(Venue:) Edward Boyle Library, Meeting Room 1 & 2 – these seminar rooms are located on the floor 13 of the Edward Boyle Library.  Please be aware that you will need a Leeds library card or guest pass in order to gain access to the building. Those who have registered for the conference will be provided with a pass at the library welcome desk.

Non-speaking delegates can register their attendance via the conference eventbrite.

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’

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


Friday 8th: Day Two

9.00-10.30 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’.

10.30-11.00 Coffee

11.00-12.30 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’

12.30-13.30 Lunch (not provided, but hot and cold food is available at The Refectory)

13.30-15.00 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