Previous ISFAR Events

(Melbourne online) Bastille Day French Festival Fri 16 – Sat 17 Jul 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) Fri 12 Jul 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) Tue 19 Mar 2019 – Annual General Meeting

(Melbourne) Tue 27 Nov 2017 6.30 PM – End of year 2018 function for ISFAR members

(Adelaide) Thursday 27th Sep 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.

(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) Wed 22 Mar 2017: Annual General Meeting

(Adelaide) Tue 6 Dec 2016 9AM to 4PM ISFAR Colloquium 2016ISFAR 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

Sat 16 and Sun 17 Jul 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.

Wed 17 Mar 2016: Annual General Meeting

Thu 19 Nov 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.

Sat 18 and Sun 19 Jul 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 Mar 2015: Annual General Meeting

Wed 3 – Sat 6 Dec 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 Dec 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

Tue 18 Mar 2014 – Annual General Meeting

Tue 18 Mar 2014 – The journal Explorations is renamed to The French Australian Review

Thu 21 Nov 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 Sep 2013, 5:30-7PM – Prof Colin Nettelbeck speaking on Camus and Proust. Location: RMIT City Campus.

Fri 5 Jul 2013 – NGV visit to the Winter Masterpiece Monet’s Garden, The Musée Marmottan Monet

Tue 12 Mar 2013 – Annual General Meeting

Wed 14 Nov 2012 – An evening of French jazz with musicians Colin Nettelbeck on piano, and Richard Miller on clarinet and saxophone