Graduate Student Conference
University of Louisiana at Lafayette, French and Francophone Studies, Lafayette, LA
24-25 March 2017
The Department of Modern Languages at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (French and Francophone studies) invites submissions for its first annual graduate student colloquium. In light of the current sociopolitical uncertainties we face, and – as some argue (Polony, essayist; Fromentin, politician) – the lack of ideals/objectives that contributes to pessimism, nostalgia, and violence, this colloquium seeks to investigate the notion of “visions” (perceptions, perspectives, visual representations, seeing, etc.) to understand how French/Francophone authors address these issues/topics. Contributions can address any century, any locale of the francophonie. Possible topics can include (though not limited to):
- Representing ideologies
- The migrant crisis: what future?
- Perceptions and perspectives
- Visions of/and politics
- Visual arts
- Visions of violence/horror
- No future
- Queer history, futurity, visions, etc.
- Envisioning love and friendship
- Visions of sex
- Tomorrow’s society?
Please submit abstracts of 250 words (with an addition 50-word bio) to firstname.lastname@example.org by January 15, 2017. Selected presenters will be notified shortly after. Papers can be either in French or English. There will be a keynote presentation (TBD) and prizes (money) for the best presentations selected after the conference by ULL Faculty.
Lafayette is in the heart of Cajun Louisiana, a cultural crossroads joining many areas of the contemporary Francophone world that share historical and linguistic roots. The natural beauty of the landscape provides a fitting setting for the culture’s unique heritage and multicultural diversity. Since Lafayette is situated one hour away from Baton Rouge, and two hours away from New Orleans, participants would also have the opportunity to discover the rich and welcoming Louisiana culture.