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  • 18 Nov 2020 9:31 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

      Assistant Professor: see call here.

      Associate Professor: see call here

    • 22 Oct 2020 9:53 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

      The Department of French and Italian Studies is inviting applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor of French beginning September 1, 2021. We are seeking a teacher-scholar in Environmental Humanities with additional expertise in one of the following: Queer Ecology, Animal Studies, Environmental Justice, or Indigenous Studies. PhD expected. The successful candidate will be part of an energetic department committed to providing the best education to talented undergraduates. We are particularly interested in individuals with extensive experience, demonstrated effectiveness in teaching and mentoring a diverse student body and a record of excellence in teaching. This is a tenure track position with a teaching load of 4.5, at the beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels.

      Candidates must have a native or near-native fluency in French and English and a strong commitment to teaching all levels of the French language.

      Applicants should submit the following: cover letter (including evidence of a commitment to the value of diversity and experience with inclusive teaching), curriculum vitae, and a representative sample of current scholarship via Interfolio at the following link http://apply.interfolio.com/80173. Three confidential letters of recommendation and two full sets of course evaluations will be requested after the committee meets and selects candidates. Review of applications will begin December 1, 2020, and will continue until the position is filled. Address all inquiries to Audrey Brunetaux (abruneta@colby.edu), Chair of the French Search Committee.

      Colby is a private, coeducational liberal arts college that admits students and makes employment decisions on the basis of the individual’s qualifications to contribute to Colby’s educational objectives and institutional needs. Colby College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, religion, ancestry or national origin, age, marital status, genetic information, or veteran’s status in employment or in our educational programs. Colby is an Equal Opportunity employer, committed to excellence through diversity, and encourages applications from qualified persons of color, women, persons with disabilities, military veterans and members of other under-represented groups. Colby complies with Title IX, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in an institution’s education programs and activities. Questions regarding Title IX may be referred to Colby’s Title IX coordinator or to the federal Office of Civil Rights. For more information about the College, please visit our website: www.colby.edu.

    • 1 Oct 2020 9:14 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

      Call for papers for the virtual Twentieth and Twenty-First-Century French and Francophone Studies International Colloquium taking place this coming March. 

      The panel is entitled “Covid 19 and the new normal in France and beyond.” The format is “tables rondes” (12-15 minutes presentations each) followed by Q&A.

      Please send your 5-10 lines proposal with title to Prof. Eric Touya (etouya@clemson.edu) by Monday October 12.

      Topics may include social and physical distancing, self-quarantine, women, LGBTQ, face mask, stress (relief), children, classroom, workplace, university life, home, contagion, politics, inequality, isolation, grief, caregiving, community, solidarity, and others.

    • 14 Sep 2020 6:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

      Congrès 2021, Université de l’Alberta Edmonton, Canada, 29 mai au 1er juin 2021 

      "La femme insulaire : du nord au sud, histoire de permanence et de renouvellement"

      Appel ci-joint : APFUCC 2021 La femme insulaire.pdf 

    • 13 Aug 2020 5:05 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

      6th International Conference on the Teaching of French as a Foreign Language: “Colloque FLE 2021”

      University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus

      February 25-27, 2021

      Organized by :

      • College of Humanities, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus
      • Department of Letters and Social Communication, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières
      • Department of Modern and Classical Languages, George Mason University
      • Puerto Rican Association of Teachers of French (APPF)


      The organizing committee of the “Colloque FLE 2021” conference invites researchers and professors to submit proposals for papers presenting structured research results. This conference is aimed at researchers in French as a second/foreign language, but also at teachers of French. The conference will provide an opportunity to examine current research and methodologies that include varied and complementary approaches.

      The conference will be organized in a face-to-face format, but also by teleconference.

      Keynote speakers

      Natallia Liakina (McGill University, Montreal, Canada)

      Denis Liakin (Concordia University, Montreal, Canada)

      Proposal details:

      Proposals for presentations and round tables will be considered on the following topics, but not limited to:

      • The contribution of neuroscience: new avenues in French as a foreign language
      • Plurality of cultures in the classroom: winning solutions for pedagogy
      • Status of the target language and status of the source languages: pedagogical implications
      • Scientific research and hands-on pedagogy
      • Current issues in FSL-FLE didactics
      • Face-to-face versus distance learning: lessons learned in crisis situations

      Proposals for a paper or round table should contain the following elements:

      • title of 100 characters maximum (spaces included); 
      • abstract of 1500 to 2000 characters (including spaces) and the bibliography;
      • list of authors and co-authors with first name, surname, and affiliation;
      • authors' contact information (address, e-mail, telephone);
      • entire document must be a maximum of 1 page

      E-mail: colloquefle@yahoo.com

      Deadline: September 15, 2020

      Proposals will be reviewed anonymously. Answers will be given in October 2020. Proposals for round-table discussions must describe the theme, objectives, relevance to conference themes, the types of information that will be presented or any other relevant information for the review committee. We will take into account the scientific quality of proposals, including supporting data, the appropriateness with conference themes, and originality. 

      The languages of the Conference are French, English and Spanish.

      Organizing Committee:

      Patrick-André Mather, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras
      Françoise Ghillebaert, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras
      Linda de Serres, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, Canada
      Vincent Chanethom, George Mason University, États-Unis
      Maritsu Fleury, Asociación Puertorriqueña de Profesores de Francés

    • 22 Jul 2020 1:35 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

      We have just learned that Tessa Nunn, our Graduate Student Representative, expects to complete her studies in the spring of 2021 and thus will not run for re-election.  As we send our warmest congratulations to Tessa, we must now search for her replacement.

      The Graduate Student Representative brings to the attention of the Executive Committee, via the President, concerns of graduate students relative to the mission of WIF.  She/he/they publicize/s WIF and its activities to student colleagues at graduate student conferences and in social media to recruit new members.  She/he/they organize/s a bi-annual writing exchange among WIF graduate students and early career scholars.

      The Graduate Student Representative serves for two years, but may not continue beyond the year of completion of the terminal degree.  Candidates for the position of Graduate Student Representative must be sponsored by a WIF member.

      We ask that you send your statements, outlining your qualifications and your goals for WIF, for publication in the Fall Newsletter and/or on the WIF Listserv, to both members of the Nominating Committee (Annabelle Rea, rea@oxy.edu and Colette Trout, ctrout@ursinus.edu), at the latest by August 15, 2020. Please note that there is a 100-word limit for candidate statements (this is an overall limit, including both qualifications and goals).  

    • 22 Jul 2020 1:22 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

      NeMLA 2021: 52nd Northeast Modern Language Association Convention

      Philadelphia, PA 

      March 11-14, 2021


      18582: Francophone African Women Writers Embracing Eco-Feminism (WIF session) (Panel) Chair: Anna Rocca (Salem State University)

      This panel welcomes papers exploring francophone African women writers’ narratives that approach human life as deeply embedded in both nature and culture. Some themes of consideration should include, among others: how literary accounts expose the intersectional ties among environmentalism, anti-colonial struggle, and social justice; in what ways African female writers challenge unjust, ecologically destructive forms of imperial development and engage in alternative forms of ecofeminist environmental ethics; how they represent the double oppressions of women and nature; and finally, how do women writers depict communitarian and relational living, and interdependence between humans and nature.

      DEADLINE for Abstract Submission: September 30, 2020

      SUBMIT HERE: https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/18582


      18583. Visual Africa: Francophone Women's Aesthetic Representations of Africa (WIF session) (Roundtable) Chair: Anna Rocca (Salem State University)

      This panel invites papers on francophone African women's artistic and cinematic representations of contemporary Africa. How do African women artists relate with stereotypes and essential notions and visual representations of Africa, the latter created for Westerners' consumption? How do female artists appropriate and imagine cultural heritage? Are they defining new aesthetics and perspectives of belonging and (national) identity? Do women artist posit a multiplicity of shifting ranging from static binary categories such as North/South, black/white, African/European, foreign /national, to overlapping identity formation as well as localized, situational, and/or hyphenated identities?

      DEADLINE for Abstract Submission: September 30, 2020

      SUBMIT HERE: https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/18583


      Currently, and provided that city and state officials sanction meetings of groups of 250 or more in March, NeMLA is planning for an in-person conference. NeMLA will of course take all steps to ensure participants’ safety (adjusting seating capacity, following social distancing rules, using masks and working with the hotel to respect health guidelines). In October, Chairs will assess where presenters stand as well.

    • 13 Jul 2020 12:14 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

      The WIF Newsletter will continue to feature a teaching dossier in one issue, and a Bibliography in the other. 

      For the Bibliography, please look at previous bibliographies for models of what we seek. As we have published a teaching dossier in this issue, we seek a Bibliography for the Fall. 

      Our upcoming feature focuses on a targeted area. Previous bibliographies have featured topics ranging from French and Francophone Women’s Autobiography to Femmes écrivaines camerounaises to Bibliographies featuring specific authors or cinéastes such as Mireille Best or Agnès Varda. Ideas for bibliographies should be sent to the Vice President of WIF, E. Nicole Meyer (nimeyer@augusta.edu) by August 15, 2020, at the latest. A brief description (100-200 words) is sufficient at this point. The complete bibliography will be due by October 30, 2020. Submissions should be 3-10 pages in length, double spaced in Times New Roman with endnotes, no footnotes. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions you might have. Please feel free to forward your teaching dossier proposals (same length, same process) by October 1, 2020. Final teaching dossiers due by January 30, 2020.

    • 10 Jul 2020 11:25 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

      Please find attached the call for papers for the ACSUS (Association for Canadian Studies in the United States) conference, to take place in October 2021 in Washington DC--if all goes well. The theme of the proposed meeting, "Canada: Far and Near," seems particularly apt in this summer of isolation.

      Announcement: ACSUS 2021 Call for Papers - FINAL.pdf 

    • 10 Jul 2020 11:07 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

      Femmes dérangées, femmes dérangeantes / Disturbed and Disruptive Women

      Women in French UK-Ireland Biennial Conference

      7th-9th May 2021, Maynooth University, Ireland


      Confirmed Keynotes:

      Naomi Fontaine

      Innu First Nation Writer from Uashat, Québec.

      Giovanna Murillo Rincon

      Paris-based activist committed to supporting the most vulnerable of QTIPOC subjects (Queer, Transgender and Intersex People of Colour).


      The labels ‘dérangées’ and ‘dérangeantes’, which we might loosely translate as ‘disturbed’ and ‘disruptive’, have long been applied to women throughout the course of history. Once a woman does not correspond to the societal expectations and norms that supposedly define ‘proper womanhood’, be that in terms of appearance, behaviour, beliefs or situation, she is cast aside and held in contempt. ‘Good’ women are those who do not disturb and disrupt the patriarchy, but, rather, conform to and uphold systems of male privilege.

      On the flipside, disturbance and disruption by women can often allow for the destabilisation of such androcentric systems. Women who have challenged the status quo in extraordinarily productive ways have often been the most ‘disturbed’ or ‘disruptive’, from the suffragettes to Cixous’ laughing Medusa, from Colette the author to Despente’s murderous heroines. Feminist action has literally made waves to see effective change take place. This is particularly apparent in the creative expression of women, typified in the 70s by the theorisation of écriture féminine: women have historically deployed experimental narrative forms to develop a way of writing that they could truly call their own, that was noticeably different from a male-dominated literary tradition. Content as well as form has also been of fundamental importance. By talking about their own, feminine experiences and desires in literature or art, women have been committing a de facto subversive act. ‘Women’s issues’ ̶ be that menstruation, the menopause, or women’s sexual desire ̶ have been historically absent from cultural representation, as demonstrably taboo subject material. This explains in part the popularity of autofiction as a genre across contemporary women’s writing in French.

      Disruptive action also involves a dissolution of the singular category of ‘woman’ itself, that all too frequently equates the experience of cis-gendered, white, middle-class women with that of all womxn. This monolithic and binary reading of feminine identity not only silences marginal members of our societies further, but also overlooks the transformative power which they can bring to the feminist cause. Trans women in particular have all too often been deemed ‘disturbed’ by transphobic voices in the media (not least from a certain subsection of the feminist community), yet are arguably the most proactive as a group when it comes to dismantling sexist and misogynist ideology. 

      Interestingly and distressingly, then, what constitutes a form of disturbance or disruption on the part of women is often defined by other women. Disturbed or disruptive women are frequently policed by ‘good’ women. Some notoriously disruptive women have also caused disruption that has worked both in the favour of feminist action, and against it. We have only to think of Germaine Greer’s controversial comments on trans women, or Catherine Deneuve’s derisory reaction to the #MeToo campaign in Le Monde. A re-evaluation of the selected terms and of their application can thus enable us to identify (and hopefully reduce) the less obvious reaches of patriarchal power.

      The theme that we have selected for WIF 2021 is evidently one that is rich in interpretation. We encourage our participants to reflect on the different ways in which women in French and Francophone literature, culture, cinema and politics partake in interrupting traditional definitions of femininity and, furthermore, how such transgressions are received and judged. We are, however, particularly interested in papers that consider one or more of the following sub-headings as well as proposals related to our keynote speakers:

      • Women and Mental Health
      • ‘Bad’ Mothers/Transgressive Mothering
      • Women and Sexual Deviance
      • ‘Disgusting’ Women
      • Women and Anger
      • Female Violence and Crime
      • Dangerous Women
      • Selfish Women
      • Disorderly and Misbehaving Women
      • Eco-Feminism and Eco-Feminist Warriors
      • Migrant and Marginalised Women
      • Women and Ageing
      • Female Intellectuals
      • Women and Revolt


      One Book, One WiF

      In partnership with our colleagues in WiF North America, WiF UK is furthering the 'One Book, One WiF' project that began in 2017. The aim of this initiative is to help promote critical interest in less known French and francophone women writers and thus to increase the readership of their corpus. The author for the 2021 conference is Naomi Fontaine and the text is Kuessipan (2011). Proposals for papers or a panel on this book or the author in general are welcomed.

      Proposals are welcome in both English and French.

      Please send abstracts of no more than 250 words and a brief bio to the following email address: wifmaynooth@gmail.com 

      Deadline: 15/09/20

      For general queries, please contact Julie Rodgers or Polly Galis.



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