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SFPS Mailing: May 2022

28th May 2022
  1. Calls for Papers/Contributions.

1.1 SFPS Annual Conference 2022 – (Post)Colonial Francophone Archives: Commemoration, Preservation, and Erasure.

1.2 Banlieue Cinema CFP deadline extended.

1.3 Journée des doctorants de l’ADEFFI 2022.

1.4 CfP: Archaeology, Antiquity, and the Making of the Modern Middle East: Global Histories 1800–1939 (25–26 May, 2023, University of Warwick).

1.5 Call for Papers – The BCLA PG and ECR Conference: New Pathways in Comparative and World Literature.

1.6 CFP – WiF Seminar Series on Bodies, Borders, and Boundaries.

1.7 Call for papers – Reading Arendt Today: Migration and Prejudice.

1.8 The Journal of Languages, Texts and Society fifth annual conference (15 July 2022).

1.9 Women in French UK-Ireland 2023 Conference – Call for Papers.

1.10 Call for Papers Edited Volume “Un/Making Graphic History: BD and Narratives of Resistance in French”.

1.11 Postgraduate poster competition Caribbean Generations.

  1. Job and Scholarship Opportunities.

2.1 Lecturer in French (Learning, Teaching and Scholarship), University of Glasgow.

2.2 CDP studentship: Matters of Extraction: Atlantic Lives and Ecologies.

2.3 Postdoctoral Research Fellow (9 months, 0.4 FTE), University of Stirling.

2.4 University Teacher in French Language – Grade 7 (0.8FTE) Maternity Cover, University of Liverpool.

2.5 Teaching Assistant post – Sheffield Hallam University.

2.6 Stipendiary Lectureship in Modern Languages (French) – University of Oxford (Trinity College).

2.7 Lecturer in French (T+R), Aberystwyth University (deadline May 30).

2.8 Visiting Assistant Professor, Colgate University – Peace & Conflict Studies.

2.9 Postdoctoral Scholars, Human Geography. 24

2.10 MA International Slavery & Bursary for 2 Black British Students.

2.11 Stipendiary Lecturership in French Language, Somerville College, Oxford.

2.12 Postgraduate Job announcement: Conference support officers (hourly-paid, 13 months).

2.13 Generation Delta Goldsmiths Studentships: Call for Applicants for Entry, September 2022.

2.14 Four positions in Politics / International Studies, Birmingham.

  1. Announcements.

3.1 Prix jeune d’H2C.

3.2 UCML virtual Coffee Mornings and Shut Up and Write Session for ECAs in Languages.

3.3 ASMCF Brian Darling Memorial Prize 2022.

3.4 ASMCF Douglas Johnson Memorial Essay Prize.

3.5 Society for Caribbean Studies “Connect” Social Media Initiative.

3.6 ANN: ACH 53rd Conference Registration NOW OPEN!

3.7 Fanon’s thought: a challenge to the colonial order – Public Lecture by Mireille Fanon Mendès-France, University of Chicago Center in Paris.

3.8 UCML Opportunity for Early Career Academics.

3.9 Extended Deadline: Coordinating Council for Women in History Prizes 2022.

3.10 Forum Essay Prize entry deadline: 1 June 2022.

3.11 Special Issues: Call for Proposals, Forum for Modern Language Studies.


3.13 Stop the Eviction of El Cambalache.

3.14 Caribbean Generations conference QUB 24-25 June 22.

3.15 May 31 | UCLA Experimental Critical Theory Program.

  1. New Publications.

4.1 Alice Bullard, Spiritual and Mental Health Crisis in Globalizing Senegal: A History of Transcultural Psychiatry (Abingdon: Routledge, 2022).

4.2 Christina B. Carroll, The Politics of Imperial Memory in France, 1850–1900 (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2022).

4.3 Publications of the Modern Language Association, 137 (2). Theories and Methodologies: Abdelkébir Khatibi: Literature and Theory.

1. Calls for Papers/Contributions

1.1 SFPS Annual Conference 2022 – (Post)Colonial Francophone Archives: Commemoration, Preservation, and Erasure

(Version française ci-dessous)

Call for Papers

(Post)Colonial Francophone Archives: Commemoration, Preservation, and Erasure

Friday 18th – Saturday 19th November 2022

Institute of Modern Languages Research, University of London, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

Confirmed keynote speaker: Professor Lia Brozgal

Colonial archives often reflect the biases and interests of their creators – powerful individuals, and the imperial state. They are sites of complicated and contested meanings, with many collections existing directly or indirectly as a result of colonisation. Rather than ‘objective’, trustworthy repositories of historical records, archives often assemble the voices of the privileged few. Those with authority over an archive can determine what is documented, remembered, and what is forgotten. They appraise what is worthy of preservation, how collections are organised, catalogued, used, and interpreted. Although people see archives as holding valuable public knowledge, consulting them is not a straightforward process, as acquisition and access are often limited. While some archives can be consulted with prior permission, many ‘sensitive’ or highly confidential documents are subject to limited access or are completely restricted. For these reasons, archives can advertently and inadvertently become sites of concealment and suppression.

In the case of France, the debate over the use of archives, accessibility and declassification hit fever pitch on 15 January 2020, when the secretary-general of Defence and National Security, Claire Landais, imposed a new policy stating that every document from 1940 to 1970 classified as ‘secret’ or ‘top secret’ – even those more than 50 years old – must be formally declassified by the agency that had produced it before it can be communicated to the public. This decision has had profound consequences for access to and use of archival materials related to, inter alia, military divisions of World War II (1940-1945), the First Indochina War (1940-1956), and the Algerian War of Independence (1940-1964). The implementation of this measure has caused widespread opposition in France and around the world, as researchers are now required to make a prior reservation and obtain permission from the Defence Historical Service (DHS) to consult historical documents. More than a year later, in March 2021, Emmanuel Macron announced that he would speed up declassification of archives more than 50 years old, a move that will allegedly help France come to terms with its colonial past. The ramifications of this announcement are yet to be realised and the question of unrestricted archival access remains uncertain.

This conference, which will be held on the 18-19 November 2022, seeks to explore contemporary and historical debates surrounding Francophone colonial archives. We welcome theoretical and critical reflections (papers or panels) on archives in Francophone Postcolonial Studies,* including but not limited to the following topics and questions:

  1. Archives & Public Memory Production: What is the role of archives in constructing social memory and dominant historical narratives? Can museums or libraries replace archives?
  2. Reading Archives: How does researcher positionality influence archival interpretation and selection? How have new ways of thinking about the past challenged more traditional views of ‘the archive’?
  3. Archival Access: Who gets to access archives? What are the barriers to access? Do digital archives have a role in facilitating archival access?
  4. Censorship/Erasure in Archives: Why do archive files from the colonial past keep going missing? What can researchers do to mediate lost or hidden material? What can we learn from ‘silences’ in the colonial archive?
  5. The Politicisation of Archives: How have archives around the Francophone world been constructed, manipulated, or politicised? In what ways have archives been used to legitimise (or delegitimize) political systems?
  6. Decolonising Archives: Is it possible to decolonise archive sources? What are the possibilities of using various ‘anti-colonial’ archives? What can a critical praxis of decolonisation of the archive look like?
  7. ‘Alternative’ Archives: In what ways can ‘alternative’ archives (e.g. literature, cultural art works, oral histories, newspapers, paintings, postcards, intangible heritage, etc.) challenge dominant archived histories? Does the concealment of colonial archives present an opportunity for ‘alternative’ archives to construct new historical narratives?
  8. Repatriating Archives: Should colonial archives be returned home? Why has it taken so long to consider the repatriation of historical documents?


Please send abstracts, in English or French of 200 to 250 words as well as a short biography of no more than 100 words to Sara Mechkarini and Dega Sian Rutherford ( This year’s conference will be hybrid – held in person alongside online participation – to enable contributors who are unable to travel the possibility of presenting online.

The deadline for submission of abstracts is 31 May 2022.


*Please note that while the focus of this conference is the Francophone colonial world, we also welcome papers that explore the key themes from a comparative perspective

Appel à Contribution

Les archives (post)coloniales francophones: commémoration, préservation et censure

Vendredi 18 et samedi 19 novembre 2022

Institute of Modern Languages Research, University of London, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

Principal intervenante confirmée: Professeur Lia Brozgal

Les archives coloniales sont souvent le reflet des préjugés et des intérêts de ceux qui les ont créées: des individus puissants, des collectionneurs, et l’État impérial. Elles sont des lieux de savoir complexes et controversés puisque l’existence de nombreuses collections est le résultat direct ou indirect de la colonisation. Loin d’être des répertoires « objectifs » et fiables des événements historiques, les archives sont souvent l’agrégat des voix de quelques individus privilégiés. Les individus dont l’autorité s’étend sur les archives ont le pouvoir de déterminer les événements à répertorier, ceux à commémorer et ceux à ignorer. Ils sont les juges de ce qui a le mérite d’être préservé, de comment les collections sont organisées, cataloguées, utilisées et interprétées. Quoi qu’aux yeux du public les archives contiennent un important savoir public, leur consultation n’est pas un processus sans entraves car les droits d’accès y sont souvent limités. Bien que l’on puisse consulter certaines archives en obtenant une permission préalable, la plupart des documents « sensibles » ou hautement confidentiels n’admettent qu’un accès limité ou sont complètement scellés. Ainsi, les archives peuvent, à dessein ou involontairement, devenir des lieux de dissimulation ou de suppression.

Dans le cas de la France, le débat sur l’utilisation, l’accessibilité et la déclassification des archives a atteint son point culminant le 15 janvier 2020 lorsque la secrétaire générale de la défense et de la sécurité nationale, Claire Landais, a instauré une nouvelle politique selon laquelle tout document classifié « secret » ou « top secret » entre 1940 et 1970 doit être formellement déclassifié par l’agence qui l’a produit avant qu’il ne soit communiqué au public. Cette décision a des conséquences profondes sur l’accès et l’utilisation des archives ayant trait à, entre autres, les divisions militaires pendant la deuxième guerre mondiale (1940-1945), la première guerre d’Indochine (1940-1956), la guerre d’indépendance d’Algérie (1940-1964). La mise en place de cette mesure, qui oblige désormais les chercheurs à faire une réservation et obtenir une autorisation au préalable auprès du Service Historique de la Défense, a été largement décriée en France et à travers le monde. Plus d’un an plus tard, en mars 2021, Emmanuel Macron a annoncé qu’il accélérerait la déclassification des archives de plus de 50 ans, une action qui devrait aider la France à assumer son passé colonial. Les ramifications de cette annonce sont encore à venir et la question de l’accès sans entraves aux archives demeure incertaine.

Cette conférence, qui aura lieu les 18 et 19 novembre 2022, vise à explorer les débats contemporains et historiques entourant les archives coloniales francophones. Nous accueillons avec plaisir les réflexions théoriques et critiques sur la question des archives en lien avec les études francophones ainsi que les propositions d’interventions ou de panels sur des sujets* tels que les suivants:

  1. Les archives et la production de la mémoire publique: quels rôles les archives jouent-elles dans la construction de la mémoire sociale et des discours historiques hégémoniques? Les musées et bibliothèques peuvent-ils remplacer les archives?
  1. La lecture des archives: dans quelles mesures la subjectivité des se.s influence-t- elle leur sélection et interprétation des archives?
  1. L’accès aux archives: qui a accès aux archives? Qu’est-ce qui en entrave l’accès? Quels rôles les archives digitales peuvent-elles jouer dans la facilitation de l’accès aux archives?
  1. La censure/l’affichage des archives: qu’est-ce qui explique la disparition récurrente des archives ayant trait au passé colonial? Quels recours les peuvent-ils/elles adopter pour atténuer la perte ou la dissimulation des ressources? Quels enseignements tirer des « silences » dans les archives coloniales?
  1. La politisation des archives: comment les archives dans le monde francophone ont-elles été construites, manipulées ou politisées? Comment les archives ont-elles été utilisées pour légitimer (ou délégitimer) des systèmes politiques?
  1. La décolonisation des archives: la décolonisation des archives est-elle possible? Quelles possibilités l’utilisation de certaines archives « anti-coloniales » offrent-elles?
  1. Les archives alternatives: dans quelles mesures les archives « alternatives » (tels que la littérature, les œuvres d’art culturelles, les histoires orales, la presse, les tableaux, les cartes postales, l’héritage intangible, ) peuvent-elles contester les histoires hégémoniques archivées? La dissimulation des archives coloniales offre-t-elle une opportunité de construction de discours historiques nouveaux par le biais des archives « alternatives »?
  1. Le rapatriement des archives: les archives coloniales doivent-elles être rapatriées dans leur pays d’origine? Pourquoi a-t-il fallu attendre si longtemps pour envisager le rapatriement des documents historiques?

Veuillez soumettre vos propositions de communication, entre 200 et 250 mots en anglais ou en français, ainsi qu’une petite note biographique de 100 mots à Sara Mechkarini et Dega Sian Rutherford ( Veuillez noter que bien que la conférence de cette année se tienne en personne, nous explorons également des options hybrides pour permettre aux membres associés qui ne peuvent pas se déplacer de présenter en ligne.

La date butoir pour soumettre vos propositions est le 31 mai 2022.

*Veuillez noter que bien que cette conférence se focalise sur le monde francophone, nous acceptons volontiers toute proposition qui aborde les thématiques clés avec une approche comparative.

1.2 Banlieue Cinema CFP deadline extended

Dear colleagues, please note that the deadline for submitting an abstract for the CFP to be included in an edited volume tentatively titled: Gender in French Banlieue Cinema: Intersectional Perspectives has been extended to June 1st  

Paper proposals should include title, 250-300 word summary and a brief bio bibliographical note indicating the author’s name, email, institutional affiliation.  

Contributors will be notified of inclusion in the proposal by June 15, 2022. Final inclusion in the volume will be subject to peer review. 

Completed essays, written in English and following MLA style, of approximately 6000 to 7000 words including bibliography and notes, will be due by November 15th, 2022.  

Please submit your proposals to:

Marzia Caporale, or Claire Mouflard

Gender in French Banlieue Cinema: Intersectional Perspectives ​

Cinematic representation of urban peripheries as loci of conflictual racial, ethnic, social, and gender interrelations began in France decades before Matthieu Kassovitz’s seminal film La haine (1995) which quickly became the benchmark of a genre that would be known as “banlieue cinema” (Chilling, Higby et al.). In addition to depicting a day in the life of three ethnically diverse friends who engage in constant altercations with the police and other local gangs,  Kassovitz’s film identifies the banlieue as a gendered space marked by hypermasculinity, heteronormative behaviors, and female submission, with women relegated to secondary and marginal roles. In later films, however, (La squale, Divines, Bande de fillesMignonnes, just to name a few) some directors have reconfigured and reframed gender characterization of the banlieue space and created impactful female characters who have claimed their role as performing rather than performed subjects within the banlieue.  

Emancipation from the role of subordinate in a strictly hierarchical and strongly patriarchal social order entails the need to break free from the condition of submission and immobility that society imposes on the individuals who occupy marginal spaces due to gender and sexual identity, race, ethnicity, religion, social class, and economic status. Our volume seeks contributions that investigate whether current examples of banlieue cinema, from La haine to today, provide new and viable examples of resistance to dominant modes of power in which masculinity controls the master narrative governing the banlieue’s ontology. Some interpretive axes and areas of critical investigation include but are not limited to:    

– toxic masculinity, hypermasculinity 

– female identity at the intersection of gender, race, economic/social status, 

– queer spaces, fluid sexualities, trans identities 

– motherhood; mother-daughter relationships  

– women, domesticity, and alternative spaces 

– racial and sexual subordination, 

– patriarchal dominance and forms of resistance 

– performativity of gender   

– female sexuality 

– sisterhood as resistance 

– heroines, girl power 

– women appropriating masculinity 

– transnational banlieue cinema and gender politics  

Essential bibliography 

Butler, Judith. “Performative Acts and Gender Constitution: An Essay in Phenomenology and Feminist Theory.” The Feminist Philosophy Reader. Edited by Alison Bailey and Chris J. Cuomo. McGraw-Hill, 2008. 

Austin, James. “Destroying the Banlieue: Reconfigurations of Suburban Space in French Film.” Yale French Studies: New Spaces for French and Francophone Cinema. Edited by James Austin. Yale UP, 2009. 

Chilling, Derek and Philippe Met. Screening the Paris Suburbs: From the Silent Era to the 1990s, Manchester UP, 2018 

Higbee, Will. “Re-Presenting the Urban Periphery: Maghrebi-French Filmmaking and the Banlieue Film.” Cineaste: America’s Leading Magazine on the Art and Politics of the Cinema 33: (2007), pp 38-47.  

Powrie, Phil ed. The Trouble with Men: Masculinities in European and Hollywood Cinema. Wallflower Press, 2004. 

Tarr, Carrie. Reframing Difference: Beur and Banlieue Filmmaking in France. Manchester UP, 2005. 

Durmelat, Sylvie. Screening Integration: Recasting Maghrebi Immigration in Contemporary France. Nebraska UP, 2011. 

Ervine, Jonathan. Cinema and the Republic. Filming on the Margins in Contemporary France. U of Chicago Press, 2013.    

Reek, Laura. “Gender and Genre in Banlieue Film, and the Guerrilla Film Brooklyn.” Romance Studies, 36 (2018), pp. 76-90. 

Tchumkan, Herve. State Power, Stigmatization, and Youth Resistance Culture in the French Banlieues: Uncanny Citizenship. Lexington books, 2015. 

Touati, Leila. Les films de banlieue dans les années 2000: un nouveau regard de l’intérieur (ebook, 2018).   

1.3 Journée des doctorants de l’ADEFFI 2022

Journée des doctorants de l’ADEFFI 2022 

samedi 3 septembre 2022

Queen’s University Belfast 




L’Association des études françaises et francophones d’Irlande (ADEFFI) invite les jeunes chercheurs en études françaises et francophones à venir participer à la Journée des doctorants qui se tiendra à Queen’s University Belfast, le 3 septembre 2022. La Journée se veut l’occasion pour les doctorants à la fois de présenter leurs recherches et d’en faire l’état des lieux dans un contexte universitaire. Elle sera également une opportunité pour eux de rencontrer leurs pairs ainsi que des chercheurs en poste dans le domaine des études françaises et francophones venus de l’Irlande, du Royaume-Uni et de plus loin. Afin que cet échange soit aussi ouvert et varié que possible, aucun thème n’a été retenu. De plus, cette année, tout comme les deux dernières années, la Journée des doctorants sera ouverte aussi bien aux étudiants de master qu’aux doctorants. L’événement offrira donc une séance « travail en cours » afin que les jeunes chercheurs de tout niveau puissent y participer. La séance « travail en cours » prendra la forme d’une série d’interventions d’entre cinq et dix minutes de longueur, qui auront pour objectif de résumer la recherche actuelle du participant ou de présenter un aspect de sa recherche sur lequel il/elle désire du feedback de ses pairs. Les propositions de communication d’une longueur de 200 mots (correspondant à une présentation de vingt minutes environ) peuvent être rédigées soit en français soit en anglais et doivent être envoyées à avant le 27 juin 2022, dernier délai. Ceux qui souhaitent participer au séance « travail en cours » peuvent aussi exprimer leur intérêt en envoyant un mail à l’adresse ci-dessus avant la date limite. Merci de bien vouloir joindre cinq mots clés ainsi que votre rattachement universitaire à toute proposition. 

The Association for French and Francophone Studies in Ireland (ADEFFI) invites contributions from postgraduate students in all areas of French and Francophone Studies for a postgraduate symposium to be held at Queen’s University Belfast on Saturday 3rd September 2022. This event provides a supportive scholarly forum for postgraduates to present both work in progress and new research and allows participants to meet established researchers and fellow postgraduates in French and Francophone Studies from Ireland, the UK and beyond. To ensure that this forum for exchange is as open and diverse as possible, no central theme has been specified. This year, as in the previous two years, the Journée des doctorants will once again be open to MA students. The event will therefore include a work-in-progress session. This session will take the form of a series of short, five- to ten-minute presentations, which will aim either to summarise the current research of the participant or to present an aspect of ongoing research on which the participant would like feedback from their peers. Abstracts of 200 words, for twenty-minute presentations, in French or English, should be sent to by 27th June 2022. Those wishing to participate in the work-in-progress sessions can express their interest by sending an email to be above email address by the same deadline. Alongside their abstract/expression of interest, students are asked to provide five keywords and to give details of their institutional affiliation. 

1.4 CfP: Archaeology, Antiquity, and the Making of the Modern Middle East: Global Histories 1800–1939 (25–26 May, 2023, University of Warwick)

This conference will explore the role played by discoveries and debates about the ancient past in the development of ideas about the Middle East in the nineteenth and early twentieth century. What competing imperial, national, and transnational narratives about the present and future of this geopolitically crucial region were fed by archaeology, philology, and history? How were these emergent disciplines themselves forged through Middle Eastern contexts they purported to study? How were temporalities of modernity and progress constructed in relation to the ruptures, continuities and heuristic challenges suggested by the excavation and exegesis of traces of ancient civilisations? Were there overlaps between how this region was simultaneously transformed by the construction of new transportation networks, the unearthing of oil in commercial qualities, transforming its present and future, and archaeological projects which dug up new dimensions to its past? How did the return of the remains of the past assist Western and Eastern empires and new Middle Eastern countries in understanding their own national destinies?

Recent studies in intellectual history around imperial temporalities and teleologies provide a set of reference points informing this conference’s research aims. As Priya Satia has recently remarked in relation to the place in the British imperial imaginary of the Middle East in the decades around 1900, travel to the region ‘was conceived as a journey into a past that was not merely further back on the secular time scale of history but on a different scale altogether, outside secular time’. This was at once a ‘biblical region’ but also a ‘mythological landscape’, in some ways ‘outside the space of history’ and yet also one which would ‘matter deeply to the historical fulfilment of empire’, not least as a space offering ‘the chance to resurrect the cradle of civilization’ (Satia, Time’s Monster: History, Conscience and Britain’s Empire, 2020: 156–7, 174). Yet examination of the region’s ancient past could equally inspire a sense of the uncomfortable resemblances bridging empires ancient and ‘modern’, and attendant anxieties about the sustainability of contemporary empires.

If outsiders came to the Middle East to find their own origins (and perhaps their futures), various Middle Easterners themselves sought pasts that they could claim as their own: whether to consolidate new national identities, or to build over-arching and wide-ranging connections across the region. As Timothy Mitchell has written in regard to modern Egypt, a characteristic of the modern nation state was that ‘for a state to prove that it was modern, it helped if it could also prove that it was ancient’ (Mitchell, Rule of Experts: Egypt, Techno-Politics, Modernity, 2002: 179).

We are interested in the concept of the ancient past as a means of constructing modern identities: of ‘the Middle East’ as a region, of diverse new nations within it, and of Western nations whose colonial projects and political interests in the region became part of their own modern identities. While much valuable work has been done on archaeology, imperialism, and nation-building in the Middle East, it is rare for scholars to have a chance to consider different imperial, national, and regional contexts together, as part of a broader reshaping of historical consciousness about this region, one forged through competing visions and agendas. This conference will bring together scholars with a range of interests to examine this question at a variety of scales. We are interested in studies that examine uses of the past in specific national/imperial/regional contexts, and also in contributions that take a broad view of how the ‘Middle East’ became a region with a certain kind of past (original, imperial, monumental, liminal?). Bringing this range of papers together will allow us to discover habits of thought that were common across times and places, and those that were unique or unusual as empires, nations, and people within them sought to create their own distinctive identities through references to the past and its remains.

We invite contributions on how either/both ‘outsiders’ and ‘natives’ in the region came to identify themselves and their political projects with the pasts they discovered there. Relevant are ‘official’ projects of nation-building and imperial enterprise, and also projects by special interest groups, non-state actors, and individuals. Through taking this broad approach, we hope to find new connections and illuminate broader tendencies in the reception, interpretation, and reuse of ancient pasts in the making of the modern Middle East.

Papers might approach the conference’s themes might from a variety of different angles. Contributions might focus, for example, on one or more of the following:

(i)         Specific objects, artefacts and sites, both ancient and modern: this might involve, for example retracing how ancient materials became valorised and commodified in the modern period by excavators, collectors and museums.

(ii)       Forms of institutional and official sponsorship (government or otherwise) for given scholarly ventures (re)collecting the ancient world, and for the fabrication of ancient histories.

(iii)     Appropriations and reinventions of ancient cultures, for example through speculative reconstructions, in textual, pictorial or architectural form, of ancient sites or styles.

(iv)      Imaginary geographies, environmental theories and political economies of nation and empire, around teleologies of translatio imperii and the modern state.

(v)       The development of ‘the Middle East’ as a unique place of origin, and as a political, historical, or geographical region with a distinct identity.

(vi)      The ongoing legacy of archaeological, collecting, and display practices of 1800–1939 in the contemporary world.


The two-day conference will be held at the University of Warwick 25–26 May 2023. Keynotes will be given by Professor Lynn Meskell (University of Pennsylvania) and Professor Zeynep Çelik (Columbia University, New Jersey Institute of Technology). Participants will submit papers of 6000-8000 words one month in advance of the meeting for pre-circulation, and will present a 15-minute condensed version of the paper at the workshop. This format will ensure productive discussions among participants and speed the process of publishing all papers from the conference in an edited volume, a process we will begin soon after the conference takes place.

Proposals for papers should include author name and affiliation, 300–400 word abstract, and a short CV. We invite proposals from scholars at all levels from early career onwards. Papers will be selected on the quality of the proposal and with the aim of ensuring a broad spread of topics for the conference. These should be sent to by the deadline of Monday, 20 June, 2022. Stipends for travel of up to £500 for scholars based in countries in the Middle East and North Africa will be available. To apply for these stipends, simply indicate in your email to the organisers that you wish to be considered and state the country you will be travelling from.

Looking forward to receiving your proposals,

Dr Guillemette Crouzet (Marie Curie Sklodowska Research Fellow, History, University of Warwick)

Dr Eva Miller (British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow, History, UCL)

1.5 Call for Papers – The BCLA PG and ECR Conference: New Pathways in Comparative and World Literature

Thursday 17th – Friday 18th November 2022

Queen’s University Belfast (in-person conference)
Keynote Speakers: Professor Maeve McCusker, Dr Stefanie Lehner

Call for Papers


The 2022 British Comparative Literature Association (BCLA) Postgraduate and Early Career Researcher conference aims to assess new pathways emerging in the broad and varied fields of Comparative and World Literature, interrogating the evolution of these disciplines. The open theme of this day-and-a-half conference seeks to ensure inclusivity and flexibility for prospective speakers, allowing for expanded opportunities for interdisciplinary networking among PGRs and ECRs. The Friday morning of the conference will comprise of a series of post-PhD workshops led by ECRs of the BCLA.

In the two decades since Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak provocatively declared the death of Comparative Literature, how has the field transformed? What impact has the sustained globalization and marketisation of literature had on Comparative and World Literary studies? In this present moment marked by global pandemics, climate change, multiple ongoing conflicts and mass migratory movements, what is the contemporary role of Comparative and World Literature? Indeed, what does Comparative and World Literature look like in this turbulent moment of the 21st century, and how can we begin to (re)define these disciplines? It is such questions that this conference hopes to address by examining the current state of Comparative and World Literature across a wide range of literary genres.

We invite Postgraduate and Early Career Researchers working in the fields of Comparative and World Literature, broadly defined, to submit abstracts for 15-minute papers. Papers may be presented on any form of literature from any cultural context, although the lingua franca of the conference will be English. Applicants need not be current members of the BCLA, although the opportunity to join will be available during the conference.

We welcome broad and creative interpretations of the title, including, but not limited to:

  • Emerging trends and new directions in Comparative / World Literature
  • The future of the discipline(s)
  • Alternative theoretical and pedagogical approaches to Comparative / World Literature
  • Comparative / World Literature in the Digital Age
  • Aesthetics and forms in Comparative / World Literature
  • Language politics in Comparative / World Literature
  • The politics and/or role of translation in Comparative / World Literature
  • Transnational Literature
  • Postcolonialism, eco-criticism and disaster narratives in Comparative / World Literature
  • The impact of Covid19 on Comparative / World Literature
  • Feminist and queer imaginings in Comparative / World Literature

Please send paper proposals of up to 300 words and a short biographical note to by Monday 25th July.

Call for Flash Presentations

Showcase your research! We welcome proposals from MA and PhD students to present a snapshot of their research in five minutes, using one PowerPoint slide OR one creative method of their choosing. Presentations may be on any topic related to Comparative and/or World Literature. To express interest in giving a flash presentation, please email by Monday 25th July with a short biographical note.

In order to make this conference as accessible as possible, QUB Graduate School Travel Grants will be available to a small number of participants. If you would like to be considered, please state your interest in our grant scheme when sending your proposal, and where you will be travelling from.

1.6 CFP – WiF Seminar Series on Bodies, Borders, and Boundaries

Women in French Australia

CFPs 2022 Seminar Series

Bodies, Borders, and Boundaries

September 2022 ― February 2023

Co-organisers: Dr Dominique Carlini Versini (Durham University) Dr Caroline D. Laurent (The American University of Paris)

With the question of borders constantly in the news, most recently in relation to Ukraine, and the threat that borders pose to some bodies more than others, bodies and borders are an urgent site of investigation. This seminar series would like to explore the various images of bodies, borders, and boundaries in contemporary texts, art works, and films by francophone artists who identify as women. It will interrogate textual and visual representations of gendered bodies at borders, or indeed, becoming borders (Guénif-Souilamas 2010). The goal of this series is to ask and reflect on some of the following questions: In what ways do literary and visual representations challenge the mainstream narrative around borders and bodies? What types of borders and boundaries are present in contemporary fiction by women written in French? How do national borders frame and reshape the body? Is there a particularity in French and francophone women’s writing of the gendered body and/at borders?

The gendered body that this series is particularly interested in often inhabits a frontier, concretely and/or symbolically. As a result, concerns linked to identity stem from an analysis of borders and boundaries. For instance, Léonora Miano perceives the in-betweenness of the double identity of migrant women as powerful and potentially subversive (2012). For others, like Élodie Malanda (2014), living on the border (habiter la frontière) actually underscores a malaise resulting from cultural hybridity. Whether positive or negative, borderscapes (Brambilla 2015) are to be theorized as connective spaces that put one’s body in relation to the Other and thus question notions of interiority and exteriority. Considering the complexity of the position(s) of the gendered body, the liminality associated with borders and boundaries engenders essential and important avenues of consideration and experimentation by artists.

In this sense, the series encourages critical and creative proposals investigating the ways in which the body itself can be considered a boundary traversed, shaped, and (un-)done by its interaction with the world and the Other. Skin has often been conceptualised as the body’s border, “but as a border that feels” (Ahmed & Stacey 2001, loc. 311), forming both a protection of the interiority of the self and a point of contact with the world; always at risk of being trespassed, penetrated, or transgressed by the Other. Florence Bancaud and Susanne Böhmisch have gone further and coined the term “body-border” (corps-frontière) to think about the body itself as a living border. In that regard, it could be perceived as a menace to actual borders and would warrant expulsion and control. The seminar series would like to envisage the ways in which the body can be thought of and represented as/at a border, as well as reflect on literary and visual explorations of bodily boundaries.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Migration and exile; crossing of borders
  • Colonial and postcolonial bodies; racialized bodies
  • Haptic, visual, and/or affective links between art works/texts/films and bodies
  • Bodily harm and violence; trauma and aftermath bodies
  • Hybridity; métissage
  • Discipline and control; incarceration of bodies
  • Eco/feminist engagement with bodies
  • Mobility or lack thereof; confinement
  • Surface and orifices
  • Necropolitics
  • Biopolitics
  • Heterotopia
  • Excess and transgression
  • Care and protection; ethics of care
  • Diseased bodies
  • Deviant bodies
  • Abjection; the abject
  • Sexuality; sexual identities
  • Interiority and exteriority
  • Relationality; poetics of relation

Please send a short bio and abstracts (250 words) in French or English by June 15 2022 to the co-organisers (;, with WiF Australia in cc (


Ahmed, Sara and Jackie Stacey (eds), “Introduction: Dermographies”, Thinking Through the Skin, London, Routledge [Kindle], 2001.

Barrière, Hélène and Susanne Böhmisch, Corps-frontière. Perspectives littéraires, artistiques et anthropologiques. Cahiers d’études germaniques 78, 2020.

Brambilla, Chiara, “Exploring the Critical Potential of the Borderscapes Concept”, Geopolitics 20(1), 2015.

Guénif-Souilamas, Nacira, “Le Corps-frontière, traces et trajets postcoloniaux”, in Achille Mbembe et al. (eds.), Ruptures postcoloniales. Les nouveaux visages de la société française, Paris, La Découverte, 2010.

Malanda, Élodie, “Habiter la frontière” ou errer dans un no-man’s land? Les crises d’identités afropéennes dans les romans pour adolescents en France”, Africultures 99-100, 2014.

Miano, Léonora, Habiter la frontière, Paris, L’Arche, 2012. 

1.7 Call for papers – Reading Arendt Today: Migration and Prejudice

Virtual Symposium 
Reading Arendt Today: Migration and Prejudice 

20 January 2023, hosted by Maynooth University 

Keynote speaker: Prof. Lyndsey Stonebridge (University of Birmingham, UK) 

It has almost become a truism that the work of Hannah Arendt is a powerful theoretical guide to contemporary culture and politics. “How could such a book speak so powerfully to our present moment?”, wrote Jeffrey Isaac in 2016 in The Washington Post, when discussing Arendt’s seminal 1951 work The Origins of Totalitarianism. “The short answer is that we, too, live in dark times.” However, such contemporary evocations of Arendt may overlook the historical specificities of Arendt’s writing and thinking. This interdisciplinary symposium thus seeks to examine what it means to read Arendt today, particularly in relation to (forced) migration and prejudice. 

Forced migration and displacement continue to affect millions across the world, including those forced to flee the ongoing crisis in Ukraine. Arendt’s own experience as a stateless refugee, following the rise of Nazism, was inextricable from the experience of antisemitism – and migration and refugeedom remain connected to forms of prejudice today. This may include contexts of violence against a specific ethnic group that necessitate refugeedom; or forms of prejudice against refugees or other migrants within their ‘new’ country, for example, denial of education opportunities or the right to work. 

This virtual (online) symposium will explore how Arendt’s writing may help navigate the intersection of migration and prejudice in both historical and contemporary contexts. To what extent, or in what ways, does Arendt’s writing speak to contemporary instances of forced migration? How does Arendt’s work help us to understand the links between (forced) migration and prejudice? What might be gained from reading Arendt within her own historical context – or bringing her work to bear on other contexts? What does it mean to read Arendt on migration today?

Topics of discussion may include, but are not limited to: 

  • Ways in which Arendt’s thought might illuminate (responses to) contemporary migrantphobia
  • The applicability of Arendt’s work to contemporary and/or non-European contexts of forced migration
  • ‘Statelessness’ in relation to other forms of refugeedom and migration
  • Arendt’s own experiences of migration, antisemitism and migrantphobia
  • Migration, human rights and legislative prejudice
  • Antisemitism, and its relation to other forms of prejudice
  • Arendt, Zionism and Palestine
  • Arendt’s own prejudices, including Eurocentrism

We invite proposals for 20-minute papers on these or related topics. We welcome a wide range of responses, including papers taking a comparative approach, bringing Arendt’s work into dialogue with other contexts, literature or other artworks. 

Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words, along with a short bio (up to 100 words), to by 18 July.

This conference is part of the event series ‘Migrantphobia and Antisemitism: Prejudice, Culture and Belonging’, funded by the Irish Research Council as part of the project ‘The Language of Refuge: Transnational Writers, Antisemitism and “Home”‘. 

1.8 The Journal of Languages, Texts and Society fifth annual conference (15 July 2022)

The Journal of Languages, Texts and Society is pleased to announce its fifth annual conference on the topic of Image(s) and Identities. This year’s conference will be on the 15th July in a hybrid format, with contributors and attendees able to choose to attend in-person at the University of Nottingham (Jubilee Campus) or to join us online.

This year’s theme looks at the many ways that Image(s) and identity are constructed, framed and responded to in society. We are particularly interested in papers which interrogate the ways that image(s) and identity of both the self and others can be seen to reflect and react to a changing world. Papers can discuss contemporary societies, or look back to historic cases of image and identity construction. This interdisciplinary conference aims to critically explore the question what is an image and identity in language(s), literary, artistic and cinematic forms, and texts in healthcare, educational, professional and other socio-political contexts.

As well as traditional papers, we also welcome creative responses to the theme which may include: poetry reading, creative writing and storytelling, performance art, short film, or singing/songwriting, for example. We also aim to host a physical and/or virtual gallery on the day to showcase visual contributions such as posters, comics, photography, fine art etc. Creative contributions of any kind are most welcome, limited only by your imagination!

The topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

Framing Narratives of Image and Identity

e.g., The ways literary, artistic and cinematic texts use framing devices to centre image(s) and identities within their narrative

Identity Politics

e.g., race, gender, class and sexual politics; social movements, resistance and activism; autonomy and marginalised identities across history

Image(s) and Semiotics

e.g., linguistic and visual investigations of the creation and communication of meaning in a given images

We invite contributions responding to these themes from Postgraduate and Early Career Researchers working in various disciplines across the Arts and Humanities, such as: literature, language(s) and linguistics, politics, history, translation studies, film and media, performance, Black studies, geography, law, education, philosophy, cultural studies, and history.

For academic papers of 15 minutes, we welcome abstracts of up to 300 words and biographies of up to 150 words. For creative contributions of 20 minutes, we invite an example of creative work and a biography of up to 150 words.

Submit your abstract by Wednesday 1st June 2022 to or get in touch for more information. We seek to inform all applicants by Friday 10th June 2022

1.9 Women in French UK-Ireland 2023 Conference – Call for Papers

Women in French UK-Ireland

Biennial Conference   26-28 May 2023

35 years of WiF – 22 years of WiFiS – Launch of Women in French UK-Ireland

Hinsley Hall, Leeds, England


Women and/in crises


Women in French aims to promote scholarly exchange based on research in French and Francophone Studies by or about women, and to maintain a network of contacts among those teaching and/or researching in this field.

Over the years, Women in French and Women in French in Scotland ran parallel events and came ‘together’ for the 2013 conference. And in 2021, Women in French was held – albeit virtually – in Maynooth, Ireland.

To celebrate 35 years of WiF, 22 years of WiFiS and the coming together of UK and Irish scholars around Women in French, the group is formalising itself as WiF UK-Ireland and the 2023 conference will see the official launch of the newly formed association.

Women and/in crises

Recent years have been marked by a number of communal crises, such as Covid, climate change, #MeToo or the challenge to historical narratives, to name but a few; but crises can also be personal, in our response to shared social concerns, or to events in our individual lives. Sometimes the two overlap as seen with Vanessa Springora’s Le Consentement (2020) in response to the 2018 letter, signed by 100 French women, including actor Catherine Deneuve, published in Le Monde to denounce the Balance-ton-porc movement as “puritanical”. More private crises are explored for instance in Marie Darrieussecq’s Tom est mort (2007), Marie Ndiaye’s Trois Femmes Puissantes (2012), or Laetitia Colombani’s Les Victorieuses (2019), while Ruth Cruickshank addresses the aesthetics of crisis discourses in Angot, Echenoz, Houellebecq, and Redonnet in Fin de Millénaire French fiction (2009).

It is of course difficult to find a stable definition of what constitutes a crisis when, for example, popular discourse defines as a ‘crise de nerfs’ what may be perceived as legitimate rage in the face of social injustice (see for example Fanny Galot’s ‘La « crise de nerfs », de la souffrance à la résistance?’, 2009)

We may also wonder to what extent ‘the personal is political’ when so many of the crises explored in women’s artistic productions are precipitated by social norms or political discourses about gender, race, migration, etc.

The theme that we have selected for Women in French 2023 can be interpreted in many different ways and we encourage our participants to reflect on the different ways in which women in French and Francophone literature, culture, cinema and politics have illustrated both women’s involvement in activist movements, and their responses to crises both social and personal. Contributions may address, but are not limited to, the following topics:

  • Women and activism
  • New feminisms
  • Eco-feminism
  • Women and revolt
  • Women and health crisis
  • Women and age
  • Bodies and crises
  • Motherhood and crises
  • Narratives of trauma

We are pleased to confirm writers Samira Sedira and Lou Sarabadzic as invited speakers.

One Book, One WiF

In partnership with our colleagues in WiF North America, WiF UK-Ireland is furthering the ‘One Book, One WiF’ project that began in 2017. The aim of this initiative is to help promote critical interest in less known French and Francophone women writers and thus to increase the readership of their corpus. The author for the 2023 conference is Meryem Alaoui and the text is La Vérité sort de la bouche du cheval (2018). Proposals for papers or a panel on this book or the author in general are welcomed.

200-300-word abstracts are invited for 20-minute papers in English or in French by or about women in any area of French Studies. We welcome papers from postgraduate students, ECRs as well as established scholars from the U.K. and Ireland and beyond.

Please send abstracts and a brief bio, along with any queries, to the conference organisers by 1st September 2022:  Véronique Desnain ( and Caroline Verdier (

The conference is held in the pleasant, leafy surroundings of Hinsley Hall, approximately 3 km from the centre of Leeds, and includes a Saturday afternoon ‘break’ in nearby Ilkley with the possibility of a short walk on the moors.




Women in French UK-Ireland

Conférence bisannuelle 26-28 mai 2023,

35 ans de WiF – 22 ans de WiFiS – lancement de Women in French UK-Ireland

Hinsley Hall, Leeds, Angleterre


Femmes et/en crises


Women in French a pour objectif de promouvoir les échanges académiques basés sur la recherche en études françaises et francophones par ou sur les femmes, ainsi que de maintenir un réseau de contacts entre les personnes enseignantes et/ou chercheuses dans ce domaine.

Au fil des années, Women in French et Women in French in Scotland ont organisé des événements parallèles et se sont réunis pour la conférence de 2013. Et en 2021, Women in French s’est tenu – bien que virtuellement – à Maynooth, en Irlande.

Pour célébrer les 35 ans de WiF, les 22 ans de WiFiS et le rassemblement des universitaires britanniques et irlandais-e-s autour de Women in French, le groupe se formalise sous le nom de Women in French UK-Ireland et la conférence de 2023 verra le lancement officiel de la nouvelle association.

Femmes et/en Crises

Ces dernières années ont été marquées par un certain nombre de crises collectives, telles que Covid, le changement climatique, #MeToo ou encore la remise en cause des récits historiques, pour n’en citer que quelques-unes ; mais les crises peuvent aussi être personnelles, que ce soit dans notre réponse à des préoccupations sociales partagées, ou à des événements de notre vie privée. Parfois, les deux se chevauchent, comme on le voit avec Vanessa Springora et son ouvrage Le Consentement (2020) en réponse à la lettre de 2018, signée par 100 femmes françaises, dont l’actrice Catherine Deneuve, et publiée dans Le Monde pour dénoncer le mouvement Balance-ton-porc comme “puritain”. Des crises plus privées sont explorées par exemple dans Tom est mort (2007) de Marie Darrieussecq, Trois Femmes Puissantes (2012) de Marie Ndiaye, ou encore Les Victorieuses (2019) de Laetitia Colombani, tandis que Ruth Cruickshank aborde l’esthétique des discours de crise chez Angot, Echenoz, Houellebecq et Redonnet dans Fin de Millénaire French fiction (2009).

Il est bien sûr difficile de trouver une définition précise de ce qui constitue une crise quand, par exemple, le discours populaire définit comme une « crise de nerfs » ce qui peut être perçu comme une rage légitime face à l’injustice sociale (voir par exemple Fanny Galot ‘”La crise de nerfs “, de la souffrance à la résistance ?’, (2009).

On peut également se demander dans quelle mesure ” le personnel est politique ” quand tant de crises explorées dans les productions artistiques des femmes sont provoquées par des normes sociales ou des discours politiques sur le genre, la race, la migration, etc.

Le thème que nous avons choisi pour le Women in French 2023 peut être interprété de nombreuses façons et nous encourageons nos participants à réfléchir aux différentes manières dont les femmes ont illustré à la fois l’engagement dans les mouvements militants et la réponse des femmes aux crises sociales et personnelles dans les domaines de la littérature, de la culture, du cinéma et de la politique françaises et francophones. Les contributions sont notamment invitées sur les sujets suivants :

  • Femmes et activisme / militantisme
  • Nouveaux féminismes
  • Eco-féminisme
  • Femmes et révolte
  • Femmes et santé / crise sanitaire
  • Femmes et âge
  • Corps et crises
  • Maternité et crises
  • Récits de traumatismes

Nous avons le plaisir de confirmer les écrivaines Samira Sedira et Lou Sarabadzic comme invitées d’honneur.


Un Livre, Un WiF

Le programme ‘Un Livre, un WIF’, qui date de 2017, vise à encourager une collaboration internationale entre les membres de WIF Amérique du Nord et de WIF au Royaume-Uni et en Irlande lors de nos deux colloques respectifs.  Nous espérons attirer l’attention critique sur le travail des écrivaines moins connues, en France ou dans le monde francophone. Pour ce colloque il s’agira de l’écrivaine Meryem Alaoui et son livre La Vérité sort de la bouche du cheval (2018). Les propositions de communications ou de séances qui traitent de cette écrivaine ou de son travail sont les bienvenues.

Nous invitons des propositions (résumés de 200-300 mots environ) pour des communications de 20 minutes, en anglais ou en français. Les communications de doctorant-e-s, de chercheur-euse-s en début de carrière ainsi que de chercheur-euses-s établis sont les bienvenues.

Veuillez envoyer les résumés et une brève biographie, ainsi que toute question aux organisatrices de la conférence avant le 1er septembre 2022 : Véronique Desnain ( et Caroline Verdier (

Le colloque se déroule dans le cadre agréable et verdoyant de Hinsley Hall, à environ 3 km du centre de Leeds (Yorkshire) ; Une ‘pause’ est prévue le samedi après-midi dans la ville voisine de Ilkley, avec possibilité d’une brève promenade sur les ‘moors’.

1.10 Call for Papers Edited Volume “Un/Making Graphic History: BD and Narratives of Resistance in French”

In recent years, bande dessinées and graphic novels, as both fiction and/or documentary, have become a popular medium to shed light on unknown or forgotten parts of history or to raise awareness on current socio-political realities and challenges. BDs and graphic novels in French have tackled various topics such as the environmental and socio-economic impact of urban growth (Rural!, 2001), the chlordecone pollution in the French Antilles from 1972 to 1993 (Tropiques toxiques, 2020), the infestation of sargassum seaweed on the shores of Caribbean islands (Mission Pas Possible-Opération Sargasses, 2020), the deportation of children from Réunion to rural hexagonal France (mainly Creuse) from 1964 to 1984 (Piments zoizos: les enfants oubliés de La Réunion, 2020), or the formation of the Vietnamese diaspora in French territories in the context of the Vietnam War (series Mémoires de Viet-Kieu, 2010 – 2020). 

We invite chapter proposals in English for a forthcoming edited volume with New Directions in Francophone Studies: Diversity, Decolonization, Queerness (an EUP series). This collection will examine the political, aesthetic, and ethical gestures embedded in bande dessinées and graphic novels in order to bear witness to, inform, or question our past and contemporary realities. Through the combination of image and text, the medium encourages us to reconsider the possibilities and limits of documentary and/or fictional, personal, and collective accounts, examining the historical, political, aesthetic, and pedagogical relevance of the medium. This volume will explore some of the following questions: how do BDs and graphic novels examine environmental, gender, racial, religious, political, and social questions? How do the media, through the combination of text and image, engage with notions of voice, power, bias, and perspective? How are the media relevant to the exploration of individual and collective identity de/construction? How are BDs and graphic novels a valuable pedagogical tool to discuss diversity, decolonization, inclusion, and social justice issues? 

Chapters may investigate the intersection between graphic novels/bande dessinées, aesthetics, and history. Topics may include, but are not limited to: 

  • bande dessinée as pedagogical tool 
  • border, migration, exile
  • colonialism and imperialism
  • diversity and representation
  • ecology 
  • gender and queer identity
  • graphic novels/bande dessinées as a form of activism 
  • multilingualism and translation 
  • place of graphic novels/bande dessinées in historical narratives
  • race
  • religion
  • universalism

Abstracts (300 words) and bios (100 words) for proposed chapters should be submitted by June 1, 2022 to the editors of the collection, Jennifer Boum Make ( and Charly Verstraet ( By June 7, potential contributors will be contacted regarding the status of their abstract. Ultimately, articles should be between 4000 and 5000 words including footnotes and references. Complete chapters will be due December 15, 2022. 

Publication Schedule:

June 1, 2022: Submission for Abstracts

June 7, 2022: Notification of Acceptance

Summer 2022: Book proposal submitted to NDFS/EUP for review and contract

December 15, 2022: Chapter Submission (5,000 words max)

Early 2023: Peer-review process and revisions

Early 2024: Publication–

1.11 Postgraduate poster competition Caribbean Generations

Postgraduate Poster Competition: Caribbean Generations Conference, Queen’s University Belfast 24-25th June 2022   

The organisers of the 2022 Caribbean Generations Conference, taking place at Queen’s University Belfast 24-25th June, invite PGs in any area of Caribbean Studies, broadly defined, to submit a poster based on their research project.   

The poster competition provides a key opportunity for PGs to develop their ability to explain their research succinctly to a broad audience, who may or may not, be familiar with their work.   

Posters should offer a clear taster of your research project, have visual impact, and be accessible to a non-specialist academic audience.   

Prizes, generously sponsored by the Society for French Studies, include £100 for overall winner and 2x £50 prizes for runners-up.

Entries will be displayed at the conference (24-25th June) where the judging panel will select the winners.   

Please send a digital copy of your poster, no larger than one A3 page and saved as a PDF, to by *Friday 17th June* 

Winners will be notified via email.  

2. Job and Scholarship Opportunities

2.1 Lecturer in French (Learning, Teaching and Scholarship), University of Glasgow

Location: Glasgow
Salary: £36,382 to £40,927 Grade, level, 7, per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 11th May 2022
Closes: 8th June 2022
Job Ref: 085848

This post is full time (35 hours per week) and is offered on a one-year basis, following the award of a Royal Society of Edinburgh Fellowship in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures.

The University of Glasgow is seeking to appoint a fixed-term Lecturer (LTS) in French.

LTS posts focus on the design and delivery of learning and teaching alongside scholarship (i.e. outputs and other work that relates to the study and practice of learning and teaching within a Higher Education setting).

The post will support Undergraduate teaching in French and Francophone language and culture courses, and some teaching on the history of the Francophone Caribbean at Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels. The post will also involve teaching in Comparative Literature and on the new joint Master’s programme in Reparative Justice between the University of Glasgow and the University of the West Indies. Expertise on Francophone Caribbean literature and film would be an advantage.

In this role you will contribute to the delivery of a high-quality student experience by contributing to teaching, assessment and administration associated with undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in French, and undertake scholarship to enhance learning and teaching in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures. The post will have a particular responsibility for the leading and delivery of courses in French language and on Francophone Caribbean literature and history. Candidates must have a PhD (or equivalent) in a related discipline and/ or equivalent teaching experience. Candidates should have native or near-native language skills in French and English.

The University aims to foster an inclusive climate and to ensure equality in our working, research, and learning and teaching environments. We strongly welcome applications from members of under-represented groups, including BAME colleagues and women. We endorse the principles of Athena SWAN, including a supportive and flexible working environment, with commitment from all levels of the organisation to promoting gender equality.

For further information on the College of Arts, School of Modern Languages and Cultures please visit 

If you have any questions or would like any further information about the post, please contact Dr Rachel Douglas by email at

For more information and to apply online:   

Closing date: 08 June 2022

It is the University of Glasgow’s mission to foster an inclusive climate, which ensures equality in our working, learning, research and teaching environment.

We strongly endorse the principles of Athena SWAN, including a supportive and flexible working environment, with commitment from all levels of the organisation in promoting gender equality.

The University of Glasgow, charity number SC004401.

2.2 CDP studentship: Matters of Extraction: Atlantic Lives and Ecologies

The Centre for Education and Research in Arts and Media (CREAM), University of Westminster and The National Archives are pleased to announce the availability of a fully-funded collaborative doctoral studentship from October 2022, under the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Collaborative Doctoral Partnership (CDP) Scheme<>.
Matters of Extraction (MoE) will extend knowledge on the relationship between extraction and Caribbean colonial materials and explore links between colonialism, ecological crises and racial injustices. This artistic research project is emergent from The National Archives’ material as collections of colonial land ownership, state governance, the development of fossil fuel extraction, mineral and other mining industries and related Atlantic trading routes. The researcher will join the emergent multidisciplinary and international network Matters of Extraction (MoE) and will be underpinned by public engagement, exposition and a web-based publishing environment.
This project will be jointly supervised by a team of supervisors led by Professor Roshini Kempadoo<> (CREAM) and Dr Kevin Searle<> (The National Archives). The National Archives and the student will be expected to spend time at both CREAM/Westminster School of Arts and The National Archives. They will also become part of the wider cohort of CDP funded students across the UK, with access to CDP Cohort Development events<>.
It is important to us that our organisations are more diverse, so we encourage applications from people of all backgrounds and identities. We especially keen to hear from candidates from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds as they are currently underrepresented at this level in this area.
Deadline: 5pm (BST) on Monday 6 June 2022

Learn more and apply here<>.
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2.3 Postdoctoral Research Fellow (9 months, 0.4 FTE), University of Stirling

Location: Stirling
Salary: £34,304 to £40,927 per annum (pro-rata) (Grade 7)
Hours: Part Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 12th May 2022
Closes: 2nd June 2022
Job Ref: FAC01545

Location: Stirling Campus

Contract type: Part time 40% FTE

Working pattern: Fixed term 9 months

The Post

Applications are invited for a post-doctoral research fellowship in French and Francophone studies at the University of Stirling.

The post-doctoral position is offered as part of the Impact and Engagement project ‘Remembering Empire’, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

The contract would be for 9 months starting July 1 2022 to March 30 2023. 

‘Remembering Empire’ is an Impact and Engagement project that examines models of memory in relation to the French settlers of Algeria, known as the pieds-noirs, most of whom left Algeria when it gained independence in 1962.

The primary role of the post-holder is to assist the Principal Investigator (PI) and other members of the project team in the design, delivery and evaluation of public engagement activities. A near-native command of French and a PhD in the area of Francophone postcolonial studies is required, and strong communication, inter-personal and analytical skills are essential, as are good organisational abilities. The ability to develop digital humanities outputs is desirable. The role will involve some work in secondary schools and the post-holder will be required a membership of the PVG scheme.

Description of Duties

  • As part of a wider team, develop research and knowledge exchange objectives and proposals for own or joint research and play a lead role in relation to a specific project/s or part of a broader project, with guidance from senior colleagues as required
  • As part of the research team, conduct research, including determining appropriate research methods and contributing to the development of new research methods
  • Write or contribute to publications and disseminate research findings using other appropriate media. Engage in impact and dissemination activities such as conferences, blogs, and webinars and other knowledge exchange activities to encourage societal impact
  • Deliver presentations at conferences or exhibit work in other appropriate events
  • Build internal and external contacts and participate in networks for the exchange of information and to form relationships for future collaboration

Essential Criteria


  • Honours Degree and PhD in an appropriate discipline 
  • Native or near-native knowledge of French

Knowledge, Skills & Experience

  • Sufficient breadth or depth of specialist knowledge, in a relevant discipline to contribute to the development of research project activities, methodologies and evaluation
  • Ability to routinely communicate complex and conceptual ideas to those with limited knowledge and understanding as well as to peers using high level skills and a range of audio-visual media
  • Excellent knowledge of French colonial history and/or media

For further information, including a full description of duties, essential criteria and details on how to apply, please see

2.4 University Teacher in French Language – Grade 7 (0.8FTE) Maternity Cover, University of Liverpool

Location: Liverpool
Salary: £35,327 to £40,928 per annum (pro-rata)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 13th May 2022
Closes: 10th June 2022
Job Ref: 042829

The Department of Languages, Cultures & Film wishes to appoint a fixed-term University Teacher in French to provide maternity cover. The successful candidate will maintain and enhance our successful and innovative delivery of French language teaching at undergraduate level and will contribute to ongoing departmental and School initiatives in language teaching and learning as part of a wider Liverpool Languages Strategy. The successful candidate will hold a relevant postgraduate or professional qualification in a discipline directly relevant to language teaching. Experience of teaching French language at undergraduate level in a Higher Education Institution is essential, as is experience of module design, delivery and assessment. Experience of devising and delivering module components in interpreting is desirable, as is experience and an active interest in methods of authentic assessment. You will be expected to contribute to the delivery of French language teaching at all undergraduate levels and will be aware of the latest developments in language teaching methodologies. The post is to cover a period of maternity leave expected to last until 30th June 2023.

For full details and to apply online, please visit:

2.5 Teaching Assistant post – Sheffield Hallam University

Teaching Assistant – French Foreign Language Support (0.6FTE / 22.2 hours per week)   

College of Business, Tech. & Engineering, Sheffield Hallam University  


Grade 5 – £23,487 to £27,116 (pro rata) dependent on experience (fixed term until 30/06/23)  


Please follow the link below for full details of this post:

2.6 Stipendiary Lectureship in Modern Languages (French) – University of Oxford (Trinity College)

Location: Oxford
Salary: £9,308 to £10,469 for the four weighted hours. (The 12 weighted-hour full-time equivalent being: £27,924 – £31,406).
Hours: Part Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 18th May 2022
Closes: 17th June 2022

Applications are invited for a part-time, fixed-term Stipendiary Lectureship in Modern Languages, for one year from 1st September 2022 to 31st August 2023 in the first instance, with the possibility of renewal for a further two years. The successful candidate will be required to teach four weighted hours per week, averaged across the three terms, to students studying French. Candidates should have an excellent educational background, with a good first degree, and either possess or be working towards a doctorate. They should have the ability to teach high-achieving undergraduates via College tutorials in the required subjects, namely the first year (Prelims) literature papers III and IV and second and final year classes in translation from French to English (Final Honour School paper IIA). The syllabus is included in the Further Particulars. Further particulars and details of how to apply are available from Closing date for applications: 12 noon (UK time) on Friday 17th June.


2.7 Lecturer in French (T+R), Aberystwyth University (deadline May 30)

The Department of Modern Languages at Aberystwyth is looking to appoint a Lecturer in French (Teaching and Research), to contribute to core teaching in French Studies and French language. You will teach a combination of cultural modules and language modules within the undergraduate provision of the Department. You will have an excellent command of written and spoken French and English, and a well-established research trajectory which will enable you to make an important contribution to the University’s REF submission for Modern Languages. You will have experience of teaching French language at university level, and the ability to teach a range of topics at undergraduate level. The role will also include administration and student welfare responsibilities as well as participation in a range of student recruitment activities. Applications are invited from suitable candidates from any field of 20th- and 21st-century French and Francophone cultures.

To make an informal enquiry, please contact Dr Guy Baron at  

Ref: ML.22.4195

Under the UK Government’s points-based system scheme, this role meets the criteria to be sponsored by Aberystwyth University (AU) for a Skilled Worker Route (SWR) application. Please see below for more information on the sponsorship process.

We welcome applicants from all backgrounds and communities and in particular, those that are currently under-represented in our workforce. This includes but is not limited to Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic candidates and candidates with disabilities. We specifically encourage female candidates to apply for this post as they are currently under-represented at this level in our organisation.

We are a Bilingual Institution which complies with the Welsh Language Standards and is committed to Equal Opportunities. You are welcome to apply for any vacancy in Welsh or English and any application submitted will be treated equally.

To apply:

2.8 Visiting Assistant Professor, Colgate University – Peace & Conflict Studies

The Peace and Conflict Studies (PCON) program at Colgate University seeks a visiting assistant professor for a one-year appointment beginning fall semester 2022. The Peace and Conflict Studies program focuses on developing critical understandings of organized violence in all its forms (physical, structural, symbolic, etc.) and how such violence has shaped the world both historically and in the present. The program will consider candidates with training in any disciplinary or interdisciplinary field, and welcomes candidates with any regional specialization, including those whose work focuses on transnational phenomena. Candidates are particularly encouraged to apply if their work engages with marginalized perspectives, spaces, theories, and/or methodologies. All prospective candidates should highlight the ways in which their intellectual interests and teaching competencies are able to situate their empirical research, theoretical engagement, and utilization of critical methodologies (reflexive, collaborative, or otherwise) within a broader understanding of global and historical trends in peace and conflict.

The holder of this position will be able to make teaching contributions at all levels of the program’s curriculum so long as they are consistent with the candidate’s training and the program’s needs. In addition to making contributions to our introductory curriculum (“PCON 111: Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies” and “PCON 218: Practices of Peace and Conflict – War in Lived Experience”), the successful candidate may also contribute to program electives, senior seminars, and the university’s Liberal Arts Core Curriculum. The annual teaching requirement for Colgate faculty is five courses, typically distributed over two semesters as either a 3/2 or 2/3 load. The successful candidate will also have the opportunity to contribute to program activities, including lectures, workshops, and events to support faculty scholarship and student engagement. The successful candidate will have a doctorate in hand or will complete the doctorate by the start of the semester.

Founded in 1970, the Peace and Conflict Studies program is one of the oldest such programs at a secular institution in the United States. As one of the top majors at Colgate University and its most popular interdisciplinary program, Peace and Conflict Studies attracts dynamic students and faculty from across the institution. The program emphasizes engaged and critical intellectual activity that combines theory and practice towards understanding some of the most important historical and contemporary global challenges. For more information on the Peace and Conflict Studies program’s curriculum, faculty, and activities, please consult

Colgate University is a vibrant, residential liberal arts university situated in central New York State. Its faculty practice excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service.

It is the policy of Colgate University not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of their race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, pregnancy, national origin, marital status, disability, protected Veteran status, sexual orientation and gender identity and expression, genetic information, victims of domestic violence and stalking, familial status, and all other categories covered by law. Colgate University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Candidates from historically underrepresented groups, women, persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

Prospective candidates should submit (1) a letter of application, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) a writing sample of no more than thirty pages (published or unpublished), and (4) the names of three referees who may be contacted at a later stage in the selection process. Candidates should describe in their cover letter how their approach to teaching will support the university’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. Applications should be submitted through Review of applications will begin on June 13, and continue until the position is filled. Interviews will be conducted via Zoom in mid- to late- June.

Applicants with dual-career considerations can find postings of other employment opportunities at Colgate and at other institutions of higher education in upstate New York at

More details here:

2.9 Postdoctoral Scholars, Human Geography

2 Postdoctoral Scholars in Human Geography (f/m/d)

The Human Geography unit of Heidelberg University’s Institute of Geography (<>) is seeking to appoint 2 postdoctoral scholars, starting 1 September or 1 October 2022. Under the new leadership of Prof. Natalie Koch, the group will focus on core themes in political geography, including authoritarianism, geopolitics, the state system, empire, nationalism and identity politics, natural resources and energy geopolitics, and transregional approaches to the Middle East.

Successful candidates are expected to design and conduct independent research that complements the unit’s ongoing projects, and to independently and collaboratively publish and present results in diverse outlets and conferences. Team members will assist with organizing workshops, conferences, and guest lecture series, as well as other activities to support the Human Geography program at Heidelberg. Scholars will also be invited to collaborate in designing and drafting research proposals for further funding. Teaching at the BA and MA level are mandatory (4 SWS), primarily in Heidelberg but potentially also including international field excursions.

Your profile

•  Completed PhD in Human Geography or closely related social science field

•  Strong background in qualitative research methods

•  University teaching experience, preferably in human geography

•  Competence in collaborative research and teaching

•  Excellent organizational and communication skills

•  Excellent command of written and spoken English

•  Desired but not required: Fluency in German and/or an additional language (esp. Arabic)

Candidates with a background in Gulf and Arabian Peninsula studies are especially encouraged to apply, but scholars with diverse regional specializations will also be seriously considered.

The desired (but negotiable) starting date is 1 September or 1 October 2022 and successful candidates are expected to move to Heidelberg, Germany.

All applications regardless of gender, nationality, ethnic or social origin, religion, dis/ability, age, or sexual orientation are welcome.

Offer and salary

•  Salary is determined according to university guidelines based on qualifications, at least at the E13 level

•  Initial contract for 3 years, with the possibility of one 3-year extension

•  Funding for fieldwork and conferences

•  Research support by student assistants

•  Individual office space and technology

•  Flexible working hours

•  Professional development and advising support


Deadline: 8 July 2022. Interviews for the top candidates will take place online or in Heidelberg no later than 2 August, and the final decision will be communicated shortly thereafter.

Send your application in English to Brigitte Heine:<>  It should be collected as 1 PDF (lastname_firstname.pdf) with the following elements in order:

(1)   letter of motivation (max. 3 pages), outlining your background, expertise, and experiences that are relevant for the position;

(2)   a curriculum vitae and list of publications;

(3)   a writing sample (1 article or chapter only); and

(4)   a copy of the PhD certificate – or if you have not yet completed the degree, a letter from your doctoral supervisor confirming that you will complete the degree by the end of 2022.

2.10 MA International Slavery & Bursary for 2 Black British Students

The MA International Slavery at the University of Liverpool is being relaunched in September 2022. Below is some information on the course – which will also be offering 2 bursaries for Black British students to apply for by 30 June 2022. (scroll down and click on MA International Slavery Scholarships)

Any queries, please email

2.11 Stipendiary Lecturership in French Language, Somerville College, Oxford

Location: Oxford
Salary: Starting salary £27,924 depending on skills and experience.
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 26th May 2022
Closes: 16th June 2022

Full-time, fixed term (2022 – 2025)

Starting salary £27,924 depending on skills and experience.

Somerville College proposes to appoint a 12-hour Stipendiary Lecturer in French for 3 academic years, starting on 1 October 2022 and finishing on 4 July 2025. This is a full-time, fixed-term post which is subject to funding and continuing need.

The post is designed to fulfil the teaching of French language in the College and provide a career progression and support opportunity for those at an early career stage. This could include those moving into academia from other areas. It is essential that the post-holder has had a recent and significant period of immersion in French language and culture through having worked or studied and/or lived in a Francophone country, ideally for not less than 12 months and within a year of the start date of this post.

The lecturer will be responsible, in collaboration with the Tutorial Fellow in French, for the teaching of conversation classes, listening comprehension classes, translation into English, grammar and comparative stylistics. They will also participate in the annual admissions process; undertake pastoral duties, and year abroad preparation. They will be expected to collaborate on the planning of the French course and to support access and outreach initiatives.

Research support and mentorship will be available, and where the post-holder has a research specialism which is relevant to the curriculum followed by the college’s undergraduates in French, the college will endeavour to offer an element of skills development and teaching practice in that area.

Informal queries about the role may be directed to

For further information and to apply please visit

The closing date for the post is 12 noon (UK time) on 16 June 2022.

Somerville College is an equal opportunities employer

2.12 Postgraduate Job announcement: Conference support officers (hourly-paid, 13 months)

Conference support officers (hourly-paid, 13 months) 

The ASMCF ( is looking for two Conference support officers working closely with our Conference Officer. 

The posts are open to PG students working in any area of French and Francophone Studies. 

Application deadline: Monday 18 July 2022

Start date: 1 September 2022

The conference support officers will need to attend the ASMC annual conference on 8-9 September 2022 (online).  

Conference support officers (hourly-paid, 13 months)

The ASMCF is looking for two Conference support officers working closely with our Conference Officer.

The posts are open to PG students.

The hourly rate is £12/hour, and we expect each support officer to work 110 hours in total over the year (paid as £100 per month over the year). It is expected that some months will be busier than others.

Main duties of the posts:

A key responsibility of this role is to support the organisation and delivery of our annual conference in September 2023 taking place both online and in-person.

You will need to have some experience in event organisation.

Although you will be able to work remotely most of the year, the work will require you to stay in London just before and during the conference.

Conference organisation:

  • Propose a conference theme for the 2023 ASMCF Annual Conference and draft the call for paper during Summer 2022
  • Publicise the call for paper
  • Manage the ASMSCF account for the conference
  • Manage the proposals
  • Find sponsors
  • Organise the panels
  • Organise the online- sessions
  • Manage the online registration process, including attendee communication and financial processing
  • Update event web listings and assist with promoting events
  • Produce any materials required for attendees
  • Be responsible for organising and managing the evening social events at the conference
  • Attend the conference when required to ensure its smooth running
  • Provide technical support for online events

For enquiries about the posts and to submit an application, please email:

We would be grateful if you could share this information with colleagues who may be interested.

Many thanks

2.13 Generation Delta Goldsmiths Studentships: Call for Applicants for Entry, September 2022

I hope you are well.  Members of this network might be interested in this studentship – I realise that the information session has now passed but you can still find out more about this application by emailing the Graduate School at Goldsmiths –  Deadline for submission of application is *Friday 10th June 2022 at 5:00 pm*.   Please do feel free to circulate.    Thank you.

*Generation Delta Goldsmiths Studentships: Call for Applicants for Entry September 2022*

The Graduate School is very pleased to announce the call for applications for two Generation Delta Goldsmiths Studentships, for doctoral study. This initiative builds on and contributes to the recently launched OFS /Research England project Generation Delta: Building Routes into Professorship for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Women <>  that seeks to redress barriers to access and participation in doctoral study for racialised students generally and women of colour in particular. While Generation Delta Goldsmiths Studentships are open to all eligible applicants from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds in any field of study at Goldsmiths, University of London, it is anticipated that at least one award will be made to a woman of colour who are the group most underrepresented nationally in terms of doctoral study and studentship funding.  Applicants must be new or continuing doctoral students who will not have completed more than 1 year Full-time or 2 years Part-time registration by September, 2022.  Awards may be held on a full or part-time basis, pro-rata, over 3 years (FT) and 6 years (PT) and are equivalent to fully funded UKRI studentships which cover Home fees and offer an annual FT
stipend of £18,062, together with a small annual research training and support fund of £750 (£350 for PT study). The studentships are not available for those with overseas tuition fee status and applicants who have already completed an initial period of registration will normally only be awarded a studentship for the period of the registration period remaining (exclusive of the completion/writing up period).

*Application procedure and deadline*

To apply for a studentship, you will need to complete the Generation Delta Scholarship application form, via the online form available here <> –

The following is a summary of the information and attachments that will be requested on the form. If you have any queries about these scholarships, please email the Graduate School using the subject heading ‘Generation Delta Goldsmiths Application – [Your Surname].

*1. Applicant details:*
You will be asked to supply your name, contact address, email and mobile numbers.  You will also be asked to confirm the following:

a) that you have applied for or been accepted on to a place to study for the MPhil/PhD at Goldsmiths by the deadline for receipt of applications. Please provide your applicant number.

b) that you are a home student, i.e.

   – Are a UK National (meeting residency requirements), or
   – Have settled status, or
   – Have pre-settled status (meeting residency requirements), or
   – Have indefinite leave to remain or enter

c) your gender identification and preferred form of address together with confirmation that you qualify as an applicant from a BAME background

*2. Proposal*:
Please upload a proposal of no more than 2000 words outlining briefly a) the programme of research including research questions, practice and methodology, as well as ethical considerations; b) contribution to field of study, practice and/or policy and social impact; c) timeline and schedule of work.

*3. Personal Statement:  *

Please upload a personal statement of no more than 500 words describing how your previous work/life/educational experiences to date has prepared you for and/or informs the research work proposed and how you will benefit from and contribute to the research environment at Goldsmiths.

*4. Two references (one of whom must be from a proposed or current
supervisor): *

References should comment, as appropriate, on your academic record to date, your research plans and your preparedness for doctoral study, as well as in the case of proposed supervisor, the suitability of the supervisory team and wider research environment.

*Deadline for receipt of applications, 17:00 on Friday, 10 June.*

*Selection Criteria*

   – Research proposal’s quality and feasibility of work plan as outlined in research proposal and in references.

  – Preparedness for and commitment to research as outlined in the personal statement and references.
  – Appropriateness of supervisory team and potential contribution to research environment at Goldsmiths as indicated in personal statement and supervisor reference.
  – As a reminder, it is anticipated that at least one award will be made to a woman of colour who will be invited to become a Generation Delta Champion and contribute to the work and networking activities of the Generation Delta Project.

*Selection Process*

   – All applications will be reviewed by an internal selection panel chaired by Prof Farzana Shain.

*All candidates will be notified of the outcome of the selection process by Friday, 1 July.*


*Thursday, 19 May (1-2pm UK time)*

*Applicant information session*

Click here to join the meeting

*Friday, 10 June (5pm UK time)*

*Deadline for receipt of Applications*

*w/c 20th June *

*Selection Panel Meets*

*Friday, 1 July*

*All candidates notified of outcome*

2.14 Four positions in Politics / International Studies, Birmingham

The Department of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Birmingham is advertising four new assistant/associate professor positions. The positions are open to anyone working on politics and international studies broadly understood, and we are encouraging applications from anyone that could contribute to the Department’s existing strengths and help us to diversify our regional expertise. The full details and information on the application process are available in the following two links (please note that two deadlines are listed, but we recommend to apply by June 30th):

3. Announcements

3.1 Prix jeune d’H2C

Depuis 2016, l’Association des historiens contemporanéistes de l’enseignement supérieur et de la recherche (AHCESR) attribuait annuellement un prix jeune ; comme de juste, ce prix prend à partir de la session 2022 le nom de Prix jeune d’H2C — Historiennes et historiens du contemporain.

Ce prix couronne un article d’histoire contemporaine écrit par la/le titulaire d’un doctorat obtenu au cours des trois dernières années. Il entend faire connaître et encourager les recherches en histoire contemporaine les plus novatrices, par leur objet ou leur méthode, sans autre restriction que les limites de la chronologie. Le prochain prix, pour l’année 2022, doté d’un montant de 500 euros, sera remis lors de la prochaine assemblée générale d’H2C, fin 2022.

L’article doit avoir été publié :
– en français ;
– dans une revue scientifique (avec ou sans comité de lecture, en ligne et/ou en version papier, en France ou à l’étranger). Les chapitres de livres collectifs ne seront pas évalués ;
– par la/le titulaire d’un doctorat soutenu entre le 1er septembre 2019 et le 1er mai 2022 ;
– il ne doit pas avoir déjà été soumis dans les années précédentes pour le prix de l’AHCESR.

Modalités de candidature :
Envoi avant le 20 mai 2022 d’un unique fichier pdf comprenant :
– un bref CV
– le diplôme de doctorat
– l’article.
A l’adresse,

3.2 UCML virtual Coffee Mornings and Shut Up and Write Session for ECAs in Languages

The UCML (University Council of Modern Languages) Early Career Academics Special Interest Group invites you to join us for our upcoming coffee mornings and shut up and write session! 

All sessions take place on Zoom and participants can join for a short time in between classes, for a break from research, or for the full time. It is 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!

Upcoming UCML virtual Coffee Mornings and Shut Up and Write Session for ECAs in Languages

  1. May 13: Coffee Morning with guest Dr Liz Wren-Owens

We will gather (virtually) together for our usual social time. Anyone is welcome. Liz Wren-Owens will join us for the second half of this coffee hour and will be pleased to answer any questions.

Date and time: Friday 13th May 10.30-11.30


Meeting ID: 999 2306 4160

  1. June 10: Virtual Shut up and Write Session and Coffee Morning

We invite you to join our first ever Shut up and Write session. The aim of these writing sessions is to set aside time to work on a project while being (virtually) amongst others who will be working at the same time. There will be short breaks, but the aim is to set aside some much needed focused time with some accountability from friends.

There will be a longer break from 10.30-11.30am for our usual coffee morning.

Anyone is welcome to join at any point!

Date and time: Friday 10th June 

9.00-10.30am – Virtual Shut Up and Write part i

10.30-11.30am – Coffee and conversation break 

11.30am-1pm – Virtual Shut Up and Write part ii


Meeting ID: 998 9637 0487

We look forward to seeing you soon. 

Best wishes,

UCML ECA Special Interest Group

3.3 ASMCF Brian Darling Memorial Prize 2022

Please find below details of the ASMCF’s Brian Darling Memorial Essay Prize. The deadline for applications is 15th July 2022. For more details about awards/prizes, please visit the ASMCF website:

The Brian Darling Memorial Prize was established in memory of the late Brian Darling, the founding Secretary of the Association. The prize, to the value of £250, is awarded for an undergraduate essay or dissertation of distinction, which may treat any theme relevant to the Association’s concerns, including aspects of modern French history, politics, society and culture, as well as the relations between France and other countries, including those in the French-speaking world. The work may be written in either French or English and should not normally exceed five thousand words.

All submissions should follow the guidelines outlined on the ASMCF website, and should be submitted through the submission form.

A three-person sub-committee of the Executive will be invited to serve by the Secretary to consider the submissions and determine the award of the prize. Prize-winners shall be notified directly, and their names announced on the web-site and at the Association’s AGM. 

3.4 ASMCF Douglas Johnson Memorial Essay Prize

Please find below details of the ASMCF’s Douglas Johnson Memorial Essay Prize. The deadline for applications is 15th July 2022. For more details about awards/prizes, please visit the ASMCF website:

The Douglas Johnson Memorial Essay Prize was recently established in memory of the late Douglas Johnson, the first Honorary President of the Association. The prize, to the value of £250, is awarded for an undergraduate essay or dissertation which may treat a theme relevant to the Association’s concerns, in aspects of Modern French history, politics, society and culture, as well as the relationships between France and other countries, including those in the French-speaking world. The work may be written in either French or English, should be over five thousand words, but not exceed ten thousand words. 

All submissions should follow the guidelines outlined on the website, and use the website’s submission form. 

A three-person sub-committee of the Executive will be invited to serve by the Secretary to consider the submissions and determine the award of the prize. Prize-winners shall be notified directly, and their names announced on the web-site and at the Association’s AGM.  

3.5 Society for Caribbean Studies “Connect” Social Media Initiative

To continue with our effort to stimulate and disseminate research on the Caribbean, we are launching an initiative to connect Caribbeanists of all latitudes. We will use our social media accounts (Twitter and Instagram) to promote short videos and posters where researchers talk about their work and motivations.

We encourage you to join the initiative by sending a video with your answer to the following question: “What inspires you the most about researching the Caribbean?” You should also mention your name, research interests and any other information you consider relevant. If by any reason you’re not able to make a video, we will be happy to receive your answer by text, accompanied by a picture of you. The video should not be longer than 3min and make sure it has a good audio and image quality.

Please send your videos or texts via Wetransfer to <>, and write “SCS Connect” as a subject. We are looking forward to getting to know you better.

Kind Regards,

SCS IT Sub-Committee

3.6 ANN: ACH 53rd Conference Registration NOW OPEN!


53rd Annual ACH Conference, June 5-10, 2022
The University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona Campus

The ACH Executive Committee is pleased it announce that its 53rd Annual Conference of the Association of Caribbean Historians (ACH) will be held in Kingston, Jamaica from Sunday, June 5 to Friday, June 10, 2022. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic and its impact on the Caribbean, the 53 rd ACH Conference will be held online.

The ACH welcomes this opportunity to work with local organisers in the Department of History and Archaeology at The University of the West Indies, Mona Campus. The ACH has chosen the overarching theme of “Resilience” for our 53rd Annual Conference.

We encourage participants to reflect on how the region’s resilience has been tested historically, and to share their research on the challenges and other developments which have shaped the Caribbean region. Our 53rd annual conference comes at an important period in Caribbean nationhood. The region enters a new phase in its independence trajectory with some of the English-speaking territories commemorating sixty years of independence. At the same time recent political turmoil, global health challenges and natural disasters have presented development challenges. The region continues to be highly dependent on international travel and communication and is highly vulnerable to external shocks in the global economy. In spite of the challenges individual states are actively re-shaping themselves and are at different phases of their independence journeys. In this context, the theme “Resilience” provides an important focal point.

Join us at the 53rd ACH conference as we explore the challenges and successes of the Caribbean region.

There are two (2) steps required to register for the 53rd ACH Conference:

1. Register for the conference. Please follow the payment link:

PLEASE NOTE: Customers are required to create an account and register their credit card before making a payment on the University’s E-commerce platform. The card registration process involves filling out a form with the users credit card details and upon successful submissions, a test transaction charge is made to the customer’s account which they will then need to contact their bank (or look on their online banking platform) to get in order to enter on the next screen to confirm their card. After their credit card has been registered only then will they be able to make payment for the conference.  Conference attendees can get in touch with the LOC at: if they have any questions or challenges completing the process.

2. Become a Member/ Renew Membership. Please follow the link All participants in the conference must also be current members of the Association.

For more information go to

3.7 Fanon’s thought: a challenge to the colonial order – Public Lecture by Mireille Fanon Mendès-France, University of Chicago Center in Paris

Fanon’s thought: a challenge to the colonial order?
Mireille Fanon Mendès-France
Tuesday 31 May 2022
from 5p.m. to 6p.m.

This public lecture will explore the anticolonial and decolonial thought of Frantz Fanon.
It will address his commitments to emancipation and disalienation, his critique of knowledge’s relations to power, and consider the role of reparations in anticolonial projects.
Mireille Fanon Mendès-France is Co-Chairperson of the Frantz Fanon Foundation.

This event will be held in person


3.8 UCML Opportunity for Early Career Academics

Opportunity for Early Career Academics

UCML Early Career Academic Support Network Co-ordinator

This is an opportunity to join the UCML (University Council of Modern Languages) Early-Career Academic Special Interest Group, to develop relationships with a range of senior academics in Languages and Cultures, and to gain invaluable experience demonstrating a commitment and service to the field.

The role involves co-ordinating the Network’s two mentoring schemes (see Throughout the year, the coordinator will convene the schemes, seek interest from new mentors to add to our database (including in less well-represented subject areas), and advertise the schemes at relevant venues (e.g. PGR/ECA conferences) and through social media where possible. The role also gives automatic membership to the ECA Special Interest Group.

The new co-ordinator will shadow the year-long scheme process over summer 2022 before taking over fully in September 2022. Template documents for each stage of the process will be provided and can be adapted by the new co-ordinator. The new member is also actively welcomed to bring new ideas to the scheme to improve it, widen its reach, and react to the landscape of ECA academia as it continues to evolve. Ideally, this role should be taken on for 2 years minimum (though it is understood that the precarity of early-career academia might render this impracticable). 

If you are interested in the role, or would like to discuss any further, please get in touch with Liam Lewis (the UCML ECA rep) at

3.9 Extended Deadline: Coordinating Council for Women in History Prizes 2022

The Coordinating Council for Women in History has extended the deadline for their 6 annual prizes.  The deadline is now June 15, 2022. Details and application instructions may be found at  

Awards are open only to CCWH members. To join, visit Applicants may apply for one CCWH award per year.  Please contact Elizabeth Everton ( with any questions.

3.10 Forum Essay Prize entry deadline: 1 June 2022

In recognition of the substantial time pressure experienced by many academics this year, the General Editors of Forum for Modern Languages Studies have agreed to extend the deadline for entries to this year’s Forum Essay Prize until 1 June 2022.

Entries are invited for the 2022 Forum Essay Prize, on the subject of: 

“Challenging Literature” 

We are looking for bold, visionary and persuasive essays that use academic research to pursue innovative questions. The winning essay will be that judged by the panel to have best addressed the topic with flair, ambition and resonance.  

The topic may be addressed from the perspective of any of the literatures (including literary linguistics, translation and comparative literature approaches) normally covered by the journal: Arabic, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. Please note that material of a predominantly social science or sociological nature falls outside our scope. 

We are seeking submissions that focus on literature that challenges us and/or challenges how we read, write, research and teach literature in our discipline(s). Possible approaches to the subject include, but are not limited to: 

  • Literature that challenges our way of seeing the world, social (and generic) norms and the status quo
  • “Difficult” texts, including challenges in their linguistic diversity and in translation
  • Challenges to literature from other media
  • Decolonizing the curriculum and its challenges for literary studies

The competition is open to all researchers, whether established or early career. Previous competitions have been won by scholars in both categories.

The winner will receive:
1. Publication of the winning essay in the next appropriate issue of Forum for Modern Language Studies
2. A prize of £500.

A panel of judges will read all entries, which will be assessed anonymously. At the judges’ discretion, a runner-up prize of £200 may be awarded. The Editors may commission for publication in Forum for Modern Language Studies any entries that are highly commended by the judges.

Entry requirements and Submission details for the Forum Prize 2022 

The closing date for entries is 1 June 2022

Entries must be written in English, be between 6,000 and 8,000 words in length (including notes), should conform to MHRA style, and must be accompanied by an abstract (approx. 150 words) summarizing the principal arguments and making clear the relevance of the essay to the competition subject. 

Essays should be submitted online at, be flagged as Forum Prize entries, and follow the journal’s instructions to authors.

For initial queries and questions about the Forum Prize, contact Prof. Sara Jones (, GE Forum Prize)

3.11 Special Issues: Call for Proposals, Forum for Modern Language Studies

Forum for Modern Language Studies produces two General Issues plus two Special Issues per year. These Special Issues address topical themes and debates across the journal’s portfolio of languages, literatures, and cultures. They typically feature a selection of articles from different language areas covered by FMLS, ideally 3 to 4 in number.

Guest Editors for Special Issues are normally approached by the General Editors, but the journal is currently inviting proposals from suitably qualified scholars who may have a future Special Issue in view for publication in July 2024.  

If you are interested in proposing a Special Issue for an upcoming issue of Forum for Modern Language Studies, please complete and return the FMLS Special Issue Proposal Form at the link below to Dr Greg Kerr ( of the University of Glasgow:

If you are unfamiliar with the scope and coverage of a Forum SI, a recent special issue is January 2020: Transnational African Literatures, edited by Derek Duncan and Nelson Mlambo.

A full list of special issues since 1994 is available at this link:

Further information on Special Issues

Pioneering a model that has now been adopted by a number of Humanities publications, FMLS first introduced themed issues in 1985, gradually including one or two per year until the current rhythm of two Special and two General issues per volume was established in 1997. The pattern has since become a distinctive feature of the journal. Special Issues typically feature a selection of articles from different language areas covered by FMLS. Each Special Issue is edited by a Guest Editor whose expertise in the chosen field of enquiry determines the overall shape and coherence of the volume.

Articles are commissioned or selected from the disciplines covered by FMLS and all work is peer-reviewed. In keeping with its ethos of openness to diversity, FMLS ensures that Special Issues now encompass an increasing variety of contemporary scholarly concerns, combining the latest critical innovations with reassessments of canonical texts and ideas. They regularly include minority or marginal material as well as unusual perspectives on traditional topics. Special Issues frequently complement and enhance the wide disciplinary and chronological scope of General Issues by examining subjects from broader cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural perspectives.


French Screen Studies (formerly Studies in French Cinema
Small research and travel bursaries

Reminder: next deadline 1st June

As a journal dedicated to disseminating research in the field of French and Francophone cinema and audio-visual media, French Screen Studies is offering small bursaries to help postgraduate students and early career researchers who wish to pursue research in the field, in terms of travel to archives or conferences, although other costs related to research may be considered, such as registration fees, translation or help with acquiring illustrations for academic publications.


Applications will be accepted from postgraduate students and ECRs (within 5 years of receiving their PhD) attached to UK and Ireland higher education institutions.

Level of grant and eligible costs

Grants will normally range from £200 to £500 within available resources. The main criterion for an award will be the perceived academic value of the research for which funding is sought. Applicants will be expected to have planned their project well in advance and normally to have obtained primary funding from their university institution or other sources, which must be stated on the application.

There are two deadlines for applications to this funding: 1 June and 1 December. Decisions are made within one month of the deadline.

Application procedure

There is no application form. Please send an email to the Chief General Editors of the journal, Dr Mary Harrod ( and Prof Ginette Vincendeau (, indicating the following:

  1. Name and institutional affiliation
  2. A brief statement of career and/or short abstract or summary of PhD project (maximum 250 words)
  3. Details of the project to be undertaken for which support is sought (maximum 250 words)
  4. Anticipated publication outputs and other outcomes
  5. A draft budget, clearly detailing the amount requested, and the purpose to which it will be put
  6. Details, where relevant, of current or recent funding relating to the research in question and/or other financial support for which the applicant has applied/will apply in support of the project
  7. An undertaking to abide by the conditions of the award, if successful
  8. For postgraduate students, a letter of support from their supervisor.

Conditions of the award

Reimbursement will be made upon presentation of scanned receipts.
Successful applicants must acknowledge the financial support of French Screen Studies in any event participation or resulting publications that benefitted from the award.

3.13 Stop the Eviction of El Cambalache

Dear Colleagues,

I am writing to share some challenging news. My name is Erin Araujo, from the Department of Decolonial Economics at El Cambalache, located in San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico. This is a call for your help and support. In early April the project was notified that WE WILL BE EVICTED from our home, the heart of our community in the next 3-9 months. As a collective we have a local project that is a space for de- and anti-colonial economic practice, theorization and international education. As a space of de- and anti-colonial struggle we practice knowledge creation and shifting our subjectivities through exchanges of knowledge, things, abilities and mutual aid. We are a small collective of seven women from the Americas. We are facing a crisis.

Since 2019, the El Cambalache Collective has provided online and in person workshops to support learning about the wide range of de- and anti-colonial economic practices throughout the Americas that have been (and continue to be) part of many indigenous and rural communities’ resistance to the imposition of capitalism, coloniality and modernity. We share practices about how to create and support decolonial economic projects with students, professional academics and activists around the world. Our space is one of the few that anti-colonial in form and function. It has not been easy to start a space that realizes non-oppressive forms of research methodology and knowledge creation.

To see our video about the situation:

We live in a state that is imbued with constant violence in myriad forms. In reality, we have a right to this space because through the Mexican legal system we have lived in and worked in our home for enough years that it should already be ours. However, we fear that if we were to pursue a legal avenue we would be killed. So, our option at the moment is to try to fundraise enough money to purchase the house.

Normally we fund our project through these workshops but our yearly budget is around $20,000 USD a year. We also have a small store that sells solidarity products produced by collectives and local communities in resistance. Our income is normally enough to provide small stipends to each of the members of the collective, pay rent and utilities. However, it is not enough to buy a permanent home for our project.

WE NEED YOUR HELP. Could you support us with a donation and sharing this letter with your colleagues, students and friends to help El Cambalache keep our home and continue sharing, learning and acting through decolonial practice? Any size donation is a huge help. If you would be interested in collaborating with us to strengthen our networks and build this movement please get in touch. If you would be interested in joining our community, we have set up a Patreon site where we will run monthly conversations around decolonial practice. Please help us support this movement towards decolonization so that we, as a community, can continue creating and supporting knowledge and practices around all of the beauty and complexity that is most of the world.

We thank you from the heart of El Cambalache for all of your support.
Take Care,

To Sign our petition on change.org

For updates about El Cambalache:
More about the Campaign:
El Cambalache FB:
El Cambalache Blog:
El Cambalache Canal de Youtube:
Twitter: LaCambalachera
Instagram: Elcambalachesancristobal
Tiktok: @cambalacheras

More info about El Cambalache:

What is El Cambalache? El Cambalache, the Swap in English, is a space for moneyless exchanges of all different kinds. We believe that each person has a great deal to exchange, teach and share. In Chiapas most women have very low access to money but our riches lie within our hearts and minds. The project provides a space where people exchange all different kinds of things- clothing, shoes, cell phones, computers, tools, construction materials, movies, cooking appliances, jewelry, self care items, and much, much more. People also exchange knowledge through workshops on- embroidery, electrical repair, permaculture, cooking, yoga and exercise, computer repair, clothing repair, gynecology and lactation, herbal medicine, fermenting, design, chess classes, language classes, and so much more. One year ago we began a library and we have been collecting books for our community. Our project also regularly supports individuals and communities in crises such as forced displacement, natural disasters (floods, earthquakes, fires), domestic violence and pandemic relief through donations of food, clothing, mattress, medicines and we maintain a place to stay for people in need.
Our work is local. Women are mostly responsible for clothing, feeding, caring for and ensuring the education of our families. However, with low access to money, racism, and oppression many women find themselves in desperate situations on a day to day basis. By creating a space for moneyless exchanges and decreasing people’s dependance on money people raise their quality of life from the first day that they participate in El Cambalache. We have spent the last seven years building community connections, supporting each other, and strengthening networks across our city and region. People all over the city of San Cristobal de las Casas visit our project and the beautiful space where we do our work.
Our project is international. Through the Department of Decolonial Economics we have shared practices and ideas about how to start similar projects with people from every continent except Antartica.
All donations will go to purchasing our home and the urgently needed renovations that the current owners have negated to do. If we are able to raise $500,000 we will also begin the purchase and construction of our dream center for exchanging knowledge and practices so that we can host people from around the world to learn about how to create their own decolonial economies.


Estimadxs colegas,

Les escribo para compartir una noticia difícil. Me llamo Erin Araujo y pertenezco al Departamento de Economía Decolonial de “El Cambalache”, una colectiva ubicada en San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, México. Este es un llamado para pedir su ayuda y apoyo. A principios de abril de este año, nuestro proyecto fue notificado de que SERÍA DESALOJADO de la casa donde nos encontramos instaladas, corazón de nuestra comunidad, dentro de los próximos tres a nueve meses.

Somos una pequeña colectiva llamada “El Cambalache”, compuesta por siete mujeres de las Américas, y juntas gestionamos un proyecto local que consiste en un espacio de práctica económica de- y anti- colonial, así como un proyecto internacional de teorización y educación decolonial. Ambos ejes se nutren gracias a nuestra política de intercambios sin dinero de conocimientos, cosas, habilidades y ayuda mutua. Además, desde 2019, El Cambalache ha ofrecido talleres, tanto en línea y como presenciales, para compartir estategias empíricas sobre cómo crear y apoyar proyectos económicos decoloniales con estudiantes, académicos profesionales y activistas de todo el mundo. Estos talleres han sido, y continúan siendo, parte de la resistencia de muchas comunidades indígenas y rurales frente a la imposición del capitalismo, la colonialidad y la modernidad occidental. Aunque no ha sido sencillo crear un espacio que practique formas no opresivas de metodología de investigación y de creación de conocimiento, nuestra colectiva ha logrado aliar la teoría y la práctica anticolonial en su funcionamiento. Sin embargo, actualmente ENFRENTAMOS UNA CRISIS derivada de nuestra notificación de desalojo.

Para ver nuestro video:

Técnicamente, nuestra colectiva tiene derecho a permanecer en el espacio que ocupa actualmente porque, según el sistema legal mexicano, hemos habitado la casa el tiempo suficiente para que nos pertenezca. Sin embargo, tememos que si recurrimos a la vía legal nuestra integridad física y nuestras vidas corran peligro, pues no se puede negar que vivimos en un estado, Chiapas, que está plagado de múltiples formas de violencia. Así que, por el momento, nuestra opción más viable es intentar recaudar fondos para comprar la casa y evitar al máximo el uso de abogadxs.

Normalmente financiamos nuestro proyecto a través de los talleres del Departamento de Economía Decolonial, así como gracias a los productos que vendemos en nuestra tiendita (son productos que producimos nosotras mismas y solidarios por colectivos y comunidades locales en resistencia). Nuestros ingresos, que rondan los 20,000 dólares anuales, son suficientes para proporcionar pequeños estipendios a cada una de las miembras del colectivo, pagar el alquiler y los servicios públicos. Sin embargo, no son suficientes para comprar una vivienda permanente para nuestro proyecto.

Por esta razón, NECESITAMOS DE SU AYUDA. Ésta puede ser mediante una donación, o simplemente compartiendo esta carta con colegas, estudiantes y/o amigxs. Así podrán ayudar a que El Cambalache mantenga su hogar y siga compartiendo, aprendiendo y actuando a través de la práctica decolonial. Además, si les interesa colaborar con nosotras para fortalecer nuestro movimiento, no duden en contactarnos (los enlaces a nuestras redes sociales se encuentran al final de esta carta). También hemos creado un sitio de Patreon en el que mantendremos conversaciones mensuales sobre la práctica decolonial.

¡Caminemos juntas, juntes y juntos el camino de la descolonización anticapitalista!

Les agradecemos de todo el corazón por su apoyo.

Atte. El Cambalache

Para donar:

Para firmar nuestra petición en change.org

Para noticias sobre el Cambalache:
Más información sobre la campaña:

Twitter: LaCambalachera
Instagram: Elcambalachesancristobal
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Más información sobre El Cambalache:

¿Qué es El Cambalache?

Somos una colectiva compuesta por seis mujeres de América Latina y una neoyorquina, ubicada en San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, México. El Cambalache es un espacio para intercambios sin dinero de todo tipo. Creemos que cada persona tiene mucho que intercambiar, enseñar y compartir. En Chiapas, la mayoría de las mujeres tiene muy poco acceso al dinero, pero para nosotras, la riqueza radica en nuestros corazones y mentes. Nuestro proyecto ofrece un espacio en el que la gente puede intercambiar todo tipo de artículos como: ropa, zapatos, teléfonos móviles, ordenadores, herramientas, materiales de construcción, películas, aparatos de cocina, joyas, artículos de cuidado personal y mucho, mucho más. La gente también intercambia conocimientos a través de talleres de bordado, permacultura, cocina, yoga y actividad física, reparación eléctrica, de computadoras o de ropa, ginecología y lactancia, medicina herbolaria, fermentación, diseño, clases de ajedrez, clases de idiomas,entre otras. Hace un año pusimos en marcha una biblioteca y hemos estado recogiendo libros para nuestra comunidad. Nuestro proyecto también apoya regularmente a las personas y comunidades que enfrentan crisis como el desplazamiento forzado, los desastres naturales (inundaciones, terremotos, incendios), la violencia doméstica o las pandemias sanitarias, a través de donaciones de alimentos, ropa, colchones, medicamentos, e inclusive mantenemos un lugar de alojamiento abierto para quien lo necesite.

Nuestro trabajo es local…

Históricamente las mujeres son las principales responsables de vestir, alimentar, cuidar y garantizar la educación de sus familias. Sin embargo, con el escaso acceso al dinero, el racismo, el sexismo y la opresión, muchas mujeres en San Cristóbal se encuentran en situaciones de desamparo de manera cotidiana. Al crear un espacio para los intercambios sin dinero y disminuir la dependencia de la gente del dinero, las personas mejoran su calidad de vida desde el primer día en que participan en El Cambalache. Hemos pasado los últimos siete años construyendo conexiones comunitarias, apoyándonos mutuamente y fortaleciendo las redes en toda nuestra ciudad y región. Personas de toda la ciudad de San Cristóbal de las Casas visitan nuestro proyecto y el hermoso espacio donde realizamos nuestro trabajo.

… pero nuestro proyecto también es internacional.

En 2019, El Cambalache creó el Departamento de Economía Decolonial a través del cual impartimos cursos en línea y presenciales sobre economía decolonial y pensamiento colectivo.
A través de este Departamento hemos podido compartir prácticas e ideas sobre cómo iniciar proyectos similares con personas de casi todos los continentes (¡nos falta la Antártida!)

¿Por qué estamos recaudando fondos?

Todas las donaciones que recaudemos se destinarán a la compra de la Casa Cambalache y a las renovaciones urgentemente necesarias que los actuales propietarios se han negado a hacer. Si somos capaces de recaudar 500.000 dólares, también comenzaremos la compra y construcción de un centro de ensueño para el intercambio de conocimientos y prácticas donde podamos acoger a personas de todo el mundo para enseñarles a crear sus propias economías decoloniales.

Les agradecemos de todo corazón su apoyo.
¡Juntes podemos lograrlo!


Queridos colegas,

Escrevo-lhes trazendo notícias difíceis. Meu nome é Erin, do Departamento de Economias Decoloniais em El Cambalache, localizado em San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, México. Este é um pedido por sua ajuda e apoio. Em abril deste ano o projeto foi notificado de que SEREMOS DESPEJADAS de nossa atual sede, coração de nossa comunidade, dentre os próximos 3 a 9 meses. Enquanto coletivo, construímos um projeto local que constitui um espaço de- e anti-colonial de práticas econômicas, teorizações e educação internacional. Enquanto espaço de luta de- e anti-colonial, produzimos conhecimento e transformamos subjetividades a partir do escambo de conhecimento, coisas, habilidades e ajuda mútua. Somos um pequeno coletivo de sete mulheres das Américas. Estamos enfrentando um momento de crise.

Desde 2019, o coletivo do El Cambalache tem oferecido workshops online e pessoalmente para promover a aprendizagem sobre a ampla gama de práticas econômicas de- e anti-coloniais existentes nas Américas, que foram (e seguem sendo) parte da resistência de comunidades indígenas e rurais à imposição do capitalismo, colonialidade e modernidade. Compartilhamos práticas para a criação e sustentação de projetos econômicos decoloniais com estudantes, acadêmicos e ativistas ao redor do mundo. O nosso é um dos poucos espaços anti-coloniais em forma e função. Não tem sido fácil dar início a um espaço que constrói formas não-opressoras de produção de conhecimento e metodologia de pesquisa.

Para ver nuestro video:

Vivemos em um estado imbuído de violência de diferentes formas. Na realidade, temos direito a esse espaço, pois segundo o sistema judiciário do México trabalhamos e vivemos em nossa casa por tempo suficiente para que seja considerada nossa propriedade. No entanto, tememos que, se seguíssemos uma via legal, seríamos mortas. Por isso, nossa opção no momento é levantar dinheiro o suficiente para comprar a nossa casa.   

Normalmente, financiamos nosso projeto por meio de nossos workshops, porém nosso orçamento anual é de USD20.000. Temos também uma pequena loja que vende produtos solidários produzidos por coletivos e comunidades locais em resistência. Nossa renda é normalmente suficiente para fornecer pequenas bolsas a cada um dos membros da coletividade, pagar o aluguel e pequenos serviços. Entretanto, não é suficiente para comprar uma casa permanente para nosso projeto.

PRECISAMOS DA SUA AJUDA. Você poderia nos apoiar através de uma doação e compartilhar esta carta com seus colegas, alunos e amigos para ajudar El Cambalache a manter nossa casa e continuar compartilhando, aprendendo e agindo através da prática decolonial? Qualquer doação é uma grande ajuda. Se você se interessa em colaborar conosco para fortalecer nossas redes e construir esse movimento, por favor, entre em contato. Se você tem interesse em fazer parte da nossa comunidade, criamos um Patreon onde realizaremos conversas mensais sobre a prática decolonial. Por favor, ajude-nos a manter esse movimento de decolonização para que nós, como comunidade, possamos continuar a criar e apoiar conhecimentos e práticas em torno da beleza e complexidade que compõem a maior parte do mundo.

Agradecemos do fundo do coração cambalachero por todo o seu apoio.

For updates about El Cambalache:
More about the Campaign:
El Cambalache FB:
El Cambalache Blog:
El Cambalache Canal de Youtube:
Twitter: LaCambalachera
Instagram: Elcambalachesancristobal
Tiktok: @cambalacheras

Mais informações sobre El Cambalache:

O que é El Cambalache? El Cambalache, A Permuta em Português, é um espaço de trocas não-monetárias de diferentes tipos. Acreditamos que cada pessoa tem muito a trocar, ensinar e compartilhar. Em Chiapas, a maioria das mulheres têm muito pouco acesso ao dinheiro, mas nossa riqueza repousa em nossas mentes e corações. O projeto provê um espaço em que as pessoas trocam todo tipo de coisas diferentes – roupas, sapatos, celulares, computadores, ferramentas, materiais de construção, filmes, aparelhos de cozinha, jóias, artigos de autocuidado, e muito, muito mais. As pessoas também trocam conhecimentos – através de oficinas de bordado, reparo elétrico, permacultura, culinária, ioga e exercício, reparo de computadores, reparo de roupas, ginecologia e lactação, medicina fitoterápica, fermentação, design, aulas de xadrez, aulas de idiomas, e muito mais. Há um ano, começamos uma biblioteca e estamos reunindo livros para nossa comunidade. Nosso projeto também apoia regularmente indivíduos e comunidades em crises tais quais deslocamento forçado, desastres naturais (enchentes, terremotos, incêndios), violência doméstica e efeitos da pandemia, através de doações de alimentos, roupas, colchões, medicamentos, assim como mantendo um local de abrigo para pessoas que necessitem.
Nosso trabalho é local. As mulheres são usualmente as principais responsáveis por vestir, alimentar, cuidar e assegurar a educação de nossas famílias. Entretanto, com baixo acesso ao dinheiro, racismo e opressão, muitas mulheres se encontram em situações desesperadoras no dia-a-dia. Criando um espaço para trocas não monetárias, e assim diminuindo a dependência das pessoas do dinheiro, elas aumentam sua qualidade de vida desde o primeiro dia em que participam do El Cambalache. Passamos os últimos sete anos construindo conexões comunitárias, apoiando uns aos outros e fortalecendo redes em nossa cidade e região. Pessoas de toda a cidade de San Cristobal de las Casas visitam nosso projeto e o belo espaço onde realizamos nosso trabalho.
Nosso projeto é internacional. Através do Departamento de Economias Decoloniais, já compartilhamos práticas e ideias sobre como iniciar projetos similares com pessoas de todos os continentes do mundo exceto a Antártica.
Todas as doações serão destinadas à compra de nossa casa e às reformas urgentemente necessárias que os atuais proprietários se negaram a fazer. Se formos capazes de levantar US$ 500.000, também iniciaremos a compra e construção de nosso centro dos sonhos para troca de conhecimentos e práticas, de modo que possamos receber pessoas de todo o mundo para aprender sobre como criar suas próprias economias decoloniais.

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Chèr.e.s collègues,

J’espère que ce mail vous trouvera bien. Je m’appelle Erin Araujo et je fais partie du Département d’Économie Décoloniale du collectif « El Cambalache ». Le motif de ce mail est de demander votre soutien pour ce projet, qui se trouve en danger face à la notification inattendue et inexplicable d’éviction que nous avons reçu en avril de cette année.

Le collectif « El Cambalache » (litt. le troc) est un projet d’économie décoloniale sans argent situé à San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexique. Il s’agit aussi du siège de notre Département d’Économie Décoloniale qui offre des ateliers à des, activistes et étudiant.e.s de partout dans le monde. En tant que collectif, nous avons construit un espace pour la mise en pratique d’une économie non hiérarchique et solidaire au niveau local, et au niveau international, nous nous inspirons de ces pratiques pour continuer à théoriser sur l’interchange de connaissances, objets, savoirs et entre-aide avec aucune médiation monétaire.

Nous sommes un collectif de petite taille, dirigé entièrement par des femmes venant de tous coins des Amériques, et nous avons eu un grand impact dans notre communauté depuis la création du projet, il y a sept ans. Nous avons fourni du bien-être, de la stabilité et de la sécurité à des personnes, notamment des femmes et des enfants, qui autrement n’auraient que la précarité pour horizon de vie.

Cependant, nous faisons face à une CRISE en ce moment ; les propriétaires de la maison qui abrite le Cambalache nous l’ont réquisitionné sans aucun motif d’ici neuf mois. La solution à laquelle nous sommes parvenues en consensus, du fait de l’importance de notre espace au sein de la communauté, est de lancer une campagne de collecte de fonds pour tenter d’acheter la maison de retour. D’habitude, nous subsistons avec l’argent collecté grâce aux ateliers impartis par le Département d’Économie Décoloniale, ainsi que grâce à la vente de produits solidaires élaborés par nous ou par d’autres communautés en résistance. Toutefois, les revenus ainsi obtenus ne suffisent pas pour acheter une maison.

C’est pourquoi NOUS AVONS BESOIN DE VOTRE AIDE. Vous pouvez contribuer avec une donation monétaire, ou en partageant ce message avec vos collègues, vos étudiant.e.s et vos amitiés. Toute aide de votre part sera immensément appréciée ! Vous pouvez aussi nous contacter via nos réseaux sociaux (cf. ci-dessous) pour agrandir notre réseau d’entre-aide et participer au mouvement.

Aidez-nous à récupérer notre maison et à maintenir notre rêve en vie. Entre tout.e.s, nous pouvons empêcher notre éviction et marcher le chemin de la décolonisation ensemble !


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3.14 Caribbean Generations conference QUB 24-25 June 22

Please see below the programme for the (twice) rescheduled Caribbean Generations conference. This event has been very generously funded by the Society for French Studies Visiting International Fellowship Programme, awarded to fund the visit of Professor Martin Munro in 2020, and the conference has been timed to dovetail with the SFS conference 27-29th June 2022. We are also very grateful for the support of the Translating Cultures theme (AHRC). 

Please pass on the details of our PG poster competition (at end of programme) to anyone potentially interested and do get in touch with Maeve McCusker ( if you have any queries.


9.00-9.15:     Welcome Professor Janice Carruthers, Dean of Research, Faculty of AHSS, QUB 

9.15-10.45:   Negritude, Modernism, Decolonisation (Chair: Mary Gallagher) 

Pat Crowley (UC Cork): Aimé Césaire’s Une tempête: the hyphen of non-rupture, the suspension of decolonisation 

Jason Hong (Yale): War of the Worlds: Negritude, Cosmopolitanism and Monde 

Hugo Azerad* (Cambridge): “Un cri noué en forme de langage”: Malemort ou la naissance d’un modernisme antillais  


11.15-12.30: Prison Breaks: the ruptures, continuities and genealogies of Caribbean confinement (Chair: Martin Munro) 

Sarah Arens (Liverpool): The Prison and Pan-Africanism: Institutionalised Education, Intellectualism and Liberation in Haitian Diaspora Literature 

Charles Forsdick (Liverpool): Reading the Memory-Traces of the Bagne

12.30-1.30:   Lunch

1.30-3.00:     Looking back: eighteenth and nineteenth centuries (Chair: Helen McKelvey) 

Margaret Cunningham (QUB): Disaster and endurance in early béké writing 

Maeve McCusker (QUB): Colour trouble in early Creole fiction 

Finola O’Kane (UC Dublin): Structuring the Colonial Picaresque. Comparing the Representation of Jamaica and Saint Domingue (Haiti) in the long eighteenth century 

3-3.30:          Coffee 

3.30-5.00:     Chamoiseau: poetics and posterities (Chair: Lorna Milne) 

Orane Onyekpe-Touzet (Sorbonne-Warwick): From the ‘trace’ to the ‘empreinte’. Memorial, artistic and ontological connections in Chamoiseau’s La Matière de l’absence 

Mary Gallagher (UC Dublin): Poetic Posterities: Patrick Chamoiseau’s dance around Saint-John Perse 

Charly Verstraet* (Birmingham, Alabama): Writing the Rupture: Tracing the Literary Aesthetics of the Middle Passage in Césaire, Glissant and Chamoiseau 

5.00-6.30:     Martin Munro, SFS Visiting International Fellow (Winthrop King Institute and Florida State University): “The Other American: Michael Dash and the U.W.I. Generation.” Chair: Maeve McCusker 


7.00:             Dinner in Bo Tree Thai Restaurant sponsored by AHRC Translating Cultures and Modern Languages CDRG, AEL  




9.30-11.00:   Relation, Crossings, Dialogue (Chair: Patrick Crowley) 

Laura Kennedy (QUB): Language Politics in Caribbean Literature: Patrick Chamoiseau in conversation with Marlon James 

Carlos Garrido Castellano (UC Cork)*: Sounding the Hurricane: Creative resilience and Archipelagic Crossings. 

Marta Fratczak-Dabrowska* (Poznan): Fred D’Aguiair’s Children of Paradise as an example of intergenerational, ecocritical dialogue in Anglo-Guyanese fiction 


11.00-11.30:    Coffee 

11.30-12.45:  Institutions, Language, Rupture (Chair: Charles Forsdick) 

Antonia Wimbush (Liverpool): BUMIDOM: an enforced rupture with the French Caribbean?  

Matthew Allen (Warwick): Haitian Kreyòl and the search for a linguistics beyond filiation 

12.45 – 2.00:   Lunch 

2.00-3.30:     Haiti: Rupture, Resilience, Return (Chair: Margaret Cunningham)  

Rachel Douglas (Glasgow): Creating Rasanblaj. Haitian Cultural Production Beyond the Earthquake  

Emma Howell (Duke): Drawing the Text: Reformatting Literary Genealogies in Dany Laferrière’s Autoportrait de chat and Frankétienne’s Héros-Chimères  

Kate Hodgson (UC Cork)*: “Tant d’histoires que l’on ne verrait jamais la fin”.  Decolonization, gender and violence in Haitian storytelling 

3.30-4.00:     Coffee 

4.00 – 5.30:   Intertextuality, Intratextuality and Return (Chair: Laura Kennedy)  

Marco Doudin (Sorbonne): Intertextual Readings of Glissant’s Les Indes 

Amanda Skamagka (Athens): Memory, Identity and Tradition in Caribbean Literature: Aimé Césaire’s and Derek Walcott’s poetical nostosi 

Lorna Milne (St Andrews): Histoires de retour au défi natal: L’Enfant Bois and Désirada 


7.00                 Wine reception followed by conference dinner, Molly’s Yard, sponsored by AHRC Translating Cultures 

* Presenting online 



PGR Poster Competition: Caribbean Generations Conference, Queen’s University Belfast 24-25th June 2022    

The organisers of the 2022 Caribbean Generations Conference, taking place at Queen’s University Belfast 24-25th June, invite PGRs in any area of Francophone and/or Caribbean Studies to submit a poster based on their research project.    

The poster competition provides a key opportunity for PGRs to develop their ability to explain their research succinctly to a broad audience, who may or may not, be familiar with their work.    

Posters should offer a clear taster of your research project, have visual impact, and be accessible to a non-specialist academic audience.    

Prizes, generously sponsored by the Society for French Studies, include £100 for overall winner and 2x £50 prizes for runners-up. 

Entries will be displayed at the conference (24-25th June) where the judging panel will select the winners.    

Please send a digital copy of your poster, no larger than one A3 page and saved as a PDF, to by *Friday 17th June*  

Winners will be notified via email.   

3.15 May 31 | UCLA Experimental Critical Theory Program

Next Tuesday, May 31st from 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM PT via Zoom, the Program in Experimental Critical Theory will feature a final roundtable entitled “Neoclassic or New Classics? Challenges, Debates, Perspectives.” The event will be moderated by ECT Co-Director, Professor Giulia Sissa

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“Decolonizing Classics” is a novel challenge for scholars in the Humanities and, even more pointedly, for those who study the societies of ancient Greece and Rome. The stake is not merely relevance, usefulness or epistemic legitimacy, but also political credentials. The “Classics” in education and in academia are being asked to give account of their role in shaping not just cultures, but cultural identities; not just representations, but self-representations. Multiple responses are possible, from indifference to indignation, from defensiveness to solidarity, from haughty erudition to chirpy vulgarization. But this challenge is thought-provoking rather than threatening. These historical circumstances should prompt an experimental, critical, creative meditation on our practices of learning and teaching. What can be done, what should be done and how can we act in our double life, as experts of those early global worlds and as citizens of this present, planetary world?

At the end of a long seminar on the resources of “comparative thinking”, in the UCLA Program in Experimental Critical Theor, this round table will start a discussion on the future of Greece and Rome in our own cultural horizon. We will begin to showcase old and new heuristic approaches, which can help us reorient our research and refresh our language in a non-ethnocentric, non-linear, non-idealizing – non neoclassical – perspective.

SCHEDULE (Pacific Time)
9:00 AM Giulia Sissa, UCLA
9:15 Zrinka Stahuljak, UCLA
9:30 Manuele Gragnolati, Sorbonne Université
9:45 Ute Heidmann, Université de Lausanne
10:00 Discussion
10:15 Marco Formisano, Ghent University
10:30 Phiroze Vasunia, University College London
11:00 Cléo Carastro, EHESS, Paris
11:15 Renaud Gagné, University of Cambridge
11:30 Tristan Bradshaw, University of Wollongong and Ben Brown, University of Sydney
11:45 Discussion
12:30 pm Conclusion

4. New Publications

4.1 Alice Bullard, Spiritual and Mental Health Crisis in Globalizing Senegal: A History of Transcultural Psychiatry (Abingdon: Routledge, 2022)

Spiritual and Mental Health Crisis in Globalizing Senegal explores the history of mental health in Senegal, and how psychological difficulties were expressed in the terms of spiritualism, magic, witchcraft, spirit possession, and ancestor worship.

Focused on the effervescent and fruitful early post-colonial years at the Fann Hospital, situated at the famed University of Dakar, Cheikh Anta Diop, this book reveals provocative treatment innovations via case studies of individuals struggling for health and healing, and thus operates as a suspension bridge between scholarship on witchcraft and magic on the one side and the history psychiatry and psychoanalysis on the other.

Through these case studies, this book creates a new route of exchange for healing knowledge for a broad array of West African spiritual troubles, mental illness, magic, soul cannibalism, witchcraft, spirit possession, and psychosis.

4.2 Christina B. Carroll, The Politics of Imperial Memory in France, 1850–1900 (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2022)

By highlighting the connections between domestic political struggles and overseas imperial structures, The Politics of Imperial Memory in France, 1850–1900 explains how and why French Republicans embraced colonial conquest as a central part of their political platform. Christina B. Carroll explores the meaning and value of empire in late-nineteenth-century France, arguing that ongoing disputes about the French state’s political organization intersected with racialized beliefs about European superiority over colonial others in French imperial thought.

For much of this period, French writers and politicians did not always differentiate between continental and colonial empire. By employing a range of sources—from newspapers and pamphlets to textbooks and novels—Carroll demonstrates that the memory of older continental imperial models shaped French understandings of, and justifications for, their new colonial empire. She shows that the slow identification of the two types of empire emerged due to a politicized campaign led by colonial advocates who sought to defend overseas expansion against their opponents. This new model of colonial empire was shaped by a complicated set of influences, including political conflict, the legacy of both Napoleons, international competition, racial science, and French experiences in the colonies.

The Politics of Imperial Memory in France, 1850–1900 skillfully weaves together knowledge from its wide-ranging source base to articulate how the meaning and history of empire became deeply intertwined with the meaning and history of the French nation.

If you order the book directly from the press, using the code 09BCARD will give you a discount of 30%. Here’s a link:

4.3 Publications of the Modern Language Association, 137 (2). Theories and Methodologies: Abdelkébir Khatibi: Literature and Theory

We are very pleased to announce the publication of Abdelkébir Khatibi: Literature and Theory, a special Theories and Methodologies feature of PMLA, with a translation of Khatibi’s “Tattoos: Writing in Dots” by Matt Reeck, and essays by Brian T. Edwards, Khalid Lyamlahy, David Fieni, Brahim El Guabli, Charles Forsdick, Teresa Villa-Ignacio, Hoda El Shakry, Matthew Brauer, and Jane Hiddleston.

The full issue may be accessed at

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