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Full Title: ASMCF Annual Conference, Renegotiating Social Divisions in France and the Francophone World

Short Title: ASMCF 2013
Location: Leicester, United Kingdom
Start Date: 05-Sep-2013 - 07-Sep-2013
Contact: Aurelie Joubert
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting URL: http://www.asmcf.org/conferences/
Meeting Description: In recent decades profound socio-political and cultural changes in French and Francophone societies have acted to shape and reshape notions of citizenship, individual rights and social classifications. Within this context, are social divisions and class identifications still relevant constructs? What does it mean in actual fact to participate in the public sphere? This interdisciplinary conference aims to examine how social boundaries and hierarchies are produced, reproduced and renegotiated over time. It will explore the complex ways in which social groups, classes and identities in French and Francophone cultures are maintained and (re)configured through various modes of mobilisation and cultural representation.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

Catherine Wihtol de Wenden (Research Director CNRS, CERI-Sciences-Po)
Fran├žois Bon (Author and Lecturer in Creative Writing, Sciences-Po)
Guy Austin (Research Centre in Film and Digital Media, Newcastle University)

Further information about the Association for the Study of Modern and Contemporary France and membership information can be found here: http://www.asmcf.org/membership/.

The Conference is grateful to the Cultural Service of the French Embassy and to Liverpool University Press for their support.
Linguistic Subfield: Anthropological Linguistics; Sociolinguistics
Subject Language: French
LL Issue: 24.109

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