Congratulations ASFS Honorary Life Members Brian Nelson and Colin Nettelbeck

At the ASFS 2018 annual meeting at University of Western Australia (Perth) this year, two long time members of our organisation received honorary life memberships to mark our twenty-fifth anniversary. Congratulations to Professor Brian Nelson (Monash) and Professor Colin Nettelbeck (Melbourne)!

Professor Nelson was instrumental in founding ASFS in 1993, and both he and Professor Nettelbeck have made outstanding contributions to French Studies across their careers. We are honoured to have them amongst our members.

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Professor Brian Nelson

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Professor Colin Nettelbeck

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.

AJFS 55.1 on Mobility and Migration, now available

The latest volume of the Australian Journal of French Studies is a “deuxième volet” of articles emanating from the 2016 ASFS conference in Adelaide. Congratulations to the editors and contributors who are members of ASFS.

 

Australian Journal of French Studies 55:1 (2018)

Mobility and Migration

Table of Contents

Natalie Edwards, Christopher Hogarth and Ben McCann, “Mobility and Migration in France and the Francophone World”

Natalie Edwards, “Virginie Despentes’s Mobile Women in Apocalypse Bébé

Kathryn Kleppinger, “Mobilities, Migrations, and Mysteries in Maurice Gouiran’s Marseille Polars

Clara Sitbon, “Fluctuations auctoriales au sein du hoax littéraire”

Bénédicte André, “‘Il y a toujours l’Autre’: Towards a Photomosaic Reading of Otherness in Island Short Story Collections”

Catherine Gilbert,Mobilising Memory: Rwandan Women Genocide Survivors in the Diaspora”

Alexandra Kurmann, “Aller-retour-détour. Transdiasporic Nomadism and Navigating Literary Prescription in the Work of Kim Thúy and Thanh-Van Tran-Nhut”

Sonia Wilson, “A Room of One’s Own? Gender and the voyage immobile in Leïla Sebbar’sVoyage en Algéries autour de ma chambre

Charles Forsdick, Afterword

Book Reviews (3)

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).

Postgraduate Essay Prize 2017

ASFS would like to congratulate Belle Joseph from Australian National University for winning the 2017 ASFS Essay Prize with her paper, “‘Vivant de dignité de douleurs et d’alarmes’: Personalism in André Ulmann’s Poèmes du camp.”

The winners of the annual essay prize receive $500 and an opportunity to publish in the Australian Journal of French Studies.

Félicitations, Belle!

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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