Keynote Speaker

C Forsdick

Professor Charles Forsdick

University of Liverpool

Keynote Title:

On the Ruins of Empire: Dark Tourism and Penal Heritage in the Francophone World


Charles Forsdick is James Barrow Professor of French at the University of Liverpool. He is currently Arts and Humanities Research Council theme leadership fellow for ‘Translating Cultures’, a programme of over 120 projects in the UK focused on translation, interpreting and multilingualism. He has published on a range of subjects, including travel writing, colonial history, postcolonial and world literature, and the memorialization of slavery. Recent books include The Black Jacobins Reader (Duke University Press, 2016) and Toussaint Louverture: Black Jacobin in an Age of Revolution (Pluto, 2017). A member of the Academy of Europe, Charles Forsdick was President of the Society for French Studies, 2012-14, and Co-Director of the Centre for the Study of International Slavery, 2010-13. He is chair of the editorial advisory board at Liverpool University Press, for whom he also edits the Contemporary French and Francophone Cultures series. Forsdick recently led an international project funded by the AHRC and LABEX on ‘”Dark Tourism” in Comparative Perspective: Sites of Suffering, Sites of Memory’, exploring in particular questions of penal heritage and prison tourism.

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