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Postcolonial Literatures and Arts (formerly Commonwealth Essays and Studies)

The Société des Études Postcoloniales (SEPC, formerly Société d'Étude des Pays du Commonwealth) / French Society for Postcolonial Studies publishes two issues of Postcolonial Literatures and Arts (formerly Commonwealth Essays and Studies), on literature and the visual arts, and one issue of Postcolonial Cultures (formerly Cultures of the Commonwealth), on social sciences, per year. The annual membership to the SEPC amounts to 40 euros. Membership and subscription to Postcolonial Cultures (including shipping costs) amounts to 50 euros. Postcolonial Literatures and Arts is now published in open access and is available here: Subscription enquiries should be addressed to Marianne Hillion (treasurer): <>. Cheques in euros drawn on a French bank account should be made out to the SEPC. (See "Orders and Subscriptions".) A printable subscription form is available here [PDF - 193 Ko]. [PDF - 193 Ko]

Board of the SEPC / Bureau de la SEPC

President: Christine Lorre (U. Sorbonne Nouvelle)
Vice-President (social sciences): Deirdre Gilfedder (U. Paris-Dauphine)
Vice-President (literature and arts): Kerry-Jane Wallart (U. d'Orléans)
Secretary: Cédric Courtois (U. of Lille)
Vice-secretary: Elsa Lorphelin (Military School of St Cyr l’Ecole)
Treasurer (subscriptions to the SEPC): Marianne Hillion (U. de Strasbourg)

Advice for Potential Contributors to Commonwealth Essays and Studies

Postcolonial Literatures and Arts (formerly known as Commonwealth Essays and Studies) is a peer-reviewed journal of criticism devoted to the study of postcolonial literatures, in all periods and genres. It is now published exclusively online on OpenEdition, a portal which brings together platforms dedicated to electronic resources in the humanities and social sciences. The journal can be consulted in open access here: We welcome submissions of articles, interviews, and reviews on literary topics relating to any area of postcolonial literatures in English. Translations are to be provided for citations in languages other than English. Submissions, which should not exceed 6000 words or 36000 signs (including explanatory notes and Works Cited), should follow the stylesheet available online (

Submissions should include a short abstract of your essay (50-100 words). A brief bio-bibliographical note (50-100 words) is to be provided separately, along with name, affiliation, student standing (if applicable), as well as postal address and e-mail address. Decisions regarding submissions can be expected by e-mail. All works accepted for publication must be available in electronic format.

Thank you for thinking of offering your work to Postcolonial Literatures and Arts. Please send your electronic files to the editor, Kerry-Jane Wallart <>.

For the stylesheet, consult the  website of the journal here:

Metrics can be consulted here (scroll down to "revue ces"):

Printed edition: ISSN 0395-6989
Online edition: ISSN 2534-6695

Editorial Committee of Commonwealth Essays and Studies / Comité éditorial

Editorial director: Christine Lorre (U. Sorbonne Nouvelle)
Editor: Kerry-Jane Wallart (U. d'Orléans)
Associate editor: Kathie Birat (U. of Lorraine)
Advisory editor: Claire Omhovère (Paul Valéry U. – Montpellier)
Review co-editors: Manon Boukhroufa-Trijaud (Sorbonne U.), Jaine Chemmachery (Sorbonne U.), Cédric Courtois (U. of Lille),  Anne-Sophie Letessier (U. Jean Monnet - Saint-Etienne), and Sandrine Soukaï (U. Gustave Eiffel)

Editorial Board / Comité de lecture

Sandeep Bakshi (U. of Paris)
Claire Bazin (U. Paris-Nanterre)
Salhia Ben-Messahel (U. of Toulon)
Corinne Bigot (U. of Toulouse – Jean Jaurès)
Marilyne Brun (U. de Lorraine)
Florence Cabaret (U. of Rouen)
Anne Castaing (CNRS)
André Dodeman (U. Grenoble Alpes)
Christiane Fioupou (U. of Toulouse – Jean Jaurès)
Claire Gallien (U. Paul Valéry – Montpellier 3)
Cécile Girardin (U. Paris 13)
Vanessa Guignery (ENS Lyon)
Mélanie Joseph-Vilain (U. of Dijon)
Claire Joubert (U. Paris 8 – Vincennes-Saint-Denis)
Françoise Kral (U. Paris – Nanterre)
Florence Labaune-Demeule (U. Lyon 3 – Jean Moulin)
Judith Misrahi-Barak (Paul Valéry U. – Montpellier)
Catherine Pesso-Miquel (U. Lumière – Lyon 2)
Alexandra Poulain (Sorbonne Nouvelle)
Mathilde Rogez (U. of Toulouse – Jean Jaurès)
Sneharika Roy (The American U. of Paris)
Richard Samin (U. of Lorraine)
Alexis Tadié (Sorbonne U.)
Christine Vandamme (U. Grenoble Alpes)
Kerry-Jane Wallart (U. of Orléans)
Laetitia Zecchini (CNRS/THALIM)
Pascal Zinck (U. Paris 13)

International Advisory Board / Comité de lecture international

Maria-Sabina Draga Alexandru (U. of Bucharest)
Diana Brydon (U. of Manitoba, Canada)
Estelle Castro (James Cook U., Australia)
Alistair Fox (U. of Otago, New Zealand)
Michelle Keown (U. of Edinburgh, UK)
Neil ten Kortenaar (U. of Toronto, Canada)
Bénédicte Ledent (U. of Liège, Belgium)
Laura Moss (U. of British Columbia, Canada)
Vassilena Parashkevova (U. of Surrey)
Andrea Robin Ruthven (U. of Cantabria, Spain)
Paul Sharrad (U. of Wollongong, Australia)
John Thieme (U. of East Anglia, UK)
Mark Williams (Victoria U. of Wellington, New Zealand)
Janet Wilson (U. of Northampton, UK)


mise à jour le 11 décembre 2023


  • New publication: Space, Place and Hybridity in the National Imagination, Edited by Christine Vandamme and André Dodeman. Click here.
  • The translation of Kamala Markandaya's last novel by Christine Raguet -- Le grand barrage -- is out! Click here.
  • The 44.2 "Alexis Wright: Centring Indigenous Stories, Worlding Possibilities" issue (Editors, Marilyne Brun and Estelle Castro-Koshy) is out! Click here.
  • The 44.1 "Renaissance" issue (Editor, Jaine Chemmachery) is out! Click here.
  • CFP, "Faults and Fault Lines", SAES Conference, 2-4 June 2022, Université Clermont Auvergne. Deadline for submissions: 1 December 2021. CFP here.
  • CFP, "Place and Post-Truth" seminar, 19 November 2021, Université Grenoble Alpes. Deadline for submissions: 15 June 2021. Click here [PDF - 188 Ko] for the text of the argument.
  • Special issue of Commonwealth Essays and Studies, "Generic Boundaries in South African Literature: A Revaluation" (Spring 2023). Proposals due 15 January 2022. CFP here [PDF - 72 Ko].
  • One-day conference on "War and nature: traces, interactions and reconfigurations in 19th- to 21st-century literature in English", Université Paul Valéry-Montpellier 3, 8 October 2021. Click here [PDF - 607 Ko].
  • Call for articles, Oxford Research Encyclopedia. Click here 


  • Commonwealth Essays and Studies:
current issue: n° 42.1 (Autumn 2019), "Revolution(s)"
forthcoming issues
: n° 42.2 (Spring 2020), "Place and Placelessness in Postcolonial Short Fiction"                   
                                 n° 43.1 (Autumn 2020), "Exception"
issue archive
  • Cultures of the Commonwealth:
latest issue: n° 19/20/21 (Winter 2016-17): Transparency to Crossings

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Members of the SEPC

  • Click here for a list.