President’s Welcome 2021

Dear ASFS members,

We hope this finds you all safe and well, especially after the tumult of 2020.

The ASFS Executive Committee is pleased to announce its 2021 initiatives.

Before getting to those, we’d like to thank everyone involved in our ASFS XXVIII conference and hope that attendees have fond memories of our virtual meeting. We were particularly pleased with the keynote roundtable, the lively discussion with Prof. Mame Fatou Niang and Prof. Lydie Moudileno, and our exceptionally well-attended postgraduate session. While we missed the interactions of our usual face-to-face conference, we were heartened by the commitment members showed to research across the many disciplines of French Studies. Members gave papers on literature, film, philosophy, applied linguistics, poetry, history, pedagogy and visual art – a fitting representation of the diverse scholarly interests ‘French Studies’ encompasses, and an important reminder of research carried out in these fields in Australia. Dr. Clara Sitbon and A/Prof. Ben McCann are currently editing a volume of the Australian Journal of French Studies based upon the conference, featuring a range of postgraduate and early career researchers.

Our plans for 2021 include:

1. Colin Nettelbeck prize

The ASFS will be inaugurating a prize in honour of Emeritus Prof. Colin Nettelbeck. Many members will know that Colin took a particular interest in mentoring postgraduate and early career researchers so our prize is aimed at these members. The Colin Nettelbeck Prize is designed to support research and travel costs for a French Studies-related project. A call for applications will be distributed shortly.

2. Mentoring program

We piloted our Mentoring program in 2020 and were delighted with its success. We matched up 21 mentors/mentees who worked together throughout the year and they gave very positive feedback to our survey of the program in November. We will shortly be sending a call for expressions of interest for 2021. (Mentors and mentees from 2020 are of course very welcome to continue working together.)

3. Postgraduate Essay prize

We will shortly be distributing a call for entries to the 2021 ASFS/AJFS Postgraduate Essay Prize. We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Australian Journal of French Studies and Prof. Jarrod Hayes and Prof. Brian Nelson. We’re delighted that Dr. Yuri Cerqueira dos Anjos has agreed to chair of the Prize Committee this year. We are very grateful to A/Prof. Alistair Rolls for serving in this role in 2020. Alistair will remain on the committee this year. 

4. ASFS Conference XXIX

Due to the ongoing pandemic restrictions, we have decided to postpone our conference in New Zealand to 2022 and are very grateful to the Organising Committee (A/Prof. Jean Anderson, Dr. Yuri Cerqueira dos Anjos, Dr. France Grenaudier-Klijn and Dr. Charles Rice-Davies) for their flexibility and their ongoing support of the Society. We are committed to holding our 29th conference in 2021 and plan to offer a ‘blended’ conference that members could attend either face-to-face or via zoom. We are currently planning where to host the conference and will be in touch with details as soon as we can.

5. Roundtable on ARC Funding at ASFS XXIX

We will be holding a session on ‘ARC Funding in French Studies’ in order to assist colleagues in preparing funding applications. We are gratified by the recent successes in French Studies (at DECRA, DP and Future Fellowship level) and are eager to capitalise upon these for the benefit of all members. We are grateful to Dr. Valentina Gosetti and Dr. Chris Hogarth for organising this session.

6. ‘Teaching-Research Nexus’ Panels at ASFS XXIX

Following a highly successful panel at the 2020 Conference in which members presented strategies for incorporating their research in their teaching, we will be organising a series of panels that showcase members’ pedagogical practice and scholarship of learning and teaching. We are very grateful to Dr. Carolyn Stott and Dr. Marie-Laure Vaille-Barcan for leading this initiative.

Finally, we offer our congratulations to Em. Prof. John West-Sooby, University of Adelaide, for winning FATFA’s ‘Professeur de l’année’ 2020. Congratulations also to Dr. Gemma King, ANU, for winning an Australian Award for University Teaching 2020. These are well deserved accolades that recognise our colleagues’ outstanding performance at a national level. 

I am very grateful to the members who were elected/re-elected to the Executive Committee for 2021: A/Prof. Ben McCann (Vice-President), Dr. Leslie Barnes (Secretary), Dr. Chris Hogarth (Treasurer),Dr. Gemma King (Communications Officer), Dr. Clara Sitbon (Postgraduate Officer) and Ms. Lauren Twine (Membership Secretary, ad hoc member 2021).

We leave you with the good news that our Society has reached over 150 members, so is now at its largest in its history.

We look forward to representing you this year and encourage you to get in touch with us with any request, ideas or suggestions you may have.

Prof. Natalie Edwards (President)

2021 FATFA Conference Online and In-Person April 17-18

ASFS members may be interested in the upcoming Federation of Associations of Teachers of French in Australia (FATFA) Conference.

The 2021 Conference will be running in a hybrid format online and in-person in Brisbane from April 17-18. The conference will include:

  • Plenary speeches by Florence Boulard, Gianfranco Conti and Joe Dale,
  • Workshops and presentations that are interactive, informative and varied ,
  • Recordings of all sessions available for download for one month post-conference,
  • In-person attendance includes conference function at Cloudland on Saturday 17th.

The members’ price is for members of any state language teachers association. For more information or to make any additional presentation proposals, email Barbara Hanna at b.hanna@uq.edu.au. More information is available on the website at https://fatfamltaqconferen.wixsite.com/website.

ASFS 2020 Conference Programme

The programme is now available for the 2020 Australian Society for French Studies conference, with the book of abstracts here. Join us online from 3-4 December for an exciting collection of panels and events on the theme of Dis/connexion, including a keynote round table on Memorialisation, Racism and Post/colonial Connections in Contemporary France from Lydie Moudileno and Mame-Fatou Niang.

During a time of social distancing, in which we are requested to “Stay Apart Together”, the ASFS 2020 conference brings members together to reflect upon the theme of connection and disconnection. Paper presentations are scheduled for 10 minutes plus panel discussion. The conference is free to all members of the ASFS. If you would like to attend as an audience member, you can renew or apply for membership here; Zoom links will be forwarded to members prior to the conference.

The Postgraduate Session will take place on the morning of 3 December via Zoom, led by Postgraduate Officer Dr Clara Sitbon. The Postgraduate Session is free and open to all members.

New association: Women in French Australia

The Australian Society for French Studies is pleased to note that an Australian branch of the Women in French Association has been established. The network is based on and attached to the WIF programme in North America, and the executive committee is composed of the following ASFS members:

President: Christie Margrave (ANU) 

Vice President: Bonnie Thomas (UWA) 

Secretary/Early Career Researcher Representative: Françoise Campbell (Royal Holloway/IMLR) 

Communications Officer/Postgraduate Student Representative: Beth Kearney (UQ) 

International Liaison Officers: Natalie Edwards (U of Adelaide), Chris Hogarth (UniSA) 

The first WIF Australia panel, “Mediating Connections in Women’s Life Writing”, will take place at the ASFS virtual conference in December 2020. The association will also be launching a seminar series in the weeks to come, beginning with an Introduction to the Inaugural WIF Australia (Wif-Oz), a virtual event to take place on Friday November 6th, 2020 at 5.30 AEST. The committee is seeking approximately 10 participants each giving a 3-5 minute paper on their work in Women in French Studies. A Q and A session will follow the papers. If you are interested in participating and presenting at this event and in being a member of the network, contact wifaustralia@gmail.com.

Deadline extended to 25 September: Australian Society for French Studies 2020 Conference (‘Dis/connexion’, 3-4 December)

ASFS Conference Banner 2020

We are pleased to extend the deadline for proposals for the Australian Society for French Studies 2020 Virtual Conference, until Friday September 25. We will advise successful applicants by early October and attendees and speakers will be required to become members/ renew their membership of the Society by November 1. Please find the call for papers below.

Call for Papers

Australian Society for French Studies

VIRTUAL CONFERENCE 2020

DIS/CONNEXION

3-4 December

Keynote speakers: Professor Lydie Moudileno (University of Southern California) and Associate Professor Mame-Fatou Niang (Carnegie Mellon University)

In light of the current situation, the ASFS has had to come to the inevitable decision of postponing the conference that was scheduled to take place in New Zealand this year, to 2021. In order to maintain a sense of community, and academic discussions around our research and future, the ASFS Conference will move online in a shorter format for 2020.

During a time of social distancing, in which we are requested to “Stay Apart Together”, the ASFS 2020 conference will bring members together to reflect upon the theme of connection and disconnection.

We invite proposals for papers and panels related to the conference theme. Papers may reflect upon, but are not limited to:

  • The role of the Humanities in general, and of language, literature and culture in particular, during times of crisis and social unrest
  • Literary, artistic and cinematic representations of connection and disconnection
  • The dis/connection between World and national literatures, cinema and history, and other forms of transnational connections
  • The Medical Humanities and the ethics of care
  • The Digital Humanities
  • Language pedagogy and (dis)connection
  • Interdisciplinary connections (and their limits)

Paper presentations will be scheduled for 10 minutes. Panels will be scheduled for 45 minutes, with 3 presentations and discussion.

The conference will be free to all members of the ASFS. Presenters will be required to join the Society by 1 November.

The Postgraduate Session will take place on the morning of 3 December via Zoom, led by Postgraduate Officer Dr Clara Sitbon. The Postgraduate Session is free and open to all members.

The conference will feature keynotes and roundtables, will include different formats for special events, and will incorporate social spaces such as a virtual coffee room running alongside and between panels.

We hope that this will allow members to continue to engage with the ASFS activities and with each other in these trying times.

Deadline for submitting paper and panel proposals: 25 September 2020 to Dr Leslie Barnes, Secretary: leslie.barnes@anu.edu.au.

Appel à communications

Australian Society for French Studies

CONFÉRENCE VIRTUELLE 2020

DÉ/CONNEXION

3-4 décembre

Intervenants principaux : Professor Lydie Moudileno (University of Southern California) et Associate Professor Mame-Fatou Niang (Carnegie Mellon University)

Au vu de la situation actuelle, l’ASFS a dû prendre la difficile décision de repousser sa conférence annuelle, qui devait initialement se tenir en Nouvelle-Zélande en décembre cette année, à 2021. Pour maintenir un sentiment de communauté, et pour poursuivre les importantes discussions qui conditionnent notre recherche et notre avenir, l’ASFS souhaite maintenir une version virtuelle de sa conférence, dans un format plus court.

A une époque de distanciation sociale, où nous sommes exhortés à être distancés ensemble, l’édition 2020 de la conférence ASFS entend rassembler ses membres autour de réflexions sur les thèmes de connexion et déconnexion.

L’ASFS invite des propositions de communications autour de ces deux thèmes. Les communications peuvent aborder les éléments suivants, sans pour autant y être exclusivement limitées :

  • Le rôle des Sciences Humaines (Humanities), des langues, de la littérature et de la culture, en temps de crise et de troubles sociaux
  • Représentations littéraires, artistiques, cinématographiques de connexions et déconnexions
  • La dé/connexion entre les littératures, cinémas, histoires nationales et nationaux, et les littératures, cinémas et histoires du monde, ainsi que d’autres formes de connections transnationales
  • Les Humanités Médicales et l’éthique de la compassion
  • Les Humanités Numériques
  • Pédagogie linguistique et (dé)connexion
  • Connections interdisciplinaires (et leurs limites)

Les communications seront de dix minutes chacune, et les panels de 45 minutes chacun (pour trois présentations et discussions).

La conférence sera entièrement gratuite pour les membres de l’ASFS. Si vous n’êtes pas membres de la société mais que vous souhaitez présenter une communication, vous devrez joindre la société avant le 1er novembre 2020.

La session dédiée aux étudiants de troisième cycle aura lieu le matin du 3 décembre via Zoom, et sera coordonnée par Dr Clara Sitbon (Postgraduate Officer). Cette session est gratuite et ouverte à tous les membres.

La conférence comprendra des séances plénières et tables rondes, mêlera une variété de formats pour divers événements, et inclura des espaces sociaux virtuels (cafés virtuels) en parallèle et entre les différentes sessions.

Nous espérons que cela permettra aux membres de continuer à s’impliquer dans les activités de l’ASFS, et les un.e.s avec les autres durant ces moments difficiles.

Les propositions de communications et de panels sont à envoyer avant le 25 septembre 2020, à la secrétaire de la société, Dr Leslie Barnes (leslie.barnes@anu.edu.au).

Conferences: Translating COVID-19 in Australia (Call for Papers) and Diversity, Decolonization, and the French Curriculum (Registration)

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Australian Society for French Studies members may be interested in the following two conferences in November 2020, organised by ASFS members:

Translating COVID-19 in Australia (Call for Papers)

Proposals for short contributions (8-10 minutes) are welcome for this symposium that seeks to investigate the translation of COVID-19 across languages and cultures in Australia, through contributions dealing with:

-the neologisms, metaphors, and the practices of translation in the context of the 2020 coronavirus pandemic.

– the challenges of the linguistic and cultural translation of prevention measures in various contexts, e.g. first nations communities, migrant populations, refugees, linguistic minorities, across social classes, gender…

The purpose of these round tables will be to foster productive discussions around the ways in which the pandemic has reframed our cultural practices through the lens of language.

Conference organized by Caroline Lipovsky, Michelle Royer and Nathalie Ségeral, Department of French and Francophone Studies, The University of Sydney.

Submissions (approximately 150 words) due by 30 September 2020 to nathalie.segeral@sydney.edu.au. Symposium to be held on Friday 6 November 2020. 

Diversity, Decolonization, and the French Curriculum (Registration)

Dr. Siham Bouamer (Sam Houston State University) and Dr. Loic Bourdeau (University of Louisiana, Lafayette) are pleased to announce that registration for the first (virtual) conference on “Diversity, Decolonization, and the French Curriculum” (Nov. 13-14, 2020) is now open on eventbrite.com.

Please find below a list of all the panels/topics. A detailed program is available online. You are welcome to register for as many panels as you wish. We would like to draw special attention to the keynote by Professor Hanétha Vété-Congolo: “Decolonizing the White French Curriculum: Which Ethics?” (Saturday, 14 November 2020, 9:30am-10:30am Central-US Time).

– A Conversation about French Accents

– Accessibility/Ableism

– Beginner and Intermediate Courses

– Black Lives Matter in the French Curriculum

– Defining “francophonie”

– Discussing the Colonial Past

– French Outside the Classroom

– French Programs

– French/Francophone Icons

– Gender Issues/Queer Curriculum

– Intersectional/Inclusive French Studies

– K-12 French Education

– On Textbooks and Beyond

– Roundtable discussion with the Diversity, Decolonization, and German Curriculum Collective

– Social Media and Multimodal Instruction

– “Talking Back”: Engaging Students with New Perspectives in French

– Teaching French Abroad

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/117350300909

Call for Papers: Australian Society for French Studies Virtual Conference, ‘Dis/connexion’, 3-4 December 2020

Conference Banner: ASFS 2020

Call for Papers

Australian Society for French Studies

 VIRTUAL CONFERENCE 2020

DIS/CONNEXION

 3-4 December

 In light of the current situation, the ASFS has had to come to the inevitable decision of postponing the conference that was scheduled to take place in New Zealand this year, to 2021. In order to maintain a sense of community, and academic discussions around our research and future, the ASFS Conference will move online in a shorter format for 2020.

During a time of social distancing, in which we are requested to “Stay Apart Together”, the ASFS 2020 conference will bring members together to reflect upon the theme of connection and disconnection.

We invite proposals for papers and panels related to the conference theme. Papers may reflect upon, but are not limited to:

  • The role of the Humanities in general, and of language, literature and culture in particular, during times of crisis and social unrest
  • Literary, artistic and cinematic representations of connection and disconnection
  • The dis/connection between World and national literatures, cinema and history, and other forms of transnational connections
  • The Medical Humanities and the ethics of care
  • The Digital Humanities
  • Language pedagogy and (dis)connection
  • Interdisciplinary connections (and their limits)

Paper presentations will be scheduled for 10 minutes. Panels will be scheduled for 45 minutes, with 3 presentations and discussion.

The conference will be free to all members of the ASFS. Presenters will be required to join the Society by 1 November.

The Postgraduate Session will take place on the morning of 3 December via Zoom, led by Postgraduate Officer Dr Clara Sitbon. The Postgraduate Session is free and open to all members.

The conference will feature keynotes and round tables, will include different formats for special events, and will incorporate social spaces such as a virtual coffee room running alongside and between panels.

We hope that this will allow members to continue to engage with the ASFS activities and with each other in these trying times.

Deadline for submitting paper and panel proposals: 1 September 2020 to Dr Leslie Barnes, Secretary: leslie.barnes@anu.edu.au.

 Appel à communications

Australian Society for French Studies

 CONFÉRENCE VIRTUELLE 2020

DÉ/CONNEXION

 3-4 décembre

Au vu de la situation actuelle, l’ASFS a dû prendre la difficile décision de repousser sa conférence annuelle, qui devait initialement se tenir en Nouvelle-Zélande en décembre cette année, à 2021. Pour maintenir un sentiment de communauté, et pour poursuivre les importantes discussions qui conditionnent notre rechercheet notre avenir, l’ASFS souhaite maintenir une version virtuelle de sa conférence, dans un format plus court.

A une époque de distanciation sociale, où nous sommes exhortés à être distancés ensemble, l’édition 2020 de la conférence ASFS entend rassembler ses membres autour de réflexions sur les thèmes de connexion et déconnexion.

L’ASFS invite des propositions de communications autour de ces deux thèmes. Les communications peuvent aborder les éléments suivants, sans pour autant y être exclusivement limitées :

  • Le rôle des Sciences Humaines (Humanities), des langues, de la littérature et de la culture, en temps de crise et de troubles sociaux
  • Représentations littéraires, artistiques, cinématographiques de connexions et déconnexions
  • La dé/connexion entre les littératures, cinémas, histoires nationales et nationaux, et les littératures, cinémas et histoires du monde, ainsi que d’autres formes de connections transnationales
  • Les Humanités Médicales et l’éthique de la compassion
  • Les Humanités Numériques
  • Pédagogie linguistique et (dé)connexion
  • Connections interdisciplinaires (et leurs limites)

Les communications seront de dix minutes chacune, et les panels de 45 minutes chacun (pour trois présentations et discussions).

La conférence sera entièrement gratuite pour les membres de l’ASFS. Si vous n’êtes pas membres de la société mais que vous souhaitez présenter une communication, vous devrez joindre la société avant le 1er novembre 2020.

La session dédiée aux étudiants de troisième cycle aura lieu le matin du 3 décembre via Zoom, et sera coordonnée par Dr Clara Sitbon (Postgraduate Officer). Cette session est gratuite et ouverte à tous les membres.

La conférence comprendra des séances plénières et tables rondes, mêlera une variété de formats pour divers événements, et inclura des espaces sociaux virtuels (cafés virtuels) en parallèle et entre les différentes sessions.

Nous espérons que cela permettra aux membres de continuer à s’impliquer dans les activités de l’ASFS, et les un.e.s avec les autres durant ces moments difficiles.

Les propositions de communications et de panels sont à envoyer avant le 1er septembre 2020, à la secrétaire de la société, Dr Leslie Barnes (leslie.barnes@anu.edu.au).

Entre les frontières Screening + In Conversation in Brisbane 27 November 6 pm

Between Fences (Entre les frontières)

by Avi Mograbi 

In conversation with

Professor Alison Levine

and

Professor Catherine Wihtol de Wenden

at the Australian Cinémathèque, QAGOMA

6 pm on 27 November 2019

 

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Between Fences (2016) follows African asylum seekers held in the Negev Refugee Centre in Israel. Through a theatre workshop, the participants question the status of refugees and what compelled them to leave behind their possessions to plunge into the unknown. The film questions how Israel, a land of refugees, treats exiled people fleeing genocide, war and persecution, and offers theatre as a possible means of exchange and understanding.

The film will be preceded by an In Conversation between Professor Alison Levine (University of Virginia) and Emeritus Professor Catherine Wihtol de Wenden (SciencesPo Paris) about the representation of refugees and asylum seekers in documentary film. Professor Wihtol de Wenden is a political scientist and expert on European citizenship and migration who has recently published on memory of immigration and immigrant memory. Professor Levine is an expert in French documentary film who has published on nation, space and boundaries. Her books include Vivre Ici: Space, Place and Experience in Contemporary French Documentary and Framing the Nation: Documentary Film in Interwar France.

The film is in Hebrew, Tigrigna, and Arabic with English subtitles. Release date: 11 January 2017

This event is held in conjunction with the “Crossing Boundaries: Language, Culture and Migration Symposium” organised by the School of Languages and Cultures at the University of Queensland with presenting partner the Australian Cinémathèque, QAGOMA. This is also part of “France Australian Conversations” program funded by the French Embassy and Alliance Française.

https://www.qagoma.qld.gov.au/whats-on/cinema/programs/in-conversation-film-between-fences

 

Registration Open for ASFS2019 Sydney

front facadeRegistration for ASFS2019 “Making and Breaking the Rules” hosted by University of New England and Western Sydney University is now open. Get in quick before Early-bird registration closes on 4 September.

To register, follow this link and use our online store. Choose the registration package that suits you and please fill in the registration form which should be submitted separately to the conference organisers.

You will find all relevant conference information updated regularly on the conference web page.

A bientôt, à Sydney.

 

CFP: FATFA 2020 Conference in Brisbane

The French Teachers Branch of the Modern Language Teachers Association of Queensland invites you to the 2020 Conference of the Federation of Associations of Teachers of French in Australia  

Making Connections: Engaging 21st Century Learners of French in the Pacific 

3rd – 5th July 2020 –  Emmanuel College, University of Queensland, Brisbane

How do we and how can we teach French here and now in ways which engage diverse groups of learners?   

This conference invites reflection on the theme of engaging learners of French in the contexts in which we teach. We invite proposals for presentations and workshops on:

  •        Connecting with French speaking communities (in our local context or elsewhere) 
  •        Teaching French as a regional language of the Pacific 
  •        Retention; attrition; barriers and enablers to participation in language education 
  •        Learner motivation 
  •        Inclusivity and teaching diverse groups of learners 
  •        Engaging non-traditional learners  
  •        Work-Integrated learning 
  •        Teaching French in an age of technology 

Please note that although our inspiration is the Australian curriculum, we are interested to hear about projects carried out in other contexts which relate to the theme of learner engagement 

The conference organizing committee invites proposals for: 

Papers (20 minutes + 10 minutes of questions) 

  •        Individual presentations of research or practice + 10 minutes for questions 
  •        Panels of three papers dealing with the same theme 

In your proposal, please indicate: 

  • if it is primarily presenting research, practice-based research or practice 
  • your av requirements (powerpoint projection; internet) 
     

Workshops (60 minutes or 90 minutes) 

·         Workshops give participants the opportunity to participate in activities and/ or explore resources hands-on.  

In your proposal, please indicate: 

  • what the goal of the workshop is and what kind(s) of activities participants will undertake. 
  • the maximum size for your workshop 
  • any av or furniture requirements (tables/ clear space allowing movement etc 

Languages of the conference: French and English.   

Submit proposals (your details plus 150 – 200 word description of your session)  

by: 1st February 2020  to: FATFA2020conference@gmail.com