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SFPS Conference

I organised a conference at the Institut Français in London on behalf of the Society for Francophone Postcolonial Studies (SFPS).  The event, supported by Liverpool University Press and the French Embassy in London, was entitled: Between Utopia and Dystopia: The Afterlives of Empire, and was well attended by academics and postgraduate students from a range of universities in Britain and overseas.  The photos below were taken over the two day event.  For details of papers, click here.




Kate Marsh 

President of SFPS, David Murphy (University of Stirling) opens the conference at the Institut Français.

A panel focusing on the Caribbean with Sam Coombes (University of Edinburgh), Louise Hardwick (Birmingham University) and Namrata Poddar (University of California, Los Angelese), chaired by Charles Forsdick (Liverpool University).

Keynote speaker, Dr Kate Marsh (Liverpool University) presents the Dorothy Blair Memorial Lecture: "'Nous étions évidemment inspirés par l'exemple de l'Inde': Idealization of 1947, the end of the Union française, and les ultimes confettis de l'Empire de Dupleix.  With Charles Forsdick as Chair.


La Petite Salle 


The evening wine reception was sponsored by Liverpool University Press. 

In La Petite Salle, Nicki Hitchcott (Nottingham University) chairs a panel on Sexuality and Narcissism with Anna-Leena Toivanen (Jyväskylä University) and Kaiama L. Glover (Columbia University).

Guy Austin (Newcastle University) delivers a paper on postcolonial Algerian cinema.

  Panel 2

Stephen Tyre 

Ferdinand de Jong 

The panel: Utopian Pasts, Utopian Futures, was chaired by Dominic Thomas (University of California, Los Angeles).  Panel members were Stephen Tyre (University of St Andrews), Amzat Boukari-Yabara (L'École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales) and Susanne Grindel (Georg Eckert University).

Stephen Tyre's paper analysed "The Union Française, Eurafrique, and the fate of French late-colonial utopias."

Ferdinand de Jong (University of East Anglia) gave the final keynote speech on "Postcolonial Heteropia: The Monument of the African Renaissance," with David Murphy as chair.  





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