Study half day reminder: “Crossing boundaries in the study of France and Africa”

Wednesday 18 February 2015, 1.45-6.00pm Milldam LE1.03, University of Portsmouth This study half day will bring together scholars and students from inside and outside of the University of Portsmouth to explore new ways of studying France and Africa. Our particular focus will be on crossing boundaries – physical, temporal and methodological – and the new perspectives on Franco-African relations that can be gained from such an approach. Some themes we will explore at this workshop include, but are not confined to: crossing geographical borders, to explore France’s relationships with different Francophone African territories, as well as with regions beyond the traditional French sphere on the African continent; breaking down chronological divides, notably between the pre-colonial, colonial and post-colonial periods; combining different historical outlooks, including political, economic, cultural and social perspectives on the past; transcending methodological boundaries, such as between different archives and diverse disciplines. In so doing, this study half day will highlight the ways in which crossing commonly accepted boundaries sheds new light on the multi-faceted relationship between France and Africa, in both the past and the present. Programme 1.45-1.55: Welcome 1.55 – 3.15: Panel 1 – Labour and detention Chair: Fabienne Chamelot (Portsmouth) Romain Tiquet (Humboldt): From the […]

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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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