Emeritus Professor Margaret Sankey

PhD (Sydney), Dip.Ed. (Sydney), BA (Sydney), FAHA, Officier (Palmes académiques)
Emeritus Professor

A18 - Brennan MacCallum Building
The University of Sydney


Biographical details

My research career in French Studies has been devoted to the study of the history of ideas and mentalités in France, with particular reference to the early modern period and the scientific revolution. I have published extensively in my key areas of interest: Cyrano de Bergerac’s novels and the transmission of his texts; French notions of Terra australis, in particular, research on the writing of Abbé Paulmier (1663-4), to the end of the eighteenth century; the Baudin Expedition to Australia (1800 to 1804). I have edited or co-edited several books, and co-translated into English The Anthropological Structures of the Imaginary by Gilbert Durand. My experience in the field of editing has led me to theorise on the nature of editing and to break new ground in the conceptualisation of the editorial process.

Research interests

  • Early French voyages to Australia
  • French narrative and cultural history from the 17th century to the 20th century
  • Cyrano de Bergerac

Current projects

  • ARC Discovery Grant project (2005-9): 'The Baudin Legacy' (with
    Dr Jean Fornasiero (University of Adelaide), Dr John West-Sooby (University of Adelaide), Professor Michel Jangoux (Université libre de Bruxelles). This Project will be the first comprehensive documentation of the work of the scientific expedition of Nicolas Baudin to Australia (1800-1804)
  • Translation of Michel Serres’s Les cinq sens (with Dr Peter Cowley)
  • ARC Discovery Grant project (2004-5): 'Communications and National Identity in Early Modern France' (with Dr Elizabeth Rechniewski and Emeritus Professor Angus Martin)
  • Cyrano de Bergerac

Associations

  • Member of the editorial boards of the Australian Journal of French Studies and the Australian Universities Modern Languages Association
  • Chair of European Cultures Electoral Panel of the Australian Academy of the Humanities
  • Honorary Researcher at the CELLF 17-18 (Centre d’études sur la littérature et langue françaises du dix-septième et du dix-huitième siecles), Paris IV
  • Honorary Researcher at the CRLV (Centre de recherches sur la littérature des voyages), Paris IV
  • Australian Correspondent with the Centre de recherches sur l’imaginaire, Université de Chambéry
  • ARC Assessor, International

Selected grants

2009

  • Embassy France Aust 09 Sankey; Sankey M; Embassy of France in Australia/Research Grant.

2005

  • The Baudin Legacy: A New History of the French Scientific Voyage to Australia (1800-1804); Sankey M, Fornasiero F, West-Sooby J, Jangoux M, Fornasiero J, West-Sooby J; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

2004

  • Communications and national identity in early modern France; Rechniewski E, Sankey M; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

2000

  • Communications and national identity in eighteenth-century France; Rechniewski E, Sankey M; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Small Grants.

Selected publications

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Books

  • Sankey, M., Cowley, P. (2008). The Five Senses: A Philosophy of Mingled Bodies (I). London: Continuum.
  • Sankey, M. (2006). Abbe Jean Paulmier, "Memoires touchant l'etablissement d'une mission chrestienne dans le troisieme monde. Autrement appele, La Terre Australe, Meridionale, Antartique, and Inconnue". Paris: Honoré Champion.

Book Chapters

  • Sankey, M. (2013). The Abbe Paulmier’s Memoires and Early French Voyages in Search of Terra Australis. In John West-Sooby (Eds.), Discovery and Empire: the French in the South Seas, (pp. 41-68). Adelaide: University of Adelaide Press.
  • Sankey, M. (2012). Mapping Terra Australis in the French seventeenth century: The Memoires of the Abbe Jean Paulmier. In Anne M. Scott, Alfred Hiatt, Claire McIlroy and Christopher Wortham (Eds.), European Perceptions of Terra Australis, (pp. 111-134). London: Ashgate.
  • Sankey, M. (2010). Les premiers contacts. Les Aborigenes de Nouvelle-Hollande observes par les officiers et les savants de l'expedition Baudin. In Michel Jangoux (Eds.), Portes par lair du Temps: les voyages du Capitaine Baudin, (pp. 171-185). Brussels: Editions de l'Universite de Bruxelles.
  • Sankey, M. (2010). Writing and rewriting the Baudin scientific expedition to the Southern Hemisphere, 1800-1804. In Jean Fornasiero and Colette Mrowa-Hopkins (Eds.), Explorations and encounters in French, (pp. 103-134). Adelaide: University of Adelaide Press.
  • Sankey, M. (2008). Cyrano de Bergerac clandestin: les manuscripts de L'Autre Monde. In Herve Bargy (Eds.), Cyrano de Bergerac, Cyrano de Sannois: Proceedings of the international conference in Sannois (3-17 December 2005), (pp. 37-51). Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols Publishers.
  • Sankey, M., Cowley, P. (2008). Sense and Sensibility: Translating the Bodily Experience. In Margaret Sankey, Peter Cowley (Eds.), The Five Senses: A Philosophy of Mingled Bodies (I), (pp. vii-xiii). London: Continuum.
  • Sankey, M. (2007). The English Translation (1809) of the Voyage de Decouveries Aux Terres Australes of Francois Peron: The Politics of Discovery in Early Nineteenth Century France and England. In Serge M. Riviere et Kumari R. Issur (Eds.), Baudin - Flinders Dans L'Ocean Indien, (pp. 195-216). Paris: L'Harmattan.
  • Sankey, M. (2001). Est ou Ouest: le mythe des terres australes en France aux XVIIe et XVIIIe siecles. In Kumari R Issur and Vinesh Y Hookoomsing (Eds.), Locean Indien dans les litteratures francophones, (pp. 13-26). Paris / Reduit: Editions Karthala et Presses de l’Université de Maurice.
  • Sankey, M. (2001). The Paradoxes of Modernity: Rational Religion et Mythical Science in the Novels of Cyrano de Bergerac. In Robert Crocker (Eds.), Religion, Reason and Nature in Early Modern Europe, (pp. 41-61). Dordrecht, Boston, London: Sage Publications.

Journals

  • Sankey, M. (2013). The Abbe Jean Paulmier and French Missions in the Terres australes: Myth and History. Australian Journal of French Studies, 50(1), 3-15. [More Information]
  • Sankey, M. (2013). The Abbe Paulmier and the Rights of Man: the French Mission for the Terres australes. Australian Journal of French Studies, 50(1), 87-99. [More Information]
  • Sankey, M. (2010). Writing the voyage of scientific exploration: the logbooks, journals and notes of the Baudin expedition (1800-1804). Intellectual History Review, 20(3), 401-413. [More Information]
  • Sankey, M. (2007). Nationalism and Identity in Seventeenth-Century France: the Abbe Paulmier and the Terres australes. Australian Journal of French Studies, 44(3), 195-206.
  • Sankey, M. (2006). A potted guide. On Line Opinion.
  • Sankey, M. (2005). "French Representations of Sydney at the Beginning of the Nineteenth Century: the Subversion of Modernism". Aesthetics (was Literature & Aesthetics), Volume 15(No: 2,), 101-108.
  • Sankey, M. (2004). The Aborigines of Port Jackson, as Seen by the Baudin Expedition. Australian Journal of French Studies, 41(2), 117-125.
  • Sankey, M., Cowley, P., Fornasiero, J. (2004). The Baudin Expedition In Review: Old Quarrels And New Approaches. Australian Journal of French Studies, XLI(2), 4-14.
  • Fornasiero, J., Sankey, M. (2003). Autour de Michèle Le Dœuff - Introduction. Australian Journal of French Studies, 40(3), 237-243.
  • Sankey, M. (2003). The Franco-Australasian connection: historical studies in French departments in Australia and New Zealand. A U M L A, 100, 73-87.
  • Sankey, M. (2003). The French and Terra Australis. Arts: the Proceedings of the Sydney University Arts Association, 25, 26-63.
  • Sankey, M. (2001). "L'Abbé Paulmier méconnu: le mythe et l'histoire des 'Terres australes' en France au dix-septième et dix-huitième siècles", Studies in Eighteenth Century French Fiction in Honour of Angus Martin. Australian Journal of French Studies, 28, 54-68.
  • Sankey, M. (2001). The Baudin Expedition in Port Jackson, 1802: Cultural Encounters and Enlightenment Politics. Explorations: A Bulletin Devoted to the Study of Franco-Australian Links, (31), 5-36.

Edited Journals

  • Sankey, M., Cowley, P., Fornasiero, J. (2004). The Baudin Expedition 1800-1804: Texts, Contexts and Subtexts. Australian Journal of French Studies, 41(2), 206.
  • Sankey, M., Fornasiero, J. (2003). Autour de Michele de Doeuff. Australian Journal of French Studies, XL(3), 150-150.

Conferences

  • Sankey, M. (2012). The Cartography of the Baudin Expedition: Louis Freycinet's Map of New Holland. The Freycinet Map of 1811: 200th Anniversary of the Publication of the First Map of Australia, Acton, A.C.T.: Australia on the Map Division of the Australasian Hydrographic Society.
  • Sankey, M. (2009). Les journaux de l'expédition scientifique de Nicolas Baudin (1800-1804) et la construction du savoir scientifique. Laprouse et les explorateurs franais du Pacifique - Espaces de dcouvertes et savoirs scientifiques 1760-1840, online: Musée nationale de la Marine.
  • Sankey, M. (2005). Antipodean Relations: the French in Sydney in 1802. Australian Society of French Studies Annual International Conference, University of Western Australia.
  • Sankey, M. (2005). French Representations of Sydney at the Turn of the Nineteenth Century: the Perversions of Modernism. Modernism and the City Colloquium, Sydney.
  • Sankey, M. (2004). Madagascar et la Terre De Gonneville: Tribulations d'un mythe des origines. Le voyage à Madagascar, de la découverte à l'aventure intellectuelle (The Journey to Madagascar, from discovery to the intellectual adventure), Sainte-Clothilde, La Réunion: Association Historique Internationale de l'Ocan Indien.
  • Sankey, M. (2003). La traduction anglaise du "Voyage de découvertes aux terres australes" de François Peron. Baudin-Flinders: Travels, Discovery, Encounter, University of Mauritius.
  • Sankey, M. (2003). The French and Terra Australis: from the sixteenth to the nineteenth century. Sonia Marks and Inaugural Professorial, University of Sydney.
  • Sankey, M. (2002). L'expédition Baudin à Port Jackson, 1802: 'Jamais peut-être un sujet plus intéressant et plus curieux ne s’offrait à la méditation de l'homme d'Etat et du philosophe…. Séminaire du Centre de Recherches sur la littérature des voyages, Université de Paris IV (Sorbonne).
  • Sankey, M. (2001). The Baudin Expedition in Port Jackson, 1802: cultural encounters and the politics of Enlightenment. Cultural Encounters in the Indian Pacific Region, 1200-1800, University of Western Australia.
  • Sankey, M. (2001). Zola's "L'Œuvre" et Cézanne: the art and politics of friendship. Repenser les processus créateurs/ Rethinking the Creative Processes. UNSW Australian Defence Force Academy.

Other

  • Sankey, M. (2008), French studies in Australia.
  • Sankey, M. (2006), Interview with Dylan Welch on "Howard is Postmodern".
  • Sankey, M. (2005), lecture: Les manuscrits de L'Autre Monde de Cyrano de Bergerac.
  • Sankey, M. (2005), Les Génies de la Mer: Introduction to recital of French songs by Annette Tesoriero.
  • Sankey, M. (2005), radio interview with Julie Copeland on the real Cyrano de Bergerac and Rostand's 'Cyrano'. Radio.
  • Sankey, M. (2003), ABC, SBS, radio interviews concerning Alexandre Dumas, "Terra australis". ABC, SBS, radio.
  • Sankey, M. (2001), Public Lecture: French Ideas of Terres australes in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
  • Sankey, M. (2001), public lecture: The French and the Terres australes.

2013

  • Sankey, M. (2013). The Abbe Jean Paulmier and French Missions in the Terres australes: Myth and History. Australian Journal of French Studies, 50(1), 3-15. [More Information]
  • Sankey, M. (2013). The Abbe Paulmier and the Rights of Man: the French Mission for the Terres australes. Australian Journal of French Studies, 50(1), 87-99. [More Information]
  • Sankey, M. (2013). The Abbe Paulmier’s Memoires and Early French Voyages in Search of Terra Australis. In John West-Sooby (Eds.), Discovery and Empire: the French in the South Seas, (pp. 41-68). Adelaide: University of Adelaide Press.

2012

  • Sankey, M. (2012). Mapping Terra Australis in the French seventeenth century: The Memoires of the Abbe Jean Paulmier. In Anne M. Scott, Alfred Hiatt, Claire McIlroy and Christopher Wortham (Eds.), European Perceptions of Terra Australis, (pp. 111-134). London: Ashgate.
  • Sankey, M. (2012). The Cartography of the Baudin Expedition: Louis Freycinet's Map of New Holland. The Freycinet Map of 1811: 200th Anniversary of the Publication of the First Map of Australia, Acton, A.C.T.: Australia on the Map Division of the Australasian Hydrographic Society.

2010

  • Sankey, M. (2010). Les premiers contacts. Les Aborigenes de Nouvelle-Hollande observes par les officiers et les savants de l'expedition Baudin. In Michel Jangoux (Eds.), Portes par lair du Temps: les voyages du Capitaine Baudin, (pp. 171-185). Brussels: Editions de l'Universite de Bruxelles.
  • Sankey, M. (2010). Writing and rewriting the Baudin scientific expedition to the Southern Hemisphere, 1800-1804. In Jean Fornasiero and Colette Mrowa-Hopkins (Eds.), Explorations and encounters in French, (pp. 103-134). Adelaide: University of Adelaide Press.
  • Sankey, M. (2010). Writing the voyage of scientific exploration: the logbooks, journals and notes of the Baudin expedition (1800-1804). Intellectual History Review, 20(3), 401-413. [More Information]

2009

  • Sankey, M. (2009). Les journaux de l'expédition scientifique de Nicolas Baudin (1800-1804) et la construction du savoir scientifique. Laprouse et les explorateurs franais du Pacifique - Espaces de dcouvertes et savoirs scientifiques 1760-1840, online: Musée nationale de la Marine.

2008

  • Sankey, M. (2008). Cyrano de Bergerac clandestin: les manuscripts de L'Autre Monde. In Herve Bargy (Eds.), Cyrano de Bergerac, Cyrano de Sannois: Proceedings of the international conference in Sannois (3-17 December 2005), (pp. 37-51). Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols Publishers.
  • Sankey, M. (2008), French studies in Australia.
  • Sankey, M., Cowley, P. (2008). Sense and Sensibility: Translating the Bodily Experience. In Margaret Sankey, Peter Cowley (Eds.), The Five Senses: A Philosophy of Mingled Bodies (I), (pp. vii-xiii). London: Continuum.
  • Sankey, M., Cowley, P. (2008). The Five Senses: A Philosophy of Mingled Bodies (I). London: Continuum.

2007

  • Sankey, M. (2007). Nationalism and Identity in Seventeenth-Century France: the Abbe Paulmier and the Terres australes. Australian Journal of French Studies, 44(3), 195-206.
  • Sankey, M. (2007). The English Translation (1809) of the Voyage de Decouveries Aux Terres Australes of Francois Peron: The Politics of Discovery in Early Nineteenth Century France and England. In Serge M. Riviere et Kumari R. Issur (Eds.), Baudin - Flinders Dans L'Ocean Indien, (pp. 195-216). Paris: L'Harmattan.

2006

  • Sankey, M. (2006). A potted guide. On Line Opinion.
  • Sankey, M. (2006). Abbe Jean Paulmier, "Memoires touchant l'etablissement d'une mission chrestienne dans le troisieme monde. Autrement appele, La Terre Australe, Meridionale, Antartique, and Inconnue". Paris: Honoré Champion.
  • Sankey, M. (2006), Interview with Dylan Welch on "Howard is Postmodern".

2005

  • Sankey, M. (2005). "French Representations of Sydney at the Beginning of the Nineteenth Century: the Subversion of Modernism". Aesthetics (was Literature & Aesthetics), Volume 15(No: 2,), 101-108.
  • Sankey, M. (2005). Antipodean Relations: the French in Sydney in 1802. Australian Society of French Studies Annual International Conference, University of Western Australia.
  • Sankey, M. (2005). French Representations of Sydney at the Turn of the Nineteenth Century: the Perversions of Modernism. Modernism and the City Colloquium, Sydney.
  • Sankey, M. (2005), lecture: Les manuscrits de L'Autre Monde de Cyrano de Bergerac.
  • Sankey, M. (2005), Les Génies de la Mer: Introduction to recital of French songs by Annette Tesoriero.
  • Sankey, M. (2005), radio interview with Julie Copeland on the real Cyrano de Bergerac and Rostand's 'Cyrano'. Radio.

2004

  • Sankey, M. (2004). Madagascar et la Terre De Gonneville: Tribulations d'un mythe des origines. Le voyage à Madagascar, de la découverte à l'aventure intellectuelle (The Journey to Madagascar, from discovery to the intellectual adventure), Sainte-Clothilde, La Réunion: Association Historique Internationale de l'Ocan Indien.
  • Sankey, M. (2004). The Aborigines of Port Jackson, as Seen by the Baudin Expedition. Australian Journal of French Studies, 41(2), 117-125.
  • Sankey, M., Cowley, P., Fornasiero, J. (2004). The Baudin Expedition 1800-1804: Texts, Contexts and Subtexts. Australian Journal of French Studies, 41(2), 206.
  • Sankey, M., Cowley, P., Fornasiero, J. (2004). The Baudin Expedition In Review: Old Quarrels And New Approaches. Australian Journal of French Studies, XLI(2), 4-14.

2003

  • Sankey, M. (2003), ABC, SBS, radio interviews concerning Alexandre Dumas, "Terra australis". ABC, SBS, radio.
  • Sankey, M., Fornasiero, J. (2003). Autour de Michele de Doeuff. Australian Journal of French Studies, XL(3), 150-150.
  • Fornasiero, J., Sankey, M. (2003). Autour de Michèle Le Dœuff - Introduction. Australian Journal of French Studies, 40(3), 237-243.
  • Sankey, M. (2003). La traduction anglaise du "Voyage de découvertes aux terres australes" de François Peron. Baudin-Flinders: Travels, Discovery, Encounter, University of Mauritius.
  • Sankey, M. (2003). The Franco-Australasian connection: historical studies in French departments in Australia and New Zealand. A U M L A, 100, 73-87.
  • Sankey, M. (2003). The French and Terra Australis: from the sixteenth to the nineteenth century. Sonia Marks and Inaugural Professorial, University of Sydney.
  • Sankey, M. (2003). The French and Terra Australis. Arts: the Proceedings of the Sydney University Arts Association, 25, 26-63.

2002

  • Sankey, M. (2002). L'expédition Baudin à Port Jackson, 1802: 'Jamais peut-être un sujet plus intéressant et plus curieux ne s’offrait à la méditation de l'homme d'Etat et du philosophe…. Séminaire du Centre de Recherches sur la littérature des voyages, Université de Paris IV (Sorbonne).

2001

  • Sankey, M. (2001). "L'Abbé Paulmier méconnu: le mythe et l'histoire des 'Terres australes' en France au dix-septième et dix-huitième siècles", Studies in Eighteenth Century French Fiction in Honour of Angus Martin. Australian Journal of French Studies, 28, 54-68.
  • Sankey, M. (2001). Est ou Ouest: le mythe des terres australes en France aux XVIIe et XVIIIe siecles. In Kumari R Issur and Vinesh Y Hookoomsing (Eds.), Locean Indien dans les litteratures francophones, (pp. 13-26). Paris / Reduit: Editions Karthala et Presses de l’Université de Maurice.
  • Sankey, M. (2001), Public Lecture: French Ideas of Terres australes in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
  • Sankey, M. (2001), public lecture: The French and the Terres australes.
  • Sankey, M. (2001). The Baudin Expedition in Port Jackson, 1802: Cultural Encounters and Enlightenment Politics. Explorations: A Bulletin Devoted to the Study of Franco-Australian Links, (31), 5-36.
  • Sankey, M. (2001). The Baudin Expedition in Port Jackson, 1802: cultural encounters and the politics of Enlightenment. Cultural Encounters in the Indian Pacific Region, 1200-1800, University of Western Australia.
  • Sankey, M. (2001). The Paradoxes of Modernity: Rational Religion et Mythical Science in the Novels of Cyrano de Bergerac. In Robert Crocker (Eds.), Religion, Reason and Nature in Early Modern Europe, (pp. 41-61). Dordrecht, Boston, London: Sage Publications.
  • Sankey, M. (2001). Zola's "L'Œuvre" et Cézanne: the art and politics of friendship. Repenser les processus créateurs/ Rethinking the Creative Processes. UNSW Australian Defence Force Academy.

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