Call For Papers ! Brown French Studies Graduate Conference: Mémoire/Rupture

The annual graduate conference of the Brown University Department of French Studies will be held on April 21-22, 2017. The theme of this year’s conference is “Mémoire/Rupture”. The deadline for submitting abstracts is January 15, 2017.
April 21-22, 2017 | Brown University | Providence, Rhode Island
Keynote: Odile Cazenave
Professor of French, Boston University

Memory is a deceptively simple concept, seemingly universal in its experiential familiarity,

yet handled in a diverse variety of ways by writers and theorists across literary,

philosophical, psychological, and historical fields. We are at once aware of memory’s

essential role in perception and identity, and of its glaring instabilities, gaps, and

(mis)appropriations—its often violent ruptures. Equinoxes 2017 aims to highlight and

explore the notion of memory as it plays out in French and Francophone contexts and

corresponding cultural productions.

From Lumières theories of selfhood as a continuity of consciousness, to more modern

questions of psychoanalysis, repression, and trauma theory, the modes and mechanisms

of remembering—or failing to remember—are critical to individual identity construction.

At the same time, memory is collective as well as individual: historical narratives, national

identities, and traditional cultural practices are all constitutive of, and predicated upon,

acts of remembrance (as well as national acts of conscious and unconscious forgetting).

How do personal and public memory intersect, and what is the interplay between their

respective lacunae? How can art and language recreate lived personal or historical

moments? How do commemoration, narration, and canonization affect the ways that we

remember, and the gaps in those memories? What is at stake in the interaction between

dominant and subaltern modes of memorialization? And how do public discourses of

memory appropriate and complicate individual relationships to events?

As an interdisciplinary conference, Equinoxes encourages submissions from a variety of

fields including but not limited to history, ethnography, anthropology, literature, media

studies, sociology, art history, and political science, provided that the presentation relate

to French or Francophone spheres.

Possible topics of discussion might include:

o Memoirs/autobiographies

o Childhood/childhood narratives

o Trauma

o Psychoanalysis/repression/the Unconscious

o Pathology: amnesia, Alzheimer’s, insanity, etc.

o National/historical Identities

o Postcolonial legacies

o Canonization

o (Film) Adaptation/retellings

o Lieux de mémoire

o Subject Formation

o Survivor Narratives

o Spectrality/ghosts/hauntology

o Nostalgia

o Denial/regret/remorse

o Reclamation

o Cultural inheritances/heritage

o Material history/relics/artifacts

Graduate students who wish to participate in the conference should submit an abstract

of no more than 250 words. Abstracts must be sent, as attachments, to

brown.equinoxes[at] before January 15, 2017. Emails should include the

author’s name, institutional affiliation, and contact information. Presentations, whether

in English or in French, should not exceed 20 minutes.

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