The Journal of Romance Studies Annual Symposium

The Journal of Romance Studies Annual Symposium
12 July 2018, 2.00pm - 7.00pm
Conference / Symposium
Bedford Room, G37, Ground Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

The Journal of Romance Studies annual symposium celebrates excellence in modern languages research with a specific focus on the romance languages. Co-ordinated by the editors of the IMLR’s in-house journal published by LUP, the symposium presents cutting-edge research from SAS researchers and affiliated colleagues. The keynote by Professor Philip Dine (NUI Galway) addresses the topical question of the imagining of Amir ‘Abd al-Qadir al-Jazairi from the 19th to the 21st centuries. The event is open to all and will be followed by a wine reception.


14:00 New Directions in Modern Languages Research 
Catherine Davies (IMLR, London): "(Mis)readings: Joseph Andrews's Journey from Buenos Aires (London, 1827)"
Naomi Wells (IMLR, London): "Cross-Language Dynamics: Translingual Communities in Digital Media and Communications"
Niall Geraghty (ILAS, London): "Latin American Women’s Filmmaking: The Potato as Protagonist in Claudia Llosa’s La teta asustada (2009)
Stephanie Obermeier (Kent): "‘Je suis curieux de savoir ce que vous en penserez’: Questions of Genre in Anne F. Garréta’s and Jacques Roubaud’s Éros mélancolique (2009)"

15:30 Coffee break

16:00 Debate - what are Romance Studies?

16:30 Keynote lecture - Philip Dine (NUI Galway): "From ‘The Caged Hawk’ to the ‘Apostle of Fraternity’: imagining Amir ‘Abd al-Qadir al-Jazairi from the 19th to the 21st centuries"

17:30 Reception

Keynote abstract

"From ‘The Caged Hawk’ to the ‘Apostle of Fraternity’: imagining Amir ‘Abd al-Qadir al-Jazairi from the 19th to the 21st centuries"

Amir ‘Abd al-Qadir al-Jazairi (1808-1883) – or the Émir Abd el-Kader, as he is typically known in France – first came to international attention as the leader of a remarkable campaign of indigenous resistance to the invasion of Algeria between 1830 and 1847. Following his honourable surrender to the French army, the way was open not only for civilian settlement of the territory, but also for its annexation in 1848 as three departments of the ‘one and indivisible’ Republic. France’s subsequent defence of the myth and the reality of Algérie française was to culminate in the war of national liberation, 1954-1962. As the foundational event of the independent Algerian state, this savage conflict also contained the seeds of the no less brutal civil war that devastated the country between 1991 and 2002. Throughout this period, and beyond, the contested memory and ambiguous symbolism of Abd el-Kader would be mobilized for a surprisingly wide range of audiences – in France, Algeria, and further afield – through a rich variety of textual and visual representations. A sample of these depictions is considered here, tracing the Émir’s portrayal in turn as religious fanatic and ‘friend of France’, nationalist hero and colonial collaborator, and, most recently, ‘apostle of fraternity’ and ‘just Arab leader’ – and as such a putative model for improved relations between the West and the Arab-Islamic world in our own troubled times.

All are welcome to attend this free event. Places are limited so please register in advance


Cathy Collins
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