Annual Conference 2022

Presence, Absence, Hybridity:

New Directions in French and Francophone Studies 

8-9 September 2022 (Online) 

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The 2022 ASMCF annual conference will seek to explore the concepts of presence, absence, and hybridity as well as future directions in French and Francophone Studies as a way of understanding the development of modern and contemporary French and Francophone cultures and identities as the world tries to face up to the challenge of the Covid-19 pandemic and its aftermath. Drawing on the technological challenges and innovations of the last two years, the 2022 ASMCF annual conference shall be held online and hosted by the Association.

Research as well as learning and teaching practices in French and Francophone Studies have changed radically over the past decade. We have observed new developments within cultural studies such as multidisciplinarity, liminality, digital Humanities, decolonisation of the curriculum, posthumanism and/ or the Anthropocene, ecocriticism and environmental humanities. More recently, the way in which we learn, collaborate, teach, and interact with each other has been fundamentally transformed by new paradigms of presence and absence: the Covid-19 pandemic has introduced new ways of working, and transformed our relationships with each other, but maybe also with notions of space, place and the physical world. Importantly, it has also significantly altered criteria for the allocation of public resources, as well as, for some, our perception of the nature of state power. Furthermore, the broader international and political context arising from Brexit invites reflection on the UK’s role not only with Europe, but more specifically with France and Francophonie, especially when seen in the context of the situation of MFL in schools and the pipeline effect for Higher Education institutions. These recent developments highlight the challenges and possibilities that lie ahead, but they also call for an assessment of historical precedents and parallels.

Given this, some themes that would benefit from further exploration include:

  • Future directions in politics
  • Historical perspectives
  • Public and civic participation in a post-covid world
  • Industrial transformations and changes in the workplace
  • Work/ life balance
  • New ways of learning and teaching
  • The future of French and Francophone learning and teaching
  • Physicality vs. Virtuality
  • Interactions
  • New/ changing definitions of space, place and/ or physicality
  • Hybrid worlds and environments
  • From the human to the post-human
  • Individuals vs groups
  • New directions in gender and/ or sexual (in)equalities?
  • Presence and absence, continuity and change
  • Past, present, future

The full Call for Papers (now closed) can be found here in pdf format both in English and in French.

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