Francosphères was founded by Professor Andrew Hussey at the University of London Institute in Paris. Now owned by Liverpool University Press, the journal continues its close association with the University of London and is edited from the Institute of Modern Languages Research at the School of Advanced Studies.
Francosphères seeks to question the presence of French language and culture across frontiers and borders, as defined by ‒ but not limited to ‒ the Francophone postcolonial presence, contact with French culture, and the ‘France of the mind’. To this extent, it is a journal of transcultural and intercultural French Studies ‒ about liminal spaces and transference rather than operating within the hierarchy of ‘French’ or ‘Francophone’ culture.
The journal's overall aim is to advance a dialogue about what it means to work in ‘French’ Studies in the 21st Century – this opens up the possibility of Medieval and Early Modern perspectives on diverse Francospheres.
Francosphères thus offers an opportunity to reflect critically on ‘concentrations’ of creative and counter-hegemonic endeavours in which the French language, culture or an ‘idea’ of Frenchness have played a determining role, thereby contributing to the development of new critical paradigms for our arguably ‘post-national’ era.
Papers on the following subjects are particularly welcomed, but these are by no means limitations:
- The abolition of ‘French’ literature?
- Decolonizing French Studies
- French as a trans-national language
- Hybridity, plurality, and interculturalism
- The poetics and the politics of ‘Frenchness’ or ‘Francité’
- Francophone postcolonial (counter-)memory
Translingual writing in French
- The cultural circuits of French as a globalized language
French as ‘universalist’ dialect
- The multiplicity of ‘Francophonies’ and the fragmentation of French culture
- The ideologies of ‘Francophilia’
Francosphères is an interdisciplinary, bilingual journal and welcomes contributions by francophonists, postcolonialists, historians, memory studies scholars, social scientists, linguists, and film scholars alike. Francosphères is published twice annually and includes articles, book reviews, and interviews. We welcome proposals for special issues as well as individual contributions.
Francosphères is included in the DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals).
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