CFP: [Postcolonial] Call for papers

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Dominic Thomas
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Forthcoming Special Issue


Call for Articles

This special edition of Forum for Modern Language Studies will be dedicated to global
francophone Africa. Interdisciplinary contributions that engage with architecture, art, digital
media, film, history, literature, im/migration studies, music, politics and sociology are sought,
particularly those that endeavour to foster supra-national and comparative frameworks in order
to account for the nature and/or specificity of the French and francophone sub-Saharan African
To give the volume unity, the editor insists all contributors endeavour to reflect on the
theoretical implications of thinking in terms of the “global” â€" through such categories as global
blackness, global Africa, the global Hexagon, and globalisation and Africa. Ultimately, the
objective will be to provide a better contextualisation of cultural productions and population
movements in which/for whom Africa, as a global territorial signifier, remains present. Readings
should underscore central elements of the bilateral histories of Africanâ€"French relations and the
various ways in which culture has been formulated and reformulated in these dynamic
transversal (re)configurations.
Prospective contributors are invited to send proposals for articles in the form of a 200-word
abstract by the end of February 2008, and will be asked to submit articles in final form (in
English) by the strict deadline of 30 September 2008. The word limit for articles is 5,000,
including footnotes (FMLS style sheet will be provided). All communications should be directed to
the Guest Editor, Professor Dominic Thomas (University of California, Los Angeles), by e-mail: Informal enquiries are most welcome, and the Guest Editor will be
happy to discuss individual suggestions. Articles which do not find a place in the Special Issue
will be considered for inclusion in general issues of FMLS.

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