Conference Programme

Society for French Studies Postgraduate Conference 2016: Protest in French and Francophone Arts and Culture

Saturday 23 April 2016

IMLR, Senate House, London, Room 243



9.30 – 10         Registration

10 – 11            Keynote:

(Self-)censorship and the Limitations of Artistic Intervention in    Merzak Allouache’s Normal! (2011) (Professor Will Higbee, University of                                       Exeter)

11 – 12.30       Panel One: Political Protest Past and Present

“La Guerre du blé” en Normandie: Évolutions des pratiques et des formes de                            la mobilisation collective sous l’Ancien Régime et la Révolution française                                  (Paul Maneuvrier-Hervieu, University of Normandy)

‘Vive les Occupations d’Usines!’: Photography at the Factory in the Strike                                   Movements of May 1968 and June 1936 (Benjamin Partridge, Newcastle                                       University)

Québec, printemps 2012: L’École de la Montagne Rouge, solidairement                                         artistique (Géraldine Lavoie-Dugré, University of Quebec in Montreal)

12.30 – 1.15    Lunch

1.15 – 2.15      Training Session:

How to Get Published as a PhD or ECR (Dr Jamal Bahmad, University of Leeds)

2.15 – 3.45      Panel Two: Gender, Sexuality and Dissent

Mourning as Protest in Assia Djébar’s La Nouba ou les femmes de Mont Chenoua                           and La Femme sans sépulture (Beatrice Ivey, University of Leeds)

Stratégies de lutte de l’activisme féministe queer: un art de la contestation                              (Marie-Emilie Lorenzi, Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne University)

Act-Up Paris: la colère pour ne pas mourir (Romain Thomazeau, Paris I                                      Panthéon-Sorbonne University)

3.45 – 4.15      Tea and Coffee Break

4.15 – 5.45      Panel Three: Linguistic and Counter-cultural Protest

Protesting Post-9/11 Narrative Hegemony (Rebecca Johnson, University of                                  Manchester)

Subtitling the Banlieue: Translating Linguistic Protest in Banlieue Cinema                                  (Hannah Silvester, University of Glasgow)

Extension of the Realm of Creative Interventions: The Protestatory                                               Transmediality of Michel Houellebecq (Ashley Scott-Harris, Queen’s                                           University Belfast)


To register for this event, simply email your name and institution to Kaya Davies Hayon ( and Joseph Ford ( by Friday 15 April 2016. Registration is free of charge.




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