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



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:

Appel à communications

Australian Society for French Studies



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 (

Conferences: Translating COVID-19 in Australia (Call for Papers) and Diversity, Decolonization, and the French Curriculum (Registration)


Australian Society for French Studies members may be interested in the following two conferences in November 2020, organised by ASFS members:

Translating COVID-19 in Australia (Call for Papers)

Proposals for short contributions (8-10 minutes) are welcome for this symposium that seeks to investigate the translation of COVID-19 across languages and cultures in Australia, through contributions dealing with:

-the neologisms, metaphors, and the practices of translation in the context of the 2020 coronavirus pandemic.

– the challenges of the linguistic and cultural translation of prevention measures in various contexts, e.g. first nations communities, migrant populations, refugees, linguistic minorities, across social classes, gender…

The purpose of these round tables will be to foster productive discussions around the ways in which the pandemic has reframed our cultural practices through the lens of language.

Conference organized by Caroline Lipovsky, Michelle Royer and Nathalie Ségeral, Department of French and Francophone Studies, The University of Sydney.

Submissions (approximately 150 words) due by 30 September 2020 to Symposium to be held on Friday 6 November 2020. 

Diversity, Decolonization, and the French Curriculum (Registration)

Dr. Siham Bouamer (Sam Houston State University) and Dr. Loic Bourdeau (University of Louisiana, Lafayette) are pleased to announce that registration for the first (virtual) conference on “Diversity, Decolonization, and the French Curriculum” (Nov. 13-14, 2020) is now open on

Please find below a list of all the panels/topics. A detailed program is available online. You are welcome to register for as many panels as you wish. We would like to draw special attention to the keynote by Professor Hanétha Vété-Congolo: “Decolonizing the White French Curriculum: Which Ethics?” (Saturday, 14 November 2020, 9:30am-10:30am Central-US Time).

– A Conversation about French Accents

– Accessibility/Ableism

– Beginner and Intermediate Courses

– Black Lives Matter in the French Curriculum

– Defining “francophonie”

– Discussing the Colonial Past

– French Outside the Classroom

– French Programs

– French/Francophone Icons

– Gender Issues/Queer Curriculum

– Intersectional/Inclusive French Studies

– K-12 French Education

– On Textbooks and Beyond

– Roundtable discussion with the Diversity, Decolonization, and German Curriculum Collective

– Social Media and Multimodal Instruction

– “Talking Back”: Engaging Students with New Perspectives in French

– Teaching French Abroad

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: 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 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 avant le lundi 6 mai 2019.


  • 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)


Special ASFS Panel Proposal for FATFA/NAFT 2018

Colloque FATFA/ NAFT

Invitation à participer à un panel sur le thème :

Réagir pour rebondir : la section de langue française au niveau universitaire

Plus que jamais les sections de langue française dans les universités australiennes doivent, pour survivre, se demander comment s’adapter à un contexte toujours changeant. Quel français peuvent-elles alors enseigner aujourd’hui et comment ?

Loin de regretter un territoire mythique de jadis, ou de chercher à le récupérer et le maintenir, ce panel visera à réagir pour mieux rebondir. Les participants pourront présenter des projets traitant des défis rencontrés mais aussi des possibilités offertes par les acteurs qui occupent des espaces mitoyens du nôtre. Enseignement secondaire (d’où viennent la plupart de nos étudiants) ; vie professionnelle (vers laquelle ils s’acheminent) ; collègues enseignants de langue dans la même section (le français faisant rarement bande à part) ; écoles de langue pour adultes (Alliances, instituts de langues privés) ; et puis, plus généralement, certifications et standards externes tels que DELF, DALF, TEF ou les niveaux du CECR : que font concrètement les sections de langue française pour reconnaître ces parties prenantes, collaborer avec elles et/ou s’en distinguer ?

Les communications (en français ou en anglais) pourront traiter, par exemple, de : la transition à l’université ; l’employabilité ; l’alignement de l’évaluation sur les niveaux du CECR ; les collaborations entre enseignants de diverses langues.

(Les membres de l’ASFS pourront bénéficier d’une subvention aux frais d’inscription.)

Envoyez votre proposition de 120 mots pour ce panel à Dr Barbara Hanna,

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 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).

ASFS 2016 Adelaide Report

The organising committee in Adelaide for the 2016 conference writes the following:

Now that a week has passed since our conference and most of you will have returned home, we write to thank you for your collaboration, collegiality and generosity in Adelaide.  The panels were fabulous, the keynote speeches were inspiring, the intellectual exchange was stimulating and the conviviality was unfaltering. 


Voici le colloque en chiffres:

  •  81 attendees
  • 12 postgraduates
  • 3 keynote speeches
  • 4 volunteers
  • 1 lecture on a ship
  • 50 3-course dinners at the National Wine Centre of Australia
  • 64 paper presentations
  • 42 female presenters
  • 22 male presenters
  • 13 empty bottles of wine at the wine tasting event
  • 0 spittoons at the wine tasting event
  • 19 international attendees
  • 2 sponsored panels
  • 29 universities represented


We hope to meet you all again at other conferences and we particularly hope that colleagues who came to Australia and to Adelaide for the first time will be leaving with fond memories; we have many too.


Best wishes for the festive season,

Natalie, Chris, Ben & Saige

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Western Sydney University

13th-16th July 2016

(Version en français ci-dessous)


We are pleased to announce the 20th George Rudé Seminar in French History and Civilisation, which will be held at the Parramatta Campus of the Western Sydney University, NSW from the 13th to 16th of July 2016.


The George Rudé Seminar is a biannual conference that brings together specialists in French history and culture from Australia, New Zealand, and around the world. These seminars recognise the contribution of George Rudé to study of French history and culture in Australasia. Since 2006, a peer-reviewed selection of papers from each Rudé seminar has been published online through H-France at

The Parramatta campus of WSU is one of the most elegant and historically significant sites among institutions of Australian higher education. The campus is located on the traditional lands of Darug people, and is graced by the nearby Parramatta River, which can be followed via a regenerated 35-minute riverside walking-tour from the centre of Parramatta city. The WSU is home to the historic Female Orphan School, one of the very few surviving public buildings of its size dating from the early colonial period. Predating even Hyde Park Barracks, the Female Orphan School is the oldest three-story building in the country.

The Rudé Seminar welcomes 20-minute papers, in English or in French, on all aspects of French and Francophone history and civilisation, from the Middle Ages to the present, for inclusion in the general program whether as individual papers or within group panels.

In addition, we particularly welcome papers addressing the three special themes listed below:

  • the ‘History of French Science, Medicine and Technology’. We welcome scholarship on all aspects of medical practice and research, scientific knowledge, technology and its application, in the long history of all francophone societies.
  • the ‘French Colonial Imaginary’ for which we invite papers on all aspects of French imperialism, colonisation, colonial governance and ideas, Francophone colonial independence movements, post-colonial histories, and legacies of colonialism in recent history, including the history of immigration, racism and ethnic minority movements.
  • digital humanities projects relating to French history. Furthermore, the conference will be preceded by a two day symposium on Digitizing Enlightenment on 12-13 July, for which delegates will also be able to register.


These special themes reflect areas of research strength at Western Sydney and, in addition to the conference proceedings, we hope to publish collections of essays addressing all three following the conference.

Confirmed Keynote speakers for the George Rudé seminar include:

Dan Edelstein, Professor of French and of History at Stanford University, author of The Terror of Natural Right: Republicanism, the Cult of Nature, and the French Revolution (University of Chicago Press, 2009), and of The Enlightenment: A Genealogy (University of Chicago Press, 2010).

Mike Osborne, Professor of History at Oregon State University, author of The Emergence of Tropical Medicine in France  (University of Chicago Press, 2014), and of  Nature, the Exotic, and the  Science of French Colonialism (Indiana University Press, 1994).

Anita Guerrini, Horning Professor in the Humanities and Professor of History, Oregon State University, author of Obesity and Depression in the Enlightenment: The Life and Times of George Cheyne (University of Oklahoma Press, 2000), and of Experimenting with Human and Animals: From Galen to Animal Rights (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003).

Patrick Weil, Director Research at the CNRS, Centre for Twentieth-Cenntury Social History / University of Paris I – Panthéon-Sorbonne,  and author a many renowned works, such as Liberté, Égalité, Discriminations. L’« identité nationale » au regard de l’histoire (Grasset, 2008), et La France et ses étrangers, l’aventure d’une politique de l’immigration de 1938 à nos jours (Gallimard, 2005).

Abstracts of up to 300 words per presenter should be sent to the seminar e-mail, together with a 100-word profile of each speaker giving name, professional title and affiliation, by 29 February 2016. General inquiries can be addressed to the same address.

Assistance for Postgraduate Students

(Post)graduate students wishing to attend the conference are invited to apply for the Alison Patrick memorial scholarship. Details are available on the conference website or by request.

Further details

Further announcements and information will be posted at our website:



XX° Séminaire « George Rudé »

Juillet 2016

Nous avons le plaisir de vous annoncer que le vingtième séminaire « George Rudé » se déroulera du 13 au 16 juillet 2016 à l’Université Western Sydney (WSU), Parramatta, NSW, en Australie.

Le « George Rudé Seminar in French History and Civilisation » est un colloque biannuel qui rassemble des spécialistes de l’histoire et de la culture françaises venant du monde entier. Il est dédié à la mémoire de George Rudé et à sa contribution à l’étude en Australasie de l’histoire et la culture de la France. Depuis l’an 2006, une sélection des communications est publiée sur le site internet H-France, suite à une évaluation par les pairs :

Le campus Parramatta de l’Université Western Sydney est un lieu historique et l’une des universités les plus élégantes en Australie. Il se trouve dans le territoire traditionnel du peuple indigène Darug, au bord du Rivière Parramatta. Une promenade aménagée (d’environ 35 minutes) suit la rivière, du centre-ville de Parramatta jusqu’à l’Université, traversant un marais régénéré. Erigé en 1813, le bâtiment de l’Orphelinat pour les Femmes se trouvant à l’université, est un rare exemple d’architecture publique de l’époque coloniale, construit même avant le Hyde Park Barracks de Sydney. L’Orphelinat est le plus vieux bâtiment de trois étages en Australie.

Nous vous invitons à nous adresser des projets de communications, en anglais ou en français, portant sur tous themes dans l’histoire de France depuis l’époque mérovingienne à nos jours, soit individuellement ou en panel. En plus, nous accueillons des communications sur les trois thèmes particuliers:


  • L’Histoire de la Science, de la Médecine et de la Technologie, y compris la pratique et la recherche médicale, la connaissance scientifique, et de la technologie dans toutes ses applications dans l’histoire des cultures francophones.
  • L’imaginaire Coloniale Française, y compris l’histoire de l’empire, de la colonisation, de la gouvernance coloniale et de l’intellectualisme colonial, l’histoire des mouvements d’indépendance, l’histoire postcoloniale, l’histoire des immigrations, l’histoire des mouvements ethniques minoritaires et du racisme.
  • Le colloque sera précédé par un symposium sur le thème des Humanités numériques et le dix-huitième siècle, du 12-13 Juillet, auquel les délégants George Rudé peuvent assister.


Ces trois thèmes particuliers reflètent les concentrations de recherche à l’Université Western Sydney. En plus du journal de la Société dans lequel une sélection des contributions sera publiée, nous espérons aussi publier une collection d’essais sur chaque thème particulier, suite au colloque.

Résumés ne doivent dépasser les 300 mots et les communications elles-mêmes doivent correspondre à un exposé oral de vingt minutes maximum.

Nous confirmons trois de nos quatre conférenciers principaux:

Dan Edelstein, Professeur des études de français et de l’histoire, l’Université Stanford, et auteur des livres suivants : The Terror of Natural Right: Republicanism, the Cult of Nature, and the French Revolution (University of Chicago Press, 2009), et The Enlightenment: A Genealogy (University of Chicago Press, 2010).

Mike Osborne, Professeur d’histoire, l’Université Oregon State, et auteur des livres suivants : The Emergence of Tropical Medicine in France  (University of Chicago Press, 2014), et  Nature, the Exotic, and the  Science of French Colonialism (Indiana University Press, 1994).

Anita Guerrini, Horning Professor dans les Humanités et Professeur d’histoire, l’Université Oregon State, et auteur des livres suivants: Obesity and Depression in the Enlightenment: The Life and Times of George Cheyne (University of Oklahoma Press, 2000), et Experimenting with Human and Animals: From Galen to Animal Rights (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003).

Patrick Weil, Directeur de recherche au CNRS, Centre d’Histoire Sociale du XXe siècle / Université Paris I – Panthéon-Sorbonne,  auteur de nombreux livres tel, Liberté, Égalité, Discriminations. L’« identité nationale » au regard de l’histoire (Grasset, 2008), et La France et ses étrangers, l’aventure d’une politique de l’immigration de 1938 à nos jours (Gallimard, 2005).


Nous vous remercions de bien vouloir envoyer vos projets, accompagnés de votre curriculum vitae (sur une page) à l’adresse email suivante avant le 29 Février 2016:

Les mises à jour seront affichées sur notre site web:


Alison Patrick Memorial Scholarship

Les étudiants de doctorat qui voudraient assister au colloque sont invités de solliciter la bourse dédiée à la mémoire d’Alison Patrick (the Alison Patrick Memorial Scholarship). Pour plus de renseignements et les stipulations de la bourse, voyez notre site web à l’adresse ci-dessus.


AFTV/FATFA Conference Program July 25-26, 2014

The AFTV/FATFA conference program has now been finalised. The conference theme is, “VIVRE LE FRANÇAIS AU 21E SIECLE: TRANSITION, INNOVATION, COLLABORATION” and runs from 25 to 26 July at the University of Melbourne. See below for the program or for more details 


Postgraduate Day Organisation

Good afternoon,

We are writing to you as a result of discussions held at last year’s Australian Society for French Studies Conference in Queensland.

During the conference, Post Graduate students in French Studies indicated that they would like to create a Forum through which they could communicate, exchange information and keep up- to-date with the work of other students around Australia and New Zealand.  In particular, we discussed the possibility of establishing a Post Graduate Day at the same time as the Annual ASFS Conference so that post graduates could present their work and receive feedback from other post graduate students prior to presentation at the main conference. It was felt that this would be particularly encouraging for new students who had no previous experience in conference presentations.

As there is no one site that would enable us to obtain a list of all post graduates in French Studies within Australia and New Zealand, we would be very grateful if you could either provide us with a list of post graduate students in your Department or under your supervision so that we can write to them directly, or, if preferred (and due to privacy reasons), forward this email to those students so that they can contact us if they wish to.

Thank you in advance for your help in this matter.

Bien cordialement,

Sarah Reed
Doctoral Candidate in French Studies
University of Adelaide

Clara Sitbon
Doctoral Candidate in French Studies
University of Newcastle