Deadline extended to 25 September: Australian Society for French Studies 2020 Conference (‘Dis/connexion’, 3-4 December)

ASFS Conference Banner 2020

We are pleased to extend the deadline for proposals for the Australian Society for French Studies 2020 Virtual Conference, until Friday September 25. We will advise successful applicants by early October and attendees and speakers will be required to become members/ renew their membership of the Society by November 1. Please find the call for papers below.

Call for Papers

Australian Society for French Studies

VIRTUAL CONFERENCE 2020

DIS/CONNEXION

3-4 December

Keynote speakers: Professor Lydie Moudileno (University of Southern California) and Associate Professor Mame-Fatou Niang (Carnegie Mellon University)

In light of the current situation, the ASFS has had to come to the inevitable decision of postponing the conference that was scheduled to take place in New Zealand this year, to 2021. In order to maintain a sense of community, and academic discussions around our research and future, the ASFS Conference will move online in a shorter format for 2020.

During a time of social distancing, in which we are requested to “Stay Apart Together”, the ASFS 2020 conference will bring members together to reflect upon the theme of connection and disconnection.

We invite proposals for papers and panels related to the conference theme. Papers may reflect upon, but are not limited to:

  • The role of the Humanities in general, and of language, literature and culture in particular, during times of crisis and social unrest
  • Literary, artistic and cinematic representations of connection and disconnection
  • The dis/connection between World and national literatures, cinema and history, and other forms of transnational connections
  • The Medical Humanities and the ethics of care
  • The Digital Humanities
  • Language pedagogy and (dis)connection
  • Interdisciplinary connections (and their limits)

Paper presentations will be scheduled for 10 minutes. Panels will be scheduled for 45 minutes, with 3 presentations and discussion.

The conference will be free to all members of the ASFS. Presenters will be required to join the Society by 1 November.

The Postgraduate Session will take place on the morning of 3 December via Zoom, led by Postgraduate Officer Dr Clara Sitbon. The Postgraduate Session is free and open to all members.

The conference will feature keynotes and roundtables, will include different formats for special events, and will incorporate social spaces such as a virtual coffee room running alongside and between panels.

We hope that this will allow members to continue to engage with the ASFS activities and with each other in these trying times.

Deadline for submitting paper and panel proposals: 25 September 2020 to Dr Leslie Barnes, Secretary: leslie.barnes@anu.edu.au.

Appel à communications

Australian Society for French Studies

CONFÉRENCE VIRTUELLE 2020

DÉ/CONNEXION

3-4 décembre

Intervenants principaux : Professor Lydie Moudileno (University of Southern California) et Associate Professor Mame-Fatou Niang (Carnegie Mellon University)

Au vu de la situation actuelle, l’ASFS a dû prendre la difficile décision de repousser sa conférence annuelle, qui devait initialement se tenir en Nouvelle-Zélande en décembre cette année, à 2021. Pour maintenir un sentiment de communauté, et pour poursuivre les importantes discussions qui conditionnent notre recherche et notre avenir, l’ASFS souhaite maintenir une version virtuelle de sa conférence, dans un format plus court.

A une époque de distanciation sociale, où nous sommes exhortés à être distancés ensemble, l’édition 2020 de la conférence ASFS entend rassembler ses membres autour de réflexions sur les thèmes de connexion et déconnexion.

L’ASFS invite des propositions de communications autour de ces deux thèmes. Les communications peuvent aborder les éléments suivants, sans pour autant y être exclusivement limitées :

  • Le rôle des Sciences Humaines (Humanities), des langues, de la littérature et de la culture, en temps de crise et de troubles sociaux
  • Représentations littéraires, artistiques, cinématographiques de connexions et déconnexions
  • La dé/connexion entre les littératures, cinémas, histoires nationales et nationaux, et les littératures, cinémas et histoires du monde, ainsi que d’autres formes de connections transnationales
  • Les Humanités Médicales et l’éthique de la compassion
  • Les Humanités Numériques
  • Pédagogie linguistique et (dé)connexion
  • Connections interdisciplinaires (et leurs limites)

Les communications seront de dix minutes chacune, et les panels de 45 minutes chacun (pour trois présentations et discussions).

La conférence sera entièrement gratuite pour les membres de l’ASFS. Si vous n’êtes pas membres de la société mais que vous souhaitez présenter une communication, vous devrez joindre la société avant le 1er novembre 2020.

La session dédiée aux étudiants de troisième cycle aura lieu le matin du 3 décembre via Zoom, et sera coordonnée par Dr Clara Sitbon (Postgraduate Officer). Cette session est gratuite et ouverte à tous les membres.

La conférence comprendra des séances plénières et tables rondes, mêlera une variété de formats pour divers événements, et inclura des espaces sociaux virtuels (cafés virtuels) en parallèle et entre les différentes sessions.

Nous espérons que cela permettra aux membres de continuer à s’impliquer dans les activités de l’ASFS, et les un.e.s avec les autres durant ces moments difficiles.

Les propositions de communications et de panels sont à envoyer avant le 25 septembre 2020, à la secrétaire de la société, Dr Leslie Barnes (leslie.barnes@anu.edu.au).

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

 

CFP: 20th and 21st Century French and Francophone Studies International Colloquium, 2020

APPEL À CONTRIBUTIONS/CALL FOR PAPERS

20th and 21st Century French and Francophone Studies International Colloquium March 26-28, 2020

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA

 

Plenary Speakers : Scholastique Mukasonga, Nicolas Kurtovitch, and Stéphanie Posthumus

Parler la terre

La terre nous unit tous. Parler la terre, c’est parler de soi-même, c’est parler de l’Autre, c’est parler de l’identité, de l’environnement, de la vie à tous les sens du mot. La terre permet l’existence des êtres humains, elle crée leurs cultures, fonde leurs imaginaires, complique leurs relations, fait et parfois défait leurs rêves. Comment représente-on la terre dans la littérature, dans l’art contemporain, dans le cinéma ? Comment la terre figure-t-elle dans la théorie postmoderne et post- coloniale, dans les théories du genre, et dans les études sociales et culturelles ? Comme le colloque 2020 aura lieu à l’Université du Nebraska-Lincoln, une institution « land grant, » située dans un état où l’agriculture dicte souvent l’économie et les tendances politiques, il nous semble opportun de considérer le rôle de la terre dans la production culturelle contemporaine d’expression française.

Nous invitons des propositions de communication dans les domaines des littératures d’expression française, de la théorie littéraire, de l’histoire, des études culturelles et/ou postcoloniales, des études de genre, de la traduction, des arts tels que la musique, la danse, le cinéma, la photographie, et la bande dessinée.

En plus de propositions individuelles, nous encourageons vivement la soumission de panels complets.

Le comité scientifique accueillera avec intérêt des propositions portant sur les thèmes suivants, sans que ceux-ci soient restrictifs :

  • Lieu et identité
  • Espaces naturels et urbains
  • Frontières, migrations, exils
  • Le folklore, la mythologie, les légendes, et les récits d’origine
  • Nation, nationalité, nationalisme
  • Géographie et genre (la littérature « régionale », le pastoral, les dystopies, la science-fiction, le thriller)
  • Les féminismes globaux ; l’écoféminisme ; le « Global Gay » ; les géographies LGBTQ
  • Le tourisme et/ou l’éco-tourisme ; le voyage
  • Lieux d’héritage/patrimoine mondial et local (UNESCO, )
  • L’agriculture/l’économie
  • Le rôle social de la terre dans le terrain académique
  • Les cultures/épistémologies autochtones
  • L’impérialisme écologique
  • Les désastres naturels, le changement climatique, la pollution

Des propositions individuelles ou des sessions complètes portant sur les œuvres de nos conférencier(ères) en séance plénière Scholastique Mukasonga, Nicolas Kurtovitch, et Stéphanie Posthumus (sujet ouvert) sont aussi les bienvenues.

Les propositions de communication (250 mots maximum, en français ou en anglais, accompagnées d’une brève notice bio- bibliographique) et de sessions complètes (celles-ci vivement encouragées) sont à envoyer par e-mail à l’adresse FFSC2020@unl.edu avant le 15 septembre, 2019.

 

 

Speaking the Earth

The earth unites us all. To speak of the earth is to speak of oneself, of the “Other,” of identity, of the environment, of life in every sense of the word. The earth allows human beings to exist, it creates our cultures, founds our imaginaries, complicates our relationships, fulfills and sometimes frustrates our dreams. How is the earth or land represented in literature, in contemporary art, and in film? How does the earth factor into postmodern and postcolonial theories, gender theories, and cultural studies? As the 2020 colloquium will take place at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, a land grant institution in a state in which agriculture frequently influences the economy and consequently the political situation and political tendencies, it seems appropriate to consider the role of the earth/land in contemporary cultural production of French expression.

We invite paper proposals in the following fields: literatures of French expression, literary theory, cultural studies, history, gender and postcolonial studies, translation, and art, including music, dance, film studies, photography, and the graphic novel.

In addition to individual proposals, we encourage the submission of complete panel proposals.

The organizing committee will welcome particularly, but not exclusively, proposals addressing the following themes:

  • Place and identity
  • Natural and urban spaces
  • Borders, migration, exile
  • Folklore, mythology, legends, and origin stories
  • Nation, nationality, nationalism
  • Geography and genre (the pastoral, dystopias, “regional” literature, science fiction, thrillers)
  • Global feminisms ; ecofeminism ; “Global Gay,” LGBTQ geographies
  • Tourism/eco-tourism ; travel
  • Global and local heritage sites (UNESCO, )
  • Agriculture/economy
  • The social role of land in academia
  • Autochthonous cultures/epistemologies
  • Ecological imperialism
  • Natural disaster, climate change, pollution

We also welcome proposals for papers and panels on the works of our plenary speakers Scholastique Mukasonga, Nicolas Kurtovitch, and Stéphanie Posthumus (subject open).

Paper proposals (250 words maximum, in French or English, along with a brief bio-bibliography) and proposals for complete panels (strongly encouraged) should be sent by email to this address: FFSC2020@unl.edu before September 15, 2019.

ASFS/AJFS Postgraduate Prize 2019

The Australian Society for French Studies and the Australian Journal of French Studies are pleased to announce the fifth 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 ASFS Conference in Sydney https://australiansocietyforfrenchstudies.com/events/asfs-conference/ in December 2019, 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 AJFSstyle 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 prize is 30 June 2019. The winner will be announced in December 2019.

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.

Véronique Duché, President of ASFS
Brian Nelson, Editor of AJFS

CFP: 5th Biennial Colloquium of Languages and Cultures Network for Australian Universities (LCNAU)

CALL FOR PAPERS

5th Biennial Colloquium of LCNAU

Deadline: 30 April 2019

Conference: 27-29 November 2019, University of Western Australia

The Fifth Biennial Colloquium of the Languages & Cultures Network of Australian Universities will be held at the University of Western Australia on 27-29 November 2019.

Confirmed keynote speakers are: Charles Forsdick (Liverpool), Joseph Lo Bianco (Melbourne), Jakelin Troy (Sydney).

“Exchanges: people, knowledge, cultures”

The movement of students and staff is an inherent part of language learning. The benefits of such exchange flow in both directions: language learners encounter a new set of linguistic and cultural parameters through which to make sense of the world and the ‘native speakers’ of that culture also benefit by encountering those who are entering their language and culture from different and often challenging perspectives. The two-way exchange of linguistic competence and cultural knowledge – between Indigenous and non-Indigenous, teachers and students, international students and Australian hosts, Australians studying abroad and their overseas hosts and contacts – is enriching to all and a key contribution our disciplines make to building a better world.

LCNAU invites abstracts and panel proposals from scholars, practitioners, early career researchers and postgraduate students. We  especially invite contributions relating to the following areas:

  • Indigenous languages: description, maintenance and use
  • Motivation and language learning
  • Language and culture nexus
  • Language and identity
  • Technology in teaching and learning language and culture
  • Models and approaches in teaching and learning language and culture
  • Language testing
  • Language and society
  • Language acquisition
  • Language policy
  • Translation and interpretation

For full guide to submissions procedure and details about the conference, please see the conference homepage:

http://lcnau2019.com.au/

For enquiries, please contact the Conference Chairs:
John Kinder, Italian Studies, UWA john.kinder@uwa.edu.au
Nicola Fraschini, Korean Studies, UWA nicola.fraschini@uwa.edu.au

CFP: ASFS 2019 Making and Breaking Rules in Sydney

Australian Society for French Studies Annual Conference 2019

Making and Breaking Rules

University of New England – Western Sydney University

Location: UNE Sydney

10-12 December 2019

When we speak, write and act, when we produce and interpret culture, we are consciously or unconsciously following rules of various kinds. But what does it mean to follow a rule? What are the consequences of failing to do so? Who has the power to institute and enforce rules? How can rules be modified or dissolved?

These general questions can be sharpened in specific domains of French, Francophone, and Comparative studies, interpreted in the widest possible way:

  • how do generic conventions shape our expectations and guide our reception of literary works, films, television drama and other cultural products?
  • how can generic conventions encode social values?
  • how do specific works break with conventions and what kinds of impact can this have?
  • is cultural innovation always a matter of breaking rules?
  • how do new rules arise and spread?
  • how has the history of France, and of French colonization and decolonization, shaped specific approaches to rewriting social and political rules?
  • how can a universalism of rules (“one rule for all”) correct or reinforce injustices, depending on the situation?
  • to what degree is accuracy and aptness in language use and translation a matter of conformity to rules?
  • when and how should rules of grammar and usage be taught in the language classroom?
  • how should non-standard grammar and usage be presented in teaching?
  • what effects have regulatory bodies had on the evolution of French as it is used throughout the Francophone world?

Participants are encouraged to reflect on rules broadly conceived, as:

  • laws and regulations;
  • political programs and platforms;
  • norms of ability and disability;
  • social conventions;
  • etiquette and politeness;
  • gender constructs;
  • religious precepts;
  • generic conventions;
  • formal constraints;
  • research protocols;
  • conflicting epistemologies;

and to consider a range of rule-making and -breaking practices:

  • prescription and legislation;
  • the making explicit and codification of existing practices;
  • preservation and recovery of traditional wisdom;
  • discretion in the application of rules;
  • civil disobedience;
  • deviance, deviation and clinamen;
  • transgression;
  • tradition and innovation;
  • law enforcement and crime.

We invite proposals for individual papers (20 minutes) and for panels (three papers of 20 minutes each) related to the theme of making and breaking rules. We will also consider proposals that do not relate directly to this theme.

Please send your proposal of 250 words for papers in English or French, or suggestion of panels, to vgosetti@une.edu.au by Monday 6 May 2019.

Important dates

  • Deadline for submitting proposals for papers/panels: 6 May 2019
  • Notification of acceptance: June 2019
  • Early-bird registration: ends 4 September 2019
  • Full registration: 5 September 2019 onwards
  • Postgraduate session: Monday 9 December 2019

Conference Organising Committee
Chris Andrews (Western Sydney University), Valentina Gosetti & Sophie Patrick (University of New England)

The ASFS Annual Conference 2019 will blend with the conference

The Effects of the Oulipo: Impact, Continuities, Appropriations, Reactions
11-13 December 2019

Organising committee: Chris Andrews (Western Sydney University), Christelle Reggiani (Université de Paris IV), Christophe Reig (Université de Perpignan), Hermes Salceda (Universidad de Vigo).


Colloque annuel de l’Australian Society for French Studies 2019

Règles et dérèglements

University of New England – Western Sydney University

UNE Sydney

10-12 décembre 2019

Lorsque nous parlons, écrivons et agissons, lorsque nous produisons et interprétons la culture, nous suivons consciemment ou inconsciemment des règles de différentes sortes. Mais que veut dire suivre une règle ? Quelles sont les conséquences de ne pas le faire? Qui a le pouvoir d’instituer et de faire respecter les règles ? Comment les règles peuvent-elles être modifiées ou dissoutes ?

Ces questions générales pourront être affinées dans des domaines spécifiques au sein des études françaises, francophones et comparées, interprétées de la manière la plus large possible :

  • Comment les conventions génériques façonnent-elles nos attentes et guident-elles notre réception d’œuvres littéraires, de films, de séries télévisées et d’autres produits culturels ?
  • comment les conventions génériques peuvent-elles encoder des valeurs sociales ?
  • comment des œuvres spécifiques rompent-elles avec les conventions et quels types d’impact cela peut-il avoir ?
  • l’innovation culturelle est-elle toujours une question de violation des règles ?
  • comment les nouvelles règles apparaissent-elles et se propagent-elles ?
  • comment l’histoire de la France, de la colonisation et de la décolonisation françaises a-t-elle façonné des approches spécifiques de réécriture des règles sociales et politiques ?
  • comment un universalisme de règles (« une règle pour tous ») peut-il corriger ou renforcer les injustices, selon la situation ?
  • dans quelle mesure l’exactitude et l’aptitude à utiliser une langue et à traduire sont-elles une question de conformité aux règles ?
  • quand et comment les règles de grammaire et d’utilisation doivent-elles être enseignées en classe de langue ?
  • comment faut-il présenter la grammaire et l’usage non standard dans l’enseignement ?
  • quels effets les organismes de réglementation ont-ils eu sur l’évolution du français tel qu’il est utilisé dans le monde francophone ?

Les participants sont encouragés à réfléchir sur les règles au sens le plus large, dans différents domaines possibles :

  • lois et règlements
  • programmes et plateformes politiques
  • normes d’aptitude et d’invalidité
  • conventions sociales
  • étiquette et politesse
  • les concepts de genre
  • préceptes religieux
  • conventions génériques
  • contraintes formelles
  • protocoles de recherche
  • épistémologies en conflit

et envisager un éventail de pratiques d’établissement de règles et de rupture :

  • prescription et législation
  • explicitation et codification des pratiques existantes
  • préservation et récupération de la sagesse traditionnelle
  • discrétion dans l’application des règles
  • désobéissance civile
  • déviance, déviation et clinamen
  • la transgression
  • tradition et innovation
  • application de la loi et criminalité

Nous sollicitons des propositions de communications individuelles (20 minutes) et de panels (trois communications de 20 minutes chacune) sur le thème de l’établissement et de la violation des règles. Nous examinerons également les propositions qui ne concernent pas directement ce thème.

Veuillez envoyer votre proposition de 250 mots pour des communications en anglais ou en français, ou une suggestion de panel, à vgosetti@une.edu.au avant le lundi 6 mai 2019.

Dates

  • Date limite de soumission des propositions de communications / panels : 6 mai 2019
  • Notification d’acceptation : juin 2019
  • Inscription early-bird : se termine le 4 septembre 2019
  • Inscription complète : à partir du 5 septembre 2019
  • Séance dédiée aux doctorants : lundi 9 décembre 2019

Comité d’organisation

Chris Andrews (Western Sydney University), Valentina Gosetti et Sophie Patrick (University of New England)

 

Le colloque annuel de l’ASFS 2019 accompagnera le colloque:
Les effets de l’Oulipo : Impact, continuités, détournements, réactions
11-13 décembre 2019

Comité d’organisation : Chris Andrews (Western Sydney University), Christelle Reggiani (Université de Paris IV), Christophe Reig (Université de Perpignan), Hermes Salceda (Universidad de Vigo)

 

CFP: Cultural Transformations at the CSAA 2019 Conference

Cultural Studies Association of Australasia Conference 2019: Cultural Transformations

University of Queensland, Dec 4 – 6, 2019

Abstracts Due 30 April, 2019

 

Confirmed Keynotes

It seems the future is no longer rushing to meet us but has already arrived. The speed and extent of the cultural transformations currently taking place around us raise urgent and imperative questions. Cultural studies researchers have recently turned to examine these questions across a representatively broad range of fields, including gender and sexuality studies, critical race and disability studies, film and media studies, internet and digital cultural studies, affect studies and the environmental humanities. Yet significant work remains to be done. How are we to respond most effectively to such issues as the disappearance of salaried jobs and their replacement with a gig economy, to climate change and species extinction, to the rise of “populism” and the new right, as well as the ever-worsening treatment of refugee and indigenous populations, to the systemic gender and sexuality-based disadvantage revealed by #metoo and the divisive SSM poll, to the emergence of AI and algorithmic logics, as well as gene-editing and other biomedical technologies?

The 2019 conference of the Cultural Studies Association of Australasia aims to provide a forum at which both the challenges posed and opportunities afforded by these transformations can be collectively addressed. Taking as its theme “Cultural Transformations,” the conference welcomes proposals for papers or panels that address this topic from a diverse and inclusive range of perspectives, as well as general papers in Cultural Studies.

The conference welcomes proposals for papers or panels that address the theme of Cultural Transformations from a diverse and inclusive range of perspectives, as well as general papers in Cultural Studies.

Further information regarding conference streams, deadlines and abstract submission will soon be available on this website. In the interim, for more information, please email the organising team here: csaaconf2019@gmail.com

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.

CFP: ISFAR “French Contributions to Australian Life”

ISFAR logoSecond Conference of the Institute for the Study of French Australian Relations

“French Contributions to Australian Life”

University of Adelaide

Thursday 27 September 2018

Call for Papers

Following a successful first conference in Adelaide in December 2016, the Institute for the Study of French Australian Relations is pleased to announce that its second conference will be held on 27 September 2018, also in Adelaide. It will feature 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”.

The theme for the conference is to be taken in its broadest sense, encompassing fields such as the cultural, historical, social, economic, educational and political contributions that French people, groups and institutions have made to Australian life. The notion of “contribution” can also be taken in a critical sense, to refer to the part played by a person, group, institution or idea in bringing about an advance or change, in positive terms or not. Possible topics include:

  • people
  • organisations (eg the French-Australian Chamber of Commerce)
  • family history
  • literature and the arts
  • fashion
  • business
  • pedagogical ideas and practices

Paper proposals of around 200 words are now invited and should be sent to John West-Sooby (john.westsooby@adelaide.edu.au) by 29 June 2018. Note that, following the conference, presenters will be invited to submit written versions of their papers, in scholarly article form, for publication in ISFAR’s journal, The French Australian Review, subject to peer review.

There will be no charge for the conference 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.

Note: The keynote address, by Emeritus Professor Colin Nettelbeck, will be scheduled for the end of the day, from 6.00 to 7.00 pm, and will double as a public lecture in the French Centenary series. It will be preceded by a cocktail reception aimed at celebrating the French Department’s alumni, who will be particularly encouraged to attend, and of whom Colin Nettelbeck is one of our most distinguished.

CFP: Environment and Identity at ASFS 2018 in Perth

ASFS 2018

Environment and Identity

The University of Western Australia, Perth

5-7 December 2018

Postgraduate session on 4 December 2018

Keynote speaker: Rodney Saint-Eloi (Haitian-Canadian poet)

Landscape and the environment have long been central concerns of writers, artists and filmmakers. This conference seeks to reflect on the ways in which identity is created in relation to place. How do we make sense of our relations to environment and place and our interactions with our surroundings. For centuries, changes to urban and rural landscapes along with shifting patterns of migration have cause individuals and peoples to reshape their sense of self and their identities. Creative works dealing with questions of place and environment also commonly raise related social, political and economic issues And if in recent decades climatic issues have risen to the forefront of debate, how do these issues play out in mainland France and in the wider Francophone sphere?

This conference seeks to reflect on these and related questions within French and Francophone Studies. Our aim is to address these problems in a range of different contexts and time periods, and from a variety of methodological approaches.

We invite proposals for individual papers (20 minutes) and for panels (three papers of 20 minutes each) related to the theme of environment and identity. We will also consider proposals that do not relate directly to this theme. Possible topics for discussion may include, but are not limited to:

Oceans and islands; environment and the emotions; ecocriticism and ecopoetics; questions of place in translation; environmental catastrophe and trauma; landscape and memory; the rural and the urban; gender, place and identity; identity and place in (socio)linguistics and language teaching; migration and environment; home and belonging in the global context; the anthropocene and the post-human; animals and place.

Please send your proposal of 250 words for papers in English or French, or suggestion of panels, to asfs_2018@uwa.edu.au by 1 July 2018.

Presenters will be encouraged to submit their papers for potential publication in Essays in French Literature and Culture no. 57 (2020).

Important dates:

  • Deadline for papers/panels submission: 1 July 2018
  • Notification of acceptance: August 2018
  • Earlybird registration: ends 5 September 2018
  • Full registration: 6 September 2018 onwards

Organising committee: Paul Gibbard, Hélène Jaccomard, Sabine Kuuse, Bonnie Thomas (University of Western Australia), Céline Doucet (Edith Cowan University), Sophie Patrick (University of New England).