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


22 October 2018

Twitter

3:14pm

Charlotte

@cthev8

Chapeau bas and thanks a million to , the extraordinary , the brilliant team… https://t.co/kL2nSudU3B


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3:22pm

Lauren Quigley 🍂

@laurenlquigley

Heading back to Belfast after a wonderful conference. Brilliant to catch up with old friends and me… https://t.co/bXT8zHaFOA


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3:44pm

Clíona Hensey

@clionahensey

Such a lovely & unexpected honour too that my poster was chosen for the postgraduate prize - un très grand merci!!… https://t.co/55Cc3T9cjR


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4:13pm

Projet Bretez

@projet_bretez

#SFSCork2018 #SFS2018 C'est fini Merci à , à , et à pour organisation et accueil I… https://t.co/xLOFm9iyi0


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4:59pm

Nathalie-Zoé FABERT

@ACPF_Irlande

Quelle fantastique ambiance pendant les 3 jours de la 59e conférence annuelle de la Society for acc… https://t.co/T0LdE2UawF


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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22 October 2018

Twitter

12:17pm

Nina Rolland

@Ninaromyro

L'atelier #audiovisuel de et était passionnant! Il est temps de voir plus de collab… https://t.co/h9MUKdQR63


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12:05pm

Kate Hodgson

@KateJHodgson

Really interesting papers this morning, the final day of #SFSCork2018: memory, identity, contemporary BD & novels,… https://t.co/EyWzx7oCVk


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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22 October 2018

Twitter

11:40am

French Studies

@french_studies

Last but not least of #SFSCork2018: is gonna talk about racial and sexual politics in France today. But… https://t.co/rr5VeWmuZR


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11:16am

Dónal Hassett

@donalhassett1

This report from the City of Cork Committee about the failed French Expedition of 1796 seems to belie Cork's monike… https://t.co/n50C2BFgbA


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9:44am

Steven Wilson

@DrStevenWilson

Sadly I couldn’t make it to #SFSCork2018 though I was tempted to go down to Cork for a day just to hear what promis… https://t.co/nXQA06bJed


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7:35am

Patrick O’Donovan

@odonovanpt

Thank you for coming along to #SFSCork2018 and for launching #MattersFrench and… https://t.co/H3NBixPDZg


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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

Maitiú Mac Ricéid / Mathew Rickard

@maitiumacriceid

My feet and legs are killing me (we won’t mention what the drink did...) but a céilí is definitely the only way to… https://t.co/Vj9GPajQEn


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3:15pm

Claire Gorrara

@gorrara67

Hanna Diamond on the fabulous Barbier archive and Franco-Welsh life at Cardiff University in the 19th and 20th cent… https://t.co/rN88BZ37ve


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2:29pm

Charles Forsdick

@charlesforsdick

., incoming chair of , talking about importance of language activism & partnerships with policy make… https://t.co/p2pc73eJ3y


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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22 October 2018

Twitter

1:40am

Fiona Dakin

@FionaRhianDakin

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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

Charlotte Cooper

@ciditcharlotte

So great to hear wanting to do more to support ECRs! Look forward to hearing more details and hope… https://t.co/ululHkMr5a


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11:10am

Charles Forsdick

@charlesforsdick

Day 2 of #SFSCork2018. At panel on "bearing witness to the transnational". opening discussions with p… https://t.co/rLkNyCI21F


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11:05am

Dr Nina Parish

@NinaParish

Delighted to be listening to fascinating papers about contemporary and modern poetic practice this morning - forens… https://t.co/tdXZJDMKFZ


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7:38am

Patrick O’Donovan

@odonovanpt

Today at #SFSCork2018: ‘The state of play in French Studies’, with Janice Carruthers , Patrick Crow… https://t.co/IKHS5Oauuo


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10:49am

Charlotte Cooper

@ciditcharlotte

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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

@JFRushworth

Wonderful keynote from Sarah Kay yesterday on 'How opera taught me to read'. Arguing that we embrace anachronism an… https://t.co/9rBl48yHuB


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9:24am

Patrick O’Donovan

@odonovanpt

Congratulations to and on their superb service as editors of #SFSCork2018https://t.co/fKBGJOsM0L


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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

@FrenchProfessor

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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… https://t.co/T3lxLJgT0b


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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22 October 2018

Twitter

1:48pm

French Studies

@french_studies

Time for the 1st plenary lecture of #SFSCork2018 : Martin Crowley from Cambridge, "Imagining Civil War in Contempor… https://t.co/RyXFw7FJv6


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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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22 October 2018

Twitter

7:05pm

Benjamin Dalton

@BenBGDalton

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


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3:29pm

Charles Forsdick

@charlesforsdick

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11:04am

Russell Williams

@russwilliams_uk

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


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10:04am

Charlotte

@cthev8

Looks like the rain decided to turn around! No doubt thanks to some r… https://t.co/NRiWXAGqfZ


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10:33am

Patrick O’Donovan

@odonovanpt

Discover Claude Pélieu at the conference — https://t.co/tvC8RqiePc #EuropeForCulturehttps://t.co/9DC7yv06DH


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2:34pm

French Dept UCC

@FrenchDeptUCC

Parched quad, 22 degrees celsius - things hotting up for Annual Conference July 2-4… https://t.co/6Wic282GvQ


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

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