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


05 February 2023







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).


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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

2022 annual conference

27 - 29 June 2022 | Queen's University Belfast

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

Past Conferences

2022 annual conference

27 - 29 June 2022 | Queen's University Belfast

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