08 August 2022

We were so sad to learn that Keith Reader has died. As his colleague Bill Marshall put it so well on Francofil, Keith was ‘an endearing man, whose droll humour is never to be forgotten, nor his gentleness of soul but fury at injustice and intolerance of pomposity. A dedicated cinephile, he made a special, prolific and imaginative contribution to the expansion and renewal of French Studies into Film and Cultural Studies.’

We share in the link below some memories from colleagues who were closest to him, and are planning a more lengthy tribute to Keith through the journal, where his inimitable mix of gruff humour, iconoclasm and fine scholarship will be much missed - as will his presence at conferences, and his friendship. RIP, Keith.

Simon Gaunt
13 December 2021

It is with profound sadness that the Society of French Studies learned of the untimely death of Simon Gaunt, a former President, and a dear friend to so many in the Society and beyond. He was a magnificent leader and pioneer, respected and admired in the French Studies community both nationally and internationally for his immense contributions to Medieval Studies, but also for so much more. We share in the link below a few tributes to Simon from some of the colleagues closest to him, and will be reflecting in the coming weeks and months on how we might honour his memory in a more lasting way.


Marshall Professor of French, University of Glasgow.

President, Society for French Studies

15 May 2021

Registration is now open for the Society for French Studies postgraduate conference on 28 May 2021.

04 May 2021

Read about plans for the 2021 annual conference, which will now take place online.

30 January 2021

The deadline for nominations for the Malcolm Bowie Prize, our prize for outstanding work by early career researchers, has been extended to the end of February 2021.

25 January 2021

The Society for French Studies is delighted to announce the winner of the 2020 Gapper Undergraduate Essay Prize.

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03 December 2020

The Society for French Studies is pleased to announce the recent publication of six 2020 titles in the Legenda Research Monographs in French Studies series, and discounts for members on these titles.

31 October 2020

The deadline for the 2020 R. Gapper postgraduate essay prize has been extended to 30 November 2020 - get your entries in now!

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