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    • 1 Dec 2019
    • 8:30 AM
    • 30 Jan 2020
    • 12:30 PM
    • Iowa State University

    10th International Women in French Conference: “Margins: Voices and Pathways”
    Iowa State University 
    May 14-16, 2020

    Conference attendees are invited to benefit from the early-bird conference registration rate that is offered between December 1, 2019 and January 15, 2020.

    You may register at the following link:  https://registration.extension.iastate.edu/emc00/PublicSignIn.aspx?&SessionID=ejpffofhkfe0ejnfelfbp&Lang=*

    And reserve your hotel room here:  https://register.extension.iastate.edu/wf2020/hotel-and-travel

    December 1, 2019 - January 30, 2020: Early-bird registration rate

    January 1, 2020: Participants must be members of WIF by this date to participate in the conference

    January 31 - February 29, 2020: Full rate

    March 1, 2020: Online registration ends

    March 15, 2020: Deadline for full reimbursement (in case of a cancellation)

    March 16, 2020: starting on that date, there will be no more refunds for cancellations


    Les intervenant.e.s sont invité.e.s à profiter du tarif préférentiel offert entre le 1er décembre 2019 et le 15 janvier 2020. 

    Vous pouvez vous inscrire en cliquant sur le lien suivant :https://registration.extension.iastate.edu/emc00/PublicSignIn.aspx?&SessionID=ejpffofhkfe0ejnfelfbp&Lang=*

    Et réservez votre chambre d’hôtel en cliquant sur celui-ci: https://register.extension.iastate.edu/wf2020/hotel-and-travel

    1er décembre 2019 au 15 janvier 2020 : tarif préférentiel

    1er janvier 2020 : les intervenant.e.s sélectionné.e.s par le comité scientifique devront obligatoirement être membre de WIF avant le 1er janvier 2020 pour pouvoir participer à la conférence

    16 janvier au 29 février 2020 : plein tarif

    1er mars 2020 : fin des inscriptions en ligne, un enregistrement à la conférence même sera disponible (plein tarif)

    15 mars 2020 : date butoir pour un remboursement en cas de désistement

    16 mars 2020 : à partir de cette date, aucun remboursement ne sera effectué pour désistement

    • 14 May 2020
    • 8:00 AM
    • 16 May 2020
    • Iowa State University

    Iowa State University will be the host of the 10th International Women in French Conference, focusing on margins and marginalities.

    Visit the conference official website.

    Confirmed Plenary Presentations:
    - Anne Donadey (San Diego State University) 
    - Claire Legendre (Université de Montréal)


    The twentieth century, especially the second half, has witnessed a marked increase in the number of women authors on the French and francophone literary scene. Because of the significant increase in the publication of debut novels by young authors and books by established writers, it would be tempting to conclude that women authors have finally achieved widespread cultural and public recognition. Nevertheless, in 2014, a high-school student, Ariane Baillon, launched a petition on Change.org to challenge the fact that just one female philosopher, Hannah Arendt, was part of the Baccalauréat exam. Two years later, high-school teacher Françoise Cahen submitted a similar request to the Ministère de l’Éducation nationale, de l’Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche to include more women authors in the Bac L exam. Although Madame de La Fayette, Madame de Staël and Colette were added to the program in 2018, “of the 51 texts included from 2003 to 2017, only three . . . were by women authors” (Brigaudeau). The same is true for literary awards: “Since the creation of the Goncourt . . . in 1903, French women authors have received only 159 of the 740 awards” (Orain and Dagorn). Finally, Christine Planté and Audrey Lasserre remind us that, despite their major contributions to French literature, women writers still do not occupy a prominent place in textbooks on literary history. Likewise, what can be said of authors from sexual or ethnoracial under-represented communities? These authors suffer the consequences of a double, or even triple invisibilization. Despite their large numbers and regardless of the historical time period, women authors are still marginalized in the literary world and in the transmission of cultural heritage. However, as posited by African-American feminist and philosopher bell hooks, being on the margins may constitute a powerful tool for creating awareness and protest. Indeed, women authors have written some of the most rebellious, original and political literature of French expression in all historical eras.

    The 2020 WIF Conference will examine voices and pathways from the margins, as well as diverse forms of marginality from all eras. Possible topics include; but are not limited to:

    • Identities (individual, national, regional, gender, etc.)
    • Intersectionality (gender, class, race, religion, etc.)
    • Discrimination, including under-represented forms such as ageism or ableism
    • Colonialism and Postcolonialism
    • Approaches to teaching the issue of marginality at the university level
    • Destitution
    • Illness (including mania, obsession, addiction)
    • Alternatives (perspectives, societies, feminisms, etc.)
    • Theories of the margins (queer, trans*, etc.)
    • Different abilities
    • Literary and cinematographic genres
    • Place of under-represented women and perspectives in literature or film
    • “Minority” literature and film
    • Empowerment
    • Rebellions
    • Paraliterature
    • Relationship between the center(s) and the margin(s)

    Women in French is a scholarly association whose goal is to promote the study of French and Francophone women authors, the study of women’s place in French and Francophone cultures or literatures, and feminist literary criticism. Our goal is also to share information and to debate the position of women in higher education in the United States and Canada.

    Comité scientifique/Selection Committee:

    Arline Cravens (Saint Louis University), Susan Ireland (Grinnell University), E. Nicole Meyer (Augusta University), Patrice J. Proulx (University of Nebraska Omaha), Michèle A. Schaal (Iowa State University)


    Baillon, Ariane. « Benoît Hamon: Donnez une place aux femmes dans les programmes scolaires. » Change.org août 2014. Web. 30 août 2018 <https://www.change.org/p/beno%C3%AEt-hamon-donnez-une-place-aux-femmes-dans-les-programmes-scolaires>.

    Brigaudeau, Christel. « Colette, Madame de Staël… un bac français 2018 très féminin. » Le Parisien.fr  18 juin 2018. Web. 30 août 2018 <http://www.leparisien.fr/societe/colette-madame-de-stael-un-bac-francais-2018-tres-feminin-18-06-2018-7780074.php>.

    Cahen, Françoise. « Pour donner leur place aux femmes dans les programmes de littérature au bac L. » Change.org mai 2016. Web. 30 août 2018 <https://www.change.org/p/najatvb-donnez-leur-place-aux-femmes-dans-les-programmes-de-litt%C3%A9rature-au-bac-l>.

    hooks, bell. Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center. 1984. New York : South End Press, 2000.

    Lasserre, Audrey. « Les Femmes du XXe siècle ont-elles une histoire littéraire ? » Cahier du CERACC.4 (2010) : 1-18.

    Orain, Grégoire, et Gary Dagorn. « Combien de femmes parmi les prix littéraires français ? » Le Monde.fr  24 nov. 2017. Web. 30 août 2018 <https://www.lemonde.fr/les-decodeurs/article/2015/11/03/les-prix-litteraires-francais-sont-ils-sexistes_4802462_4355770.html>.

    Planté, Christine. « La Place des femmes dans l’histoire littéraire : Annexe ou point de départ d’une relecture ? » Revue d’histoire littéraire de la France 103.3 (2003): 655-68.

    • 7 Oct 2020
    • 10 Oct 2020
    • Boulder, CO

    There will be 6 Women in French special sessions at the 2020 RMMLA Conference in Boulder, CO, which will take place October 7-10. The organizers are also planning an evening reception for members and scholars interested in Women in French. Please see the Call for Papers here on our "News" page. 

With members from the United States, France, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Canada, Belgium, Ireland, Australia, Cameroon, Poland, Greece, Switzerland, Turkey, Spain, and Italy.


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