Leicester conference to explore cultural changes in the French-speaking world

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International conference at University of Leicester from 5-7 September to examine changes in French and Francophone societies – particularly in light of the Arab spring

Issued by University of Leicester on 4 September 2013

Photo opportunity: Media are invited to take photographs at a reception with the Lord Mayor of Leicester and other VIPs on Friday 6 September between 7.15pm and 8pm at John Foster Hall, Oadby.

Profound changes in notions of citizenship, rights and class in the French-speaking world will come under the spotlight at an international conference.

The Association for the Study of Modern and Contemporary France (ASMCF) Annual Conference 2013 will be held at the University of Leicester from September 5 to 7.

The conference will focus on the theme of “Renegotiating social divisions in France and the Francophone world” – and especially in light of the Arab spring.

The conference, organised by the University of Leicester under the auspices of the Association for the Study of Modern and Contemporary France, will be hosted by the University’s Department of French within the School of Modern Languages.

Dr Nicole Fayard, Senior Lecturer & Director of French Studies, said: “This interdisciplinary conference examines the profound socio-political and cultural changes that have acted to shape and reshape notions of citizenship, individual rights and social classifications in modern and contemporary French and Francophone societies.

“Themed around the complex processes that have helped the citizens and non-citizens of France and French-speaking countries renegotiate their sense of social belonging over time, this event will explore the complex ways in which social groups, classes and identities in French and Francophone cultures are maintained and (re)configured through various modes of mobilisation and cultural representation.

“This international event is especially timely in the light of recent events associated with the ‘Arab spring’, and has attracted an exciting programme from speakers from all over the world.”

The conference will bring together international experts from a number of different academic disciplines.

It will be attended by Catherine Robert, Attachée de Coopération Universitaire from the French Embassy in London, Didier Denayer, Economic and Commercial Counsellor from the Belgian Embassy,

Esteemed academic guests will include Professor Catherine Wihtol de Wenden, of the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) and Professor Guy Austin, of Newcastle University, both with expertise in international migrations and citizenship.

Professor de Wenden has worked as an external consultant for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the European Commission and the UN Refugee Agency.

Professor Austin is renowned for his work on modern French and Algerian cinema, with particular expertise in engagement activities via cinema.

The conference will also be attended by acclaimed French writer François Bon, the author of over 30 novels and plays.

Councillor Mustafa Kamal, the Lord Mayor of Leicester, has very kindly agreed to come to represent the City of Leicester on this occasion. Other VIPs and members of the ASMCF Committee will be in attendance.

The event will be held at John Foster Hall Conference Centre, Manor Road, Oadby, between September 5 and 7.

Additional information about the event, together with the conference programme, can be found at: http://www.le.ac.uk/departments/modern-languages/asmcf2013

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For more information, please contact Dr Nicole Fayard, Senior Lecturer & Director of French Studies, at: nicole.fayard@le.ac.uk

The event has been kindly supported by the School of Modern Languages and the University of Leicester, the Service Culturel de l’Ambassade de France, the Belgium Embassy, the ASMCF, the Society for French Studies, Intellect Books, Liverpool University Press, Maney Publishing, Oxford University Press, Peter Lang, Taylor & Francis, University of Wales Press, and Ms Wisniewska.

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