Algerian Women's Post-Independence Writings: Tradition or Modernity?”

deadline for submissions: 
March 15, 2018
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University of Béchar - Algeria

Second International Conference on the Algerian Novel between Tradition and Modernity

Call for Papers

Béchar: 24 -25 - 26 April 2018

“Algerian Women's Post-Independence Writings: Tradition or Modernity?”

Algerian literature produced by women emerged a few decades ago. The rise of women's literature has been gradual since the publication in 1958 of Assia Djebar's first novel: The Mischief (literally The Thirst) in which an Algerian woman spoke out and “unveiled” herselves. Algerian women writers use a style that takes a distinct narrative path, in a space that is different from that described by men. Our problematic for this international conference is to describe Algerian women's style in an attempt to understand how and when this form of writing turned into a quest for a territory favorable to feminine inspirations and personal fulfilment detached from those of men. Indeed, many women have crossed the barriers of silence, and held the pen like Maïssa Bey, Malika Mokeddem, Ahlam Mostaghanemi, Nina Bouraoui, and many others. They have weighed the anchor to venture into the unknown land of literary writing. Through this scientific event, we endeavour to pay tribute to these women in search of happiness and freedom.

Our international conference is intended to be a scientific meeting where university researchers explore several avenues of reflection.
Thus, several questions can be subject to debate:
the first is the question of feminine writing, to see if there is a specifically feminine style, atmosphere, grammar, lexicology, and vocabulary. Analysis will focus on the topics addressed by women, and from these analyses the possibility of talking about a purely feminine writing will be put into question.

Are there any obvious differences between male and female writing?
Where can we place feminine writing in relation to Algerian history and memory, knowing that it is still a fresh type of writing?
What is the relationship between women's writing and the history of Algeria? Another fundamental idea of our meeting is to determine the parameters that define women's writing and to approach in this way the question of gender and its consequences in terms of publishing and editorial choices. Beatrice Didier said that "Because women write, men can no longer write as they did when women were silenced. (...) Since women write without hindrance, something has changed; the conception of writing and literature is no longer the same. (Beatrice Didier, "The Writing-Woman", Paris, PUF / Ecriture, 1981, 39)

Axis 1 Feminine perception of the Algerian novel.

Axis 2 Questioning the style of the Algerian women writers.

Axis 3 The writer between life experience and the story told.

Axis 4 Biographies / Autofiction / Novels/ favourite fictional genre among Algerian women writers?

Conference guests:

Key Speaker: Professor Benaouda LEBDAI, Professor of Universities at Le Mans in France and specialist in colonial and postcolonial literature.

Guest writers: Maïssa Bey, Algerian novelist and Nadia Sebkhi, Algerian writer and Director of the literary magazine L'ivrEscQ.

President of the conference: Dr. Sabrina YEBDRI
Senior Lecturer
Department of French
Tahri Mohammed University, Bechar

Dates of the conference: 24-25-26 April 2018

Participation fees: 30 euros (5000 DA)

Proposals must contain an abstract that does not exceed 250 with references. N.B. the author’s C.V. is recommended. Deadline : march 15th 2018

E-mail for proposals and inquiries:

Place of the conference: Central Library at Tahri Mohammed University of Bechar.