Call for Papers: ASMCF Annual Conference, Lancaster University, Thursday 13 - Friday 14 September 2018

New Forms of Expression in the French and Francophone Worlds

We invite proposals for papers that critically examine the innovation and experimentation that characterise new and emerging forms of expression in the French and Francophone worlds. The relationship between reading and writing is constantly changing, genres are merging and new genres are emerging, literary forms and platforms influence one another, and digital media technologies are opening up new creative ways of telling stories. New forms of communication impact on social interactions and relationships, including political discourses and modes of engagement. Interlingual communication, creative and experimental uses of translation are reshaping the way we think about borders and identities, about the relationship of French to art and criticism beyond the Francophone world.

What has driven the emergence of new artistic and social forms and modes of expression and exchange? Do they replace existing forms, complement, or enhance them? To what extent are these new forms specific to the French or Francophone world or the contexts they emerge from? How is the use of the new modes and forms of communication shaped by the national and cultural traditions? What are the possibilities and challenges for forms of expression opened up by globalisation? What new forms of expression have been created by the meeting or layering of languages and cultures? What is the role of translation in rethinking interlingual and intercultural relations today? To what extent and how do intercultural and intra- or interlingual barriers move in the digital age?

We invite proposals for 20-minute papers on the following possible topics:

  • New modes and forms of expression
  • Literature, society, and/or politics in the digital age, including social and creative networks and online communities
  • The web as artistic medium
  • Artistic expression and subversion
  • Fiction and transgression
  • Multilingualism, translation, and creativity
  • The border in politics and as cultural space
  • Literature and globalisation

Papers may be delivered in English or in French. A publication connected with the theme of the conference is planned.

Postgraduate students are strongly encouraged to present papers, and the Association will offer a Postgraduate Essay Prize worth £100. For further information about the prize, please contact the ASMCF Postgraduate Representatives, James Illingworth and Madeleine Chalmers (jillingworth01@qub.ac.uk; madeleine.chalmers@trinity.ox.ac.uk).

Proposals for papers, featuring abstracts of up to 250 words in either English or French, should be sent in word format to c.baker@lancaster.ac.uk with the subject line ‘ASMCF 2018’ by Friday 18 May 2018.