Thu 24 Aug 2017 7PM to 9PM – The Alliance Française, 51 Grey St, St Kilda. The Melbourne Salon presents
Flanders in Australia: A Personal History of Wool and War
From the late 19th century to the 1950s, many wool buyers from the Flanders region of France and Belgium emigrated to Australia with their families to establish careers as buyers for the woollen mills of Europe. Although originally they had no intention of remaining here permanently, many stayed, establishing a prosperous and vibrant French community.
A peaceful period of business building ended suddenly in 1914 when the Flanders men of Australia returned to the defence of their homeland. Their villages, towns and fields became the site of some of the worst killing of World War One. They fought and died in battles all along the Western Front.
Jacqueline Dwyer’s grandfather came to Australia in 1889 and her father, Jacques, saw action with both French and Australian units. Through the life of this family a story of immigration, commerce and war is brought vividly to life.
Cover charge $20 (includes wine and cheese).
Bookings and pre-payment essential please using: Alliance Française
Tue 14 Nov 2017 6.30PM – End of year 2017 function for ISFAR members
ISFAR is working to create new events for 2017
Thu 27 Apr 2017 7PM to 9PM – The Alliance Française, 51 Grey St, St Kilda. The Melbourne Salon presents
Mobilities and Migrations in the Bordeaux Wine Trade: From Regional Rivalries to International Icons
Terroir and tradition have long been hailed as the foundations for Bordeaux’s status as France’s leading wine region. But the City of Bordeaux’s geostrategic location on the Garonne River, feeding into the Gironde and out to the Atlantic, suggests that trade must also be credited for the region’s viticultural success. Associate Professor Jacqueline Dutton (University of Melbourne) will trace how regional, national and international mobilities and migrations influenced the evolution of Bordeaux wines from the standard “clairet” (the light coloured wine that the English called claret), to black wines (merlot-rich wines from St Emilion and the Right Bank), botrytised semillon (Sauternes and Barsac), and finally the classic Bordeaux blend from the Médoc.
This presentation will be accompanied by a tasting to demonstrate these different wine styles from the Bordeaux region.
Cover charge $20 (includes wine tastings and cheese).
Bookings and pre-payment essential please using: Alliance Française
Wed 22 March 2017: Annual General Meeting
Tue 6 Dec 2016 9AM to 4PM ISFAR Colloquium 2016 – ISFAR Colloquium 2016 program
ISFAR is pleased to partner with the Australian Society for French Studies Conference on Wed 7 – Fri 9 December to be co-hosted by University of Adelaide and University of South Australia. The Call for ISFAR papers is now closed. Some photos of the colloquium are here.
Tue 29 Nov 2016 6PM: End of year 2016 function for ISFAR members
Thu 20 Oct 2016 7PM to 9PM – The Alliance Française, 51 Grey St, St Kilda. The Melbourne Salon presents The French territories in the Pacific at the very heart of the Australian-French strategic partnership Paul Soyez will analyse how the future of the French territories in the Pacific plays a key role in the deepening of the French-Australian strategic dialogue. France’s presence in the South Pacific was once considered by Australia as a potential threat to its security. On the contrary, Australian policy-makers now describe France as their first partner in maintaining the region’s stability, as the recent submarine deal is supposed to testify. Paul will explain the reasons for this shift.
Cover charge $15 (includes wine and cheese). Bookings and pre-payment essential please: Alliance Française
Sat 16 and Sun 17 July 2016: ISFAR proudly supported the two day Bastille Day French Festival with a stall and also offered copies of The French Australian Review journal for sale.
Thu 21 April 2016, 7pm – 9pm: The Melbourne Salon presents La France à l’encan: Versailles, histoire d’un château et de ses collections. Avant, pendant et après la Révolution Française with Guillaume Dillée. This will be held at the Alliance Française, St Kilda, Melbourne. Presented solely in French. Pre-payment and bookings essential direct with The Alliance Française.
Wed 17 March 2016: Annual General Meeting
Thu 19 November 2015, 5:30pm – 7:30pm: ISFAR End of Year Reception. Celebrating 30 years of ISFAR and a special new launch of French Lives in Australia.
Thu 22 Oct 2015 7-9 PM – The Melbourne Salon presents A kiss from France: emotional labour, the Great War and untold stories from the Somme with Professor Bruce Scates at The Alliance Française, St Kilda, Melbourne.
Sat 18 and Sun 19 July 2015: ISFAR proudly supported the two day Bastille Day French Festival with a stall and also offered French Lives in Australia and copies of The French Australian Review journal for sale.
Tue 17 March 2015: Annual General Meeting
Wed 3 – Sat 6 December 2014 – The 22nd annual conference of the Australian Society for French Studies, at RMIT University, Melbourne. Theme: Conflict, Dialogue and Representation
Guest of honour: Former French Prime Minister Lionel Jospin (who will be talking about his new book Le Mal napoléonien, Seuil 2014).
Other keynote speakers: Emeritus Professor Colin Nettelbeck, School of Languages and Linguistics, University of Melbourne. Dr Fanny Pascual, Département de Lettres et Sciences humaines, Université de la Nouvelle Calédonie.
Fri 5 December 2014 – Annual ISFAR Dinner in conjunction with The 22nd annual Australian Society for French Studies conference 2014 Dinner, at University House at the Woodward Conference Centre, Pelham Street, Carlton, Melbourne. This will also be the occasion for the launch of the newly named The French Australian Review (formerly Explorations), journal of the Institute for the Study of French Australian Relations.
In attendance: Guest of Honour: Former French Prime Minister Lionel Jospin; President of ISFAR: Emeritus Professor Colin Nettelbeck, University of Melbourne; ASFS Plenary Speaker: Dr Fanny Pascual, Université de la Nouvelle Calédonie. Details
Wed 16 July 2014, 7-9 PM – The Melbourne Salon presents Somewhere in France at The Alliance Francaise, St Kilda, Melbourne with Diane de Saint Léger and Katie Wood.
Somewhere in France is a teaching and research initiative jointly developed by the French Studies program at the University of Melbourne (Diane de Saint Léger) and the University of Melbourne Archives (Katie Wood) that aims to explore these seldom told Australian experiences of the war. This project is based on the rich and diverse WWI collection held at UMA and provides a snapshot of soldiers’ experiences in France. The presentation will include a segment by John Drury: ‘Dernancourt and Adelaide: Madame Mouchette and the Aftermath of the 1st World War’. Download the Melbourne Salon Flyer (PDF 215Kb).
Tue 18 March 2014 – Annual General Meeting
Tue 18 March 2014 – The journal Explorations is renamed to The French Australian Review
Thu 21 November 2013, 7-9PM – Prof Colin Nettelbeck: The history of jazz in France, accompanying jazz by Colin Nettelbeck and Richard Miller (with refreshments). Location: The Alliance Francaise, St. Kilda.
Wed 18 September 2013, 5:30-7PM – Prof Colin Nettelbeck speaking on Camus and Proust. Location: RMIT City Campus.
September 2013 – Special Issue of Explorations published: Melbourne French Theatre Thirty-Five Years of History
Fri 5 July 2013 – NGV visit to the Winter Masterpiece Monet’s Garden, The Musée Marmottan Monet
Tue 12 March 2013 – Annual General Meeting
Wed 14 November 2012 – An evening of French jazz with musicians Colin Nettelbeck on piano, and Richard Miller on clarinet and saxophone
September 2012 – Explorations journal issue 52 published, available with membership