Who Are We?

The Australian Society for French Studies was founded in 1993. Whilst open to any interested individual, the Society exists principally to unite and represent the interests of those researchers, scholars, higher degree students and teachers working within a French Program in the Australian Higher Education Sector.

The main activity of the society is the organisation of the annual ASFS conference which takes place in a different Australian University each year. In addition to this, the ASFS enjoys a very active working relationship with the French Embassy in Australia, working with the Embassy on programmes of benefit to University students and teachers of French in Australia.

As stated in our constitution, the aims of the Association are:
i. to promote for the public benefit teaching and research in French studies, understood in the broadest sense;
ii. to provide such help as may prove possible towards the promotion of study in these fields;
iii. to foster the coordination of teaching and research by all appropriate means, including the organising of conferences and seminars and the maintenance of registers of teaching and research;
iv. to maintain and foster links between Australian universities or institutions and those in France and French-speaking countries, as well as with such other bodies as may be thought fit.