2nd Colloquium of the Institute for the Study of French Australian Relations “French Contributions to Australian Life”

Second Colloquium of the Institute for the Study of French Australian Relations

“French Contributions to Australian Life”

University of Adelaide

Thursday 27 September 2018

The programme for the above conference is now available. It features a keynote address by Emeritus Professor Colin Nettelbeck (University of Melbourne) on the topic “France and the French in Australia’s growth to nationhood: 1914-1945”. There will also be a Round Table devoted to reflections on the centenary commemorations of the Great War. The conference is free of charge but presenters and others wishing to attend are asked to register for catering purposes by clicking here.

The conference is organised by the Department of French Studies at the University of Adelaide, which is celebrating its centenary in 2018. See here for the full programme of its French Centenary events. Professor Nettelbeck’s keynote address will double as a public lecture in the French Centenary series. This particular event aims to celebrate the French Department’s alumni, who will be particularly encouraged to attend, and of whom Colin Nettelbeck is one of the most distinguished.

Symposium – Houellebecq’s Cultural Transgressions – 29th September – London

Houellebecq’s Cultural Transgressions

29th September 2018

10am – 5.30pm

Senate House, London

 

Keynote speaker: Agathe Novak-Lechevalier (Université Paris X Nanterre)

Since the publication of his first novel Extension du domaine de la lutte, Michel Houellebecq has pushed the boundaries of genre, moral scruples, and literary style, provoking a lively critical debate amongst his many readers. His narratives go against the grain of dominant ideologies, offering a scandalous portrayal of France’s social past and present, described in his infamously ambivalent style of écriture blanche. Likewise, through his literary and public presence Houellebecq draws deliberate parallels between his characters and his own authorial persona, thereby rendering the distinction between the fictional and non-fictional contexts of these works decidedly problematic.

This bilingual symposium investigates the ways in which Houellebecq problematises the representation of contemporary society through the antagonistic use of both constraint and transgression as aesthetic and critical devices in his works. Bringing together a selection of Houellebecq specialists from Australia, France and the United Kingdom, the programme offers a range of perspectives on the topic of cultural transgressions, including transmediality, stylistic hybridity, political provocation, socio-economic consumption and religious conversion.

Through discussion and debate, we are seeking to explore the notion of transgression not only as the process of crossing social and generic boundaries, but also as a means to assume and overcome the constraints placed upon contemporary literary works. Rather than assigning him to a given artistic, cultural or political viewpoint, we want to ask what we can learn from Houellebecq’s transgressions. Papers will be published in a special issue of French Cultural Studies.

We welcome registration from scholars, students, and the wider public to join the conversation. However, as numbers are limited please register as soon as possible.

Registration fee (includes morning & afternoon tea, lunch, and post-symposium reception)

Standard : £ 25

Students/Unwaged : £ 15

 

Enquiries: francoise.campbell@unimelb.edu.au; jld@unimelb.edu.au

Website: https://sites.google.com/view/houellebecqtransgressions/home

Depuis la publication de son premier roman, Extension du domaine de la lutte, Michel Houellebecq a repoussé les limites des genres, des scrupules moraux, et du style littéraire, provoquant ainsi une critique vive parmi ses nombreux lecteurs. Les narratives houellebecquiennes vont à contre-courant des idéologies dominantes. Dans un style infamant et ambigu de l’écriture blanche, Michel Houellebecq dépeint une France passée et actuelle scandaleuse. De plus, à travers sa présence à la fois littéraire et publique, Houellebecq établit délibérément des parallèles entre ses personnages fictifs et sa propre position d’auteur, rendant ainsi problématique la distinction entre les contextes de la fiction et du réel.

Cette journée d’étude bilingue enquête sur les moyens par lesquels Houellebecq problématise la représentation de la société contemporaine dans ses œuvres à travers l’emploi antagoniste de la contrainte et de la transgression comme dispositifs esthétique et critique. Rassemblant des spécialistes de Houellebecq venant de l’Australie, de la France et du Royaume Uni, ce programme offre une variété de perspectives sur la transgression culturelle, incluant : la provocation socio-politique, la conversion religieuse, l’hybridité stylistique, la transmédialité, et la consommation socio-économique.

À travers ces discussions et débats, nous souhaitons explorer la notion de transgression, non seulement en tant que pratique pour franchir les bornes sociales et génériques de l’expression littéraire, mais aussi comme une façon d’assumer et de surmonter les contraintes auxquelles la littérature contemporaine est sujette. Plutôt que de le positionner dans un certain champ artistique ou politique, nous nous interrogerons sur ce que l’on peut apprendre des transgressions culturelles de Houellebecq. Les interventions seront publiées dans un numéro spécial de French Cultural Studies.

Les places étant limitées, nous vous invitons à vous inscrire dès que possible pour assister à cette journée.   

Frais d’inscriptions (rafraîchissements inclus pour la journée)

Standard : £ 25

Étudiant/Non-salarié : £ 15

 

Enquiries: francoise.campbell@unimelb.edu.au; jld@unimelb.edu.au

Website: https://sites.google.com/view/houellebecqtransgressions/home 

Symposium Programme:

9:30-10:15       Check-in & Morning tea

10:15-10:30      Introduction

10:30-11:30     Keynote

Vertiges de la limite : Houellebecq et la transgression poétique (Agathe Novak-Lechevalier, Université Paris X Nanterre)

11:30-12:30      Panel 1

Michel Houellebecq: Uncreative writer? (Russell Williams, American University of Paris)

La transgression chez Houellebecq au regard des internautes-lecteurs (Samuel Estier, Université de Lausanne)

12:30 -1:30       Lunch

1:30 -3:15        Panel 2

On the return of the (Media) author: Michel Houellebecq, écrivain médiatique (Ashley Harris, Queen’s University Belfast)  

Extended struggle: The transgression of narrative boundaries in Extension du domaine de la lutte (Françoise Campbell, University of Melbourne)

Feeding Flore-less Literary Posterity?: Consuming Houellebecq in La Carte et le territoire (Ruth Cruickshank, Royal Holloway University)

Houellebecq’s World of Wine: Literary device or cultural transgression? (Jacqueline Dutton, University of Melbourne) 

3:15-3:45         Afternoon tea

3:45-5:30         Panel 3

Extension du domaine de la norme ou transgression de la transgression (Caroline Julliot, Université du Maine-Le Mans)                

Between postmodern irony and post-secular sincerity: On Houellebecq’s Soumission (Douglas Morrey, University of Warwick)

Michel Houellebecq and the Hacking of Liberal Democracy (Delphine Grass, University of Lancaster)

Michel Houellebecq, Virginie Despentes et Mai 68 (Bruno Viard, Université de Provence)

5:30 -7:00        Wine Reception

Organisers:

Jacqueline Dutton (University of Melbourne), Françoise Campbell (University of Melbourne, l’Université Paris 7 Diderot), and Dominic Glynn (Institute of Modern Language Research).

 

Supporters: 

Faculty of Arts, University of Melbourne; AHRC Research Network: Literature Under Constraint; French Cultural Studies journal; Cassal Trust fund

 

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Socioeconomics of (additional) Languages

The School of Languages and Cultures at the University of Queensland is advertising for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Socioeconomics of (additional) Languages. This is a three year, Level A position.

The primary purpose of the position is to undertake a research program on the social and/or economic benefits of learning additional languages.  This may include topics such as, but not limited to: the policy-practice nexus in relation to second language education, intergenerational transmission of languages other than English, the socioeconomic benefits of second language education, the relationship between cross-linguistic/cross-cultural competence and social cohesion and innovation, and the implications of increasingly sophisticated machine translation for second language education and use.

Details here: http://jobs.uq.edu.au/caw/en/job/504388/postdoctoral-research-fellow-in-socioeconomics-of-additional-languages

Teaching Assistants program in New Caledonia is now open

Applications for the 2019 round of the English Language Teaching Assistants programs in both New Caledonia and Wallis-et-Futuna are now open!

This program is designed to give students the opportunity to discover a new region and culture by working alongside an English teacher in a French school environment. It is not aimed at experienced teachers, and whether or not students intend to become language teachers, it is a fantastic opportunity to gain seven months of paid international experience which is invaluable on a student’s CV.

These two separate programs in New Caledonia and Wallis and Futuna each offer unique experiences in two environments rich in culture and diversity and participants will discover a completely new and foreign daily life immersed in the local environment.

All information, including details of the role, the contract, eligibility requirements and how to apply are available on the embassy’s website here:

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New Caledonia: https://au.ambafrance.org/Become-an-English-Language-Teaching-Assistant-in-New-Caledonia

Wallis et Futuna: https://au.ambafrance.org/Become-an-English-Language-Teaching-Assistant-in-Wallis-and-Futuna

 

Associate Professor, French and Francophone Studies at UTS

Job Summary

UTS has a bold vision to be a world-leading university of technology. We are a dynamic and innovative university in central Sydney, consistently ranked the top young university in Australia. With a culturally diverse campus life and extensive international exchange and research programs, UTS prepares graduates for the workplaces of today and tomorrow.

Detailed Description

The School of International Studies, FASS, UTS, is seeking to appoint an Associate Professor in French and Francophone Studies to teach and research in the area of French Studies.This position will also provide the leadership role in mentoring, coaching and leading all the foreign languages courses in the School.

In this role, you will:

  • Teach in, and coordinate, the French Language & Culture curriculum, beginner through to upper levels
  • Participate in, and provide leadership for, areas pertaining to language and culture research and pedagogy in the French section, and across the language and culture programs in the School;
  • Attract high quality postgraduate research students and supervise postgraduate research projects;
  • Contribute to, and build research capacity in, the School by procuring competitive research grants, participating in or leading significant research projects, working with other staff to build research links and mentoring the research of other individuals and groups within the School/Faculty; and
  • Participate in a range of external engagement activities though involvement in any variety of consulting, public seminars, engagement with relevant industry, professional organisations, alumni activities, and other related tasks.

To be successful in this role, you will have:

  • A high level proficiency in French and English.
  • Demonstrated history of excellence in language curriculum development.
  • An excellent track record of publications and/or grants in the field, commensurate with opportunity.
  • Demonstrated research capability and higher research degree supervision, as shown through a research trajectory statement, in any of the areas of French language pedagogy, cultural studies or social science research.
  • A doctoral qualification in an area related to the position.
  • Demonstrated successful experience in French language and culture teaching and curriculum development, beginner through to upper-intermediate levels.

Fluency in a second European language relevant to the International Studies program would be of additional interest to the selection panel however is not essential.

Remuneration

Base Salary Range: $149,355 to $159,049 (Level D)

This role attracts 17% superannuation in addition to the base salary.

Our commitment to work/life support includes benefits such as flexible work practices, child care centres, generous parental leave and support to carers.

Whilst as Australia’s premier city, Sydney is consistently ranked in the top 10 cities worldwide for quality-of-living.

This position is full-time and appointment will be made on a continuing basis.

How To Apply

Prior to commencing your application for IRC112136, please review the Position Statement and the relevant selection criteria – Click on the apply link to be taken to the relevant page.You are required to address the selection criteria in your submission in a separate document.

Please note that only those applications submitted via the UTS online recruitment system will be accepted. Current UTS employees should apply through their UTS Employee Self Service function.

As you will be unable to save your application once started, please have all required documents and information available prior to commencing.

Please ensure that the file name for each document submitted includes IRC112136.

Specific enquiries or issues with your application may be directed to the UTS Recruitment Team atrecruitment@uts.edu.au or on +61 (0) 2 9514 1080.

Please be advised that as part of the selection process that you may be requested to deliver a presentation, the audience for which may include individuals not on the Selection Panel.

Closing Date: Tuesday 31st July 2018 at 11.59pm (AEST)

Please note: We are only accepting on-line applications for this post, however, if you have a disability that makes it difficult for you to provide us with information in this way, please contact the Recruitment Team for assistance.

We are committed to diversity and social inclusion, evidenced by our WGEA Employer of Choice citation, Wingara Indigenous Employment Strategy and the UTS Access and Inclusion Plan. We welcome applications from women (particularly for senior and non-traditional roles), Indigenous Australians, people with disability, those who identify as LGBTIQ and applicants from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

ASFS/AJFS Postgraduate Prize CFP 2018

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

A prize of $500 will be awarded for the best article (4,000-6,000 words inc. notes) by a postgraduate student on any aspect of French Studies (except French language studies). The prize will be awarded at the annual conference of ASFS in Perth in December 2018, and the winning article will be published in a ‘miscellaneous’ issue of AJFS.

Applicants must be enrolled in a research higher degree at an Australian university and be a member of ASFS. Previous prize recipients are not eligible to submit an article. Articles may be written in English or French and must be presented according to AJFS style guidelines (see http://online.liverpooluniversitypress.co.uk/loi/ajfs or http://artsonline.monash.edu.au/australian-journal-french-studies/. They will be assessed by a joint ASFS/AJFS judging committee which may call upon relevant expertise in its deliberations.

The deadline for submissions for the inaugural prize is 31 July 2018. The winner will be announced in December 2018.

Submissions and enquiries relating to the ASFS/AJFS Postgraduate Prize should be directed to ASFS’s Postgraduate Officer, Sophie Patrick at sophie.patrick@une.edu.au.