CFP: ASMCF conference in Southampton 9-11 September 2014

The Annual Conference of the ASMCF (Association for the Study of Modern and Contemporary France) will be held at the University of Southampton from 9-11 September 2014. The theme of the conference is Language, Culture and Power in France/ Langue, Culture et Pouvoir en France.

Call for Papers:

Language and culture have long played a central role in republican ideology and the construction of French nationalism. In our global age of modern communication and saturated visual culture, language -as practice, discourse and ideology- and culture in the widest sense of the term have become powerful political tools for generating change and transforming cultural, social, political, economic and institutional practices. Focusing on Language and Culture, this ASMCF interdisciplinary conference seeks to understand the role played by language, discourse and culture in shaping identification, contesting order or transforming society. Its broader theoretical scope is to examine and conceptualise how language and culture are politicised and used by both individuals and groups within contemporary French society. Papers dealing with any historical or theoretical dimension of the relationship between Language, Culture and Power are particularly welcome. Invited speakers include Stéphane Beaud, Eric Fassin and Max Silverman (Peter Morris lecture).

Proposals for 20-minute papers on any issues related to language, power and culture are invited on the following, non-exhaustive topics:

  • Francophonie
  • Contestations
  • Regional Identities
  • Ideology
  • Ethnicity
  • Social Stratification
  • Media
  • Politics/Political Parties
  • Migrations
  • Politically correctness, double language and langue de bois
  • Gender
  • Globalisation
  • Post-colonial debates
  • Education and Schools
  • Belonging
  • Citizenship
  • Boundaries
  • Youth
  • Institutions
  • Generations
  • Language and Culture in the Banlieues…

The conference organisers welcome proposals from individuals or ready-formed panels of two or three speakers from any disciplinary or interdisciplinary perspective in the broad area of ASMCF. Postgraduate students are strongly encouraged to present papers. Papers may be delivered in English or in French. Publications connected with the theme of the Conference are planned.

Organising Committee ASMCF 2014 Professor Marion Demossier

Modern Languages, Cinema and History

University of Southampton

Avenue Campus


Tel: + 44 (0)116 252 2692

Fax: + 44 (0)116 252 3633


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