CFP: 20th and 21st Century French and Francophone Studies International Colloquium, 2020

APPEL À CONTRIBUTIONS/CALL FOR PAPERS

20th and 21st Century French and Francophone Studies International Colloquium March 26-28, 2020

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA

 

Plenary Speakers : Scholastique Mukasonga, Nicolas Kurtovitch, and Stéphanie Posthumus

Parler la terre

La terre nous unit tous. Parler la terre, c’est parler de soi-même, c’est parler de l’Autre, c’est parler de l’identité, de l’environnement, de la vie à tous les sens du mot. La terre permet l’existence des êtres humains, elle crée leurs cultures, fonde leurs imaginaires, complique leurs relations, fait et parfois défait leurs rêves. Comment représente-on la terre dans la littérature, dans l’art contemporain, dans le cinéma ? Comment la terre figure-t-elle dans la théorie postmoderne et post- coloniale, dans les théories du genre, et dans les études sociales et culturelles ? Comme le colloque 2020 aura lieu à l’Université du Nebraska-Lincoln, une institution « land grant, » située dans un état où l’agriculture dicte souvent l’économie et les tendances politiques, il nous semble opportun de considérer le rôle de la terre dans la production culturelle contemporaine d’expression française.

Nous invitons des propositions de communication dans les domaines des littératures d’expression française, de la théorie littéraire, de l’histoire, des études culturelles et/ou postcoloniales, des études de genre, de la traduction, des arts tels que la musique, la danse, le cinéma, la photographie, et la bande dessinée.

En plus de propositions individuelles, nous encourageons vivement la soumission de panels complets.

Le comité scientifique accueillera avec intérêt des propositions portant sur les thèmes suivants, sans que ceux-ci soient restrictifs :

  • Lieu et identité
  • Espaces naturels et urbains
  • Frontières, migrations, exils
  • Le folklore, la mythologie, les légendes, et les récits d’origine
  • Nation, nationalité, nationalisme
  • Géographie et genre (la littérature « régionale », le pastoral, les dystopies, la science-fiction, le thriller)
  • Les féminismes globaux ; l’écoféminisme ; le « Global Gay » ; les géographies LGBTQ
  • Le tourisme et/ou l’éco-tourisme ; le voyage
  • Lieux d’héritage/patrimoine mondial et local (UNESCO, )
  • L’agriculture/l’économie
  • Le rôle social de la terre dans le terrain académique
  • Les cultures/épistémologies autochtones
  • L’impérialisme écologique
  • Les désastres naturels, le changement climatique, la pollution

Des propositions individuelles ou des sessions complètes portant sur les œuvres de nos conférencier(ères) en séance plénière Scholastique Mukasonga, Nicolas Kurtovitch, et Stéphanie Posthumus (sujet ouvert) sont aussi les bienvenues.

Les propositions de communication (250 mots maximum, en français ou en anglais, accompagnées d’une brève notice bio- bibliographique) et de sessions complètes (celles-ci vivement encouragées) sont à envoyer par e-mail à l’adresse FFSC2020@unl.edu avant le 15 septembre, 2019.

 

 

Speaking the Earth

The earth unites us all. To speak of the earth is to speak of oneself, of the “Other,” of identity, of the environment, of life in every sense of the word. The earth allows human beings to exist, it creates our cultures, founds our imaginaries, complicates our relationships, fulfills and sometimes frustrates our dreams. How is the earth or land represented in literature, in contemporary art, and in film? How does the earth factor into postmodern and postcolonial theories, gender theories, and cultural studies? As the 2020 colloquium will take place at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, a land grant institution in a state in which agriculture frequently influences the economy and consequently the political situation and political tendencies, it seems appropriate to consider the role of the earth/land in contemporary cultural production of French expression.

We invite paper proposals in the following fields: literatures of French expression, literary theory, cultural studies, history, gender and postcolonial studies, translation, and art, including music, dance, film studies, photography, and the graphic novel.

In addition to individual proposals, we encourage the submission of complete panel proposals.

The organizing committee will welcome particularly, but not exclusively, proposals addressing the following themes:

  • Place and identity
  • Natural and urban spaces
  • Borders, migration, exile
  • Folklore, mythology, legends, and origin stories
  • Nation, nationality, nationalism
  • Geography and genre (the pastoral, dystopias, “regional” literature, science fiction, thrillers)
  • Global feminisms ; ecofeminism ; “Global Gay,” LGBTQ geographies
  • Tourism/eco-tourism ; travel
  • Global and local heritage sites (UNESCO, )
  • Agriculture/economy
  • The social role of land in academia
  • Autochthonous cultures/epistemologies
  • Ecological imperialism
  • Natural disaster, climate change, pollution

We also welcome proposals for papers and panels on the works of our plenary speakers Scholastique Mukasonga, Nicolas Kurtovitch, and Stéphanie Posthumus (subject open).

Paper proposals (250 words maximum, in French or English, along with a brief bio-bibliography) and proposals for complete panels (strongly encouraged) should be sent by email to this address: FFSC2020@unl.edu before September 15, 2019.

ASFS/AJFS Postgraduate Prize 2019

The Australian Society for French Studies and the Australian Journal of French Studies are pleased to announce the fifth annual co-sponsored ASFS/AJFS Postgraduate Prize.

A prize of $500 will be awarded for the best article (4,000-6,000 words inc. notes) by a postgraduate student on any aspect of French Studies (except French language studies). The prize will be awarded at the annual ASFS Conference in Sydney https://australiansocietyforfrenchstudies.com/events/asfs-conference/ in December 2019, and the winning article will be published in a ‘miscellaneous’ issue of AJFS.

Applicants must be enrolled in a research higher degree at an Australian university and be a member of ASFS. Previous prize recipients are not eligible to submit an article. Articles may be written in English or French and must be presented according to AJFSstyle guidelines (see http://online.liverpooluniversitypress.co.uk/loi/ajfs or http://artsonline.monash.edu.au/australian-journal-french-studies/. They will be assessed by a joint ASFS/AJFS judging committee which may call upon relevant expertise in its deliberations.

The deadline for submissions for the prize is 30 June 2019. The winner will be announced in December 2019.

Submissions and enquiries relating to the ASFS/AJFS Postgraduate Prize should be directed to ASFS’s Postgraduate Officer, Sophie Patrick at sophie.patrick@une.edu.au.

Véronique Duché, President of ASFS
Brian Nelson, Editor of AJFS

CFP: 5th Biennial Colloquium of Languages and Cultures Network for Australian Universities (LCNAU)

CALL FOR PAPERS

5th Biennial Colloquium of LCNAU

Deadline: 30 April 2019

Conference: 27-29 November 2019, University of Western Australia

The Fifth Biennial Colloquium of the Languages & Cultures Network of Australian Universities will be held at the University of Western Australia on 27-29 November 2019.

Confirmed keynote speakers are: Charles Forsdick (Liverpool), Joseph Lo Bianco (Melbourne), Jakelin Troy (Sydney).

“Exchanges: people, knowledge, cultures”

The movement of students and staff is an inherent part of language learning. The benefits of such exchange flow in both directions: language learners encounter a new set of linguistic and cultural parameters through which to make sense of the world and the ‘native speakers’ of that culture also benefit by encountering those who are entering their language and culture from different and often challenging perspectives. The two-way exchange of linguistic competence and cultural knowledge – between Indigenous and non-Indigenous, teachers and students, international students and Australian hosts, Australians studying abroad and their overseas hosts and contacts – is enriching to all and a key contribution our disciplines make to building a better world.

LCNAU invites abstracts and panel proposals from scholars, practitioners, early career researchers and postgraduate students. We  especially invite contributions relating to the following areas:

  • Indigenous languages: description, maintenance and use
  • Motivation and language learning
  • Language and culture nexus
  • Language and identity
  • Technology in teaching and learning language and culture
  • Models and approaches in teaching and learning language and culture
  • Language testing
  • Language and society
  • Language acquisition
  • Language policy
  • Translation and interpretation

For full guide to submissions procedure and details about the conference, please see the conference homepage:

http://lcnau2019.com.au/

For enquiries, please contact the Conference Chairs:
John Kinder, Italian Studies, UWA john.kinder@uwa.edu.au
Nicola Fraschini, Korean Studies, UWA nicola.fraschini@uwa.edu.au

CFP: ASFS 2019 Making and Breaking Rules in Sydney

Australian Society for French Studies Annual Conference 2019

Making and Breaking Rules

University of New England – Western Sydney University

Location: UNE Sydney

10-12 December 2019

When we speak, write and act, when we produce and interpret culture, we are consciously or unconsciously following rules of various kinds. But what does it mean to follow a rule? What are the consequences of failing to do so? Who has the power to institute and enforce rules? How can rules be modified or dissolved?

These general questions can be sharpened in specific domains of French, Francophone, and Comparative studies, interpreted in the widest possible way:

  • how do generic conventions shape our expectations and guide our reception of literary works, films, television drama and other cultural products?
  • how can generic conventions encode social values?
  • how do specific works break with conventions and what kinds of impact can this have?
  • is cultural innovation always a matter of breaking rules?
  • how do new rules arise and spread?
  • how has the history of France, and of French colonization and decolonization, shaped specific approaches to rewriting social and political rules?
  • how can a universalism of rules (“one rule for all”) correct or reinforce injustices, depending on the situation?
  • to what degree is accuracy and aptness in language use and translation a matter of conformity to rules?
  • when and how should rules of grammar and usage be taught in the language classroom?
  • how should non-standard grammar and usage be presented in teaching?
  • what effects have regulatory bodies had on the evolution of French as it is used throughout the Francophone world?

Participants are encouraged to reflect on rules broadly conceived, as:

  • laws and regulations;
  • political programs and platforms;
  • norms of ability and disability;
  • social conventions;
  • etiquette and politeness;
  • gender constructs;
  • religious precepts;
  • generic conventions;
  • formal constraints;
  • research protocols;
  • conflicting epistemologies;

and to consider a range of rule-making and -breaking practices:

  • prescription and legislation;
  • the making explicit and codification of existing practices;
  • preservation and recovery of traditional wisdom;
  • discretion in the application of rules;
  • civil disobedience;
  • deviance, deviation and clinamen;
  • transgression;
  • tradition and innovation;
  • law enforcement and crime.

We invite proposals for individual papers (20 minutes) and for panels (three papers of 20 minutes each) related to the theme of making and breaking rules. We will also consider proposals that do not relate directly to this theme.

Please send your proposal of 250 words for papers in English or French, or suggestion of panels, to vgosetti@une.edu.au by Monday 6 May 2019.

Important dates

  • Deadline for submitting proposals for papers/panels: 6 May 2019
  • Notification of acceptance: June 2019
  • Early-bird registration: ends 4 September 2019
  • Full registration: 5 September 2019 onwards
  • Postgraduate session: Monday 9 December 2019

Conference Organising Committee
Chris Andrews (Western Sydney University), Valentina Gosetti & Sophie Patrick (University of New England)

The ASFS Annual Conference 2019 will blend with the conference

The Effects of the Oulipo: Impact, Continuities, Appropriations, Reactions
11-13 December 2019

Organising committee: Chris Andrews (Western Sydney University), Christelle Reggiani (Université de Paris IV), Christophe Reig (Université de Perpignan), Hermes Salceda (Universidad de Vigo).


Colloque annuel de l’Australian Society for French Studies 2019

Règles et dérèglements

University of New England – Western Sydney University

UNE Sydney

10-12 décembre 2019

Lorsque nous parlons, écrivons et agissons, lorsque nous produisons et interprétons la culture, nous suivons consciemment ou inconsciemment des règles de différentes sortes. Mais que veut dire suivre une règle ? Quelles sont les conséquences de ne pas le faire? Qui a le pouvoir d’instituer et de faire respecter les règles ? Comment les règles peuvent-elles être modifiées ou dissoutes ?

Ces questions générales pourront être affinées dans des domaines spécifiques au sein des études françaises, francophones et comparées, interprétées de la manière la plus large possible :

  • Comment les conventions génériques façonnent-elles nos attentes et guident-elles notre réception d’œuvres littéraires, de films, de séries télévisées et d’autres produits culturels ?
  • comment les conventions génériques peuvent-elles encoder des valeurs sociales ?
  • comment des œuvres spécifiques rompent-elles avec les conventions et quels types d’impact cela peut-il avoir ?
  • l’innovation culturelle est-elle toujours une question de violation des règles ?
  • comment les nouvelles règles apparaissent-elles et se propagent-elles ?
  • comment l’histoire de la France, de la colonisation et de la décolonisation françaises a-t-elle façonné des approches spécifiques de réécriture des règles sociales et politiques ?
  • comment un universalisme de règles (« une règle pour tous ») peut-il corriger ou renforcer les injustices, selon la situation ?
  • dans quelle mesure l’exactitude et l’aptitude à utiliser une langue et à traduire sont-elles une question de conformité aux règles ?
  • quand et comment les règles de grammaire et d’utilisation doivent-elles être enseignées en classe de langue ?
  • comment faut-il présenter la grammaire et l’usage non standard dans l’enseignement ?
  • quels effets les organismes de réglementation ont-ils eu sur l’évolution du français tel qu’il est utilisé dans le monde francophone ?

Les participants sont encouragés à réfléchir sur les règles au sens le plus large, dans différents domaines possibles :

  • lois et règlements
  • programmes et plateformes politiques
  • normes d’aptitude et d’invalidité
  • conventions sociales
  • étiquette et politesse
  • les concepts de genre
  • préceptes religieux
  • conventions génériques
  • contraintes formelles
  • protocoles de recherche
  • épistémologies en conflit

et envisager un éventail de pratiques d’établissement de règles et de rupture :

  • prescription et législation
  • explicitation et codification des pratiques existantes
  • préservation et récupération de la sagesse traditionnelle
  • discrétion dans l’application des règles
  • désobéissance civile
  • déviance, déviation et clinamen
  • la transgression
  • tradition et innovation
  • application de la loi et criminalité

Nous sollicitons des propositions de communications individuelles (20 minutes) et de panels (trois communications de 20 minutes chacune) sur le thème de l’établissement et de la violation des règles. Nous examinerons également les propositions qui ne concernent pas directement ce thème.

Veuillez envoyer votre proposition de 250 mots pour des communications en anglais ou en français, ou une suggestion de panel, à vgosetti@une.edu.au avant le lundi 6 mai 2019.

Dates

  • Date limite de soumission des propositions de communications / panels : 6 mai 2019
  • Notification d’acceptation : juin 2019
  • Inscription early-bird : se termine le 4 septembre 2019
  • Inscription complète : à partir du 5 septembre 2019
  • Séance dédiée aux doctorants : lundi 9 décembre 2019

Comité d’organisation

Chris Andrews (Western Sydney University), Valentina Gosetti et Sophie Patrick (University of New England)

 

Le colloque annuel de l’ASFS 2019 accompagnera le colloque:
Les effets de l’Oulipo : Impact, continuités, détournements, réactions
11-13 décembre 2019

Comité d’organisation : Chris Andrews (Western Sydney University), Christelle Reggiani (Université de Paris IV), Christophe Reig (Université de Perpignan), Hermes Salceda (Universidad de Vigo)

 

CFP: Cultural Transformations at the CSAA 2019 Conference

Cultural Studies Association of Australasia Conference 2019: Cultural Transformations

University of Queensland, Dec 4 – 6, 2019

Abstracts Due 30 April, 2019

 

Confirmed Keynotes

It seems the future is no longer rushing to meet us but has already arrived. The speed and extent of the cultural transformations currently taking place around us raise urgent and imperative questions. Cultural studies researchers have recently turned to examine these questions across a representatively broad range of fields, including gender and sexuality studies, critical race and disability studies, film and media studies, internet and digital cultural studies, affect studies and the environmental humanities. Yet significant work remains to be done. How are we to respond most effectively to such issues as the disappearance of salaried jobs and their replacement with a gig economy, to climate change and species extinction, to the rise of “populism” and the new right, as well as the ever-worsening treatment of refugee and indigenous populations, to the systemic gender and sexuality-based disadvantage revealed by #metoo and the divisive SSM poll, to the emergence of AI and algorithmic logics, as well as gene-editing and other biomedical technologies?

The 2019 conference of the Cultural Studies Association of Australasia aims to provide a forum at which both the challenges posed and opportunities afforded by these transformations can be collectively addressed. Taking as its theme “Cultural Transformations,” the conference welcomes proposals for papers or panels that address this topic from a diverse and inclusive range of perspectives, as well as general papers in Cultural Studies.

The conference welcomes proposals for papers or panels that address the theme of Cultural Transformations from a diverse and inclusive range of perspectives, as well as general papers in Cultural Studies.

Further information regarding conference streams, deadlines and abstract submission will soon be available on this website. In the interim, for more information, please email the organising team here: csaaconf2019@gmail.com

ISFAR sessions at the Australian Historical Association Conference

ISFAR is pleased to announce that it will convene a French Australian Relations stream at the Australian Historical Association’s annual conference, which will be held in Toowoomba, Queensland from 8-12 July 2019. The conference theme this year is ‘Local Communities, Global Networks’. For further details and the Call for Papers, click here.

Please direct any questions to Pauline Georgelin at isfarinc@gmail.com

CFP Literary Walks, Slow Travel, and Eco-Awareness in Contemporary Literature

CALL FOR ARTICLE PROPOSALS

Seeking submissions for a forthcoming issue of Studies in Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Literature with a special focus section entitled Literary Walks, Slow Travel, and Eco-Awareness in Contemporary Literature.

Guest Editor: Peter Arnds, Trinity College Dublin

One of the latest fitness trends from Sweden is the so-called ‘plogging’, picking up trash while jogging. Embarking from this image of social engagement for the purpose of healing the planet proposals are sought for an upcoming issue of Studies in Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Literature for a series of essays in English that analyse literary, filmic, or other artistic productions in twentieth- and twenty-first century German, French, Italian, or Spanish speaking cultures in view of the links between ‘slow travel’ and eco-awareness.

Slow travel implies an intensification of experiencing the environment, its devastation, and possibilities of healing. This is not limited to walking alone, although authors of literary walks such as W.G. Sebald or Friedrich Christian Delius are important for this volume. Such literature reveals the tension between the solitary walker distancing himself from the community with its social and political responsibilities, while at the same time actually engaging more closely with the global community and its concerns about the environment and politics. But walking in literature can also be an intensely neo-Romantic experience. When Percy Bysshe Shelley and Mary Wollstonecraft (later Mary Shelley) first eloped and found themselves stranded without money in Paris they decided to walk the 700 km distance to Switzerland. While nineteenth-century literature teems with walkers, how does this map out in the twentieth and twenty-first century?

Apart from this focus on literary walks we seek submissions on various other texts linking ecological awareness to unusual forms of travel. Proposed essays may include but are not limited to topics such as:

* walking as neo-romanticism

* slow travel and encounters with animals;

* theory of psychogeography

* walking and health in literature;

* debunking myths about other species;

* diversity of forms of slow travel in literature and film;

* eco-humor;

* intense encounters with the natural world;

* the potential of slow travel for healing oneself, others, and the planet at large (as in Werner Herzog’s winter walk from Munich to Paris);

* walking and eco-awareness in film and the visual arts;

* interdisciplinary approaches to slow travel and literature;

* walking and myth;

* slow travel, walking, and borders;

* nocturnal walking in literature

* metaphors of slow travel in the context of ecocriticism;

* slow travel, gender, and ecology;

* bicycling in contemporary literature;

* walking in the city versus nature;

* walking at night;

* walking and emotion;

* philosophies of slow travel in contemporary literary texts;

* wandering and resistance;

* walking as trauma;

* walking as privilege;

This volume argues that with the slowing down of physical mobility and the traveller’s self-marginalization and constant crossing of boundaries, walking and other forms of slow travel increase political alertness, reflection, and a tendency to protest. We are interested in submissions also that examine contemporary literature in light of the philosophical and literary roots of such travel (such as Jean Jacques Rousseau or Robert Louis Stevenson), and which engage densely with theories of slowness, wandering as resistance, and self-exiling during travel (e.g., Michel de Certeau’s The Practice of Everyday Life, Frédéric Gros’ Philosophy of Walking, Ernst Jünger’s Der Waldgang, Rebecca Solnit’s Wanderlust). The volume is open to a diversity of theorizations. What function does slow travel, especially walking, have for the social responsibility of travellers who follow what Deleuze and Guattari have called a rhizomatic trail across borderless smooth space? Rebecca Solnit has argued, for example, that slow travel “ideally is a state in which the mind, the body, and the world are aligned” (Wanderlust 2000).

As Guest Editor I am particularly interested in submissions which examine how literature and film represent slow travel — with its cosmopolitan, polyphonic messages, and the temporary exile of lonely and visionary individuals walking away from their communities and trespassing across communal, territorial, and national boundaries – and whether slow travel may in the end be more conducive to the healing of the planet than an insistence on social and political responsibility that is firmly attached to hermetically sealed-off civic, national, and thus ultimately imagined communities.

Studies in Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Literature is committed to publishing high quality, anonymously peer reviewed articles written in English on post-1900 literature, film, and media in French, German, and Spanish. The journal is devoted to theory and criticism in the modern languages, and encourages interdisciplinary and collaborative submissions. Many acclaimed literary critics and theoreticians have appeared in STTCL and served as guest editors of STTCL special issues dedicated to one language or theme. Likewise, the editorial advisory council includes esteemed authors, critics, and theoreticians in French, German, Spanish, and Comparative Literature. From 1976 to 2003, the journal was known as Studies in 20th Century Literature, and through 2013, it appeared in print form twice a year (winter and summer) and it is currently published in an online, Open Access format which enhances the journal’s sustainability and broadens its global readership.

Please provide a 500-word abstract for articles not to exceed 7500 words, along with a brief CV, complete contact details, and academic affiliation, in an email to arndsp@tcd.ie with the reference line of STTCL Abstract. The deadline for the submission of abstracts is February 1, 2019. If chosen for publication, the completed article will need to be submitted no later than July 1, 2019.

Dr. Peter Arnds
Trinity College Dublin
–  Head, Department of Italian
–  Director, M.Phil in Comparative Literature
–  Fellow TCD
Member, Academia Europaea