Minorités en vue colloquium

Date: 6 May 2011 Time: 09.00-17.00

Venue: Lancaster University Conference Centre

Minorités en vue colloquium

6th May 2011, Lancaster University Conference Centre at Lancaster House Hotel

In association with the Yves Hervouet Fund for Anglo-French Relations and the Society for French Studies

Coinciding with the recent debate around French national identity is the salience of certain ethnic or religious minorities, such as Roma or Muslim, in public discourse. Yet the 'discovery' of such groups has the potential to conceal the enduring presence they may have maintained in French society over decades, or, indeed, centuries. This colloquium will reflect on the conditions that bring certain minorities into, and out of, focus. It will ask how France's minorities negotiate their intermittent (in)visibility through literary and cinematic representations and consider how the latter are linked to relations of power.

How are minorities constructed in different discursive fields and forms of representation? When and under what conditions do minoritised subjects become visible or invisible, and how is this process mediated by aesthetic strategies? Can a group's successful 'assimilation' into the dominant culture be consistent with minority status and what role does memory play in maintaining that status? What, then, is a French majority, and how does it define its cultural hegemony as a counterpoint to minority groups?


9.30-9.50 Coffee and Registration

9.50-10.00 Welcome

10.00-11.00 Panel 1: Difference and acculturation. Chair: Robert Crawshaw.

Michael Harrigan (University of Hull), 'The Ottoman Encounter and the Status of Minorities'

Michel Calapodis (Université Paul Valéry - Montpellier 3), 'Ni assimilation ni repli ethnique: Le paradigme identitaire des Grecs de Marseille au XIXe siècle'

11.00-11.30 Coffee

11.30-12.30 Panel 2: Problems of recognition. Chair: John Strachan.

Rabah Aissaoui (University of Leicester), 'From Migration to Political Mobilisation: Ethnicity and National Identity in the Algerian Nationalist Discourse in Interwar France'

Jonathan Lewis (University of Exeter), 'Victims of a Divisive Memory: Algerian (In)Visibility in France'

12.30-13.30 Lunch

13.30-14.30 Panel 3: Stratégies de mise en visibilité. Chair: Greg Kerr.

Youmna Tohmé (Centre international d'études pédagogiques de Sèvres), 'La représentation de la France et de ses immigrés dans la nouvelle bande dessinée ou la dénonciation de la discrimination'

Christelle Gomis (EHESS, Paris), 'The Place of the French Colonial Past in the Construction of Minorities'

14.30-15.30 Panel 4: Territories of writing. Chair: David Steele

Frederic Barbera (Lancaster University), 'Writing in Catalan in French Catalonia. From marginalisation at home to literary success across the border. The example of Joan Daniel Bezsonoff'

Greg Kerr (Lancaster University), 'Deracination in Barrès and Chahnour'

15.30-16.00 Coffee

16.00-17.00 Keynote: Pap Ndiaye (EHESS, Paris), 'The Minority Paradox. Being visible and invisible in French society'. Chair: Charlotte Baker

Event website: http://www.lancs.ac.uk/fass/eurolang/activities/959/


Who can attend: Anyone


Further information

Associated staff: Charlotte Baker, Frederic Barbera, Robert Crawshaw, Greg Kerr, Naaman Kessous

Organising departments and research centres: European Languages and Cultures

Keywords: Film, French, Intercultural studies, Interdisciplinary, Literature, Migration and diaspora, Minority ethnic communities, Modern languages