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Voices of Empowerment: French and Francophone Perspectives –– Co-organized by E. Nicole Meyer & CJ Gomolka

  • Dual World Views in Leila Slimani’s Twin Texts Sexe et mensonges: la vie sexuelle au Maroc and Paroles d’honneur. Kate Nelson, University of Texas at Austin, katenelson@utexas.edu

  • Speaking Up, Speaking Out: Postcolonial Prostitutes in Contemporary Moroccan Fiction. Edwige Crucifix, Bryn Mawr College, ecrucifix@brynmawr.edu

  • #interdictionde(se)nommer: Twitter France, Empowering Identities, and the Queer Politics of Discursive Disenfranchisement. CJ Gomolka, DePauw University, cjgomolka@depauw.edu
  • Sans papiers?: The Racialization of Gender Subversion in Adel Tincolin’s On n’a que deux vies and Nicola Mai’s Samira. Blase Provitola, Trinity College (Hartford, CT), blase.provitola@trincoll.edu


The Human Body and Gendered Technology in the French and Francophone Traditions

  • Mediatized Female Bodies in the Work of Virginie Despentes. Natalie Edwards, University of Adelaide 

  • Batailles Numériques in Durpaire and Boudjellal’s La Présidente Series. Christopher Hogarth, University of South Australia

  • Techno-orientalisme et femmes bioniques: La représentation des héroïnes asiatiques dans la bande-dessinée franco-belge de science-fiction. Henri-Simon Blanc-Hoang, Defense Language Institute

  • On A Arrêté Cyanure? Villains, Gynoids, and Bandes Dessinées. Viviana Pezzullo, Florida Atlantic University


Radical Transactions: Teaching Women in French and the Twenty-First Century Classroom –– Co-organized by E. Nicole Meyer & Joyce Johnston

  • Strategies for Teaching Women Writing in French. Dominique Licops
  • Rethinking Gender and Femininity Through Claire Bretechér’s Comic Strips. Viviana Pezzullo
  • Teaching Women’s Autobiography Across the French Curriculum. Natalie Edwards  Christopher Hogarth 
  • Reading Across the Boundaries: French and Israeli Autobiography. E. Nicole Meyer


Stéréotypes en tous genres: Insécurités sociétales et précarités identitaires

  • Racial and Sexual Stereotypes in Contemporary Women’s Writing in France. Nadia Louar, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • A Twisted Use of Autobiography: Nina Bouraoui’s La voyeuse interdite (‘Forbidden Vision’). Annick A. Durand, Zayed University
  • Stéréotypes, malaise social et précarités identitaires dans Apocalypse bébé de Virginie Despentes. Michèle Schaal, Iowa State University
  • The Memory of Stereotypes in Malika Mokeddem’s Writing. Beatrice Ivey, U of Leeds


Writing the Self in the age of the selfie in French and Francophone Literatures –– Organized by E. Nicole Meyer, Augusta University


  • Catherine Webster, (University of Central Oklahoma)
  • Laurence Mall (University of Illinois)
  • E. Nicole Meyer (Augusta University)


Teaching Women in French: Exploring the Boundaries –– Organized by Cecilia Beach and Joyce Johnston

  • Worldwide Women Writers and the Web: Diversity and Digital Pedagogy (http://francophonemetronomes.com). Alison Rice, University of Notre Dame. Abstract
  • Teaching in the Interstices: Investigating Gendered Violence in Women’s Literature of French Expression. Julia Frengs, Quest University Canada. Abstract
  • 'C’est une femme qui parle': How to teach feminists in conversation with Sadean philosophy. Valentina Denzel, Michigan State University. Abstract
  • Teaching French Feminist Theory Beyond Gender in Novels of Monique Wittig and Assia Djebar. Kimberly Coates, SUNY Stony Brook. Abstract


Female-Authored Life Writing and Scandal –– Organized by Natalie Edwards, University of Adelaide (Panel description)

  • Scandalous Memory: Terrorism Testimonial from the Algerian War. Amy L. Hubbell, University of Queensland
  • Questioning Accountability in Contemporary Writing: Marcela Iacub’s Investigative Journalism and Its Backlash. Eftihia Mihelakis, Université de Montréal; Ania Wroblewski, Université du Québec à Montréal
  • Risques et récompenses: Camille Laurens, Chantal Chawaf. Karin Schwerdtner, University of Western Ontario


French and Francophone Feminism(s) –– Organized by Heidi Bostic, Baylor University

  • International Feminisms in a French Frame: Global Francophone Women Writers. Alison Rice, University of Notre Dame
  • Current Metafeminist Practices in France and Québec. Marie J. Carrière, University of Alberta
  • Beards and Breasts: The Performative Protest Politics of La Barbe and Femen. Michèle Schaal, Iowa State University
  • ‘New Radicals’: Postfeminism, Queer, and French Women Writers of the 2000s. Mercédès Baillargeon, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Voyages de femmes, entrepris et rapportés: Représentations littéraires et/ou artistiques
 –– Organized by Christine M. Probes, University of South Florida


  • Linda Alcott, University of Colorado, Denver
  • Arline E. Cravens, Washington University in St. Louis
  • Hélène Diaz Brown, Principia College
  • Molly Krueger Enz, South Dakota State University
  • Perry J. Gethner, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater
  • Mariève Maréchal, Uniersity of Ottawa
  • Catherine R. Montfort, Santa Clara University


Périodes charnières dans les vies de femmes –– Organized by Florence Ramond Jurney, Gettysburg College

  • Ne pas être mère: Le choix bien réfléchi de Linda Lê. Valérie Dusaillant-Fernandes, University of Waterloo
  • Reluctant Benefactor: The Betrayal of Heritage in Catherine Mavrikakis’s Ça va aller. Robert Sapp, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • Growing Old and Realizing Life in Marie-Claire Blais’s Soifs Cycle. Karen McPherson, University of Oregon

Joint WiF/Simone de Beauvoir Society session: The Influence of Simone de Beauvoir’s Writings on Following Generations of French Women Writers –– Organized by Barbara Klaw, Northern Kentucky University

  • The Influence of Simone de Beauvoir’s Writings on Claire Cayron: A Preliminary Journey through Their Correspondence. Alice Caffarel-Cayron, University of Sydney
  • Becoming the Female Subject: Metamorphosis of the ‘Cochonne’ in Darrieussecq’s Truismes. Michaela Hulstyn, Stanford University
  • Jovette Marchessault, héritière moderne de Simone de Beauvoir et/ou utopiste? Sylvie Pascale Dewey, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
  • Simone de Beauvoir et l’écriture des femmes engagées au XXIème siècle. Nathalie A. Debrauwere-Miller, Vanderbilt University

Special Session: French Women Writers in the Wake of the New Novel: Literary Heirs of Sarraute and Duras –– Organized by Stephanie A. Schechner, Widener University

  • Bad Mother(land)s in Marguerite Duras’s and Paule Constant’s Fiction. Jennifer Willging, Ohio State University, Columbus
  • Outside and Journal du dehors: Marguerite Duras and Annie Ernaux. Cathy Jellenik, Hendrix College
  • Fluid Prose: Mireille Best Writing in the Wake of Nathalie Sarraute. Stephanie A. Schechner, Widener University


La force des femmes: Sources of Strength for Women in French-Language Literature and Film –– Organized by Alison Rice, University of Notre Dame

  • L’amitié entre femmes comme source de force dans la fiction des romancières des lumières. Isabelle Tremblay, Collège Militaire Royal du Canada
  • The Force of Music in George Sand: A Path to Empowerment. Arline E. Cravens, Saint Louis University
  • ‘Elles étaient cinq’; or, How Female Friendship Survives Trauma. Miléna Santoro, Georgetown University.
  • Anna Gavalda’s Fragile Women: The Empowerment of Self-Sacrifice. Vera Klekovkina, Scripps College.

Writing Lives, Living Lives in French: Camille Delaville, Nathalie Sarraute, and Marjane Satrapi –– Organized by Nicole E. Meyer (University of Wisconsin-Green Bay)


Women Writing Men/Men Writing Women: French Literary Letters –– Organized by Nicole E. Meyer (University of Wisconsin-Green Bay)


Voicing the Past in Women’s Texts of the Present –– Co-organized by Nicole E. Meyer  (University of Wisconsin-Green Bay)


Writing Women's Lives in French –– Organized by Nicole E. Meyer (University of Wisconsin-Green Bay)


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