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.

Extension, ASFS Mentorship Program for 2021

The ASFS is happy to announce that it is extending the mentorship program to continue encouraging career support for colleagues. As with last year, 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. If you are currently working with a mentor/mentee and would like to continue that relationship, you’re most welcome to continue. But this can also be an opportunity to create new relationships, to get input and ideas from other colleagues should you wish. You may also consider taking on a new role; if you’ve been acting as a mentor and would like to be a mentee (or vice versa), please let us know by submitting an EOI:

Please also ensure your ASFS membership is up to date.

As with last year, 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 (ex. skype, 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.

Please fill out and return the attached form and return it to Secretary Dr Leslie Barnes at by 21 May 2021.