20th and 21st Century French and Francophone Studies International Colloquium

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March 24, 2022 to March 26, 2022
Pennsylvania, United States
Subject Fields: 
Environmental History / Studies, Film and Film History, French History / Studies, Literature, Women's & Gender History / Studies


20th and 21st Century French and Francophone Studies International Colloquium

March 24-26, 2022

University of Pittsburgh (hybrid conference: in person and virtual sessions)

Plenary Speakers: Yves Citton, Kaiama Glover, Jessica Oublié, and Michaël Ferrier


Almost sixty years have passed since Marshall McLuhan coined the prescient phrase, "the medium is the message." The current era is characterized by incessant flows of multimodal texts, images, and sounds, transmitted and consumed across an array of platforms.These new media create networks, bringing people together, but they also polarize communities by manipulating discourse. How do more traditional forms of cultural production, such as literature, art, and film, depict the rise of social media and digital technologies? How do different media (print, visual, digital, and sound) inform critical debates on race, gender, sexuality, migration, nationality, and environment?

As host of the colloquium, the Department of French and Italian at the University of Pittsburgh welcomes proposals on literatures of French expression, as well as film, graphic novels and comics, theater, music, danse, photography, and other visual arts. We also encourage submissions that consider the interdisciplinary frames of our research and teaching networks at Pitt: gender and sexuality; nation/transnation; environment; and film and media. Finally, because academic life and work have been turned upside down by the Covid-19 pandemic, we are organizing a hybrid conference, including formats designed to accommodate in-person and remote participation. As such, we invite proposals that rethink ways to conduct and share scholarly research, especially within changing modalities of new media and technology. Additional plans for the hybrid conference include sessions devoted to undergraduate students; teaching and research "slam" presentations; sessions on publishing, including a virtual roundtable with press editors, opportunities to get personalized feedback from acquisition editors, and individual workshops; and virtual mixers for participants with shared interests.

We encourage individual proposals and complete panels. In addition to the above-mentioned networks, the organizing committee will welcome particularly, but not exclusively, proposals that take up the following themes:

- news media; state media; media and francophonie

- race, racism, antiracism

- class and social relations; inequality and precarity

- crisis, conflict, and war; humanitarianism

- neoliberalism; markets; money

- migration; borders; security

- materiality; archives

- affect and emotion

- climate change; the Anthropocene

- urban and rural spaces

- velocity, speed, acceleration

We also welcome proposals and panels on the works of our plenary speakers (Michaël Ferrier, Jessica Oublié, Yves Citton, and Kaiama Glover)

Proposals for individual (250 words and brief bio-biblio) and complete panels (strongly recommended, 500 words and brief bios) should be submitted to this address: ffsc2022@pitt.edu - by September 15, 2021.


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John Walsh, Chair of Organizing Committee


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