Reminder: ASFS/AJFS Postgraduate Essay Prize

A friendly reminder that the deadline for the co-sponsored Australian Society for French Studies/Australian Journal of French Studies Postgraduate Essay Prize is approaching! Please share this information with your postgraduate candidates and colleagues.

Deadline for submissions: 31 July 2021.

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 research 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 by Research or PhD in an Australian or New Zealand university on the date of the submission deadline.
  • All applicants must be/become members of the Society.
  • 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.

Submissions and enquiries should be directed to ASFS’s Postgraduate Officer, Clara Sitbon (

Deadline extended: Colin Nettelbeck Prize for HDR and ECR researchers (research and travel funding)

Applications for the inaugural Colin Nettelbeck Postgraduate Prize have been extended by two weeks until Wednesday 14 July 2021. All HDR candidates and ECR scholars (not yet in a permanent academic position) enrolled in a French Studies-related research degree at an Australian or New Zealand university in the last five years are invited to apply. The $1000 prize funding may be used for research-related travel, however due to the pandemic this travel may reasonably be delayed until safe and feasible. The prize can also be used to fund other costs including training, conference or technical assistance to support a research project.

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 14 July 2021.

CFP: Conference, ‘Life Writing: Transnationalism, Translingualism, Transculturalism’

This conference will have a significant francophone element and may be of interest to many ASFS members:


Life Writing: Transnationalism, Translingualism, Transculturalism

November 20-23, 2021

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

Prof. Ricia Chansky, University of Puerto Rico

Prof. Anne Pender, University of Adelaide

The University of Adelaide, in collaboration with the University of South Australia and Flinders University

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.

Papers may consider themes such as:

  • Narrating and imagining the migrant experience
  • Refugee and asylum seeker narratives 
  • Life writing in languages other than English
  • Life writing and translation
  • Translingual and multilingual narratives
  • Coming of Age narratives (especially across nations and media)
  • Childhood life writing
  • Ethics of storytelling
  • Activist narratives
  • Cultural memory across nations, languages and media.
  • Autobiographies, letters and diaries
  • Life narratives in popular culture (music, film, theatre, games)
  • Visual life narratives (photography, graphics, social and digital media, visual arts etc.)
  • The histories and futures of life writing studies across disciplinary boundaries
  • Methods, genres, and definitions in life-writing/autobiographical/life story/ego-document research


The conference will be held in two modes, incorporating face to face and zoom sessions. We invite both 20 minute individual presentations and 90 minute full panel, roundtable, or workshop sessions. We encourage interdisciplinary submissions that foster dialogues across theory, methodology, genre, place, and time. We invite not only traditional conference papers and panels, but also innovative presentation formats and creative sessions.

Please submit a max. 300-word abstract and a 150-word bio to Dr. Christopher Hogarth at by 1 July.

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).

Memorialisation, Racism and Post/colonial Connections in Contemporary France: Watch the ASFS 2020 Conference Keynote Round Table

As the keynote event of the conference Dis/connexion in December 2020, the Australian Society for French Studies was proud to host Professor Lydie Moudileno and Associate Professor Mame-Fatou Niang in conversation with Dr Gemma King on the theme of Memorialisation, Racism and Post/colonial Connections in Contemporary France. The round table event was chaired by Dr Leslie Barnes and the recording (not including the audience Q&A) is available for viewing here:

Following the Q&A, several attendees requested a list of the authors Mame recommended for those wishing to learn more about race and identity in contemporary France. These were Lydie Moudileno, Jacqueline Couti, Audrey Celestine, Maboula Soumahoro, Myriam Moise, Aya Cissoko, Dali Micha Toure, Tassadit Imache, Assia Djebar, Maryse Condé, the Nardal Sisters and Bintou Dembélé.

Event abstract:

What role does race play in the French imaginaire and how does this manifest in a society that continues to insist on its own colour-blindness despite a history of colonialism and immigration and an increasingly ethnically diverse present? One answer can be found in the nation’s Assemblée Nationale where a mural displaying recognizably racist iconography serves to celebrate the abolition of chattel slavery in France. Outside the building presides Jean-Baptiste Colbert – Louis XIV’s finance minister and author of the French ‘code noir’ – recently defaced in protest of France’s « négrophobie d’état ». Recent publications such as Lydie Moudileno, Etienne Achille and Charles Forsdick’s 2020 volume Postcolonial Realms of Memory: Sites and Symbols in Modern France have shed light on the place of such colonial imagery in the contemporary Republic, as lieux de mémoire infamously ignored in Pierre Nora’s work of the same name. The continued presence of such memorials in France, and around the world, raises urgent questions about the nexus of history, memory, and everyday racism that have gained particular prominence in international protests and debates this year. This keynote event for the ASFS 2020 conference brings Lydie Moudileno and Mame-Fatou Niang together in dialogue with Gemma King about the persistence of racist colonial ideologies in the everyday “realms” of French society, be they state-sanctioned memorials, museums or the nightly news.

Lydie Moudileno is Marion Frances Chevalier Professor of French and Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity at USC, co-author with Etienne Achille of Mythologies postcoloniales: Pour une décolonisation du quotidien (Champion 2018) and co-editor with Achille and Charles Forsdick of Postcolonial Realms of Memory: Sites and Symbols in Modern France (Liverpool 2020).

Mame-Fatou Niang is Associate Professor of French at CMU, author of Identités françaises: Banlieues, féminités et universalisme (Brill 2019), and co-director of the documentary film, “Mariannes noires: Mosaïques afropéennes” (2015). She is also a driving force behind the petition to remove the slavery mural from the Assemblée Nationale.

Gemma King is Senior Lecturer of French at ANU and author of Decentring France: Multilingualism and Power in Contemporary French Cinema (Manchester 2017) and Jacques Audiard (Manchester 2021). She convenes ANU’s Global Paris course, which explores iconic cultural sites while also discovering forgotten parts of the city relating to colonial history, the legacy of slavery, and the evolution of the Republic.

CFP George Rudé Seminar in French History and Civilisation

Joint 66th Society for French Historical Studies Conference and
22nd George Rudé Seminar in French History and Civilisation
7-10 July 2020, Auckland, NZ

‘France and Beyond: the Global World of ‘Ngāti Wīwī’.
[Tribe ‘Oui Oui’ was the local name for the French in nineteenth-century NZ.]

In July 2020 to a theme of ‘France and Beyond’, the first ever joint meeting of the George Rudé Seminar and the Society for French Historical Studies Conference will be held in Auckland.  This special conference marks a departure from the norms of both societies while preserving and promoting the atmosphere and the intimacy of intellectual exchange nurtured and valued by both.  It brings closer together chercheurs and scholars of French History, and welcomes those members of the wider global fraternity of French Historians to ally themselves to their colleagues in Auckland.  Leading scholars from the US, UK and Europe will be keynote guests including Professor Sophie Wahnich, Directeur de l’institut interdisciplinaire d’anthropologie du contemporain (IIAC) CNRS, Professor Pierre Serna, Director of the IHRF, Paris I, Sorbonne, and Dan Smail, Professor of History at Harvard University,  and many American and international colleagues have already signalled their intention to attend.

The organisers invite the submission of panels, roundtables, and individual papers (papers should be fifteen to twenty minutes) on any aspect of French History, Medieval to Contemporary.  Areas of traditional French historical research will be featured alongside popular themes: Citizenship in the Medieval and Early Modern European world; the Revolutionary period and its environmental impact in the wider Atlantic world; and changing approaches to French or Franco-British History in the NZ/Australasian and Pacific region – in Océanie.

Please submit proposals of 300 words per speaker and a biographical profile of 100 words.  Panels will of course be welcome if the panellists are all committed to coming to NZ. Comment will be by the audience, and we would welcome volunteers who would be willing and able to chair sessions.  The deadline for proposals is 15 January 2020.

Please allow us to remind you that participants from North America must be members in good standing of the Society for French Historical Studies.  Other scholars are warmly invited to join the Society, as well, although there is no obligation to do so.

For any other questions do not hesitate to contact


Entre les frontières Screening + In Conversation in Brisbane 27 November 6 pm

Between Fences (Entre les frontières)

by Avi Mograbi 

In conversation with

Professor Alison Levine


Professor Catherine Wihtol de Wenden

at the Australian Cinémathèque, QAGOMA

6 pm on 27 November 2019




Between Fences (2016) follows African asylum seekers held in the Negev Refugee Centre in Israel. Through a theatre workshop, the participants question the status of refugees and what compelled them to leave behind their possessions to plunge into the unknown. The film questions how Israel, a land of refugees, treats exiled people fleeing genocide, war and persecution, and offers theatre as a possible means of exchange and understanding.

The film will be preceded by an In Conversation between Professor Alison Levine (University of Virginia) and Emeritus Professor Catherine Wihtol de Wenden (SciencesPo Paris) about the representation of refugees and asylum seekers in documentary film. Professor Wihtol de Wenden is a political scientist and expert on European citizenship and migration who has recently published on memory of immigration and immigrant memory. Professor Levine is an expert in French documentary film who has published on nation, space and boundaries. Her books include Vivre Ici: Space, Place and Experience in Contemporary French Documentary and Framing the Nation: Documentary Film in Interwar France.

The film is in Hebrew, Tigrigna, and Arabic with English subtitles. Release date: 11 January 2017

This event is held in conjunction with the “Crossing Boundaries: Language, Culture and Migration Symposium” organised by the School of Languages and Cultures at the University of Queensland with presenting partner the Australian Cinémathèque, QAGOMA. This is also part of “France Australian Conversations” program funded by the French Embassy and Alliance Française.


The Laura Bassi Scholarship

The Laura Bassi Scholarship was established by Editing Press in 2018 with the aim of providing editorial assistance to postgraduates and junior academics whose research focuses on neglected topics of study, broadly construed, within their disciplines. The scholarships are open to every discipline and are awarded thrice per annum: December, April, and August. All currently enrolled master’s and doctoral candidates are eligible to apply, as are academics in the first five years of their employment. There are no institutional, departmental, or national restrictions.


Winter 2019

  • Deadline: 25 November 2019
  • Results: 15 December 2019

How to Apply

Applicants are required to submit a completed application form along with their CV using the application portal on the Editing Press website by the relevant deadline. For more information about the Scholarship, including the application form, previous winners, and a brief description of the remarkable figure of Laura Bassi, see:

CFP French Historical Studies: Music and French History/La musique et l’histoire française

Call for Papers from French Historical Studies: Music and French History/La musique et l’histoire française

The editors of French Historical Studies seek articles for a special issue on music in the Francophone world to appear in 2022.

The history of the music of France has traditionally been studied as a separate category without the same robust interest as other cultural artifacts such as film and literature. More recent scholarship illuminates the place of music in French society and suggests that more work should be done to sketch out the particular place of music in all its forms in French history.

This special issue of French Historical Studies proposes to take stock of and advance this historiographical renewal. What can the production and consumption of music tell us about the shifting nature of French identity and the relationships among various constituencies in French history?

We seek a wide range of approaches to reflect the variety of recent scholarship, which includes music from outside the Hexagon. We define music in the most inclusive way to cover art music, religious music, and popular music, as well as its producers, interlocutors, and audiences.

We encourage submissions that assess the changing spaces of musical production, development of music industries, variations in media (sound recording, video, and file sharing as examples), the conditions of circulation. Music remains ubiquitous today in France, but we should look beyond the notion of sonic wallpaper and understand the particular meanings ascribed to music throughout French history. What did music mean to medieval and prerevolutionary listeners, and whom was it for? How did technological changes transform the meaning of music? Does music serve as a form of citizenship for the French?

Submissions on all periods, from medieval to contemporary, are welcome. Transnational perspectives that look at music within global and connected histories are particularly encouraged, but there should be a Francophone aspect to that history to connect it with the journal’s scholarly interests. The journal is also interested in multimedia and digital opportunities for journal articles.

Queries about submission and other matters should be addressed to the guest editors: William Weber ( and Jonathyne Briggs (

To submit an article, visit After registering, follow the submission instructions under “Instructions for Authors” on the website. Articles may be either in English or in French but must in either case conform to French Historical Studies style and must be accompanied by 150-word abstracts in both French and English. Manuscripts should be between 6,000 and 8,000 words. For any illustrations, musical scores, and audio clips, authors must obtain written permission for both print and online publication from the relevant persons or institutions.

The deadline for submissions is September 1, 2020.




Les éditrices de French Historical Studies lancent un appel à articles pour un numéro spécial sur la musique, à paraître en 2022.

L’histoire de la musique a généralement été étudiée comme une catégorie à part. Elle n’a pas suscité le même intérêt parmi les historien(ne)s que d’autres objets culturels tels que les films ou la littérature. L’historiographie la plus récente éclaire la place de la musique dans la société française et suggère qu’il reste encore beaucoup à faire pour constituer un ensemble de connaissances historiques sur son rôle dans l’histoire.

Ce numéro spécial de FHS voudrait faire le bilan de nos savoirs et les orienter vers des pistes de recherche nouvelles. Qu’est-ce que la production et la consommation de la musique nous disent de la nature évolutive de l’identité française et des relations entre ses divers constituants ?

Nous souhaitons que ce numéro de FHS reflète la grande variété des usages historiographiques de la musique, en France mais aussi dans le monde francophone. Notre conception de la musique embrasse une diversité de genres pour couvrir la musique populaire, classique ou religieuse, mais aussi ses producteurs et productrices, ses praticien(ne)s et ses différents publics.

Les propositions devront prêter attention aux différents espaces de la production musicale, au développement des industries de la musique, aux divers médias (enregistrement sonore ou vidéo, partage de fichiers, etc.) et aux conditions de leur circulation. La musique reste omniprésente dans la France d’aujourd’hui, mais il nous faut regarder au-delà de la musique d’ambiance et comprendre la signification particulière attribuée à la musique tout au long de l’histoire française. Que signifiait la musique pour les personnes au Moyen Age ou dans la France pré-révolutionnaire, et à qui était-elle destinée ? Comment les changements technologiques ont-ils transformé le sens de la musique ? La musique renvoie-t-elle à une forme de citoyenneté pour les Français(es) ?

Toutes les périodes de l’histoire entrent dans notre champ d’investigation, de l’époque médiévale à nos jours. Les perspectives transnationales, qui s’intéressent à la place de la musique au sein d’une histoire globale et connectée, sont particulièrement encouragées, à condition qu’elles intègrent une dimension francophone. FHS est également attentif aux possibilités d’intégrer des dimensions multimédia ou numériques aux articles.

Les propositions d’articles, ainsi que toutes vos questions, sont à adresser à nos éditeurs invités : William Weber ( et Jonathyne Briggs (

Pour soumettre un article, veuillez consulter Après vous être enregistré(e), suivez les instructions de la section « Instructions for Authors ». Les articles peuvent être soumis en anglais ou en français, mais, dans les deux cas, ils doivent être conformes au style de FHS, et doivent être accompagnés d’un résumé de 150 mots rédigé à la fois en français et en anglais. Les manuscrits doivent comporter entre 6 000 et 8 000 mots. Concernant les illustrations, les autrices et les auteurs doivent obtenir la permission écrite de les publier sous forme papier et digitale de la part des personnes dépositaires des droits sur ces images ou extraits sonores, ou de la part des responsables des institutions d’où les images et la musique sont originaires.

La date limite pour soumettre les articles est fixée au 1 septembre 2020.

Registration Open for ASFS2019 Sydney

front facadeRegistration for ASFS2019 “Making and Breaking the Rules” hosted by University of New England and Western Sydney University is now open. Get in quick before Early-bird registration closes on 4 September.

To register, follow this link and use our online store. Choose the registration package that suits you and please fill in the registration form which should be submitted separately to the conference organisers.

You will find all relevant conference information updated regularly on the conference web page.

A bientôt, à Sydney.