Australian Society for French Studies

21st Annual conference of the Australian Society for French Studies

9–11 December 2013
University of Queensland
Brisbane, Australia


Keynote speakers:

  • Professor Marc Augé
    The anthropological gaze and fieldwork of Marc Augé has focussed on societies from the Ivory Coast to Paris. The celebrated author of Non-Places: Introduction to an Anthropology of Supermodernity, In the Metro and Oblivion, Augé coined the term “non-places” to designate ambivalent transit spaces (airport lounges, hotel rooms, supermarkets) that do not inspire feelings of belonging or lasting social relations among the majority of those who pass through.
  • Dr Charlotte Dejean-Thircuir of Université Stendhal – Grenoble 3 is an expert in the fields of teaching French as a foreign language (FLE) and distance education. She is the director of Stendhal’s two programmes in FLE which are taught in distance mode. She has researched and published on student-tutor interaction online; learner communities online; peer-guided learning online. 


  • Emeritus Professor Peter Cryle, founding director of the Centre for the History of European Discourses at the University of Queensland, is a scholar of intellectual and cultural history. His current work focuses on the historical emergence of the idea of the normal in nineteenth-century European thinking, especially in France and Italy. This research is focussed on medical and anthropological texts, and is funded by an ARC grant shared with Elizabeth Stephens. He also has a strong interest in French fiction, including middle-brow fiction of the nineteenth century and libertine literature of the eighteenth.
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