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Adi Saleem Bharat is an LSA Collegiate Fellow in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at the University of Michigan and a co-founder and coordinator of the Jewish-Muslim Research Network (JMRN). Drawing on media studies, applied linguistics, literary studies, and, more broadly, cultural studies, his interdisciplinary research revolves around the intersection of race, religion, and sexuality in contemporary France, with a particular focus on Jews and Muslims.

Siham Bouamer is Assistant Professor of French and Francophone Studies at Sam Houston State University. Her research focuses on contemporary France with a focus on travel writing and transnational movements from/to the Maghreb in literature and film. Her work has been published in Études Francophones, I-LanD: Identity, Language and Diversity Journal Identity, Expressions Maghrébines, Intertext: A Journal of Comparative and Theoretical Reflection, and French Studies.

Colette Fellous is the author of more than twenty novels, including Aujourd’hui (2005), for which she received the Prix Marguerite Duras, La Préparation de la vie (2014), in which she pays homage to her mentor Roland Barthes, Pièces détachées (2017), and Kyoto Song (2020). An interviewer and radio producer for France Culture for thirty years, she is now editor of the collection ‘Traits et portraits’ published by Éditions Mercure de France. She is also a photographer, and lives between France and Tunisia, where she was born.

Founded in 2014, Les Fugitives is an independent literary press that publishes new French voices in English translation; mostly women, mostly short books that push the boundaries of fiction and non-fiction. Recent and upcoming publications include Nativity by Jean Frémon, with drawings by Louise Bourgeois, translated by Cole Swensen (November 2020), Poetics of Work by Noémi Lefebvre, translated by Sophie Lewis (February 2021) and A Bus Diary (working title) by Lauren Elkin (September 2021).

Josephine Goldman is a PhD candidate in French and Francophone studies at the University of Sydney. Her research focuses on the representation of gender and cultural identities in the francophone literature of Antillean and Oceanian women. She is particularly interested in the centrality of water as a motif in both feminist scholarship and Antillean and Oceanian cultural identity.

Sophie Lewis is an editor and a translator working from French and Portuguese into English. In 2018 her translation of Noémi Lefebvre’s Blue Self-Portrait was shortlisted for the Scott Moncrieff and Republic of Consciousness prizes. Her co-translation of Emmanuelle Pagano’s Faces on the Tip of My Tongue was longlisted for the 2020 International Booker Prize. In 2016 she co-founded Shadow Heroes, a workshops series for students on critical thinking through translation: Lewis’s translation of Colette Fellous’s novel This Tilting World was published by Les Fugitives and Two Lines presses in 2019.

Charlotte Mackay is a PhD candidate in French and francophone studies at the University of Melbourne and Sorbonne Université. Her research focuses on contemporary francophone literature written by women writers of Sub-Saharan origin. Her doctoral thesis traces the development of diasporic consciousness in the works of Franco-Cameroonian author Léonora Miano and Franco-Senegalese author Fatou Diome. She has published articles and book chapters on the literary works of both of these authors.

Anna-Louise Milne is Director of Research at the University of London Institute in Paris where she has led the Paris Centre for Migrant Writing and Expression since 2012. With a background in comparative literature, her work today is located at the intersection between urban sociology, multilingualism, and cultural history. She also writes more experimentally in French with a book entitled 75 (Gallimard, 2016) and a recent venture in collective writing with people living the various consequences of forced displacement in a series of one-off books called the Numimeserian Collection. Upcoming academic publications include The New Internationalists, with Sue Clayton (Goldsmiths/MIT, 2020) and Contemporary Fiction in French, with Russell Williams (CUP, 2021). She is an active member of Quartiers Solidaires, engaged in the fight for refugee and migrant rights, while also providing daily food distributions and fostering creative encounter in the La Chapelle district of Paris.

Karin Schwerdtner is Associate Professor at the University of Western Ontario (Canada), where she teaches French studies. Her research focuses primarily on contemporary literature, but she is also interested in epistolary writing, correspondence, and the literary interview. Her book of literary interviews, Le (beau) risque d’écrire. Entretiens littéraires, was published by Nota bene in January 2018. With her co-editors Margot Irvine and Geneviève De Viveiros, she published Risques et regrets: Les dangers de l’écriture épistolaire in 2015.

Rebekah Vince is Lecturer in French at Queen Mary, University of London, associate editor of Francosphères, and co-editor of the Brill book series Mobilizing Memories (with Hanna Teichler). Her research explores depictions of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in Franco-Maghrebian literature and memories of Jewish life in Muslim-majority countries across the Mediterranean francosphère. She is co-editor (with Sami Everett) of Jewish-Muslim Interactions: Performing Cultures between North Africa and France (2020), published by Liverpool University Press.