Bastille Day French Festival Fri 16 – Sat 17 July 2021
As part of the 2021 Bastille Day French Festival Melbourne, ISFAR held a fun French-Australian relations online trivia quiz. There were 12 questions of varying levels of difficulty.
Several prizes were on offer, including vouchers from our sponsors France at Home and Cacao, and a copy of the newly released French Connection: Australia’s Cosmopolitan Ambitions.
The online quiz has now closed. Thank you to everyone for your entries. The winners have been contacted separately.
(Melbourne online) Thu 8-Fri 9 Apr 2021: Australia and France in a Regional and Global Context: Past Engagements and Future Research Directions
35th Anniversary Symposium of the Institute for the Study of French Australian Relations (ISFAR), online
As two neighbouring middle-powers in the Pacific, France and Australia share a fruitful and complex relationship, rooted in a long history of engagement at local, regional and global levels. The 35th anniversary of ISFAR provides an opportunity to reflect on the evolution of the study of that relationship over the last few decades. In a rapidly changing world, it is also an opportunity to discuss its future and, notably, the shift of focus to the study of French-Australian relations in the Indo-Pacific region.
The call for papers has now closed.
The ISFAR@35 Symposium Abstracts and Programme are available.
(Melbourne online) Wed 17 Mar 2021, 5:30PM – ISFAR AGM, via online video.
(Melbourne Online) 7pm-8pm Thu 5 Nov 2020 Unravelling the cancer puzzle from an ecological and evolutionary perspective – an Australian and French International Associated Laboratory
Professor Frédéric Thomas (CNRS), France; and Associate Professor Beata Ujvari, Deakin University
Cancer is not only a major cause of mortality worldwide that touches nearly every family, but also a disease which affects all other multicellular organisms. Oncology as a scientific field has, until now, developed in relative isolation from ecological and evolutionary sciences. To overcome these caveats, the presenters established the “Cancer in Ecology and Evolution International Associated Laboratory (LIA)” in order to understand the ecological and evolutionary consequences of cancer in ecosystems. This talk will focus on how applying evolutionary principles to cancer revolutionises treatment strategies and approaches. The talk will explain how – in contrast to classical treatment strategies that aim to eliminate all cancer cells (a near impossible task) – adaptive therapy aims to control the enemy.
(Melbourne Online) 6-7pm Mon 14 Sep 2020 What’s France got to do with it? Contemporary memoirs of Australians in France. While only one book-length memoir recounting the sojourn of an Australian in France was published in the 1990s, well over 40 have been published since 2000, overwhelmingly written by women. Although we might expect a focus on travel, intercultural adjustment and communication in these texts, this is the case only in a minority of accounts. More frequently, France serves as a backdrop to a project of self-renovation in which transplantation to another country is incidental, hence the question ‘What’s France got to do with it?’. Join us for the online book launch and an audience with the author Dr Juliana De Nooy, in conversation with Dr Barbara Hanna
Tue 7 Apr 2020, 5:30PM – ISFAR AGM, via remote phone and video. (Members who wish to attend, please contact us for details.)
(Sydney) Tue 22 Oct 2019 6:30-7:30 PM For our Sydney-based members, or anyone who happens to be in town at the right time, ISFAR organised an event at the Alliance Française de Sydney in October with Emeritus Professor Margaret Sankey who was talking about AUSTRALIAN ABORIGINES AND THE ARTWORK OF THE BAUDIN EXPEDITION.
(Melbourne) Mon 4 Nov 2019 7-9 PM An intercultural dialogue: When linguistics are involved in the current French – Australian submarine project. Emmanuelle Crane is a geopolitical analyst, commentator and specialist on intercultural issues in the defense industry. She consults and advises on international relations, justice and exploring peaceful solutions to conflict. This talk will question the role of language in enhancing dialogue and focus on eliminating misunderstandings that can occur in our sensitive defence industry. English is often the accepted working language in our global working environment, but how can the French adapt when the project is due to last for perhaps another 50 years? Cover charge (includes refreshments) $25.
(Melbourne) Thu 8 Aug 2019 7 PM – 9 PM: The Melbourne Salon presents author and journalist Robert Macklin in conversation with Elaine Lewis to talk about his new book Castaway, the astonishing story of Narcisse Pelletier, a French cabin boy abandoned on the Far North Queensland coast and saved by the local Uutaalnganu (Night Island people) with whom he lived for almost two decades. Signed copies of the book will be available for purchase on the night at $20 (a discount of 40% on the original price of $32.99) – cash only please.
We continued our interstate events in 2019, in addition to the regular local ISFAR events and Melbourne Salons. ISFAR had a major presence at these important conferences:
• (Canberra) The UNSW-ADFA Conference: Beyond Villers-Bretonneux – France-Australia 1919-2019, 26-27th April.
• (Toowoomba) Mon 8 – Fri 12 July>: Australian Historical Association 2019 Conference: Local Communities, Global Networks.
(Melbourne) Fri 12 July 2019 4 PM – 10 PM and Sat 13 July 10 AM – 10 PM: ISFAR proudly continues to support the two day Bastille Day French Festival with a stall and copies of The French Australian Review journal for sale.
(Sydney) Thu 30 May 2019: ISFAR event in collaboration with the Alliance Française de Sydney at 257 Clarence Street. Dr Angela Giovanangeli (University of Technology Sydney) on Lucien Henry, Paris Communard and Australian artist, described by art historians as the most productive and influential artist working in Sydney from 1879 to 1891. Bookings essential (ISFAR members should click on the AF members button to obtain the reduced entry fee of $5, includes a glass of wine)
(Melbourne) Monday 29 April 2019 at 2.30 pm: “The Lives behind the Names – The Australian presence in the French underground caves of Naours (Somme)“, Speaker: Gilles Prilaux, Venue: Shrine of Remembrance.
(Melbourne) Thursday 2 May 2019 at 7 pm – 9 pm: The Melbourne Salon presents “French Cinema: The New Wave and its Legacy“, Venue: The Alliance de Française, St Kilda, Speaker Dr Andrew McGregor. Cover charge (includes cheese and wine) $20; Bookings and pre-payment essential please.
(Melbourne) Tue 19 March 2019 – Annual General Meeting
(Melbourne) Tue 27 Nov 2017 6.30 PM – End of year 2018 function for ISFAR members
(Melbourne) Thursday 8th November 5:30-7:30 PM The Melbourne Salon presents: The Referendum in New Caledonia: what is at stake?. On 4th November 2018 New Caledonia will hold a referendum on the future of this French overseas territory to decide whether it will remain with France or become independent. Two experts will explore the background to this crucial vote: the evolving role of France in the Pacific; the issues surrounding the lead up to the vote, such as the constitution of the electorate; and what the outcome of the vote means for New Caledonia, France and Australia.
Robert Aldrich is Professor of European History at the University of Sydney. He has published very extensively on the French presence in the South Pacific since 1842 and on the history of France’s overseas expansion. He holds the Ordre des Palmes Académiques and is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia.
Denise Fisher is a former senior Australian diplomat, having served as Australia’s High Commissioner in Zimbabwe and Consul-General in Noumea, and as political and economic analyst in Australian missions in Burma, Kenya, India, Malaysia and the United States. Author of France in the South Pacific: power and politics (2013), she is currently Visiting Fellow at the ANU Centre for European Studies, and a Chevalier in the French National Order of Merit.
(Adelaide) Thursday 27th September for an all day ISFAR colloquium (in collaboration with the University of Adelaide). The Call for Papers is Closed. Please see the Programme here 2nd ISFAR Conference Programme.
Location: University of Adelaide, North Terrace, Ligertwood Building, Lecture Theatre 231, (Campus map)
The ISFAR colloquium is free.
(Melbourne) Thu 10 May 7PM – 8 PM – The Alliance Française, 51 Grey St, St Kilda. The Melbourne Salon presents Were it but for a lemon. The influence of scurvy on French exploration, conquest and colonisation in the 19th century was dramatic. While the two nations, France and England, rivalled each other in scientific discoveries and competed for new territories, the state of health of the crews of their sailing ships could not have been more different. When the le Géographe, captained by Nicolas Baudin, and the Investigator, captained by Mathew Flinders, met by chance while exploring and mapping the south coast of Les Terres australes (South Australia), the crew of the British ship was hale and hearty but that of the French was pitiful – exhausted by scurvy. Why so different? Dr James (Jim) Tibballs is an intensive care physician who has recently completed doctoral studies in French. He is a long-time Francophile – working in a Paris hospital in the 80s, now living three months each year in rural southern France and continuing his interest in French at the Alliance Française de Melbourne and at the University of Melbourne.
Cover charge $15 (includes wine and cheese).
Bookings and pre-payment essential please using: Alliance Française de Melbourne
(Sydney) Thu 17 May 6PM to 8PM – 13th floor, 257 Clarence St, Sydney. ISFAR French Australian Dialogues presents a second seminar on New Caledonia (in collaboration with the Alliance Française de Sydney): The Referendum in New Caledonia: what is at stake? By November 2018 New Caledonia will hold a referendum on the future of this French overseas territory to decide whether it will remain with France or become independent. Two experts will explore the background to this crucial vote: the evolving role of France in the Pacific; the issues surrounding the vote, such as the constitution of the electorate; and the choices to be put.
Bookings essential please using: Alliance Française de Sydney (followed by wine and cheese).
(Melbourne) Thu 16 Nov 2017 6.30PM – End of year 2017 function for ISFAR members
(Sydney) Thu 2 Nov 2017 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM – 13th floor, 257 Clarence St, Sydney. ISFAR French Australian Dialogues presents Fraught or Friendly Relations: New Perspectives on Australia and New Caledonia. In the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries New Caledonia loomed large in Australian preoccupations. There was a web of interdependent commercial and personal ties which underpinned a complex relationship…
Bookings essential please using: Alliance Française de Sydney (includes wine and cheese).
(Melbourne) Mon 25 Sep 2017 7PM to 9PM – The Alliance Française, 51 Grey St, St Kilda. The Melbourne Salon presents Les masculinités de la Révolution: L’hercule jacobin, le muscadin, la femme virile. Présentation en français par Jean-Marie Roulin, Professeur à l’Université de Lyon, suivie d’une discussion menée par Prof. Véronique Duché, de l’Université de Melbourne.
Les profondes mutations politiques et sociales de la Révolution ont été accompagnées par une redistribution des rôles de la femme et de l’homme et une redéfinition des genres (au sens de « gender »). Cet exposé se concentrera sur les nouvelles représentations de la masculinité qui émergent dans des textes littéraires ou politiques, dans la peinture ou la caricature à partir de 1789.
Presentation in French only
Cover charge $20 (includes wine and cheese).
Bookings and pre-payment essential please using: Alliance Française de Melbourne
(Melbourne) 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
(Melbourne) 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
(Melbourne) Wed 22 March 2017: Annual General Meeting
(Adelaide) 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