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Call for Papers: London Postgraduate French Conference

18 July 2014

CAll for Papers

Key Information

  • Abstracts of up to 250 words should be sent to Mouvement2014@outlook.com before 1st September 2014.
  • The papers can be given in French or English but must not last longer than 20 minutes.


Progress, evolution, migration, drifting, friction, unrest; movement has many forms, but is always a marker of change. The London Postgraduate French Conference 2014 invites contributions from those working within any area of French Studies on the theme of movement.

We might wish to consider how the movement of people, or peoples, across the globe finds its artistic expression. Similarly, we may think about the interaction between physical circulation of text and the resultant changes in its form and/or content. Beyond these ideas, we might ask how we react to the oral transmission of texts? How do we understand the evolution and migration of medieval manuscripts?

Furthermore, what are the ontological and phenomenological considerations vis-à-vis the movement between spaces and across barriers within a text? What changes as a figure or a reader is guided through a literary space? What might interrupt the flow of movement and bring us, as readers, to a halt?

Between cities, across a stage or screen, amongst eras, within one or several languages, forwards in progressive steps or backwards through time, movement is in one way or another vital to our thinking and an everyday part of life. The theme also lends itself to questions that concern how theory and philosophy have used metaphors of movement, such as those used to conceptualise notions of irony and humour.

Movement may also be considered a key force in the composition of poetic texts, particularly prominent in recent developments within the field of digital poetry. We may explore the relevance of movement to practices and processes within the visual arts. Beyond this, we might reflect on its place in filmic creation or performance arts.

Possible topics for exploration might include, but are by no means limited to, the following:

  • Migration
  • Circulation and/or evolution of texts
  • Metaphors of movement working within theory
  • Movement across spaces and barriers
  • Notions of stillness, obstacle and resistance
  • Mouvance
  • Movement in the visual arts
  • The flâneur and/or psychogeography
  • Movement and humour
  • Movement in/as performance (theatre, dance)