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.

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