Journals, Modern Languages

Winner of 11th Annual Lawrence R. Schehr Memorial Award 2022

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Contemporary French Civilization (CFC), published by Liverpool University Press, is pleased to announce the results of our 11th Annual Lawrence R. Schehr Memorial Award competition for the best conference paper submitted by a junior colleague in the field of contemporary French and Francophone civilization and cultural studies. 

We received many excellent submissions again this year and would like to thank all of our junior colleagues who submitted essays for this competition. We would strongly encourage them to continue sending us their work in the future — both for the Schehr Memorial Award and for potential publication in Contemporary French Civilization (CFC) and in our new companion journal CFC Intersections.

2022  Award Recipient:

Congratulations to Dr. Abigail Celis (Université de Montréal) for her essay, “‘Rehearsing the Future: Visualizing Resistance in Omar Victor Diop’s Liberty Series, in which she offers a compelling analysis of the Senegalese photographer’s series Liberty: A Visual Chronology of Black Protest.  Celis contributes to the growing scholarship in and on Francophone Africa by considering Diop’s work as a performance of African futures after colonialism and empire.  The award recipient has been invited to publish an expanded version of the winning essay, after further peer review, in a forthcoming issue of CFC.
Congratulations again to Dr. Abigail Celis for an excellent essay!  

For more information about our winning author, please visit her page:

Details on next year’s competition will be communicated in early 2023 on H-France, Francofil, as well as the website of Liverpool University Press, publisher of CFC:

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