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 Applications: Australian Society for French Studies School Liaison and Community Outreach Fund

The aim of the School Liaison and Community Outreach Fund is to support the learning of the French language and francophone cultures and to contribute to the growth and vitality of French-speaking communities across Australia. The Australian Society for French Studies, with support from the Embassy of France in Australia, will make up to two annual awards of a maximum of $500 each.

  • These awards will assist members in their initiatives:
    • to foster collaborative exchanges with community organisations;
    • to promote French teaching in schools;
    • to engage in intellectual development in subjects related to those which they are teaching and which will allow them to help students bridge the gap between school and university.

The scheme also acts as a forum for keeping members up-to-date with curriculum developments and deepening the Association’s ties to Australia’s French-speaking communities.

Eligibility and Application:
All ASFS members are eligible to apply. One round of funding will be offered per year, with a maximum of $500 awarded per project.

To apply, please provide the following details (in no more than two A4 pages):

  1. Event Summary
    1. Details of the event, including: a rationale for the theme and associated activities; aims; date, time and location of the event; description of target audience; anticipated number of participants; plans for promoting the event;
    2. Details and roles of the organising team;
    3. Details and roles of other professionals/practitioners to be invited;
    4. Predicted outcomes of the event, including: publications or other plans for pursuing future collaborations across sectors.
  2. Budget
    1. Breakdown of costs to be incurred;
    2. Complete list of other funding possibilities (secured or proposed).

Please send applications to by 20 May 2022.

Société Australienne pour les Études Françaises Fonds de Liaison Scolaire et de Services à la Communauté

Justification :
L’objectif du Fonds de Liaison Scolaire et de Services à la Communauté est de soutenir l’apprentissage de la langue française et des cultures francophones, ainsi que de contribuer à la vitalité des communautés francophones à travers l’Australie. La Société Australienne pour les Études Françaises (Australian Society for French Studies, ASFS), avec le soutien de l’Ambassade de France en Australie, propose deux prix annuels d’un maximum de AU$500 chacun.

  • Ces prix visent à soutenir nos membres dans leurs initiatives :
    • de favorisation des échanges collaboratifs avec des organisations communautaires ;
    • de promotion de l’enseignement du français dans les écoles ;
    • d’engagement dans le développement intellectuel des matières qu’iels enseignent, et qui leur permettront d’aider leurs étudiant.e.s à combler l’écart entre le lycée et l’université.

Ce projet servira également de forum permettant à nos membres de se tenir au courant des dernières évolutions au niveau de l’élaboration des programmes d’études, mais il permettra également de renforcer les liens de notre association avec les communautés francophones australiennes.

Éligibilité et Dépôt des demandes : Tout.e membre de la Société Australienne pour les Études Françaises (ASFS) peut déposer une demande de fonds. Un cycle de financement sera offert chaque année, à hauteur de AU$500 pour chaque projet retenu.

Pour déposer votre demande, veuillez fournir les informations suivantes (pas plus de deux pages A4) :

  1. Sommaire de l’événement
    1. Une présentation de l’événement, comprenant : une justification du thème et des activités associées, les objectifs, date et lieu de l’événement, description du public visé, nombre de participants envisagé, stratégie de promotion de l’événement ;
    2. Informations sur le rôle de l’équipe organisatrice ;
    3. Informations sur le rôle des intervenant.e.s invité.e.s ;
    4. Résultats et impact de l’événement : publications éventuelles et/ou stratégies pour poursuivre une collaboration future entre différents domaines ou secteurs.
  2. Budget
    1. Répartition des dépenses occasionnées ;
    2. Liste complète d’autres possibilités de financement (obtenues ou proposés).

Date limite de dépôt des demandes :
Veuillez faire parvenir vos demandes à avant le 20 mai 2022.

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

New publication: Nicolas Baudin’s voyage to Australia and the pursuit of science

We wish to draw attention to this new publication of a volume of essays, ‘Roaming Freely Throughout the Universe’: Nicolas Baudin’s Voyage to Australia and the Pursuit of Science, co-edited by former ASFS President Professor Jean Fornasiero and long-time ASFS member Professor John West-Sooby.

The Age of Exploration not only paved the way for European conquest and trade, it also widened the horizons of science. By the second half of the eighteenth century, the link between travel and science was so widely acknowledged that it had become routine practice to include naturalists in all major voyages of exploration.

The need to study natural phenomena in situ might seem self-evident. Some, however, considered that the main purpose of fieldwork was to collect specimens for the dispassionate examination of specialists back home. Truly meaningful study, they argued, required the kinds of resources that were not available to those in the field. As the renowned French naturalist Georges Cuvier put it, ‘it is only in one’s study that one can roam freely throughout the universe’.

In the context of this debate, Nicolas Baudin’s voyage of discovery to Australia (1800-1804), which included both specialist field collectors and aspiring young savants, proved pivotal. Drawing on a range of archival sources, the essays presented here offer fresh perspectives on Baudin’s scientific voyagers, their work and its legacy. What emerges is a deeper appreciation of the Baudin expedition’s contribution to the pursuit of science, and of those who pursued it.

Please consider ordering this publication for your university’s library.

New French Studies Seminar Series: DRAFT

DRAFT is a new research seminar series organised by the departments of French and francophone studies at the University of Sydney, the University of Melbourne and the University of New England.

As part of this initiative, Australia’s researchers from various disciplines are invited to participate and share their current research activities relating to French and francophone studies. The seminars are first and foremost an opportunity to give visibility to research in progress and to facilitate new collaborations across universities in Australia. Instead of presenting communications based on research that is already published and disseminated, presenters discuss and exchange ideas about their work in progress. The DRAFT seminar series aims to promote collaborative and interdisciplinary projects involving academics from different universities whose current research activities complement each other, thus fostering future joint publications and/or grant ventures.

If you would like to discuss your research in progress at one of our monthly seminars, please send a title and a short abstract (150-200 words) to

Follow DRAFT on Facebook here.

Organising Committee

Bertrand Bourgeois (University of Melbourne)

Michelle Royer (The University of Sydney)

Nathalie Ségeral (The University of Sydney)

Victoria Souliman (University of New England)

Léa Vuong (The University of Sydney)

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.

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 and 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)

New publication in Language Studies featuring ASFS members

We wish to draw attention to this new publication in Language Studies, co-edited by former ASFS President Professor Jean Fornasiero. Intersections in Language Policy and Planning: Establishing Connections in Languages and Cultures contains several chapters from ASFS members which we hope would be useful to the work of our French Studies community. These include:

“Making the Case for Languages in Postgraduate Study” by current ASFS President Natalie Edwards and current ASFS treasurer Christopher Hogarth,

“French Studies at the University of Melbourne, 1921-1956” by former ASFS President Véronique Duché, and

“Engaging with the Past: Lessons from the History of Modern Languages at the University of Adelaide” by thirty-year ASFS stalwart John West-Sooby.

Please consider ordering this publication for your university’s library.