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 wifaustralia@gmail.com 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

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” 

Q+A

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”

Q+A

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”

Q+A


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”

Q+A

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

Q+A

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)”

Q+A


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)”

Q+A

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” 

Q+A

ASFS/AJFS Postgraduate Essay Prize 2021

The Australian Society for French Studies and the Australian Journal of French Studies are pleased to announce the seventh annual co-sponsored ASFS/AJFS Postgraduate Essay Prize.

A prize of AU$500 will be awarded to the best article (5,000 to 6,500 words including notes) on any aspect of French Studies (except French language Studies) by a postgraduate student. The winning essay will be published in the Australian Journal of French Studies.

Submission Guidelines

  • Entries are open to anyone enrolled in a Masters or PhD in an Australian or New Zealand university on the date of the submission deadline.
  • Essays on any aspect of French and Francophone Studies (except French language Studies) will be considered.
  • Essays must be an original piece of work not already under consideration for publication elsewhere.
  • Essays must not exceed 6,000 words (6,500 including notes) and must be presented according to the Australian Journal of French Studies guidelines:
  • Essays must be anonymised and not include the candidate’s name, that of their supervisors or institution.
  • Essays should be submitted to the Postgraduate Officer along with the Submission Form:

A panel of three members of the Society will evaluate all applications. The panel members will be selected from institutions other than those at which the applicants are candidates. All applicants will receive written feedback from the panel.

The following prizes will be awarded to the winner:

  • Publication of the winning essay in Australian Journal of French Studies, subject to the journal’s refereeing.
  • A certificate award at the annual ASFS conference
  • A cash prize of AU$500 jointly awarded by the ASFS and AJFS.

Deadline for submissions: 31 July 2021.  

Submissions and enquiries should be directed to ASFS’s Postgraduate Officer, Clara Sitbon (clara.sitbon@sydney.edu.au)

Inaugural Colin Nettelbeck Prize

The Australian Society for French Studies

Colin Nettelbeck Prize

In honour of founding Australian Society for French Studies member, Emeritus Professor Colin Nettelbeck, and his long-term contributions to the support of postgraduates in French Studies, the ASFS announces a new prize for postgraduate or precariously-employed early career researcher members of the Society. The Colin Nettelbeck Prize is designed to support research and travel costs with funds of up to $1000 for a French Studies-related project, including:

  • Travel for research-related purposes, such as to present at a conference, conduct archival research, travel to a cotutelle institution, etc.,
  • Other research-related costs, such as research assistance, essential software/ training, etc.

Applicants must be:

  • Either currently enrolled in or recently graduated (within the last 5 years) from a postgraduate research degree at an Australian or New Zealand university in a French Studies-related field,
  • Not yet employed in a full-time academic position,
  • Current members of the Australian Society for French Studies.

Applications must include:

  • A one-page proposal presenting the candidate, research project and expected outcomes,
  • A budget outlining the proposed costs,
  • Where applicable, evidence of acceptance of a paper to a relevant national or international conference, or of acceptance into a cotutelle program or visiting fellowship,
  • The details of one referee able to support the application.

Please send applications to leslie.barnes@anu.edu.au and gemma.king@anu.edu.au by 30 June 2021.

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)

ASFS News: Statement on Higher Education Funding, Support for DECRA Applicants and Extension of Postgraduate Prize Deadline

Australian Society for French Studies statement on Higher Education funding

The Australian Society for French Studies is extremely concerned over the proposed changes in Higher Education funding. While many disciplines across HASS and STEM subjects will be negatively affected by the proposed changes, Humanities disciplines will be hardest hit. While we welcome the government’s recognition that English and languages can contribute significantly to students’ employability, it is our strongly held view that all Humanities disciplines do so. Modern Languages, the area in which we mostly work, includes disciplines such as history, film studies, philosophy and cultural studies, which are destined to suffer especially under these proposed measures. We are concerned for the Humanities, for the University sector in general, and for the students we serve.

We echo the sentiments of Prof. Joy Damousi, President of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, who commented “Evidence shows that the skills and knowledge from humanities and social sciences training – including critical thinking, communication skills and understanding the impact of change on humanity – are highly valued by employers and in the workforce. There is a clear disconnect in the government’s thinking around the issue of qualifications and employment. Disincentivising studies in humanities courses will actually have the opposite effect to that intended by the government. It will directly and adversely impact the government’s future jobs agenda.”

Importantly, the Australian Academy of Science has expressed similar reservations, stating that “The Australian Academy of Science stands with the nation’s other learned academies in expressing concerns about the implications of the announced package across all scientific and academic disciplines. Our society needs scientists, but it would be poorer if not for people educated in the arts, social sciences, management, commerce, law and the humanities. Scientists know that all knowledge is multidisciplinary, and a system that silos knowledge and values one sort of knowledge over another will fail Australians.”

We believe that disincentivising the study of the Humanities impoverishes our students, our workforce and the future competitivity of our nation. Amidst the current crisis and the inevitable rethinking of global relations, such a move is even more concerning.

We call on Members of Parliament to develop an equitable funding policy that awards choices and intellectual opportunities to all of our students.

Support to our DECRA applicants

The ASFS is committed to supporting our ECR members, whom we consider to be the future of our discipline. In the spirit of the formal mentoring program the ASFS is developing this year, we would like to extend our support to ECR members with their DECRA applications. If any of you would like support in the process of writing your rejoinders, due 7 July 2020, please email President Natalie Edwards at natalie.edwards@adelaide.edu.au.

ASFS/AJFS Postgraduate Essay Prize: Deadline Extended

The deadline for the ASFS/AJFS Postgraduate Essay Prize has been extended to 31 July 2020. Please submit your articles to Postgraduate Officer Dr Clara Sitbon at clara.sitbon@sydney.edu.au.

Call for Papers: ASFS/AJFS Postgraduate Essay Prize 2020

ASFS black and white logoThe Australian Society for French Studies and the Australian Journal of French Studies are pleased to announce the sixth annual co-sponsored ASFS/AJFS Postgraduate Essay Prize.

A prize of AU$500 will be awarded to the best article (4,000 to 6,000 words including notes) on any aspect of French Studies (except French Language Studies) by a postgraduate student. The winning essay will be published in the Australian Journal of French Studies.

Submission Guidelines

  • Entries are open to anyone enrolled in a Masters or PhD in an Australian or New Zealand university on the date of the submission deadline,
  • All applicants must be members of the Society,
  • Essays on any aspect of French and Francophone Studies (French language Studies) will be considered,
  • Essays must be an original piece of work not already under consideration for publication elsewhere,
  • Essays must not exceed 6,000 words and must be presented according to the AJFS Guidelines for Contributors,
  • Essays must be anonymised and not include the candidate’s name, that of their supervisors or institution,
  • Essays should be submitted to the Postgraduate Officer along with the submission form,
  • A panel of 3 members of the Society will evaluate all applications. The panel members will be selected from institutions other than those at which the applicants are candidates, and
  • All applicants will receive written feedback from the panel.

The following prizes will be awarded to the winner:

  • Publication of the winning essay in Australian Journal of French Studies, subject to the journal’s refereeing,
  • A certificate award at the annual ASFS conference, and
  • A cash prize of AU$500 jointly awarded by the ASFS and AJFS.

Deadline for submissions : 30 June 2020.

Submissions and enquiries should be directed to ASFS’s Postgraduate Officer, Clara Sitbon (clara.sitbon@sydney.edu.au).

ASFS Mentorship Program 2020

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This year, the Australian Society for French Studies is launching a 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 (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.

If you are already an ASFS member, check your email for details on how to apply. If you are interested in joining the Society and taking part in the program, you can apply for membership here.

Applications due soon for 2020 Nicolas Baudin Travel Grant

Applications are now open for the French Embassy in Australia’s 2020 Nicolas Baudin Travel Grant to support student mobility to France. Students can apply as part of an exchange to France through their Australian university, or to pursue a full degree at a French university, including cotutelle double degrees for PhD candidates.

Applications are due via the Embassy’s online portal by April 15. Details can be found on the Embassy website; click here.

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