Book Presentation with ASFS VP Gemma King: Jacques Audiard (Manchester UP)

The Australian Society for French Studies Vice-President Gemma King will discuss her recently published book Jacques Audiard (Manchester UP, 2021) at an event organized for the SCMS French and Francophone Scholarly Interest Group and Franco-Screens. She will also offer recommendations for teaching Audiard’s films and will share how she has approached teaching some of Audiard’s films in her own classes.

Please register via eventbright to receive the Zoom details. This event will be held on Friday 29 April at 6am AEST to accommodate as many people as possible across time zones.

Contact Leslie Kealhofer-Kemp ( and Michael Gott ( with any questions.

Call for Papers – Inaugural ASFS / WiF:Oz Research and Networking Event

The Australian Society of French Studies, in collaboration with Women in French: Australia, is delighted to announce its first mid-year Australian French Studies symposium. For this inaugural one-day event (split over two half days on account of time differences) we would like to invite colleagues in French Studies from around the world to present any aspect of their research – whether it is a work-in-progress, full paper or an overall taste of what they do – in order to encourage new collegial collaborations. 

Instead of requesting papers around a specific theme, we are particularly keen to hear from colleagues working on new projects, undertaking research Fellowships, testing out new ideas, or who wish to hear the thoughts of others as they shape their research. We are also interested in creating a ‘speed-dating’ style session where researchers can give a brief, 10-minute outline of what they do. We welcome colleagues at any stage in their career, from PhD and Early Career through to leading researchers and senior academics. We are also keen to hear from those working on new collaborative projects who wish to share their experiences through round table discussion. 

The event will take place online on 14th and 15th July 2022. Please send a 200-250 word abstract for papers (approx 15 minutes) as well as a short author bio to by 31st May 2022. If you would like to submit a full panel, please add to the above a brief 100 word introduction to your panel.

N.B.: Timezones

The first half day will be run from the UK and will take place on 14th July (this will be accessible to European time zones (afternoon of 14th July) and also EDT and CDT in North America (morning of 14th July)).

The second half day will be run from Australia and will take place on 15th July (this will be accessible to Australian and South Pacific time zones (morning of 15th July) and also all other North American time zones (afternoon of 14th July)).

ASFS Mentorship Program

The Australian Society for French Studies is again extending the mentorship program for colleagues seeking extra support in their careers. Colleagues may seek mentorship for a specific professional goal, such as a promotion application, job search or grant application, and mentees may include but are not limited to postgraduate and ECR candidates. Mentees will be paired with a suitable member of the Society able to advise on their goals, and each pair will decide how often and where to communicate (e.g., Zoom, email) depending on their needs. This is an informal and collegial initiative designed to support colleagues at a range of stages in their academic careers.

If you are interested in becoming a mentor and/or mentee, please click on the appropriate link below and submit it by 15 May 2022.

Mentee Form – ASFS Mentorship Program

Mentor Form – ASFS Mentorship Program