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


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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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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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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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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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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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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

2022 annual conference

27 - 29 June 2022 | Queen's University Belfast

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

Past Conferences

2022 annual conference

27 - 29 June 2022 | Queen's University Belfast

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