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Just a few words on the passing of Assia Djebar

Prof Margaret Majumdar, Professor of Francophone Studies, University of Portsmouth Assia Djebar, who has died in Paris in the early hours of Saturday February 7th 2015, was not just a great Algerian woman but a writer and film-maker of international stature, who took her seat in the Académie Française in 2006 and received world-wide recognition and honours for her work. Like many of her compatriots, she did not perhaps receive the honour she deserved in her own country in her lifetime. In death, however, she will now be received back in Algeria with the full panoply of state ceremony. She will be truly mourned, however, by her ‘sisters’, the Women of Algiers, whose voices and words from both past and present she endeavoured to bring out of the silence in which they had been confined . Her lifelong work has played a major role in de-exoticising North African women and extracting them from the shadows of the past and their seclusion, bringing back to life the hidden histories they have transmitted across the generations. The Wassila/ Avife network, concerned with sexual violence and the mistreatment of children, along with other feminist groups in Algeria, will play a major role in the tributes […]

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Welcome to the new blog of the Francophone Africa research cluster at the University of Portsmouth

We are delighted to bring to you a new blog all about teaching and researching Francophone Africa. This new website, launched on Monday 22 September 2014, aims to share the activities of the Francophone Africa research cluster at the University of Portsmouth. It will include blog posts by our members on their current research projects, as well as wider comment and analysis on the history, culture and language of both metropolitan France and other Francophone countries and regions of the world. There will be regular features exploring in more detail the undergraduate and postgraduate teaching on Francophone Africa that we carry out at the University of Portsmouth, with contributions from our current and past students. The blog will offer information and comment on recent and forthcoming events related to the study of Francophone Africa, and will also act as a repository for resources, particularly those in digital form, which we hope will be of use to students and scholars alike. New blog posts will be coming very soon… In the meantime, we hope you enjoy exploring our new website and finding out more about the Francophone Africa research cluster at the University of Portsmouth, our members and our events. We warmly welcome your […]

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