2021 annual conference

28 - 30 June 2021 | Online

The 62nd annual conference of the Society for French Studies will now take place online. Please see our news item for the full announcement.

For the 2021 conference, we are offering registration FREE to all members of the Society. Please note that all members have been pre-registered for the conference using the email that we hold for them. To access the conference, you will need to visit this page and enter your email address: https://sfs.secure-platform.com/a/organizations/main/home

All members should now be able to access the conference site. Any queries about the conference, including about online access, should be directed to the Conference Officer, Victoria Turner, at sfsconf2021@gmail.com.

We are keen for postgraduates at both Master's and PhD level to take part in the 2021 conference. Please see this page for further details.

The call for papers for the 2022 conference is now available - please see below.

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As it happened


27 September 2021

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9:11pm

Alice Hagopian

@Alice Hagopian

And just like that the #SFS2021 conference ended… Thanks! I had a wonderful time tweeting with and , learnt sooo much from everyone, and really enjoyed the coffee breaks and conversations. Already looking forward to #SFS2022!


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9:16pm

Fraser McQueen

@Fraser McQueen

Can't believe #SFS2021 is already over - super grateful to have been able to live tweet it with the amazing & & to have engaged with so many incredible panels/plenaries 😍 Vivement l'an prochain!


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8:43pm

French Studies

@French Studies

This paper relates to the first half of a chapter in Prof Lane's book, entitled 'Doomed Youth'; second half focuses on youth from the banlieues. If this whetted your appetite, to reiterate - Republican Citizens, Precarious Subjects, Liverpool UP, 2020!


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7:35pm

Fraser McQueen

@Fraser McQueen

Get hyyyyype for the final plenary of #SFS2021, live tweeted by yours truly! https://t.co/1uOFbpqozl


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7:30am

French Studies

@French Studies

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Good morning conference! Check out ’s brilliant video poster “(De)-constructing Breton?: The study of an ideologically-infused landscape in Brittany” on our conference website, and all the other excellent posters. Full video: ⬇️ https://t.co/Qkjy6wMv8k https://t.co/1qm9QfIZjv


Twitter

10:24am

Alice Hagopian

@Alice Hagopian

This morning I’m catching up with some of the #SFS2021 panels I’ve missed. Highly recommend checking the conference website for recordings: simply click on the past live sessions and the videos should be there!


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8:29am

French Studies

@French Studies

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𝑬𝒔𝒔𝒂𝒚 𝒄𝒐𝒎𝒑𝒆𝒕𝒊𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏 To celebrate the 75th anniversary of the journal, is delighted to announce this essay competition, on the theme of ‘𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝑭𝒖𝒕𝒖𝒓𝒆 𝒐𝒇 𝑭𝒓𝒆𝒏𝒄𝒉 𝑺𝒕𝒖𝒅𝒊𝒆𝒔’. Submit before 31/12/2021 https://t.co/WmofEnHNuh https://t.co/mkEGCZGbqb


29 June 2021

Interview with the R. Gapper book prize winner James Williams

8:30pm

In case you missed our prize-giving, here's Pat Crowley's interview with this year's winner of the R. Gapper book prize, James Williams (RHUL). James won the prize for his book Ethics and Aesthetics in Contemporary African Cinema: The Politics of Beauty (Bloomsbury, 2020).


27 September 2021

Twitter

8:25pm

French Studies

@French Studies

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“I really dread to think what Rousseau would have thought of Twitter!” #SFS2021 https://t.co/0ceyljxHrP https://t.co/otInED0NJS


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7:28pm

French Studies

@French Studies

Bonsoir à toutes et à tous, we are shortly live tweeting Professor Joseph Harris' keynote 'Misanthropic Sociability in Early Modern France' .... #SFS2021


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7:32pm

Sarah Djos-Raph

@Sarah Djos-Raph

Après 2 jours remplis de bonnes discussions à #SFS2021, j’ai l’impression que ma voix intérieure a changé d’accent en anglais 🇺🇸 👉🇬🇧 🇮🇪 😆


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12:56pm

French Studies

@French Studies

We will shortly begin with our third afternoon session running from 1-3pm BST. We hope to see many of you in our online conference space! Live tweeting will also resume then, so keep an eye on this account and use the hashtag #SFS2021 Bonne continuation à toutes et à tous!


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12:05pm

French Studies

@French Studies

Don’t forget our exhibitors are on hand to chat in dedicated slots, and you can also leave a message at any time! - it doesn't have to be in one of the slots https://t.co/WRyTbDaxmR


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8:24pm

Alice Hagopian

@Alice Hagopian

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« Aussi devons-nous toujours rester les bras ouverts! » #SFS2021 https://t.co/SwnZq9dJvl https://t.co/SkMNaL0g5L


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3:25pm

French Studies

@French Studies

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'We should absolutely consider new developments in biology but not without poetry!' https://t.co/BAJaaR4dxv https://t.co/bGjOUV9zzL


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10:30am

French Studies

@French Studies

This year, for #SFS2021, our twitter account will be run by Postgraduates of the Society. Meet our Social Media Conference Officers: , , , , & https://t.co/1pEieazrI9


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9:34pm

QUB Modern Languages

@QUB Modern Languages

We have several of our colleagues and PhD researchers speaking at the #SFS2021 conference including Dominique, Ros, Ashley, Jordan and Ciara. It’s shaping up to be a diverse and exciting conference that we are proud to attend https://t.co/n5MNXiQyHg


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8:14am

French Studies

@French Studies

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🧵What’s on today @ #SFS2021 (Monday 28th June)? https://t.co/yF3Q2qyY2Q Keynotes by: Anne E. Berger (2:00-3:30pm BST) and Frieda Ekotto [] (7:30-9:00pm BST) https://t.co/0ojWlt14RI


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9:31am

Heather Williams

@Heather Williams

Still struggling to finish my paper (it's weird without the 5 hours + train journey), but really looking forward to #SFS2021


21 June 2021

SFS conference social media takeover

12:00am

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.


Past Conferences

2020 annual conference

29 June - 01 July 2020 | University of Bath

2019 Annual Conference

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

2018 Annual Conference

02 - 04 July 2018 | University College Cork

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

2020 annual conference

29 June - 01 July 2020 | University of Bath

2019 Annual Conference

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

2018 Annual Conference

02 - 04 July 2018 | University College Cork

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