The foremost learned association for French studies in the UK and Ireland

Welcome to the Society for French Studies · Bienvenue à la Société des Études Françaises · Fáilte chuig Cumann Léann na Fraincise · Croeso i’r Gymdeithas Astudiaethau Ffrengig · Fàilte do Chomann Eòlas na Frangais

The Society for French Studies exists to promote the full spectrum of the discipline in institutions of higher education, both within the United Kingdom and Ireland, and beyond. Our activities do this in a range of different ways, encouraging and supporting intellectual enquiry in French studies at all levels.


We offer assistance to support colleagues across the career stages, from postgraduate student an on. There are funding streams for different types of activity: grants for Conferences and Workshops, grants for Visiting Fellowships and Research Support, and a new Prize Research Fellowship to provide a period of study leave to colleagues conducting excellent research in the field.

Interior view of the Galérie des machines, Exposition universelle de 1889. Source: Library of Congress
Interior view of the Galérie des machines, Exposition universelle de 1889. Source: Library of Congress

The Society awards an annual Malcolm Bowie Prize to the best article published by an early-career researcher in the broader discipline of French studies.

02 - 04 July 2018

We look forward to welcoming you to University College Cork for our 59th annual conference.

This year's conference will be our largest yet, with up to ten parallel sessions. We are pleased to announce plenary lectures by Sarah Kay (New York University), Martin Crowley (University of Cambridge), and Éric Fassin (Université Paris 8 Saint-Denis). We will also be hosting a roundtable discussion on 'Crisis: the state of French studies', to be chaired by Patrick O'Donovan, with short papers from Janice Carruthers (Queen's Belfast, AHRC), Neil Kenny (Oxford, British Academy) and Patrick Crowley (University College Cork), and with Claire Gorrara (Cardiff University) responding.

A number of special events for postgraduate students are planned, and travel grants are available: further information about these opportunities is available here.

Note for delegates: if you are planning on participating in the workshop on 'Corpus-based approaches', you can download the materials in advance, here.

Join the society

Benefits of membership

Quarterly Bulletins

Receive all four issues of French Studies: a Quarterly Review published in the year of your membership and all four issues of French Studies: a Quarterly Bulletin.

Archive Access

Have full online access to the complete archives for both FS (from Volume 1, 1947) and FSB (from Volume 1, 1981)

Purchase publications

Be able to purchase the Society’s other publications at favourable rates

Preferential rates

Enjoy preferential rates for registration at the annual conference

Conference & Workshop funding

Be eligible for conference and workshop funding offered by the Society

Book discounts

Receive discounts on books published by leading French studies publishers

News 11 June 2018

The Society for French Studies is delighted to announce that this year’s Prize Research Fellowship for mid-career to senior scholars has been awarded to Prof. Hugh Roberts (University of Exeter) for a project entitled: ‘Poetry on trial: a digital edition of French libertine verse and court records (c.1622–25)’. 

Our publications

The Society's journal, French Studies, is published four times a year by Oxford University Press. French Studies Bulletin: A Quarterly Supplement is the sister journal to French Studies and also appears four times a year. 

The Society also supports the MHRA in publishing the Legenda series Research Monographs in French Studies, including appointing the General Editor for the series.


French Studies

Final call for submissions to the 2018 R. Gapper Undergraduate Essay Prize. You could win £250 and be at next year'…

21 June 2018