This will take place at the University of Liverpool 30 June – 2 July 2008.

The University of Liverpool, one of the first civic universities to be founded in 1882, is the original ‘redbrick’ university located in a vibrant city that is this year celebrating its award as European Capital of Culture 2008. The Society for French Studies’ conference is located in the Greenbank Conference Park, in one of Liverpool’s leafier suburbs and opposite Penny Lane of Beatles fame. Part of the conference will be held at the celebrated International Slavery Museum in Liverpool, newly opened in 2007.

Greenbank Conference Park

The 2008 programme features panels on a wide variety of topics (including ‘Fiction as Theory’, ‘The Art of the Portrait’, ‘The Politics of Culture’, ‘Slavery’ and ‘Aesthetics of Writing in Modern and Medieval France).

There are three plenary speakers and a plenary panel:

Max Silverman (University of Leeds),
‘ “Noeuds de memoire”: the Holocaust, colonialism and cultural memory’

Christopher L. Miller (Yale University)
‘Abolishing the French Slave Trade: The Channel and the Atlantic’

Jacqueline Cerquiglini-Toulet (Paris IV)
‘Penser la littérature médiévale: Par-delà le binarisme’

Toril Moi (Duke University), Elizabeth Fallaize (St. John’s College, Oxford), and Ursula Tidd (University of Manchester), ‘Simone de Beauvoir 2008: A Centenary Panel’?

The Society for French Studies is grateful to the Vice-Chancellor and to the School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies at the University of Liverpool, the Service Culturel of the French Embassy, Liverpool University Press, and the Centre from the Study of International Slavery for their support for this conference.

The programme is available here and in downloadable Word format here

Registration forms and joining instructions can be downloaded by clicking on the following links:

Postgraduate and Postgraduate Travel Grant form


Joining instructions

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