Postgraduates at the 2021 conference

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The Society for French Studies is keen to support postgraduate research at Masters, MPhil and PhD levels. We warmly invite postgraduate students to present their research at this year's conference (taking place online).

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.

Please see the section below for information on presenting your research at the 2021 online conference.

Postgraduate video presentations

To showcase postgraduate research projects at Master's and PhD level we are pleased to invite expressions of interest from postgraduate students to create a short video presentation (in French or English; duration: 5-10 mins) of their project or a key aspect of their research at this year’s virtual meeting of the Society for French Studies, to take place 28-30 June.

Videos may be created using, for example, Power Point - especially if you wish to present your research using slides - but any other software is appropriate as long as the video created is in MP4 format. The pre-recorded videos will be made available to delegates in our virtual conference space throughout the conference. They are therefore not a live presentation, and your attendance will not be required at any particular time. A prize will be awarded for the best submission to replace our annual poster prize this year.

This call is not limited to specific topics, though please outline the topic and/or argument of your proposed video in a short email expressing your interest in this format by 10th June to the Conference Officer, Dr Victoria Turner at the following address: The final video should then be submitted by 20th June.

For further information on the conference, please email the PG Officer Melissa Pawelski:

SFS 2021 social media takeover

This year, for the duration of our Annual Conference, our social media channels will be run by Graduates and Postgraduates of the Society. Our Social Media Conference Officers will live-tweet aspects of the conference and engage with members on Twitter and more widely online. Our social media officers are:

Alice Hagopian (@HagopianAlice) graduated from University College Cork with a Bachelor's degree in World Languages. She wrote her final-year dissertation on female-authored French and Catalan mourning narratives. She is currently studying comparative literature at the University of St Andrews as part of the Crossways in Cultural Narratives Erasmus Mundus Master’s programme. Beside French literature, she is particularly interested in feminist, gender, and disability studies.

Solange Manche (@MancheSolange) is a PhD candidate at the University of Cambridge. She works on contemporary French thought and the relations between the temporalities of finance and individuation. Primarily focussing on the thought of Bernard Stiegler, Catherine Malabou, and Frédéric Lordon, other aspects of her research cover the history of Marxism, the reception of Hegel and Marx in France, and social movements.

Fraser McQueen (@FraserJMcQueen) recently completed a PhD at the University of Stirling, researching representations of Islamophobia and community in contemporary French literature and film. He also has research interests in the literature of the far right, the gendered aspects of Islamophobia, and the so-called contemporary ‘culture wars’ in a transnational context. In September, he will be taking up a position as a maître de langues at the Université de Lorraine.

Melissa Pawelski (@MelissaPawelski) has been serving as the SFS Postgraduate Officer for the last two years. She is currently completing her PhD in French Studies at the University of Warwick. Her project examines the English and German translations of Michel Foucault’s Surveiller et punir. Naissance de la prison (1975) in order to show, through the prism of several key concepts in the book, how the translations significantly differ from the original. Prior to studying translation, she worked on the influence of Foucault’s thought in human geography.

Alexandra Pugh (@allypugh_) is a PhD candidate in the Department of French at King’s College London, supervised by Professor Siobhán McIlvanney and Dr Ros Murray, and funded by the London Arts and Humanities Partnership. She is interested in queer theory, feminism and contemporary literature; her PhD thesis is provisionally entitled 'Reimagining bodies and boundaries through the work of Virginie Despentes: towards a queer-feminist aesthetics'. She has an MSt in Women’s Studies and a BA in History and French, both from the University of Oxford.