Research and Teaching Strengths

Staff in the Department of French Studies have expertise in a wide range of research areas in French and Francophone Studies. We train students in French language, linguistics, the analysis of the literature and cinema, cultures and societies of the French and Francophone world. Our diverse research strengths allow Honours and Doctoral students develop creative, original and competitive thesis topics.

Our research strengths include:

  • Linguistics
  • eLearning
  • Contemporary French history and Politics
  • Theatre and Performance
  • Nineteenth-Century literature and culture
  • Colonial and postcolonial studies
  • Francophone Asia, Franco-Arab Studies
  • Film and Media studies
  • World Cinema
  • Gender and Sexuality Studies

We emphasise communication and critical thinking skills. These, along with our interdisciplinary approach, are invaluable to career paths such as business, law, education, medicine, government, international relations and the arts.

Research groups and programs

The Department has strong links with research clusters, departments and teaching programs across the University. These include: the Law and Society research network; the network ‘Religion, State and Society in the Muslim World’; Medieval Studies; International and Comparative Literary Studies; European Studies; Film studies, Germanic Studies, International and Global Studies; Arabic Languages and Cultures; and South-East Asian Studies.

The Department hosts a program of research seminars which include University of Sydney academic staff, postgraduate students and visiting scholars from other Australian and international universities.

Academic Staff Research Projects in Progress

  • Surrealism and Colonialism; Historiography of the Surrealist Lesbian; Orientalism in the Orient: Franco/Arab Dialogues Martine Antle
  • The Francophone social media: characteristics and place in the world; Social media and collaborative learning; The trialogic relationship between digital learning spaces, tasks and student interactions; Taxonomy of language assessment tasks and language curriculum design Marie-Thérèse Barbaux
  • The Transcendental Power of Simone de Beauvoir’s Language; The Translation of Second-order Meanings (i.e., symbolic meanings such as ideological and philosophical meanings) Alice Caffarel-Cayron
  • Creativity and Creative Writing Classes; New Textualities (BD, blogs, ebooks and on-line publication); The Birth of Literary Vocation Françoise Grauby
  • Comparison of the language of the law and the language of the media; Linguistic landscape as a symbolic construction of the public space: The cases of the Parisian neighbourhoods of Belleville and La Goutte d’Or Caroline Lipovsky
  • ‘Sensoriality in the Cinema of Marguerite Duras’; ‘The Cinema of Marguerite Duras: Feminism and Transnationalism’; Senescence in World Cinema Michelle Royer
  • Stars in World Cinema: Film Icons and Star Systems Andrea Bandhauer with Michelle Royer
  • Reinterpretation of the Vernon Sullivan Affair (France, 1946-1950) through the (new) lens of literary hoax theory Clara Sitbon
  • The Quartier of Belleville in Contemporary Film and Roman Noir; Migration, Public Policy and Gentrification in Paris; Transition of Language Students from the Secondary to the Tertiary Sector Carolyn Stott
  • Curating the self: La Chambre de Jeune Fille in Late Nineteenth Century France; Diary Writing, Mobility and Production of Feminine Gentility (nineteenth century) Sonia Wilson