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Ziad Bentahar is Assistant Professor of French and Arabic at Towson University. Trained in comparative literature, his research and teaching are informed by his interest in the dynamics of language and culture in contemporary North Africa. His work mainly centres on the liminal position of the Maghreb, and the region’s literary, cultural, and linguistic ties to other areas, namely Africa, the Middle East, and the Mediterranean. He has published on several subjects relating to North Africa, such as Frantz Fanon in Algeria, Moroccan popular music, harems in orientalist art, and elements of Amazigh and Islamic history in a novel by Driss Chraïbi.

Gladys M. Francis is Associate Professor of French and francophone studies, theory, and cultural studies at Georgia State University, where she is the Director of Graduate Studies of the Department of World Languages and Cultures. She also serves as the Director of the South Atlantic Center of the Institute of the Americas. Her transdisciplinary research focuses on trauma and the Black body in pain; more precisely, its complex layers of identity formation and bodily representations with respect to issues of consumerism, commodification, and ethics. Her recent books include Odious Caribbean Women and the Palpable Aesthetics of Transgression (Lexington, 2017) and Amour, sexe, genre et trauma dans la Caraïbe francophone (L’Harmattan, 2016).

Scott Newman is a PhD candidate in comparative literary studies at Northwestern University and a graduate fellow at the Buffett Institute for Global Studies. His dissertation examines the representation of voice and sound in contemporary anglophone and francophone African literature. His research interests include postcolonial and world literature, critical race studies, and sound studies.

Alexandra Perisic is Assistant Professor of French at the University of Miami. Her interests include contemporary francophone literature of sub-Saharan Africa and the Caribbean, literatures of the black Atlantic, and theories of globalization. Her book Precarious Crossings: Immigration, Neoliberalism, and the Atlantic is forthcoming with Ohio State University Press.

Audrey Small is Lecturer in French Studies at the University of Sheffield. She has published on West African writers including Boubacar Boris Diop, Tierno Monénembo, and Williams Sassine. Her current research areas include publishing in West Africa, problematic categories related to ‘African literature’, and literary discussions of migration. She is currently completing a monograph on francophone African publishing and the question of a ‘postcolonial library’.

Julianna Blair Watson (PhD in French Literature, Emory University, 2018) specializes in representations of race, migration, criminality, and violence in twentieth- and twenty-first-century literature and film of the African diaspora. Her research focuses on criminality and violence as lenses through which to analyse and develop the ways in which literary and cinematic production thwart France’s discursive and political discrimination of its ‘outsiders’. She has articles forthcoming on psychological violence and the Algerian migrant population in Michael Haneke’s Caché and on voice, selfrepresentation, and testimony in Raoul Peck’s cinema. She is currently an Instructor of French at Eastern Illinois University.