Call for Papers: Dakar (Senegal) Trans-Regional Studies Symposium, March 18-21, 2020

Call for Papers: Dakar (Senegal) Trans-Regional Studies Symposium, March 18-21, 2020

This is a call for papers for an international symposium on Trans-Regional Studies to be held at the West African Research Center (WARC) in Dakar, Senegal, March 18-21, 2020. Building from the first symposium, held at Michigan State University in April 2019, this symposium seeks to broaden discussions of area studies by re-imagining a new model that retains place-based depth while providing cross-regional bridges among area/regional experts. The symposium has four themes, broadly defined: a) Human mobilities, b) Religion, c) Foodways and waterways, and d) New trans-regional actors.  We welcome submissions that suggest other themes that may be relevant to the emerging field of trans-regional studies, especially those that center Senegal and/or West Africa in trans-regional context. We particularly welcome participants from West Africa or elsewhere on the African continent, as well as those who approach trans-regional studies from new and innovative methods and geographies. The working languages of the conference will be English and French.

Trans-Regional Studies is an emergent “scholarly borderland” that engages regional/area studies while focusing on global intersections.  It considers the connections among world regions as well as the spaces of in-between, including global flows as well as frictions (Cooper 2014, Tsing 2005). Trans-Regional Studies advances an innovative re-interrogation of the organization of regional/area studies as a way to generate knowledge about the world (Masao and Harootunian, 2004; Stevens, et al 2018). It recognizes the limitations of traditional area studies approaches (Schafer 2014) while strengthening and deepening area-specialized knowledge through the study of local, national and global phenomena that cross boundaries.  Following the lead of new scholarship in comparative social science (Arjomand 2014), our premise is that the study of globality requires an understanding of wide-scale connection that is critically informed by place-based historical experience.

The symposium will be held at the West African Research Center in Dakar, Senegal, on March 18 and 19, 2020. It will immediately be followed by two days of optional field excursions on March 20 and 21 centered on trans-regional topics. Please send abstracts (no longer than 250 words) and a CV by December 15, 2019, to David Glovsky, at Should you want to suggest an alternative theme that your proposed project speaks to, please include that alongside your abstract. We have limited funding for participants based in the U.S. and Europe, but hope to be able to assist participants from within West Africa with travel costs.

Appel à communications: Symposium des études transrégionales de Dakar (Sénégal), 18-21 mars 2020

Vous êtes invité(e)s a soumettre vos propositions de communication pour un colloque international sur les études transrégionales qui se tiendra au Centre de Recherche pour l’Afrique de l’Ouest / West African Research Center (CROA / WARC) à Dakar, au Sénégal, du 18 au 21 mars 2020. S’appuyant sur le premier symposium, tenu à Michigan State University en avril 2019, ce symposium a l’objectif d’élargir les discussions sur les études régionales en repensant un nouveau modèle toujours basé sur une connaissance régionale profonde mais qui permet aussi d’établir des connexions interrégionales entre experts . Le symposium s’articule autour de quatre thèmes largement définis: a) les mobilités humaines, b) la religion, c) les voies alimentaires et les voies fluviales, et d) les nouveaux acteurs transrégionaux. Nous souhaitons des propositions suggérant d’autres thèmes pouvant présenter un intérêt pour le domaine émergent des études transrégionales, et particulièrement celles qui placent le Sénégal et / ou l’Afrique de l’Ouest dans un contexte transrégional. Nous sollicitons plus particulièrement la participation des chercheurs de l’Afrique de l’Ouest ou d’autres parts de l’Afrique, ainsi que celle de toute personne abordant les études transrégionales à partir de méthodes et de géographies nouvelles et innovantes. Les langues de travail de la conférence seront le français et l’anglais.

Les études transrégionales sont un champ de recherche frontalier qui confronte les études régionales tout en se concentrant sur les intersections globales. Il examine les connexions entre les régions du monde et les espaces d’entre-deux, y compris les flux mondiaux et les frictions (Cooper 2014, Tsing 2005). Les études transrégionales proposent une ré-interrogation innovante de l’organisation des études régionales comme moyen de générer des connaissances sur le monde (Masao et Harootunian, 2004; Stevens et al. 2018). Il reconnaît les limites des méthodes d’études régionales traditionnelles (Schafer 2014) tout en renforçant et en approfondissant les connaissances régionales spécialisées à travers l’étude de phénomènes locaux, nationaux et mondiaux  transcendant les frontières. Suite aux avancées de nouvelles recherches en sciences sociales comparatives (Arjomand 2014), nous partons du principe que l’étude de la globalité nécessite une compréhension de l’ampleur des connexion foncièrementn basée sur une expérience historique locale.

Le symposium aura lieu les 18 et 19 mars 2020 au Centre de Recherche sur l’Afrique de l’Ouest / West African Research Center (CROA / WARC), à Dakar, au Sénégal. Elle sera immédiatement suivie de deux journées d’excursions facultatives les 20 et 21 mars sur des thèmes transrégionaux. Merci d’envoyer vos propositions (250 mots maximum) et votre CV avant le 15 décembre 2019 à David Glovsky, à l’adresse Si vous souhaitez suggérer un autre thème que votre projet examine, veuillez l’indiquer dans votre proposition. Nous avons un financement limité pour les participants basés aux États-Unis et en Europe mais espérons être en mesure d’aider les participants venant de l’Afrique de l’Ouest avec leurs frais de voyage.

Call for Papers: ASMCF–SSFH Postgraduate Study Day 2020

Call for papers

7 March 2020 – The Graduate School, Queen’s University, Belfast

Keynote: Dr Hannah Grayson, University of Stirling

« Chaque parole a des retentissements. Chaque silence aussi. »

Jean-Paul Sartre, ‘Présentation des Temps modernes’, in Situation II (1948)

Where dominant groups form in societies and start to define their own coherent narrative, this may become the rule by which the past, present and future should be written, remembered and represented. This multi-causal and multidirectional process inevitably leads to the construction, circulation and legitimisation of a ‘master narrative’ that, once institutionalised, limits opportunity for further/different/alternative interpretations to be expressed publicly. But beneath and around these loud voices exist many others which are often neglected, ignored, or actively suppressed and silenced. Crucially, many scholars working in and across the myriad of disciplines that constitute French Studies and French History, are giving parole to these peripheral narratives and allowing marginalised voices to be heard in and beyond France.

This Study Day seeks to bring together postgraduates ready to aim their cobble stones and break the silences that persist in all areas of French Studies, focusing on the period 1789 to the present. We invite proposals for ​20-minute papers in English or French​​ that include, but are not limited to, French and francophone history and society, literature, politics, linguistics, film and visual cultures, philosophy, critical theory, and other disciplines, as well as interdisciplinary approaches. We particularly welcome contributions from postgraduates overseas and those from under-represented groups.

Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Voice and Silence
  • Ordinary and extraordinary ways of breaking silence
  • Museums and archives
  • Acts of memory/le devoir de mémoire
  • Historiographical silences
  • Trauma, neurodivergence, bodily otherness
  • Death, silence, taboos
  • Pain and illness narratives/doctors and patients
  • Hard of hearing/disability
  • The visual and the observed
  • Exile(s) and refugees
  • Institutions, spaces and places
  • Buildings, objects and sites
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Footnotes to history
  • Power and revolution/ war zones
  • Language and discourse(s) of silence
  • La Francophonie/beyond the Hexagone
  • (Post)colonialism, (de)colonialism, race
  • Rhetoric of silence
  • Forgotten histories and disconnected pasts
  • Competitive/ irreconcilable narratives
  • Periphery vs Centre
  • Myths and ‘reality’
  • Grassroot activism/Elite policy
  • Transitionary voice/liminality
  • Academic silence(s)
  • Symbolic violence

Abstracts of no more than 250 words, in either English or in French, should be sent to ​Submissions should be received by 9:00 AM UK time on Monday 13 January 2020.

Call for Flash Presentations

Share your own voice! We welcome proposals from MA and first year PhD students ​​to explain their own research in three minutes, limited to one PowerPoint slide OR one creative method of their choice. Research topics can be related to any subject connected to France.  

Please email ​ to express your interest.

The Study Day will include professional development panels and an opportunity to engage with senior academics from other institutions. It is generously funded by the Association for the Study of Modern and Contemporary France ​(​ASMCF​) and the Society for the Study of French History ​(SSFH)​​ and is supported logistically this year by our hosts at Queen’s University, Belfast. Attendance is free but all attendees are kindly requested to become members of one of the two societies before or on the day. Travel reimbursement and accommodation will be made available for speakers. All conference venues are fully accessible and we are very happy to discuss particular needs that participants might have and how we can best accommodate these.

Organising Committee​: Daniel Baker (Cardiff, SSFH), Megan Ison (Portsmouth, ASMCF) and Helen McKelvey (QUB, ASMCF)