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Language and Identity in Francophone Worlds

Friday, October 24, 2014 (All day) to Saturday, October 25, 2014 (All day)

The question of linguistic expression has always been of the upmost importance to Francophone authors and is at the heart of critical concern in Francophone studies. Following the independence of former French colonies and mandates in the Maghreb and Mashrek, the question of whether to write in one’s autochthonous language or in French, and the cultural and political implications of this decision, remain central to literary themes and modes of production for postcolonial Francophone writers. The theoretical and practical implications of language use are, moreover, ever shifting, with increased scholarly interest in transnationalism, diasporas and migration, cosmopolitanism, minorities and literary translingualism. This workshop aims to set out a new, historically-sensitive research agenda on Francophone studies and language in the colonial and postcolonial Francophone world.


The programme

Friday 24 October

Friday’s events will take place in the TORCH Seminar Room, Radcliffe Humanities Building, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, Woodstock Road, Oxford.

14.45- Welcome: Toby Garfitt (Magdalen College, University of Oxford) and Jane Hiddleston (Exeter College, University of Oxford)

15. 00- First Keynote Speaker: Nick Nesbitt (Princeton University): From the Articulation of the Postcolonial to the Poetics of the Inhuman

Introduced by Toby Garfitt (Magdalen College, University of Oxford)

16.30 - Coffee break

17.00 – 18.45 Panel 1-Naming Communities: Law, Politics and Language

Chair: James McDougall (Trinity College, University of Oxford)

Louise Hardwick (University of Birmingham): Politics, Economics and Language in the French Caribbean: The 2009 Strikes and “créaconsommation”?

Elizabeth Marcus (Columbia University): Language, Law and its Discontents: the Affaire de l’École de Droit de Beyrouth

Arthur Asseraf (All Souls College, University of Oxford): Settlers or Sinners? Naming colonialism in Algeria in 1899

Discussant: Maxim Silverman (University of Leeds)

Saturday 25 October

Saturday’s events will take place at the Maison Française d’Oxford, 2-10 Norham Road

9.00-9.30 – Coffee

9.30-11.15 Panel 2- Re-Conceptualising North Africa

Chair: Christina Horvath (Oxford Brookes University)

Idriss Jebari (St Antony's College, University of Oxford): Societal considerations in the work of critical Moroccan and Tunisian intellectuals in the debate on culture and language during the 1970s

Edward Still (St Catherine’s College, University of Oxford): Derrida and Kateb; Parler dans la gueule des Loups

Sura Qadiri (Exeter College, University of Oxford): Malek Bennabi: An Intellectual Third Way for Algeria?

Discussant: Siobhan Shilton (University of Bristol)

11.15-11.35- Coffee break

11.35-13.20 Panel 3- Whither Francophonie?

Chair: Tony Chafer (University of Portsmouth)

Joe Ford (University of Leeds): Figuring the Francophone in contemporary Algerian literature

Mary-Anne Lewis (Ohio Wesleyan College): Between France and Morocco, from Francophonie to Littérature-monde en français: Tahar Ben Jelloun and Contemporary Literary Production in French

Farid Laroussi (The University of British Columbia): A Francophone Literature Endgame?

Discussant: Ankhi Mukherjee (Wadham College, University of Oxford)

13.20-14.45 – Sandwich Lunch at the MFO

14.45 – 16.15 - Second Keynote Speaker: Dominique Combe (ENS): Aimé Césaire, "la dictature du mot"

Introduced by Jane Hiddleston (Exeter College, University of Oxford)

16.15-16.45 -Coffee break

16.45-18.30 Panel 4- An Internal Francophonie?

Chair: Anna Elsner (King’s College London)

Annie de Saussure (Yale University): La Bretagne and Littérature-Monde: Denationalizing “French” literature

Severine Rebourcet (University of Texas): La Littérature des banlieues (en France): une francophonie de l’intérieur?

Yasser Elhariry (Dartmouth College): “Envahir pacifiquement la langue d’en face”: Stétié, Meddeb, Sekiguchi

Discussant: Ruth Bush (University of Bristol)

With the generous support of the Society for French Studies, TORCH and the Maison Française d’Oxford

Open to all