Gender/Queer/Spaces: Troubling Citizenship in 'Francophone' Art, Film, and Literature


French and Francophone / Cultural Studies and Media Studies

Elham Dehghanipour (Austin College)

Christian Flaugh (SUNY University at Buffalo)

Matthew Skrzypczyk (Niagara University)

This roundtable welcomes a conversation on aesthetic and ethical modes for troubling citizenship and nationality that art, film, and literature engage and imagine. To respond to this year’s call, we would like to consider how such troubling takes shape as relational acts of care. Specifically, we encourage comparing aesthetic and ethical modes of assembling such trouble as care, across national and world spaces. What discourses and what knowledge of care does the idea or the act of troubling citizenship uphold or upend? In what spaces is troubling assembled? Which bodies are rendered in/visible by such troubling care? Are said creators, spaces, bodies, and discourses of space, citizenship, and the body uniquely “Francophone”?

We invite a collaborative answering to such questions by thinking with and across existing artistic and intellectual work. For example, how might we discuss care as troubling the thought and practice of relation, through Judith Butler and apply it in Édouard Glissant’s poetics of relation in the Tout-Monde? How does Homi Bhabha’s thoughts on national identities weave to Mame-Fatou Niang’s discussion of French identities and the nation-state, and thus help us reconsider the care needed in such identities? How does care in a personal and public sense can be studied with Julia Kristeva in work of Calixthe Beyala in relating nationality and universality. How is care manifested in linguistic, or bodily space created by Assia Djebar and can be used in practice of a minor state and identity as described by Gille Deleuze and Felix Guattari.

This panel welcomes a conversation around the current aesthetic and ethical modes for troubling citizenship that art, film, and literature engage. Across our pandemically nationalized yet culturally transnational world spaces, we wish to consider together how artistic, cinematic, and literary practices of gendering and queering form and inform such troubling. We welcome contributions from across the fields and subfields, including but not limited to Francophone studies.