CFP: ‘Negotiating Borders in the Francophone World’ (University of Birmingham, Friday 1st June 2018)

Society for Francophone Postcolonial Studies

Postgraduate Study Day

‘Negotiating Borders in the Francophone World’

University of Birmingham

Friday 1st June 2018

Keynote Speakers

Prof. Charles Forsdick (University of Liverpool)

Dr. Charlotte Hammond (Cardiff University)

Professional Development Workshop: Prof. Kate Marsh (University of Liverpool)


Call for Papers

Borders come in many different forms, both visible and otherwise. Whereas hard borders demarcate specific geographical territories and are inscribed in law, soft borders can be thought of as the constructed socio-cultural barriers that stand between ‘us’ and ‘them’. Talk of borders in both senses dominates the international news agenda, perhaps now more so than ever. Traditionally concerned with geo-political rivalries and colonial expansion, today such discourse is shaped by two competing phenomena: the breaking down of borders brought on by globalisation, on the one hand, and their restoration driven by processes of securitisation in response to mass migration and the perceived threat posed by global terrorism, on the other.

Over the course of the Study Day, we will explore the many borders that currently criss-cross and structure the postcolonial francophone world, as well as those which have done so historically. Intended to showcase work undertaken by postgraduate students, we invite participants to interpret the conference theme and contribute to the notion of borders in the broadest possible terms.

Our aim for this event is to facilitate debate by providing a friendly and supportive environment in which new researchers within the field of francophone postcolonial studies can share and discuss their work.

Potential topics include, but are by no means limited to:

  • Nationalism and regionalism
  • Securitisation
  • Social, cultural, religious and political exchange
  • Mobility and identity formation
  • Migration and multiculturalism
  • Global 1968
  • Language
  • Spatial and temporal boundaries
  • Economic development
  • Terrorism and conflict
  • Ecocriticism and the border between nature and humanity

Please send the title of your paper, along with your name, contact details, institution and an abstract of up to 300 words to: by Friday 16thMarch. You will receive confirmation of acceptance by Friday 13th April.

For more information see:


Organising Committee: Ally Lee (University of Warwick), Bethany Mason (University of Birmingham), Abdelbaqi Ghorab (Lancaster University).

*Please note: to participate in the workshop, you must become a member of the Society for Francophone Postcolonial Studies. Please visit to learn of the numerous benefits that come with membership.

Originally published on Society for Francophone Postcolonial Studies

CFP: ASMCF Annual Conference, New Forms of Expression in the French and Francophone Worlds

We invite proposals for papers that critically examine the innovation and experimentation that characterise new and emerging forms of expression in the French and Francophone worlds. The relationship between reading and writing is constantly changing, genres are merging and new genres are emerging, literary forms and platforms influence one another, and digital media technologies are opening up new creative ways of telling stories. New forms of communication impact on social interactions and relationships, including political discourses and modes of engagement. Interlingual communication, creative and experimental uses of translation are reshaping the way we think about borders and identities, about the relationship of French to art and criticism beyond the Francophone world.

Proposals for papers, featuring abstracts of up to 250 words in either English or French, should be sent in word format to with the subject line ‘ASMCF 2018’ by Friday 2 March 2018.

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CFP originally published on the Association for the Study of Modern and Contemporary France