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Rupture, Repression, Repetition? The Algerian War of Independence in the Present

Friday 7 - Saturday 8 September, 2018
University of Leeds

Free registration is now open until the 24th August, to register please visit the conference Eventbrite page.


Thursday 7th: Day One

9.15 – 9.30
Welcome and Opening Remarks

9.30 – 11.00

PANEL 1: La décennie noire

Joe Ford ‘Spectres of the War of Independence and the ‘décennie noire’ in contemporary Francophone Algerian Literature’.
Rachel Mihuta Grimm ‘The Remains of an Empire in Ruin: Remembering the Colonial State of Exception in Jérôme Ferrari’s Où j’ai laissé mon âme’.
Saphia Arezki ‘Internment or the reproduction of a repressive technique from a war to an other’.

11.00 – 11.15
Coffee Break

11.15 – 12.45

PANEL 2: Images of time present and past

Beatrice Ivey ‘Ruptured temporalities in Nina Bouraoui’s Le Jour du Séisme
Suzanne le Men ‘The Function of the Image and the French Narrative of the Algerian War of Independence: A comparative study of Hidden by Michael Haneke (2005) and Les Paravents by Jean Genet (1961)’
Siona Wilson ‘Severed Images’

12.45 – 13.30
Lunch (provided)

13.30 – 15.00

PANEL 3: The Afterlives of Resistance

Hemza Boudersa ‘Analysis of the Intellectual and Literary Pursuits of the Algerian War of Liberation. The ‘Mind’ and ‘Pen’ as Weapons to ‘Land’ Decolonization and ‘Soul’ Liberation’
Sophie Bélot ‘Belkacem Hadjadj’s Fadhma N’Soumer (2014): A Figure of Transgression ?’
Patrick Crowley ‘Temporalities of War, Figurations of the Present: Literary Afterlives of the Algerian War of Independence’.

15.00 – 15.15
Coffee Break

15.15 – 16.45
PGR ROUNDTABLE: Karima Bentoumi, Rebecca Infield, Clíona Hensey, Rebekah Vince.

17.00 – 18.00
Jane Hiddleston ‘Revolving Memories? Some literary perspectives on the War of Independence’

Dinner at Hansa’s Restaurant, 72-4 North Street, leeds, LS2 7PN

Friday 8th: Day Two


PANEL 4: Intellectuals, Journalists, and the State

Tom Hunt ‘The unrecognised legacy of Algeria in the invention of Late Antiquity’
Hugh McDonnell ‘‘“Tetanus of the Imagination”: Violence, Imagination and Memory. Soldiers’ Testimonies of the Algerian War of Decolonization, 1954-1962’.
Selim Nadi, ‘The Algerian Revolution, the French State and the Counter-Colonial Strategy of the Holy Republic’.



PANEL 5: Trauma, Violence, and the Responsibility

Amar Guendouzi ‘The Contemporary Algerian Fiction and the Challenge of the Traumatic Violence of the Liberation War’
Andy Stafford ‘How Do We Speak about the Algerian War after Auschwitz?’ Mohammed Dib and the Responsibility of the Writer’
Nina Wardleworth ‘Investigating past crimes and present legacies of the Algerian war on French soil: Lakhdar Belaïd’s Harki and MNA detective duo of Roubaix’

Lunch (not provided, but hot and cold food is available at The Refectory)


PANEL 6: Complicating Commemorative practices

Dónal Hasset ‘Narrating Algeria’s First World War Through the Lens of the War of Independence’
Claire Eldridge ‘Custodians of the future’: Generational change and memory transmission within the pied-noir community’
Maria Flood ‘Octobre à Paris: political cinema ‘en tant que tel’?’

15.00 – 15.15
Coffee Break

15.15 – 16.15
Natalya Vince ‘The permanent reinvention: the Algerian Revolution in recent pasts’

16.15 – 16.30
Closing remarks