Postgraduates at the 2018 conference

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Call for participants: poster and flash presentations

The Society for French Studies is keen to support postgraduate research at Masters, MPhil and PhD levels. We warmly invite postgraduate students to come and present their research at this year’s Annual Conference in Cork.

With up to ten different parallel sessions, the annual conference brings together hundreds of researchers in the field of French studies. This is a great opportunity to share your research not only with fellow students but also with more advanced scholars. 

The conference also features a PG training session on ‘Life After the PhD’ led by Dr Kaya Davies Hayon and Dr Katherine Shingler. 

Note that travel grants are available for all PG students presenting at the conference! Join the Society now and enjoy the reduced rate of £135 for the full conference (including 2 dinners and accommodation)! Monday dinner includes seating arrangements that will encourage networking between scholars in similar fields. 

Further information on all of these opportunities is below: 

Display a poster or give a flash presentation

Several slots in the conference programme are dedicated to PG poster sessions, but posters will be displayed from Monday morning onwards to allow other conference participants to fully take in your work and have the chance to discuss it with you. This is the ideal opportunity to get feedback: it is more informal than most academic events and allows for constructive, friendly conversations about your present work and your future research. 

A jury of three researchers will award a prize of £100 for the best poster on display. 

As of every year, students presenting a poster will be offered the opportunity to reflect on their experience at the Conference in a report published in the French Studies Bulletin.

Flash presentations

Present your research in less than 5 minutes and get feedback from scholars from your field of study! You can give a general overview of your research, or you could talk around an academic poster or a PowerPoint presentation: it is entirely up to you! This is a great opportunity to practice pitching a new project (PhD, postdoc…), or to test a specific argument of your research. 

To take part, please fill in the form below and send it to, before 8 May 2018. Informal enquiries are also very welcome. 

Apply for a travel grant

The Society offers Postgraduate Travel Grants to help PG students meet the costs of travel to the Annual Conference from within the UK and Ireland. All PG students participating in the Conference are eligible for these bursaries! Apply now for a grant of up to £150 by filling the form and sending it to the Conference Officer, Nina Parish, by Tuesday 8 May 2018. For enquiries, please write to the PG officer, Charlotte Thevenet. 

If you’re applying to present a poster and/or to give a flash presentation, please apply for a travel grant at the same time.