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IJFS special issue: Progress, change and development: Francophone perspectives

The first issue of the year (19/1) of the International Journal of Francophone Studies, edited by Margaret Majumdar and Fabienne Chamelot, addresses Francophone perspectives on Progress, change and development. “While the perspectives underlying these texts are very different, what unites the subject matter is the underlying preoccupation with history as progress. While some accept the ideals of modernity, freedom and economic, social, political amelioration and focus their critique on the deficiencies of their implementation to date, others channel their work more to unpicking the unintended effects of historical change, challenging received wisdom to date and the analysing the cultural processes and products through which many of the ensuing contradictions are articulated.” Here is the table of content. More details here: http://www.intellectbooks.co.uk/journals/view-issue,id=3140/ Progress, change and development: Francophone perspectives Fabienne Chamelot And  Margaret A. Majumdar Tunisian internal autonomy and the transformation of the French colonial empire Ryo Ikeda Algérie: Libération nationale et construction de la nation Catherine Lévy L’Algérie: La postindépendance, l’effervescence cosmopolite et la littérature Authors:  Beïda Chikhi Transformations institutionnelles et développement économique dans la zone franc en Afrique de l’Ouest (1960–1990) Authors:  Vincent Duchaussoy Reading between the lines: Identity issues in Kanak narratives and the agency of the storyteller Authors:  Catherine O’Connell […]

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Timeless Algiers: Les Riches Heures by Patrick Altès

Patrick Altès was a Leverhulme Artist in Residence working with the Francophone Africa cluster in 2012/13. Since then, he has been exhibiting works inspired by the residency around the world, including as part of Caravan, an international and interreligious peacebuilding arts non-profit. His work is currently on show at the Musée d’Art Moderne Algérien as part of the 7th edition of the FIAC, the International Festival of Contemporary Art.  Patrick Altès explains below the genesis of his new work, Les Riches Heures, selected by the FIAC.   My reaction to the title of the show and what it represents has been to freeze a frame, create a timeless moment stripped of its historical significance as well as to refer to the auroral or a-historic time marking the origin and creation of cultures and civilizations. Les Riches Heures The constant ebb and flow of civilizations around the Mediterranean shores over the millennia has always fascinated me. In this context, the many facets of Algiers, “A huge geological animal that constituted the city and its thousand streets” (Kamel Daoud, Meursault, La contre-enquête), “On a happy shore and under the light of the first morning of the world” (Albert Camus, Le Premier Homme), […]

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