Tokyo Stories: Writing the World with Michaël Ferrier

21-22 March 2022

Guest of honor: Michaël Ferrier (Chuo University)
Times are in EDT and are subject to change

Invited speakers: Fabien Arribert-Narce (University of Edinburgh), Charles Forsdick (University of Liverpool), Robert Harvey (Stony Brook University), Akane Kawakami (Birkbeck, University of London)

All Sessions will be Held at the Students Services Building Students Services Building (SSB), FSU Campus 874 Traditions Way, Tallahassee, FL 30304


Monday, 21 March

10:15-10:30: Introduction/Welcome: Martin Munro

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10.30-11.30: Panel 1 – Room 203
Aimée Boutin

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  • JoungHwa Woo (Georgia College)
    • Rendre la vie aux fantômes, aux absents, aux disparus par la couleur
  • Brigitte Tsobgny (Florida State University) 
    • Fukushima, récit d’un désastre de Michaël Ferrier, Une alliance heureuse de la science et de la littérature.


11.15 - 11.30 Break
SSB 214


11.30-12.30: Panel 2 - Room 203
Chair: Mehdi Chalmers

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  • John Patrick Walsh (University of Pittsburgh)
    • "Je pose ici ce livre": Michaël Ferrier on Mourning and Friendship
  • Jennifer Boum Make (Georgetown University)
    • Finding enchantment in Ferrier’s Tokyoite landscape: Rethinking our ways of being with others and in the world.


12.30-1.45: Lunch
SSB 214


1.45-2.45: Panel 3 - Room 203
Chair: Brigitte Tsobgny

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  • Bernadette Cailler (University of Florida)
    • Entendre Michaël Ferrier entre proses poétiques et poèmes en prose
  • Alexis Chauchois (Mercer University)
    • Michaël Ferrier : Le romancier des ondes.

2.45-3.00: Break
SSB 214

3.00-4.15: Keynote Session - Room SSB 208
Chair: Martin Munro

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  • Robert Harvey (Stony Brook University)
    • Coral and Catastrophe
  • Akane Kawakami (Birkbeck, University of London) Inter-Identities and Interworlds in Mémoires d’outre-mer and Scrabble


4.30-5.30: - Room SSB 208

Guest of Honor : Michaël Ferrier
Chair: Bill Cloonan

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  • Écrire le monde : entre la porte de Rashômon et le jardin du Ryôan-ji


5.30- 6:30


Tuesday, 22 March

9:30-10:30: Panel 4 - Room SSB 203
Chair: Marie Bae

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  • Silvia Baage (Catholic University)
    • The Great East Japan Disaster as a particular case of catastrophic convergence
  • Emmanuel Mbégane Ndour (University of the Witwatersrand)
    • Esthétiques de Michaël Ferrier dans Scrabble : la métaspora entre la métaphore et la métatextualité


10.30 - 10.45: Break
SSB 201


10.45-12.15 Film Screening: - Room SSB 203

Le monde après Fukushima, followed by Q&A with Michaël Ferrier, Matthew Mewhinney, Laura Lee, Martin Munro

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12.15 - 1.30: Lunch
SSB 201

1.30-2.45: Plenary Session - Room SSB 203
Chair: Lisa Wakamiya

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  • Fabien Arribert-Narce (University of Edinburgh)
    • Writing the World Between Image, Music and Text: Michaël Ferrier Inter-Media
  • Charles Forsdick (University of Liverpool)
    • Between transnational and postcolonial: mnemonic dynamics in Memoires d'outre-mer

2.45 - 3.00: Break
SSB 201


3.00-4.00: Récifs littéraires et barrières linguistiques - Room SSB 208
Chair: Martin Munro

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  • Mehdi Chalmers (FSU)
  • Libby Fowler Beegle (FSU)
  • Tim Lomeli (FSU)
  • Carine Schermann(FSU


4.00-5.00 Interactive graduate student session - Room SSB 208
Japanese writing, and issues of translation with Michaël Ferrier, Matthew Mewhinney, Laura Lee, Lisa Wakamiya, and Martin Munro, and students from French, Japanese, and Translation classes.

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5.30 - 7.00PM
Closing Event

Straight, No Chaser- A musical Reading of M Ferrier’s Work
@ The Blue Tavern 
       1206 N. Monroe Street 
        Tallahassee, FL 32303