What have the French ever done for us?
2018 marks the centenary of the appointment of John Crampton as the first Lecturer in French at the University of Adelaide. To commemorate this milestone, the Department of French Studies has organised a series of free public events on the general theme: “What have the French ever done for us?”
Through these presentations, we hope to demonstrate that the study of French language and culture is just as relevant today as it has been for the past hundred years.
Rare French Books and Australian Cultural Life – French treasures in Australian libraries
Thursday 19 April, 6.00-7.00 pm, State Library of South Australia, Hetzel Lecture Theatre
Véronique Duché Professor of French, University of Melbourne
Literary soirée – Perspectives on the French Literary Tradition and the French Critical Theorists
Thursday 3 May, 6:00pm – 7:00pm, Napier 102 Lecture Theatre, University of Adelaide
Round table with Brian Castro (Author and Professor of Creative Writing, University of Adelaide), Stephen Muecke (Jury Professor of English Language & Literature, University of Adelaide) and Françoise Grauby (Author and Associate Professor of French Studies, University of Sydney)
Art History – French Artistic Movements of the Late 19th and Early 20th Centuries and their Influence on Australian Artists
Saturday 16 June, 2:00pm – 3:00pm, Radford Lecture Theatre, Art Gallery of South Australia
Christopher Allen (Author and Art Critic for The Weekend Australian)
The French Revolution and its Impact – From Universal Citizenship to the Abolition of Slavery : the Scope and Limitations of the French Republican Model
Wednesday 11 July, 6.00-7.00 pm, Napier 102 Lecture Theatre, University of Adelaide
Pierre Serna (Professor of Modern History at the University of Paris 1 (Panthéon-Sorbonne) and Director of the Institute for the History of the French Revolution)
12 – 15 July, time and location to be confirmed
Round Table on Animal Rights at the Adelaide Festival of Ideas, featuring Pierre Serna, (Professor of Modern History at the University of Paris 1 (Panthéon-Sorbonne) and Director of the Institute for the History of the French Revolution), Nick Fletcher (Senior Curator of Military Heraldry and Technology, Australian War Memorial), Amy Milka (Postdoctoral Research Fellow, ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, University of Adelaide) Peter Burdon, Associate Professor of Law, University of Adelaide.
Soirée musicale – Changing Music Forever: Innovations and Impact of French Composers in the Late 19th and Early 20th Centuries
Wednesday 22 August, 6.00-7.30 pm, Elder Hall, University of Adelaide,
“Soirée musicale” featuring Roy Howat and Emily Kilpatrick, of the Royal Academy of Music, London, and Adelaide soprano Rosalind Martin
Thursday 6 September, 6.00-7.00 pm, Napier 102 Lecture Theatre, University of Adelaide
Professor Phil Powrie (Professor of Cinema Studies, University of Sussex)
French-Australian Relations – France and the French in Australia’s growth to nationhood: 1914-1945
Thursday 27 September, 5.30pm for 6.00-7.00pm event, Napier 102 Lecture Theatre, University of Adelaide.
Professor Colin Nettelbeck, Emeritus Professor of French, University of Melbourne
This is a special event to celebrate all alumni students of French at the University of Adelaide. It will be preceded by a cocktail and is open to all. This lecture also serves as the closing keynote address for the second conference of the Institute for the Study of French-Australian Relations (ISFAR), which will be held during the day.
Language Matters – The Intermingling of the French and English Languages
Thursday 18 October, 6.00-7.00 pm, Napier 102 Lecture Theatre, University of Adelaide,
Roly Sussex (Emeritus Professor of Linguistics, University of Queensland)
French Exploration of Australia – Tall Tales and True from the History of French Exploration in Australia
Thursday 15 November, 6.00-7.00 pm, Napier 102 Lecture Theatre, University of Adelaide,
Jean Fornasiero (Professor Emerita of French Studies, University of Adelaide), John West-Sooby (Professor of French Studies, University of Adelaide)
The history of French at the University of Adelaide is almost as old as the university itself. The French Department itself, however, has its origins in the appointment in 1918 of John Crampton as Lecturer in French.