Essays in French Literature and Culture 54

Le numéro 54 de Essays in French Literature and Culture vient de paraître sous le thème : Hidden words, hidden worlds: everyday life and narrative sources (France 1939-1945).

Dirigé par Lindsey Dodd, University of Huddersfield, et Wendy Michallat, University of Sheffield, le numéro a pour thème la vie quotidienne dans la France des années 1939-1945 faisant ressortir les paroles et les mondes cachés de cette période troublée. C’est ainsi qu’on apprend l’histoire des droits des sourds-muets et qu’on entend la voix des enfants sous la France de Vichy, celle des « Malgré-elles », ces Alsaciennes enrôlées de force, des travailleurs indochinois en France, des résistants ou encore des étudiantes anglaises qui sont parvenues à poursuivre leurs études en France. Le numéro est également un hommage à Robin Adamson, membre du comité éditorial de la revue décédée l’année dernière et qui avait entamé une recherche sur ces étudiantes, dont Christine Morrow au premier chef.

L’intérêt de ce numéro est aussi dans la réflexion de Rémy Cazals sur la place des témoignages directs dans l’Histoire, et dans l’analyse d’initiatives pour préserver les sources d’époque comme le site fleeinghitler.org.

Ce numéro et les numéros passés peuvent être commandés directement auprès de l’University of Western Australia (https://payments.uwa.edu.au/EssaysinFrenchLiterature/menu) ou de la Coop (www.coop.com.au) au prix de AUD20.65 plus frais de port.

 

Sommaire :

Hidden words, hidden worlds: everyday life and narrative sources (France 1939-1945)

Guest Editors: Lindsey Dodd and Wendy Michallat

Lindsey Dodd and Wendy Michallat, Hidden Words, Hidden Worlds: Everyday Life and Narrative Sources (France 1939-1945)

Máire Fedelma Cross, In the Face of Disappearance: a Tribute to the Work of Robin Adamson

Rémy Cazals, Une recherche des traces du vécu

Wendy Michallat, Writing a Scholarly Occupation: Student Women Diarists (1940-1944)

Hanna Diamond, Preserving and Displaying Everyday Life: Digital Stories of Escape from France during the Second World War

Nina Wardleworth, News from the Paddy Fields: Narratives of Indochinese Workers in Wartime France

Lindsey Dodd, “Mon petit papa chéri”: Children, Fathers and Family Separation in Vichy France

Robert Gildea, “Les Inconnus de la Résistance”: Letters to L’Humanité, 1984   117

Nicole Thatcher, Mémoires d’exil d’une incorporée de force

Ruth Kitchen, The Fight for Deaf Rights in Wartime France

 

Bonne lecture !

Professor Hélène Jaccomard | Managing Editor, Essays in French Literature and Culture 

CFP: George Rudé Seminar in French History and Civilisation

Call for Papers

George Rudé Seminar in French History and Civilisation
Australian National University
4 to 7 July 2018

http://hrc.anu.edu.au/events/george-rude-seminar

GeorgeRudeSeminar2018@anu.edu.au

(Version française ci-dessous)

 

We are pleased to announce the 21st George Rudé Seminar in French History and Civilisation, which will be hosted by The Australian National University in Canberra from 4 to 7 July 2018.

The George Rudé Seminar in French History and Civilisation is the premier conference in French historical and cultural studies in the southern hemisphere. This biennial event recognises the contribution of George Rudé to the study of French history and culture in Australasia and internationally. Each conference produces a peer-reviewed collection in the journal French History and Civilisation, published through H-France.

The Rudé Seminar welcomes twenty-minute papers, in English or in French, on all aspects of French and Francophone history, from the Middle Ages to the present, for inclusion in the general program.  Proposals for both individual papers and group panels will be accepted.

As the capital city of Australia, Canberra is home to many cultural and research institutions. The region is also known for its vineyards, bushwalking, and close proximity to the ski resorts of the Australian alps.

 

Confirmed keynote speakers for the 21st George Rudé Seminar include:

Alice Conklin (Professor of History, Ohio State University), author of In the Museum of Man: Race, Anthropology and Empire in France, 1850-1950 (Cornell, 2013) and A Mission to Civilize: The Republican Idea of Empire in France and West Africa, 1895-1930 (Stanford University Press, 1997).

Mary D. Lewis (Robert Walton Goelet Professor of French History at Harvard University), author of Divided Rule: Sovereignty and Empire in French Tunisia, 1881-1938 (University of California Press, 2013) and The Boundaries of the Republic: Migrant Rights and the Limits of Universalism in France(Stanford University Press, 2007).

Antoine Lilti (Director of Studies, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales), author of The Invention of Celebrity: 1750-1850 (Polity Press, 2017) and The World of the Salons: Sociability and Worldliness in Eighteenth-century Paris (Oxford University Press, 2015).

Pierre Serna (Director of the Institut d’Histoire de la Révolution Française, Professeur d’histoire de la Révolution française et de l’Empire à l’Université de Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne), author of La Révolution des animaux 1760-1820 (Fayard, 2016) and La République des Girouettes – 1795-1815 et au delà. Une anomalie politique : la France de l’extrême centre (Champ Vallon, 2005).

 

Abstracts of up to 300 words per presenter should be sent to GeorgeRudeSeminar2018@anu.edu.au   together with a 100-word profile of each speaker giving name, professional title and affiliation, by Friday 1 December 2017. General inquiries can be made to the same address.

 

Organising Committee of the George Rudé Seminar 2018

Dr Gemma Betros

Dr Alexander Cook

Dr Ben Mercer

 

The Seminar is being organised by the School of History, with the support of the College of Arts and Social Sciences, the Humanities Research Centre, the Power Institute and the French Research Cluster.

 

The ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences. http://cass.anu.edu.au/

The Humanities Research Centre ANU. http://hrc.anu.edu.au/

The ANU School of History. http://history.cass.anu.edu.au/

The Embassy of France in Australia. https://au.ambafrance.org/-English-

The Power Institute http://sydney.edu.au/arts/power/

The Alliance Française Canberra. http://www.afcanberra.com.au/

The French Research Cluster, ANU. http://rsha.anu.edu.au/french-research-cluster

 

Alison Patrick Memorial Scholarship, George Rudé Seminar

Applications are invited for a scholarship in memory of Alison Patrick, to enable (post)graduate students to attend the George Rudé Seminar in French History and Civilization.  The Scholarship provides up to $2000 (AUD) towards travel and expenses.

Alison Patrick was Reader in History at the University of Melbourne.   She had a lifelong interest in the scholarship of the French Revolution, and a strong commitment to students.  She was one of the founders of the Rudé seminar and presented papers over many years.

 

Eligibility:

The Scholarship is open to students undertaking full- or part-time doctoral study in French history (or a related field) at a recognised university anywhere in the world.

 

Applications:

Applications for the Scholarship to attend the 2018 George Rudé Seminar at the Australian National University, Canberra, should be sent to the following email address:GeorgeRudeSeminar2018@anu.edu.au

 

Applicants should send a CV, a 500-word paper proposal, and provide the names of two referees. The email application must be clearly marked ‘Alison Patrick Memorial Scholarship Application’ in the subject line.

 

Closing Date: 1 December 2017

 

Conditions:

The recipient/s is expected to attend and to present a paper at the Rudé Seminar.  He/she will also be expected to offer the paper as an article for publication in French History and Civilization. Papers from the George Rudé Seminar, published on H-France. The published article will carry an acknowledgement of the Scholarship.

Costs incurred will be reimbursed upon presentation of receipts.  In certain cases, fares may be paid directly by the Scholarship fund.

Part scholarships may be offered to more than one applicant.  The Scholarship will not be awarded to the same person twice.  If numerous applications are received, preference may be given to papers on the French Revolution, Alison Patrick’s primary area of interest.

 

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Appel à contribution

George Rudé Seminar in French History and Civilisation
Australian National University
4-7 juillet 2018

GeorgeRudeSeminar2018@anu.edu.au

 

Nous avons le plaisir d’annoncer que le 21ème George Rudé Seminar in French History and Civilisation se tiendra entre les 4 et 7 juillet 2018 à l’Australian National University à Canberra.

 

Le George Rudé Seminar in French History and Civilisation est le colloque majeur de l’hémisphère sud consacré à l’histoire et à la culture française. Cet évènement biannuel est dédié à la contribution de George Rudé à l’étude de la culture et de l’histoire française en Australasie et de manière internationale. Une collection d’articles issus du colloque et évalués par les pairs sera publiée dans la revue French History and Civilisation, à travers H-France.

Le Rudé Seminar invite des propositions de communications de vingt minutes, en français ou en anglais, sur tout aspect de l’histoire française et francophone, du Moyen Âge à nos jours, pour le programme général. Nous acceptons des propositions pour des communications individuelles, ainsi que pour des tables rondes.

 

La capitale de l’Australie, Canberra abrite de nombreuses institutions de recherches et de culture. La région qui l’entoure est également réputée pour ses vignobles, ses randonnées, ainsi que sa proximité aux stations de ski des Alpes australiennes.

 

Les conférenciers principaux du 21ème George Rudé Seminar comprennent :

Alice Conklin (Professeur d’histoire, Ohio State University), auteur de In the Museum of Man: Race, Anthropology and Empire in France, 1850-1950 (Cornell, 2013), et A Mission to Civilize: The Republican Idea of Empire in France and West Africa, 1895-1930 (Stanford University Press, 1997).

Mary D. Lewis (Robert Walton Goelet Professor d’histoire française, Harvard University), auteur deDivided Rule: Sovereignty and Empire in French Tunisia, 1881-1938 (University of California Press, 2013), et The Boundaries of the Republic: Migrant Rights and the Limits of Universalism in France (Stanford University Press, 2007).

Antoine Lilti (Directeur d’études, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales), auteur de The Invention of Celebrity: 1750-1850 (Polity Press, 2017), et The World of the Salons: Sociability and Worldliness in Eighteenth-century Paris (Oxford University Press, 2015).

Pierre Serna (Directeur de l’Institut d’Histoire de la Révolution Française, Professeur d’histoire de la Révolution française et de l’Empire à l’Université de Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne), auteur de La Révolution des animaux 1760-1820 (Fayard, 2016), et La République des Girouettes – 1795-1815 et au-delà. Une anomalie politique : la France de l’extrême centre (Champ Vallon, 2005).

 

Des propositions de communications de 300 mots par communicant, accompagnées d’un profil biographique de 100 mots, comprenant le nom, l’institution et l’intitulé de poste, sont à envoyer àGeorgeRudeSeminar2018@anu.edu.au avant le 1 décembre 2017. Pour toute autre question générale, veuillez contacter la même adresse.

 

Le comité d’organisation du George Rudé Seminar 2018

Dr Gemma Betros

Dr Alexander Cook

Dr Ben Mercer

 

Le Seminar sera organisé par la School of History, avec le soutien du College of Arts and Social Sciences, le Humanities Research Centre, le Power Institute, ainsi que le French Research Cluster.

 

Le College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANU. http://cass.anu.edu.au/

Le Humanities Research Centre, ANU. http://hrc.anu.edu.au/

La School of History, ANU. http://history.cass.anu.edu.au/

L’Ambassade de France en Australie. https://au.ambafrance.org/-English-

L’Alliance Française de Canberra. http://www.afcanberra.com.au/

Le Power Institute http://sydney.edu.au/arts/power/

Le French Research Cluster, ANU. http://rsha.anu.edu.au/french-research-cluster

 

Bourse dédiée à la mémoire d’Alison Patrick, George Rudé Seminar

 

Les doctorants voulant assister au colloque sont invités à solliciter la bourse dédiée à la mémoire d’Alison Patrick (Alison Patrick Memorial Scholarship). La bourse, d’une valeur de $2000 (AUD), est destinée à couvrir les frais de voyages et autres dépenses.

Alison Patrick fut maître de conférences à l’Université de Melbourne. Elle eut un intérêt durable dans l’étude de la Révolution française, ainsi qu’un engagement conséquent envers les étudiants. Elle fut l’une des fondatrices du Rudé Seminar et elle y participa pendant de nombreuses années.

 

Éligibilité :

La bourse est ouverte aux candidats étudiant l’histoire française (ou une discipline annexe), à plein ou à mi-temps, dans une université reconnue, de tout pays du monde.

Demandes de bourse :

Les demandes de bourses pour participer au George Rudé Seminar qui se déroulera en 2018 à l’Australian National University, à Canberra, sont à envoyer à l’adresse suivante :GeorgeRudeSeminar2018@anu.edu.au

Les candidats devront envoyer un CV, une proposition de communication de 500 mots, ainsi que les noms de deux références. Il faudra clairement stipuler ‘Alison Patrick Memorial Scholarship Application’ dans le titre de l’email.

Date limite : 1 décembre 2017

Conditions :

Le(s) bénéficiaire(s) de la bourse devront assister au Rudé Seminar et y présenter une communication. Il/elle sera tenu de soumettre cette communication, en forme d’article, à French History and Civilization. Papers from the George Rudé Seminar, publié sur H-France. Le travail fini devra faire mention de la bourse Alison Patrick.

Les dépenses seront remboursées sur présentation des reçus. Dans certains cas, les frais en question seront payés directement par les fonds de la bourse.

Il se peut que la bourse soit divisée et attribuée à plusieurs candidats. Un étudiant ne peut être attribué la bourse qu’une seule fois. Si plusieurs dossiers de demande sont reçus, priorité peut être donnée aux communications portant sur la Révolution française, le champ d’intérêt principal d’Alison Patrick.

French & Australian Dialogues

You are invited to the French & Australian Dialogue to be presented by the Institute for the Study of French Australian Relations in association with the Alliance Française de Sydney

Date: Thurs. November 2, 6.30pm – 8.30pm Venue: 257 Clarence St, Sydney

Fraught or Friendly Relations: New Perspectives on Australia and New Caledonia

The talks will be followed by wine and cheese. Bookings please at: http://www.afsydney.com.au/culturalevents/isfar/

See attached flier for full details: French and Australian Dialogues – Sydney 2 November

2017 ASFS Postgraduate Essay Prize

Postgraduates in French Studies are encouraged to submit papers for the 2017 ASFS/AJFS Postgraduate prize. The best essay will receive a prize of $500 and will be published in AJFS in the twelve months (or so) following this year’s conference in Canberra. Applicants must be enrolled in a research higher degree at an Australian university and have a current membership of ASFS. Articles may be written in English or French and must be presented according to AJFS style guidelines (see the AJFS website at www.liverpooluniversitypress.co.uk). Essays should be in an area of French or Francophone Studies and be between 4000 and 6000 words. For more details including eligibility requirements, check the ASFS website. This year’s deadline is Friday, 27 October 2017.

Submissions should be sent to Postgraduate Officer, Dr Gemma King at Gemma.King@anu.edu.au

 

Previous essay prize winners:

  • 2016 Sarah Martin, “Carrying Across, But Only So Far: Reflections on Translational Visibility, Selectivity, and Canonicity”
  • 2015 Kim Hajek, “‘Je lis ça comme je lirais un roman’: Reading Scientific Works on Hypnotism in Late Nineteenth-Century France”

Kathleen Campbell-Brown French Studies Scholarship at UQ School of Languages and Cultures

The French programme at the University of Queensland is pleased to announce the creation of the Kathleen Campbell-Brown Scholarship to support a PhD candidate undertaking a project in French Studies within the School of Languages and Cultures. This top-up scholarship is offered as a package with a University of Queensland Graduate School Scholarship, the total value being $37 682 per annum for a maximum of four years. The scholarship is offered to a candidate commencing in 2018.

We therefore invite inquiries from qualified applicants with projects in our areas of expertise:

  • Cinema: Post 1960 French cinema; le jeune cinéma français; French queer cinema
  • French critical theory, Sound studies, postcolonial studies, trauma and memory studies
  • Literature: twentieth and twenty-first century French and Francophone literature (i.e. life writing, travel writing, migration and exile narratives, existentialist literature)
  • Second language studies: Language learner identity; non-native identity; Study Abroad Experiences

Potential applicants are encouraged to consult the profiles of the French Studies team on the website of the School of Languages and Cultures at: https://languages-cultures.uq.edu.au/

For full details of the scholarship, and contact point see: https://scholarships.uq.edu.au/scholarship/kathleen-campbell-brown-scholarship

 

Please also note information on Scholarship rounds and closing dates:

https://graduate-school.uq.edu.au/scholarships

Eligibility and enrolment processes for higher degrees at UQ:

https://graduate-school.uq.edu.au/future-students/applying-research-higher-degree

Kathleen Campbell-Brown was professor of French at UQ for over 30 years and this scholarship is made possible by a bequest in her memory from the estate of her sister, Leslie Campbell-Brown.

 

 

 

ASFS 2017 Second Call for Papers

Australian Society for French Studies Conference 2017

Truth and Representation

 

The Australian National University, 13-15 December

  • Postgraduate Day, 12 December
  • Conference Dinner, 14 December

 

Confirmed keynote speakers:

Professor Nicki Hitchcott, University of St Andrews

Dr Chris Watkin, Monash University

 

What is truth and how do we represent it? For centuries philosophers, artists, theologians, and political thinkers have reflected on the nature of truth, each exploring the various rhetorical and visual strategies with which we might render its universality and its relativity. When we talk about truth, we call upon objectivity, authenticity, and verifiability. But we also inevitably evoke subjectivity, artifice, and mendacity. Indeed, to talk about truth is to recognise its intimate connection to lies.

In our current political climate, terms such as ‘post-truth’ and ‘fake news’ have become ubiquitous. In the wake of Brexit and the American presidential election, and leading up to the 2017 French election, politicians and the media continually call the status of truth and representation into question. How are we to determine what truth is when facts are manipulated to reflect and reinforce the opinions we already hold? How are we to retain our grasp on reality when we see our world increasingly through the mediation of the screen? Such questions bring to mind a much broader problematic surrounding our understanding of social, cultural, and political reality in the light of myriad and ever-evolving ideologies and theoretical orientations.

This conference seeks to reflect on these questions within French and Francophone Studies. What role can our interdisciplinary research play in negotiating the problems of truth and representation in the 21st century, from cultural studies and politics to literature and film? Our aim is to address these problems from a multiplicity of methodological approaches and areas of focus.

We invite proposals for individual papers (20 minutes) and for panels (3-4 papers of 20 minutes each) related to the theme of truth and representation. We will also consider proposals that do not conform directly to this theme. Possible topics for discussion may include, but are not limited to:

 

  • Philosophical, theoretical, and historical/historiographical understandings of truth-making
  • Representations of Otherness
  • Reflections on language and the shaping of political discourse
  • The role of truth in education, including plagiarism and academic dishonesty in the language classroom
  • Film and the fluid boundaries of audio-visual representation
  • Embodied truths, psychic truths, lived realities
  • National myths and the politics of migration
  • Life-writing/ Representing the truth of the self
  • Truth and religious pluralism
  • Postmodernism and post-truth
  • Representation in (applied) linguistics and second language acquisition
  • Imagination, or the truth of fiction

Please send your proposal of 250 words to asfs_2017@anu.edu.au by 3 July 2017.

Organising committee: Leslie Barnes, Ashok Collins, Solène Inceoglu, and Gemma King, ANU.

Vérité et Représentation

 

Qu’est-ce la vérité et comment la représenter ? Pendant des siècles des philosophes, artistes, théologiens, et penseurs politiques ont réfléchi à la nature de la vérité, explorant de diverses stratégies visuelles et rhétoriques pour comprendre son universalité et sa relativité. Quand nous parlons de la vérité, nous évoquons l’objectivité, l’authenticité, et la vérifiabilité. Mais de façon inévitable, nous évoquons aussi la subjectivité, l’artifice, et la fausseté. En fait, parler de la vérité est reconnaître sa relation intime avec le mensonge.

Dans notre climat politique actuel, des termes tels que ‘post-vérité’ et ‘fausses nouvelles’ sont devenus omniprésents. A la suite du Brexit et l’élection présidentielle américaine, et précédant l’élection française de 2017, les politiciens et les médias remettent sans cesse en cause la vérité et la représentation. Comment définir la vérité quand nous manipulons les faits pour refléter et renforcer nos opinions établies ? Comment assurer notre connexion avec la réalité quand nous percevons le monde de plus en plus souvent à travers la médiation de l’écran ? De telles questions engendrent une problématique beaucoup plus large sur notre compréhension de la réalité sociale, culturelle, et politique au vu de toute une myriade d’idéologies et d’orientations théoriques en perpétuelle évolution.

Cette conférence vise à considérer ces questions dans le cadre des études françaises et francophones. Comment nos recherches interdisciplinaires peuvent-elles faire face aux questions de vérité et de représentation dans le XXIe siècle, soient-elles en études culturelles ou en sciences politiques, en littérature ou en cinéma ? Notre but est d’aborder ces problèmes depuis une multiplicité de perspectives et d’approches méthodologiques.

Nous invitons des propositions de communications individuelles (20 minutes) et de groupes (3-4 communications de 20 minutes chacune) autour du thème ‘vérité et représentation’. Nous considérerons aussi des interventions qui ne se conforment pas directement à ce thème. Quelques sujets possibles comprennent, mais ne se limitent pas à :

– Conceptions philosophiques, théoriques, et historiques / historiographiques de la vérité

– Représentations d’autrui

– Réflexions sur le langage et la formation du discours politique

– Le rôle de la vérité dans l’éducation, y compris le plagiat et la malhonnêteté dans les cours de langue

– Cinéma et les limites fluides de la représentation audio-visuelle

– Vérités incarnées, vérités psychiques, réalités vécues

– Mythes nationaux et politique de migration

– (Auto)biographie / Représenter la vérité du soi

– Vérité et pluralisme religieux

– Postmodernisme et post-vérité

– Représentation dans la linguistique (appliquée) et l’acquisition des langues étrangères

– Imagination, ou vérité de fiction

Envoyez votre proposition de 250 mots à asfs_2017@anu.edu.au avant le 3 juillet 2017.

Comité : Leslie Barnes, Ashok Collins, Solène Inceoglu, and Gemma King, ANU.

President’s Message 2017

As our teaching semesters begin again across Australia it feels rather like the start of the year, even if we have all been involved in committees and ARC applications for some time now. ASFS 2016 certainly seems a long time ago. I nonetheless wanted to take the time to thank the people involved in organising what was — in true Adelaide style — a terrific conference. Notably, thanks go to the committee (UNISA’s Chris Hogarth and Saige Walton, and Adelaide’s Natalie Edwards and Ben McCann) who worked tirelessly throughout the event. I should especially like to thank them for the conference dinner at the National Wine Centre of Australia, which was one of the best I can remember.

twitter3-asfs2016We had some memorable keynote addresses from Liverpool’s Professor Charles Forsdick, who was, alongside Nottingham’s Emeritus Professor Nick Hewitt, ever-present throughout the event, giving advice, asking questions and generally effusing bonhomie, from our own ASFS Vice-President, Professor Véronique Duché, whose research perfectly captured the conference theme of Mobilities and Migrations, and from Iowa’s Professor Stephen Ungar, whose delightful presentation of what he called a Proustian Cinema capped off some wonderful discussions of film at the conference (indeed, I was struck by the depth that ASFS now has in this area). It was good to see all our overseas visitors stay until the very last, which may have had something to do with the wine-tasting organised and presented by Jackie Dutton (who else?) and Amie Sexton (and paid for by ASFS — and why not?). Thanks to Jackie and Amie for this concept, and to Natalie and Chris for cellaring and transporting (and not drinking) the wine before the event.

The dovetailing of ASFS 2016 with the ISFAR colloquium “French Australian Relations: The Field Today”, organised by Emeritus Professor Colin Nettelbeck and attended by a number of ASFS participants proved to be a logical pooling of forces: it was both an enjoyable day and a good example of interdisciplinarity. We hope to maintain links between the two associations and their conferences into the future. We also encourage colleagues to consider publishing work in the society’s journal The French Australian Review.

jwsThe last three things I want to single out from the conference cover the ASFS spectrum. First, it was encouraging to see such a strong HDR presence at the conference, and especially so many students from Melbourne. I attended as many presentations as I could and was impressed as ever by the quality on display (I have since even cited Françoise Campbell’s paper!). From the strong presence of HDRs we moved seamlessly, albeit over various gangplanks, to the strongly maritime presence of Adelaide’s own Professor John West-Sooby who, as Natalie has since pointed out, became the first ASFS speaker to deliver his lecture on board ship, with his slides billowing, as it were, in the sails. John’s presentation at the SA Maritime Museum and the exhibition “The Art of Science: Baudin’s Voyagers 1800-1804” were amazing, both for their quality and humour, but also because of the enormous amount of work that they represented. Lastly, I wanted to thank the New Zealand contingent, and especially Canterbury’s Antonio Viselli, who actually (and in front of witnesses) offered to host ASFS in New Zealand in the future. Despite, or because of, the fact that this offer came at a time when wine was flowing, it was genuine food for thought.

On the committee front, the only change for this year is the departure of UTS’s Julie Robert as Postgraduate Officer. Julie is well-known to colleagues for her dynamism and her almost intimidating organisational skills. In this particular role she has become known to us as a champion of postgraduate students, tirelessly advocating for their training and involvement in the conference. We should like to thank her for her work in this area, which will of course not end with her stepping down from this role. We should also like to extend our thanks to, and welcome to the executive committee, ANU’s Gemma King, who takes up the role this year and will be well-placed to organise postgraduate events at ASFS 2017, which will be held at ANU in December.

Our thanks also go to our new attaché, Nicolas Duhaut, who came to our AGM at UNISA to discuss his ideas for improving, amongst other things, the Baudin scheme. The executive committee have been really pleased to be able to begin work with Nicolas on this and look forward to ongoing developments in 2017. Notably, the Embassy’s collaboration with ANU for this year’s conference promises to make for an excellent event.

twitter-asfs2016And, of course, thanks to all of you for your continued support. By attending the conference and joining us to share ideas, discuss common problems and plan collaborative ventures, you all help to make French Studies in Australia a culture that continues to draw in and impress scholars and friends from overseas.

Lastly, good luck to you all for your teaching and research in 2017.

Alistair Rolls
28 February 2017