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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.

As the first French tertiary-level department in Australia, we have been teaching the French language since 1853. We provide three pathways to a French major (introductory, intermediate, advanced), offering students the language and cultural competency to engage fully with the French and Francophone world.

Understanding and appreciating a different culture and communicating with its members requires thorough knowledge. We believe this can only be achieved by learning the language in its cultural context. In our teaching and research, we specialise in the study of modern and contemporary Francophone culture, society and thought, French and Francophone literature, cinema, visual arts, and socio-linguistics.

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. 


*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.  


Our research 

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

  • Artists’ writings
  • Autobiographical writing
  • Diary writing
  • Digital humanities
  • Feminist theory
  • Film and media studies
  • French and francophone theory
  • Hoaxes, fakes and forgeries in literature
  • Intersection of genre and gender
  • Life writing
  • Linguistics and sociolinguistics
  • Literary criticism in post-structuralism and authorship theories
  • Modern and contemporary art
  • Modern and contemporary French and Francophone literature
  • Pedagogy of French as a foreign language.
  • Representations of Paris in literature and culture
  • Translation, self-translation and translingual writing
  • Visual art and visual cultures
  • Women’s writing
  • Word and image studies
  • World and francophone cinema.


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

Language level coordinators:

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


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

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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