Francospheres of Resistance and Revolution

Francospheres of Resistance and Revolution
03 Apr 2017, 09:30 to 04 Apr 2017, 18:00
Conference / Symposium
Woburn Suite, G22/26, Ground Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

Exploring articulations of resistance and revolution across different spaces and times, this conference seeks papers which enquire in new and innovative ways about radical politics, activism and resistance expressed in French. While papers concerning the obvious cases of Revolution and Resistance in France are welcome, approaches which examine the transnational aspects of cultural production relative to them, understanding the Metropole as a site of mobility and exchange, are especially encouraged. Similarly, under-explored Francospheres beyond the boundaries of the Republic where expressions of resistance are articulated might be reflected upon in a transcultural manner addressing French linguistic networks and flows across the globe and how anti-colonial movements of independence harnessed the imperial language to write back. We are also keen for emergent research on contemporary global uprisings including Nuit débout and its associated manifestations and cultural responses to both the Charlie and 13 November attacks as well as the more longstanding activism of the Comité invisible and radical publishers. New reflections on May 68 and its legacy, responses to the VIH/sida crises in the 1980s, the Arab spring are all other areas where contributions are welcome.

Please send abstracts of c.250 words with a short bio-bibliography to Dr Claire Launchbury (IMLR): by 15 January 2017.


A/Prof Karin Speedy (Macquarie): On New Caledonia

Dr Siobhan Shilton (Bristol): On visual cultures of the Arab Spring

Mary and Bryan Talbot in conversation with Prof Charles Forsdick (Liverpool) about their graphic novel The Red Virgin and the Vision of Utopia (Jonathan Cape, 2016).

Paul Mason, journalist, filmmaker and author of Postcapitalism: A Guide to our Future (Allen Lane, 2015) on his projects concerning Louise Michel, New Caledonia and the role of women in the Commune. 

Sponsored by the Cassal Trust


Claire Launchbury
020 7862 8765