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Anaïs Maurer is a visiting assistant professor of French at Colby College. They received a PhD from Columbia University’s French Department and the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society in 2018. Their research in Pacific indigenous literatures bridges environmental humanities and postcolonial theory. Their current work focuses on the ecocritical scope of literary and visual cultures in Oceania, from the period of nuclear testing to our times of climate collapse. Their research has been published in French Studies and is forthcoming in the Journal of Transnational American Studies.

Philippe Panizzon is a PhD student at the University of Oxford, supervised by Professor Jane Hiddleston. His thesis, entitled ‘Out in Morocco: Homosexuality and Transnationalism in Francophone Moroccan Writing from the late 20th Century to the 21st Century’ addresses the relationship between diaspora, transnationalism, and homosexuality in the works of contemporary Moroccan writers. Philippe Panizzon has published in the International Journal of Francophone Studies and in the Bulletin of Francophone Postcolonial Studies.

Lorenza Starace is a PhD candidate in Romance studies at Duke University. Her research interrogates the figurality of female authorship in modern and contemporary novels. She holds a BA in Italian Studies from the Sapienza University of Rome and an MA in Comparative and Postcolonial Literatures from the University of Bologna. Her research interests include world literature, theory of the novel, history of publishing, and gender studies.

Pierre Taminiaux is a professor of twentieth- and twenty-first-century French and francophone literatures at Georgetown University. His research focuses on the relationship between literature and the visual arts in both French and French-speaking Belgian cultures. He is the author of several scholarly books, including Surmodernités: entre rêve et technique (2003), The Paradox of Photography (2009), Du Surréalisme à la photographie contemporaine (2016), and Révolte et transcendance: surréalisme, situationnisme et arts contemporains (2018). He is also a poet and a playwright.

Anna-Leena Toivanen is a Marie Skɫodowska-Curie Fellow (MSCA-IF) at the Centre d’enseignement et de recherche en études postcoloniales, Université de Liège, Belgium. She holds the title of docent in postcolonial literary studies at the University of Eastern Finland. Her current research project focuses on mobilities and cosmopolitanisms in contemporary francophone and anglophone diasporic African literatures. Her recent work has been published in Studies in Travel Writing, Journal of Commonwealth Literature, Research in African Literatures, Journal of African Cultural Studies, and Matatu. She contributed a chapter on mobility and labour in contemporary African diasporic fiction to The Routledge Handbook of African Literature.

Rebekah Vince is an early career researcher and teaching fellow in French at Durham University. Her research moves at the intersection between Jewish, postcolonial, and memory studies, with a focus on French-speaking countries across North Africa and the Middle East. She received her PhD, which explored Franco-Maghrebi perspectives on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, from the University of Warwick in 2018, and is pursuing postdoctoral research on memories of Jewish life in Muslim-majority countries across the Mediterranean. Her volume on Jewish-Muslim Interactions: Performing Cultures between North Africa and France, co-edited with Sami Everett, is forthcoming with Liverpool University Press.