Annual Conference 2012

Society for Francophone Postcolonial Studies

In association with Liverpool University Press

Postcolonial Bodies

Friday 16 & Saturday 17 November 2012

Institute of Germanic and Romance Studies, University of London,

Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1 7HU



Friday, 16 November 2012

10.30-11.00 Registration

11.00-11.10  Welcome


11.10-12.10            Panel 1: Love and Sex

  • David Murphy, ‘Love, Trauma and War: the tirailleurs sénégalais and sexual-racial politics in 1920s France’
  • Alessandra Benedicty, ‘Same-Sex Encounters in Haitian Literature: A Discreet, Yet Traceable Lineage’

12.10-2.00 Lunch/AGM


2.00-3.30 Panel 2: Parallel Sessions

Panel 2a:  Bodies as Spectacle

  • James Williams, ‘Showing the Colonial Body: postcolonial spectacle and the obscene in Abdellatif Kechiche’s Vénus Noire/Black Venus (2010)’
  • Claire Griffiths, The enslaved body – an icon of modernity in contemporary francophone African art?’
  • Charlotte Hammond, ‘‘Fou’ cé boug la bel’: the reception of costume as gender play in the French Caribbean’


Panel 2b: Gendered Bodies

  • Kaiama Glover, ‘Altered States: defensive self-consciousness and the postcolonial Haitian body’
  • Sarah Burnautzki, ‘Les ambivalences de la représentation du corps postcolonial dans En Famille (1990) et Trois femmes puissantes (2009) de Marie NDiaye’
  • Gillian Nicheallaigh, ‘Parental Troubling and the Abjection of Maternity in Linda Lê’s In Memoriam (2007) and Cronos (2011)’

3.30-4.00            Coffee/Tea

4.00-5.00            Panel 3: Parallel Sessions

Panel 3a: Embodied Performances

  • Liz Jones, ‘Embodied Performances of Space in Maghrebi Women’s Writing’
  • Dorthea Fronsman-Cecil, ‘Créolité Embodied: Locating Culture’s Human Form in Patrick Chamoiseau’s Solibo Magnifique’

Panel 3b: Body Modification

  • Emma Bielecki, ‘Fatalitas!’ Destiny and the Flesh in Gaston Leroux’s Chéri-Bibi novels’
  • Kate Averis, ‘Organ Transplants: Malika Mokkddem’s Grafted Postcolonial Body’

5.00-6.00            Dorothy Blair Memorial Lecture

Bill Marshall, ‘Queering the Field: Colonial Oedipus and Anti-Oedipus’

6.00-7.00             Vin d’Honneur

7.30                        Dinner


Saturday, 17 November 2012


10.00-11.30            Panel 4: Parallel Sessions


Panel 4a : Metaphors of Physicality

  • Margaret Gray, ‘Ingesting the Raw and the Cooked: Cuisine, Culture and The Body in Beyala’s Comment Cuisiner son mari à l’africaine (2000)’
  • Sarah-Louise Cooper, ‘Learning, pain, memory, and the child’s body in Patrick Chamoiseau’s Une enfance créole’
  • Magali Compan, ‘Décomposition, régurgitation et éviscération dans Nour 1947 de Jean-Luc Raharimanana’

Panel 4b : Body Politics

  • Liam Gray Mulroy, ‘Itinerant Bodies in Tahar Ben Jelloun’s La Prière de l’absent’
  • Charlotte Baker, ‘“Leur visage raconte leur histoire”: Physical and Psychological Suffering in Libar Fofana’s Le Cri des feuilles qui meurent and l’Etrange rêve d’une femme inachevée’
  • Ruth Kitchen, ‘The Violated Body: Complicity and Resistance in Franco-Algerian Cultural Memory’


11.30-12.00            Coffee/Tea

12.00-1.00            Panel 5: Parallel Sessions


Panel 5a:  Body marks/markers

  • Caroline Williamson, ‘“There is a scar but I lie to people and tell them that it is a birthmark”: The stigmatised bodies of Rwandan women genocide survivors’
  • Jennifer Yee, ‘Zola and the “Primitive Within”: Racial Othering of the Western Body’

Panel 5b: Biopolitics

  • Alessandro Corio, ‘Édouard Glissant, the Colonial Body and Biopolitics’
  • Megan MacDonald, ‘Disposability/Mobility, Or France/Algeria in Jacques Audiard’s “Un prophète” (2009)’


1.00-2.30            Lunch

2.30-3.30            Panel 6: Parallel Sessions


Panel 6a: Dead Bodies

  • Justin Izzo, ‘Talking Corpses and the Body Politic: Abasse Ndione’s Narrative Corporeality’
  • Karine Ramondy. ‘Le martyr du corps assassiné des leaders africains au temps des indépendances : entre visibilité et invisibilité’


Panel 6b: Writing Women’s Bodies

  • Mairead Walsh, ‘Re-appropriating the Female Body: Valcin, Chauvet and Danticat’
  • Jasmina Bolfek-Radovani, ‘Postcolonial Incorporations: Destabilising Space, Re-mapping the Body in Nicole Brossard’s French Kiss: étreinte et exploration (1974)’

3.30-4.00            Tea/Coffee

4.00-5.00            Keynote Speaker

Zoe Norridge, ‘Survivor bodies – looking, seeing, living – Rwanda after 1994’


5.00                        Close of Conference

For a downloadable version of the programme, click here.

To download the registration form, click here.

To download the original call for papers, click here.