Postgraduate Workshop 2012

Society for Francophone Postcolonial Studies Postgraduate Workshop

“Francophone Postcolonial Visual Cultures”

Institute of Germanic and Romance Studies, London

26 September 2012


9:30 – 10:15  Registration and welcome tea/coffee

10:15 – 11:15  Keynote 1: Guy Austin (University of Newcastle), Title TBC

11:15 – 11:30  Break

11:30 – 13:00  Panel 1:

Mani Sharpe, ‘Framing as Political Praxis in Alain Resnais Muriel ou le temps d’un retour

Jamal Bahmad, ‘Can the Suburban Speak? Francophone Cinema and the Ethics of Representation in Laila Marrakchi’s Marock (2005)’

Maria Flood, ‘Algerian Film: Postcoloniality, Historicization and Representation’

13:00 – 14:00  Lunch

14:00 – 15:30  Panel 2:

Matt Rushton, ‘Visual Ethnography: Michel Leiris’ L’Afrique fantôme

Tamsin Graves, ‘Marginality, the Musical, and Jazz Manouche: Musical Performance as an Expression of Identity in Tony Gatlif’s Swing

Charlotte Hammond, ‘Re-viewing Cross-Gender Performances in the French Caribbean’

15:30 – 15:45  Break

15:45 – 16:45  Panel 3:

Gareth McAreavey, ‘On Whose Authority? Milgram in Algeria’

Claire McLeod Peters, ‘Fiction, Film, (Postcolonial) Memory and Imagination: Sebbar’s Ekphrasis in La Seine était rouge (1999)’

16:45 – 17:45  Keynote 2: Will Higbee (University of Exeter), Title TBC

17:45 – 18:00  Close

There will be a small charge of £10 for participation in the Study Day. Please contact Catherine Gilbert at the following email address for a registration form:


Society for Francophone Postcolonial Studies Postgraduate Workshop

“Francophone Postcolonial Visual Cultures”

Institute of Germanic and Romance Studies, London

26 September 2012

Keynote speakers:   Guy Austin (Newcastle University); Will Higbee (University of Exeter)

The theme of the fourth annual SFPS Postgraduate Workshop will be Francophone Postcolonial Visual Cultures.

During the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, visual cultures and their relation to socio-political concerns have come to occupy an increasingly predominant position in academic discussion across a range of disciplines, and their centrality to Francophone Postcolonial Studies cannot be overlooked. Postcolonial societies engage with visual cultures in new and creative ways, and the interaction of postcolonial theory with theories of visual representation continues to offer innovative insights into pre-existing debates.

Examination of these visual cultures raises a number of questions in the field of postcolonial studies: To what extent is the field dominated by an orientation towards westernized modes of representation? What are the potential implications of moving towards an increasingly globalized perspective? In what ways do visual cultures allow for new forms of engagement with postcolonial study? How is our understanding of postcolonial cultures enriched through the study of these visual cultures? Can we speak of an ethics, or a politics, of visuality?

The workshop seeks to explore the central importance of visual cultures in postcolonial societies, examining the role different visual media play in the following possible areas (this list is far from exhaustive):

  • Expressions of identity
  • Forms of resistance
  • Political ideology
  • Relationship to the métropole
  • Minority groups
  • Traditional heritage
  • Interactions of the local and the global
  • Innovative forms of visuality
  • Transnational visualities

Papers are welcome on all aspects of visual culture, including narrative or experimental film, television, documentary, photography, word and image, paintings, sculpture, bandes dessinées, fashion.

Please send abstracts of 250 words, plus 50-100 words of bio-bibliography, as a Word document to Catherine Gilbert at Papers can be in either French or English.

The deadline for receipt of abstracts is Friday, 29 June 2012

Organising committee:

Catherine Gilbert (University of Nottingham), Maria Flood (University of Cambridge)