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)).

Call for Submissions: Bypassing Paris? / “Se passer” de Paris?

Please consider submitting to this innovative online discussion forum organized by ASFS members Valentina Gosetti and Heather Williams. Designed to engage scholars in new ways through podcasts, videos, and short written statements, this digital event will also feature presentations and discussions on various platforms to combat “Zoom fatigue” and be accessible to all. Please see below and visit the Transferre blog for more details.

Bypassing Paris?: An Online Multi-Platform Discussion Forum

Online Meet-up Date: Tuesday 10 May 2022

Podcasts, videos, of up to 10-minutes, or short 1000-word written statements, due by Tuesday 20 April 2022

*La version française suit

Question for Discussion: Is It Possible to Bypass Paris?

Organisers: Associate Professor Valentina Gosetti & Professor Heather Williams

The University of New England, Australia & Canolfan Uwchefrydiau Cymreig a Cheltaidd Prifysgol Cymru y Drindod Dewi Sant | University of Wales Trinity Saint David Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies

This is one of the main questions at the heart of some of our recent research projects. It is a central concern within the theoretical framework underpinning Valentina Gosetti’s current Australian Research Council-Funded Project “Provincial Poets and the Making of a Nation” (DE200101206). Its aim is to rediscover and analyse prominent regional voices swept aside by the powerful forces constructing national identity in nineteenth-century France in order to argue for a positive view of provincialism and challenge the division between central and peripheral cultures (and indeed cities). This project hopes to advance a more inclusive and representative literary canon, a new awareness of the crucial role of regional poets, and a new ‘transregional’ theoretical framework to revalue the potential of locality. It is also an integral question of Heather Williams’s research on cultural interfaces. Working on Breton/French and Breton/Welsh cultural dialogues she adopts a multilingual approach that reaches beyond major or colonial languages and focuses on ‘lateral networks’ between minoritized cultures. Our work seeks to critique “French” centralization rather than reproduce it. 

As part of the ARC DECRA project, in partnership with the blog Transferre, and the newly-founded Literary Worlds Research Group at The University of New England (headed by Dr Giulia Torello-Hill in collaboration with Valentina Gosetti), we would like to encourage an open discussion on this core – if controversial – theoretical question: is it ever possible, or even fruitful, to bypass Paris, whenever our aim is to diversify and decentre so-called “French Studies”? We invite anyone interested in this theme to submit podcasts/videos of up to 10-minutes or, alternatively, 1000-word statements. We invite considerations of the question from all possible angles (across the centuries, across different languages and contexts, comparatively, etc.)

FORMAT: We shall upload all the submissions (podcasts, videos, written statements) to an online platform, share them with the participants, and arrange “online dates” for you to discuss your submission with whomever is interested via various online slots taking place on 10 May 2022 around the world

This innovative format is designed to combat “Zoom fatigue”, so a live chat or a voice message on platforms like WhatsApp may be a substitute for a video encounter, and a podcast can easily be listened to while going for a walk, lying down, tidying up, according to your preferences and needs.

The long-term goal is a collective special issue on this subject.

Please send your submission (in Breton, English, French, Welsh, Italian, Occitan and please get in touch as we are open to submissions in a multitude of languages) by Wednesday 20 April 2022 via Google Drive link, as an attachment, via Dropbox (whatever easiest for you) or get in touch to know more by writing to and


Appel à contribution

“Se passer” de Paris? : une discussion en ligne sur plusieurs plateformes

Date de réunion : le mardi 10 mai 2022

Des podcasts, des vidéos de moins de 10 minutes, ou des textes de moins de 1000 mots à nous envoyer avant le mercredi 20 avril 2022 

Le débat : Est-il possible de “se passer” de Paris ? 

Organisateurs : Associate Professor Valentina Gosetti & Professor Heather Williams

The University of New England, Australia & Canolfan Uwchefrydiau Cymreig a Cheltaidd Prifysgol Cymru y Drindod Dewi Sant | University of Wales Trinity Saint David Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies 

Il s’agit de l’une des questions clés de nos axes de recherche récents. Elle est essentielle à l’approche théorique de Valentina Gosetti dans son projet actuel (financé par l’Australian Research Council) ‘Les poètes provinciaux et la fabrique de la nation’ (DE200101206). Son but est de redécouvrir et d’analyser des voix régionales saillantes qui ont été balayées par les vents puissants de la construction d’une identité nationale dans la France du XIXème siècle afin de proposer une version positive de la provincialité et de mettre en question la division entre centres (et centres urbains) et périphéries culturelles. L’espoir est de pouvoir présenter une tradition littéraire plus inclusive et représentative, ainsi qu’une appréciation renouvelée du rôle essentiel des poètes régionaux et une approche théorique ‘transrégionale’ pour revaloriser la valeur de la localité. La même question fait partie intégrante des recherches de Heather Williams dans le domaine des frontières culturelles. Dans son travail sur les dialogues culturels entre breton/français et breton/gallois, elle adopte une approche plurilingue qui vise à scruter, au-delà des langues majeures ou coloniales, les liens latéraux entre cultures minorées. Notre travail vise à critiquer la centralisation ‘française’ plutôt qu’à la reproduire.

Au nom du projet ARC DECRA, en partenariat avec le blog Transferre, et le tout nouveau groupe de recherche ‘Literary Worlds Research Group’ (créé par Dr Giulia Torello-Hill en collaboration avec Valentina Gosetti à l’University of New England en Australie), nous aimerions encourager un débat ouvert sur le sujet, controversé peut-être, mais essentiel : est-il possible, ou même souhaitable, de se passer de Paris quand notre but est de diversifier et de décentraliser les soi-disant ‘études françaises’ ? Nous invitons ceux qui s’intéressent à la question à nous envoyer des podcasts ou des vidéos de moins de 10 minutes, ou de courts textes de moins de 1000 mots. Nous vous invitons à considérer la question de tous les points de vue (différentes époques, langues, aires géographiques, littératures comparées, etc.)

FORMAT : Nous publierons toutes les présentations (podcasts, vidéos, ou fichiers Word) sur une plateforme virtuelle. Les participants auront la possibilité de les écouter/lire. Nous arrangerons ainsi des ‘rencontres en ligne’ permettant de discuter des vidéos / podcasts avec les chercheurs intéressés, dans une série de réunions en ligne le 10 mai 2022 partout dans le monde.   

Cette formule innovante a pour but de combattre le ‘ras-le-bol du Zoom’ ; ainsi une conversation ou un message WhatsApp peut se substituer à une visioconférence, et un podcast s’écoute facilement en se promenant, en s’allongeant, en faisant le ménage, selon vos préférences et besoins.

L’objectif à long terme est de créer un numéro spécial consacré à ce sujet.

Veuillez nous envoyer vos présentations (en anglais, breton, français, italien, gallois, occitan, ou bien contactez nous, nous accueillons favorablement des propositions de contribution dans d’autres langues) avant le mercredi 20 avril 2022 via un lien Google Drive, en pièce jointe à un email, via Dropbox (faites au plus simple pour vous), ou bien prenez contact avec nous pour discuter, en écrivant à et à

Women in French Postgraduate and Early Career Researcher International Symposium

Please consider attending Women in French’s postgraduate and early career researcher international symposium. Organised by several ASFS members, this virtual symposium focuses on immersion in women’s literature and hybrid media (including photo-texts, bande dessinée, cinema, journals, and other media), with a particular emphasis on immersivity as both a pleasurable and productive feature. It will include presentations from postgraduate students and early career researchers working on questions of gender or feminism in French studies.

Dates: Thursday 13th to Saturday 15th January 2022

Keynote Speakers:

  • Professor Diana Holmes (Leeds)
  • Professor Michèle Bacholle (Eastern Connecticut)
  • Dr Alexandra Kurmann (Macquarie)

See the webpage and download the programme here.
Please register for the event here!

The Immersive Potential of Literature and Hybrid Media in the 20th and 21st Centuries

Day One: Thursday 13th January

Start Times: 4:00 p.m. (UK); 11:00 a.m. (US Eastern Daylight).

Introduction and Opening Remarks

Arline Cravens (Saint Louis), Women in French President

E. Nicole Meyer (Augusta), Women in French Vice-President

Panel 1: Immersive Multimedia

4:15 p.m. (UK); 10:15 a.m. (Madison, U.S.).

Chair: Eric Wistrom

Emma Rossby (Pennsylvania State), “Still Heroes, Moving Parts: Interactivity Redefined in Exaheva’s 2021 Digital Comic Installation”

Andrea Jonsson (Georgia Institute of Technology), “Les friandises et la parole libre: the unexpected joy of listening to strangers speak about anything and nothing in the podcast À bientôt de te revoir” 


Panel 2: Immersive Texts by Women and for Women

5:30 p.m. (UK).

Chair: Michèle Bacholle

Viviana Pezzullo (Florida Atlantic), “Feminist Journals in the 1970s as Textual Collective Performativity”

Sandra Daroczi (Bath), “Reading (between) the lines in Monique Wittig’s fiction”

Marie Velikanov (Lorraine), “Texte avec ‘x-reader’: un genre immersif de la fanfiction”


Keynote 1: Michèle Bacholle

7:00 p.m. (UK); 2:00 p.m. (US Eastern Daylight); 5:00 a.m. (Brisbane, Aust.).

Chair: Beth Kearney

Michèle Bacholle (Eastern Connecticut), “Losing (and Finding) Oneself in the Lives of Others and in Photo-texts: Isabelle Monnin and Clara Beaudoux”


Day Two: Friday 14th January

Start Times: 8:00 a.m. (UK);  7:00 p.m. (Australia – Syd./Melb./Can.).

Keynote 2: Alexandra Kurmann

Chair: Françoise Campbell

Alexandra Kurmann (Macquarie), “Immersion in Literature as Other: The Sartrean Gaze and the Production of Empathetic Reader-Consciousness”


Panel 3: Disruptive Waters: Maternity and Political Protest

9:15 a.m. (UK); 8:15 p.m. (Australia – Syd./Melb./Can.).

Chair: Egle Kackute

Josephine Goldman (Sydney), “Intertextual mothering in Guy Gabon’s “La montée des eaux” and Maryse Condé’s En attendant la montée des eaux

Dakshayani Shankar (Emory), “Womb as Forestry: Feminine Tyranny battling African Despotism in Sony Labou Tansi’s La Vie et demie


Panel 4: Land, Water and Gender

10:30 a.m. (UK).

Chair: Caroline Verdier

Dalila Villella (London), “Maestri’s land-textes: an instrument to rethink social relations and female identity”

Elly Walters (Oxford), “Water and mental unhealth in Amélie Nothomb’s Soif (2019) and Marie Darrieussecq’s La Mer à l’envers (2019)”


Day Three: Saturday 15th January

Start Times: 10:00 a.m. (UK); 9:00 p.m. (Australia – Syd./Melb./Can.); 5:00 a.m. (US Eastern Daylight).

Keynote 3: Diana Holmes

Chair: Polly Galis

Diana Holmes (Leeds), “The everyday miracle of reading fiction (and Leila Slimani’s turn to the family saga)”


Panel 5: Immersive Cinema

11:15 a.m. (UK); 10:15 p.m. (Australia – Syd./Melb./Can.); 6:15 a.m. (US Eastern Daylight).

Chair: TBC

Sophie Coombs (Queensland), “Portrait de la Cinéaste en tant que Jeune Femme : a Re-reading of Chantal Akerman’s News from Home (1976) as a Journey to Artistic Subjectivity”

Maddalena Eccher (Goldsmiths), “‘Another Word Another Image’: Poetic and Visual Experimentation in the Transformative Narratives of Theresa Hak Kyung Cha”

Alice Hagopian (St Andrews), “Who is Madame Bovary’s Bad Reader? Reflecting on Immersion and the Ethics of Reading with Anne Fontaine’s 2014 Film” 


Conference, Nov 20-23: ‘Life Writing: Transnationalism, Translingualism, Transculturalism’

Colleagues are invited to attend the fourth IABA – Asia Pacific conference, which focuses on the theme of life narratives, encompassing a variety of languages, nations, and media forms.

Transnationalism is an increasingly popular phenomenon, reflecting and responding to the heightened interconnectivity between people and the receding economic and social significance of boundaries among nation states. The current global pandemic has brought issues of interconnectivity sharply into question. In this context, this conference will explore life narratives across a broad variety of contexts.

By discussing life narratives, including in a variety of languages, this conference aims to expand the boundaries of literary studies and its relationships with other media and nations.

The conference will be held in two modes, incorporating face to face and zoom sessions. The face to face location will be announced to registrants, and a zoom link will be circulated to those who plan to attend online.

Conference Dates: 20-23 November 2021

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

Prof. Ricia Chansky, University of Puerto Rico,

Prof. Anne Pender, University of Adelaide

Prof. Liu Jialin, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Prof. Kate Douglas, Flinders University

Organising Committee:

Professor Natalie Edwards, Dr. Christopher Hogarth, Dr. Kylie Cardell, Professor Kate Douglas

IABA Asia-Pacific emerges from the central disciplinary association for auto/biography scholars—The International Auto/Biography Association (IABA). IABA was founded in 1999 as a multidisciplinary network that aims to deepen the cross-cultural understanding of self, identity and experience, and to carry on global dialogues about life writing/narrative. IABA Asia-Pacific aims to foster new region-specific conversations and to encourage regional participation in the global IABA conference. Our goal is to develop scholarly networks between life narrative scholars and practitioners in the Asia-Pacific region that support the circulation and publication of high-quality life narrative theory, practice, and pedagogy.

This conference forms part of an Australian Research Council funded Discovery Project on Transnational Narratives of Migration to Australia (Natalie Edwards and Christopher Hogarth, DP190102863). Visit our website here.

Header image photo by Dariusz Sankowski via Unsplash.

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 More information is available on the website at

Invitation : Webinar, Jour du prof de français

Jour du prof de français – 26 novembre 2020 17h

AEDT (Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra) 

Rejoignez-nous de 17h à 18h pour prendre le temps de célébrer notre profession ! Après une année aussi éprouvante, il est temps de sortir le champagne et de nous le dire “Nous sommes formidables !” 

Pour célébrer comme il se doit, la FATFA en conjunction avec l’Ambassade de France et SBS French radio vous invite à un Q&A avec Christophe Mallet de SBS French radio et Chantal Crozet sur le thème “Diversité, engagement et enthousiasme : les enjeux du métier de professeur de français en Australie”. Puis l’heure sera aux célébrations avec la remise de prix de la première édition de “Nous sommes formidables !” Sept professeurs de français à travers toute l’Australie seront reconnus et remerciés pour leur contribution à la profession. Cet évènement est gratuit mais l’inscription est obligatoire. Pour vous inscrire cliquez ici ou pour de plus amples informations cliquez ici.

Invitation, Jour du prof de français, 26 novembre 2020

Chers collègues,

Rejoignez-nous le lundi 26 novembre de 17h à 18h (AEDT) pour prendre le temps de célébrer notre profession ! Après une année aussi éprouvante, il est temps de sortir le champagne et de nous le dire « Nous sommes formidables ! »

Pour célébrer comme il se doit, la FATFA en conjonction avec l’ambassade de France et SBS French radio vous invite à un Q&A avec Christophe Mallet de SBS French radio et Chantal Crozet sur le thème « Diversité, engagement et enthousiasme : les enjeux du métier de professeur de français en Australie ». Puis l’heure sera aux célébrations avec la remise de prix de la première édition de « Nous sommes formidables ! » Sept professeurs de français à travers toute l’Australie seront reconnus et remerciés pour leur contribution à la profession.

Cet évènement est gratuit mais l’inscription est obligatoire. Le Jour du prof se déroulera principalement en français et des certificats de participation seront disponibles sur demande. 

Pour vous inscrire ou pour de plus amples informations cliquez ici:

Les organisateurs du Jour du prof de français