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ASMCF Annual Conference, Lancaster University, Thursday 13–Friday 14 September 2018: New Forms of Expression in the French and Francophone Worlds

The programme for the 2018 annual conference alongside further information can be found here: Registration:

The 2017 Douglas Johnson Lecture should be 2018.

Call for Papers: ASMCF Annual Conference, Lancaster University, Thursday 13 - Friday 14 September 2018

New Forms of Expression in the French and Francophone Worlds

We invite proposals for papers that critically examine the innovation and experimentation that characterise new and emerging forms of expression in the French and Francophone worlds. The relationship between reading and writing is constantly changing, genres are merging and new genres are emerging, literary forms and platforms influence one another, and digital media technologies are opening up new creative ways of telling stories. New forms of communication impact on social interactions and relationships, including political discourses and modes of engagement. Interlingual communication, creative and experimental uses of translation are reshaping the way we think about borders and identities, about the relationship of French to art and criticism beyond the Francophone world.

What has driven the emergence of new artistic and social forms and modes of expression and exchange? Do they replace existing forms, complement, or enhance them? To what extent are these new forms specific to the French or Francophone world or the contexts they emerge from? How is the use of the new modes and forms of communication shaped by the national and cultural traditions? What are the possibilities and challenges for forms of expression opened up by globalisation? What new forms of expression have been created by the meeting or layering of languages and cultures? What is the role of translation in rethinking interlingual and intercultural relations today? To what extent and how do intercultural and intra- or interlingual barriers move in the digital age?

We invite proposals for twenty minute papers on the following possible topics:

  • New modes and forms of expression
  • Literature, society, and/or politics in the digital age, including social and creative networks and online communities
  • The web as artistic medium
  • Artistic expression and subversion
  • Fiction and transgression
  • Multilingualism, translation, and creativity
  • The border in politics and as cultural space
  • Literature and globalisation

Papers may be delivered in English or in French. A publication connected with the theme of the conference is planned.

Postgraduate students are strongly encouraged to present papers, and the Association will offer a Postgraduate Essay Prize worth £100. For further information about the prize, please contact the ASMCF Postgraduate Representatives, James Illingworth and Madeleine Chalmers (;

Proposals for papers, featuring abstracts of up to 250 words in either English or French, should be sent in word format to with the subject line ‘ASMCF 2018’ by Friday 2 March 2018.

Organizing committee: Charlotte Baker, Romain Bardot, Isabelle Baron, Erika Fulop, Delphine Grass, Véronique Lane, Thomas Martin

2017 Douglas Johnson Memorial Lecture

The Society for the Study of French History and The Association for the Study of Modern and Contemporary France and Institut Français, Royaume-Uni present the Douglas Johnson Memorial Lecture, Monday 8th January 2018.

How the French and British Learned to Vote by Professor Malcolm Crook (Keele University)

Venue: La Médiathèque, Institut Français, 17 Queensberry Place, South Kensington, London SW7 2DT

Professor Malcolm Crook's lecture will draw on original research into the history of voting in France, whose specific features are further illuminated by a comparison with that of Britain. The lecture will explore the relatively neglected subject of how people cast their votes rather than who was elected, by focusing on three important questions. First, turnout: just how many of those progressively enfranchised from the late eighteenth century onwards responded positively to the opportunity to make their choice of representatives at different levels of the electoral process, and why has non-voting recently become more pronounced? Second, secrecy: taken for granted today, why was the vote cast in public, even orally, for much of the nineteenth century when the vote was cast in public, and why was this openness stoutly defended in some quarters until the later advent of ballot papers, polling booths, envelopes and isoloirs? Thirdly, and finally, spoiling: in the second round of the presidential contest in France last June, why did no less than four million people submit a blank or annotated paper, knowing it would not count? This subversive practice, which seems to be catching on in Britain, has a long history on the far side of the Channel. In conclusion, like other aspects of voting culture, does it testify to an enduring vitality in the way the French people express their sovereignty?

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2017 ASMCF

2017 Annual ASMCF Conference: Work and Play, University of Bangor

The programme for this year's conference alongside further information and the link for registration can be found at

The program can be found here.

Comics and Nation, University of Bangor, 13-14 July 2017

‘Comics & Nation’ conference report

A Date with History, 2017

On the 9th June, the French Embassy and the Institut français du Royaume-Uni launched an exciting new collaboration with York Festival of Ideas - "A Date with History". Bringing together leading historians from France and the UK, A Date with History, this first edition addressed historical perspectives on Europe. Seven selected UK students attended this one day conference.

2016 Conference

Our 2016 conference took place at Aston University around the theme of "Transitions" from 6-8 September 2016.

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Study day on The 'Calais crisis' University of Chester November 18th, 2015

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ASMCF North West Postgraduate Workshop 2015

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