2018 Annual Conference

02 - 04 July 2018 | University College Cork

The Society welcomes all delegates 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.

Scroll down this page for live updates during the conference, or follow us on Twitter.

University College Cork, venue for our 2018 conference
University College Cork, venue for our 2018 conference

As it happened


17 October 2021

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3:14pm

Charlotte

@Charlotte

Chapeau bas and thanks a million to , the extraordinary , the brilliant team and for the amazing #SFSCork2018


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3:22pm

lauren quigley

@lauren quigley

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Heading back to Belfast after a wonderful conference. Brilliant to catch up with old friends and meet new ones. Thank you for a fantastic few days #SFSCork2018 https://t.co/Vcn8cbQWWP


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3:44pm

Clíona Hensey

@Clíona Hensey

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Such a lovely & unexpected honour too that my poster was chosen for the postgraduate prize - un très grand merci!! #SFSCork2018 https://t.co/w4KNlIFerq


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4:13pm

Projet Bretez

@Projet Bretez

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#SFSCork2018 #SFS2018 C'est fini Merci à , à , et à pour organisation et accueil Impatients pour #60SFS #SFSLondres2019 https://t.co/cRRhnG85Z6


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4:59pm

Benjamin GIRODEAU

@Benjamin GIRODEAU

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Quelle fantastique ambiance pendant les 3 jours de la 59e conférence annuelle de la Society for accueillie par ! Le nombre et la qualité des échanges montre la vitalité de la recherche en études françaises en Irlande et au R-U! #SFSCork2018 https://t.co/XQzxQcolb8


04 July 2018

Close of conference

1:00pm

Incoming SFS president Judith Still closes the conference by thanking (in Irish!) the French department at UCC for their warm hospitality, and wishing outgoing president Bill Burgwinkle a very happy birthday!

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17 October 2021

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12:05pm

Kate Hodgson

@Kate Hodgson

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Really interesting papers this morning, the final day of #SFSCork2018: memory, identity, contemporary BD & novels, pieds noirs, incarceration and white Creole genealogies. thanks to all speakers on the Genealogies panel including (pictured) https://t.co/pmIbUoNFAx


04 July 2018

Eric Fassin plenary lecture

12:00pm

Eric Fassin (professeur de Sociologie, Université Paris 8 St Denis) delivers the final plenary lecture of this year's conference, a barnstorming discussion of 'La Kaléidoscope du genre: politiques sexuelles et raciales en France aujourd'hui', chaired by our very own Ruth Cruickshank.

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17 October 2021

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11:40am

French Studies

@French Studies

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Last but not least of #SFSCork2018: is gonna talk about racial and sexual politics in France today. But first: our very own brillantly introduces the speaker https://t.co/nit4TST7dR


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11:16am

Dónal Hassett

@Dónal Hassett

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This report from the City of Cork Committee about the failed French Expedition of 1796 seems to belie Cork's moniker as the Rebel County. It's just one of a whole range of fascinating documents in the #FrenchMatters exhibition put together for #SFSCork2018 https://t.co/52145YsaRQ


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9:44am

Steven Wilson

@Steven Wilson

Sadly I couldn’t make it to #SFSCork2018 though I was tempted to go down to Cork for a day just to hear what promised to be a fascinating session on Ageism, Ageing and Old Age in Contemporary French Culture. https://t.co/aWVSGdAsJY


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7:35am

Patrick O’Donovan

@Patrick O’Donovan

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7:43am

French Studies

@French Studies

Ambitious 9 am start this morning after conference dinner, prize-giving, and dancing last night. #SFSCork2018 Wakey wakey!


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8:45am

Dr Mathew Rickard ☘️🏳️‍🌈🇪🇺

@Dr Mathew Rickard ☘️🏳️‍🌈🇪🇺

My feet and legs are killing me (we won’t mention what the drink did...) but a céilí is definitely the only way to mark what’s been a fantastic conference! #SFSCork2018 https://t.co/SU29kzdbXE


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3:15pm

Claire Gorrara

@Claire Gorrara

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Hanna Diamond on the fabulous Barbier archive and Franco-Welsh life at Cardiff University in the 19th and 20th centuries #SFScork2018 https://t.co/inXDM3fQio


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2:29pm

Charles Forsdick

@Charles Forsdick

., incoming chair of , talking about importance of language activism & partnerships with policy makers, schools... Underlining need for advocacy & "language mission". Moving beyond focus on single languages to engage with multilingualism more generally #SFSCork2018


03 July 2018

Roundtable session

2:00pm

Discussants Janice Carruthers (Queen's University Belfast, AHRC), Patrick Crowley (University College Cork) and Neil Kenny (University of Oxford, British Academy), and respondent Claire Gorrara (Cardiff University, AUPHF, UCML) get ready for their roundtable on 'Responding to crisis? The state of play in French studies', commenting on opportunities to ensure the future health of our discipline through engagement with policymakers, research bodies, schools...

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17 October 2021

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1:40am

Fiona Dakin

@Fiona Dakin

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So great to be back in Cork for the annual conference. is just beautiful! #SFSCork2018 https://t.co/KtkMHDYPyo


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10:50am

Dr Charlotte Cooper-Davis

@Dr Charlotte Cooper-Davis

So great to hear wanting to do more to support ECRs! Look forward to hearing more details and hope to see other scholarly societies follow suit #SFSCork2018


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11:10am

Charles Forsdick

@Charles Forsdick

Day 2 of #SFSCork2018. At panel on "bearing witness to the transnational". opening discussions with paper on transnational memory in the Rwandan diaspora. Good to see such important new work at intersection of #postcolonial & #transnational.


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11:05am

Prof Nina Parish

@Prof Nina Parish

Delighted to be listening to fascinating papers about contemporary and modern poetic practice this morning - forensic poetics - dance - cognitive mapping #SFSCork2018


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7:38am

Patrick O’Donovan

@Patrick O’Donovan

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Today at #SFSCork2018: ‘The state of play in French Studies’, with Janice Carruthers , Patrick Crowley , , and Neil Kenny — where next for language learning in Ireland and the UK? https://t.co/0msHRi8DCT


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10:49am

Dr Charlotte Cooper-Davis

@Dr Charlotte Cooper-Davis

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Enjoying a moment of scenic calm before #SFSCork2018 kicks off https://t.co/6wSDLUKPbH


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7:41am

Jennifer Rushworth

@Jennifer Rushworth

Wonderful keynote from Sarah Kay yesterday on 'How opera taught me to read'. Arguing that we embrace anachronism and understand the combination of image, text, and music in medieval manuscripts as operatic. Thereby remembering that texts are also soundscapes.


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9:24am

Patrick O’Donovan

@Patrick O’Donovan

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Congratulations to and on their superb service as editors of #SFSCork2018 https://t.co/upjoujrum6


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4:14pm

PeterLangOxford

@PeterLangOxford

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It's a beautiful day at #SFSCork2018! Come by the stand in BHSC 101 and say hello! https://t.co/ucLY4NHjVT


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4:38pm

Russell Goulbourne

@Russell Goulbourne

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They’re catering for every need in the #SFSCork2018 conference venue... https://t.co/OLCUh0VuCP


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7:18am

French Studies

@French Studies

Come to our AGM at 9 am today #SFSCork2018 and don't forget to visit the postgraduate PhD posters in BHSC 101/102. Other things to look forward to today: a roundtable on 'Responding to crisis? The state of play in French Studies'. And innumerable panels...


02 July 2018

Sarah Kay plenary lecture

5:30pm

Sarah Kay (Professor of French Literature, Thought, and Culture) delivers her plenary lecture, 'How opera taught me to read'.

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Martin Crowley plenary lecture

2:00pm

Martin Crowley (Reader in Modern French Thought and Culture, University of Cambridge) delivers the first plenary lecture of the conference, 'Imagining Civil War in the Contemporary French Novel'

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17 October 2021

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1:48pm

French Studies

@French Studies

Time for the 1st plenary lecture of #SFSCork2018 : Martin Crowley from Cambridge, "Imagining Civil War in Contemporary French Novel", brillantly introduced by Jo Malt.


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1:34pm

French Studies

@French Studies

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The room is quivering with excitation as President Bill Burgwinckle takes the floor and opens the #SFSCork2018 https://t.co/pLVOYlH6kY


02 July 2018

PG session on 'Life after the PhD'

11:00am

Kaya Davies Hayon and Katherine Shingler give an honest (yet encouraging!) picture of post-PhD life to our PG community.

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17 October 2021

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7:05pm

Benjamin Dalton

@Benjamin Dalton

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oh Cork, you insanely gorgeous beauty 🌈☀️😎 #SFSCork2018 https://t.co/W7wNQYKDti


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3:29pm

Charles Forsdick

@Charles Forsdick

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11:04am

Russell Williams

@Russell Williams

Looking forward to #SFSCork2018. Only mildly annoyed that it’s going to interfere with my football watching...


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10:04am

Charlotte

@Charlotte

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Looks like the rain decided to turn around! No doubt thanks to some robust lobbying on the part of #MicroClimateMiracle #SFSCork2018 https://t.co/Sjd9zXKUXy


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10:33am

Patrick O’Donovan

@Patrick O’Donovan

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Discover Claude Pélieu at the conference — https://t.co/tvC8RqiePc #EuropeForCulture #MakeAConnection #EYCH2018… a partnership between and https://t.co/NdeQaj2grb


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2:34pm

French Dept UCC

@French Dept UCC

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Parched quad, 22 degrees celsius - things hotting up for Annual Conference July 2-4 #SFSCork2018! https://t.co/bAuXwfYBmW


20 June 2018

Workshop on 'Corpus-based approaches'

12:00am

As we approach the SFS 2018 conference in Cork, those of you planning to attend the workshop on 'Corpus-based approaches' may want to download the materials in advance - see the link further up this page.


Past Conferences

2021 annual conference

28 - 30 June 2021 | Online

2020 annual conference

29 June - 01 July 2020 | University of Bath

2019 Annual Conference

01 - 03 July 2019 | Royal Holloway, University of London

2017 Annual Conference

03 - 05 July 2017 | Durham University

2016 Annual Conference

27 July - 29 June 2016 | University of Glasgow

2015 Annual Conference

29 June - 01 July 2015 | Cardiff University

Past Conferences

2021 annual conference

28 - 30 June 2021 | Online

2020 annual conference

29 June - 01 July 2020 | University of Bath

2019 Annual Conference

01 - 03 July 2019 | Royal Holloway, University of London

2017 Annual Conference

03 - 05 July 2017 | Durham University

2016 Annual Conference

27 July - 29 June 2016 | University of Glasgow

2015 Annual Conference

29 June - 01 July 2015 | Cardiff University