The 34th Annual International 19-Century French Studies Colloquium

NCFS 2008 Call for Papers
Empire, Identity, Exoticism
The 34th Annual International 19th-Century French Studies Colloquium
Vanderbilt University
Nashville, Tennessee
16-18 October 2008
The theme for the 2008 colloquium is “Empire, Identity, Exoticism.” Contributions that
explore the intersection of these themes from a broad range of disciplinary and
interdisciplinary methodologies and approaches—from literary to social and political
culture to visual aesthetics—in nineteenth-century France are especially welcome.
Possible Paper Topics may include (but will not be limited to):
Indigénophile writing
Africanisms and Orientalism
Religion and Colonialism
Colonial Encounters and Representations (race, gender, sexuality)
Preludes to the Colonial Expositions
Colonial Cinema
Popular Culture
Science of Difference and Inequality
La Mission Civilisatrice
Missionaries and Masters
Art and Visual Aesthetics
Travel Writing and Literature
Natural History
Typologies and Anthropology
The Colonial Archive and Museums
National Identity
The Imperial Gaze
Culinary Encounters
Slavery, Cotton, and Sugar
Colonial Technologies
Colonial Bodies/Embodiment
Fashion, Dress, Adornment
Journalism and Advertising
Comics and Caricatures
Submissions for individual papers or sessions may be in French or English and should be
in the form of an abstract (250 words) sent as an email attachment as a Word document
or by post. The deadline for all submissions is 15 March 2008.
Conference Email: [email protected]
Conference Organizer: T. Denean Sharpley-Whiting, Director, Bandy Center for
Baudelaire and Modern French Studies
Postal Address for Abstracts: 2301 Vanderbilt Place, Box 351515, Vanderbilt
University, Nashville, Tennessee 37235
Telephone: 1-615-343-6390 or 1-615-322-6900
Fax: 1-615-343-1767 or 1-615- 343-6909
Registration and Accommodation details will be posted in the spring of 2008.
Information on the Nashville area is available at