New French Studies Seminar Series: DRAFT

DRAFT is a new research seminar series organised by the departments of French and francophone studies at the University of Sydney, the University of Melbourne and the University of New England.

As part of this initiative, Australia’s researchers from various disciplines are invited to participate and share their current research activities relating to French and francophone studies. The seminars are first and foremost an opportunity to give visibility to research in progress and to facilitate new collaborations across universities in Australia. Instead of presenting communications based on research that is already published and disseminated, presenters discuss and exchange ideas about their work in progress. The DRAFT seminar series aims to promote collaborative and interdisciplinary projects involving academics from different universities whose current research activities complement each other, thus fostering future joint publications and/or grant ventures.

If you would like to discuss your research in progress at one of our monthly seminars, please send a title and a short abstract (150-200 words) to

Follow DRAFT on Facebook here.

Organising Committee

Bertrand Bourgeois (University of Melbourne)

Michelle Royer (The University of Sydney)

Nathalie Ségeral (The University of Sydney)

Victoria Souliman (University of New England)

Léa Vuong (The University of Sydney)

Postgraduate Research Scholarship on Multilingual Australia

ASFS members and future postgraduates may be interested in the following postgraduate research scholarship on multilingual Australia offered by the University of Sydney as part of the Australian Research Council’s Discovery project “Opening Australia’s Multilingual Archive”.

This scholarship provides financial assistance for a PhD student undertaking research in multilingual Australia. 


ValueEligibilityOpen dateClose date
$28,612 p.a. (up to 3 years)PhD student
Research into multilingual Australia
Archival research
Hold an honours degree or master’s degree
28 July 202127 August 2021

How to apply

Apply here.


The scholarship will provide a stipend allowance of $28,612 per annum (indexed on 1 January each year) for up to three years, subject to satisfactory academic performance.

Who’s eligible

You must:

  • be an Australian Citizen, New Zealand Citizen, or Australian Permanent Resident
  • have an unconditional offer of admission, a conditional offer of admission, applied for admission or be planning to apply for admission to study full-time in a PhD within the School of Languages and Cultures, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
  • be willing to conduct research into multilingual Australia
  • be willing to conduct archival research
  • hold at least one of the following:
  • an Honours degree (first class or second class upper) or equivalent in a relevant discipline, or
  • Master’s degree
  • have a background in History, cultural studies or related area
  • be able to work with documents in at least one Asian or European language other than English.


This scholarship has been established to provide financial assistance to a PhD student who is undertaking research in multilingual Australia.

This scholarship is funded by Australian Research Council’s Discovery project “Opening Australia’s Multilingual Archive”.

Interested candidates can visit the scholarship page here for more information and contact ASFS member Sonia Wilson with specific queries at

New Association: the Asie du Sud Est Research Network (ASERN)

Members of the ASFS may be interested in following the Asie du Sud Est Research Network (ASERN), an Australian-based group of international scholars of Southeast Asian literature and film in French. The aim of ASERN is to create a space for dialogue, provide mentoring and support, and foster individual and collaborative research projects within the field. The group meets regularly at conferences and symposia and hosts a Work-in-Progress series.

Members hold editorial positions for a number of journals and presses, including Contemporary French and Francophone Studies, Liverpool University Press (Francophone Postcolonial Studies series), and Texas Tech University Press (Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network series, DVAN/TTUP).

Learn more about the group at, or follow them on Twitter.

The logo for ASERN was created by Yiyun Zhou.

Winner of the inaugural Colin Nettelbeck Prize

The Executive Committee of the Australian Society for French Studies is pleased to announce that Beth Kearney of the University of Queensland has received the inaugural ASFS Colin Nettelbeck Prize.

Beth will use the scholarship to fund her travel to France (once this becomes safe under pandemic conditions) to support her doctoral project, “Unfixing the Self: The Role of Photography in Women’s Autobiography in French in the Early 21st Century”. Her research topic emerges in response to a growing trend in women’s autobiographical writing in French, according to which authors are increasingly integrating photographs into their autobiographical texts, adding another layer of complexity to the task of self-representation. She will access archival materials at the Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF) in Paris
and at the Institut Mémoires de l’édition contemporaine (Imec) in Caen to conduct this exciting work.

The ASFS thanks all applicants to the 2021 scholarship, and encourages them to apply in future rounds, which will be announced on this site. Created in honour of founding Australian Society for French Studies member, Emeritus Professor Colin Nettelbeck, and his long-term contributions to the support of postgraduates in French Studies, the Prize supports research and travel costs for a French Studies-related project undertaken by a postgraduate or precariously-employed early career researcher member of the Society.

Congratulations, Beth!

Deadline Extended: ASFS/AJFS Postgraduate Prize

The deadline for the co-sponsored ASFS/AJFS Postgraduate Essay Prize has been extended!

Deadline for submissions: 23 August 2021.

A prize of AU$500 will be awarded to the best article (5,000 to 6,500 words including notes) on any aspect of French Studies (except French language Studies) by a postgraduate student. The winning essay will be published in the Australian Journal of French Studies.

Submission Guidelines

  • Entries are open to anyone enrolled in a Masters or PhD in an Australian or New Zealand university on the date of the submission deadline.
  • All applicants must be members of the Society.
  • Essays on any aspect of French and Francophone Studies (except French language Studies) will be considered.
  • Essays must be an original piece of work not already under consideration for publication elsewhere.
  • Essays must not exceed 6,000 words (6,500 including notes) and must be presented according to the Australian Journal of French Studies guidelines (attached),
  • Essays must be anonymised and not include the candidate’s name, that of their supervisors or institution.
  • Essays should be submitted to the Postgraduate Officer along with the Submission Form (attached).

A panel of three members of the Society will evaluate all applications. The panel members will be selected from institutions other than those at which the applicants are candidates. All applicants will receive written feedback from the panel.

The following prizes will be awarded to the winner:

  • Publication of the winning essay in Australian Journal of French Studies, subject to the journal’s refereeing.
  • A certificate award at the annual ASFS conference
  • A cash prize of AU$500 jointly awarded by the ASFS and AJFS.

Submissions and enquiries should be directed to ASFS’s Postgraduate Officer, Clara Sitbon (

Extended Call for Papers, ASFS 2021, Un.Sited

The call for papers and panel proposals for the 2021 ASFS Conference, Un.Sited, held online by the University of Queensland from December 8-10, has been extended until 31 August. Submit your paper and panel proposals via the conference submission page here and direct any questions to the organising committee at

Australian Society for French Studies Conference 2021

8-10 December 2021

Un.sited: “Sites” in French Studies

Online conference

Hosted by the French Discipline, School of Language and Cultures

University of Queensland

We acknowledge the traditional owners of the lands on which the university stands.

It is intended that scheduling will accommodate speakers from a range of time zones – from other states in Australia and around the world.

Confirmed plenary speakers:

Professor Charles Forsdick, University of Liverpool

Professor Celeste Kinginger, Penn State University

Professor Valérie Loichot, Emory University

The label “French Studies” is applied to research and teaching in a range of disciplines united by the common thread of interest in phenomena related to particular sites, those where French is spoken. The notion of site, one from which practitioners are most usually distanced, is thus a primary enabler of our work, but is taken up in a wide range of ways. Rather than being neutral places, spaces or localities, sites carry specific meaning or have particular functions that may vary between disciplines and individuals. The significance of “sites” has been underscored by the restrictions on mobility enforced in response to the pandemic: many of us have found ourselves “un-sited”, removed from a specific point of contact, our sites more than ever out of sight. Yet we have also sought out alternative (often virtual) spaces with which to engage. New locations have become available through Zoom and our own homes have taken on new functions. 

Therefore, at a time when mobility and access have been restricted and transformed in ways unimaginable a few years ago, in this conference we want to explore the notion of “site” and what it means in the various disciplines represented in French Studies through papers which illustrate its mobilisation (papers drawing on specific sites) or tackle the significance of “site” directly. How do specific physical spaces (their existence, accessibility or inaccessibility) become meaningful for your work, research, teaching and identity? How are notions of particular places given value? How do certain sites take on meaning through historical or sociocultural events? How do certain spaces exclude or include particular socio-cultural groups? Do they take on different meaning depending on identity categories? What alternative spaces have now become available?

Presentations might consider:

  • sites of authenticity
  • sites of imagination
  • sites of learning
  • sites of marginalisation/ marginalised sites
  • sites of memory
  • sites of pleasure
  • sites of suffering and infection
  • sites of tourism
  • sites of work
  • archives; archaeology
  • fieldwork
  • filming on location
  • imagined or mythic sites
  • literary and cinematic topographies
  • para/sites: questions of contiguity, interdisciplinarity, intersectionality
  • regional variations
  • student im/mobility; virtual mobility
  • télétravail and WFH
  • terroir
  • universities as transnational spaces

We invite proposals – in French or in English – for:

  • Individual research papers: presentations of 15 minutes, followed by 10 / 15 minutes of discussion.
  • Panels: three x 15-minute papers, followed by discussion.
  • Roundtable discussions: these might relate to research practice, to teaching practice, to language policy (for example).

As is the usual ASFS practice, we will consider proposals on topics other than the conference theme, within the constraints of the programme.

Proposals to be sent to by 31 August 2021

Conference emails:

Registration: (Payment details to be provided later)

$30 flat rate for all attendees

This nominal fee will contribute to the costs of administrative and technical support. The Australian Society for French Studies will also sponsor the conference and you are therefore encouraged to renew your membership or become a member:

Postgraduates: $10

Sessional staff; retired; unwaged: $20

Fulltime staff: $30

Organizing committee:

Barbara Hanna; Joe Hardwick; Amy Hubbell; Jenny Davis Barnett; Beth Kearney; Peter Cowley