Blue Flower

Rita Barnard received her Ph.D. from Duke University and is currently Professor of English and Director of the Undergraduate Program in Comparative Literature at the University of Pennsylvania. She holds a secondary position as Extraordinary Professor at the University of the Western Cape and has been a Visiting Professor at Brown University and a Mellon Distinguished Lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand. Her scholarly interests lie in modernism and global modernities, South African literature and cultural studies, modern American literature (especially the literature and cultural politics the 1930s), contemporary cinema, and the novel as genre. She is the author of The Great Depression and the Culture of Abundance (Cambridge University Press, 1995) and Apartheid and Beyond: South African Writers and the Politics of Place (Oxford University Press, 2006).  She is the editor of The Cambridge Companion to Nelson Mandela (Cambridge University Press, 2014) and (along with Andrew van der Vlies) South African Writing in Transition (Bloomsbury Academic, 2019).  She is working on two books, South African Modernisms: Histories, Forms, Things and Postapartheid Cinema and Society, as well as a film, Imploding City.

Susan Barrett is a Senior Lecturer in the English Department of Bordeaux-Montaigne University. She wrote her doctoral thesis on white South African women novelists from 1883 to 1994. She currently works primarily on South African and Australian fiction, and is particularly interested in the representation of history, and the writing of all those who exist on the margins of the dominant society, including white women in the colonial period and Indigenous people in contemporary Australia. She has published widely in both French and English-speaking journals. Previous articles on Nadine Gordimer were published in Revue d’études anglophones: E-Rea (2004), Exils, Migrations, Créations, edited by Michele Gibault (2008) and Les Mères et l’Autorité : Mythes et réalités, edited by Laurence Machet Stéphanie Ravez and Pascale Sardin (2013).

Emna Bedhiafi is an agrégée principale émérite at the university of Tunis and researcher at the University of Manouba. Graduated from École Normale Supérieure of Tunis, and University of Manouba, she is now preparing the project for her doctoral studies in the cultural studies field at the university of Manouba. Freelance journalist of culture and politics in two Tunisian electronic newspapers, notably Dromabuzz and Businessnews, Emna Bedhiafi has been active not only as a writer but also as a coordinating teacher at Amideast of Tunis and a member of several organising committees at l’Ecole Normale Supérieure of Tunis. Emna Bedhiafi is currently member of the organising committee of Truth and Misinformation international conference that will be held at the institute of Applied Studies in Humanities in Tunis, in 2019. Her activities have also included participation in conferences and different workshops.

Nicolas P. Boileau is Senior Lecturer in British Literature at the University of Aix-Marseille, France. He holds a Ph.D from the University of Rennes 2, entitled Experiencing the Impossible: Autobiographical Writing in Virginia Woolf’s Moments of Being, Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar and Janet Frame’s An Autobiography (2008). He has published papers on autobiography and Modernism in relation to psychoanalysis and the representation of madness. He translated Alex Sierz’s In Yer-Face Theatre into French, published a scholarly edition of Mrs Dalloway and co-edited a collection of articles on Rachel Cusk ( with Clare Hanson (University of Southampton) and Maria Tang (University of Rennes 2). His more recent work focuses on psychoanalysis and contemporary writers’ appropriation of Modernism (Cusk, Hollinghurst and McGregor). He is currently working on a book on Autobiography and Psychoanalysis, the edition of a collection of essays on a reappraisal of Woolf’s feminism, and is the head of a research group on Women’s Resistance to Feminism (funded by A*MIDEX),

Stephen Clingman is Distinguished Professor of English and Director of the Interdisciplinary Studies Institute at the University of Massachusetts. He received his BA Hons. from the University of the Witwatersrand, and a DPhil from the University of Oxford. He has taught at the University of Massachusetts since 1989, and was Chair of the English Department from 1994-2000. Stephen Clingman’s work has ranged from South African literature and biography to postcolonial and transnational fiction. Books include The Novels Of Nadine Gordimer: History From The Inside (1986; 2nd ed. 1992), and an edited collection of essays by Nadine Gordimer, The Essential Gesture: Writing, Politics And Places (Jonathan Cape/Knopf, 1988), translated into a number of languages. He is also the author of Bram Fischer: Afrikaner Revolutionary (1998) which won the Alan Paton Award, South Africa’s premier prize for non-fiction and The Grammar of Identity: Transnational Fiction and the Nature of the Boundary (Oxford University Press, 2009). Stephen Clingman has published articles and interviews in a variety of journals such as Modern Fiction StudiesSafundi, Salmagundi, and Transition, and he has written reviews for the New York Times and the Boston Globe. His most recent book, a memoir entitled Birthmark, was published by Jacana Media in 2015.

Vanessa Guignery is Professor of British Contemporary Literature and Postcolonial Literature at the École Normale Supérieure in Lyon. She is the author of several books and essays on the work of Julian Barnes, including The Fiction of Julian Barnes (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006), and Conversations with Julian Barnes (Mississippi Press, 2009), co-edited with Ryan Roberts. She has published articles on various British and postcolonial contemporary authors, as well as a monograph on B.S. Johnson (Sorbonne UP, 2009), Seeing and Being: Ben Okri’s The Famished Road (Presses Universitaires de France, 2012) and Jonathan Coe (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015). She edited several collections of essays on contemporary British and postcolonial literature (Janet Frame, Ben Okri, Alice Munro, among others), a special issue of the Journal of American, British and Canadian Studies on Julian Barnes (Sibiu, 2009) and a special issue of Callaloo on Ben Okri (Fall 2015). Her collection of interviews with eight contemporary writers, Novelists in the New Millenium, was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2013. Website:

Christian Gutleben is Professor at the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis where he teaches British and Commonwealth literature and fulfills the function of chief editor of Cycnos, a biannual academic journal dealing with anglophone history and culture. He is co-editor (with Marie-Luise Kohlke) of Brill/Rodopi’s Neo-Victorian Series in which five volumes have already been published and the sixth and last volume (on neo-Victorian biofiction) is due for the end of 2018. In addition to numerous articles on postmodernism in British literature, he has published three monographs (one on the English campus novel, one on nostalgic postmodernism and one on Graham Greene). He is also the author of several articles on Commonwealth novelists such as Alan Duff, Anita Desai, Ben Okri or Caryl Phillips.

Françoise Král is Professor of English and Postcolonial studies at the University  Paris Nanterre.  Her publications include two monographs in the field of diaspora studies, Critical Identities in Contemporary Anglophone Diasporic Literature (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009) and Social Invisibility in Anglophone Diasporic Literature and Culture: The Fractal Gaze (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014). She has co-edited two books Re-presenting Otherness: Mapping the Colonial ‘Self’ /Mapping the indigenous ‘other’ in the literatures of Australia and New Zealand (editor, 2004) and Architecture and Philosophy: New Perspectives on the Work of Arakawa and Gins (co-edited with Jean-Jacques Lecercle, Rodopi, 2011) and guest-edited an issue of Commonwealth, Essays and Studies, Crossings (37.1 autumn 2014). She is currently working on two collected volumes, including a special issue devoted to the papers presented in the Diasporic Trajectories series (IASH, University of Edinburgh) which she co-organized.

Liliane Louvel is Emeritus Professor of British literature at the University of Poitiers and is the author of Nadine Gordimer (Presses Universitaires de Nancy, 1994). She has published widely on the subject of word/image relations, including numerous articles, several collections of essays, and six books, L’Œil du texte (1998), The Picture of Dorian Gray: Le double miroir de l’art (2000), Texte/ image, images à lire et textes à voir (2002), Le tiers pictural (2010), and Poetics of the Iconotext (2011). The Pictoral Third, an Essay into Intermedial Studies, is forthcoming in 2018. She has also edited several journal issues on the relation between word and image in Word/Image and EJES, and collections of essays such as Like Painting (La Licorne, 1999), The Proceedings of the Cerisy Conference: Texte/image: nouveaux problèmes (with Henri Scepi, PUR, 2005), Intermedial Arts, Disrupting, Remembering and Transforming Media (with Leena Eilitta and Sabine Kim, Cambridge Scholars Press, 2012), Musing in the Museum (with Laurence Petit and Karen Brown, Word /Image, Taylor and Francis, May 2015). She is currently president of the European Society for the Study of English (ESSE), elected in 2012, and president of IAWIS/IAERTI, the International Association for Word and Image Studies, elected in 2017.

Hubert Malfray received his Ph. D. from Paris-Sorbonne University in English literature. His work focuses mainly on the relation between literary genres, and more particularly minor genres, and their dialogue with canons. After having worked on Victorian popular literature and crime aesthetics, he has extended his field of study to the 20th century, including postcolonial issues. He teaches literature in Hypokhâgne and Khâgne at the Lycée Claude-Fauriel in Saint-Etienne, and is also a literary translator. He is a member of the IHRIM research unit (UMR 5317) and of the agrégation jury.

Fiona McCann is Professor of Postcolonial Literature at the Université de Lille SHS and a junior fellow at the Institut Universitaire de France. She is the author of numerous articles on contemporary South African, Zimbabwean, and Irish fiction and poetry and has edited or co-edited several issues of Commonwealth Essays and Studies and Études irlandaises. Her monograph A Poetics of Dissensus: Confronting Violence in Contemporary Prose Writing in the North of Ireland was published by Peter Lang in 2014. Her current research focuses on border politics/poetics and on the politics and aesthetics of writing by South African and Irish political prisoners. She is currently president of the French association of anglophone postcolonial studies (SEPC).

Mathilde Rogez is a Senior Lecturer at the Université de Toulouse (CAS – EA801) and was a Visiting Professor at the University of Texas, Austin, specializing in South African literature. She is the Commonwealth editor for Miranda and a member of the editorial board of Études littéraires africaines, and co-edited a special issue of ELA on South African literature in 2014. She is currently co-editing four books, on contemporary South African theatre, on the representation of South African cities, on the suburbs in literature and the arts in the English-speaking world, and on commemorative politics in South Africa in the twenty-first century. Her research interests include the representation of landscape and cityscape through fiction and photography, and the relation between various art forms and genres, in particular the novel and the theatre, in contemporary South African fiction.

Michal Tal is a teaching associate in the Department of Humanities and Arts, at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. He holds a PhD from Bar Ilan University, which explores the phenomenon of doublehood from psychoanalytic and philosophical perspectives in literary pieces focusing on the theme of the doppelgänger. Michal Tal’s research interests include an interdisciplinary analysis of literary themes, particularly those related to questions of identity, the attainment of subjectivity and the struggle for a sense of individuality. Her publications include “The Doublehood of the Protagonist as a Consequence of Failure in Separation-Individuation” in Ma'arag – Israeli Journal for Psychoanalysis (2016), and “The Encounter with the Identical Other: The Literary Double as a Manifestation of Failure in Self-Constitution” in Humanities (2018).

Organising committee
Vanessa Guignery, ENS de Lyon, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Christian Gutleben, University of Nice Sophia Antipolis, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Natacha Lasorak, ENS de Lyon, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Héloïse Lecomte, ENS de Lyon, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Constance Robert-Murail, ENS de Lyon, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.