ASMCF North West, Postgraduate workshop, Wednesday 19 June 2013

ASMCF North West

Postgraduate workshop 2013

University of Liverpool

Eleanor Rathbone Building

Seminar Room 102/3

Wednesday 19 June 2013


All welcome, but spaces are limited and advance registration is required by Wednesday 12 June. Please contact Charles Forsdick ( to register, or for further details.



10.30-11: Coffee and welcome

 11-12: Rethinking Histories

Mason Norton (Edge Hill University)

‘Comment peut-on être résistant?’ Definitions and Varieties of Resistance in France, 1940-1944

Géraldine Crahay (Bangor University)

Funnel-shaped anuses and effeminate tastes: The figure of the homosexual in French scientific writings in the first part of the nineteenth century

12-1: Lunch

1-2: Spaces

Ravi Hensman (University of Manchester)

When bidonville met brutalism:  reconstructing the banlieue in the French urban imagination, 1959-67

Sarah Wood (University of Manchester)

Silences, space and ecology: Representing the ‘Amerindian’ in contemporary Guyane

2.15-3.15: Visual Cultures

Florence Bögelein (University of Liverpool)

L’art de la cruauté en société, dans Caché de Michael Haneke

3.15-3.45: Coffee

3.45-4.45: Language Policy and the Linguistic Landcape

Will Amos (University of Liverpool)

Multilingualism in the Linguistic Landscape: translation, code preference and language policy

Michelle Harrison (University of Liverpool)

Bilingual education in Alsace: Is there a place for the local language variety alongside the promotion of standard languages?



‘Translating China’: diasporic translations

Last Friday’s workshop of the AHRC ‘Translating Cultures’ network on ‘Translating China’ brought this stage of the project to a conclusion, completing a fascinating series of events on topics including archiving China in Britain (full details of all of which are available on the project’s site). The final event brought together academics, activists, artists and performers, and was devoted to questions of translation across the Chinese diaspora. It opened with a presentation by Ming-Ai on their work around Chinese heritage in Britain, relating in particular to food  (from the first known Chinese menu in the Britain at the 1884 International Health Exhibition) and labour (especially in the light of the organization’s current British Chinese workforce heritage project on seafaring, laundering, catering, the military, Chinese community services, health care, traditional Chinese medicine and new professions). Questions of labour in the diaspora were addressed further by Judith Misrahi-Barak, in a paper on the under-explored area of Chinese indenture in the Caribbean, a phenomenon first evident with the arrival of 192 labourers from China  on the Fortitude in Trinidad in 1806. Judith proposed an enlightening analysis of the small corpus of literary texts on this subject, including recent work by Jan Shinebourne. In a paper of J.G. Ballard and Shanghai, Duncan Hewitt considered a very different vector of diasporic influence, highlighting the ways in which the author’s childhood experiences of wartime Shanghai had a more profound influence than is customarily accepted on the development of a specifically Ballardian aesthetics of decline and decay. Other forms of diasporic translation addressed by speakers included dance (in a paper by Geraldine Morris on ballet) and visual arts (in papers by Pamela Kember on Hong Kong’s visual diaspora, and Rachel Marsden on the challenges of transcultural curating). Jeffrey Wasserstrom spoken about the digital transformation in communication across the diaspora allowed by the emergence of new media, comparing these new technologies to the impact of the telegraph in the late nineteenth century.

The stated aim of the network has been, whilst ‘investigating changing conceptions of China and Chineseness in Britain’, to ‘contribute towards the ongoing reformulation of both British and Chinese cultural understandings in the context of a multicultural Britain still structured by racialised inequalities and Orientalist stereotypes’. The closing contribution from the actor Daniel York illustrated the ways in which the project has engaged with and in these urgent debates. Daniel talked about his forthcoming play, ‘The Fu Manchu Complex’, to be produced at the Ovalhouse Theatre in the Autumn. Focusing on (the lack of) television and theatre roles open to East Asian actors, there was discussion of the  invisibility of practitioners from this group in the mainstream media, and the perpetuation among certain directors and producers of a Victorian notion of Chinese-ness dependent on qualities such as inscrutability. There was also some focus on the controversy surrounding casting of the recent RSC production of the Chinese classic The Orphan of Zhao, a work also studied as part of another ‘Translating Cultures’ network on ‘Staging China’ in Leeds,

This was an excellent workshop, reflecting the richness and timeliness of the project’s theme, as well as the appetite amongst researchers and practitioners to work together on addressing the questions this subject raises. I hope we will see this research sustained and developed far beyond the life of the initial AHRC network.

Étonnants voyageurs 2013: world literature/littérature-monde

The Étonnants voyageurs festival in Saint Malo once again this year provided a rich programme of talks, films and exhibitions. Demand, as is often the case at this event, outstripped supply, and many were turned away from the more popular sessions with authors such as Azouz Begag (publicizing his latest novel, Salam Ouessant). The salon du livre provided a lively showcase for recently published work in the areas of travel writing, bande dessinée, works in French translation and ‘world literature in French’, and there was a firm assertion of the book as a material object to be signed by the many authors who were present. Memorable sessions included a celebration of the first decade of the Montreal publisher Mémoire d’encrier, appropriately hosted in the Maison du Québec, featuring Rodney Saint Eloi, Dany Laferrière, Laure Morali and Naomi Fontaine, and a discussion between the indefatigable Frankétienne and Helon Habila on the theme of the double. A number of travel writers were present, and I was interested to hear Jean-Luc Coatalem talk about his topical new travelogue on North Korea. What drew me in particular, however, were the sessions arranged by Word Alliance, ‘a strategic international partnership’ of eight of the world’s leading literature festivals ‘which supports and showcases the work of writers, facilitates the creation of international literature projects and provides opportunities to enhance each festival’s artistic programme’. Most notably, Saint Malo provided the stage for the latest meeting of Edinburgh World Writers’ Conference. Inspired by the 1962 International Writers Conference in Edinburgh, about which a fascinating history has recently been published by Cargo Publishing, this series of events is asking the same set of questions about literature in a variety of different locations: Scotland, Germany, South Africa, Canada, Russia, Egypt, India, China, Turkey, Belgium, Trinidad, Portugal, France, Malaysia and Australia.

After the flurry of activity around littérature-monde in 2007 and 2008, it might be argued that the festival’s contribution to development of the notion and wider project has the initial lacked focus it enjoyed. Michel Le Bris has noted that the debate has resonated outside France in a series of colloquia and publications, often taking a critical turn perhaps unexpected by the original signatories of the manifesto. The re-launch of the journal Gulliver as a vehicle for the movement has, not, however, happened. Yet what seems clear is that the continued emergence and visibility of ‘translingual’ French writers—i.e. those who have migrated from other languages to French—alongside the overdue visibility of ‘Francophone postcolonial’ authors mean that twenty-first-century literature in French is a very different phenomenon from that of previous centuries, and one worthy of increasingly close attention.

One criticism of the original littérature-monde manifesto was its oxymoronic tendency to juxtapose ‘monde’ with ‘en français’, a gesture that is at once inclusive and exclusive. As writers such as Glissant and Khatibi made clear in the second half of the twentieth century, literary manifestations of postcoloniality are often explicitly or implicitly polyglossic, and the recognition of post-national or globalized literatures requires adjustments that are not only geo-cultural but also linguistic, challenging any residual monolingualism or monoculturalism and all that the reduction to a single language or culture implies. The coupling of ‘littérature’ and ‘monde’ raised additional but largely unacknowledged questions about world systems theory, and the limitations of literary circulation dependent on the centripetal institutions of the Francophone publishing world (Paris-based publishers, metropolitan literary prizes, etc., and the disproportionate control these imply) – this is why it is encouraging to see publishers such as Mémoire d’encrier continuing to be creative in their activity in what is such a difficult market, although Quebec is arguably one of the only genuinely strong publishing poles in the French-speaking world outside France.

The involvement of Saint Malo in the Word Alliance offers the potential for the opening-up of debates around littérature-monde that a number of us have been advocating for some time. In the sessions I was able to attend at this year’s festival, on Peut-on parler de « littérature nationale »?, La littérature se doit-elle d’être politique? and L’avenir du roman, there was some evidence of the debates present in Pour une littérature voyageuse, the first movement to emerge in Saint Malo in the later 1980s and early 1990s: Kenneth White talked about geopoetics as a form of post-national literature; Michel Le Bris himself advocated a type of contemporary fiction that rejects the nouveau roman and structuralism, and reflects a form of narration of the réel advocated by early twentieth-century figures such as Jacques Rivière. What the format of these sessions allowed, however, was the granting of space to new voices from among those translingual writers to whom I have referred above.

The Edinburgh World Writers’ Conference format involves a writer presenting a short lecture on the session topic, followed by responses from other authors contributing to debate on the theme. Velibor Colic began the session on national literatures, Atiq Rahimi that on literature and politics. As these debates reverberate in different languages and in different locations, directly addressing questions of politics (and the politics of language, as well as the politics of translation), it can only be hoped that discussions of World Literature, Weltliteratur and littérature-monde will be reignited in ways that emphasize the ‘worlding’ and ‘worldliness’ that these terms imply.

AHRC Translating Cultures Workshop, Thursday 27 June 2013

AHRC Translating Cultures Workshop

Concepts, Theories, Methods


Date: Thursday 27 June 2013

Time: 11am-5pm

Venue: Room 349, Institute of Germanic and Romance Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London, Senate House, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU

Directions to venue:

Organizer: Charles Forsdick, AHRC Theme Leadership Fellow, Translating Cultures

Numbers will be limited, and advance registration of participants other than speakers will be required by Friday 14 June at the latest. Please contact Charles Forsdick (

The aim of the workshop is to provide a forum for a number of researchers who have received support from the AHRC under the ‘Translating Cultures’ highlight call to reflect on the contribution of their projects (Research Development Awards, Fellowships, Networking Awards) to the growth of the theme, and also to engage in wider discussion about the evolution of Translating Cultures. There is a particular interest in exploring, through consideration of these specific projects, the definitional, conceptual, theoretical and methodological issues that the Translating Cultures theme has generated thus far, as well the theme’s current shape, scope and scale.


10.30 Arrivals and coffee

11.00 Introduction (Charles Forsdick)

11.15 Session One—Encounters

Nandini Das; Siobhán Shilton; Anne Witchard

12.45 Lunch

14.00 Session Two—Beyond the Text: Transmedial Cultures

Susan Daniels & Ruru Li; Lucile Desblache; Genevieve Warwick

15.15 Coffee

15.30 Session Three—Multilingual Contexts: Translating Knowledge

Emma Campbell; Hilary Footitt; Prue Holmes

16.45 Concluding remarks


Contributors to the workshop:

Emma Campbell (University of Warwick), Fellowship Award, Translation in Medieval Francophone Texts and Manuscripts

Susan Daniels & Ruru Li, Leeds (University of Leeds), Research Networking Award, Staging China

Nandini Das (University of Liverpool), Fellowship Award, An edition of Levant Travels, South Asia, and Anglo-Ottoman Diplomacy in Richard Hakluyt’s Principal Navigations (1598-1600)

Lucile Desblache (Roehampton University), PI, Research Networking Award, Translating Music

Hilary Footitt (University of Reading), PI, Research Development Award, Languages and international NGOs: cultural knowledge in communities in crisis

Prue Holmes (Durham University), PI, Research Networking Award, Researching Multilingually

Siobhán Shilton (University of Bristol), Fellowship Award, Transcultural Encounters: Postcolonialism in the Visual Arts

Genevieve Warwick (University of Edinburgh), Fellowship Award, Sculpture in Painting: Medial Translations in Renaissance Art

Anne Witchard (University of Westminster), PI, Research Networking Award, China in Britain, Myths and Realities

Aimé Césaire: A Centenary Celebration

Aimé Césaire: A Centenary Celebration


At the French Institute,

17 Queensberry Place,



24th June, 2013


Aimé Césaire, the great poet, politician and playwright, was born in Martinique on 26th June, 1913. He has been hailed as the leading francophone poet of the twentieth century and one of the prophets of negritude – the 1930s black consciousness movement whose steadfast aim was to ‘decolonise the mind’ and reassert pride in the African cultural values of the diaspora.

Césaire, who died in 2008, was an intellectual of great discernment and eloquence; an artist of the avant-garde who championed non-Western cultural forms. His influence upon post-colonial discourse is abiding. An international and inter-disciplinary colloquium on Monday 24th June (9.30am-6pm) will honour and explore Aimé Césaire’s life, work and legacy. Selections of his poetry and plays will be recited and performed, both in English and French.


Provisional Programme

9.30-10:Accueil/Registration (thé, café)


10-11.30: Accueil/Welcome

Professors Richard and Sally Price: ‘Césaire: Personal Reminiscences’

Professor Charles Forsdick: ‘Il n’y a pas de race paria’: Césaire and Haiti


Pause thé, café



Professor Roger Little: ‘The Poetry of Césaire’s Cahier

Dr Louise Hardwick: ‘Teaching Césaire’s Poetry: An Online Approach’

Isabelle Fruleux (Actress)





Dr Philip Crispin: ‘Our Black Shakespeare’: Césaire and Theatre

Dr Fabienne Viala: ‘Césaire’s Caliban: A New Paradigm for Caribbean Cultural Cannibalism?’


Pause thé, café



Le Professeur Romuald Fonkoua: ‘La littérature au secours de la politique: brève lecture du Discours sur le colonialisme

Isabelle Fruleux

Table Ronde

Au revoir


Registration fee: £20

To register and for further information, please contact the organiser:

Dr Philip Crispin, University of Hull,



Anthem Studies in Travel: Call for Book Proposals

We are interested in receiving book proposals for Anthem Studies in Travel. The series publishes new and pioneering work in the burgeoning field of travel studies. Titles in this series engage with questions of travel, travel writing, literature and history, and encompass some of the most exciting current scholarship in a variety of disciplines. Proposals for monographs and collections of essays may focus on research representing a broad range of geographical zones and historical contexts. All critical approaches are welcome, although a key feature of books published in the series will be their potential interest to a wide readership, as well as their originality and potential to break new ground in research.

You can find more information here.

We welcome submissions of proposals for challenging and original works that meet the criteria of this series. We make prompt editorial decisions. Our titles are published simultaneously in print and ebook editions and are subject to peer review by recognized authorities in the field. Should you wish to send in a proposal for a collection of essays, a single or multi-authored monograph, or a course reader, please contact us at:

Charles Forsdick, Series Editor, Anthem Studies in Travel,

‘Pioneering into regions Caesar never knew’: Beyond a Boundary in Glasgow

To devote a conference to a single book is rare, perhaps because so few volumes withstand such prolonged critical focus or provide opportunities for close reading that avoid descent into the pedantic, trivial or arcane. A workshop or day seminar is merited, perhaps—but to deserve the sustained scrutiny, across a series of sessions and over several days, that a dedicated conference implies requires that the title under scrutiny has demonstrated a sufficient impact, has enjoyed a sufficient resonance and, perhaps most importantly, speaks to a diverse audience, cross-disciplinary, as well as academic and non-academic.

C.L.R. James’s Beyond a Boundary, to which a conference was dedicated last week in Glasgow, meets these criteria. In one of the text’s most quoted and quotable sentences, James riffs on Kipling, and asks: ‘what do they know of cricket who only cricket know?’, necessarily inviting multi-dimensional, multi-directional readings of a work whose worldliness means that words and meanings spill beyond its pages. The Glasgow event brought together James scholars, cricket enthusiasts, political activists, literary specialists and many others in a collective re-reading of James’s text, itself published fifty years ago this year. What emerged was a complex portrait of a book, produced—in the terms of Robert Hill, opening keynote speaker at the conference—across a series of ‘moments’, and in a number of different locations (Britain, Trinidad and Spain). At the same time, speakers at the event located Beyond a Boundary within the political evolution of its author, and also presented the work as a foundational study in the field of sport, politics and society.

This is a generically indeterminate book, characterized by its vogue-ing between autobiography, history, social commentary and the study of sport. It is also a book that has travelled, through editions and around a network of readers on both sides of the Atlantic – it was noted at the conference that a scholars’ edition for use in Caribbean schools has just been produced by Ian Randall, with an introduction by Hilary Beckles, reflecting the text’s on-going influence in Trinidad itself.

The event opened with a screening of Mike Dibb’s film of 1976, Beyond a Boundary, an exceptional documentary account of the book’s genesis and of its meanings within James’s life. Still particularly striking is footage of James’s return to Nelson, where he had lodged with Learie Constantine in the 1930s whilst working as a cricket correspondent and (between seasons) pushing on with the research on the Haitian Revolution that would culminate in The Black Jacobins. Dibb filmed James reunited with acquaintances of that period, and watching a cricket match together. In those sections, the film highlighted the gulf between the Trinidadian in inter-war exile and the local population – but also revealed the particular solidarities that nevertheless emerged in the Lancashire town once dubbed ‘Little Moscow’. The opening keynote lecture was delivered by Robert Hill, James’s literary executor, editor of the Garvey papers and (in David Scott’s terms) ‘archaeologist of black memory’. In a brilliant paper, drawing heavily on correspondence and manuscript sources, Hill tracked the emergence of James’s text, revealing the work’s entanglements in, for instance, James’s return to Trinidad, the role of George Lamming in ensuring its publication, and the place of F.R. Leavis in its evolution (and in James’s reading of the game of cricket as closely as he might have read a poem). C.L.R. James, Robert Hill noted, could be seen as a ‘creole Leavisite’. Particularly striking was the sense of a transatlantic dialogue between James and comrades he had left behind in the United States, made very clear in a remarkable letter from Grace Lee Boggs in which she compared James’s emerging reflections on cricket with her own observations on total participation of the crowd at a football game in Detroit. In a subsequent plenary, Wai Chee Dimock explored Mariners, Renegades and Castaways, presenting the text produced by James while he was confined on Ellis Island as a reflection on the indestructibility of the Herman Melville’s crew, bringing them as a result to the foreground of the narrative. The paper was also interested in James’s text as a rewriting of Melville, and situated Beyond a Boundary as a result in a continuum, the latest stage of which is Frank Stella’s art work inspired by Moby Dick. The continuing scope and scale of the impact of Beyond a Boundary was made clear in the third plenary, delivered by former England captain Mike Brearley, who presented ‘what do they know of cricket?’ as a Socratic question, ultimately unanswerable but a means nevertheless of exploring knowledge of the game in a number of different spheres, technical, critical and reflective. ‘What happens within the boundary,’ he concluded, ‘influences profoundly what happens beyond the boundary.’

The rest of the sessions were equally rich, and it seems unfair to single out individual papers—but I was particularly struck by Roy McCree’s study of the book’s genesis (and not least the evolution of its title, variously proposed as Who Only Cricket Know, W.G.: A West Indian Grace, W. Indian Progeny of Grace, and The Cricket Crusaders); Arin Keeble’s reflection on James’s influence on Joseph O’Neil (and the implications of this for the understanding of cricket in North American life); David Austin’s discussion of James’s ambiguous engagement with Africanism in the Caribbean, most notably in the figure of Matthew Bondsman; Paul Bérard’s study of James and Caribbean activism in 1960s Montreal; and Christian Hogsbjerg’s political reading of James’s 1930s cricket writing (not least that published in The Glasgow Herald).

In a paper on the ‘Caribbean Beyond’, Aaron Kamugisha explored the implications of the first word of James’s title, drawing implicitly on the work of Sylvia Winter to set out the ways in which James’s work represents ‘an epistemologically daring landmark in the quest for a future beyond coloniality’. (Reflecting on the ‘Caribbean beyond’, he noted also that Simon Schwartz-Bart’s Pluie et Vent sur Telumée Miracle is translated as The Bridge of Beyond.) ‘Beyond’ provides a space that is not of loss or gain, but of speculation and possibility. The conference provided an eloquent indication of that key idea, and further illuminated James’s own thought as he noted enigmatically in the preface to Beyond a Boundary that, “[t]o establish his own identity, Caliban, after three centuries, must himself pioneer into regions Caesar never knew”.

Professor Peter T. Ricketts (1933-2013)

Professor Peter Thomas Ricketts (1933-2013)

Colleagues were saddened to learn of the sudden death last week at the age of eighty of Professor Peter T. Ricketts, who was James Barrow Professor of French at the University of Liverpool between 1980 and 1983.

An undergraduate and postgraduate student at the University of Birmingham (during which time he spent a period in Nîmes and then at the Université de Montpellier), Peter taught in Toronto and Vancouver between 1961 and 1968 before returning to a post in Birmingham from where he then moved to the James Barrow Chair in 1980. Peter went from Liverpool to become Professor of Romance Philology in the University of London, at Queen Mary and Westfield College, where he remained after his retirement an Honorary Fellow, as well as Emeritus Professor. He also became Honorary Professor at the University of Birmingham.

Peter’s research interests included Romance philology and French linguistics, Medieval French language and literature and Medieval Occitan language and literature, areas in which he published extensively. His reputation as one of the leading scholars in these fields was widely recognized, in Britain and France, with the award of Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques and Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, as well as an O.B.E. in 2006 for services to Medieval Languages and Literature. Peter was also made Docteur honoris causa (by Université de Toulouse—Le Mirail) in 2010, and had only last week been awarded the title of maître-ès-jeux of Toulouse’s Académie des Jeux Floraux, a poetic society founded in 1323.

Peter continued to be an extremely active researcher in his retirement, and a former student of his, Professor Catherine Leglu, reported last week on Francofil: ‘He was in the midst of several major projects. To name but two:  the completion of volume 3 of his vast database of medieval Occitan texts in verse and prose, the Concordance de l’Occitan Médiéval (Brepols); a French translation of Martín de Riquer’s three-volume anthology, Los trovadores.’

A full tribute has been posted here, on the site of the Association internationale d’études occitanes. Peter was the AIEO’s first President, from its foundation in 1981 until 1990.

The three professorsWe were delighted that Peter was able to join colleagues in Liverpool in 2005 to celebrate the centenary of the James Barrow Chair (see p.4, here). The photograph shows Charles Forsdick alongside Peter (on the left of the picture) and another former holder of the chair, Tim Unwin (in the centre; James Barrow Professor, 1995-2000, and the 2005 Charles Bonnier lecturer).

CFP: Connecting cultures? An international conference on the history of teaching and learning foreign/second languages, 1500-2000


Arts and Humanities Research Council ‘Translating Cultures’ Research Network project

‘Towards a History of Modern Foreign Language Teaching and Learning’

Connecting cultures? An international conference on the history of teaching and learning foreign/second languages, 1500-2000

University of Nottingham July 2-5 2014

This conference will be the first in the United Kingdom dedicated to the history of modern language teaching and learning. We invite submissions for papers on any aspect of the history of foreign/second language teaching and/or learning. Comparative approaches, exploring commonalities and differences between different language teaching traditions, and/or between different countries, are particularly welcome.

The keynote speakers will be Michael Byram (Professor Emeritus, University of Durham), Giovanni Iamartino (Professor, University of Milan) and Marcus Reinfried (Professor, University of Jena)

The conference will include a lead strand on Culture in the teaching of Foreign/Second Languages: Theoretical Conceptions, Curricula and Textbooks.

We warmly welcome proposals for further themed panels (minimum of three papers) on any aspect of the history of teaching and/or learning languages.

Please send abstracts of around 300 words (and proposals for themed panels) to by December 1, 2013. The conference languages are English, French and German, but papers are welcome on the history of teaching/learning any language.

Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (Research Network project (2012-14) ‘Towards a History of Modern Foreign Language Teaching and Learning’) and supported by the Henry Sweet Society for the History of Linguistic Ideas, SIHFLES (Societé internationale pour l’histoire du français langue étrangère ou seconde), APHELLE (Associação Portuguesa para a História do Ensino das Línguas e Literaturas Estrangeiras), CIRSIL (Centro Interuniversitario di Ricerca sulla Storia degli Insegnamenti Linguistici), PHG (Peeter Heynsgenootschap) and SEHEL (Sociedad Española para la Historia de las Enseñanzas Linguísticas)

Nicola McLelland and Richard Smith
Coordinators, AHRC Research Network Project,  ‘Towards a History of Modern Foreign Language Teaching and Learning’:

Dr Nicola McLelland
Head of Department, German Studies
School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies (CLAS) University of Nottingham NG7 2RD, UK Tel. +44 (0)115 951 5822

Dr Richard Smith
Centre for Applied Linguistics
University of Warwick
Coventry CV4 7AL
United Kingdom
Tel. +44 (0)24-7652-4987

ASMCF North West AGM and postgraduate workshop

ASMCF North West AGM and postgraduate workshop

University of Liverpool, Wednesday 19 June 2013


The ASMCF North West AGM will be held at 4pm at the University of Liverpool on Wednesday 19 June 2013 (Seminar Room 102/2, Eleanor Rathbone Building) . The AGM will be preceded by a postgraduate workshop, to which all MA and PhD students working on modern and contemporary France and the wider French-speaking world are invited to contribute. The event will provide a constructive forum for discussion of and comment on postgraduate work in progress. There is no specific theme for the workshop, and we invite presentations on history, literary and cultural studies, film and media studies, and the political and social sciences. We are also pleased to accept proposals for presentations with a transnational or comparative dimension, as well as those addressing aspects of the French Empire or France’s relations with the wider world. Students with an interest in modern and contemporary France in History, Politics and other subject areas outside French/studies Modern Languages are also very welcome to submit.

Please send proposals for twenty-minute presentations together with a brief CV to Charles Forsdick ( by Friday 24 May 2013.

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