Annual Conference 2022

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Presence, Absence, Hybridity:

New Directions in French and Francophone Studies 

8-9 September 2022 (Online) 

The 2022 ASMCF annual conference will seek to explore the concepts of presence, absence, and hybridity as well as future directions in French and Francophone Studies as a way of understanding the development of modern and contemporary French and Francophone cultures and identities as the world tries to face up to the challenge of the Covid-19 pandemic and its aftermath. Drawing on the technological challenges and innovations of the last two years, the 2022 ASMCF annual conference shall be held online and hosted by the Association.

The full Call for Papers (now closed) can be found here in pdf format both in English and in French.

The full programme is available below. Please follow the link to register to receive the links to join sessions.

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Programme

Thursday 8 September 2022

13:00 Welcome by the President of the ASMCF, Chris Tinker

13:15 – 14:00 Plenary session Panel Chair: Chris Tinker

Philippe Artières (CNRS, IRIS): ‘« Une présence qui ne conclut (ne présume) de rien » : Histoire de l’inconnu de la Plage noire’

14:00 – 14:20 Break

14:20 – 16:10 Parallel sessions 1, 2, 3

Session 1: Political insecurities Panel Chair: Steve Wharton

John Ryan (LSE, Emeritus) Policy Shifts in France and Germany impact Global Leadership

Maggie Allison (Bradford) Now you see her/him – now you don’t. Absence, presence-and hybridity-in the run-up to the French presidential election 2022

Hervé Ondoua (Ecole normale supérieure de Bertoua, Cameroun) L’utopie et l’esquisse d’une vision meilleure de la francophonie

Session 2: 21st Century Interactions Panel Chair: Sophie Dubillot

Marie-Pascale Hamez (Université de Lille) Quel(s) changement(s) dans l’enseignement du texte littéraire en classe de français langue étrangère à l’heure du numérique ? Etat des recherches francophones.

Ouafae Benzina (Université Moulay Ismaïl-Meknès, Maroc) Nouvelles méthodes d’apprentissage et d’enseignement du français au Maroc à l’ère de Covid-19

Kheira Yahiaoui (ENS Oran) Plurilinguismes, cultures et identités : la construction d’un face-à-face distanciel dans l’intéraction radiophonique

Session 3: Francophone subjectivities and pluralities Panel Chair: Jamie Steele

Oliver Davis (University of Warwick) Henri Michaux’s mescaline adventures: the presence-absence of the psychedelic ‘trip’

Abdelouahed Hajji (Université Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah, Maroc) Kundera ou l’esthétique pluraliste

Mohamed Lamine Rhimi (Université de Tunis) L’Histoire et l’ethnographie dans l’imaginaire esthétique romanesque d’Édouard Glissant

16:10 – 16:45 Postgraduate Flash presentations Panel Chair: Pallavi Joshi

16:45 Plenary session – Peter Morris Lecture Panel Chair: Fiona Barclay

Gill Allwood (University of Nottingham Trent): ‘From Edith Cresson to Elisabeth Borne: 30 Years of Gender and Politics in France’

17:30 – 18:00 Meet the editors of Modern & Contemporary France Organiser: Oliver Davis

18:00 – 19:00 Vin d’honneur and Roundtable on the Future of French Studies Chair : Steve Wharton, with Florence Ferran, Attachée de coopération scientifique et universitaire / Ambassade de France au Royaume-Uni

 

Friday 9 September 2022

9:30 – 11:00 Parallel sessions 4, 5

Session 4: Gender in 21st-Century France Panel Chair: Oliver Davis

Douglas Morrey (Warwick University) and Bradley Stephens (Bristol University) Panel on Masculinities in 21st-Century France

Jonathan Ervine (Bangor University) Images of masculinity and vulnerability in contemporary French sports films

Session 5: Representations of francophone identity Panel Chair: Helen McKelvey

Widad Ouchen (Université Cadi Ayyad – Maroc) La littérature de voyage au coeur de l’enseignement des langues étrangères

Rujeeluck Seelakate (Université de la Sorbonne, Paris) D’Anna et le French Kiss à Emily in Paris: représentations de l’apprentissage de la langue française et de l’intégration culturelle chez les personnages féminins américains

Pariwat Sukwichai (Université Paris Nanterre) Réactiver l’ambivalence : le roman bisexuel français contemporain

11:00 – 11:20 Break

11:20 – 12:50 Parallel sessions 6, 7

Session 6: Panel on Health, Science, and Uncertainty in the Nineteenth Century Panel Chair: Helen McKelvey

Sarah Arens (Liverpool) Tramways for Imperialism: Promoting Technology, Science, and Colonialism at the 1897 World Fair in Brussels

Sarah Jones (Oxford University) Germ Theory and Social Contagion in Zola’s Lourdes

Hannah Scott (Newcastle) Song, sickness, scepticism: popular music and public health in the Third Republic

Session 7: Twenty-first century ontologies Panel Chair: Aude Campmas

Gloria Titane Bakala (Université Marien Ngouabi, Faculté des Lettres, Arts et Sciences Humaines, Congo (Brazzaville) Présence et absence, continuité et changement

Anne Rachel Aboyoyo Aboyoyo (Independent Scholar) Appauvrissement et inessentialité du sujet dans la poésie de Michel Houellebecq

Ahmed Bouftouh (Université Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah de Fès, Maroc) Le temps de l’épidémie dans Les Nuits de la peste d’Orhan Pamuk

12:50 – 13:30 Lunch break

13:30 – 15:30 Parallel sessions 8, 9, 10

Session 8: Enviro-Medical Humanities Panel Chair: Daniel Finch-Race (Università di Bologna)

James Illingworth (University of Cardiff) George Sand, Econarratology, and Narrative Medicine

Áine Larkin (Maynooth University) French Medical Culture in Martin Winckler’s Novels

Manon Mathias (Glasgow) Food as Actant in Ernaux and Nothomb: Nineteenth-Century Legacies

Sophie Maddison (Glasgow) Ecocritical Perspectives on the Interconnectedness of Medicine and Religion

Session 9: Reclaiming Marginalised Voices Panel Chair: Nicole Fayard

Helen McKelvey (Glasgow) ‘Mes mots se sont perdus dans le silence de la mort’ : (Re)Creating the Absent Enslaved Voice in Twenty-first-century Francophone Literature

Marion Krauthaker (De Montfort University, Leicester) Decolonising French literature through the Rediscovery of Neglected Rural Female Writers: The silenced voice of Marie-Aimée Méraville

Holly Lawton (Central Lancashire) ‘Écoutez ces puissantes voix’: The future of Louisiana French, viewed through the music of its past and present

Cristina Johnston (University of Stirling) The Presence of Marginalised Bodies in the Films of Céline Sciamma

Session 10: Panel on Negotiating the present past between France and Algeria Panel Chair: Elizabeth Benjamin

Fiona Barclay (Stirling University) New directions in memories of the end of French Algeria

Elizabeth Benjamin (Coventry University) Neo-colonial echoes in post-colonial memory: Arabofrancophonie and the OIF

Clíona Hensey (Galway University) Bearing witness to Harki pasts, presents and futures

15:30 – 15:45 Break

15:45 – 16:30 ASMCF Annual General Meeting

16:30 – 17:00 Pot de fin de conférence

17:00 End of conference

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