Brian Darling Memorial Prize

The Brian Darling Memorial Prize was established in memory of the late Brian Darling, the founding Secretary of the Association. The prize, to the value of £250, is awarded for an undergraduate essay or dissertation of distinction, which explores any theme/s relevant to the Association’s remit (French history, politics, culture, society, literature, thought, film since 1789, as well as the relations between France and other countries, including those in the French-speaking world). The work may be written in either French or English and should not normally exceed five thousand words.

Application Details

Contacts

Dr Abigail Taylor

Deadlines

Previous Winners

2017:
Eilidh Ross, ‘”Et toute cette humanité de cauchemar vient se heurter et s’écraser contre la herse que nous avons laissé tomber dès le 28 janvier sur les seuils de notre frontière. Et derrière cette herse, il y a des fusils et des mitrailleuses, qui sont les attributs de notre force et les moyens légitimes de notre sauvegarde […] Mais, devant les mitrailleuses, entre elles et l’imploration de ces faces de peur et de détresse, il y a le visage calme, doux et grave de la France, de la France de saint Vincent-de-Paul et des Droits de l’homme, qui est la même depuis toujours, à travers les âges comme à travers le monde.” Discuss the validity of this statement, made by Albert Sarraut in March 1939, with reference to the Spanish exodus.’

2016:
Liam Innis, University of Newcastle, “Discuss how Flora Tristan blazed a trail among utopian socialists in her treatment of ‘the woman question'”

2015:
Julia Dobson, University of Warwick, ‘Analyse and evaluate the success of the GIP’s resistance to techniques of coercive governance both at home and abroad’ and Danielle Hayter, University of Portsmouth, ‘How and why has the contribution of African soldiers to the French war effort during the Second World War been remembered in France and Senegal since the mid-1990s?’

2014:
Han Jie Chow, University of Bangor, ‘Langue et identité culturelle à la Martinique’

2013:
H. Silver, University of Birmingham.

2011:
Charley Jarrett, University of Sussex, for ‘L’exception electorale française’.

Terms and Conditions

Essays must explore one or more themes relevant to the Association’s remit (French history, politics, culture, society, literature, thought, film since 1789, as well as the relations between France and other countries, including those in the French-speaking world). The work may be written in either French or English and should not normally exceed five thousand words.
Essays or dissertations must be accompanied together with a current email address provided by the student and a supporting statement from a member of the Association at a UK or other university. Submissions should be made electronically by 15 July of the year in question using the Application Form available on the ASMCF website.
A three-person sub-committee of the Executive will be invited to serve by the Secretary to consider the submissions and determine the award of the prize. Prize-winners shall be notified directly and their names announced on the website and at the Association’s AGM.

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