Special Issue: Un nouveau Maroc?
Francosphères, the new journal of the University of London Institute in Paris (ULIP), seeks to define and question the presence of French language and culture across frontiers and borders, as defined by the Franco postcolonial presence, contact with French culture, and the 'France of the mind'. To this extent, Francosphères is intended as a journal of transcultural and intercultural French Studies. It is therefore a journal that is about liminal spaces rather than operating within the hierarchy of 'French' or 'Francophone' culture.
Taking its cue from recent advances in postcolonial theory and gender theory, it will also investigate the legitimacy of these issues within France itself as well as in post-colonial territories or territories which have never been under French control. The overall aim is to set in motion a dialogue about what it means to work in 'French' Studies in the 21st Century - this fact necessarily also opens up the possibility of Medieval and Early Modern perspectives on the 'Francosphere'.
Francosphères will thus offer an opportunity to reflect critically on 'concentrations' of creative and counter-hegemonic endeavours in which the French language, French culture or an 'idea' of Frenchness have played a determining role, thereby contributing to the development of new critical paradigms for our 'post-national' era.
Un nouveau Maroc?
In the past decade, Morocco has apparently been at the cutting edge of a cultural renaissance in the Maghreb. This special issue of Francosphères will investigate the parameters of this movement in relation to the following suggestions:
• New Moroccan cinema in Arabic and English
• Moroccan writing in French (fiction and non-fiction)
• The French language press
• The complex relationship between the Spanish-speaking North and French-speaking South
• The politics of gender in French-language writing
• Migration and immigration
• The Arab Spring and the Francosphere
The deadline for submissions is 1st October 2012.