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Department of French and Francophone Studies

Immersed in the language and cultures of the French-speaking world
Discover and expand your knowledge of French and Francophone literature, culture and history as you develop your fluency in the French language.

Since our inception in 1853, we have a long tradition of teaching and researching French and Francophone studies. We provide three pathways to a French and Francophone major: introductory, intermediate and advanced. Our mission is to teach the French language and provide students with a deep understanding of the literature, culture and history of the French and Francophone worlds.

We are a vibrant community of researchers, teaching staff and students with academic expertise in the fields of modern and contemporary literature, cinema, art, theory, linguistics and translation.

Our study offering

Experience the rich history and cultural diversity of the official language of 29 countries (la Francophonie), spoken by more than 300 million people worldwide. 

Undergraduate

*Available to all students studying the Bachelor of ArtsBachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Visual Arts, as well as all combined Bachelor of Advanced Studies degrees.  

Research

Our research 

Our researchers focus on a wide range of research areas, including: 

  • Artists’ writings, word and image studies
  • Autobiographical writing, life writing and diary writing
  • Feminist theory and women's writing
  • Film and media studies
  • Film festivals
  • Francophone films and world cinema
  • French and Francophone theory
  • Hoaxes, fakes and forgeries in literature
  • Intersection of genre and gender
  • Linguistics and sociolinguistics
  • Modern and contemporary art
  • Modern and contemporary literature and culture
  • Pedagogy of French as a foreign language
  • Representations of Paris in literature and culture
  • South Pacific literature, art and culture
  • Translation, self-translation and translingual writing.

Exchange

Our exchange programs provide life-changing experiences in France, Switzerland and Canada where students exercise their language skills and develop an understanding of cultural intricacies first hand. Partner institutions include:

  • McGill University, Montreal, Canada
  • Université de Montréal, Canada
  • Sciences-Po, Paris, France 
  • Université d’Aix-Marseille, France
  • Université Denis-Diderot (Paris VII), France
  • Université Grenoble Alpes, France 
  • Université Jean-Moulin 3 Lyon, France
  • Université Lumière Lyon 2, France
  • Université de La Rochelle, France
  • Université d’Orléans, France
  • Université Paris, France
  • Université de Tours, France
  • Université de Genève, Switzerland 
  • Université de Lausanne, Switzerland

Our people

  • Undergraduate, Honours and Exchange Coordinator: Dr Léa Vuong
  • Postgraduate Research Coordinator: Dr Sonia Wilson

Language level coordinators:

  • Nathalie Camerlynck
  • Annabel Gassman
  • Corinne Mesana
  • Jacqueline Murguet
  • Eve Nachin
  • Rita Orsini
  • Christel Rome
  • Victoria Souliman

Events

We hold regular seminars and events that seek to engage with the French-speaking community at large and provide a platform for new and exciting research in French and Francophone studies.

Visit the School's Events website to see our full listing of upcoming events.

Each semester, we hold monthly research seminar events with presenters from our department including research staff, students and associates, as well as other disciplines within the University of Sydney and external institutions from Australia and beyond.

Everyone is welcome to attend.

When: Wednesdays, 1–2 pm

Check our event calendar for upcoming French Connections seminars.

The Sonia Marks Memorial fund was set up in 1985 to commemorate the life and achievements of Sonia Marks, whose untimely death deprived the University of a much-appreciated teacher and colleague. Each year the fund provides prizes for students from the introductory language stream and a memorial lecture on French and Francophone Studies.

Past lectures

2019: Teaching ‘French’ in Brexit Britain
2012:
Learning from Teaching

Please check the SLC Events website for our next Sonia Marks Memorial Lecture.

World Literatures and the Global South Conference

23–25 August 2019

Co-convened with the Peking University Australian Studies Centre and the World Literature Association, the School of Languages and Cultures is proud to host the third international congress of the World Literature Association.

This international conference will engage with literary production on and from the Global South in their own languages as well as in translation – giving equal billing to streams in English, Chinese, Arabic, French, Indonesian/Malay and Spanish. 

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Department Chair

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Associate Professor Michelle Royer
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