113th Annual Conference - Portland, Oregon
Friday, November 6 - Sunday, November 8, 2015

French Culture in the Shadow of Charlie Hebdo

Session Chair: 
Gilles Viennot, University of Arkansas
Session 5: Friday 5:40-7:10pm
Deschutes (PMCC)


  1. Owen Staley, California Baptist University
    In this paper, I explore shifting French notions of egalité to suggest that some accommodation of Islamic religious sensibility is probably inevitable in France, as elsewhere, but that France is unique in preserving the unblinking self-scrutiny that equally protects Charlie Hebdo, Azouz Begag’s 2007 Un mouton dans la baignoire, Valérie Trierweiler’s 2014 Merci pour ce moment, and Michel Houellebecq’s distopian Soumission, published January 7, 2015, the day of the Charlie Hebdo attacks.
  2. Leticia Villasenor, University of Southern California
    I argue that the French national obsession with exposing the dark side of its Vichy past, which Henry Rousso’s characterizes as “Vichy Syndrome” (1987), is partly a means to deflect from the fact that France has yet to deliver an official apology for its more recent controversial actions, including the use of torture during the Algerian War of Independence.
Session Cancelled: