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Society for Francophone Postcolonial Studies

In association with Liverpool University Press 

Regional, National and Global Identities in the Francophone World 

Friday 17–Saturday 18 November 2017 

Institute of Modern Languages Research, University of London,

Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

Confirmed keynote speakers: Ayo Coly (Dartmouth College) and Xavier Garnier (Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3)


In recent years, identity has become ‘a prism through which other topical aspects of contemporary life are spotted, grasped and examined’ (Bauman, 2000, 121). The rise of extraterritorial power structures and the privatization of life struggles has led to an intensification of the debate about the meaning of identity at local, national and global levels. While globalisation constitutes an uncontested challenge to the linear narratives promoted by nation states (Balibar, 1988, 86), it also triggers resurgences of nationalism and xenophobia.


This conference aims to examine how the increasing interconnectedness of the world affects the Francosphere. How do authors and producers of francophone postcolonial cultural responses perceive globalisation and its effects on identity construction? Is it perceived as a homogenising process which threatens the French language and the identities it carries or, on the contrary, as a new opportunity for localisation and, as Appadurai suggests, ’translocal solidarities, cross-border mobilisations and post-national identities’ (1997, 21)? Through discussion of recent cultural production from the postcolonial francophone world, we hope to map out what makes the specificity of the local, regional and national identities and examine the multiple cultural responses to globalisation within the francophone postcolonial context.


We welcome theoretical reflections on globalization and identity as well as proposals for papers and panels on topics including:


  • The effects of globalisation on the francophone postcolonial world
  • The role of history in defining national regional and identities in the francophone postcolonial world
  • Emerging new identities in the 21st century
  • Imagined communities and their expressions in 21st -century francophone cultural production
  • The role of French in an increasingly interconnected world
  • New conceptions of the nation
  • Migration and transnationalism
  • Francophonie and globalisation
  • Francophone Postcolonial Studies in a global context
  • Gender and regional, national, and global identities

Please send abstracts of 200-250 words plus 50-100 words of biography in a Word document to Conference Secretaries, Dr Christina Horvath and Antonia Wimbush ( Papers can be in English or French. The deadline for receipt of abstracts is 1 June 2017.