Decentring French Studies

Decentring French Studies

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Decentring French Studies is the focus of this year's workshop organised by AUPHF+

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This year’s annual workshop organised by AUPHF+ is the third in a series that has discussed the future of French and Francophone Studies in the twenty first century. In 2019, we focused on new approaches to pedagogy, from primary schools to higher education via other forms of adult education from a range of settings. In 2020, the theme was Decolonising French Studies where a series of speakers reflected on the ways in which the discipline can be expanded and transformed through processes of decolonisation. This year we would like to consider the broader theme of how our teaching and research is and can be transformed through a process of decentring. What has constituted or continues to constitute the centre in French Studies and how has this come to be the case? What are the benefits of exploring the peripheries and where do these lie? How do we reorientate the discipline to include cultures, voices and regions deemed to be at the margins? What are the ethical implications for researchers and teachers when exploring these margins?

The event comprises two panels of flash presentations by early career researchers who will share their thoughts on the topic. There will also be a keynote lecture by the novelist Michael Ferrier and a discussion led by Dr Emmanuelle Labeau (Aston), AHRC Research Fellow for the Future of Language Research where all participants will be able to feed into discussions that will feature in her forthcoming work for the AHRC.

Provisional programme

10.45 Welcome by Professor Martin Hurcombe, President of AUPHF+

11.00-11.50: Keynote presentation by Michael Ferrier, ‘Decentring French Studies from Tokyo: the case of Japan'. Chair: Akane Kawakami.

12.00-13.10: Workshop 1: Decentring Research

‘Decentring laïcité’, Fabrice Roger, University of Bristol

‘Alternative centres: the importance of location in the works of Leїla Slimani’, Isla Paterson, University of Leeds

‘Bienvenue re-viewed: decentring hospitality in contemporary French visual culture’, Sophie Ellis, Newcastle University

‘ “A stomach of genres”: Broadening the Corpus of Studies of Closure’, Elizabeth Purdy, University of Leeds.

13.10-14.00: Lunch

14.00-14.50: Emmanuelle Labeau, AHRC Research Fellow for the Future of Language Research, roundtable/interactive discussion title TBC.

15.00-16.10: Workshop 2: Decentring the Learning Environment

‘Gender-inclusive pronouns in French: a social media study of iel’, Gyula Zsombok & Peter Tarjanyi, Middlebury College

‘Decentering the Hexagon in French-Language Teaching’, Rachel Weiher, University of California – Berkeley

‘Decentring French Studies with West African Music’, Dr Alexandre Burin, Durham University

‘How and Why We Speak About the Past: Blending Language and Culture in Lessons on Francophone North Africa’, Madeleine Wolf, NYU Abu Dhabi

16.10-16.20: Concluding Remarks, Martin Hurcombe

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