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SFPS Monthly Mailing: February 2013

2nd February 2013


1.1   Allah n’est pas obligé: The Location of Islam in Francophone Cultures. SFPS PG Study Day. Stirling.

1.2   Intercultural Encounters. London.

1.3   The Classics in the Americas. Paris.

1.4   Diasporic Subjectivity, Intimacy and Memory. Oxford.

1.5  Afroeurope@ns IV: Black Cultures and Identities in Europe. London.

Calls for contribution:

2.1 Articles on Filmmaker Raoul Peck

2.2 Francosphères

2.3 IJFS. Postcolonialism and Islam in the Francophone World 

2.4 Francophonie maghrébine

2.5 Social Dynamics. African Photography: Realism and After

New titles:

3.1 Frantz Fanon: A Biography

3.2 Africa in Europe

3.3 Textuel. ‘Sous les Soleils des Indépendances. À la rencontre d’Ahmadou Kourouma’

Other events/news:

4.1 Haiti in a Globalized Frame. Florida.

4.2 CLR James’s Beyond a Boundary 50th Anniversary conference. Glasgow.

Calls for papers

1.1 Allah n’est pas obligé: The Location of Islam in Francophone Cultures

SFPS Postgraduate Study Day

University of Stirling,

20 June 2013

From France to West Africa and farther afield in the Francophone world, Islam is a dominant force in the universe that writers, filmmakers and other social and cultural actors hail from and often turn to for critical inspiration. It has played a major role in the history of this world before, during and after the colonial period. However, the study of Islam has received insufficient attention in Francophone postcolonial and cultural studies. Over a decade into the twenty-first century, Islam is still heavily studied in its disciplinary stronghold of area studies but rarely in the postcolonial zones of the arts and the humanities. When one considers its central position in many Francophone cultures and the insufficient attention it has received in postcolonial studies, Islam can thus be seen as a very promising research site for new critical perspectives on cultural production in and beyond the Francophone world.

The next postgraduate study day of the Society for Francophone Postcolonial Studies (SFPS) will take place at the University of Stirling on 20 June 2013. It aims to bring together postgraduate researchers and attending scholars in the humanities and the social sciences to reflect on the location of Islam in Francophone cultures. Potential themes might include but are not limited to:

  • Representations of pre-colonial Islam
  • Islam in colonial discourse
  • Islam and postcolonialism
  • Islam in Francophone literature, cinema, mass media, and arts
  • Diasporic and Transatlantic Islam
  • Islam Francais? Islam laïque?
  • Islam and immigration
  • Political Islam
  • Francophone responses to ‘9/11’
  • Islam in West Africa, the Francophone Caribbean and the Maghreb
  • Islam in French and Francophone Studies

Proposals of 250 words in English or French accompanied by a short biography to be sent to by 15 March 2013.

1.2 ‘Intercultural Encounters’. London.

The Society for French Studies Postgraduate Conference 2013

Date and place: Saturday, 11th May 2013, IGRS, London

Deadline for Submission: 3rd March 2013

What happens when two cultures interact? How does the crossing of boundaries – a perennial human need – impact on cultural identity and on the nature of communication? Intercultural encounters can take place through human journeys, such as pilgrimages, tourism and movements of conquest, or through the circulation of cultural artefacts such as texts, visual art or other media.  Whatever the form of the encounter or its motivation – belligerent invasion, the need for discovery or the wish to communicate with others – such encounters are usually defining moments, calling complex processes into play.

A crucial transfer takes place when two cultures meet, as the language, concepts, customs and art forms of one culture pass into the interpretative realm of another. By means of a process of ‘translation’, the observed culture is understood through foreign terms, different temporal frames and different media, and is thus transformed. This raises the issue of our cultural and temporal situatedness, and the effect this has on our (lack of) ability fully to appreciate other cultures.  Similarly the transmission of a literary text into another culture often gives rise to new interpretations, through many kinds of rewriting, both intertextual and intermedial. Active textual reappropriation is in fact a highly productive strategy, connecting literature across national or temporal borders.

We invite proposals for twenty-minute papers that explore French/francophone studies and its many intercultural encounters (across all periods), and whose approaches to these encounters may include anthropology, cultural studies, French/francophone, comparative and translation studies. What happens when French/francophone studies incorporates the artefacts and optics of different cultural others?

Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

·         Travel writing

·         Ethnography and self-ethnography

·         Translation, travel and empire

·         Acculturation, Migration

·         Hybridity

·         Intertextuality

·         Comparative Literature

·         Reappropriation

·         The ‘untranslatable’

·         (Re-) translating texts for new generations

·         Adaptations of texts into other cultural mediums, e.g. cinema, visual arts, graphic novels

The conference will include a training session led by Professor Adrian Armstrong (Queen Mary, UCL) looking at post-PhD career options and ways to improve your CV.

Travel grants will be available; students presenting will be given priority.

Please send abstracts (250 – 300 words) for twenty-minute papers (in French or English) along with the name of your institution, the title of your PhD and your year of study to and no later than 3rd March 2013. Informal enquiries are also welcome.

Conference organisers: Rebecca Ewart (QUB) and Marilyn Mallia (University of Southampton)

1.3 The Classics in the Americas: Reprising and Rewriting Greek and Latin
Classics in the American Continent and the Caribbean

International Symposium
October 10-11-12 2013

Organizers : Cécile Chapon, Roberto Salazar Morales and Irena Trujic for the
Research Center in Comparative Literature (Centre de Recherche en
Littérature comparée), Paris-Sorbonne University

While classical intertextuality has been a widely studied subject and a
much-discussed topic in the field of European literary theory, there exist,
as of yet, only one-off studies regarding its developments in the “New
World”. Although works by writers such as Edgar Allan Poe and Jorge Luis
Borges have often been analyzed from an intertextuality-oriented
perspective, and although several research projects, by focusing on this or
that national or regional literature of the Continent, have helped cover
sizeable blind spots in literary history , the groundwork has yet to be laid
for an overall theoretical approach on the ways in which the Ancient
Classics have hitherto been reprised and rewritten in the Americas.
The choice of covering such a wide time-span (from the time of discovery to
the present day) is deliberate, and opens the way to focusing on certain
foundational, seminal works of different national literatures, as well as on
extremely contemporary authors. Our main goal is to provide for global
comparisons on the whole of the American Continent and the Caribbean through
original presentations, allowing for an encompassing view of convergent and
divergent treatments of classical intertextuality in what appear to be
different historical backgrounds, nevertheless linked together by the common
bond of European languages and a shared colonial past.
Which authors and which works are most frequently adapted ? On which
elements does the reprising/rewriting focus and why? What is the rewriting
process and what does it achieve ? How do writers work classical material,
how do they « make it new », revamp it for American or modern audiences ?
What distinctive features arise from specific cultural backgrounds ? and,
conversely, are there any general, common tendencies characterizing the use
of classical intertextuality in the American Continent as a whole ? Such are
the questions —this is a non-exhaustive list—to be addressed in this
symposium, open to both PhD students and senior researchers.

The working languages will be French, English and Spanish. A bilingual
abstract is required for presentations in a language other than French.
Proposals (200 to 300 words, plus bibliography), written in one of the
above-mentioned languages, will be submitted to by February 28th at the latest, together
with a short bio-bibliography of the author.

Scientific Board
Jean-François Cottier, Paris-Diderot University
Romuald Fonkoua, Paris-Sorbonne University
Véronique Gély, Paris-Sorbonne University
Ute Heidmann, University of Lausanne
Alexis Tadié, Paris-Sorbonne University 


1.4 “Diasporic Subjectivity, Intimacy and Memory”. Oxford University.

International Conference

June 30-July 2, 2013


This conference is the last event in the “Diaspora, Cultures of Mobility, ‘Race’” series. The convenors wish to extend and expand the reflection on the concept of diaspora, its uses, its limits, or even its outright rejection as a useful concept, by unravelling the extent to which the diasporic condition affect the subjective perceptions of the self, the sphere of intimacy and memorial processes. They also want to address the ways in which these processes are reflected in past and contemporary artistic creation.
We seek contributions (theoretical interventions as well as case studies in the disciplines of the social sciences and the humanities) that address the following issues:

The diasporic body: what becomes of the perception of the self once affected by an experience of de-territorialisation? How does it intersect with issues of race and gender? Can migration be regarded as a rite of passage from childhood to adulthood and parenthood? What are the political underpinnings of these processes?

Diasporic memories and narratives of the self: diasporic consciousness solicits past memories brought from the place of origin still mediating the relationships with those who stayed behind, or new memories built up in the context of migration or on the work-place. They may reflect the migrant’s militant engagement or his/her intimacy. How are these different ranges of memories brought together in the narratives that migrants construct of themselves? How do they put together the fragmented pieces of their disrupted selves?

The idea of home: how do the perceptions of and relations with home evolve over the life course of migrants? What becomes of intimacy when it no longer dovetails with proximity?

Choices: migration is a long series of choices: the choice to leave, the decision to stay or to return, to marry or not, to bring up children here or there, etc. The question of choice is particular salient in a diasporic context. What is the mechanics of choice in a migratory context? Are they a manifestation or an illusion of agency (when the choice is made not to choose)?

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF ABSTRACTS (maximum 250 words): February 15, 2012
Please submit a short bio-bibliographical notice as well (maximum 200 words) and copy the five co-convenors of the conference.

Pr Sally Barbour (Wake Forest University, USA)
Dr David Howard (University of Oxford, UK)
Dr Thomas Lacroix (IMI, Univ. of Oxford, UK; MIGRINTER, Université de Poitiers, France)
Dr Judith Misrahi-Barak (EMMA, Université Paul-Valéry – Montpellier 3, France)
Pr Claudine Raynaud (EMMA, Université Paul-Valéry – Montpellier 3, France)

This will be the fourth meeting in the series organized by the research centre EMMA (University Paul-Valéry, Montpellier 3, France) over 2011-13 which has gathered leading scholars in the field to identify and assess the joint evolutions of “Diaspora Studies” and “Race studies” to better understand: 1) how these approaches can be cross-fertilising; 2) how socio-economic and political changes have affected race relations and diasporic communities; 3) how literature and the arts, the social sciences and cultural studies have seized that question. This project entails a redefinition of terms and concepts and the confrontation of different, but not necessarily divergent, perspectives.

A preparatory symposium, “Diasporas and Cultures of Migration” was held at University Paul-Valéry, Montpellier 3 in June 2011, in partnership with CAAR (Collegium for African-American Research), the Centre de Recherches Littéraires et Historiques de l’Océan Indien (CRLHOI, University of La Réunion), the Centre of South Asian Studies (CSAS, University of Edinburgh, UK), the Department for Continuing Education (University of Oxford), the Institut de Recherche Intersite Etudes Culturelles (IRIEC, University Paul-Valéry, Montpellier 3), the International Institute of Migration (IMI, University of Oxford), the MSH-Montpellier (Maison des Sciences de l’Homme-Montpellier), Wake Forest University (USA), Wesleyan University (USA). Leading scholars assessed the state of the debate in preparation for the second event, entitled “Diaspora and Race”, which took place at Wake Forest University in October 2012. The third conference, “African-Americans, ‘Race’ and Diaspora”, scheduled for June 13-15, 2013 at University Paul-Valéry, Montpellier 3, will be specifically dedicated to the interlocking issues of “race”, African-Americans and the Black Diaspora.

This conference “Diasporic subjectivity, intimacy and memory” (Oxford, June 30-July 2, 2013) will be organised as a partnership between EMMA (University Paul-Valéry, Montpellier 3, France), MIGRINTER (CNRS, Université de Poitiers, France), Wake Forest University (NC, USA) and the Department for Continuing Education (University of Oxford, UK).
It will be part of the main conference organised by Oxford Diaspora Program, COMPAS, IMI and Refugee Studies Center. The proposals sent in response to this cfp will be selected by the five co-convenors mentioned here. Notification of acceptance will be sent by March 15.

1.5 Afroeurope@ns IV: Black Cultures and Identities in Europe

Continental Shifts, Shifts in Perception

London, UK 1-4 October 2013

Afroeurope@s/Afroeurope@ns is an international research and development group funded by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation [Ref. FFI2009-08948]. The group is holding its fourth international conference in London from 1-4 October 2013 at Senate House, Malet House, London WC1E 7HU. The conference is supported by the Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Studies at the University of London, and by the Postcolonial Literatures Research Group, Department of English at The Open University.

The fourth conference will be a focus for the many strands of this dynamic field of study, and aims to include presentations on both established and emerging research areas of a trans- and multidisciplinary nature. We recognise that this field cannot be confined to traditional textual representations and forms of expression and so encourage submissions from a wide range of disciplines. These may cover not only literature, history or sociology, but also music, the visual arts, popular culture(s), sports, religion, film etc. We welcome submissions dealing with topics that are cross-genre in nature and use different expressive media, which may tackle the following:

  • Tomorrow’s Generations

Examining policies relating to AfroEuropean young people, work on and by AfroEuropean youth, the depiction and perceptions of these groups

  • Embracing ‘Others’

Exploring work by AfroEuropean artists and writers which breaks stereotypes, from science fiction to crime writing, from art to opera

  • Tongue Twisters

Highlighting issues across the world of translation, such as how work is chosen to be translated or how translators surmount linguistic barriers

  • North Africa’s ‘Arab Spring’; Western constructs deconstructed

Interrogating European depictions of North Africa’s recent civil uprisings

  • All Gods in the New World?

Reflecting on the clash and convergences of religions in the AfroEuropean arena

  • Going for Gold

Analysing how Africa has changed the face of European sport

Submissions that do not directly deal with the aforementioned topics will also be considered. Presentations, which are not restricted to written academic texts, should be planned to last for no more than twenty minutes. The language of the conference for presentations will be English, French or Spanish. We require an abstract of 400 words, which must be written in the language of the presentation.

Abstracts for AfroEurope@ns IV should in the first instance be sent to the following email address – – and should be submitted no later than 1 March 2013. The scientific committee will reply to all abstracts no later than 15 April 2013. A full programme, including plenary speakers and all other participants, will be published by 1 June 2013.  A selection of papers and other presentations will be published after the conference.

In Association with Speaking Volumes Live Literature Productions


Calls for contribution

2.1 Articles on Filmmaker Raoul Peck

The critically acclaimed filmmaker, Raoul Peck, has a long and impressive filmography that includes both feature films such as Haitian Corner (1987-88), L’homme sur les quais (The Man by the Shore) (1993) and Moloch Tropical  (2009) and documentaries, like Lumumba, la mort du prophète (Lumumba, Death of a Prophet) (1992) and Le profit et rien d’autre (Profit and Nothing But! Or Impolite Thoughts on the Class Struggle) (2001). The editors of this proposed volume seek articles for possible consideration in an anthology that will explore Peck’s contributions to several fields.

We invite essay proposals from scholars and independent researchers in various disciplines to reflect on different aspects of Peck’s film career.  We are interested in a wide range of topics, analytical frames, and comparative approaches.  Questions may include but are definitely not limited to:

  • Intersections of feature film and the documentary medium
  • The role of orality/oral tradition
  • Treatments of history
  • Treatments of myth
  • Violence, power, trauma
  • Narrative voices
  • The art of the mise-en-scène
  • Peck’s place in the world/third cinema tradition
  • Methodologies
  • Use of language(s)

Please submit a 400 word abstract and a one-page CV to the editors by February 15, 2013. Previously published material will be considered.  If the editors accept your proposal, final essays must be submitted by October 1, 2013. Please submit abstracts electronically to: and


2.2 Francosphères

Francosphères, the new journal of the University of London Institute in Paris (ULIP), seeks to define and question the presence of French language and culture across frontiers and borders, as defined by the Franco postcolonial presence, contact with French culture, and the ‘France of the mind’. To this extent, Francosphères is intended as a journal of transcultural and intercultural French Studies. It is therefore a journal that is about liminal spaces rather than operating within the hierarchy of ‘French’ or ‘Francophone’ culture.

Taking its cue from recent advances in postcolonial theory and gender theory, it will also investigate the legitimacy of these issues within France itself as well as in post-colonial territories or territories which have never been under French control. The overall aim is to set in motion a dialogue about what it means to work in ‘French’ Studies in the 21st Century – this fact necessarily also opens up the possibility of Medieval and Early Modern perspectives on the ‘Francosphere’.

Francosphères will thus offer an opportunity to reflect critically on ‘concentrations’ of creative and counter-hegemonic endeavours in which the French language, French culture or an ‘idea’ of Frenchness have played a determining role, thereby contributing to the development of new critical paradigms for our ‘post-national’ era.

Issue 4:

The fourth issue of Francosphères will be published in late 2013 by the Liverpool University Press. Papers on the following subjects would be particularly welcomed, but are not limited to:

·              The Abolition of ‘French’ Literature?

·              French as a trans-national language

·              The poetics and the politics of ‘Frenchness’

·              The cultural circuits of French as a globalized language

·              French as ‘universalist’ dialect

·              The multiplicity of ‘Francophonies’ and the fragmentation of French Culture

·              The ideologies of ‘Francophilia’, and also ‘Francophobia’

Articles should be between 4,000-5,000 words and follow MHRA style guidelines.

The deadline is Friday 19th April 2013. To submit a paper please contact:

Gill Gillespie

Editorial Assistant

For further information please visit the Francosphères page of the ULIP website:ères

2.3 International Journal of Francophone Studies

Call for articles 

Postcolonialism and Islam in the Francophone World

The International Journal of Francophone Studies invites articles for a special volume on the theme of ‘Postcolonialism and Islam in the Francophone World’ to be published in 2014.

Postcolonialism and Islam are two terms that frequently appear in tandem. However, the relationship between the two and the question of their compatibility has not been extensively investigated. The speed and intensity of the changes characteristic of late modernity under the pressures of cultural and economic globalisation has traumatised Muslims and non-Muslims alike. Hybrid identity formations, very often provisional, are generated in the articulations of difference marked by imaginary relations to faith, nation, class, gender, sexuality and language. Postcolonialism might seem to provide a framework for approaching the experiences of not only formerly colonised subjects but diasporic people and their host societies. However, Muslim writers, intellectuals, artists and filmmakers have both adopted and rejected postcolonial theory as an effective tool for accounting for the experience of Muslims in the modern world.

This multi- and inter-disciplinary project will be relevant to specialists in postcolonial theory, cultural, historical, political, sociological, literary, film, performance, language and religious studies who seek to problematise both the terms themselves and their juxtaposition. It will mainly focus on the analysis of Islam in the cultural and artistic production of the Francophone World both in the homeland and the diaspora.

Selected articles which address qualitatively the central theme and strictly adhere to the journal’s specifications will be rigorously peer-reviewed. There is the possibility that this volume might also be published as a book with a mainstream publisher.

Submit your article in English or in French directly to the journal’s website by clicking on “Submit to this journal”.,id=134/

Deadline: 30 August 2013

2.4. Francophonie maghrébine

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 cet appel – qui
fait suite à la journée d’études organisée le 24-nov.12 –,
nous considérons 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, 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
, 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.

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. 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 du Maghreb.

Cet appel à contributions, pour un ouvrage à paraître à la fin de
l’année 2013, propose de questionner les prophétismes comme
discours de l’entre-deux voix au sein de productions variées. A ce
titre, les communications pourront aussi bien porter sur des textes
littéraires (sans aucune restriction générique) que sur les arts
plastiques, ou encore le cinéma, etc. francophone du Maghreb.

Les articles (d’environ 30 000 signes) devront comporter un
résumé, une bibliographie, le nom de l’auteur et de son
institution. Les articles, rédigés en Times corps 12 interligne
simple, seront à adresser à l’adresse :

Date limite : 30 mars 2013.

Organisateurs: Ecole doctorale 120 & Centre d’Etudes et de Recherches
Comparatistes (CERC)

Tumba Shango Lokoho, Louiza Kadari, Pierre Leroux

2.5 African Photography: Realism and After

Call for papers for a special issue of Social Dynamics: A Journal of
African Studies

The place and meaning of photographs in Africa has shifted dramatically
over time, from colonial and ethnographic practices to radical new forms
of contemporary representation. Photographs circulate as documents, as
remnants in the aftermath of violence and dislocation, as both public
and private records of celebration, kinship and dwelling, and as
artworks. Photography offers a suggestive surface for engagements with
questions of both the imaginary and the real. This special issue of
Social Dynamics invites papers that explore the history, theory and
practice of photography across the continent.

Topics might include:

The role of portraits and family albums
Photographs of public figures
Photography and the history and memory of slavery
African photography and postcolonial modernity
Reading photographs as colonial documents
Photography and liberation struggles
Photography and national history
Local histories of photography
Art photography and imaginative transformation

Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words by the 22 February 2013 to<>

Social Dynamics: A Journal of African Studies is a peer-reviewed journal
that is published three times a year by Taylor & Francis in electronic
and print format. The journal is based at the Centre for African
Studies at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and is edited by
Louise Green and Kylie Thomas.

For more information about the journal see:


New titles

3.1 Frantz Fanon: A Biography.

By David Macey

Published: January 2013

Comprehensive and eloquent account of Fanon’s personal, intellectual and political life.

Born in Martinique, Frantz Fanon (1925–61) trained as a psychiatrist in Lyon before taking up a post in colonial Algeria. He had already experienced racism as a volunteer in the Free French Army, in which he saw combat at the end of the Second World War. In Algeria, Fanon came into contact with the Front de Libération Nationale, whose ruthless struggle for independence was met with exceptional violence from the French forces. He identified closely with the liberation movement, and his political sympathies eventually forced him out the country, whereupon he became a propagandist and ambassador for the FLN, as well as a seminal anticolonial theorist.

David Macey’s eloquent life of Fanon provides a comprehensive account of a complex individual’s personal, intellectual and political development. It is also a richly detailed depiction of postwar French culture. Fanon is revealed as a flawed and passionate humanist deeply committed to eradicating colonialism.

Now updated with new historical material, FRANTZ FANON remains the definitive biography of a truly revolutionary thinker.

ISBN: 9781844677733 $26.95 / £16.99 / $28.50CAN / PAPERBACK / 672 pages

For more information about FRANTZ FANON: A BIOGRAPHY or to buy the book visit:

3.2 Africa in Europe.

Edited by Eve Rosenhaft and Robbie Aitken

1. Introduction Eve Rosenhaft and Robbie Aitken

I. Enacting Identity: Individuals, Families and Communities
2. Prince Dido of Didotown and ‘Human Zoos’ in Wilhelmine Germany: Strategies for Self-Representation under the Othering Gaze
Albert Gouaffo
3. Schwarze Schmach and métissages contemporains: The Politics and Poetics of Mixed Marriage in a Refugee Family
Eve Rosenhaft
4. ‘Among them Complicit’? Life and Politics in France’s Black Communities, 1919–1939
Jennifer Anne Boittin
5. ‘In this Metropolis of the World We Must Have a Building Worthy of Our Great People’: Race, Empire and Hospitality in Imperial London, 1931–1948
Daniel Whittall

II. Authenticity and Influence: Contexts for Black Cultural Production
6. Féral Benga’s Body
James Smalls
7. ‘Like Another Planet to the Darker Americans’: Black Cultural Work in 1930s Moscow
S. Ani Mukherji
8. ‘Coulibaly’ Cosmopolitanism in Moscow: Mamadou Somé Coulibaly and the Surikov Academy Paintings, 1960s–1970s
Paul R. Davis
9. Afro-Italian Literature: From Productive Collaborations to Individual Affirmations
Christopher Hogarth

III. Post-colonial Belonging
10. Of Homecomings and Homesickness: The Question of White Angolans in Post-Colonial Portugal
Cecilie Øien
11. Blackness over Europe: Meditations on Culture and Belonging
Donald Martin Carter

IV. Narratives/Histories
12. Middle Passage Blackness and its Diasporic Discontents: The Case for a Post-War Epistemology 217
Michelle M. Wright
13. Black and German: Filming Black History and Experience
John Sealey
14. Excavating Diaspora: An Interview Discussing Elleke Boehmer’s
Novel Nile Baby
John Masterson with Elleke Boehmer
15. Afterword
Susan Dabney Pennybacker

3.3 ‘Sous les Soleils des Indépendances. À la rencontre d’Ahmadou Kourouma’

Textuel, n° 70, janvier 2013, 150 p.

Textes réunis par Sylvie Patron. Contributions de Patrick Corcoran, Véronique Corinus, Daniel
Delas, Jean Derive, Romuald Fonkoua, Xavier Garnier, Martin Mégevand, Bernard Mouralis, Florence Paravy.

Ce numéro de Textuel rassemble les actes de la journée d’études qui s’est tenue à l’Université Paris Diderot le 17 novembre 2012, sur l’œuvre du XXe siècle au programme des classes préparatoires littéraires.

Other events

4.1 Haiti in a Globalized Frame. Florida.

International Conference 

Date: 14-16 February 2013 

Venue: The Globe, FSU

This conference focuses on Haiti’s role in shaping history, culture, politics and thought beyond its borders and throughout its history. Invited speakers include Arnold Antonin, J. Michael Dash, Edouard Duval Carrié, David Geggus, Leah Gordon, Dany Laferrière, Kettly Mars, and Rodney Saint-Eloi.

Special events include:

·       Dany Laferrière at 60: a celebration

·       Art exhibition featuring work by Édouard Duval Carrié and Leah Gordon

·       Book launches, by Dany Laferrière, Kettly Mars, and Rodney Saint-Eloi

·       Haitian film festival

For more information, contact Martin Munro ( or Charles Forsdick (

Conference website and program:


4.2 CLR James’s Beyond a Boundary 50th Anniversary conference

Registration for the 50th anniversary conference of CLR James’s Beyond a Boundary
is now open – the conference is from 10-11 May at the University of Glasgow, with
an opening film showing on the evening of Thursday 9 May.
Speakers include: Mike Brearley, Robert A. Hill, Wai Chee Dimock, Selma James, Selwyn Cudjoe
and Mike Dibb. For more details – and how to register, please see here:

People may also be interested to know that a special edition of CLR James’s 1934 play about the
Haitian Revolution, Toussaint Louverture: The story of the only successful slave revolt in history
is also out this week. Never before published, the play was performed in 1936 at London’s
Westminster Theatre with Paul Robeson in the title role.

“The text of this nearly forgotten drama, succinctly introduced to today’s readers with a valuable
set of accompanying essays, is an invaluable contribution to Pan-African studies and our understanding of ‘the Black Plato’ as a remarkably talented playwright. C. L. R. James
readers, and not only those of The Black Jacobins, will rejoice.”
—Paul Buhle, authorized biographer, author of C. L. R. James: The Artist as Revolutionary

Please see here for more details:

There is also going to be an official UK book launch of Toussaint Louverture in London
on Saturday 13 April in London as part of a one-day conference on ‘CLR James: Life
and Legacy’ being organised by the CLR James Legacy Project – for more details about
this conference email

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