Postcolonial Realms of Memory:
Sites and Symbols in the Modern Francosphere



October 7th & 8th, 2021

keynote Speakers

Etienne Achille is Assistant Professor of French and Francophone Studies at Villanova University (Pennsylvania, USA). He is the co-author of Mythologies Postcoloniales. Pour une décolonisation du quotidien (Honoré Champion, 2018) and the co-editor of Postcolonial Realms of Memory. Sites and Symbols in Modern France (Liverpool University Press, 2020). His recent articles on the novels of Christine Angot, Thierry Beinstingel, Marie Darrieussecq, Édouard Louis and Richard Millet are part of a book project focusing on the figure of the 'white writer' in contemporary fiction.

Lydie Moudileno is the Marion Frances Chevalier Professor of French at the University of Southern California. She is the editor and co-editor of several volumes and special issues on literary representations of blackness in Francophone fiction, and on individual women writers such as Maryse Condé (2003) and Marie NDiaye (2013). She is also the editor of a critical edition of 19th century Louisiana author Victor Séjour (2014). Her recent publications include Myhtologies postcoloniales. (Champion, 2018, with E. Achille) and Postcolonial Realms of Memory: Signs and Symbols in Modern France (Liverpool University Press, 2020), a collected volume investigating traces of the colonial past in contemporary France.

Debarati Sanyal is writing a book on migrant resistance, biopolitics, race and aesthetics in Europe's current refugee "crisis" She is the author of Memory and Complicity: Migrations of Holocaust Remembrance (Fordham University Press, 2015), translated into French as Mémoire et Complicité: au prisme de la Shoah (PUV, 2019) with a preface by Éric Fassin, The Violence of Modernity: Baudelaire, Irony and the Politics of Form (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006). She edited Time and Politics in Contemporary Critique: Entanglements and Aftermaths (Critical Times: Interventions in Global Critical Theory, 2:3, 2019) She co-edited with Michael Rothberg and Max Silverman, 2-volume issue of Yale French Studies in 2010 Noeuds de mémoire: Multidirectional Memory in French and Francophone Culture.  She is currently working on a book titled Arts of the Border: Voices of Migration at the Edges of Europe.

Robert J.C. Young is Julius Silver Professor of English and Comparative Literature at New York University. He writes in the fields of cultural and political history, literature and literary theory, philosophy, photography, psychoanalysis and translation studies, with a particular focus on colonial history and postcolonial theory. A new edition of his Postcolonialism: A Very Short Introduction will be published later this month. Other than that, his most recent work has involved a new collection of unpublished work by Frantz Fanon, appearing first in the original French and now translated as Alienation and Freedom (London: Bloomsbury, 2018 and 2020).