ASMCF North West, AGM and postgraduate workshop 2014

ASMCF North West

AGM and postgraduate workshop

University of Liverpool

Wednesday 11 June 2014


The ASMCF North West AGM will be held at 4pm at the University of Liverpool on Wednesday 11 June 2014 (LT4, Rendall 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. The event is aimed in particular at postgraduate students in the North West of England, but is open to all. There will be no change for attendance, but we ask delegates to seek support for travel and other expenses from their own institutions.

Please send proposals for twenty-minute presentations (in English or French) together with a brief CV to Will Amos ( by Friday 18 April 2014.

CFP: Language and Identity in Francophone Literary Worlds

Call for Papers: Workshop on Language and Identity in Francophone Literary Worlds

Maison Française, Oxford, 24-25 October 2014

Guest speakers: Dominique Combe (École Normale Supérieure, Ulm) and Nicholas Harrison (King’s College London)

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. Papers selected for the workshop will be pre-circulated to facilitate discussion. We encourage advanced graduate students and early-career scholars to submit abstracts considering (though they need not be restricted to) the following questions:

-What have been the local intellectual and cultural endeavours to address the tensions between a colonial language of expression and the local language(s)? To what extent were these endeavours fostered or changed by transnational dynamics?

-How are subjectivity and identity affected by linguistic colonisation?

-What historical or cultural changes have affected the question of plurilingual cultural production?

-How did intellectuals and writers participate in the political debates about language in their respective countries?

-How has the use of French constituted an act of political/cultural defiance/subversion?

-What are the postcolonial legacies of colonial language politics and policies, and how are they expressed and produced?

-How are the categories of ‘Francophone’, ‘Arab’, ‘Berberophone’ negotiated in the intellectual and literary spectrum of Francophone writing?

-How does the notion of littérature-monde relate to a bilingual or plurilingual Francophone sphere?

-What new methodologies, sources, writers and archives can lead us to a deeper understanding of these questions?

Please send abstracts of 300 words and a CV (in English or French) to the organisers at by March 23rd 2014.

Scientific committee : Dr Toby Garfitt (Magdalen College, Oxford), Dr Jane Hiddleston (Exeter College, Oxford), Elizabeth Marcus (Columbia University) and Ed Still (St. Catherine’s College, Oxford).



Appel à contributions: Langage et identité dans les mondes francophones littéraires

Maison Française, Oxford, 24-25 octobre 2014


Conférenciers invités: Dominique Combe (École Normale Supérieure, Ulm) et Nicholas Harrison (King’s College London)

La question de l’expression linguistique a toujours été centrale pour les auteurs francophones et reste au cœur des études critiques dans le domaine de la francophonie.

A la suite de l’indépendance des anciennes colonies et des mandats français au Maghreb et du Machrek, le choix d’écrire ou bien dans la langue autochtone ou bien en français et ses implications culturelles et  politiques demeuraient au centre des préoccupations littéraires et des modes de production chez les écrivains francophones. Ces implications – théoriques et pratiques –  sont en permanence repensées, grâce aux recherches notamment sur le transnationalisme, la diaspora et  la migration, le cosmopolitisme, les minorités et le translinguisme. Cet atelier a pour objectif d’esquisser un nouveau programme d’études contribuant à l’histoire des études francophones et du langage dans le contexte colonial et postcolonial du monde francophone. Nous invitons des doctorants, des postdoctorants et des chercheurs à envoyer des textes portant sur l’une ou plusieurs des problématiques suivantes ou sur toute autre question s’y rapportant:

-Quelles étaient les tentatives locales, intellectuelles et culturelles pour aborder les tensions entre la langue coloniale d’expression et la langue locale? A quel point ces tentatives ont été nourries ou changées par des dynamiques transnationales?

-Comment la colonisation linguistique affecte la subjectivité et l’identité ?

-Quels sont les changements historiques qui ont eu des effets sur la question de la production culturelle pluri-linguiste ?

-De quelle manière les intellectuels et les écrivains ont participés aux débats politiques concernant la langue dans leurs pays respectifs ?

-Quant et comment l’usage du français a constitué un acte de défi ou de subversion ?

-Quels sont les héritages postcoloniaux des politiques de langues, et comment sont-ils produits et exprimés ?

-Comment les catégories de « Francophone », « Arabe », « Berberophone » sont négociées dans le paysage littéraire et intellectuel de l’écriture francophone ?

-Comment la notion de « littérature monde » est associée aux sphères bilingue ou plurilingue ?

-Quelles nouvelles méthodologies (sources, archives ou écrivains) peuvent nous mener à une compréhension plus profonde de ces questions ?

Merci d’envoyer votre résumé de 300 mots et votre CV à avant la date limite du 23 mars 2014. Les communications peuvent être en anglais ou en français.

Comité scientifique : Dr Toby Garfitt (Magdalen College, Oxford), Dr Jane Hiddleston (Exeter College, Oxford), Elizabeth Marcus (Columbia University) and Ed Still (St. Catherine’s College, Oxford).

Translating Cultures: A Symposium, 28-29 March 2014

Translating Cultures

A Symposium

Senate House, University of London

28-29 March 2014

The AHRC’s themes provide a funding focus for emerging areas of interest to arts and humanities researchers. In recognizing that interdisciplinary and collaborative research often requires particular forms of support to develop its full potential, themed funding is particularly supportive of developmental activity, partnership-based activities, and innovative approaches.

The ‘Translating Cultures’ theme addresses the need for understanding and communication within, between and across diverse cultures in a world seen to be increasingly characterized by transnational and globalized connections. It funds research that studies the role of translation, understood in its broadest sense, in the transmission, interpretation, transformation and sharing of languages, values, beliefs, histories and narratives.

A symposium on ‘Translating Cultures’ will be held at Senate House, University of London, on 28/29 March 2014 to present and explore projects linked to the AHRC theme. Invited speakers include leading translation scholars Susan Bassnett, Jean Boase-Beier and Anthony Pym. The event will also include presentations by members of all three teams recently awarded large grants under the theme, who will outline their research and also reflect on the ways in which they intend to act as ‘beacons’ for the theme. The symposium will additionally act as a showcase for a number of the research networks and fellowship awards from across the spectrum of Arts and Humanities disciplines associated with ‘Translating Cultures’.  The event will provide an opportunity for attendees to explore and develop the theme’s key aims and ambitions, to network with award holders and other delegates, and to share thoughts on the theme’s subsequent development.


Friday 28 March

10.30am: introductory comments, Dr Ian Lyne (Associate Director of Programmes, AHRC); Professor Charles Forsdick (Liverpool; AHRC Theme Leadership Fellow, ‘Translating Cultures’)

11.00am: opening presentation (plenary 1), Professor Susan Bassnett (Warwick), ‘Translation and Culture’ — chair: Professor Charles Forsdick (University of Liverpool)

12 noon: large grant presentation 1, Translation and translanguaging: Investigating linguistic and cultural transformations in superdiverse wards in four UK cities (PI, Professor Angela Creese [Birmingham]; Professor Adrian Blackledge [Birmingham]; Professor Zhu Hua [Birkbeck]; Dr Frances Rock [Cardiff]; Professor Kiran Trehan [Birmingham]; and Professor Li Wei [Birkbeck])

1.00pm: lunch

2.00pm: panel session 1—translation zones, mobility, space: libraries and diplomatic cultures–chair: Dr Ian Lyne (Associate Director of Programmes, AHRC)

Dr Abigail Brundin (Cambridge), ‘National Trust libraries: an untapped resource’

Dr Jason Dittmer (UCL), ‘Diplomacy as translation: British foreign policy as a techno-cultural assemblage’

Dr Tracey Sowerby (Oxford), ‘Textual Ambassadors – Cultures of Diplomacy and Literary Writing in the Early Modern World’

3.30pm tea

4.00pm: large grant presentation 2, Researching Multilingually at the Borders of Language: the Body, Law and the State (PI, Professor Alison Phipps [Glasgow]; Tawona Sithole [Glasgow; project poet in residence]) — chair: Professor Catherine Davies (Nottingham; member, AHRC Translating Cultures Advisory Group)

5.00pm: reception

Saturday 29 March

10.00am panel session 2—intercultural creativity, transcultural exchange–chair: Professor Charles Forsdick (Liverpool; AHRC Theme Leadership Fellow, ‘Translating Cultures’)

Djurdja Bartlett (University of the Arts London), ‘From Tsarist Grandeur to Bolshevik Chic: translating Russian sartorial heritage’

Dr Manuella Blackburn (Liverpool Hope), ‘Intercultural creativity in electroacoustic music: Integrating Indian music cultural sound emblems into new works’

Dr Jay Prosser (Leeds), Dr Gabriel Koureas (Birkbeck), Leslie Hakim-Dowek (Portsmouth) and Dr Colette Wilson (Westminster), ‘Ottoman Pasts, Present Cities: Cosmopolitanism and transcultural Memories’

11.30am: coffee

12 noon: plenary 2, Professor Jean Boase-Beier [UEA]), ‘Translating the Poetry of the Holocaust’ — chair: Professor Peter Davies (Edinburgh)

1.00pm: lunch

2.00pm: large grant presentation 3, Transnationalizing Modern Languages: Mobility, Identity and Translation in Modern Italian Cultures (PI, Professor Charles Burdett [Bristol]; Dr Loredana Polezzi [Warwick]; Dr Naomi Wells [Warwick]; and Dr Marco Santello [Warwick]) — chair: Professor Bill Marshall (Director, Institute of Modern Languages Research)

3.00pm: closing presentation (plenary 3), Professor Anthony Pym (Universitat Rovira i Virgili), ‘Languages for integration or mobility?’ — chair: Professor Alison Phipps (University of Glasgow)

4.00pm: concluding remarks

4.30pm: close of symposium

If you would like to register your interest in attending, please visit here. For other information, please contact

Whilst this is a public event, preference for registration will be given to researchers, postgraduate students, and those working outside academia in fields directly related to the ‘Translating Cultures’ theme and its projects. We particularly welcome expressions of interest in attendance from representatives of relevant policy and third sector bodies as well as private enterprises with a stake in the theme. Upon completion of the registration form, accepted attendees will be notified by email in due course.

There is no charge for attendance, but numbers are limited and advance registration is required.

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