Call for papers: Transnational Francophone Postcolonial Studies

                               University of California, Los Angeles

                            SFPS Postgraduate Workshop; 3-4 May 2018

Special Panels with: Sarah Arens (University of St. Andrews), Lia Brozgal (UCLA), Charles Forsdick (University of Liverpool), Olivia Harrison (USC), Martin Munro (Florida State University), Denis Provencher (University of Arizona), Stephanie Bosch Santana (UCLA), and Dominic Thomas (UCLA)


A hallmark of postcolonial studies is the interrogation of the entanglements and zones of contact between different groups of people. Transcending borders to engage in meaningful dialogue holds true for academics working on these questions, as well. To celebrate the first postgraduate workshop of the Society for Francophone Postcolonial Studies held in the United States, we invite scholars to consider the theme of Transnational Francophone Postcolonial Studies to discuss not only the texts and media that we study, but also the varying methods we use to elucidate fundamental questions of the discipline. How are we adapting our methodologies and approaches in reaction to the ever-evolving field? As scholars often working at the intersection with other fields—such as memory studies, genocide studies, spatial studies, the digital humanities—how might we envision the future for francophone postcolonial studies?

The workshop seeks to examine the state of the discipline through the work of students working on their dissertations.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to: littérature-monde, francophonies, universalism, cosmopolitanism; terminologies, interdisciplinarity, Human Zoos; translation, plurilingualism, creolization; migration and migrants; as well as space and the spatial shift.

Please send an abstract (300 words) and a biography (50-100 words) to Nanar Khamo at by 25 February 2018. Notification of acceptance by 28 February 2018. Papers can be either in French or English and should not last longer than 20 minutes.

*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.

Sponsored by: UCLA French & Francophone Studies

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