Guest editor: David Caron, University of Michigan


The Romanic Review is accepting submissions for a special issue honoring the memory of Ross Chambers.

Ross represented many things to many people who had the pleasure to know him during his long career as a scholar, teacher and mentor, and most would agree that friendship and love will remain inseparable from his intellectual legacy. Over the years, as evidenced by the outpour of grief that met his passing, colleagues and students alike responded to Ross’s generosity with the sort of profound affection few scholars ever receive. From the ethical commitment and fearlessness that animated his writing to the ways in which he made modesty and decency seem effortless, he will continue to represent for many of us everything an academic, and a human being, should aspire to be.

The purpose of this issue is to gather bits and pieces of personal recollections and assemble a multi-authored, polyvocal portrait of the man as refracted and diffracted by people whose lives he touched. These pieces should be relatively short and may be articulated along thematic lines that traversed Ross’s work, such as remembering, witnessing, relating, digressing, reading, incompletion, opposition, partiality, failure, smallness, marginalia, irony, friendship, queerness, the everyday, the anecdotal, etc.

Length: up to1500 words. Those wishing to propose longer contributions are invited to contact the editor.

Deadline: May 1, 2018

Languages: English or French.



Thank you, @ANUFrench

ASFS would like to thank the organisers at the Australian National University for their wonderful work organising the 2017 conference in Canberra. The following is a look at the conference in numbers:

  • 64 papers and many more registrants.
  • 25 panels (mostly running as 3 parallel sessions)
  • 9 countries represented including Australia, France, New Zealand, United Kingdom, USA, Canada, Switzerland, Qatar and South Africa
  • and several strong partners such as the French Embassy of Australia, ANU French Research Cluster, Liverpool University Press, and the Australian Journal of French Studies

Thank you Drs Leslie Barnes, Gemma King, Ashok Collins and Solène Inceoglu, as well as your university and many helpers for a successful conference.

Podcasts from ASFS2017 Conference

Podcasts are now available from the Australian Society for French Studies annual conference in Canberra.

Nicki Hitchcott’s keynote address:

The (Un)Believable Truth about Rwanda
and Gemma King’s talk:

Multiculturalism obscured: Paris museum cultures and the Institut du monde arabe



Job opportunity – Lecturer in French (level B) UNE

Dear colleagues,

I am pleased to announce that the School of Arts at UNE is looking to appoint a Lecturer in French (continuing, full-time) at Level B.

Details of the vacancy can be found on the UNE jobs website, and the position statement is here.

Applications close on 19 February 2018.

For those with students or colleagues in other languages, the School also has positions open at level B in German, Italian, Japanese and Indonesian.

Best regards,



Dr Kim M. Hajek
Lecturer in French
School of Arts
University of New England
Armidale NSW 2351 Australia