New Semester (Part II)

As promised, further tales of what our staff and students have been up to over the summer…

Back in June, our PhD student Jamal Bahmad organised a very successful Study Day on ‘The Location of Islam in Francophone Cultures’ which included a keynote paper by Phil Dine of NUI Galway as well as papers on topics as diverse as politically active Muslim women in Francophone Belgium and Islam and the Ottoman Empire. Jamal’s article ‘Casablanca Unbound. The New Urban Cinema in Morocco’ was published in Francosphères in July and he gave a paper entitled ‘Can the Suburban Speak? Social Class and the Spectres of Radical Islam in Laila Marrakchi’s Marock’ at the annual ASMCF conference at the University of Leicester earlier this month.

At the end of May, Elizabeth Ezra gave a paper at a conference in Marseille celebrating the 25th anniversary of the journal French Cultural Studies, of which she is on the editorial advisory board. Her talk was entitled ‘Re(f)use Economy: Micmacs à Tire-larigot’ and is part of her forthcoming book on cinema and globalisation.

We’re particularly proud to announce that Elizabeth’s article on the film Amélie, published in French Cultural Studies in 2004, continues to be one of the most frequently-cited articles in the journal’s history and was one of the ‘Top Downloaded Articles’ in the journal last year!

Elizabeth’s essay, ‘Digging up the Past: Jules et Jim’ appeared in the Wiley-Blackwell Companion to François Truffaut, edited by Dudley Andrew and Anne Gillain late in the spring. Her essay ‘Un [sic] Femme est une femme: Godard’s Writing Lesson’ is forthcoming in the Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Jean-Luc Godard, edited by Tom Conley and T. Jefferson Kline, in spring 2014.

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Elizabeth has also recently been working as a ‘specialist adviser’ to the English theatre company Little Earthquake on Méliès’s life and work for their upcoming production of It’s Only a Paper Moon, about cultural representations of the moon throughout history. The show opens in spring 2014.

More to follow…