Symposium, University of Liège, 24 May 2018


Venue: Salle de l’Horloge, building A1, University of Liège, Place du XX Août, 7, 4000 Liège

9:15-9:45 Registration

9:45-10:00 Opening Anna-Leena Toivanen

10:00-11:00 Session I

Chair: Bénédicte Ledent

  • Kathleen Gyssels: “French-Guiana, a Periphery in a Periphery: Continental versus Insular Caribbean Enclaves. Some Considerations on Centripetal Forces”
  • Tsivia Frank-Wygoda: “The Postcolonial Self in the Hybrid City: Poetics of Strasbourg as a Mythical Space”

11:00-11:30 Coffee break

11:30-13:00 Session II

Chair: Laura Beck

  • Elisabeth Bekers & Zhuyun Song: “Hetero-Images of Belgium in Postcolonial Literature”
  • Patricia Bastida-Rodríguez: “African Migrants in the Peripheral City: Antwerp’s Dual Cityscape in Chika Unigwe’s Fiction”
  • Lucio De Capitani: “The Provincial Town as a Postcolonial Stage: Frank Westerman’s El Negro en ik

13:00-14:00 Lunch

14:00-15:30 Session III

Chair: Giulia Mascoli

  • Marta Frątczak-Dąbrowska: “Provincial Spaces, Metropolitan Problems: A Postcolonial (Re)Reading of Dark, Almost Night (2012) by Joanna Bator”
  • Janine Hauthal: “Imagining the European Periphery: Post-War Croatia in Aminatta Forna’s The Hired Man
  • Judith Rahn: “Exploring British Peripheries in Caryl Phillips’ The Lost Child

15:30-16:00 Coffee break

16:00-17:30 Session IV

Chair: Marc Delrez

  • Nicolas Treiber: “The Power of Peripheric Places: Suburbs of Paris in Chaïne of Saïdou Bokoum”
  • Martina Vitackova: “‘The Neighbour from Hell’: Dutch Suburbs in the Work of Naima El Bezaz”
  • Delphine Munos: “Invisible European Peripheries: Narrating the Calais Refugee Camp in ‘Voices from the Jungle’ and the Gatwick Detainment Camps in ‘Refugee Tales’ (I and II)”

17:30-18:30 Keynote lecture

Chair: Anna-Leena Toivanen

  • Jopi Nyman (University of Eastern Finland): “Mediterranean Peripheries in New Anglophone Literatures: Mobilities and Communities”

19:00 Conference dinner

This programme is also available in pdf.


Registration for the event is now open (full rate: 60 euros; concession rate: 40 euros). All the information needed to register is available on the event’s registration form. Deadline for registration: 30 April 2018.

Contact: Anna-Leena Toivanen