 2021.

1.7 Appel à contributions : Migrations et environnements – Session affiliée du CIÉF à la convention de la MLA, Washington D.C., 6-9 janvier 2022.

1.8 Imminent deadline – CFP Marginalised Voices and Figures in French Festival Culture, 1500–1800 (King’s College London, 24-25 April 2021).

1.9 CFP: Des féminismes et activismes noirs en contexte (post)impérial français / Histoires, enjeux, et perspectives; Black Feminisms and Activism in the (Post)imperial French Context / Histories, Challenges, and Perspectives.

  1. Job and Scholarship Opportunities.

2.1 Funded PhD Opportunity in Language Policy at Ulster University: Government in linguistically diverse societies.

2.2 PhD Assistantship in French Studies at MIC, Limerick (Ireland).

2.3 Visiting Fellowship at St Andrews in French History.

2.4 Deux contrats doctoraux EUR FRAPP : “Francophonies et Plurilinguismes”.

2.5 Job Ad: Visiting Assistant Professor of French (Hollins University).

2.6 USF International Fellowships—apply now!

2.7 Tenure-track job in twentieth century France in Global Context.

2.8 GTAP Chancellor’s Fellow in Race, Migration, Postcolonial Studies, University of Strathclyde.

2.9 Postdoctoral Researcher, Trinity Colonial Legacies Project (Trinity College, Dublin).

2.10 SSFH opportunity – Conference Assistance Bursary (for support in the organisation of annual conference).

2.11 3-year Lectureship in Modern French History, University of Cambridge.

2.12 Assistant Professor of French, Grove City College.

2.13 Frankel Institute Fellowship (2022-2023) Call for Applications.

2.14 Assistant Professor of French.

2.15 Laming Junior Research Fellow in Modern Foreign Languages.

  1. Announcements.

3.1 SFHS French Presse series: Race, Gender, Colonialism, and Occupation, on Sun., 28 Feb.

3.2 UCML Coffee morning chats for ECAs.

3.3 Undergraduate Video Prize Competition – In Love with Languages.

3.4 Welcome back to Reading, Researching, and Writing the French Empire.

3.5 Mediated Memories of Responsibility (3), 10 March 2021.

3.6 ASMCF Initiative Fund; ASMCF Outreach Fund.

3.7 Yesu Persaud Centre for Caribbean Studies: Amina Gafoor Annual Conference 2021.

3.8 Reprise du séminaire “Fight the Power? Musiques hip-hop et rapports sociaux de pouvoir”.

3.9 Book manuscript workshop opportunity — science, technology and society.

3.10 Call for Applications: IMLR Regional Conference Grant Scheme 2021-22.

3.11 Rethinking Mentoring in French History in 2021.

3.12 Discussion group on crime, criminal justice, policing, incarceration etc. in French and francophone history.

3.13 Urban Bridges, Global Capital(s): Trans-Mediterranean Francospheres: A Symposium.

3.14 Book Launch: Epidemic Empire: Colonialism, Contagion, and Terror, 1817-2020.

3.15 WiSer Public Positions Series 2021 – Fanon After Fanon.

3.16 Lecture à domicile: Gaël Faye // MARCH 9 @ CU Maison Française.


3.18 Patrimoine culturel et restitution dans Le Silence du totem de Fatoumata Ngom – March 12 2021.

3.19 Book Launch: Haiti in the British Imagination: Imperial Worlds, 1847-1915.

3.20 SEM: Fanm Rebèl: Excavating the Histories of Haiti’s Women Revolutionaries | MAR 10 | UCL Americas.

  1. New Publications.

4.1 Joseph Ford, Writing the Black Decade: Conflict and Criticism in Francophone Algerian Literature (Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2021).

4.2 Nelcya Delanoë and Caroline Grillot, Casablanca-Hanoï : une porte dérobée sur des histoires postcoloniales, (Paris: L’Harmattan, 2021).

4.3 Anjuli Raza Kolb, Epidemic Empire: Colonialism, Contagion, and Terror, 1817-2020 (Chicago: Chicago UP, 2021).

4.4 David Todd, A Velvet Empire: French Informal Imperialism in the Nineteenth Century (Princeton: Princeton UP, 2021).

4.5 Lia Brozgal, Absent the Archive: Cultural Traces of a Massacre in Paris (17 october 1961) (Liverpool: Liverpool UP, 2021).

4.6 Nimisha Barton, Reproductive Citizens: Gender, Immigration, and the State in Modern France, 1880–1945 (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2020).

4.7 Jack Daniel Webb, Haiti in the British Imagination: Imperial Worlds, 1847-1915 (Liverpool: Liverpool UP, 2020).

4.8 Adam Watt (ed.), The Cambridge History of the Novel in French (Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2021).

1. Calls for Papers/Contributions

1.1 CFP: Multilingualism in the Global Mediterranean (MLA – 6–9 January 2022: Washington)

Proposals are sought for “Multilingualism in the Global Mediterranean,” a non-Guaranteed, joint Forum Session sponsored by CLCS Mediterranean and CLCS Global Arab and Arab American.

Interplay of Arabic and European languages in the literary and cultural production of the Mediterranean in light of the region’s long-standing history of mobility, exchange, convergence.

Please submit 300-word proposals and biographical note by March 15, 2021 to Edwige Tamalet Talbayev ( and Ahmed Idrissi Alami (

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1.2 Book proposals welcome: New Studies in European Cinema series relaunch

New Studies in European Cinema

Edited by Fiona Handyside (University of Exeter), Danielle Hipkins (University of Exeter), Mariana Liz (University of Lisbon) and Catherine Wheatley (King’s College London)

With its focus on new critical, theoretical, and cultural developments in contemporary film studies, this series encourages lively analytical debate within an innovative, multidisciplinary, and transnational approach to European cinema. It aims to create an expansive sense of where the borders of European cinema may lie and to explore its interactions and exchanges within and between regional and national spaces, taking into account diverse audiences and institutions. The series reflects the range and depth of European cinema, while also attempting to revise and extend its importance within the development of cinema studies in the coming decades. Of particular interest is how European cinema may respond to the challenges of digital distribution and the new intermedial landscape, evolving issues in transnational funding and production, the significance of film festival culture, and questions of multivocality and pluralism at a time of global crisis. The impact of all such developments upon European culture and identity will be of fundamental interest in the coming decades and the New Studies in European Cinema series makes a key contribution to this debate.

Proposals for monographs and edited collections are welcome. All proposals and manuscripts undergo a rigorous peer review assessment prior to publication.

For more information about submitting a book proposal, please contact Dr Laurel Plapp, Senior Commissioning Editor, Peter Lang Ltd, at A full listing of books previously published in the series is available here:

1.3 Workshop on Violence, Aesthetics, Anthropocenes: Colonialism, Racism, Extractivism (inc. CfP for PhD candidates)

31 March – 1 April 2021 | online & free to attend

Convened and chaired by Dr Eray Çaylı, with Dr Christine Okoth, Dr Ignacio Acosta, Dr Helene Kazan, Dr Manca Bajec, and Dr Thandi Loewenson as discussants.

Attendance as participant (on 1 April, open only to doctoral candidates): please apply by 28 February 2021; see the below call for proposals.

Attendance as audience (on both 31 March and 1 April, open to all): please register here:

Time & date: 31 March 2021 (6-8pm) & 1 April 2021 (9.30am-6.30pm)

Venue for both days: Online (on Zoom); link will be emailed nearer the time to all registered to attend.

“Humanity is facing extinction.” “When will we realise we’re all in the same boat?” Such sweeping statements continue to feature in mainstream approaches to what has been termed the Anthropocene. This indicates a persistent denial of the historical, social and geographical differentiations characterising both the effects of and responsibilities for climate change and ecological disasters. A growing body of scholarship critical of this denial has highlighted the role of colonialism and racism in issues now debated under the rubric of the Anthropocene, and the practice of extractivism that has been central to that role. This workshop builds on relevant critical scholarship by approaching climate change and ecological disasters as grounded in and productive of extractivist colonialism and racism but also seeks to contribute to it by way of a specific methodological focus on aesthetics. It does so by considering aesthetics not as indexing a set of formal features or notions of taste, but rather as a medium through which sensibilities and insensibilities are produced through materiality and distributed across geography and the bodies inhabiting that geography. Working from this materialist and relational understanding of aesthetics as both ethics and politics, we ask, what are the aesthetic practices that feature in mainstream approaches to the Anthropocene and critical responses to it? How have these practices approached the role of extractivist colonialism and racism in climate change and ecological disasters? What are the various aesthetic registers and modes in which they have approached this role and how might these approaches be reproducing or contesting the Anthropocene’s extractivist colonialism and racism? What materially grounded notions of “humanity” and its variously prefixed cognates shape and are shaped by such approaches?

The workshop opens with a panel/roundtable on 31 March (6-8pm) where five workshop leaders will expand upon these questions through their own work. Workshop sessions will then run throughout the following day, 1 April (9.30am-6.30pm), where the previous evening’s panellists will debate the work of doctoral candidates. We therefore invite proposals from any doctoral candidates exploring the above-mentioned questions through a focus on aesthetics-as-politics-and-ethics and across the fields of art, literature, geography, anthropology, architecture, urbanism, archaeology, international relations, political science, sociology, and other related ones. Possible empirical foci include but are not limited to the following: mega infrastructures, mapping, heritage, satellite imagery, surveillance, photography, spacecraft technologies, speculative development and the construction sector, gentrification, mining, eco-activism and protest, storytelling, writing, migration and displacement. Alongside the questions and topics raised above, we suggest the following verbs as thematic prompts through which to organise proposals into sessions: mediatingresisting(ex)posingprojecting, and dreaming. While proposals as a whole do not necessarily have to be framed in these strict terms, it would be useful if each submission indicated which of the theme(s) might pertain to it more directly than others, even if by simply noting each relevant theme as a keyword at the bottom of the proposal.

Please email your title and 350-word proposal to by the deadline of 28 February 2021.

A list of recommended pre-workshop readings is accessible via this link.

Header image: Forest of eucalyptus trees planted to absorb contaminated water from Los Pelambres mine, Los Vilos commune, Chile, 2012 (courtesy of the artist Ignacio Acosta).

As this workshop is funded by the London Arts and Humanities Partnership (LAHP), depending on the number of applications received, those from LAHP-funded PhD students might have to be prioritized.

1.4 CSA JOURNAL – CALL FOR PAPERS: The Caribbean and COVID-19

The Caribbean Studies Association (CSA) invites you to submit a paper for possible inclusion in the inaugural issue of The CSA Journal under the broad theme “The Caribbean and COVID-19”. COVID-19 is having a profound impact on the world, and the Caribbean specifically. How has the Caribbean been coping? What has been the impact on the people, including the children? What are some of the successful strategies employed by the various governments? What are the implications for tourism, the economy, education, online learning? How has it affected Gender-Based Violence? How has it influenced our interaction and engagement, now and going forward? What are the lessons to be learned? We seek a broad cross-section of disciplines, including contributions looking at intersectionality.

Submission Guidelines

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit their original empirical research articles, 3,000–7,000 words in length, in any of the four journal languages (Dutch, French, Spanish, or English). The submission should include an abstract with no more than 200 words in the original language of the article and, in the case of those articles in a language other than English, also an abstract in English. Interested authors must use the Chicago Manual format.

All submitted articles will go through the peer review process. Final decision regarding acceptance/revision/rejection will be based on the feedback received from the reviewers and the discretion of the Editor-in-Chief.

Deadline for paper submission by author: March 15, 2021
Submit your paper to<>

Review by editorial team and response to author: April 20, 2021
Revisions and final submission by author: May 5, 2021
Expected online publication: June 2021

1.5 CFP MLA 2022: Francophone / Early Modern

Please see below the CFP for a collaborative session that Annette Joseph-Gabriel, Ellen Welch, and Ashley Williard are proposing for MLA 2022 in Washington, DC.

This roundtable brings together the fields of francophone and early modern French literary studies to foster dialogue and generate new scholarly questions. By crossing disciplinary boundaries, we seek to deepen understandings of early imperial projects, their engagements with and constructions of race, as well as their reverberations into the present. We aim to think creatively about ways scholars might disrupt the tendency to locate “francophone” temporally in a more contemporary period only and spatially as necessarily outside France; that is, the session will reconsider the very terms on which these two fields come together in conversation. With a proposed focus on the Atlantic and Mediterranean worlds, potential topics might include:

  • Ways twentieth- and twenty-first-century francophone authors engage with early modern literary works and/or histories;
  • Antiracist approaches to researching and/or teaching early modern texts.

Please send 300-word proposals to, and by March 15.

This is a non-guaranteed session sponsored by the Francophone and 17th-Century French MLA Forums.

1.6 CFP: Women in French Sessions at SAMLA 2021

2021 South Atlantic Modern Language Association Conference 

Atlanta, Georgia 

November 4-6, 2021

Please consider sending a proposal in French or English to one of the panel chairs listed below by May 15, 2021.

For more information on SAMLA and the annual conference, please visit the conference website:

In addition to registering as a member of SAMLA and also for the SAMLA conference, presenters must also be current on their membership in Women in French. You may visit ( to become a member or to renew your membership.

  1. Francophone Womxn Creating Apart and Connecting Together

The theme of this year’s SAMLA conference, “Social Networks, Social Distances,” invites us to reflect on the contradictory challenges that we have faced in these pandemic times. How do we connect with others in solitude? How might isolation foster a sense of connection or community? As a Women in French panel, this session will explore these questions in the context of French and Francophone womxn artists and writers. Proposals on examples of womxn who create apart and connect together in literature, film, theatre, and other modes of creation from all time periods and all areas of Francophone culture are welcome. Possible topics might include but are not limited to illness, disability, incarceration, injustice, difference, trauma, family, and exile. Please send 250-word proposals in English or French along with presenter’s name, academic affiliation, and email to Adrienne Angelo ( by May 15, 2021.

Chair: Adrienne Angelo, Auburn University, <>

  1. Women/Mapping/Other: Womanist/Feminist Map-making and Cartographies of Change

The aim of the session is to explore women’s and/or feminist map-making and its effects on social networks through various facets including, but not limited to, the geographic, literary, philosophical, political, artistic, pedagogical, architectural, and the every-day. Possible questions of interrogation could be the following: What do feminist or woman-made maps look like? In what spaces do they emerge? How do women’s or feminist perspectives in mapping “intersect, parallel, or diverge,” as cartographers Meghan Kelly and Britta Ricker hypothesize, from conventional cartographic practices? What risks do they entail? What is seen and what is not seen, and why? What are their effects on social networks, social distances, and society at large? Since this session is part of the Women in French panels, papers that focus on French-speaking peoples and spaces (i.e., cities, texts, artworks, classrooms, etc.) are invited; those from diverse approaches, perspectives and disciplines are especially welcome. Please send an abstract of approximately 150 words in either French or English and a brief bio to Jodie Barker ( by 15 May 2021.

Chair: Jodie Barker, University of Nevada, Reno, <>

  1. Complicated French and Francophone Women

This panel welcomes papers focused on the exploration of the ways in which French and Francophone women’s writing, film, and other art forms initiate, navigate, and complicate notions of distance and network.  How do these women create new understandings of social order and contest inequities?  Examinations of the liminal spaces between tradition and new order and the ways in which these texts challenge perceptions of identity, privilege, nationality, class, race, sex, gender, and language are particularly welcome. Papers may be in French or English and may not exceed 20 minutes.  Please send a 250-word abstract, brief bio and A/V requests to Susan Crampton-Frenchik,, by May 15, 2021.

Chair: Susan Crampton-Frenchik, Washington & Jefferson College, <>

  1. From Socially Marginalized Women to Thriving Writers: Overcoming Class- and Gender Barriers through Literary Networking-Success Stories from Nineteenth-Century French Actresses 

Zola’s novel Nana presents in typical naturalist manner a rather misogynist portrayal of a nineteenth-century variété theatre actress, who ascends from streetwalker to high-class courtesan, yet, remains destined to fail, because of hereditary and social determinants. The novel mirrors, to an extent, late nineteenth-century French society’s perception of actresses, whose amorous affairs were seen as a professional attribute that enabled these women to support their lifestyle, providing them with financial support and beneficial social relationships. Several contemporary actresses, who eventually embraced a journalistic or literary career, played with this cliché and used it for their own benefit, and that of other female stage performers, artists and writers. They parodied the existing gender-bias, frequently pursued a feminist agenda, all the while drawing on their seduction techniques acquired on and off stage. Roberts illustrated this convincingly in Disruptive Acts, her book about the former actress and future journalist Marguerite Durand, founder of the feminist newspaper La Fronde. Other examples might be Séverine or Marie Colombier; but they certainly were not the only ones. This panel seeks to look at (former) nineteenth-century actresses turned journalist/writers who were able to network successfully with female colleagues to strengthen each other’s careers, preventing a naturalist “fail.” Please send your 150-200 words paper proposal, contact information, and a 50-word biographical statement to Elisabeth-Christine Muelsch (  by May 15, 2021.

Chair: Elisabeth-Christine Muelsch, Angelo State University

  1. Revisioning Narrative (Identities) and Space 

The current pandemic offers us the possibility of (re)viewing identity, disidentification, and, most importantly, new ways of articulating becoming. As we physically distance and redefine ourselves as well as our relationships with others, we discover new angles. Social distancing risks dislocation. It may, however, bring intimacy within ourselves as well as connection to others in new ways. We seek to explore how this plays out. No limits apply. These questions resonate through narrative (literary, film, etc.) and in our classrooms. We welcome examining identity, disidentity, or other positionings within and through everyday life and narrative in the broadest sense. Like our experience of time during the pandemic, such concepts expand, contract, in a continual (de)centering of text and existence. Perhaps this means the current actuality of a Zoomified world that ruptures our contact with the physical object, such as book and paper, as we engage with the keyboard and bright light of the screen.  How is the contemporary moment represented in text or classroom, past or present? We look forward to adding your voice to the discussion. By May 15, 2021 please send an abstract of 200-250 words to both E. Nicole Meyer and Kiki Kosnick

Co-Chairs: E. Nicole Meyer, Augusta University, <>, and Kiki Kosnick, Augustana College, <>

1.7 Appel à contributions : Migrations et environnements – Session affiliée du CIÉF à la convention de la MLA, Washington D.C., 6-9 janvier 2022

Descriptif : Les migrations humaines contemporaines, constamment alimentées par le capitalisme mondial, les guerres et les catastrophes écologiques, se heurtent de plus en plus aux fermetures ou fortifications des frontières autours des nations et des territoires du Nord. Dans le même temps, notre espace commun d’habitation, la planète, est devenu l’objet de préoccupations grandissantes, nos modes de vie conduisant à l’épuisement des ressources de la Terre, menaçant ainsi notre propre existence en tant qu’espèce. Or, si les pays en développement se montrent hostiles aux formes indispensables de « green conditionality » touchant au commerce, à l’aide internationale et à la dette, considérant que les valeurs, les priorités et les pratiques environnementales sont encore façonnées par l’héritage colonial, à l’inverse, les États du Nord se détournent des problèmes structuraux en amont des dynamiques migratoires dirigées vers le Nord.

Cette session propose d’examiner, à travers la littérature et la philosophie françaises et francophones, l’articulation des questions de migrations humaines et de mutations environnementales. L’objectif consiste donc à faire dialoguer deux approches critiques aux logiques souvent antagonistes, le postcolonialisme et l’écocritique, et de porter le défi de penser ensemble les diverses facettes – politique, culturelle, esthétique, sociale, économique, environnementale – de l’écriture des migrations et des territoires.

Proposition de communication (300 à 500 mots, en français) à envoyer d’ici le 1er mars à Mona El Khoury (Tufts University) à l’adresse

Veuillez y inclure votre nom, votre affiliation universitaire et votre adresse électronique.

Pour des renseignements supplémentaires, prière de consulter : CIEF | Conseil International d’Études Francophones et Calls for Papers | Modern Language Association (

1.8 Imminent deadline – CFP Marginalised Voices and Figures in French Festival Culture, 1500–1800 (King’s College London, 24-25 April 2021)

Deadline for paper proposals: 28 February 2021

Please note: due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation, this conference has now been postponed until 24-25 April 2021 (n.b. the original dates were 24-25 October 2020). Delegates wishing to participate or attend online will still be able to do so.

Keynote speakers:
Prof. Kate van Orden (Harvard University)
Prof. Julia Prest (University of St Andrews)

The last few decades have seen a marked increase in early modern festival research. From royal coronations and ceremonial entries to court ballets and investitures of popes and cardinals, such events were important expressions of courtly, civic, and ecclesiastical hierarchy, community, and tradition. Between 1500 and 1800, France was one of the most prolific and influential centers of festival art in Europe. Indeed, French ‘inventions’ such as the court ballet (ballet de cour), the equestrian carrousel, and the comédie-ballet were imitated and emulated across the continent.

However, research on French festival culture has typically focused on traditional centers of power like the royal court, and has either highlighted the contributions of well-known poets, painters, and dance masters or concentrated on the responses of elite spectators like foreign diplomats, princes, and nobles. Our conference instead seeks to shift the focus towards marginalised voices and figures, among them:

  • Lesser-known musicians, choreographers, poets, and artistswho have been overlooked in conventional histories of music, literature, and the arts, namely because they do not conform to narratives of great composers/musicians, poets, and artists, despite being critical to the production and performance of French festivals.
  • Non-elitepeople, such as artisans and merchants, who were crucial to the production of festivals, or members from the urban population, who were regularly part of audiences for civic festivities in France, such as ceremonial entries and equestrian carrousels.
  • ‘Subaltern’ people, among them women, ethnic and confessional minorities, queer audiences, and colonial populations, who were often involved in the production and performance of French festivals or attended them in person.

Our conference is interested in both what French festival culture during the period 1500–1800 reveals about these figures, and what this investigation tells us about early modern society on a more global level. What insights does the non-elite or subaltern status of festival contributors offer into early modern perceptions of the arts? What do French festivals tell us about other groups who were generally excluded or oppressed in society? How should we understand the frequent tension between emphasising and erasing the foreign ‘other’ (like the participation of colonial subjects, the use of blackface for racial stereotyping, or the cultural appropriation of valuable colonial objects, etc.)?

Paper proposals

The organisers are keen to encourage an interdisciplinary approach to this subject matter, assembling a balance of musicologists, historians, and scholars in other fields to create a forum for productive exchange. We particularly welcome applications from under-represented groups in academia, such as women, BAME, and LGBTQ+ communities.

We would be interested in any papers that address the following topics:

  • Investigations of musicians, artists, choreographers, poets, and other festival contributors who have been marginalised in conventional histories of early modern arts.
  • Analysis of individual festivals, theatrical performances, or ceremonies that involved and/or represented marginalised voices and figures.
  • Diachronic studies on the involvement and/or representation of marginalised voices and figures.
  • Research on cultural and diplomatic exchanges between traditional centres of power and commonly marginalised communities, such as colonial populations and confessional minorities. This may include transnational and global approaches to French festival culture.

If you would like to propose a 20-minute paper, please send a brief abstract of about 250 words to When sending your abstract, please also provide a one-page CV with details of your academic experience, affiliation, and publications. The new extended deadline for submitting proposals is Sunday 28 February 2021. The committee will make their final decision on submitted abstracts by early March 2021. Further information about the programme, registration, travel and accommodation will be announced after that date. The organisers are thinking of inviting conference delegates to prepare a chapter for an edited volume of papers presented at this event.

Our twitter handle is @marginalisedvo1.

Marc W. S. Jaffré (University of Oxford), Bram van Leuveren (University of Groningen), and Alexander Robinson (King’s College London).

This event is generously supported by the Royal Musical Association, Music & Letters, The Society for the Study of French History, the Royal Historical Society, and The Society for Renaissance Studies.

1.9 CFP: Des féminismes et activismes noirs en contexte (post)impérial français / Histoires, enjeux, et perspectives; Black Feminisms and Activism in the (Post)imperial French Context / Histories, Challenges, and Perspectives

Special Issue CFP:  Des féminismes et activismes noirs en contexte (post)impérial français / Histoires, enjeux, et perspectives; Black Feminisms and Activism in the (Post)imperial French Context / Histories, Challenges, and Perspectives

Guest editors Jacqueline Couti and Jennifer Boittin seek articles for a special issue of the Journal of Women’s History, devoted to “Black Feminisms in a French (Post)Imperial Context,” inspired by the eponymous conference held outside of Paris in March 2020 (please consult: Contributions will address the utility and challenges of situating Black feminisms in transnational spaces. We anticipate that these accounts will not lead to a smooth and well-organized history, but will instead open conversations, revealing tensions, debates, and resistance. We invite authors to contribute original research adopting a historical framework to respond to questions central to Black Francophone feminisms, including but not limited to:

  • How do racism and sexism intertwine in a (post)colonial context?
  • What are the specific conditions in which women forged and continue to forge the tools to combat complex forms of social domination?
  • How does a conversation around global Black feminisms shift if we consider the contours of women’s movements generated within French-speaking (post)colonial spaces?
  • How have the lived experiences of Black woman nourished dialogues about emancipatory strategies? What are the implications of these movements for concepts of health, sexuality, disability, children, or family?
  • How do we assess the impact of the autonomous epistemologies and practical knowledge produced by Black women’s movements from territories formerly colonized by France (Americas, Indian Ocean and Africa)?
  • How have multiform and multifaceted women’s movements initiated locally-inflected emancipatory projects that upset gender hierarchies and norms, often without explicitly invoking feminism?
  • How have some women’s movements challenged heteronormative sexuality, including through LGBT and Queer movements and activism?


The articles should be no more than 8000 words in length, including notes.  They should be submitted in English, for those who are comfortable enough writing in the language, or in French, in which case, if accepted, the article will be translated into English (for other languages, please contact us).  The articles must be submitted by 1 June 2021, using the “ScholarOne manuscript submission system:” . Please note you will need to create an account to submit a manuscript.

The award-winning Journal of Women’s History is a quarterly, peer-reviewed scholarly journal published by Johns Hopkins University Press that showcases the dynamic international field of women’s history. The JWH features cutting-edge scholarship from around the globe in all historical periods.   For more information, see:

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Appel à contributions, traduction française: Des féminismes et activismes noirs en contexte (post)impérial français / Histoires, enjeux, et perspectives; Black Feminisms and Activism in the (Post)imperial French Context / Histories, Challenges, and Perspectives

Numéro spécial du Journal of Women’s History édité par Jennifer Anne Boittin et Jacqueline Couti.

Ce numéro spécial fait suite à la conférence Des féminismes noirs en contexte (post)impérial français ? Histoires, expériences et théories (mars 3-5, 2020) dont les communications ont révélé l’existence chez les chercheuses et chercheurs, d’une préoccupation constante de rendre compte de la condition des femmes dans la pluralité de ses expressions. Présente dans plusieurs espaces, souvent au même moment, mais sans qu’il y ait toujours eu contact ou dialogue entre les différents sites – en Afrique, aux Antilles, ou encore en Europe. La conférence a ainsi mis au jour l’existence de protestations dispersées dans l’histoire. Ces revendications féminines variées interrogent l’idée d’un récit du féminisme qui, centré sur l’expérience de femmes blanches ou des revendications des féministes noirs Etats-Uniennes, tend à l’invisibilisation des luttes menées en France et dans les (ex)colonies par des femmes noires. Ce numéro spécial veut continuer les discussions et le dialogue entamés lors de ce colloque, en les approfondissant  et en les pérennisant. Voir

Retracer l’histoire de ces luttes invite à repenser comment racisme, sexisme et classe opèrent en contexte (post)colonial. Cette approche permet aussi de questionner les tensions genrées et racialisées qui, selon des dynamiques sociales et politiques distinctes de celles à l’œuvre aux États-Unis, traversent néanmoins durablement l’horizon égalitariste du mythe républicain en France. Pour autant, l’attention ici donnée aux effets du pouvoir (post)colonial sur les identités sociales et politiques des femmes colonisées ou descendantes de colonisé.e.s ne doit pas masquer l’extrême diversité des conditions spécifiques dans lesquelles ces femmes ont forgé, et continuent de forger, des outils qui leurs sont propres afin de combattre les formes complexes et hétérogènes de domination sociale dans chacune de leurs sociétés. Aussi, ce numéro spécial explorera l’histoire des épistémologies et savoirs pratiques que les mouvements féministes et/ou féminins noirs des territoires anciennement colonisés par la France (Amériques, Océan Indien et Afrique) ont produit et produisent encore de manière autonome.

Ce numéro spécial sollicite des contributions qui pensent les mouvements féminins et la formation des féminismes dans la spécificité de leurs géographies, leurs histoires et leurs historicités. Ainsi doit-on se limiter à penser ce débat au travers du prisme de la colonisation française ? Ou peut-on aussi, comme nous le recommande Fatou Sow, reconnaître la part que les groupes politiques et les gouvernements africains, par exemple, ont pris dans la formation de leur pays pendant la colonisation et après les indépendances ?  Par la même occasion, peut-on parler des féminismes noirs dans leur multiplicité sans parler du poids marquant de leur passé colonial ? Les effets du projet colonial européen se font ressentir partout dans le monde même bien après la décolonisation. Dès lors, loin de proposer une histoire lisse et bien organisée des féminismes et des mouvements féminins noirs en contexte (post)impérial français, il s’agit d’en éclairer les aspérités, en mettant au jour    une histoire dynamique et plurielle, faite de tensions et de débats. C’est d’ailleurs pour cela que nous associons le recours à la terminologie “mouvements de femmes/féminins” à celle du terme “féminismes” au pluriel. Il s’agit ici de rappeler que les termes “féminisme/féministe” ne vont pas toutjours de soi dans, pour les activistes et les groupes de femmes mobilisés pour la défense de leurs droits et de ceux de leurs communautés. C’est toute cette richesse que ce numéro spécial souhaite mettre en valeur. Une richesse qui comprend aussi bien les revendications pour les droits sociaux, politiques, économiques et environnementaux, que la défense des droits LGBT et Queer. Ainsi, la construction de tous ces féminismes et mouvements de femmes doit s’appréhender dans une approche relationnelle éclairant notamment leur rapport à la sexualité ou à la santé et l’invalidité, qui remet aussi en question l’hétéronormativité occidentale.

Ce volume vise donc à combler un manque, en réunissant des contributions qui déconstruisent la manière d’écrire l’histoire des féminismes noirs ou afrodescendants, dans des espaces indissociables des temporalités (post)coloniales. Si les recherches féministes et les études de genre, notamment en histoire des femmes, ont grandement contribué à rompre avec des récits historiques androcentrés en dévoilant l’agencéité des femmes dans l’histoire, peu de travaux se sont penchés sur les frontières mouvantes entre genre, statut colonial ou social et appartenance nationale. On le sait, dans des pays où l’affirmation nationale s’est souvent construite en priorité contre l’imposition culturelle induite par le rapport colonial, le signifiant même de « féminisme », assimilé à une production de l’Occident, continue de susciter de houleux débats, voire du rejet. Or, aux Antilles, au Sénégal, au Cameroun ou à La Réunion notamment, des femmes colonisées se sont organisées et mobilisées pour contester la domination coloniale et ses ressorts raciaux et genrés pendant et après la colonisation formelle, autant que pour s’opposer aux formes de patriarcats spécifiques à leurs sociétés, bien souvent renforcés par la situation coloniale. Sans se réclamer explicitement du féminisme, à travers des mobilisations sociales actives, voire en prenant la plume, des « mouvements féminins » ont initié des projets émancipateurs qui bousculèrent les hiérarchies et les normes de genre dans leurs sociétés, obligeant à interroger en retour l’extension du féminisme.

Les axes dont les contributions pourront traiter, toujours en partant du contexte très large de l’histoire des féminismes noirs en contexte (post)impérial français, pourront comprendre, par exemple, mais pas exclusivement: le féminisme avant ou sans le mot y compris les mouvements féminins, refus du féminisme et d’autres formes d’engagement; la sexualité et les identités queer; les circulations des féminismes noirs ou d’autres formes de connectivité; les autodéfinitions, y compris culturelles, de l’histoire des mobilisations de femmes noires.

Soumission :

Les articles, de 8000 mots y compris les notes de bas de page, seront en anglais, pour celles et ceux qui maîtrisent l’anglais, ou en français, sachant que si l’article est retenu il sera par la suite traduit en anglais (pour d’autres langues, veuillez nous contacter).  Les articles doivent nous être remis le 1er juin 2021 en vous servant du “ScholarOne manuscript submission system”: Vous devez créer un compte sur cette plateforme afin de soumettre un manuscrit. Veuillez formater votre manuscrit selon la JWH Style Guide :

The award-winning Journal of Women’s History is a quarterly, peer-reviewed scholarly journal published by Johns Hopkins University Press that showcases the dynamic international field of women’s history. The JWH features cutting-edge scholarship from around the globe in all historical periods.  For more information, see:

2. Job and Scholarship Opportunities

2.1 Funded PhD Opportunity in Language Policy at Ulster University: Government in linguistically diverse societies

Funded PhD Opportunity in Language Policy at the School of Applied Social and Policy Sciences of Ulster University, Belfast Campus. Project Government in linguistically diverse societies

This is an interdisciplinary project. Candidates from the following research areas are welcome: economics, political science, applied linguistics, sociolinguistics. Knowledge of French is an asset.

Deadline: 26 February 2021.

2.2 PhD Assistantship in French Studies at MIC, Limerick (Ireland)

The Department of French Studies at Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick is pleased to announce that an assistantship is currently available for a PhD in French Studies on any topic related to either 18th- or 19th-century French literature and culture.

The successful candidate will receive a fee waiver (approx. €4,400 per year for EU students and up to approx. €8,800 for non EU students) for the normal duration of her/his programme of studies (3 years for a PhD) and will be awarded, for each year, a sum of €6,900 in return for undergraduate teaching and/or other College duties to a maximum 120 hours per academic year.

To be considered for this assistantship, applicants must send their complete application so that it is received by on Friday 30 April 2021, 1pm (Irish time) at the latest. It is expected that the successful candidate will be able to begin on 1st September 2021.

This award is open to Irish, other EU students and non-EU students alike, however non-EU students should note that in order to satisfy visa requirements the stipulation from the Department of Justice & Law Reform is that from 1st April 2011 all non-EU students must have access to €3,000 on an Irish bank account and are required to have private medical insurance.

Applicants must have:

  • a good MA in a relevant subject area (French Studies, Comparative Literary Studies, Lettres modernes, or equivalent);
  • native or near-native level of competence in French;
  • fluency in written and spoken English;
  • two academic references.

How to Apply:

Although the PhD thesis may be written in French, a detailed research proposal written in English should be sent to:

Research proposals written in French will not be considered.

The research proposal must include the following headings:

  • Working title
  • Aims and objectives
  • Motivation
  • Methodology and/or hermeneutical perspective
  • Substantive outline of the project (with proper references)
  • Originality and relevance of the project (including location of the project within the current literature)
  • Ethical implications of your project (if applicable)
  • Relevant bibliography

Potential candidates should visit the website of the Department of French Studies to familiarize themselves with the research profiles of its staff:

The full application dossier (to be received by 30 April 2021, 1pm Irish Time at the latest) can be downloaded here:

Both letters of reference must be sent directly to us by the referees so that they are received by 30 April at the latest (they can be sent by e-mail to

The successful candidate may have to pass a short literacy exam in French before her/his application receives final approval.

2.3 Visiting Fellowship at St Andrews in French History

The Centre for French History and Culture of the University of St Andrews (Scotland, UK) invites applications for a Sabbatical Visiting Fellowship, to be taken up during the academic year 2021-22. It is envisaged the Fellowship will last 2-3 months (by negotiation). Given the continued likelihood of restrictions on travelling and gathering through autumn 2021, we expect that the Fellow will come to St Andrews in the spring semester.

The Fellowship is open to any academic across the world in a permanent or tenure-track faculty post with research interests in any area of the Francophone world during any period of history. Prospective applicants who are unsure whether they qualify should email the Co-Director ( The tenure of the Fellowship might particularly suit academics in the later stages of writing up a substantial piece of research. The Fellowship provides a stipend of £3000, intended to defray costs such as transportation to and from St Andrews from the holder’s normal place of work and accommodation costs while resident in St Andrews. The Fellow will have full borrowing and e-access rights in the University Library.

The Fellowship carries with it no teaching duties, though the Fellow is expected to present a research paper and to take part in the normal seminar life of the Centre and the School of History during their stay in St Andrews. The activities of the Centre for French History and Culture, and its staff, can be viewed on its website:

To apply please send the following documents to the Co-Director, Dr Justine Firnhaber-Baker (

(1) a covering letter outlining your proposed programme of research (maximum 1000 words)

(2) a short CV (maximum 4 pages)

(3) a list of publications (maximum 2 pages)

(4) the names and addresses of two referees we might choose to approach.

If there is anything else you would like to draw to our attention to help your application, please mention it in a short covering email.

The closing date for applications is 1pm (GMT) on Friday, 19 February 2021. The result of the competition will be communicated to applicants by late March.

Previous holders of this Visiting Fellowship include Professor Jan Dumolyn (Ghent University, Belgium), Professor Norman Ingram (Concordia University, Canada), Professor Eric Jennings (University of Toronto, Canada), Professor Junko Takeda (Syracuse University, USA), Professor Dominique Kalifa (Paris I – Panthéon Sorbonne, France), Professor Nélia Dias (ISCTE – Instituto Universitário de Lisboa, Portugal), and Professor Andrew Orr (Kansas State University, USA). The Centre especially encourages applications from women, people of colour, and other underrepresented groups.

I and my co-director, Dr Sarah Easterby-Smith, are happy to answer any queries, which can be directed to

2.4 Deux contrats doctoraux EUR FRAPP : “Francophonies et Plurilinguismes”

EUR du Grand Paris FRAPP : appel pour le recrutement de deux contrats doctoraux (3 ans : 2021-2024)

L’EUR du Grand Paris FRAPP (« Francophonies et Plurilinguismes : Politique des langues ») encourage les projets de recherche portant sur les francophonies plurielles et les plurilinguismes et / ou sur la géopolitique du pouvoir, les institutions et les questions biopolitiques envisagées au prisme de ces situations.
Dans ce cadre, elle ouvre deux contrats doctoraux de trois ans (1er septembre 2021-2024) pour des sujets de thèse relevant d’un ou de plusieurs domaines disciplinaires des littératures et sciences humaines et sociales.

Les candidat-e-s devront être titulaires d’un Master obtenu au cours de l’année universitaire 2020-2021 ou avant et présenter un projet qui aura été accepté par un directeur / une directrice de thèse de l’une des UR membres du consortium de l’EUR : CEDITECCRHECERUDITEIMAGERLab’Urba (équipe « Inégalités, discriminations »), LIPHALIRTESLISMIL (UPEC), SeDYL (IRD).
Les doctorant-e-s retenu-e-s s’inscriront à l’UPEC, éventuellement dans le cadre d’une co-direction, dans l’une des trois Écoles Doctorales concernées d’UPE : Cultures et Sociétés ; Organisations, Marchés, Institutions ; Ville, Transports et Territoires.

Calendrier :

  • Date limite de l’envoi des déclarations d’intention par les directrices / directeurs à 1er juin 2021
  • Date limite de l’envoi des dossiers (constitution ci-dessous) par les candidat-e-s par voie électronique à : mercredi 30 juin 2021 à 16h.
  • Auditions des candidat-e-s par la commission d’attribution : 5 -10 juillet 2021 (dates provisoires)
  • Communication des résultats après validation par les instances des Écoles Doctorales concernées : à partir du 15 juillet 2021.

Constitution du dossier de candidature :

  • Mémoire de Master (support électronique uniquement – 1 fichier)
  • Dossier de candidature (1 fichier PDF unique) comprenant :
  1. Formulaire de candidature
    2. Procès-verbal de soutenance du Master
    3. Relevés de notes du Master 1 et 2
    4. Projet de thèse (4 pages)
    5. Projet professionnel après la thèse (1 page)
    6. Curriculum vitae
    7. Lettre de recommandation du directeur / de la directrice de thèse
    8. Lettre de soutien de la directrice / du directeur de l’UR


Yolaine Parisot, Vincent Ferré



Univ Paris Est Créteil (UPEC)

2.5 Job Ad: Visiting Assistant Professor of French (Hollins University)

The Modern Languages Department at Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia invites applications for a Visiting Assistant Professor of French. This is a two-year, full-time appointment beginning July 1, 2021 with a possibility of renewal.

Hollins is dedicated to the liberal arts, and is unwavering in its support of inclusive academic excellence. Long at the forefront of women’s education, the university has continued its tradition of educational innovation. Founded in 1842 as Virginia’s oldest chartered women’s college, Hollins provides abundant opportunities to every undergraduate student for research, study abroad, and leadership training, and guarantees access to real-world experience through internships around the globe supported by an extensive alumnae/i network. While Hollins remains committed to its standing as an undergraduate women’s college, its 11 gender-inclusive graduate programs are integral to the university.

Faculty in the French section of the Modern Languages Department work across traditional boundaries from early modern France to 19th-21st century cultural studies and the Francophone world. The position carries a teaching load of three courses per semester, and includes courses in all areas of the French curriculum (language, literature, and culture) and at all levels (beginning, intermediate, and advanced). The position requires teaching a course in pedagogy for multiple languages every other year. Additional responsibilities include advising students, helping promote the French program on campus by participating in co- and extra-curricular activities, assisting in the recruitment of French majors and minors, participating in department and university service, and ongoing scholarly activity that complements the department’s multidisciplinary approach to teaching and research.

Applicants must have a native or near-native fluency in French and English, and demonstrate a clear understanding of and commitment to teaching excellence and innovation at a liberal arts institution. Hollins University is committed to the core values of diversity and inclusion, and applications are sought from members of underrepresented populations and those who have demonstrated success working with diverse populations.

Candidates must meet the following minimum requirements: Ph.D. in French in hand by July 1, 2021 (field open in French studies), evidence of scholarly promise and accomplishment, and an excellent record of teaching at the undergraduate level.

Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter; a curriculum vitae; a separate statement of teaching philosophy; a diversity, equity, and inclusion statement that addresses how their writing, research, teaching, and/or service experience will enhance the institution’s efforts to support these values and an increasingly diverse student population; three letters of recommendation (one of which must focus specifically on the candidate’s teaching experience and abilities); and graduate school transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable) to

2.6 USF International Fellowships—apply now!

USF International Fellowships

Applications due by: 30th April 2021

Applications are invited to the USF International Fellowship scheme for urban scholars from the Global South. The Fellowship covers the costs of a sabbatical period at a university of the candidate’s choice in the Global North or South for the purpose of writing-up the candidate’s existing research findings in the form of publishable articles and/or a book under the guidance of a chosen mentor in their field of study. Funding is available for a period ranging between 3-9 months.


Applicants must be early-to-mid career urban scholars with a PhD obtained within the preceding 10 years (by the submission deadline) who currently work in a university or other research institution within the Global South. Candidates must also be nationals of a country in the Global South, defined as any country on the present OECD list of ODA recipients (2021)


The candidate must make suitable arrangements to be mentored by a suitably experienced senior urban scholar at the candidate’s chosen research institution. Further Particulars are available to download on the USF website


The financial support attached to the fellowship will meet accommodation and subsistence needs while staying at the host university, return (economy class) air fare, and assistance towards research costs (including any enrolment fees and other resource costs). There is also a small budget available for the mentor to assist the Fellow to meet their intended research aims should this be appropriate. Short-listed candidates may also apply for a small amount of limited award support funds to cover costs that might arise due to challenges like childcare and/or disability (see Further Particulars for terms). Fellowships should begin no later than 1 year after the application deadline (i.e. by 30th April 2022). Applicants are expected to be notified of an outcome normally within four weeks of the application deadline.


Candidates must complete the online application form no later than 30th April 2021 (by 23:59 GMT, UK time). The application must include:

*   Applicant information including: contact details, recent education, recent academic roles, and the names and contact details of two academic referees. Both referees should be prepared to submit blind letters of recommendation to the Urban Studies Foundation upon request.
*   Fellowship proposal information including dates, mentorship and host institution arrangements.
*   A draft budget in GBP with main cost items, including documentary evidence for all cost items above GBP 500 uploaded as a single pdf (e.g. flight prices, quotes for accommodation, local cost of living rates, etc.).
*   A proposal that includes: an outline of the planned research (1200 words maximum), intended outputs (300 words maximum), designation of the host institution (300 words maximum), and a statement of how the candidate’s chosen mentor will support and facilitate the proposed research (300 words maximum).
*   Proof of applicant’s nationality and therefore eligibility for the award.
*   Applicant CV listing academic achievements and publications (3 pages maximum).
*   Short CV from the mentor which includes any previous mentoring experience (3 pages maximum).
*   Supporting letter from the prospective mentor stating their willingness to act as a mentor to the fellow, and indicating the suitability of the host institution for the proposed sabbatical study (2 pages maximum).

All candidates should consult the Urban Studies Foundation website and Further Particulars documentation before applying to the scheme.

Candidates wishing to discuss their application informally, or with questions regarding the online application process, should contact the USF Director of Operations, Joe Shaw:

2.7 Tenure-track job in twentieth century France in Global Context

HISTORY OF 20th CENTURY FRANCE IN GLOBAL CONTEXT, Tenure-track Assistant Professor

The Croft Institute for International Studies ( and the Arch Dalrymple III Department of History ( of the University of Mississippi invite applications for a Croft Assistant Professor of History with a focus on twentieth century France in Global Context. This is a tenure-track position beginning August 2021. PhD expected prior to appointment. Duties will include teaching lower and upper division undergraduate courses as well as graduate classes in the history of modern Europe and twentieth century France in Global Context. The teaching load (2-2) and service will be equally divided between the Croft Institute and the History department. The supervision of senior theses for the Croft Institute will be part of instructional responsibilities. Tenure and promotion reside in the Department of History. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until an adequate applicant pool is established. Apply online at Supplementary materials, including a letter of interest, CV, three letters of recommendation, a statement of research, and a teaching portfolio should be attached to the online application or sent by e-mail to Joshua First, chair of the search committee, at, or mailed to the Department of History, 310 Bishop Hall, University of Mississippi, University, MS 38677-1848.

This position will be open until filled or an adequate applicant pool is reached. Salary is competitive. Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply. The University of Mississippi is an EOE/AA/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disability/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity/Title VI/Title VII/Title IX/504/ADA/ADEA employer.

2.8 GTAP Chancellor’s Fellow in Race, Migration, Postcolonial Studies, University of Strathclyde

ECRs in French/Francophone Studies may be interested in this job opportunity:

The School of Humanities at the University of Strathclyde wishes to appoint a Chancellor’s Fellow with research expertise in one or more of the fields of Race, Migration, Postcolonial Studies. We already have multi-disciplinary expertise in areas such as: race and digital health; queer postcolonial writing; diaspora and migration; transnational history; histories of decolonisation. We now aim to support the development of an outstanding early/mid-career researcher whose work creates synergies between research areas across the School, as well as facilitating further inter-disciplinary collaboration across the Faculty.

We invite applications that connect to one or more of our core disciplines (English Literature and Creative Writing; History; Journalism, Media and Communication; Modern Languages). We particularly welcome candidates whose research sits within the School’s broad research themes: Heritage, Culture and Place; Communication, Language and Translation; or Gender. The successful applicant would teach in their home discipline, as well as contributing to research-led curriculum development at School/Faculty level.

Deadline: 28 February 2021

For further details:

2.9 Postdoctoral Researcher, Trinity Colonial Legacies Project (Trinity College, Dublin)

Qualified and enthusiastic applicants are sought for a two-year position as Research Fellow (Postdoctoral Researcher) on the Trinity Colonial Legacies Project, focusing on the colonial and imperial activities, collections, and representation of these historic legacies at Trinity College Dublin

The Trinity’s Colonial Legacies Fellowship is a new 24-month postdoctoral research position based in the School of Histories and Humanities and Trinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute. Applications are invited from experienced researchers in the Art and Humanities with expertise in the areas of early modern or modern history of empire and institutions, imperial collections, and /or the history of universities. The TCL Research Fellow will address Trinity’s relationship to the history and culture of empire from a multidisciplinary perspective. We welcome candidates with expertise outside Irish history as well as those with an Irish History background and are keen to encourage as diverse a field as possible.  The successful candidate will be expected to audit the university’s links to Empire, assessing named prizes, endowments, and named buildings and statues on campus. This work will include investigating the contemporary rationale for named buildings such as the Berkeley Library, for example. The TCL Fellow will work closely with Dr Walsh and Dr O’Neill to produce a book-length MS tentatively titled ‘Trinity’s Colonial Legacies,’ as first author, which will explore Trinity’s connections to empire at home and abroad, exploring both its history as a colonial agent in Ireland as well as the complex and multifaceted roles of its faculty, graduates  and institutions in imperial activities across the globe. Additionally, the fellow will work alongside Drs Walsh and O’Neill in year 2 to engage the College community in a critical conversation about Trinity’s imperial legacies. The TCL research fellow will also report to the project’s advisory board which is chaired by Professor Mary McAleese, Chancellor of the University of Dublin.

2.10 SSFH opportunity – Conference Assistance Bursary (for support in the organisation of annual conference)

The Society for the Study of French History (SSFH) is offering a £5,000 bursary for a Conference Assistant to help with the organisation and delivery of its 2021 annual conference, which will take place online from Monday 28 June to Sunday 4 July. This position offers an exciting opportunity to gain experience of longer-term organisation and shorter-term delivery of an important online programme of international events. As the annual conference has never been organised online before, we hope that this bursary will contribute to an emerging conversation about the impact of the current Covid-19 pandemic on academic life and the academic gatherings.

The bursary will cover work between 1 April and 9 July 2021, in close cooperation with the local organisers Dr. Ludivine Broch and Dr. Itay Lotem (University of Westminster), the SSFH Conference Officer and members of the H-France editorial team.

The award is expected to cover a total time commitment of c. 330 hours across the period. These hours will vary according to need, increasing in the run-up to the conference. The schedule of work will be managed in liaison with the local organisers and we will do everything we can to be as flexible as possible. However, the successful candidate will need to ensure they can be available on a full-time basis (with communication taking place in GMT zone) between 10 and 30 May and 21 June to 4 July.

The £5,000 honorarium will be paid in four equal instalments at the ends of April, May, June and July 2021.

Informal enquiries may be made to Dr. Ludivine Broch and Dr. Itay Lotem via the email address

Applications should be sent via email to:

Closing Date: 23h59 (GMT) on Thursday 4 March

What does conference assistance entail?
The post-holder will be required to contribute to the planning, organisation, implementation and review of the programme, working in conjunction with the local organisers. Key responsibilities may include, but may not be limited to:

  1. Drafting of administrative details for conference participants (e.g. instructions for recording papers; joining Instructions; instructions for panel chairs etc);
  2. Liaison with plenary speakers and conference delegates regarding the administrative arrangements for their participation;
  3. Collating, editing and making available pre-recorded conference papers;
  4. Maintenance of any online presence both prior to and during the conference;
  5. Appropriate attention to relevant security and GDPR considerations at all times;
  6. Professional and timely liaison with key partners/facilitators (e.g. local organisers, the SSFH Committee, the H-France editorial team, and others as required);
  7. Support for the local organisers as necessary;

What will you bring to the role?
You should include evidence in your application of how you meet the criteria outlined below:

  1. Postgraduate, postdoc or early-career researcher with expertise in some aspect of French History;
  2. Experience of administration and management of academic or public-facing events;
  3. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills;
  4. Excellent written and spoken French;
  5. Excellent IT skills, including good familiarity with email, Microsoft Office packages, and Zoom;
  6. Experience creating, editing and posting video content online;
  7. Attention to detail, strong organisational skills and high-level proof-reading skills;
  8. Ability to work under pressure, if necessary to short deadlines, and to manage time and workload effectively;
  9. Capacity to take responsibility and work under own initiative as appropriate;
  10. Ability to tailor communications to different audiences, and to communicate in a sensitive and timely fashion with different stakeholders;

How to apply:
Applications should be submitted via email to by 23:59 (GMT) on Thursday 4 March

Please provide a CV (maximum 3 pages) and a statement outlining how you meet the criteria listed under ‘What you will bring to the role’ (maximum 1000 words)

Itay Lotem ( and Ludivine Broch (

2.11 3-year Lectureship in Modern French History, University of Cambridge

Applications are invited for a temporary, three-year Lectureship in the History of France since c.1815. The post is tenable from 01 September 2021.

The successful candidate will be an outstanding scholar and teacher of post-1815 French History in its European and global context at all levels from first-year undergraduate to PhD. It is expected that by the start of the appointment the appointee will hold or be close to completing a doctorate in a relevant field. They will be an outstanding researcher in their field and will be expected to contribute to programmes at all levels. They will become a regular participant in relevant Faculty research seminars and will be expected to take their share of Faculty administration.

For more details about this post please refer to the Further Information document provided.

We particularly welcome applications from a BME background for this vacancy as they are currently under-represented at this level in our Faculty.

Click the ‘Apply’ button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

Applicants seeking further information about this role can contact the Faculty Chair, Professor Alexandra Walsham at Alternatively, if you have queries regarding the application process please contact Joanne Pearson, HR Administrator at

Please quote reference JJ25667 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

2.12 Assistant Professor of French, Grove City College

Grove City College’s Department of Modern Languages invites applications for a full-time assistant professor of French beginning in July 2021, pending final budget approval. We seek a generalist excited about teaching all undergraduate levels of language, literature, and culture. Pre-nineteenth-century expertise, ability to teach phonetics, and familiarity with ACTFL guidelines would be an asset. Ph.D. and native or near-native fluency in French and English required. The successful candidate will contribute enthusiastically to the life of the department through excellent course delivery, advising, and participating in campus efforts such as French Table and recruiting.

Candidates must demonstrate a strong potential for excellence in classroom teaching, a record of scholarship within his or her field and a commitment to teaching highly motivated students at a Christian liberal arts institution. Rank and salary are commensurate with qualifications. Faculty members are expected to teach a 4/4 load.

Please send a current curriculum vitae, names and contact information for four references (three professional and one pastoral), and a letter of interest that explains how your Christian faith represents a strong fit with Grove City College’s unique mission as a Christian liberal arts college to: Mrs. Jamie N. Kimble, Associate Director of Human Resources at

Grove City College is a private educational institution noted for its academic excellence where scholarship is informed by Christian principles. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, non-job-related disability, use of a guide or support animal, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other college-administrative programs.

2.13 Frankel Institute Fellowship (2022-2023) Call for Applications

The Frankel Institute for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan invites scholars for a residential fellowship in 2022-2023 to develop interdisciplinary and intersectional conversations on the meaning of ethnicity in the study of Mizrahi (Arab-Jewish) culture. Our goal is to gather a dynamic forum of scholars from a variety of disciplines, willing to reflect on the state of the field, and further expand, diversify, and theorize the discussion of Jewish/Israeli society and culture.

Whereas Mizrahim and their rich, diverse cultures have become more visible and prolific in Jewish and Israeli cultures, they are still underrepresented, even invisible, in Judaic and Ethnic Studies. In Israel and within global Jewish communities, Mizrahim have historically been constructed as ‘Edot, ethnic groups, within a hierarchical discourse of Ashkenazi dominant culture. This has reduced a diverse group of people to essentialized objects of anthropological study, obscuring their complexity and interconnectedness. But once released from this binary paradigm, subjectivity and agency emerge, and the intersections of “the ethnic” within frameworks of gender, class, sexuality, queerness, and dis/ability can be rendered tangible.

We seek proposals from scholars who will explore and grapple with questions such as: What are the political, economic, and cultural challenges confronting people of Mizrahi descent? What are their struggles for inclusion and advancement in both Israel and abroad? How should we undo cultural myths and practices of exclusion? What should the critique of logical systems, categories and hierarchies in Israeli/Jewish culture be? What connections can we draw between the study of Mizrahim and that of Palestinians and other Minorities? How does one compare or translate ethnic relations and conflicts? How can we write new histories and narratives of Mizrahi experiences? How can scholarship on Mizrahim enrich conversations on ethnicity within Judaic Studies?

By bringing together a diverse group of scholars who approach the material from a variety of perspectives within the humanities and social sciences, the Frankel Institute hopes to develop new understandings of Mizrahim and the politics of ethnicity.

For more information about submitting an application, please click here.

2.14 Assistant Professor of French

The School of Modern Languages at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor of French to begin on August 1, 2021. We are seeking a specialization in (Applied) Linguistics and/or Language for the Professions. This position is full-time with an expected teaching load of two courses per semester (four per academic year).

The successful candidate will have (1) a PhD in French, linguistics (especially oriented toward applied and sociolinguistics), second language acquisition, or a related field earned by the appointment start date of August 1, 2021; (2) native or near native proficiency in French; (3) an active research and publication agenda; and (4) documented evidence of successful instruction and teaching of French, from introductory to advanced levels (undergraduate and graduate). An earned doctorate is required by the start of the appointment, and a background check must be completed prior to employment.

An ideal candidate for this position will be committed to holistic and experiential content-based language pedagogy and bring expertise in French linguistics and/or language for the professions (business, global development, sustainability, technology, translation, etc). Interest or expertise in one or more of the following areas is recommended: inter- and cross-cultural studies; multilingualism; and digital humanities. The candidate will be eligible for consideration for a leadership opportunity to lead and develop graduate programming as part of the M.S. in Applied Languages & Intercultural Studies and the M.S. in Global Media & Cultures.

We seek candidates who bring an ambitious and entrepreneurial scholarly agenda and who have demonstrated experience with innovative curriculum development in French Studies. Interest or experience in teaching in an immersive faculty-led study-abroad program oriented toward business, technology, culture, and sustainability is highly recommended.

We seek colleagues with a dynamic research agenda, a commitment to excellence in teaching, collegiality, to the enhancement and expansion of the program as a whole and graduate studies in particular, and to extracurricular activities that serve our diverse student body. We encourage inter-disciplinary collaborations with colleagues in science, engineering and social sciences. Experience or interest in teaching and developing online courses is recommended, but not required.

Required Qualifications

The successful candidate will have (1) a PhD in French, linguistics (especially oriented toward applied and sociolinguistics), second language acquisition, or a related field earned by the appointment start date of August 1, 2021; (2) native or near native proficiency in French; (3) an active research and publication agenda; and (4) documented evidence of successful instruction and teaching of French, from introductory to advanced levels (undergraduate and graduate). An earned doctorate is required by the start of the appointment, and a background check must be completed prior to employment.

Application Link 

Applications must be submitted through OneUSG Connect.

For technical support, please contact the Shared Services Center at (877) 251-2644 or

Apply Before Date

Applicants are encouraged to apply by March 17, 2021 for optimal consideration; however, the search will continue until the position is filled. Application review will begin on March 19, 2021. Virtual semi-finalist interviews are expected to be conducted last week of March 2021, with finalist interviews planned for the month of April 2021.

About Us

The School of Modern Languages ( emphasizes interactive learning and interdisciplinary study of languages and cultures. We offer an innovative B.S. degree in Applied Languages and Intercultural Studies (ALIS) as well as joint bachelor degrees in Global Economics and Modern Languages (GEML) and International Affairs and Modern Languages (IAML). We also offer graduate programs: an M.S. in Global Media and Cultures (jointly with the School of Literature, Media and Communication) and an M.S. in Applied Languages and Intercultural Studies. The school is home to approximately 60 full-time and part-time faculty members. The Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts is recognized nationally and internationally for teaching and research examining the human and social context of engineering, business, science, and technology.

Georgia Tech is a top-ranked public research university situated in the heart of Atlanta, a diverse and vibrant city with great economic and cultural strengths. The Institute is a member of the University System of Georgia, the Georgia Research Alliance, and the Association of American Universities. Georgia Tech prides itself on its technology resources, collaborations, high-quality student body, and its commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Georgia Tech is an equal education/employment opportunity institution dedicated to building a diverse community. We strongly encourage applications from women, underrepresented minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans. Georgia Tech has policies to promote a healthy work-life balance and is aware that attracting faculty may require meeting the needs of two careers.



Atlanta, Georgia


Contact Information

Requests for information may be directed to the chair of the search committee, Dr. Chris Ippolito at


Equal Employment Opportunity

Georgia Tech provides equal opportunity to all faculty, staff, students, and all other members of the Georgia Tech community, including applicants for admission and/or employment, contractors, volunteers, and participants in institutional programs, activities, or services. Georgia Tech complies with all applicable laws and regulations governing equal opportunity in the workplace and in educational activities. Georgia Tech prohibits discrimination, including discriminatory harassment, on the basis of race, ethnicity, ancestry, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, genetics, or veteran status in its programs, activities, employment, and admissions. This prohibition applies to faculty, staff, students, and all other members of the Georgia Tech community, including affiliates, invitees, and guests.

2.15 Laming Junior Research Fellow in Modern Foreign Languages

The Queen’s College, University of Oxford, is offering a Junior Research Fellowship in Modern Foreign Languages for candidates who hold a doctorate in the languages, literatures and cultures of Europe, Asia or the Middle East, or are close to completing such a doctorate. The Fellowship offers early career researchers the opportunity to develop their research within one of the world’s leading universities and so strengthen their future position in the academic job market. Many previous Laming Fellows have moved on to permanent faculty positions at leading world universities.

We are committed to fostering equality, diversity and inclusiveness. We particularly encourage applications from women, disabled people and people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, as these groups are currently under-represented in the College’s academic staff.

Junior Research Fellowships are tenable for a fixed term of three years and it is expected that the successful candidate will take up the post no later than 1st October 2021. Consideration will be given to any field of specialisation in Modern Foreign Languages, but particular consideration will be given to comparative projects with a focus on literary translation. Eligible candidates should have no more than three years of post-doctoral research experience by the closing date.

The Junior Research Fellow will be a member of the Senior Common Room at The Queen’s College, and entitled to free meals. The appointee will be nominated for membership of the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages and/ or Oriental Studies.

Salary and Allowances:

The salary for this post is £32,817 per annum (under review). The Junior Research Fellow will be automatically enrolled in the USS pension scheme unless they opt out. A personal research allowance of £1,565 per annum is provided by the College for research activities such as conference attendance, research assistance, and the purchase of books and equipment.

The Laming Junior Research Fellow may request reimbursement of reasonable travelling expenses incurred at the beginning and end of their period of residence in a foreign country

The College will provide a non-residential study room on the main site in central Oxford. It may also be possible to provide, as an alternative, single residential accommodation at a charge. The successful candidate is expected to reside in or near Oxford.

Applications are to be made online via the link below.

Closing Date: Noon, Monday 29th March 2021

Interviews will be held in the week beginning 3rd May 2021

Further details about the role and apply online

Further Particulars

3. Announcements

3.1 SFHS French Presse series: Race, Gender, Colonialism, and Occupation, on Sun., 28 Feb.

Please join the Society for French Historical Studies for the second of the 2021 French Presse: New Books on French and Francophone History dialogue series on the themes of Race, Gender, Colonialism, and Occupation.  It will be held on Sunday, February 28 from 1 PM to 2 PM EST.

Sarah Zimmerman, Associate Professor at Western Washington University, will discuss Militarizing Marriage: West African Soldiers’ Conjugal Traditions in Modern French Empire (Athens: Ohio University Press, 2020) and Sarah Ann Frank, Associate Lecturer of Modern History at the University of the Free State (South Africa), will discuss Hostages of Empire: Colonial Prisoners of War and Vichy France (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2021, forthcoming) with Ruth Ginio, Associate Professor of General History at Ben Gurion University of the Negev, and answering questions from the audience. It promises to be an engaging conversation. Please invite your students and colleagues!

Questions? Please contact Sally Charnow and Jeff Horn at

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Register on Eventbrite:

The SFHS is committed to creating a welcoming, antiracist, and diverse series that embodies our Society’s anti-discriminatory mission of inclusiveness, political education, and equitable empowerment.

3.2 UCML Coffee morning chats for ECAs

Are you an Early Career Academic in Modern Languages? The UCML Early Career Academics Special Interest Group kindly invites you to join us for a monthly coffee morning chat on the second Thursday of each month from 10.30 to 11.30! UCML (University Council of Modern Languages) is a unifying voice for Modern Languages in the UK, and we are a small section of the organisation with the sole purpose of supporting Early Career Academics in any shape or form. All coffee sessions will take place on Zoom and participants can join for a short time in between classes, for a break from research, or for the full hour. It will be an opportunity for ECAs to meet and create a network informally. While primarily aimed at ECAs, the sessions are open to all postgraduates and colleagues!

Please see below details to join the sessions, with the first session taking place next week!

Every month on the Second Thu, until Jul 8, 2021, 6 occurrence(s)

Feb 11, 2021 10:30 AM

Mar 11, 2021 10:30 AM

Apr 8, 2021 10:30 AM

May 13, 2021 10:30 AM

Jun 10, 2021 10:30 AM

Jul 8, 2021 10:30 AM

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 937 2728 1359 Passcode: 574935

We hope to see many of you there!

3.3 Undergraduate Video Prize Competition – In Love with Languages

Open to all UK undergraduates in French and Francophone Studies

Prizes: Three prizes each worth £100

Jury: Professor Marion Demossier, Dr Rebecca Dixon, Dr Emmanuelle Labeau, Professor Phil Powrie and Professor Marion Schmid.

The AUPHF+ aims to promote French and Francophone Studiesin the UK. You are invited to submit a video clip of EITHER 60 seconds maximum (Tik Tok) OR 3 minutes maximum (You Tube) on one of the following topics:

  1. In love with languages!
  2. How languages can change your life
  3. The art of translanguaging

Please state your chosen topic and forward your video clip in an mp4 file to Prof. Marion Demossier ( by Friday 17th April 2021, 4pm.

Terms and conditions: If successful, your recording will be promoted to pupils, students and the wider public through Tik Tok and other social platforms such as YouTube and the AUPHF+ website.

Guidelines concerning ethics, permissions and data protection are available on our website:

3.4 Welcome back to Reading, Researching, and Writing the French Empire

Welcome back to a new semester with the Reading, Researching, and Writing the French Empire group! We have been so heartened by the lively discussion, supportive commentary, and thoughtful contributions of all everyone who attended last semester and we are excited to dive into another semester of engaging sessions. For those who don’t know, we’re an informal working group managed by two scholars of the French Empire, Dr. Jess Pearson and Sarah Miles. Each month, we read and discuss work-in-progress from graduate students or faculty, holding periodic supplementary sessions designed to tackle practical questions for graduate students and early career scholars.

We invite you to save the date for our next two meetings:

1.) Our first meeting will be Wednesday, February 17th at 5 p.m. EST. Danielle Beaujon (NYU) will share a chapter from her dissertation entitled “Controlling the Casbah: Policing North Africans in Marseille and Algiers, 1920-1950,” which she plans to defend in May of this year. We’ll be reading the second chapter entitled “Policing ‘Algerian Criminals,’ 1926-1938.” Melissa Byrnes (Southwestern University) will generously provide a few comments on Danielle’s work before we open discussion.

2.) Our second meeting will be Wednesday, March 3 at 10 a.m. EST, a time we hope will be more amenable to our colleagues on the other side of the Atlantic. We will welcome Jennifer Johnson (Brown University), who will share new work on public health and decolonization in North Africa.

We’re in the process of organizing sessions for April and May as well as a more relaxed happy-hour event for the late spring.

If you’re interested in participating in these sessions, please email Jess at to be added to the listserv.

3.5 Mediated Memories of Responsibility (3), 10 March 2021

Centre for the Study of Cultural Memory


School of Advanced Study • University of London

Mediated Memories of Responsibility (3)

10 March 2021


Online Seminar

Part of the Cultural Memory Seminar


Uilleam Blacker (UCL)

‘The colonisers decided everything’: Responsibility, victimhood and the Holocaust in Ukrainian memory culture.

The talk will examine the ways in which Ukraine’s self-perception as a victim of Russian-Soviet colonisation influences representations and commemorations of the Holocaust. During World War II, Ukrainians found themselves caught in a situation of extreme complexity between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union. Ukrainians who fought in the war did so both for and against the Soviets, the Germans, the Ukrainian nationalist underground, and the Poles. They were rescuers of Jews, bystanders and perpetrators of the Holocaust. The one thing that Ukrainians did not do during the war was run their own state. Unlike in countries like France, Hungary or Romania, there was no Ukrainian collaborationist regime. Similarly, after the war, Ukraine was incorporated in the Soviet Union, and the memory of the war and the Holocaust was controlled from Moscow. The Soviet Union denied and deliberately effaced the specific suffering of the Jews at the hands of the Nazis, instead painting a picture of the united Soviet people as a hero-victim. As a result, Ukraine was only really able to form a public and cultural Holocaust memory after 1991. In truth, Ukraine has not produced a single national narrative about the war or the Holocaust, but, increasingly, Ukrainians are portrayed as victims and sometimes rescuers, while both the Holocaust and its subsequent silencing are seen as interventions by totalitarian powers intent on colonizing Ukraine. This narrative allows responsibility to be lifted from the shoulders of Ukrainians. In examining how this narrative of colonization has affected perceptions of Ukrainian co-responsibility for the Holocaust, this talk will focus on commemorative initiatives and cultural representations of two Holocaust sites – L’viv, the location of the infamous pogrom of 1941, and Babyn Iar in Kyiv, Ukraine’s main Holocaust memory site.

Federica Mazzara (University of Westminster)

Mediating memory of migration: The role of art and activism.

This paper will look at the role played by art and activism in mediating memories of migration. It will look at cases that revolve around the topics of militarisation and migrant deaths at sea in the Mediterranean borderscape, as presented in a recent exhibition, Sink Without Trace: An Exhibition on Migrant Deaths at Sea (London 2019, P21 Gallery). The aim of the exhibition was to subvert the narrative of migration around loss of lives, identification and memory. The paper will examine a few specific works featured in the exhibition, including Max Hirzel’s Migrant Bodies and Maya Ramsay’s Countless.

Damien Short (School of Advance Study UoL)

‘Culture, genocide and (in)justice in Australia’

Debates about genocide in Australia have for the most part focused on past frontier killings and child removal practices. This talk, however, focuses on contemporary culturally destructive policies, and the colonial structures that produce them, through the analytical lens of the concept of genocide. The lecture begins with a discussion of the meaning of cultural genocide, locating the idea firmly in Lemkin’s work before moving on to engage with the debates around Lemkin’s distinction between genocide and cultural ‘diffusion.’ In contrast to those scholars who prefer the word ‘ethnocide,’ the underlying conceptual contention is that the term ‘cultural genocide’ simply describes a key method of genocide and should be viewed, without the need for qualification, as genocide. While direct physical killing and genocidal child removal practices may have ceased in Australia, some indigenous activists persuasively contend that genocide is a continuing process in an Australia that has failed to decolonise. Concurring with these views the lecture will argue that the contemporary expression of continuing genocidal relations in Australia can be seen principally in the colonial state’s official reconciliation process, native title land rights regime and the more recent interventionist ‘solutions’ to indigenous ‘problems’ in the Northern Territory and the development of unconventional energy exploitation on indigenous lands.

Date for the next session in this series:

Session 4: 19 May 2021

Alison Ribeiro de Menezes (University of Warwick)

Diana Popa (University of Tallinn)

Charles Burdett (IMLR/University of Durham) and Gianmarco Mancosu (University of Warwick)

This CCM Seminar Series is co-convened by Guido Bartolini (University College Cork/IMLR), Selena Daly (Royal Holloway University of London) and Joseph Ford (IMLR).

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All are welcome to attend these free events. You will need to register in advance for each session to receive the online event joining link. Booking facilities and further information for the May session will be available in due course on the CCM Events page.

This seminar series has received generous support from the Humanities and Arts Research Institute (HARI) of Royal Holloway University of London, and University Council of Modern Languages (UCML).


To register for this third session taking place on 10 March 2021 at 3pm GMT go to:

Centre for the Study of Cultural Memory


School of Advanced Study | University of London

Room 239 | Senate House | Malet Street | London WC1E 7HU | UK |

The School of Advanced Study at the University of London is the UK’s national centre for the facilitation and promotion of research in the humanities and social sciences.

3.6 ASMCF Initiative Fund; ASMCF Outreach Fund

A reminder of two upcoming funding and prizes opportunities, whose deadlines are both 28 February 2021.

The Association’s Initiative Fund provides small grants (up to £500) to individuals who are members of the Association to help defray the costs of research events (conferences, study days, workshops etc.), including postgraduate-led initiatives. The Association is particularly keen to encourage and support regionally-based collaborative initiatives on the part of its members, which should be intended to benefit a wide public. More details about the prize can be found on the ASMCF website:

The ASMCF’s Schools Liaison and Outreach Fund offers up to £500 to support members of the Association who organise teacher- or pupil-focused events which fulfil the following objectives:

  • promote the learning of French in its social, political, historical and cultural context in schools to prepare pupils for the diversity of content of current UK French degrees;
  • assist teachers who wish to engage in personal intellectual development in subjects relating to those which they are teaching, with a view to enrich their provision and enable them to help students to bridge the gap between school and university.

Examples of successful past projects, and more information about topics and activities which can be of interest to schools can be found at If you have any questions about the scheme please email Beatrice Ivey at

3.7 Yesu Persaud Centre for Caribbean Studies: Amina Gafoor Annual Conference 2021

The Yesu Persaud Centre is proud to announce that the keynote speaker for our next Amina Gafoor Annual Conference on the Indo-Caribbean and its diaspora will be Gaiutra Bahadur on ” Notes toward a Prehistory: The Allied Afterlives of Indenture and Slavery”.
The lecture will be online on the 11th of May, 5.30 pm GMT.
Please register by email to

3.8 Reprise du séminaire “Fight the Power? Musiques hip-hop et rapports sociaux de pouvoir”

Nous avons le plaisir de vous annoncer que le séminaire “Fight the Power ? Musiques hip-hop et rapports sociaux de pouvoir” reprend à distance (Zoom) ce second semestre. Il est ouvert à toutes et tous sur inscription à l’adresse mail

Celui-ci se tiendra le vendredi après-midi de 14h à 16h30 CET, une fois par mois.

Vous trouverez sur le site le programme provisoire des séances à venir. La première, consacrée à la violence comme ressource esthétique dans le rap français, aura lieu le 26 février, sera présentée par Emmanuelle Carinos (doctorante, CRESPPA) et discutée par Anthony Pecqueux (chargé de recherches au Centre Max Weber).

En attendant, vous trouverez également sur ce site les compte-rendus de certaines séances précédentes.

3.9 Book manuscript workshop opportunity — science, technology and society

Ann Johnson Institute Call for Book Manuscript Workshop

The Ann Johnson Institute (AJI) for Science, Technology and Society at the University of South Carolina welcomes applications for a one-day book manuscript workshop to be held in the Winter/Spring Term 2022.

This workshop is targeted towards individuals at any career stage who have not previously published a monograph. We are happy to consider individuals with or without publishing contracts. The successful applicant will have a first-time book manuscript near completion at the time of applying. He or she will invite, and the AJI will fund, up to three senior experts in the author’s field. A small group of relevant experts within the South Carolina community may also attend.

The purpose of this workshop is to support stronger and more rigorous manuscripts from first-time STS authors. Equally, it is geared toward developing communities of colleagues from different disciplines and geographical locations. The AJI is committed to building such communities from the bottom up, seeding them and positioning them to question and reframe complex problems. The AJI takes a broad approach to STS, envisioning it in partnership with historical, philosophical, scientific, engineering and medical approaches, because at the AJI community is the method.

Workshop format

  • The successful applicant will be expected to deliver a full draft of their manuscript to all workshop participants no later than one month before the workshop convenes
  • During the workshop five hours will be devoted to a chapter-level discussion of the manuscript, with a break in the middle for lunch
  • There will be a notetaker and moderator for the duration of the workshop
  • The workshop will end with a dinner
  • Invited experts will provide written feedback to the author after the workshop, this feedback will take the form of a manuscript review from a university press
  • *COVID-19 Disclaimer* Please note that depending on the state of the pandemic and travel restrictions leading up to the event, the format of the event is subject to change.


The deadline for submissions is 1 March 2021. Please apply via email to with “AJI book manuscript workshop” in the subject heading. In the attachment to your email, please include:

  • Short CV
  • One-page description of the book project, including its current stage of development
  • Four to five names of senior experts to invite, please include their rank, University or home department, their field/specialty, and briefly why you would like to invite them (two sentences)

3.10 Call for Applications: IMLR Regional Conference Grant Scheme 2021-22

The IMLR Regional Conference Grant Scheme aims to support interdisciplinary research outside London and to promote inter-institutional collaborations. The scheme is intended to support a conference that brings together scholars from the wider region as participants or attendees.

Applications are now invited for events planned to be held between 1 September 2021 and 30 June 2022.

The Institute of Latin American Studies is soon to be established as a research centre within IMLR, and the Institute is therefore pleased to make this funding scheme also available to scholars of Latin American studies.

Applicants can apply for a maximum of £2,000.

The closing date for applications is 11 April 2021.

Further details and how to apply:

Institute of Modern Languages Research

School of Advanced Study | University of London
Room 239 | Senate House | Malet Street | London WC1E 7HU | UK

3.11 Rethinking Mentoring in French History in 2021

A virtual event focused on mentoring hosted by the Western Society for French History

Thu, Mar 4, 2021, 21:00 PM GMT

About this Event

The Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee of the Western Society for French History invites you to a virtual event focused on mentoring in French & Francophone history. Join us for the second in a series of events to foster solidarity & share practical strategies as we face the challenges of our current moment.

The session will include brief presentations by our three panelists, followed by breakout groups for further discussion with each panelist.


Andrew Denning is an Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of Kansas, and the author of Skiing into Modernity: A Cultural and Environmental History (University of California Press, 2015). His remarks will focus on issues of austerity, including forms of institutional and structural inequity that have intensified during our current moment.

Robin Mitchell is an Associate Professor of History at the California State University Channel Islands and the author of Vénus Noire: Black Women and Colonial Fantasies in Nineteenth-Century France (UGA Press, 2020). She will speak about her experiences of mentoring, as a student, a teacher, and a Black woman scholar of France.

Jennifer Sessions is an Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of Virginia, and the author of By Sword and Plow: France and the Conquest of Algeria (Cornell University Press, 2011). Her remarks will focus on gendered aspects of mentoring at different career stages, including peer support networks and activities.

*This event is free & open to the public. Pre-registration is required & space is limited. Registrants will receive a confirmation email with a link to join this virtual session via Zoom approximately three hours before the start time. This event will be recorded. 


3.12 Discussion group on crime, criminal justice, policing, incarceration etc. in French and francophone history

Over the past 6 months, an online network of researchers interested in crime, criminal justice, policing, incarceration and related themes in French and francophone history have been meeting online monthly for stimulating discussions, with participants zooming in from various parts of the world, including Australasia, Europe and North America. Our specialisations traverse a variety of different time periods and geographical areas.

If you would like to be part of this network, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Dr Briony Neilson at

3.13 Urban Bridges, Global Capital(s): Trans-Mediterranean Francospheres: A Symposium

19 March, 17h-19h (GMT)

In order to celebrate the publication of our volume, Urban Bridges, Global Capital(s): Trans-Mediterranean Francospheres (Liverpool University Press) we would like to invite you to join us at a symposium and book launch.


17h: Charles Forsdick (Liverpool) Megan C. MacDonald and Claire Launchbury – Introduction and Welcome

Hakim Abderrezak (American Academy in Berlin Fellow, Spring 2021, University of Minnesota): Writing Capital(s), Narrating the City: Mediterranean allers-retours

Isla Paterson (Leeds): Marseille multiples: Capital of Culture

SA Smythe (UCLA): Mediterranean Beyonds

A space of cultural exchange, linguistic negotiation, multiple migrations and diverse identities, the trans-Mediterranean is also identified by long-existing trade links between the major, and ancient, cities situated on its coasts. From Athens to Casablanca, Nice to Tunis, these cities, administrative capitals in their own right, often rival their inland designated counterparts as places of cosmopolitan capital and exchange. Our collection reflects upon the different and often competing transna- tional spheres and borders—linguistic, religious, political—focusing on the concept of ‘bridging’ across and between Mediterranean urban centres. We locate as case studies of transcultural exchange texts which originate, or are located in, voyages to and from these centres. Following Jacques Derrida’s peregrinations inL’Autre Cap(1991), our collection interrogates the what of Europe; the when or where of Paris; the who of the Mediterranean. Or might the Mediterranean fall under the rubric of ‘paleonomy’, that is, as Michael Naas recalls Derrida’s words in Positions: ‘the “strategic” necessity that requires the occasional maintenance of anold namein order to launch a new concept’. Taking this forward, we understand the Mediterranean as an old name to launch a new conceptand the essays in the book each reflect on this in different ways. Issues concerning identity are challenged, since a Metropolitan, European, Arab or African identity may be preferred over a Mediterranean one. As borders become reinforced in the region, trans-Mediterranean bridging narratives may be thwarted, especially by those who write across Europe, Africa and Southwest Asia, in the face of the contemporary refugee crisis. Finally, chapters explore what it means to define a Mediterranean city—such as Marseille as European Capital of Culture—and interrogate how this feeds into the cultural production of a city whose multi-ethnic identities are as outward-looking towards North Africa as they are inward towards the French capital. In this way, Marseille becomes a node, a sitepar excellenceof trans-Mediter- ranean passages. Marseille seen in this light, put into conversation with unexpected interlocutors (such as the Comoros Islands), resituates Mediterranean francosphères through an examination of its new sites and the relationships between them.Our book examines cultural production and flows between urban capitals and ‘capital’ in and of a selection of Mediterranean cities and sites. The connections forged here are man-made, via literature, political considerations and cultural movements. This is a specific choice and moves away from the work on the natural world of the Mediterranean which not only privileges the geographic, but focuses on much earlier periods.

19 March 2021 17h00 PM (GMT)

Please register using the link below:

3.14 Book Launch: Epidemic Empire: Colonialism, Contagion, and Terror, 1817-2020

On Wednesday 3rd March at 15.00, Anjuli Raza Kolb (Toronto) will launch her new book in the UK at QMUL:

Epidemic Empire: Colonialism, Contagion, and Terror, 1817-2020 (Chicago UP, 2021)

Kim Wagner (QMUL), Churnjeet Mahn (Strathclyde) and Elizabeth Marcus (Newcastle) will offer comments before opening up to Q+A.

To register please follow this link:

The book’s blurb is as follows:

Terrorism is a cancer, an infection, an epidemic, a plague. For more than a century, this metaphor has figured insurgent violence as contagion in order to contain its political energies. In Epidemic Empire, Anjuli Fatima Raza Kolb shows that this trope began in responses to the Indian Mutiny of 1857 and tracks its tenacious hold through 9/11 and beyond. The result is the first book-length study to approach the global War on Terror from a postcolonial literary perspective.

Raza Kolb assembles a diverse archive from colonial India, imperial Britain, French and independent Algeria, the postcolonial Islamic diaspora, and the neoimperial United States. Anchoring her book are studies of four major writers in the colonial-postcolonial canon: Rudyard Kipling, Bram Stoker, Albert Camus, and Salman Rushdie. Across these sources, she reveals the tendency to imagine anticolonial rebellion, and Muslim insurgency specifically, as a virulent form of social contagion. Exposing the long history of this broken but persistent narrative, Epidemic Empire is a major contribution to the rhetorical history of our present moment.

3.15 WiSer Public Positions Series 2021 – Fanon After Fanon

 From February to October of 2021, WiSER’s PUBLIC POSITIONS Series will present ten public thematic dialogues on the new generation of Fanon studies.

Particular emphasis will be placed on the political and the clinical, the close communication between the two, how they impact upon one another and are at times mistaken for each other.

Speakers are invited to develop one or more arguments for 20 minutes each.  This will be followed by a dialogue led by Professor Achille Mbembe before the session is opened to a broader audience. The Series will be presented online from 18:00 to 19:30 (Johannesburg time) and a link will be sent out a week before each session.

See below for further details, including full schedule:

3.16 Lecture à domicile: Gaël Faye // MARCH 9 @ CU Maison Française

Gaël Faye, rappeur et écrivain franco-rwandais, nous reçoit chez lui le temps d’une lecture exclusive. Nous lui avons donné carte blanche pour nous inspirer, nous transporter, nous émouvoir, lors d’une lecture-performance d’un livre de son choix, afin que ce texte nous habite l’espace d’un moment commun.

Mardi 9 mars, 1:00 PM-2:00 PM (New York) / 19h00-20h00 (Paris)

Lecture à domicile : Gaël Faye

A Live Transatlantic Performance and Interview in French, moderated by Fanny Guex

Register HERE to participate in the zoom webinar. 

Simulcast livestreaming will be available via Facebook Live

A Q&A session will invite questions, to be sent to before the event and from the Zoom chat line during the live conversation.

Gaël Faye is an author, songwriter and hip-hop artist. Born in 1982 in Burundi to a French father and Rwandan mother, Faye moved with his family to France in 1995 after the outbreak of the civil war and Rwandan genocide.He released his first solo album in 2013, with his first novel Petit Pays which won the Prix Goncourt des Lycéens in 2016.




A series of international symposia

February, March, & April 2021

 sponsored by the AUP Center for Critical Democracy Studies 


A chief goal of this series is to treat race and racism as social constructions that vary in meaning across place and time. Participants in these symposia will examine how race, viewed as a social artifact, has been inscribed within the legal culture of Old and New World societies. These discussions will address the relationship between race and other markers of identity–class, gender, lineage, religion, political status, geographical origin–in defining the content of law and in mediating people’s experience of it. Participants will further investigate past and present forms of resistance—both to racism and to the constraints of racial categories. A final goal of this series is to reflect on the promise and limitations of law as a remedy for social wrongs.

The Center for Critical Democracy Studies intends, through this series, to foster vigorous exchange among leading historians and legal scholars while building an intellectual community before whom they may showcase new work, debate interpretive methods, and consider new avenues of research. As the American University of Paris is a bicultural institution, these symposia will address these topics with special attention to France, the French colonial empire, and the Americas.

The first of these symposia will be an introductory conversation with students and interested faculty members about interpretive approaches to race and racism since the founding of critical race theory by legal scholars in the 1980s. Because critical race theory is now under attack as un-American in the United States while being snubbed almost universally in France, we feel it is necessary for us to open our series by confronting this controversy with a text-driven discussion of this and other approaches to the topic of our series.

Four of the five remaining symposia are two-part meetings that approach race and racism as themes in global history with references to problems that include slavery, emancipation, imperial conquest, and decolonization.

During Part I of Symposia 2-5 participants will present their own research, whether in the form of works-in-progress or as newly published work, to be followed by a discussion with the audience.

During Part II of Symposia 2-5 participants will join in a moderated discussion about the state of their respective fields with the aim of posing new questions and identifying new research priorities.

The final two events in our series will consist of solo pre-circulated papers, remarks by a commentator, and a free discussion.





9 March 2021                          18h-20h



Jennifer Anne Boittin

This paper traces several women who resisted men’s policing of their sexual and sentimental lives in French West Africa (AOF). These cases reveal how women were surveilled, and the nature of the debates that raged among bureaucrats and members of the judiciary who – often in the name of French prestige, which some explicitly termed white prestige – sought to bind women by preventing their mobility. Officials tried to use existing laws and principles or to write new edicts, all in the name of preventing intimacy and domesticity between white and Black people in West Africa. Women, in turn, quickly realized that if in legal principle one’s “race” was not a legitimate legal barrier to companionship, in practice officials sought to stifle interracial relationships. Women reacted by resisting and creatively circumventing such interference, including by explicitly pointing to the double standards of such obstructionist tendencies on the part of representatives of a state and legal system supposedly dedicated to universalism.


Lionel Zevounou

Why speak of “race” in French legal discourse? Or should we instead forego this term, as have many jurists in France. How can we distinguish the “race” of the sociologist from the “race” of the racist? Is it possible for  scholars to detach the word race from its uses? In France, the term “race” has become a marker of, or synecdoche for the defects of American society that are otherwise derided as “separatism” and “identity politics;” In treating the term “race” as an alien excrescence, a deleterious American import, jurists and social scientists have managed, conveniently, to avoid reckoning with discriminatory practices that are deep-rooted in French society. French regulatory texts and legal statutes include anti-racist provisions; and yet, between these provisions and their interpretation by judges, there is often a huge gap. How to explain this? This paper seeks to answer this question by analyzing French positive law alongside ongoing debates on the topic of race in French legal academia.

15 March 2021    18h-20h





Mariana Dantas


This paper compares the experiences of two black mothers as they tried to ensure that the children, born of their sexual relationship with their former master, inherited their father’s wealth and status. Joana Maria da Silva and Luiza Rodrigues da Cruz became mothers while still enslaved by the father of their children. They eventually attained their freedom, but only Luiza married her former master. These men’s death initiated a process of succession of property in which the children’s ability to inherit their father’s wealth and social standing was not always guaranteed. As they themselves neared death, Joana and Luiza took different legal measures to protect the future of their children. Sometimes working within the contours of inheritance and family law, at other times attempting legal shortcuts and circumventions, these women strove to ensure their descendants would be further removed from the status of slave and former slave that limited their own standing in colonial Mineiro society.


Michelle McKinley

Bound Biographies charts the travel experiences of Afro-Iberians who left the peninsula in service of their owners, or as freed itinerant persons as they forged their lives in the Americas in the first two centuries of Spanish expansion and settlement in the New World. The paper examines Afro-Iberian life on the Iberian Peninsula, traces Afro-Iberian travelers as they relocate in various port towns in the Americas and follows their return to the peninsula after living for considerable periods of time in the New World. Bound Biographies is part of a multi-sited project that uses the sources to reconstruct the experience of black mobility that was not forced. It explores the lives of black travelers in an early diaspora that was not exclusively tied to—yet indelibly shaped by the transatlantic slave trade. The paper focuses on royal travel licenses, official chronicles, ecclesiastical documents, and parochial and probate records as an evidentiary base to create these personal histories of travel and mobility. I view early modern emigration and travel to the Americas as one of several relocations in an individual’s lifetime. Inspired by the “biographical turn” in Atlantic history and slavery scholarship, Bound Biographies recreates the lives of those who shaped the early centuries of Iberian emigration and a black diaspora. In so doing, Bound Biographies renders a more complex and nuanced history of the people inextricably linked by the processes of Conquest, slavery, and Empire.


22 March 2021  18h-20h





Christy Pichichero

This paper explores the intersection of two juridical arenas in the eighteenth-century French empire: laws concerning slavery and policing Black bodies and those regulating the military. Black and other men of color served in French armed forces in theaters across the empire throughout the eighteenth century, some enlisting as freemen and others as enslaved with a promise of freedom through military service. Their recruitment, training, and career trajectories held extraordinary importance for multiple stakeholders, from the slaver Colonial lobby and royal ministers to military officers and the Black soldiers themselves. Historians have engaged in dynamic exchanges regarding Foucault’s concept of “docile bodies” and its historical accuracy in militaries of the eighteenth century in France and other contexts. This paper constitutes a critical intervention in this scholarly debate by interrogating the intersection of race in the discipline of militarized bodies and its implications in the contexts of the law, politics, military endeavors, and notions of social justice.



Miranda Spieler


There remains a parrot for the queen, a horse for Maréchal de Castries, a little captive for Monsieur de Beauvau, a sultan chicken for the Duc of Laon, an ostrich for Monsieur Nivernais, and a husband for you (19 July 1786)So wrote the Chevalier de Boufflers, governor of Senegal, as he sailed home on a ship laden with gifts for patrons and loved ones. A little captive was, in plainer terms, an African toddler. She was one of four or five small children whom Boufflers purchased in Senegal and dispatched to Paris in defiance of a royal edict (1777) banning “blacks, mulattos, and other people of color” from the kingdom. Boufflers’s reckoning with slavery unfolded between the advent of race laws in domestic France and the Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen. In 1788, one year after leaving Senegal, Boufflers joined the Society of the Friends of the Blacks, a revolutionary club that soon gained undeserved notoriety among West Indian planters as a conclave of abolitionist firebrands. This paper will situate Boufflers’s tepid embrace of antislavery in light of his racial views, his fetishizing of African children, and his oversight of a giant commerce in African captives at the apex of the French slave trade. This paper is drawn from a manuscript that looks to the history of slaves and masters in Paris to sketch the city’s transformation into an imperial capital dependent on slavery on the eve of the French Revolution. The dream of French universalism, as described in the Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen, arose in a setting that was singularly ill-suited to making that dream a reality.


29 March 2021           18h-20h30 



Book presentations by Joshua Cole and Judith Surkis



Joshua Cole

Part murder mystery, part social history of political violence, Lethal Provocation revisits the deadliest peacetime episode of anti-Jewish violence in modern French history. Cole reconstructs the 1934 riots in Constantine, Algeria, in which tensions between Muslims and Jews were aggravated by right-wing extremists, resulting in the deaths of twenty-eight people. Animating the unrest was Mohamed El Maadi, a soldier in the French army, who later rallied to France’s Vichy regime during the Second World War; he finished his career in the Waffen SS. Lethal Provocation lays bare El Maadi’s motives as a provocateur and exposes official efforts to cover up his role as an instigator of this massacre. Cole’s bracing exposé of the Constantine murders reveals the role of extremist French nationalists in shaping ethno-religious antagonisms in Algeria during the years preceding anti-colonial war and independence.


Judith Surkis

In Sex, Law, and Sovereignty in French Algeria, 1830–1930 (Cornell, 2019), Judith Surkis traces how colonial authorities constructed Muslim legal difference and used it to deny Algerian Muslims full citizenship. Her book provides a sweeping legal genealogy of French Algeria, and elucidates how “the Muslim question” in France became—and remains—a question of sex. Drawing on her book, Surkis’s talk will explore longstanding French legal fantasies of Muslim law– born out, most recently, by Emmanuel Macron’s bill targeting “Muslim” separatism. The colonial genealogy of a particularized conception of Muslim sex and the family as instituted in and by law illuminates enduring ideas of the embodied difference between secular French people and Muslims. Her paper will explore how the very legal technologies deployed by the state to eliminate so-called Muslim separatism in fact reproduce difference, thus sustaining and legitimating discriminatory practice.

8 April 2021           18h-19h30



Gary Wilder

Since the inception of Atlantic slave system, the degree of systemic violence that Western societies have perpetrated upon African and Afro-descended peoples is astonishing. Its staggering scope, intensity, and chronicity have been intrinsic to the making of the modern world. No historical community has been more affected by, or more aware of, how this racial violence, as well as the various forms of modern domination bound up with it, have been mediated by European conceptions of humanism, humanity, and the human. Yet central to many of this community’s most important radical thinkers, inseparable from their reflections on racism, domination, and emancipation is a commitment to what can only be called radical humanism. Scholars often treat this as a puzzle to be solved or problem to be explained. In contrast, I am interested in examining precisely the humanism of their radicalism and the radicalism of their humanism. Doing so, I believe, will illuminate a particular current or tradition of 20th century black radicalism that developed in the U.S., the Caribbean, Europe, and Africa, in both Anglophone and Francophone contexts. It may help us to better engage the issues with which they grappled – not only the color bar, racial capitalism, and colonial imperialism, but the very problem of freedom, the meaning of emancipation, and the possibility of a good life under modern conditions. Moreover, this critical tradition may speak directly to some of the theoretical impasses and political challenges of our current conjuncture. Running through this study is an argument about the parallels, intersections, and productive tensions between this form of black radical humanism and 20th century heterodox Marxism.

12 April  2021    18-19h30                                                                                                                                                 



Michelle Kuo

This paper begins with the observation that the prison abolitionist movement stands at the intersection of two social justice struggles: the demand to end mass incarceration and the call to end immigrant detention and deportation. The former, which alternately describes incarceration as “the new Jim Crow” or “carceral slavery,” centers incarcerated Black people as the inheritors of America’s long history of racial violence. The latter, embodied by #Abolish ICE, has increasingly called detention centers “immigration prisons” and figures the unauthorized immigrant as a longstanding victim of exclusionary policies underpinned by claims of American sovereignty. This convergence has not been inevitable. The legal doctrines under which prisoners and detained migrants are incarcerated—criminal law and administrative law, respectively—have been mostly discrete. This paper describes the legal conditions in the past thirty years that have made this convergence possible. It asks how this convergence might be fruitful in imagining new forms of collectivity among immigrants and descendants of American slaves.




Jennifer Anne Boittin is an associate professor of French, Francophone Studies and History at the Pennsylvania State University. Her first book, Colonial Metropolis. The Urban Grounds of Anti-imperialism and Feminism in Interwar Paris (2010, University of Nebraska Press) is an innovative, intersectional history of radical interwar politics. Her current project, about female travelers in the French empire, is entitled Undesirable: Women Resisting Policing in the French Empire, 1919-1952. She was a resident fellow at the Institut des Etudes Avancées in Paris during the 2016-2017 academic year.

Joshua Cole is a professor of history at the University of Michigan whose work focuses on the entangled colonial and post-colonial pasts of France and Algeria. His most recent book, Lethal Provocation: The Constantine Murders and the Politics of French Algeria (2019) is a microhistory of a 1934 anti-Jewish pogrom in Constantine that reveals the role of French colonial administrators in inciting ethnic hatred and killing. His new book project examines the relationship between the colonial past and contemporary relations between France and Algeria. He has been a visiting professor at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris) and the University of Alger-Bouzareah (Algeria). Lethal Provocation won the Mimi S. Frank Award in Sephardic Culture (Jewish Book Council), the J. Russell Major Prize (American Historical Association), and the Alf Andrew Heggoy Book Prize (French Colonial History Society).

Mariana Dantas is an associate professor of history at Ohio University and an expert on African diasporic peoples in the Atlantic World. Her first book, Black Townsmen: Urban Slavery and Freedom in the Eighteenth-Century Americas (2008), is a comparative social history of urban slaves in Baltimore and Brazil. She is now at work on a longitudinal history of mixed-race families in a Brazilian mining town, in which she traces the changing social meaning of race across three generations of townsmen. She is a co-founder of the Global Urban History Project, a research collaborative.

Michelle Kuo is an associate professor of History, Law, and Society at the American University of Paris. Her book, Reading with Patrick (2017, Random House) explores incarceration, racial inequality, and literacy in the rural South. It was the runner-up for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. In her work as a lawyer, Michelle has clerked for a federal judge for the Ninth Circuit and defended incarcerated and undocumented people. Currently she is a pro bono attorney for the Stanford Three Strikes Project and recently helped found a nonprofit that creates a global network of formerly incarcerated people.

Michelle McKinley is the Bernard B. Kliks Professor of Law at the University of Oregon Law School and Director of the Center for the Study of Women in Society. Her monograph, Fractional Freedoms: Slavery, Intimacy, and Legal Mobilization in Colonial Lima 1600-1700 (2016), reveals the efforts of enslaved women in Lima before local courts to secure their claims to liberty. Fractional Freedoms received the 2017 Judy Ewell prize for women’s history from the Rocky Mountain Council for Latin American Studies and honorable mention for the best work in sociolegal history from the Law and Society Association. She is also the founder and former director of the Amazonian Peoples’ Resources Initiative in Peru, where she worked for nine years as an advocate for global health and human rights.

Christy Pichichero is an associate professor of French and history and Director of Faculty Diversity at George Mason University and the current president of the Western Society for French History. Her first book, The Military Enlightenment: War and Culture from Louis XIV to Napoleon (2017), was a finalist for the Kenshur Book Prize for the best interdisciplinary book in eighteenth-century studies. She is currently writing two books: the first examines processes of racialization in eighteenth-century Europe; the second is about war and humanism. As an activist scholar, Pichichero organizes pedagogical workshops and roundtables on diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism at institutions throughout the United States.

Miranda Spieler is an associate professor of history at the American University of Paris. She is the author of Empire and Underworld: Captivity in French Guiana (Harvard University Press, 2012), which received the American Historical Society’s George Mosse prize and J. Russell Major Prize. Her work-in-progress, Slaves in Paris, reconstructs the lives of slaves and masters using hitherto undiscovered archival materials to construct a global history of Old Regime Paris as an imperial capital. Her scholarship is particularly concerned with the meaning of personhood, the architecture of legal space, and the role of law in enabling state violence.


Judith Surkis is a professor of history at Rutgers University. Her first book, Sexing the Citizen: Masculinity and Morality in France, 1870-1920, shows how masculine sexuality became central to the making of a social order in republican France. Her new book, Sex, Law and Sovereignty in French Algeria 1830-1930 (2019), which won the Middle East Women’s Studies 2020 book prize, explores the politics of identity in France and colonial Algeria from the vantage point of legal and gender history. The recipient of many prestigious fellowships and awards, Surkis is currently at work on a new project, entitled The Intimate Life of International Law: Children and Development After Decolonization.

Lionel Zevounou is maitre de conférence of law at the University of Paris-Nanterre. He is the author of Les usages de la notion de concurrence en droit (2012) and is completing a second book about the history workplace discrimination in France. A frequent contributor to academic and popular journals, Professor Zevounou writes on topics that range from market regulation to reparations for slavery and African legal philosophy. He is the recipient of a five-year grant from the Institut Universitaire de France (2018-2023) and leads the African Sovereignty Project, a pan-African scholarly initiative funded by the Open Society Foundation.

Gary Wilder is a Professor in the Ph.D. Program of Anthropology, with a cross-appointment in History at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, where he is also Director of the Committee on Globalization and Social Change. He is the author of Freedom Time: Negritude, Decolonization, and the Future of the World (Duke University Press, 2015) and The French Imperial Nation-State: Negritude and Colonial Humanism Between the World Wars (University of Chicago Press, 2005).  His newest book, entitled “Untimely History, Unhomely Times: On the Politics of Temporality and Solidarity,” will be published by Fordham University Press in 2021. In Spring 2018 he co-authored Theses on Theory and History, an open-source digital publication, with Ethan Kleinberg and Joan Wallach Scott. He is co-editor of two books: The Postcolonial Contemporary: Political Imaginaries for the Global Present, with Jini Kim Watson (Fordham University Press, 2018) and The Fernando Coronil Reader: The Struggle for the Life is the Matter, with Mariana Coronil, Laurent Dubois Paul Eiss, Edward Murphy, David Pedersen, and Julie Skurski, (Duke University Press, 2019). He is currently working on a manuscript provisionally entitled “More Abundant Life: Black Radical Humanism and the Atlantic World.”

3.18 Patrimoine culturel et restitution dans Le Silence du totem de Fatoumata Ngom – March 12 2021

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3.19 Book Launch: Haiti in the British Imagination: Imperial Worlds, 1847-1915

On Wed 3rd March at 4pm (UK time), Jack Daniel Webb will launch his new book, Haiti in the British Imagination: Imperial Worlds, 1847-1915.

It is free and on Zoom. Please see here for further details and to register:

Book blurb:

In 1804, Haiti declared its independence from France to become the world’s first ‘black’ nation state. Throughout the nineteenth century, Haiti maintained its independence, consolidating and expanding its national and, at times, imperial projects. In doing so, Haiti joined a host of other nation states and empires that were emerging and expanding across the Atlantic World. The largest and, in many ways, most powerful of these empires was that of Britain. Haiti in the British Imagination is the first book to focus on the diplomatic relations and cultural interactions between Haiti and Britain in the second half of the nineteenth century. As well as a story of British imperial aggression and Haitian ‘resistance’, it is also one of a more complicated set of relations: of rivalry, cultural exchange and intellectual dialogue. At particular moments in the Victorian period, ideas about Haiti had wide-reaching relevancies for British anxieties over the quality of British imperial administration, over what should be the relations between ‘the British’ and people of African descent, and defining the limits of black sovereignty. Haitians were key in formulating, disseminating and correcting ideas about Haiti. Through acts of dialogue, Britons and Haitians impacted on the worldviews of one another, and with that changed the political and cultural landscapes of the Atlantic World.

3.20 SEM: Fanm Rebèl: Excavating the Histories of Haiti’s Women Revolutionaries | MAR 10 | UCL Americas

Fanm Rebèl: Excavating the Histories of Haiti’s Women Revolutionaries<>

The Haitian Revolution of 1791-1804 was the most radical antislavery and anticolonial struggle of the modern Atlantic World, and the only successful slave revolution. Join us to welcome Nicole Willson (Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow at the University of Central Lancashire’s Institute for Black Atlantic Research – IBAR) to deliver this session of our Caribbean Studies Series.

10 March 2021, 5:30pm-7pm

4. New Publications

4.1 Joseph Ford, Writing the Black Decade: Conflict and Criticism in Francophone Algerian Literature (Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2021)

Writing the Black Decade examines how literature—and the way we read, classify, and critique literature—impacts our understanding of the world at a time of conflict. Using the bitterly-contested Algerian Civil War as a case study, Joseph Ford argues that, while literature is frequently understood as an illuminating and emancipatory tool, it can, in fact, restrain our understanding of the world during a time of crisis and further entrench the polarized discourses that lead to conflict in the first place. Ford demonstrates how Francophone Algerian literature, along with the cultural and academic criticism that has surrounded it, has mobilized visions of Algeria over the past thirty years that often belie the complex and multi-layered realities of power, resistance, and conflict in the region. Scholars of literature, history, Francophone studies, and international relations will find this book particularly useful.

4.2 Nelcya Delanoë and Caroline Grillot, Casablanca-Hanoï : une porte dérobée sur des histoires postcoloniales, (Paris: L’Harmattan, 2021)

Cet ouvrage ouvre une porte dérobée sur l’histoire coloniale et postcoloniale de la France, du Viêt Nam et du Maroc à travers celle de quelques-uns de leurs héritiers – des soldats marocains déserteurs de l’armée française en Indochine et ralliés au Viêt Minh. Leur retour au Maroc en 1972 avec familles vietnamiennes ne signe pas la fin de cette saga. Quelques épouses et enfants n’ont pu en effet partir avec eux. A travers une enquête de douze ans, les deux autrices démontrent comment histoire, anthropologie, relations internationales et enjeux tant mémoriels que diplomatiques ont pu se rencontrer et s’élaborer à partir du destin de la dénommée Dung, une “poussière de poussières d’empire”.

4.3 Anjuli Raza Kolb, Epidemic Empire: Colonialism, Contagion, and Terror, 1817-2020 (Chicago: Chicago UP, 2021)

Terrorism is a cancer, an infection, an epidemic, a plague. For more than a century, this metaphor has figured insurgent violence as contagion in order to contain its political energies. In Epidemic Empire, Anjuli Fatima Raza Kolb shows that this trope began in responses to the Indian Mutiny of 1857 and tracks its tenacious hold through 9/11 and beyond. The result is the first book-length study to approach the global War on Terror from a postcolonial literary perspective.

Raza Kolb assembles a diverse archive from colonial India, imperial Britain, French and independent Algeria, the postcolonial Islamic diaspora, and the neoimperial United States. Anchoring her book are studies of four major writers in the colonial-postcolonial canon: Rudyard Kipling, Bram Stoker, Albert Camus, and Salman Rushdie. Across these sources, she reveals the tendency to imagine anticolonial rebellion, and Muslim insurgency specifically, as a virulent form of social contagion. Exposing the long history of this broken but persistent narrative, Epidemic Empire is a major contribution to the rhetorical history of our present moment.

4.4 David Todd, A Velvet Empire: French Informal Imperialism in the Nineteenth Century (Princeton: Princeton UP, 2021)

After Napoleon’s downfall in 1815, France embraced a mostly informal style of empire, one that emphasized economic and cultural influence rather than military conquest. A Velvet Empire is a global history of French imperialism in the nineteenth century, providing new insights into the mechanisms of imperial collaboration that extended France’s power from the Middle East to Latin America and ushered in the modern age of globalization.

David Todd shows how French elites pursued a cunning strategy of imperial expansion in which conspicuous commodities such as champagne and silk textiles, together with loans to client states, contributed to a global campaign of seduction. French imperialism was no less brutal than that of the British. But while Britain widened its imperial reach through settler colonialism and the acquisition of far-flung territories, France built a “velvet” empire backed by frequent military interventions and a broadening extraterritorial jurisdiction. Todd demonstrates how France drew vast benefits from these asymmetric, imperial-like relations until a succession of setbacks around the world brought about their unravelling in the 1870s.

A Velvet Empire sheds light on France’s neglected contribution to the conservative reinvention of modernity and offers a new interpretation of the resurgence of French colonialism on a global scale after 1880. This panoramic book also highlights the crucial role of collaboration among European empires during this period—including archrivals Britain and France—and cooperation with indigenous elites in facilitating imperial expansion and the globalization of capitalism.

4.5 Lia Brozgal, Absent the Archive: Cultural Traces of a Massacre in Paris (17 october 1961) (Liverpool: Liverpool UP, 2021)

Absent the Archive is the first cultural history devoted to literary and visual representations of the police massacre of peaceful Algerian protesters. Covered up by the state and hidden from history, the events of October 17 have nonetheless never been fully erased. Indeed, as early as 1962, stories about the massacre began to find their way into novels, poetry, songs, film, visual art, and performance. This book is about these stories, the way they have been told, and their function as both documentary and aesthetic objects. Identified here for the first time as a corpus—an anarchive—the works in question produce knowledge about October 17 by narrativizing and contextualizing the massacre, registering its existence, its scale, and its erasure, while also providing access to the subjective experiences of violence and trauma. Absent the Archive is invested in exploring how literature and culture represent history by complicating it, whether by functioning as first responders and persistent witnesses; reverberating against reality but also speculating on what might have been; activating networks of signs and meaning; or by showing us things that otherwise cannot be seen, while at the same time provoking important questions about the aesthetic, ethical, and political stakes of representation.

“This is a ground-breaking volume that makes visible to readers the entangled histories and legacies of 17 October 1961 in the French cultural imaginary. It is an outstanding work of ethical scholarship, offering a creative analysis of ‘rogue’ cultural texts that have been produced in response to a massacre in central Paris that continues to live in the shadows of French history.” Claire Gorrara, Cardiff University

The book is available from LUP in hardback, paperback, and ebook. Those same options are available via Oxford UP and Amazon.

4.6 Nimisha Barton, Reproductive Citizens: Gender, Immigration, and the State in Modern France, 1880–1945 (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2020)

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In the familiar tale of mass migration to France from 1880 onwards, we know very little about the hundreds of thousands of women who formed a critical part of those migration waves. In Reproductive Citizens, Nimisha Barton argues that their relative occlusion in the historical record hints at a larger and more problematic oversight: the role of sex and gender in shaping the experiences of migrants to France before the Second World War.

Barton’s compelling history of social citizenship demonstrates how, through the routine application of social policies, state and social actors worked separately towards a shared goal: repopulating France with immigrant families. Filled with voices gleaned from census reports, municipal statistics, naturalization dossiers, court cases, police files, and social worker registers, Reproductive Citizens shows how France welcomed foreign-born men and women, mobilizing naturalization, family law, social policy, and welfare assistance to ensure they would procreate, bearing French-assimilated children. Immigrants often agreed to this bargain because they, too, stood to gain from pensions, family allowances, unemployment benefits, and French nationality. By striking this bargain, they were also guaranteed safety and stability on a tumultuous continent.

Barton concludes that, in return for generous social provisions and refuge in dark times, immigrants joined the French nation through marriage and reproduction, breadwinning and child-rearing—in short, through families and family-making—which made them more French than even formal citizenship status could.

Nimisha Barton serves as the Director of Equity and Inclusion at an independent school in Los Angeles as well as a diversity and inclusion consultant for institutions of higher education. She has published her research in French Politics, Culture and Society and the Journal of Women’s History. She has also received awards and fellowships from the George Lurcy Charitable Foundation, the Andrew Mellon Foundation, the Society for French Historical Studies, and the Western Society for French History. Follow her on Twitter @NimishaBarton.

4.7 Jack Daniel Webb, Haiti in the British Imagination: Imperial Worlds, 1847-1915 (Liverpool: Liverpool UP, 2020)


In 1804, Haiti declared its independence from France to become the world’s first ‘black’ nation state. Throughout the nineteenth century, Haiti maintained its independence, consolidating and expanding its national and, at times, imperial projects. In doing so, Haiti joined a host of other nation states and empires that were emerging and expanding across the Atlantic World. The largest and, in many ways, most powerful of these empires was that of Britain. Haiti in the British Imagination is the first book to focus on the diplomatic relations and cultural interactions between Haiti and Britain in the second half of the nineteenth century. As well as a story of British imperial aggression and Haitian ‘resistance’, it is also one of a more complicated set of relations: of rivalry, cultural exchange and intellectual dialogue. At particular moments in the Victorian period, ideas about Haiti had wide-reaching relevancies for British anxieties over the quality of British imperial administration, over what should be the relations between ‘the British’ and people of African descent, and defining the limits of black sovereignty. Haitians were key in formulating, disseminating and correcting ideas about Haiti. Through acts of dialogue, Britons and Haitians impacted on the worldviews of one another, and with that changed the political and cultural landscapes of the Atlantic World.

Author Information

Jack Daniel Webb is a Research Associate in Postcolonial Print Cultures in the School of English at Newcastle University.

4.8 Adam Watt (ed.), The Cambridge History of the Novel in French (Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2021)

“This History is the first in a century to trace the development and impact of the novel in French from its beginnings to the present. Leading specialists explore how novelists writing in French have responded to the diverse personal, economic, socio-political, cultural-artistic and environmental factors that shaped their worlds. From the novel’s medieval precursors to the impact of the internet, the History provides fresh accounts of canonical and lesser-known authors, offering a global perspective beyond the national borders of ‘the Hexagon’ to explore France’s colonial past and its legacies. Accessible chapters range widely, including the French novel in Sub-Saharan Africa, data analysis of the novel system in the seventeenth century, social critique in women’s writing, Sade’s banned works and more. Highlighting continuities and divergence between and within different periods, this lively volume offers routes through a diverse literary landscape while encouraging comparison and connection-making between writers, works and historical periods.”




Editor’s Introduction Adam Watt
Part I. Beginnings: From the Late Medieval to Mme de Lafayette:
1. Late-Medieval Precursors to the Novel: ‘Aucune Chose de Nouvel’ Helen Swift
2. Cultural Transmission and the Early French Novel Linda Louie and Timothy Hampton
3. The Rise of the Novel in Sixteenth-Century France? Virginia Krause
4. The Evolution of the Novel System in the Long Seventeenth Century Nicholas D. Paige
5. Seventeenth-Century French Women Writers and the Novel: A Challenge to Literary History Faith E. Beasley
6. Madame de Lafayette and La Princesse de Clèves as Landmark John D. Lyons

Part II. The Eighteenth Century: Learning, Letters, Libertinage:
7. The Early French Novel and the Circum-Atlantic Pamela Cheek
8. Anglo-French Relations and the Novel in the Eighteenth Century Gillian Dow
9. The Fiction of Diderot and Rousseau Caroline Warman
10. The Memoir Novel Jenny Mander
11. Epistolary Fiction: The Novel in the Postal Age Elizabeth C. Goldsmith
12. The Libertine Novel Marine Ganofsky
13. Sade and the Novel Will McMorran

Part III. After the Revolution: The Novel in the Long Nineteenth Century:
14. Post-Revolutionary Novels Katherine Astbury
15. Private Pain and the Public Temper: The Personal Novel and Beyond Patrick O’Donovan
16. Between Romance and Social Critique: Staël and Women Writers of the Early Nineteenth Century Alison Finch
17. French Realism and History Maria Scott
18. Law and the Nineteenth-Century Novel Andrew J. Counter
19. Colonial Encounters in the Nineteenth-Century Novel Jennifer Yee
20. French-Canadian Novels from the Nineteenth into the Twentieth Century Andrea Cabajsky
21. Gender and the Novel from Sand to Colette Nigel Harkness

Part IV. From Naturalism to the Nouveau Roman:
22. The Republic of Novels: Politics and Late Nineteenth-Century French Fiction Claire White
23. Medicine, Sex and the Novel: Maupassant, Rachilde Michael R. Finn
24. The Roman-Fleuve Ashok Collins
25. Marcel Proust’s A la recherche du temps perdu Adam Watt
26. The Novel in France between the Wars Simon Kemp
27. Existentialism and the Novel Ursula Tidd
28. Suspicion and Novelty: The Nouveau Roman Hannah Freed-Thall
29. The Holocaust and the Novel in French Colin Davis

Part V. Fictions of the Fifth Republic: From de Gaulle to the Internet Age:
30. Oulipo, Experiment and the Novel Anna Kemp
31. Theories of the Novel Thomas Baldwin
32. The Caribbean Novel in French 1958–2016 Maeve McCusker
33. The North African Novel in French Jane Hiddleston
34. Sub-Saharan Africa and the Novel in French Lydie Moudileno
35. The Translingual Novel in French Charles Forsdick
36. Literary Prizes Nicholas Hewitt
37. Autofiction: Writing Lives Samuel Ferguson
38. Trends in the Novel in French after 2000 Akane Kawakami
39. Contemporary Women’s Writing in French Amaleena Damlé
40. The Novel in French and the Internet Erika Fülöp

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