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Séminaire “Reimagining Việt Nam via Anglophone Vietnamese Literature”

Mardi 11 juin 2024, 18h, Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3, salle 126 Saint-Charles 1 et en visioconférence.

Séminaire organisé par Raphaël Ricaud dans le cadre de l’axe « Faire commun » d’EMMA. Intervention de Doris Witt (Department of English, University of Iowa, exchange).

This presentation aims to be accessible to anyone who is interested in Anglophone Vietnamese literature, particularly work by Vietnamese Americans.  It will unfold in three phases.  Part I, History, meditates on the theme of history—the history of Việt Nam, certainly, but also my history teaching literature and film about the country at a large university in the midwestern United States.  In addition to explaining how my experiences in the classroom have informed a new research project that I have launched this spring, I hope this section is useful for listeners who are invested in pedagogy.  Part II, Archives, reframes the history and teaching motifs via a brief overview of the development of the Vietnamese American literary tradition over the past several decades.  This section acknowledges not only the ubiquity of academic discourse about the concept of the “archive” but also some of the factors I am weighing as I work to delimit mine, including the role of censorship in Việt Nam and, increasingly, the United States as well.  Part III, Hungry Ghosts, turns to my emerging area of interest within this archive, which is how and why different generations of Anglophone Vietnamese writers have used their creative work to represent the country’s environmental, agricultural, and alimentary history and grapple with its complicated legacies.  It is by now a commonplace to describe Việt Nam as haunted, a land full of Wandering Souls.  References to this spectral presence permeate the literature.  As a case study, I will discuss Anglophone Vietnamese writing about the Great Vietnamese Famine of 1944-45.  To the best of my current knowledge, creative work by overseas Vietnamese has not been incorporated into the official government archive constructed to memorialize the famine.  I hope to help remedy that omission. 

Présentation de l’intervenante: Doris Witt grew up in Glasgow, Kentucky, and holds a BA in English from Centre College, an MA and PhD in English from the University of Virginia, and a JD from the University of Iowa.  She specializes in post-WWII multiethnic American and transnational / postcolonial literature and culture.

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Double séminaire “A Theory of Racialized Organizations” / “The Flint Water Coup: Debt at the End of Democracy”Double séminaire

Lundi 13 mai 2024, 18h, Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3, salle 126 Saint-Charles 1 et en visioconférence.

Séminaire organisé par Hervé Mayer dans le cadre de l’axe « Faire commun » d’EMMA.

Victor Ray (U. of Iowa, PMU) ” A Theory of Racialized Organizations” 

Organizational theory scholars typically see organizations as race-neutral bureaucratic structures, while race and ethnicity scholars have largely neglected the role of organizations in the social construction of race. The theory developed in this talk bridges these subfields, arguing that organizations are racial structures—cognitive schemas connecting organizational rules to social and material resources. I begin with the proposition that race is constitutive of organizational foundations, hierarchies, and processes. Next, I develop four tenets: (1) racialized organizations enhance or diminish the agency of racial groups; (2) racialized organizations legitimate the unequal distribution of resources; (3) Whiteness is a credential; and (4) the decoupling of formal rules from organizational practice is often racialized. I argue that racialization theory must account for how both state policy and individual attitudes are filtered through—and changed by—organizations. Seeing race as constitutive of organizations helps us better understand the formation and everyday functioning of organizations. Incorporating organizations into a structural theory of racial inequality can help us better understand stability, change, and the institutionalization of racial inequality. I conclude with an overview of internal and external sources of organizational change and a discussion of how the theory of racialized organizations may set the agenda for future research.

Bio: Victor Ray’s research applies critical race theory to classic sociological questions. He is currently working on two book manuscripts: a project focused on race and organizational theory and an edited volume (co-edited with Jennifer Mueller) on race and sociological theory writ large. His work has been published in the American Sociological Review, American Behavioral Scientist, Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, Contexts, Ethnic and Racial Studies, The Journal of Marriage and Family, Sociology of Race and Ethnicity and Sociological Theory. In addition to this research, Victor is also an active public scholar, publishing commentary in outlets such as The Washington Post, Newsweek, and Boston Review. Victor’s work has been funded by the Ford Foundation, and the National Science Foundation, among others.

Louise Seamster (U. of Iowa) “The Flint Water Coup: Debt at the End of Democracy”

Ten years after Flint’s fateful 2014 switch to treating the corrosive Flint River for drinking water, there is broad agreement that the Flint Water Crisis constituted a “clear case of environmental injustice.” But there is surprisingly little research into why the crisis happened. Did that designation obscure more than it illuminated?
In this talk, I discuss findings from my forthcoming book, an archival ethnography built around a 455,000-page dataset of public government emails from Flint’s crisis (soon to be released by my team as a searchable database). Drawing on a relational framework of “creative extraction” (Purifoy and Seamster 2021), I focus on resource flows, debt relationships, the invalidation of independent governance, and political narratives. Instead of cross-organizational failure, my investigation shows a largely successful coalitional project to redistribute water resources and political control in Michigan. Flint’s water switch to the river was central to this project. My findings will help us understand how water financialization is shaping water governance, and how these dynamics reproduce racial inequality in access to clean, affordable water.

Bio: Louise Seamster is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminology and the program of African American Studies at the University of Iowa. She is also a Research Fellow in the Social and Education Policy Research Program at the University of Iowa’s Public Policy Center, and a Nonresident Fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution. Her research examines contemporary mechanisms for the reproduction of racial and economic inequality.

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Conference “Black Lives Matter: Political and artistic mobilization against systemic racism in the United States and the United Kingdom”, 15-17 May 2024

International conference at Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3, France

The Conference is supported by Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3, EMMA-UPVM3, Centre culturel universitaire UPVM3, Institut des Amériques, US Consultate General in Marseille, UFR2-UPVM3, LaRSH-UPHF, GIS Midib, CAS-UT2J, CRECIB and Département d’études anglophones – UPVM3.

Day 1: Wednesday 15th May 2024

Auditorium of the Atrium building, Paul-Valéry Campus

14.00-14.45 Opening and introduction

Introduction: Marc Lenormand (Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3, EMMA) and Claudine Raynaud (Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3, EMMA)

14.45-16.00 Workshop 1: Antiracist mobilisation I

Chair: Claude Chastagner (Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3, EMMA)

  • Emma Bell (Université Savoie Mont-Blanc, LLSETI): “’Defund the Police’ UK: Mobilising against institutional racism in a hostile environment”
  • Elsa Grassy (Université de Strasbourg, SEARCH): “Jake Blount and The Folk of Black Souls – Curating, Correcting & “GenreQueering” the US Folk Music Canon in the Black Lives Matter Era”

16.00-16.30 coffee break

16.30-18.30 Q&A with Patrisse Cullors, artist and abolitionist

18.30 Opening of photo exhibition

Day 2: Thursday 16th May 2024

Auditorium of the Atrium building, Paul-Valéry Campus

08.30-9.00 welcome coffee

09.00-11.00 Workshop 2: Antiracist mobilisation II

Chair: Monica Michlin (Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3, EMMA)

  • Natalia Botonaki (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid): “’See you tomorrow, kid’: BLM, apt anger, and the redemption of history”
  • M. Lynn Weiss (College of William & Mary): “A Monumental Revision”
  • Audrey Célestine (New York University) & Nicolas Martin-Breteau (Université de Lille, CERAPS): “Race, art and transnational public space through the lens of the Faith Ringgold Retrospective (Musée Picasso, Paris, 2023)”

11.00-11.30 coffee break

11.30-12.45 Keynote address 1: Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor (Princeton University): “Understanding the Backlash to Black Lives Matter”

Chair: Lawrence Aje (Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3, EMMA)

12.45-14.00 lunch break

14.00-16.00 Theatre of the Oppressed workshop with Patrisse Cullors [Studio La Vignette, Paul-Valéry Campus]

16.00-16.30 coffee break

16.30-17.30 Workshop 3: Language and anti/racism

Chair: Manon Lefebvre (Université polytechnique des Hauts de France, EMMA)

  • Sandrine Sorlin (Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3, EMMA): “Focus versus Denial: A pragma-linguistic analysis of the Black Lives Matter and All Lives Matter slogans”
  • Cécile Coquet-Mokoko (Université Versailles-St Quentin, CHCSC): “Appropriating #BlackLivesMatter in France: shedding light on home truths, or obfuscating them?”

17.30-17.45 break

17.45-19.15 Workshop 4: Lancaster Black History Group

Chair: Marianne Drugeon (Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3, EMMA)

  • Lela Harris
  • Geraldine Onek
  • Alan Rice
  • Kirsty Roberts
  • Jess Sache
  • Imogen Tyler

Day 3: Friday 17th May 2024

Auditorium of the Atrium building, Paul-Valéry Campus

08.30-9.00 welcome coffee

09.00-11.00 Workshop 5: The transformative impact of the BLM movement

Chair: Anne Crémieux (Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3, EMMA)

  • Églantine Zatout (Université Jean-Moulin Lyon 3, IETT): “Black Lives Matter’s influence on an LGBTQ+ activist group dedicated to LGBTQ+ families (2018-2023)”
  • Gregory Benedetti (Université Grenoble Alpes, ILCEA4): “Black Lives Matter and African American political mobilization: the quest for legitimacy in the outdoors and the outdoor industry”
  • Avriel Epps (Harvard University): “Do #BlackLivesMatter to YouTube?: Auditing YouTube Search Results for Black Lives Matter Content After George Floyd’s Murder”
  • Talal Hochard (Université de Lorraine, IDEA): “Shifting Perspectives: How Black Lives Matter Altered Views on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict”

11.00-11.30 coffee break

11.30-12.45 Keynote address 2: Victor Ray (University of Iowa): Critical Race Theory and the Interest Divergence Dilemma

Chair: Hervé Mayer (Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3, EMMA)

12.45-13.45 lunch break

13.45-15.00 Stage reading with actors Lorry Hardel and Olivia Mabounga of extracts of two plays (Selina Thompson, salt. and Aleshea Harris, Is God Is), directed by Sébastien Derrey, at La Vignette Studio, Paul-Valéry Campus

15.15-16.30 Workshop 6: a BLM corpus

Chair: Carline Encarnacion (Université Toulouse Jean-Jaurès, CAS)

  • Indiana Lods (Université de Bourgogne, TIL): “Breaking the cycle? Black lives matter in the future”
  • Yohann Lucas (Université de Rouen, ERIAC) “The New Yorker’s anthology The Matter of Black Lives: chronicling Black Lives Matter in an anachronistic format?”

16.30-16.50 coffee break

16.50-18.00 Workshop 7: Antiracist mobilisation in education

Chair: Raphaël Ricaud (Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3, EMMA)

  • Niaz Cary-Pernon (ENSCM, EMMA): “Critical International Relations Theory, the Russell Group and Black Lives Matter in the UK”
  • Lydia Plath (University of Warwick): “An Anti-Racist Pedagogy Approach to Staff Training in Higher Education”

19.30 Screening of “Claude McKay, de Harlem à Marseille” (Verdeil, 2021) at Cinéma Utopia (5 avenue du Docteur Pezet, 34090 Montpellier, Tram 1 Saint Eloi)

Saturday 18th May 2024

Comédie du livre (Montpellier Book Fair), Parc du Peyrou, salon Albertine Sarrazin

11.00 “Black Lives Matter: Anti-racist mobilisation in the United Kingdom and the United States”: a roundtable with Patrisse Cullors, Victor Ray and Alan Rice.

Advisory Board

  • Hélène Charlery, Senior Lecturer in American Studies, Université Toulouse Jean-Jaurès, CAS
  • Claude Chastagner, Professor of American Studies, Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3, EMMA
  • Elodie Edwards-Grossi, Senior Lecturer in American Studies and Sociology, Université Paris Dauphine, IRISSO
  • Olivier Esteves, Professor of British Studies, Université de Lille, CERAPS
  • Carline Encarnacion, Senior Lecturer in American Literature, Université Toulouse Jean-Jaurès, CAS
  • Vincent Latour, Professor of British Studies, Université Toulouse Jean-Jaurès, CAS
  • Hélène Le Dantec-Lowry, Professor of American Studies, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3, CREW
  • Monica Michlin, Professor of American Studies, Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3, EMMA
  • Claudine Raynaud, Professor of African American Studies, Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3, EMMA
  • Jean-Paul Rocchi, Professor of American Literature and Culture, Université Gustave Eiffel, CFR / LISAA 
  • Michaël Roy, Senior Lecturer in American Studies, Université Paris Nanterre, CREA

Organising Committee

  • Lawrence Aje, Senior Lecturer in American Studies, Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3, EMMA
  • Claude Chastagner, Professor of American Studies, Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3, EMMA
  • Anne Crémieux, Professor of American Studies, Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3, EMMA
  • Marianne Drugeon, Senior Lecturer in British Literature, Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3, EMMA
  • Manon Lefebvre, Lecturer in American Studies, Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3, EMMA
  • Marc Lenormand, Senior Lecturer in British Studies, Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3, EMMA
  • Hervé Mayer, Senior Lecturer in American Studies, Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3, EMMA
  • Monica Michlin, Professor of American Studies, Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3, EMMA
  • Niaz Pernon, Lecturer in British Studies, Ecole nationale supérieure de chimie de Montpellier et docteure en civilisation britannique, EMMA
  • Claudine Raynaud, Professor of African American Studies, Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3, EMMA
  • Raphaël Ricaud, Senior Lecturer in American Studies, Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3, EMMA

Séminaire “Our Dreams, Ourselves: 21st Century Asian American Graphic Memoirs”

Mardi 23 avril 2024, 18h, Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3, salle 126 Saint-Charles 1 et en visioconférence.

Séminaire organisé par Claire Omhovère dans le cadre de l’axe « Faire commun » d’EMMA. Intervention de Eleanor Ty (Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada).

In Our Dreams, Ourselves I examine three graphic memoirs by 1.5 and second-generation Asian American and Asian Canadian creators who are exploring their ethnic and gender identities, as well as their professional aspirations. I argue that in contemporary US and Canadian society, many children of Asian immigrants struggle to separate their own wishes from that of their parents. Because of parental and cultural pressures, guilt, feelings of responsibility and indebtedness, children of Asian American parents often suppress their own dreams for the sake of pleasing their family. In addition, they experience misidentification, stereotyping, and alienation from the society outside.
In this presentation, I will look at three graphic memoirs: Malaka Gharib’s I Was Their American Dream, about the experiences of growing up mixed-race Filipina and Egyptian; Kimiko Tobimatsu and Keet Geniza’s Kimiko Does Cancer, about the challenges of a queer woman who is diagnosed with cancer; and Laura Gao’s Messy Roots, created during the pandemic when anti-Chinese sentiments were high, to show how comics enables these authors to express their uneasiness with the ghosts within them, find ways to escape, and discover their own desires. Their graphic memoirs reveal the pain, pressures, and pleasures of living as minoritized and underrepresented subjects.

Présentation de l’intervenant: Eleanor Ty, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and Fulbright Canada alumna, is Professor of English at Wilfrid Laurier University. She has published on life writing, graphic novel, Asian North American, and 18th-Century British literature. She is author of Asianfail: Narratives of Disenchantment and the Model Minority (U of Illinois P, 2017); Unfastened:  Globality and Asian North American Narratives (U of Minnesota P, 2010), and The Politics of the Visible in Asian North American Narratives (U Toronto P 2004).  Beyond the Icon: Asian American Graphic Narratives (Ohio State UP, 2022) won the Comics Studies Society’s 2022 Prize for Edited Book Collection.

JE “From 1984 to 2024 : industrial disputes and social movements in the UK since the Great Miners’ Strike”, 6 mars 2024, Sciences Po Lille

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Vous trouverez ci-dessous le programme (également disponible en ligne) de la journée d’étude “From 1984 to 2024: industrial disputes and social movements in the UK since the Great Miners’ Strike”, qui aura lieu à Sciences Po Lille le mercredi 6 mars 2024, à l’occasion du quarantième anniversaire du début de la grève des mineurs britanniques de 1984-1985. L’entrée à la JE (Amphi Louise Michel 1.16, Sciences Po Lille, 9 rue Angellier, 59000 Lille) est libre sur inscription.

Cette journée est associée à la préparation d’un numéro de la Revue Française de Civilisation Britannique sur le même thème. L’Appel à Contributions pour ce numéro est toujours ouvert et disponible ici; les articles sont attendus pour le 31 mai 2024. Les intentions d’écriture sont à envoyer à et


Please find below the programme of a one-day conference to be held in Sciences Po Lille on Wednesday, March 6th 2024. The conference is entitled “From 1984 to 2024: industrial disputes and social movements in the UK since the Great Miners’ Strike” and will take place on the fortieth anniversary of the beginning of this major industrial dispute. Attendance to the conference (Amphi Louise Michel 1.16, Sciences Po Lille, 9 rue Angellier, 59000 Lille) is free but registration is mandatory.

The conference is a prelude to a special issue of the French Journal of British Studies on the same theme. The Call for Papers for this issue is still open and can be read in full here; papers are expected for May 31st, 2024. Titles and abstracts should be sent to &


Programme of the one-day conference

From 1984 to 2024 : industrial disputes and social movements in the UK since the Great Miners’ Strike

March 6th, 2024, Sciences Po Lille

8:30-9:00: Introduction

¤ Clémence FOURTON, Sciences Po Lille, CECILLE

¤ Marc LENORMAND, Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3, EMMA

9:00-11:00: Session 1: Industrial Action Then and Now: Historicizing Collective Action in the UK

¤ David LYDDON, Keele University (United Kingdom): “The long view on UK strikes: 1984-2024 in historical perspective”

¤ Anne BEAUVALLET, Université Toulouse Jean Jaurès, CAS (France): ‘’English teachers striking over pay? The July 2023 pay rise in the long shadow of the 1980s’’

¤ Clémence FOURTON, Sciences Po Lille, CECILLE (France): “Trade-union strategies under neoliberalism or the 2022-23 British strike spiral”

11:00-11:15: Coffee Break

11:15-12:35: Session 2: Figures of the Miner: Change and Stability in Discourse About and Representations Of the Working-Class

¤ Jemina PARKER, University of Kent / Université de Lille (United Kingdom / France): “1984-85 Kent Miners’ Strike and the nation: from the figure of the worker to the figure of the migrant’’

¤ Shelly ASQUITH, University of Leeds (United Kingdom) : “Press Reporting on Strike Action”

12:35-14:00: Lunch break

14:00-16:00: Session 3: Beyond the Workplace: Echoes, Effects and Limits of Industrial Action in British Communities

¤ Eve BLAIN, University of Cambridge (United Kingdom): “Housing, Community, and the Miners’ Strike 1984-5 in North East England”

¤ Sebastian BERG, Ruhr-Universität Bochum (Germany) : “From Municipal Socialism to Community Wealth Building”

¤ Marc LENORMAND, Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3, EMMA (France) : “The 1984-1985 UK miners’ strike and the rise of social movement unionism”

16:00: Conclusions

Séminaire “Christina Sharpe’s Ordinary Notes:  Fragmented Untranslatable Blackness”

Mardi 30 janvier 2024 à 18h, Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3, site Saint-Charles, salle 126.

Séminaire organisé dans le cadre de l’axe « Faire commun » d’EMMA. Intervention de Claudine Raynaud.

“I wanted to write about silences and terror and acts that hover over generations,
over centuries. I began by writing about my mother and grandmother.” (Note 18)

This talk follows from the presentation of Fred Moten and Stefano Harney’s The Undercommons. Fugitive Planning and Black Study (2013) to map out major directions of African American thought and to delineate the contours, the import, and the limits of what has been labeled Afro-pessimism (Frank B. Wilderson III). Along with Saidiya Hartman (Lose Your Mother, 2006; Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments, 2019), Christina Sharpe, who teaches Black Studies at York University in Toronto, has been hailed as one of the foremost contemporary Black radical cultural critics. To French readers, Ordinary Notes will recall Barthes’s Fragments d’un discours amoureux: the 248 notes of various lengths address the intimate—Notes is an ode to her mother—and the cultural, the collective, the current historical moment of #Blacklivesmatter and the legacy of slavery. Pondering what is seen and not seen of Black life in the United States, Sharpe convokes a series of private and public photographs—she critiques La Chambre claire—in this dense mélange of memories, artwork, and academic “notes,” i.e. observations. She calls us to attention.

Ordinary Notes (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2023) was shortlisted for the 2023 for National Book Awards for Nonfiction. Sharpe has authored two studies, of which Ordinary Notes is a follow up: Monstrous Intimacies: Making Post-Slavery Subjects (2010) and In the Wake. On Blackness and Being (2016). She has recently edited a collection of Dionne Brand’s poems and is working on three books: What Could a Vessel Be? (Knopf, Canada, FSG, USA, 2025), Black. Still. Life. (Duke UP, 2025) and To Have Been To the End of the World: 25 Essays on Art.

Présentation de l’intervenante: Claudine Raynaud est Professeure émérite en études africaines-américaines à l’Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3, EMMA.

Séminaire “Unis contre l’esclavage ? Les antiesclavagistes états-uniens, Noirs et Blancs, 1754-1830”

Mardi 28 novembre 2023, 18h, Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3salle 126 (Saint-Charles 1) et visioconférence (

Séminaire organisé par Lawrence Aje dans le cadre de l’axe « Faire commun » d’EMMA. Intervention de Marie-Jeanne Rossignol (Université Paris Cité, UMR LARCA).

Dans son ouvrage, Noirs et Blancs contre l’esclavage, une alliance antiesclavagiste ambiguë aux Etats-Unis 1754-1830, publié en 2022, Marie-Jeanne Rossignol a cherché à raconter une histoire de la jeune république états-unienne au prisme de l’esclavage et plus particulièrement du premier mouvement antiesclavagiste auquel elle veut restituer toute sa complexité. Dans sa présentation, elle reviendra sur les acteurs noirs du mouvement, qui posent la première pierre du mouvement des droits civiques dès les années de la guerre d’indépendance, rédigent le premier corpus intellectuel africain-américain et élaborent la stratégie de l’ « uplift » . Elle s’intéressera également au déclin du militantisme blanc conservateur après 1800 dans un pays de plus en plus raciste et esclavagiste avant de revenir sur l’émergence, dans le Nord-Ouest, d’un nouveau militantisme blanc confronté à l’expansion territoriale après 1815. En conclusion, elle reviendra sur la rupture de 1830, qui mérite sûrement d’être davantage justifiée, ainsi que sur les sources d’histoire sociale et intellectuelle qu’elle a utilisées. 

Présentation de l’intervenante. Outre Noirs et Blancs contre l’esclavage. Une alliance antiesclavagistes ambiguë 1754-1830 paru chez CIRESC-Karthala, Marie-Jeanne Rossignol a publié au printemps 2023 Anthologie de la pensée noire, Etats-Unis Haïti (XVIIIè-XIXè) aux éditions Hors d’atteinte, un livre qu’elle a édité avec Michaël Roy (et Marlène Daut et Cécile Roudeau). Elle pilote depuis 2013 la collection « Récits d’esclaves » aux PURH avec Claire Parfait. En 2012, elles avaient inauguré la collection par la traduction et l’édition du récit de William Wells Brown, premier ouvrage dont une version révisée sera publiée par Payot en 2024. Toujours avec Claire Parfait (et d’autres collègues), elle avait publié une anthologie d’historiens noirs en ligne Ecrire l’histoire depuis les marges : une anthologie d’historiens africains-américains. Elle s’implique actuellement dans un projet collectif « L’Amérique de Tocqueville », avec Augustin Habran and Laurence Cossu-Beaumont, à la suite du projet UPC IDEX « Race, Démocratie et République France, Etats-Unis XVIIIè-XIXè siècle » dont elle a été lauréate. 

Séminaire “For a contemporary poetics of Middle Earth: Recovery and presence in the world”

Mardi 21 novembre 2023, 18h, Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3salle 126 (Saint-Charles 1) et visioconférence (

Séminaire organisé par Théo Maligeay dans le cadre de l’axe « Faire commun » d’EMMA. Intervention de Laurent Alibert (Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3, ReSO).

John Garth’s recent work, The Worlds of J.R.R. Tolkien (2020) responds to an expectation. With the proliferation of developments of tolkienian’s legendarium oriented towards a largely autotelic fantasy, it was time to recall how Tolkien’s writing is rooted above all in an attentive look at reality and that, in many aspects, this work is of another type of imagination, where the frame of reference of the points of view from which the story is considered – whether it is the Shire for the Lord of the Rings or Beleriand for the Silmarillion(s) – is marked by attention to the surrounding world (parsimony of the uses of magic, largely contemplative narration or, on the contrary, narration focusing on the historical and political mechanisms and their consequences on the oikouménē [Letters, p.283]) which holds many respects of a culture of presence in the world, thereby joining a central theme in European poetry since the second half of the 20th century.

« What use are poets in times of need? (« wozu Dichter in dürftiger Zeit? ») wrote Hölderlin a century earlier. Did Tolkien have the answer, he who laid the foundations of The Silmarillion during the Great War and wrote a considerable part of The Lord of the Rings during the Second World War? As an extension of this questioning, we will ask here why we should read Tolkien in our time of disintegration of the link to the world, whether ecological, social, human or poetic. Why, then, read Tolkien in the 21st century? We know that his criticism of the dangers of technical society is not without parallel with the work of Bergson and Ellul (but also Berdyaev) and can poetically accompany a degrowthist model. But the contemporary strength of Tolkien’s work goes beyond the sole environmental concern to raise the question of presence in the world: sense of collective necessity but also sensitive presence, of attention to the place where the living is incarnated.

We will indeed seek to see how, contrary to another type of escapism which feeds itself on the model of entertainment in the Pascalian sense, this work continues to speak to our time and can help us to live in it. For this we will partly rely on the work of John Garth but we will parallel Tolkien’s approach with the questioning of the French poet Yves Bonnefoy on the relationship between presence in the world on the one hand and the role or lure of the image of a « somewhere else ». On this point, Tolkien’s approach is both radically distinct, even opposed to that of the French poet, but he paradoxically joins him by in fact renewing a poetics of reality through myth.

Indeed, Middle Earth presents itself as the construction of a poet and a philologist for whom language and myth are inescapably linked and who uses myth as language in order to offer us what he calls recovery“regaining of a clear view […], seeing things as we are (or were) meant to see them”—as things apart from ourselves) whose first function is to innervate our gaze – amazed, but not illusioned – on the world around us.

Présentation de l’intervenant: Laurent Alibert is a PRCE teacher in Occitan Language and Literature at University Paul Valéry-Montpellier 3 and Ossetian Language and Civilization at the French National Institute for Oriental Languages and Civilizations (INALCO). He wrote Le Roman de Jaufré et les Narty Kaddjytæ (Honoré Champion, 2015), La mimesis et son refus dans la littérature occitane (L’Harmattan, 2021) and directed “Archéologie et praxis du conte occitan”(Revue des langues romanes, Tome CXXVII n°1 | 2023) . He is a qualified MCF in sections 10 (comparative literature), 15 (other languages) and 73 (regional languages and cultures) of the CNU. In addition to his work on the occitan and ossetian fields, he has regularly written and published on the work of J.R.R. Tolkien. 

Publications et interventions sur l’oeuvre de Tolkien:
– « Le Moyen Age comme matière linguistique et structurelle dans le Seigneur des Anneaux : quelques jeux littéraires, historiques et culturels comme source du renouvellement narratif » conference at the Crest Medieval Festival (Drôme), 27th of may 2023
– Translation of the critical review of The People of Middle-Earth (History of Middle-Earth vol. 12) par Charles Noad, in J.R.R. Tolkien, « L’effigie des Elfes, La feuille de la Compagnie », Cahiers d’études tolkieniennes n°3, dir. Michael Devaux, Bragelonne, collection essais, 2014, p. 475-99
– 8 entries in Dictionnaire Tolkien, (dir. Vincent Ferré,), CNRS Editions, Paris, 2012 : « Amour », « Géants », « Fermier Gilles de Ham », « Exodus », « Lúthien », « Livre de Jonas, (traduction par Tolkien) », « Mandos », « Tolkien (Edith) »
– « L’héroïsme chez Tolkien : une étude de Farmer Giles of Ham », seminary in the Symposium  “Tolkien aujourd’hui” (13th-15th of june 2008, Rambures). Published in M. Devaux, V. Ferré, Ch. Ridoux, Tolkien aujourd’hui, Valenciennes, Presses Universitaires de Valenciennes, 2011
– La place de l’héroïsme amoureux, de l’amour chevaleresque et du merveilleux dans les Lais (Marie de France), Jaufre (anonyme occitan, XIIème/XIIIème siècle) et The Lay of Leithian (Tolkien), (Master 2)
– « Farmer Gilles of HamThe Lord of the RingsThe Lay of Leithian, trois éclairages pour l’esquisse d’un héroïsme tolkienien », (with Emeric Moriau) invited to S. Provini’s seminary on heroism, 15th of june 2006, Université Paris VII. Published as « The Lay of Leithian ou l’héroïsme du couple », in Camenae, n°4, juin 2008, the online journal of Paris IV-Sorbonne University
– « L’influence indo-européenne en Arda et ses limites », seminary in the Tolkien Symposium at Rennes II University (2 avril 2003), published in Tolkien, Trente ans après (1973-2003), Vincent Ferré (dir.), Paris, Christian Bourgois, 2004
– « J.R.R. Tolkien, de la Terre-du-Milieu à notre histoire » in Aventures de l’Histoire, Janvier 2003, Hors série n°5, p. 88-92
– Imaginaire médiéval et mythologique dans l’oeuvre de Tolkien, Maîtrise de lettres (dir. Armand Strubel) Paris X-Nanterre/Warwick University, 2002.

Cycle #BlackLivesMatter au cinéma Utopia

Dans le cadre des activités de son thème 3 « Faire commun », l’équipe de recherche EMMA (Études Montpelliéraines du Monde Anglophone) de l’Université Paul-Valéry organise cette année une série d’événements autour du mouvement « Black Lives Matter », à destination des étudiants, enseignants, chercheurs et toutes personnes intéressées.  S’il a émergé en 2013 à la suite des violences policières et des meurtres d’Africains Américains aux États-Unis, ce mouvement politique a essaimé dans le monde entier, en particulier grâce aux réseaux sociaux. Un colloque international aura lieu les 16-17 mai 2024 sur le campus St Charles : il a pour objectif d’examiner les mobilisations antiracistes aux États-Unis et au Royaume-Uni dans leurs continuités historiques et leurs circulations géographiques. Il s’interroge sur les échos politiques de ces mobilisations, leurs impacts sur les trajectoires individuelles et collectives, ainsi que sur les réponses suscitées dans le domaine artistique : littérature, théâtre, arts visuels et graphiques, danse, musique et cinéma.

Pour associer le plus grand nombre aux étudiants, aux chercheurs, et accompagner cette réflexion, un cycle de sept projections a été pensé en collaboration avec le cinéma Utopia qui revient sur l’histoire des Noirs américains, de l’esclavage à la ségrégation, aux années 60-70 (Mouvement des Droits Civiques). Il se poursuit par une évocation de la continuité des discriminations et des violences subies par la minorité noire aux États-Unis dans les années 80 et 90. Avec la mort de George Floyd le 25 mai 2020 par suffocation, le nouveau millénaire voit un regain de violences et d’affrontements qui interroge. Ainsi, en 2021, alors que la minorité noire américaine ne constitue que 13/% de la population, les Noirs comptent pour 27% de ceux morts sous les tirs de policiers.

Les sept films sélectionnés sont : Twelve Years a Slave (Steve McQueen, 2013), Hidden Figures (Les Figures de l’ombre, Theodore Melfi, 2016), I Am Not Your Negro (Raoul Peck, 2016, César du meilleur film documentaire), Detroit (Kathryn Bigelow, 2017), BlacKkKlansman: J’ai infiltré le KKK (Spike Lee, 2018),  Le cycle se clôturera par la projection  de Do the Right Thing de Spike Lee, suivi, la semaine du colloque, par What You Gonna Do When The World’s On Fire (Roberto Minervini, 2018).

Ces séances sont l’occasion de mettre en perspective la période contemporaine et d’éclairer le concept de racisme systémique, tout en mettant l’accent sur la pratique esthétique et l’engagement politique de chaque cinéaste. Ces fictions, classées par ordre chronologique, sont accompagnées de quelques documentaires qui ancrent la question raciale dans la réalité de l’histoire américaine, et au-delà, dans notre rapport aux traces d’un passé qui, selon le mot de Faulkner, « n’est pas passé ». Les mouvements sociaux et politiques se nourrissent de ce rapport au passé, ainsi que des luttes collectives, de leurs succès ou de leurs échecs. Il s’agit alors de réfléchir sur l’écriture de l’histoire, la mémoire privée et publique, la transmission, notre devoir d’éducation, notre humanité partagée. La violence policière et la revendication pour une justice équitable sont au cœur du mouvement #BLM qui reprend le cri de Floyd : « I CAN`T BREATHE ».

Chaque séance sera présentée par un enseignant-chercheur d’EMMA spécialiste de la question, et suivie d’un échange avec le public. Les thématiques abordées seront nécessairement la place du cinéma, et donc de l’art, dans la mobilisation, son rapport à l’histoire. Les questions de genre (fiction/documentaire/docufiction) et d’esthétique filmique seront posées en liaison avec la rétrospective Tarentino, dont deux films, Django Unchained (2013) et Jackie Brown (1998) dialoguent respectivement avec le récit d’esclave et la « Blaxploitation » des années 70 et son actrice fétiche Pam Grier.

Programme des séances au cinéma Utopia

Le cinéma Utopia est situé au 5 avenue du Docteur Pezet, 34090 Montpellier (Tram 1 Saint Eloi).

Mardi 21 novembre 20h: 12 Years a Slave : Lawrence Aje

Laurence Aje est maître de conférences en civilisation américaine à l’Université Paul Valéry Montpellier 3 et membre d’EMMA (Études montpelliéraines du monde anglophone). Spécialiste d’histoire africaine américaine, ses recherches portent principalement sur l’esclavage aux États-Unis, notamment sur les processus de mémorialisation et de mise en récit historique de cette histoire.

Mardi 12 décembre 20h : Hidden Figures : Monica Michlin

Monica Michlin est professeure en études américaines contemporaines à l’Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3. Elle travaille principalement sur les ‘minorités’ états-uniennes, en littérature, au cinéma et en séries télévisées, de manière intersectionnelle

Mardi 16 janvier 2024 : I Am Not Your Negro : Claudine Raynaud

Claudine Raynaud est professeur émérite d’études américaines de l’Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3. Spécialiste de Toni Morrison et de Zora Neale Hurston, son objet de recherche est le croisement de la différence sexuelle et « raciale » dans l’écriture de soi.

Mardi 13 février : Detroit : Raphaël Ricaud

Raphaël Ricaud est Maître de Conférences en histoire et civilisation des États-Unis à l’Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3. Sa recherche porte sur la public diplomacy des États-Unis.

Mardi 19 mars : Black KkKlansman : Hervé Mayer

Hervé Mayer est enseignant-chercheur en études étatsuniennes à l’Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3 et spécialiste des aspects politiques du cinéma étatsunien. Il a beaucoup travaillé sur le western et les représentations de l’impérialisme étatsunien et du racisme à l’écran.

Mardi 9 avril : Do the Right Thing : Anne Crémieux

Anne Crémieux est professeure de civilisation américaine à l’Université Paul Valéry Montpellier 3, spécialiste des représentations des minorités dans les médias.

Mardi 14 mai :  What You Gonna Do when the World’s on Fire? : Manon Lefebvre

Manon Lefebvre est MCF en civilisation américaine à l’Université Polytechnique des Hauts-de-France et chercheuse associée à EMMA.

Séminaire “Locating the Self: Welcoming the Other in British and Irish Art, 1990–2020”

Mardi 7 november 2023 à 18h, Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3, site Saint-Charles, salle 126.

Séminaire inaugural. Intervention de Valérie Morisson.

Valérie Morisson will present her volume Locating the Self: Welcoming the Other in British and Irish Art, 1990–2020 (Peter Lang, 2022). This volume addresses how spatialized identities, belongingness and hospitality are interrogated in British and Irish contemporary art (painting, installation, video, photography, new public art) at a time when economic and political crises tend to encourage individual or exclusive usages of space. It sketches a cartography of encounters encompassing the home, the neighbourhood, the village or city, and the nation. Artists interrogate how intimacy is both facilitated and threatened by spatial devices, how space fashions our perception of gender, social or ethnic identity and activates power relations. They explore the need for a home or a homeland and the various forms exile or placelessness can take. They may also take part in the restoration of the Commons and the constitution of alternative communities. Whether the analyses focus on the private sphere (in urban, suburban or rural contexts), or on shared communal spaces, they ponder the mechanisms of inclusion and exclusion at work in human encounters and shed light on how artistic apparatuses make the tensions between openness to the other and rejection or withdrawal perceptible. The approach, borrowing from art history as well as anthropology, lays emphasis on context, situationality and field work; it proposes to repoliticize relational art and concludes on the dialogical positionality which lies at the core of art.

Valérie Morisson is a Professor of British and Irish Studies at Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3 and a member of EMMA. She has studied Irish contemporary art and its relation with post-nationalist culture extensively and has published many academic texts on British contemporary art. Though firmly anchored in art history, her approach stresses the relevance of context in the understanding of visual culture and the arts and borrows from anthropology to shed light on the position of the artist as well as the role of art in society. Her publications focus on a wide range of subjects (feminist art, memory and the commemoration of history, the Northern-Irish situation, postcolonial art, lens-based art) and consistently emphasize field work and praxis in art as key vehicles for expression, analysis and critique.