2014 CFP: French and Francophone

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African Cinema in the Web and Digital Era: Evolution and Perspectives
The panel will examine how the use of the Internet and digital technologies creates new opportunities for but also challenges to the making and the distribution of African films. Topics of discussion include the aesthetic and thematic aspects of African cinema and the value of new technologies in tackling the social, economical and political transformations of the continent. Please send 300 word abstracts to El Hadji Malick Ndiaye: elmalick_ndiaye@yahoo.fr.
Between Theatre and Cinema: Intermediality and Aesthetic Renewal
This panel seeks to explore the aesthetic and theoretical ties between cinematic and performance texts when a play is filmed. Proposals in French or in English on the following topics are welcome: dialectical implications resulting from the filming of the stage; differences between what is commonly called the’ilm de théâtre’ and its fictional or documentary homologues; interdisciplinary approaches generated by the broad range of relationships between film and theater. Send 200-word proposals to Sandrine Siméon: sps211@psu.edu.
Feminisms in Action in Literature and the Visual Arts (Roundtable)
Sponsored by Women in French. This roundtable explores the pluralism of feminisms emerging from new generations of female authors, whose political message shifts from theory to practice, from gender opposition to diversity, from dualistic approach to multiplicity, and from indoctrination to new forms of spirituality. Topics can include the relationship between community and identity, women’s experiences and creativity, as well as explorations of religion, hospitality and ecocriticism, among others. 300 words to Anna Rocca arocca@salemstate.edu
Franco-American Women and Their ‘Hidden’ Contributions (Roundtable)
This panel will explore the relationship between space and place and the ways Franco-American women women rethink place as a potential for personal and social creation, for transformation and connection. Some themes to consider: how is the virtual site of the page a place where narrator and reader connect? How do old memories and new geographical place interact and connect? How do urban environment, nature, gender, sexuality or class affect the reconfiguring of place? Abstracts to Carole_Salmon@uml.edu and arocca@salemstate.edu
French Crises in Literature and Film
The crises of modern France have inspired authors and directors to reflect on subjects such as human rights, class, memory and identity in their works. Papers are invited on both literature and film that deals with major crises from French history since the Revolution. Any theoretical or historical approach is welcome, on works dealing with any crisis from the Revolution to May ‘68 and beyond. 300-word abstracts to Rod Cooke, rcooke@haverford.edu
French Heritage Women and Their ‘Hidden’ Contributions. (Special Event)
Performance, Roundtable, Discussion led by Rhea Cote and Jeri Theriault.
French Interventions in Africa: Twenty-First Century ’Civilizing Missions’ (Roundtable)
This roundtable seeks to bring critical attention to the much-celebrated recent French interventions in Africa. Is France on a twenty-first century version of a ‘mission civilisatrice’ to remove a dictator from power in Libya, restore democracy in the Ivory Coast and liberate the powerless Malians from a terrorist coup or are these interventions powered by imperialist motives to consolidate its position in the scramble for African resources? Please send 300-word abstracts and biography to Marc Papé at mpape@sjfc.edu
Jeunes dans tous leurs états (dans le roman des années 80 à nos jours)
Les jeunes dans le roman français des années 80 à nos jours: quels catégories, situations, thèmes sont traités, privilégiés? A quels enjeux les jeunes sont-ils confrontés? Quel portrait en résulte-t-il? Envoyez un précis de 200 à 250 mots à Anne-Marie Obajtek-Kirkwood (ao32@drexel.edu).
‘La force noire’: Les troupes sub-sahariennes dans les conflits mondiaux (Roundtable)
Figures parfois controversées dans les anciennes colonies, les tirailleurs africains représentent un aspect important de la stratégie militaire de la France au XXème siècle. Ce panel propose d’analyser les tirailleurs dans les guerres mondiales, l’action coloniale de la France ainsi que la place qu’ils occupent dans l’historiographie moderne. On privilégiera une approche interdisciplinaire à travers la littérature, le cinéma, l’art, la sociologie et l’histoire. Envoyez votre proposition à El Hadji Malick Ndiaye: elmalick_ndiaye@yahoo.fr
La Francophonie en Amérique du Nord: relations et représentations
This panel examines the representation(s) of identity and relationships between the four historically Francophone communities in North America today: the Acadians, the Cajuns in Louisiana, the Quebecois and the Franco-Americans in New England. Who are they? How alive and dynamic are their cultural and/or linguistic communities? What about the more recent Francophone groups such as the Haitian community? Presentations can be in English or French. Send 300-word abstracts to Carole Salmon, University of Massachusetts Lowell: Carole_Salmon@uml.edu
Le dandy et la masculinité: Esthétisme moderne ou exubérance décadente?
Dans Curiosités esthétiques, Baudelaire inspire une définition du dandy par un ‘besoin de combattre et de détruire la trivialité.’ Est-ce un besoin destructif, comme le définit Baudrillard, une forme esthétique du nihilisme ? Ce panel offre une possibilité de discuter de l’importance ou de l’insignifiance de l’individualité, d’une (re)définition du moderne et de l’influence de l’époque de nos jours à travers tous les médias. Les abstracts, 250-300 mots en français ou en anglais, sont à envoyer à Dany Jacob (danyjaco@buffalo.edu).
Le roman cinétique dans la littérature francophone contemporaine.
Ce panel vise à enrichir la conversation entre le texte et l’image animée. Quels sont les effets des théories de l’image cinématographique dans la littérature contemporaine francophone ? Dans la perspective de ce qu’on appelle le tournant iconographique, les participants devront nourrir la réflexion sur le rapport entre l’image animée et le texte dans les œuvres littéraires plastiques où le cinéma est dans un rapport de contamination vis à vis du texte. 250 mots en français ou anglais à Valerie Hastings (vfh@buffalo.edu)
Lire le délire dans la dramaturgie francophone
Les manifestations de la folie se multiplient dans le théâtre contemporain sous les traits de protagonistes excentriques, aliénés ou délirants. Or comment rassembler une telle diversité de personnages sous la même étiquette? Quels signes permettent de (dis)qualifier un personnage en tant que fou? Ce panel cherche à examiner les représentations ainsi que le discours de folie dans les dramaturgies française et francophone des XXe et XXIe siècles. Propositions (en anglais ou français, 250 mots) à Kinga Zawada, kzawada@ryerson.ca
Littérature et anachronisme
Ce panel cherche à mettre à profit dans le champ de l’histoire littéraire francophone la critique récente de la version téléologique de l’histoire. Usant du rapprochement et de l’anachronisme, la pensée glissantienne offre un modèle pour une telle tentative. Quels autres paysages littéraires et culturels émergent d’un tel déplacement épistémologique ? Merci d’envoyer les propositions de communication accompagnées d’une courte description biographique à maxime.philippe@mail.mcgill.ca.
A Moving Truth: Science and Literature in 19th and Early 20th Century France
This panel will consider papers on 19th- and early 20th-century French literary works that reflect upon the affinities between science and literature. Possible topics may include: the influence of scientific thought on a particular author, or, conversely, the influence of literature on a given scientist; the ethics of science as represented in literature; the use of metaphor in scientific and literary works. Please send inquiries or 250-500 word abstracts to Kristin Cook Gailloud (kacg@jhu.edu)
One Step Ahead: Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century French Writers
This panel will focus on uncovering the ideas, philosophy, and beliefs proposed by seventeenth- and eighteenth-century French writers. We will discuss their personal ideas, beliefs, and value systems in light of the reality of their time. Major seventeenth- and eighteenth-century authors will include female and male philosophers, moralists, essayists, poets, novelists, and playwrights. The method of analysis is open. Send abstracts (200-300 words) to Dr. Stéphane Natan, Rider University, at <snatan@rider.edu>
Poetics of Resistance: Women between Aesthetics and Politics
Increasing confrontations with totalitarian regimes in the Middle East and Africa have prompted women to find new ways to cope with national disenchantment. We invite proposals that express the complex nature of women’s relationship to art and aesthetics in the midst of political and national turmoil. The panel also discusses the gender/feminist strategies that advocate for new relational possibilities between genders, between citizens and the state, and across ethnic, national and class divides. 300w in English/French to: elnossery@wisc.edu.
Re-Examining Opacity in the Caribbean Context
This panel will address Édouard Glissant’s notion of ‘opacity’ within the contemporary Caribbean context, examining how literary texts by writers from within the region and its diaspora either confirm or resist such interpretations. Is ‘opacity’ liberating or limiting? This panel invites submissions that specifically explore this question in French, Spanish, English, or Creole texts, including (but not limited to) novels; dramatic works; poetry; theories and criticism. Please send 250-300-word abstracts to Mariana Past, pastm@dickinson.edu.
Textual Artifacts: Francophone Literatures and the Museum
This panel will examine how Francophone literary works represent museums or occupy them as artifacts on display. Emphasizing how a potential ‘museology’ of the text may shape postcolonial history and contemporary culture, it will explore the aesthetic, ethical, historical, political, and epistemological ties between textual discourse and museum spaces. Papers are encouraged on various genres and areas of expertise in museum studies. Please submit a 250-300 word abstract in English or French to Alisa Belanger: alisa.belanger@rutgers.edu.
Translating French/American Poetry Today
This panel investigates the import of translation and its sites of dissemination for contemporary French and American poetries. How do recent detours through (allegedly) more experimental foreign works help inflect the linguistic/conceptual practices in the target language? We invite submissions that address the critical role translation plays in mapping alternate genealogies, positions of intelligibility and aesthetic affinities for today’s innovative projects. Please send 250-word abstracts to Raluca Manea, rim211@nyu.edu
Women and the fait divers in Contemporary French and Francophone Literatures (Seminar)
This panel explores how contemporary French and Francophone literatures have evoked or re-written the fait divers in relation to women. How have women writers engaged with the fait divers in their own writings? What links exist between female protagonists as either readers or subjects of the fait divers and various types of life writing narratives? Please send 250-word proposals in English or French to Adrienne Angelo (ama0002@auburn.edu) along with academic affiliation and contact information.
The Writing Body: Oralité, Ecriture, and Corporeal Language
This panel addresses how women’s writing from the French Caribbean reconfigures the trope of orality and writing as more than linguistic codes. Some questions to consider: how do women represent the body as a source of knowledge formation, emerging from an impulse to write? How does the female body inscribe as well as expand traditional conceptions of orality and writing? How do images of a writing body transform metaphysical notions of being but also physical conditions of vulnerability and agency? 300-word abstracts to: lconnell@westga.edu
WWI through French Lenses: Reflections
As 2014 will mark the 100 anniversary of the start of WWI, this panel invites papers on the representation of this conflict in French films (Boisset, Bozon, Carion, Dupeyron, Jeunet, Renoir, Tavernier, etc.). All film genres, including documentaries (Delassus), and all perspectives are welcome. Comparative studies are particularly encouraged. Papers can be in either English or French. Please send 300-word abstracts and brief biographical statements in body of email to Annik Doquire Kerszberg, akerszbe@lhup.edu

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