Plenary Speakers

Professor Charles Forsdick

University of Liverpool

Nacira Guénif-Souilamas

University of Paris 8 Vincennes-Saint-Denis

Professor Charles Forsdick

Transnational, translingual: thinking beyond a monolingual France

Charles Forsdick is James Barrow Professor of French at the University of Liverpool. He is currently Arts and Humanities Research Council theme leadership fellow for ‘Translating Cultures’, a programme of over 120 projects in the UK focused on translation, interpreting and multilingualism. He has published on a range of subjects, including travel writing, colonial history, postcolonial and world literature, and the memorialization of slavery. Recent books include The Black Jacobins Reader (Duke University Press, 2016) and Toussaint Louverture: Black Jacobin in an Age of Revolution (Pluto, 2017).

A member of the Academy of Europe, Charles Forsdick was President of the Society for French Studies, 2012-14, and Co-Director of the Centre for the Study of International Slavery, 2010-13. He is chair of the editorial advisory board at Liverpool University Press, for whom he also edits the Contemporary French and Francophone Cultures series (the fiftieth title in which appeared in 2018).

Forsdick recently led an international project on ‘”Dark Tourism” in Comparative Perspective: Sites of Suffering, Sites of Memory’, exploring in particular questions of penal heritage and prison tourism. Other current collaborative work includes two co-edited volumes on transnational French studies and postcolonial realms of memory, both due to appear with Liverpool University Press. Forsdick co-ordinates, with Paul Gilroy, the Reggae Research Network.


Nacira Guénif-Souilamas

Undoing whiteness in colorblind a/racial France

Nacira Guénif-Souilamas is Professor, University of Paris 8 Vincennes-Saint-Denis, Education Sciences Department. She was formerly Associate Professor at the University of Paris Nord/13 and Co-Director of EXPERICE Research Center, and holds a PhD in Sociology from l’École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris and a HDR of Sciences Po Paris.

In 2009, she was a Fulbright fellow at Wellesley College (Sociology) and Columbia University (ICLS, Department of Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures & Department of Religion) and a Visiting Professor at the Institute of French Studies in NYU.

Her PhD dissertation was awarded “Le prix le Monde de la recherche universitaire,” published as Des beurettes aux descendantes d’immigrants nord-africains (2000, paperback edition Des beurettes in 2003), translated in Arabic in 2004. She has co-authored with Éric Macé Les féministes et le garçon arabe, L’Aube (2004, paperback edition in 2006) and edited La république mise à nu par son immigration, La Fabrique (2006). Since 2004, her contributions appeared in: Le foulard islamique en questions; La fracture coloniale; Qui a peur de la télévision en couleurs?; Les féminismes en questions, éléments pour une cartographie; La situation postcoloniale; La reconnaissance à l’épreuve; Histoire politique des luttes de l’immigration (post)coloniale; La fracture postcoloniale; Israeli-Paslestinian Conflict in the Francophone World; Ruptures postcoloniales; L’individu aujourd’hui; Frenchness and the African Diaspora: Identity and Uprising in Contemporary France; Migration und Menschenrechte in Europa; Dictionnaire du racisme et des discriminations; Dictionnaire de la jeunesse et de l’adolescence; Minorités visibles en politique; Penser à gauche; La France une et multiculturelle. Her articles appeared in: La Revue Européenne des Migration Internationales; French Politics, Culture and Society; Contemporary French Civilization (ed); Cosmopolitiques (ed); Yale French Studies; Mouvements; European Early Childhood Education Research Journal; The Salon. Chapters will appear in: Gendering the Divide: Religion, the Secular, and the Politics of Sexual Difference; What’s Queer about Europe?

She contributes to public debates on migrations, minorities and discriminations, ethnic and racial visibility, gender, sexism and racism. She is a member of the TERRA network and the vice-president of the Islamic Cultural Center in Barbès, a longstanding Arab and Black quarter of Paris.