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SFPS Monthly Mailing: April 2012

3rd April 2012

1.1 African Popular Culture in the 21st Century
1.2 Travel Ideals: Engaging with Spaces of Mobility
1.3 ‘Imagining Contemporary Algerias: Communities, Nation-State, the Maghreb, and the Mediterranean’
1.4 Postcolonial Traumas Conference
1.5 Journée d’étude doctorale : Francophonies africaines
1.6 International Conference in Senegal : Senghor’s Legacy to Africa and its Diaspora
1.7 Papers for panels on African literature and culture, ASAUK Biennial Conference 2012

New titles
2.1 Marius-Ary Leblond, Ecrits sur la littérature coloniale
2.2 N’guettia Martin Kouadio, Poétique africaine, rythme et oralité – L’Exemple de la poésie ivoirienne
2.3 New edition: Cheikh Hamidou Kane, Ambiguous Adventure
2.4 Paris-Bucharest, Bucharest-Paris: Francophone writers from Romania

Other News
3.1 The French Atlantic: A Tricoloured Ocean
3.2 Doing research on and in Algeria:methodologies, research agendas, practical issues




1.1 African Popular Culture in the 21st Century

Saturday 27 October 2012, 09:00 – 17:00
Seminar Room 1 & 2, Chrystal MacMillan Building, George Square,
University of Edinburgh.

To link with the Africa in Motion 2012 festival theme Modern Africa, we are inviting papers from scholars working in the field of African Popular Culture. The festival will focus on films and events that represent Africa as part and parcel of the modern, globalised world – the urban, the new, the provocative, the innovative and experimental. We regard “modern” not
as belonging solely to the “West”, and through the festival we want to emphasise Africa’s important role in the modern world. We are interested in discovering and exploring through this year’s festival how modernity manifests in African cultures, and the symposium focus on African popular culture will further enhance this theme.

Africa in Motion 2012 symposium will run alongside Africa in Motion Film Festival 2012 (25 October – 2 November) in the city of Edinburgh, UK on Saturday 27 October 2012, 09:00 – 17:00. Venue: Seminar Room 1 & 2,Chrystal MacMillan Building, George Square, University of Edinburgh.

Suggested themes for papers include:

– What is African popular culture?
– How could Karin Barber’s pioneering work in African Cultural Studies be updated for the 21st century?
– How could African popular culture be regarded as manifestations of contemporary African identities?
– Questioning the myth of the “tradition-versus-modernity conflict” in African societies
– Globalisation, hybridisation, intertextuality and interdisciplinarity in the field of African Cultural Studies
– The digital revolution and the video-film industries in Africa: Ghanaian video-films, Nollywood and its followers (for example Bongowood in Tanzania, Riverwood in Kenya, Ugawood in Uganda)
– Film spectatorship, audiences and sites of consumption in African popular film
– Popular music and youth culture in Africa: for example hip-hop, rap, kwaito and the political dimensions of these musical genres
– New fusions of traditional music and Western influences: for example Youssou N’Dour and Mbalax (Senegal/Gambia)
– Popular music and activism: for example Fela Kuti and the Afrobeat revolution
– Contemporary African dance as a fusion of styles, genres and influences
– Popular dance as a tool to interpret and comment on history: for example Angolan kuduro
– Political cartooning as satire and subversion: critiquing neo-colonialism and subverting colonial representations
– Comics and graphic novels as a reflection of urban landscapes and identities
– Street fashion: Alternative clothing styles and youth culture, for example “Geek chic”, hip hop, the Congolese Sapeurs
– African wax prints: the global economy of production
– Meaningful fashion: patterns, imagery and slogans on African fabrics, for example Swahili kangas
– Sport and development in Africa
– Football, fandom and collective identities in Africa
– Street art, graffiti and murals as popular expression and resistance
– Street art for awareness-raising, social change and urban rejuvenation
– Posters and slogans on public transport as expressions of religious and social identities
– Yoruba travelling theatre and its influence on contemporary culture
– Street theatre and theatre for development
– Orality and performance in Africa: masquerades, rituals, trance and possession, musical performances, comic and satiric sketches, dance theatre
– Contemporary African art as straddling “high culture” and “pop culture”

– Recyclia and contemporary sculpture in Africa
– African photography beyond National Geographic
– Beyond the tourist curios: Popular painting such as Tinga Tinga (Tanzania)
– Suggested elitism in the literary arts in Africa

Abstracts are solicited for individual 20-minute papers on the theme of the symposium. We are looking for submissions from scholars at all levels (postgraduate students are most welcome) and invite contributions from as wide a scope of research areas and disciplines as possible. Unfortunately, AiM is unable to sponsor any flights or accommodation for visiting
scholars. You are encouraged to obtain sponsorship from your home institution.

We invite abstracts of 250-300 words as well as brief biographical details (no more than 100 words) to be sent to the symposium organisers at by Monday 30 July 2012. Please include contact details, institutional affiliation, current appointment / stage of study and main research interests.

Please note that general registration for attending the conference (not as a speaker), will open later in the year.

1.2 Travel Ideals: Engaging with Spaces of Mobility

The University of Melbourne, 18-20 July 2012
Abstracts deadlines: 30 April 2012

Keynote Speakers:
Professor Mary Louise Pratt, Silver Professor, New York University
Professor Renato Rosaldo, Lucie Stern Professor in the Social Sciences, New York University
Professor Charles Forsdick, James Barrow Professor of French, University of Liverpool
Professor Tim Youngs, Professor of English & Travel Studies, Nottingham Trent University

Travel is an ideal for many people, with more and more members of affluent societies using travel to broaden their education and “expand the imaginative horizons of human potentialities”, as Isaiah Berlin suggests in his 1988 Agnelli Prize Speech, “The Pursuit of the Ideal”. Alternative ideals include the prospect of realizing one’s true potential in a place and a culture where the burdens of class, gender, sexuality, history, politics, religion and language can be renegotiated.

But travel is not only the means to realizing an ideal; the process of travelling can be an ideal in and of itself, with some travellers simply being at home in movement, as opposed to the fixity of a destination. Does this mean that the mere act of leaving “home” is a realization of the ideal? Does the actual experience of travel influence the outcome or is it enough just to be outside the norms and routines of everyday life? How can achievement of the travel ideal be recognized and validated?

The ideal of travel may also be associated with arrival at a planned destination, the moment when the traveller’s gaze alights on the desired objective – to be possessed as an experience or a photograph or a blog entry. Mary Louise Pratt’s seminal work on travel narratives Imperial Eyes: Travel Writing and Transculturation (1992, 2007) provides a framework for analyzing the “appropriating gaze” of colonial territoriality, but is also relevant to contemporary travel in developing regions, as well as various other contexts.

We invite papers (and panels) that focus on either the trajectory or the destination or encompass both, and which will contribute to an overall program that demonstrates the pluralism of ideals in travel writing, cultural tourism and mobility studies. We welcome proposals from various disciplines including anthropology, area studies, cinema studies, creative writing, cultural studies, geography, historical studies, language and literature studies, media and communications, migration and mobility studies, philosophy, postcolonial studies, sociology, tourism, and travel writing and other relevant areas, as well as interdisciplinary approaches.

Postgraduate students are most welcome to submit proposals for papers and panels in the program and there will be activities and sessions designed to address specific research issues for postgraduate students during the conference.

Proposals may focus on, but need not be limited to:

  • Ideals of Escape, Refashioning and Becoming
  • Questions of Authenticity
  • Roots, Belonging and Homecoming
  • Imaginary Travel and Tourism Imaginaries
  • Liminality
  • Wanderlust
  • Trauma, Dark and Thanatourism
  • Memorial Tourism
  • Leisure and Luxury Travel
  • Migration and Diasporas
  • Cinema and Photography of Travel
  • Creativity and Armchair Travelling
  • Writing and Performing Mobility
  • Medical Tourism
  • Gastronomic Pursuits
  • Disasters, Wars and Conflicts
  • Political and Ecological Activism
  • Voluntourism, Gap Year and Aid Workers Abroad
  • Historical Tourism, Collective and Personal Memoirs
  • Translation, Languages and Intercultural Communication
  • Representations of Place
  • Spiritual Travelling and Pilgrimage Tourism
  • Physical Challenges, Thrill-seeking and Speed in Travel
  • Slow Travel
  • Utopia and Travel, Utopian Tourism

This conference is organized by the Travel Research Network for Travel Writing, Cultural Tourism and Mobility Studies at the University of Melbourne.

Conference Convenor: Dr Jacqueline Dutton (French Studies & Travel Writing)

Please send abstracts of 200-300 words including Paper/Panel title, Institutional Affiliation and Contact Details before 30 April 2012 to Josiane Smith (Research Associate):

Please visit the conference website to register your interest:

1.3 ‘Imagining Contemporary Algerias: Communities, Nation-State, the Maghreb, and the Mediterranean’



Keynote speakers: Salim Bachi (writer) and Jane Hiddleston (Exeter College, Oxford)

International Workshop, University College Cork, Ireland

September 7-8 2012

This workshop asks what kinds of communities and identities have been imagined within Algerian literature and film in recent decades. Has the relationship between communities and the nation-state been re-imagined in ways that undermine or reinforce the nation-state? And can we speak of the emergence, or re-emergence, of Mediterranean and trans-Maghrebian perspectives?

Prior to recent, revolutionary events across the Maghreb, a number of competing forces have been in play in Algeria including nationalist disenchantment, Islamism, and globalization. How have they been given aesthetic form? How has their impact on communities been addressed within cultural production?  And in what ways have these texts and films imagined Algeria, and future Algerias, over the last twenty five years?

The workshop asks participants:

—  to think of ways in which communities located within specific places (such as Bab el Oeud), or formed through identifications (with, for example, Islamist groups or ethnic formations) are given cultural articulation within wider frames of reference.

— to explore how the Algerian nation-state has been represented in ways that suggest not only nationalist disenchantment but the hope of a new, democratic dispensation.

— to situate the nation-state of Algeria within its trans-Maghrebian context and in terms of its national borders (that can be porous yet serve as barriers to ‘transit’).

— Finally, if the movement of peoples both across the Mediterranean and across the Maghrebsuggests the continuing strength of the nation-state, this conference asks how the nation-state has been questioned within, and through, a re-thinking of the Mediterranean.

We invite proposals that focus on cultural forms including, but not limited to, literary, cinematic, and artistic productions. Contributions may address the question of new and imagined Algerian identities through inter-disciplinary approaches, comparative case studies, or close readings of cultural products from the Maghreb or wider Mediterranean.

In addressing the questions outlined above, topics may include:

— questions of national belonging and new imagined communities

— New allegories for old national questions

— the making-Mediterranean of the Maghreb

— new Mediterranean humanisms in Algeria

— borders

— how Algeria is viewed across the Maghreb

— hybridity, assimilation, and marginalization in nation-state discourses

— colonial/postcolonial correspondences

— questions concerning national literatures, la francophonie, and Arabic literatures

— poetics and littérarité of imagining communities

— madness, nostalgia, homesickness

— francophone texts and publishing politics

— bodies and transit: Mediterranean/African/European

— questions of origin (real, imagined, haunted or otherwise)

Abstracts in English or French (max. 300 words) for 20 minute papers due to Dr. Patrick Crowley ( or Dr. Megan MacDonald ( byMay 1 2012. Submissions should include the paper title and the presenter’s name, affiliation, and email address.

This workshop forms part of the Algeria: Nation and Transnationalism 1988-2010 project supported by the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS).

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1.4 Postcolonial Traumas Conference

Centre for Colonial and Postcolonial Studies, Nottingham Trent University

13th-14th September 2012

Confirmed keynote speaker: Professor Patrick Williams, Nottingham Trent University

Around the time of Frantz Fanon’s famous articulation in Black Skin, White Masks (1952) of the ‘massive psychoexistential complex’ created by colonisation, such writers as Octave Mannoni and Albert Memmi were also thinking about colonisation’s damaging psychological effects. In more recent years, the work of trauma theorists, including Cathy Caruth, Shoshana Felman, Marianne Hirsch, Dominick LaCapra and Dori Laub, has been both embraced and rejected by postcolonial theorists and critics. Whilst, for some, trauma theory has provided a helpful way of conceptualising the often painful and difficult legacies of colonialism, others have been all too aware of what Stef Craps and Gert Buelens (2008) have recognised as the ‘Eurocentric blind spots that trauma theory will have to confront if it is to have any hope of delivering on its promise of cross-cultural ethical engagement’. This interdisciplinary conference seeks to reflect on this promise and explore new ways of thinking about postcolonial trauma.

Conference participants will be invited to submit extended versions of their papers for an edited collection.

Topics may include (but are not limited to):

* Slavery and indenture

* Colonial legacies

* Neocolonial trauma

* Apartheid

* Genocides

* Survival and resistance

* Tourism and eco-trauma

* Migration and displacement

* Asylum

* Witnessing and testifying

* Memory and trauma

* The ethics of trauma studies

Please send 300-word abstracts and 50-word bios to Abigail Ward by Friday 13th April 2012: <>

1.5 Journée d’étude doctorale : Francophonies africaines

Prophétismes ou discours de l’entre deux voix

Étymologiquement, le prophète est tout autant celui qui dit que celui par lequel le discours d’un autre – voire du grand Autre – se dit. Détenteurs d’un discours critique à l’endroit du présent qui le détermine et annonciateurs d’un avenir, les prophètes, de Moïse à Mahomet, érigent la voix en Loi. Dans le cadre de cette journée d’étude doctorale, nous souhaitons considérer le prophétisme dans son sens le plus large, comme un phénomène qui « recouvre tout le vaste champ d’expériences humaines qui s’étend de la magie à la mystique » selon l’expression d’André Neher. Tantôt polysémique, tantôt polyphonique, le discours du prophète mêle sacré et politique, et, à ce titre, institue une parole de l’entre-deux.

Cette figure ambivalente apparaît de manière récurrente dans les littératures francophones d’Afrique, et ce, tant dans les espaces à dominante musulmane que dans les zones christianisées. La présence de ces personnages, qu’ils soient présentés comme des fous, des guides spirituels ou des charlatans, reflète par bien des aspects un environnement sociopolitique particulier, marqué par l’hybridité. Ainsi, au sein du roman ben jellounien Moha le fou, Moha le sage, le protagoniste est celui qui, « assailli de messages et d’informations », dit tout. Ici, la folie est en première instance assignée à un discours de vérité : Moha est le seul à entendre les paroles des muets et des morts et, à ce titre, à pouvoir les transmettre. Des personnages hauts en couleur comme « l’homme dit fou » de Florent Couao-Zotti ou « Sékhélé l’oeil sec » de Tchicaya U Tam’si exposent quant à eux un système corrompu et donnent également la voix aux plus faibles. L’Etat, par delà les décolonisations, nous est donné à lire par le prisme de toute une série de tensions. La tradition s’oppose à la modernité, dictature et théocratie servent de contrepoint à la démocratie, l’unité nationale se heurte à la pluralité des communautés, etc. Conséquemment à l’hybridité de ces structures et au rapport singulier qu’elles instituent avec l’individu, c’est bien la place de ce dernier qui est interrogée. Dissidence, blasphème, et écart se révèlent alors constitutifs de sa singularité et de sa construction identitaire.

Loin de déroger à l’hybridité ambiante, le discours prophétique révèle son caractère pluriel à différents niveaux. S’il est porteur d’une parole à l’interstice du sacré et du politique, il se soutient par ailleurs d’une langue où créolisation et diglossie participent de la tension qui le détermine. Dans l’espace pluriel des francophonies africaines, son fonctionnement est à l’image des poétiques prophétique et propagandiste qui s’entremêlent, se chevauchent, ou se concurrencent au sein de ces productions. Si le genre biographique de la Sîra ne manquait pas d’indiquer, notamment, le caractère interstitiel de cette parole prophétique, cette « bio-histoire fondée sur le paradigme de la vie du prophète en tant que modèle et référence auxquels l’altérité et les temporalités de l’histoire se trouvent subordonnées » ne manque pas d’inspirer des productions plus récentes ; ainsi notamment du récit Le Silence de Mahomet, de Salim Bachi. Cette imbrication du religieux et du politique, présente dans le genre de la Sîra, a également été mise en évidence dans le domaine de l’anthropologie. De nombreux auteurs, comme Jean-Pierre Dozon dans La Cause des prophètes ou encore Joseph Tonda dans La guérison divine en Afrique centrale, ont mis en évidence ce lien, ainsi que l’importance des prophètes. Nous voudrions nous servir ici des prophètes littéraires comme lieu d’une hybridation méthodologique, d’une transdisciplinarité fructueuse. Cette approche permettra de questionner la singularité, supposée, du rapport au monde, au politique, à l’évènement et à la langue, au sein de productions francophones africaines.

Cette journée d’étude propose à des doctorants travaillant sur des corpus d’Afrique francophone de questionner les prophétismes comme discours de l’entre deux voix au sein de productions variées. Pour ce faire, les communications pourront aussi bien porter sur des textes littéraires (sans aucune restriction générique) que sur les arts plastiques, ou encore le cinéma, etc.

Les propositions de communications (500 mots maximum) comporteront au moins trois mots-clefs soulignés et seront suivies d’une courte bio-bibliographie.

Responsables :

Louiza Kadari et Pierre Leroux.

Calendrier :

_ Date limite d’envoi des propositions : 1 juin

_ La journée d’étude aura lieu en novembre 2012.

Contact :

1.6 International Conference in Senegal : Senghor’s Legacy to Africa and its Diaspora

Theme: Senghor’s Legacy to Africa and its Diaspora
December 29, 2012-January 7, 2013
Venues: Dakar & Djilor

Léopold Sédar Senghor’s life and monumental achievements are a testimony to the quest by Africans, on the Continent and away from it, to restore their dignity and values in order to resume their march forward. This mission was deeply rooted in an enduring sense of self and purpose. With the benefit of time, what can we learn from his legacy?
In literature as well as public policy, can current and future generations build on this accumulated knowledge in order to shape and influence the world around them, according to their interests and needs?

Abstracts’ submissions will be expected to cover one of the following topics:
A. In literature
1. Senghor’s impact on past, current and future generations of scholars in Africa
2. Senghor as a standard-bearer of African values and aesthetics
3. Senghor’s literary influence on writers in the African Diaspora
4. Lessons: how could Senghor’s legacy be best taught in Senegal, Africa and the Diaspora?

B. In public policy and governance
1. Senghor’s vision on appropriate systems of government for Senegal and Africa
2. Senghor’s solutions to the economic challenges facing independent Senegal and Africa
3. Senghor’s ideas about the role of the Diaspora in the advancement of Africa and his efforts in promoting African unity

Please submit abstracts of no more than 250 words to the following email address:
Submissions should also include: Name, email address and institutional affiliation (if any)
Deadline for submission of abstracts: July 17, 2012 Notification of acceptance: August 31, 2012.

1.7 Papers for panels on African literature and culture, ASAUK Biennial Conference 2012

University of Leeds, 6-8 September 2012

Paper proposals are invited for four panels on ‘New Articulations in Africa’s Literatures and Cultures’, the ASAUK 1012 conference ‘stream’ organised by Stephanie Newell and Ranka Primorac. For more information on the conference, or to submit a paper proposal, please go to For more information about the ‘New Articulations’ stream, write to Ranka Primorac at . For more information on individual panels please contact the panel organisers listed below.

Panel descriptions and organisers:

Music and the African Novel

Pim Higginson (Bryn Mawr) –

There is a long and complex history connecting music to sub-Saharan Africa as an idea and as a performative practice. There are a number of reasons for this link that range from the cultural significance of musical activities within varying African cultures to the far more insidious ways in which music has taken on a particular role within Western epistemology, one that stands in stark—one might even say Manichean—opposition to writing. How music gets used, represented, exploited, or otherwise thought about within the African novel, that is, within works of narrative literature written by African authors, is therefore a fascinating and yet overlooked phenomenon. This panel invites researchers from all disciplines, but particularly literary scholars—or again musicologists with an interest in the literary—to discuss the various ways in which the encounters between music and literature get played out in the African novel.

Law and Literature
Stephanie Jones (Southampton) and Ambreena Manji (BIEA) –

Law and Literature has become a well-established interdisciplinary field of scholarship over the past four decades. Methods encompassed by the field now radically exceed initial aims of simply using literature to pursue an ethical critique of the law. However, the geographical scope of work in this field continues to be narrow. Most studies still work within national paradigms, and are predominantly focused on law (particularly constitutional law) and literature from North America and Europe. This panel invites papers that bring old and new methodologies of Law and Literature to the geographies of Africa, or to international laws that impact Africa, or to comparative readings that involve an African geography.

African Texts and New Cosmopolitanisms

Ranka Primorac (Southampton) –

Papers on this panel will examine the intersections between concepts and vocabularies related to new (non-exploitative, non-imperial, non-violent) or ‘counter-‘ cosmopolitanisms and African writing. ‘Africa’ is here taken to mean the entire continent and its diasporas; ‘cosmopolitanism’ may be understood as an ethical position, a global political theory and/or a set of institutional practices. The panel aims to problematise the notion of ‘textuality’ (and related notions such as ‘literariness’ and ‘genre’), and ways in which ethical positions become textually embodied.

Indian Ocean Africa: Cultural, Historical & Literary re-orientations

Meg Samuelson (Stellenbosch) and Tina Steiner (Stellenbosch) –

This panel seeks to explore the intellectual purchase of the construct “Indian Ocean Africa” in engaging both the African continent and the Indian Ocean arena. The Indian Ocean is being widely recognised as offering an important vantage point from which to think through emergent directions and re-orientations in global power. Re-situating Africa within the Indian Ocean World enables us to read it as a crucial participant in these re-orientations. We invite papers that address some of the following questions, or elaborate and engage related ones:

· What does it mean to read Africa in this current moment of globalization by positioning it within the Indian Ocean as “cradle of globalisation”?

· What are the unfinished, overlapping and messy histories that define this space, and how can they provide us with conceptual vantage points on Africa in the present global context and on its possible futures in a “post-American” world?

· What temporalities might engaging “Indian Ocean Africa” evoke? How does its longue duree intersect with the compartmentalised temporalities of pre-colonialism, colonialism and post-colonialism that have dominated conceptual work on the continent?

· Are colonial histories and postcolonial studies adequate to the study of Africa’s place in the world? Can Indian Ocean studies bring more nuanced or complicated understandings of Africa to the table?

· The African littoral and hinterland have been comparatively neglected in Indian Ocean studies. What might greater attention to this region bring to our understanding of the Indian Ocean as an “interregional arena” (Bose)?

· What cosmopolitan structures does “Indian Ocean Africa” evoke, and does it provide ways of thinking beyond the conceptual and intellectual straightjackets of Area and nation-state studies?

· What do cultural and literary perspectives have to offer, and how do they engage or interweave with the historical register, in exploring “Indian Ocean Africa”?

The deadline for paper submissions is the 27th of April 2012.

New titles

2.1 Marius-Ary Leblond, Ecrits sur la littérature coloniale

Textes choisis et présentés par Vladimir Kapor.

Paris : L’Harmattan, coll. “Autrement mêmes”, 2012.

236 p.

EAN 9782296557062

27,50 EUR

Présentation de l’éditeur :

Aimé Merlo alias Marius-Ary Leblond et Georges Athénas sont deux cousins originaires de la Réunion. Au début du XXe siècle, ils se font praticiens, historiens, critiques. Leurs écrits sur la littérature coloniale présentent un intérêt triple, avec notamment des renseignements bio-bibliographiques, des jugements sur des ouvrages de l’ère coloniale. Quant à la “théorie” coloniale, elle garde un intérêt documentaire incontestable : elle laisse apercevoir les rouages d’une logique devenue opaque, qu’il convient d’élucider.

En 2007, chez L’Harmattan, Vladimir Kapor avait publié Pour une poétique de l’écriture exotique – Les tratégies de l’écriture exotique dans les lettres françaises aux alentours de 1850. Cet ouvrage se proposait d’évaluer la pertinence de la notion d’écriture exotique, à partir des études de Flaubert, Gautier ou Leconte de Lisle.

2.2 N’guettia Martin Kouadio, Poétique africaine, rythme et oralité – L’Exemple de la poésie ivoirienne

Préface du Professeur Jean Derive.

Paris : L’Harmattan, coll. “Cirtique littéraire”, 2012.

302 p.

EAN 9782296963504

31,00 EUR

Présentation de l’éditeur :

Pour faire ressortir l’originalité de la poésie africaine du XXe siècle, les critiques l’ont opposée à la production française versifiée du classicisme. Ce volume mène une étude contrastive entre trois poètes ivoiriens et quatre poètes français, à partir de l’étude du rythme à la lumière des théories poétiques récentes, afin de mieux approcher les traits identitaires réels de la poésie ivoirienne, notamment dans son rapport à l’oralité.

N’guettia Martin Kouadio est Maître-assi”stant à à l’Université de cocdy-Abidjan où il enseigne la poétique, la stylistique et la poésie.

Lire un article de l’auteur, “Linguistique, rythme et discours : de la fondation d’une poétique moniste de l’expressivité” :

2.3 New edition: Ambiguous Adventure, Cheikh Hamidou Kane

Translated by Katherine Woods

The Neversink Library, Melville House

$12 Paperback. $8 Kindle/pdf.

The celebrated classic by a groundbreaking figure in African literature addresses a critical contemporary issue—the collision of Islamic African values and Western culture

Hailed by Chinua Achebe as one of the greatest African novels ever written, this long-unavailable translation tells the tale of young Samba Diallo, a devout pupil in a Koranic school in Senegal whose parents send him to Paris to study philosophy.

But unknown to Samba, it is a desperate attempt by his parents to better understand the French colonial forces transforming their traditional way of life. Instead, for Samba, it seems an exciting adventure, and once in France he excels at his new studies and is delighted by his new “marvelous comprehension and total communion” with the Western world.

Soon, though, he finds himself torn between the materialistic secularism and isolation of French civilization and the deeper spiritual influences of his homeland. As Samba puts it: “I have become the two.”

Written in an elegant, lyrical prose, Ambiguous Adventure is a masterful expression of the immigrant experience and the repercussions of colonialism, and a great work of literature about the uneasy relationship between Islamic Africa and the West.

2.4 Paris-Bucharest, Bucharest-Paris: Francophone writers from Romania

Edited by Anne Quinney

Rodopi, Amsterdam/New York, NY 2012. 285 pp. (Faux Titre 367)

ISBN: 978-90-420-3451-8                                 Paper

ISBN: 978-94-012-0737-9                                 E-Book

Online info :

This collection of essays presents new research on the work of Romanian writers who chose French as a literary language. Romanian is itself, of course, a Romance language, and there is a long history of close Franco-Romanian ties. But given the complex and often multilingual cultural heritage of these writers–whose influences included German, Russian, and Ottoman–their contribution to French literature represents a unique hybrid form of francophonie. And yet unlike the literary production of former French colonies, this work has received little scholarly attention as a contribution to French literature. This book aims to rectify this situation. Focusing on the historical, cultural, and artistic links between France and Romania in the twentieth century from the standpoint of such figures as Tristan Tzara, Anna de Noailles, Panaït Istrati, Eugène Ionesco, Isidore Isou, and E.M. Cioran, the essays develop innovative and insightful perspectives with regard to the work of individual authors. The volume as a whole will thus serve to reshape prevailing conceptions of Francophone literary production and to expand fundamentally the conceptual boundaries of Francophone Studies.

Table of Contents



Monica Spiridon: “Bucharest-on-the-Seine”: The Anatomy of a National Obsession

Ferdâ Asya: The Orientalism of Anna de Noailles

Stephen Forcer: Before They Were Famous: Tristan Tzara, Nationhood, and Poetry

Monique Yaari: The Surrealist Group of Bucharest: Collective Works, 1945–1947

Monique Jutrin: The Trans-cultural Journey of Benjamin Fondane

Catherine Rossi: French as the Language of Libre Échange in the Works of Panaït Istrati

Ingrid Chafee: Home Is Elsewhere: Exile in the Theatre of Ionesco

Ashby Crowder: Traditionalism and Protochronism in the European Context

Jean-Jacques Thomas: Isidore Isou’s Spirited Letters

Anne Quinney: Emil Cioran and the Politics of Exile

Notes on Contributors

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3.1 The French Atlantic: A Tricoloured Ocean

You are invited to ‘The French Atlantic: A Tricoloured Ocean’ , a collaborative workshop taking place at the International Slavery Museum, Liverpool, on Monday 21 May from 12.30 to 4.30 pm.

Full details of the event are available on the website of the Centre for the Study of International Slavery:

As spaces are limited for the workshop, we would be grateful if you would inform Devi Hardeen ( by Monday 7 May 2012 if you would like to attend. We hope that you will be able to join us.

3.2 Doing research on and in Algeria:methodologies, research agendas, practical issues

Registration is now open for the “Doing research on and in Algeria: methodologies, research agendas, practical issues”

Postgraduate Workshop organised by the Francophone Research Group at the Centre for European and International Studies Research, University of Portsmouth.

Wednesday 2 May 2012, 11.00am – 6.30pm
University of Portsmouth

11.00am – 12.30pm: Doing Research on Algeria

Natalya Vince (University of Portsmouth) – Doing fieldwork in Algeria

Isabelle Chiavassa (ANOM) – Researching Algeria at the Archives Nationale d’Outre-mer, Aix-en-Provence

12.30 – 12.40pm: Short break

12.40 – 1.30pm: Postgraduate Research Panel 1 (sponsored by the Association for the Study of Modern and Contemporary France)

Jonathan Lewis (University of Exeter)- From Slow Emergence to Higher Visibility: The Algerian War in Franco-Algerian Literature of the1980s and 1990s

Tristan Leperlier (CSE-EHESS) – Le champlittéraire algérien: enjeux de l’utilisation de la théorie bourdieusienne sur la littérature algérienne francophone des années 1990.

1.30 – 2.15pm: Lunch

2.15 – 3.35pm: Postgraduate Research Panel 2

Hannah-Louise Clark (Princeton) – “Les Petits Médecins du Bled”:the Lives of Native Medical Auxiliaries in Colonial Algeria

Michael Kozakowski (University of Chicago)– Economies of Migration: the business and social practice of migration between Algeria and France,1944-1974

Iain Mossman (Cardiff University) – Photography, Algeria, Immigration, Les Minguettes, 1981: a curious intersection in the historiography of Marc Garanger’s Femmes Algériennes.

3.35 – 4.00pm: Tea break

4.00 – 5.20pm: Postgraduate Research Panel 3

Maria Flood (University of Cambridge) – Approaching Algerian Film Analysis: Between Historicization, Postcolonial Theory and Representation

Gareth McAreavey (University of Liverpool) – The“Eichmann Experiment” and The Game of Death

Matthew Croombs (Carleton University, Ottawa)- French-Algeria and the Police:Horror as Political Affect in Three Essay Films by Alain Resnais

5.20 – 5.30pm: Short break

5.30 – 6.30pm: Round table chaired by Prof. Martin Evans (University of Portsmouth)

This event is free and open to all postgraduates working on any aspect of Algerian history, politics, society and culture, at all stages of their research, from masters’ students considering doctoral research to final year PhD students preparing for their Viva.

For more information, or to register for this event, please contact Ms. Joanna Warson (

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