The SPFFA’s Biennial Colloquium: Call for Papers

April 28, 2014 | By FRENCH CULTURE BOOKS

The colloquium to be held on October 24-25th continues a long-standing tradition in the history of the Société des professeurs français et francophones d’Amérique (SPFFA).

In addition to the colloquium’s traditional themes (listed below), proposals for this year that work within the "Creation and Reality in Francophone Letters" or "Wars and Conflicts" frames to commemorate the centennial of the beginning of World War I (1914-1918) are also encouraged.

Papers on a wide range of topics are welcome either as individual proposals or as fully constituted panels.


The proposals must include the title of the paper, and an abstract (250 words maximum).

All papers presented at the conference are eligible for submission to Nouvelles Francographies 2014 (série Actes du colloque), which is scheduled for publication in 2015.

Proposals can be in either French or English and must be submitted by May 15th.

For more information and to fill out a submission form visit SPPFA.


Wars & Conflicts / Centennial of the start of World War I :
Whether one wants it or not, war is a permanent component of human history. A society without wars seems unthinkable. What makes war such an unavoidable phenomenon? What is the future of war? One hundred years after the start of that war about which it has been said that it represented the real end of the 19th Century, now seems to be a propitious time to think about war and conflicts in general.


• War in/and literature

• War in/and cinema
• The future of war

• War and bearing witness
• War and “technologies of power”

• War after Hiroshima
• War and economic stakes

• War as metaphor
• What does “humanitarian war” mean?

• War and the right of intervention
• Representations of war in the arts

• Aggression, torture and violence in war


Traditional themes:
• Miscellaneous studies on the Middle Ages, 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th, and 21st century
French and Francophone literatures and cultures
• French and Francophone Studies and Digital humanities
• The Space of Translation
• The Varieties of French in the Francophone Space
• Cultural relations between the United States and the Francophone world
•French and Francophone Studies in Crisis?
• Littérature-Monde and Literary Prizes
• What French to Teach?
• Women’s Voices and Littérature-Monde

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