Call for papers – Society for French Studies Conference 2015

Society for French Studies
56th Annual Conference
University of Cardiff
29 June – 1 July 2015


We are pleased to invite proposals for papers (in English or French; duration: 20 minutes) for panel sessions on the following topics:

C21st French Studies
Roland Barthes (1915-1980)
Ports and Seafaring
Battles (Waterloo 1815, Agincourt 1415)
Language Variation and Change
Translating Cultures
Mining and Industry
Borders and Borderlands
Maths in Literature and Culture

The suggested topics may be interpreted widely and are intended to encompass as broad an historical range as may be applicable. Please provide a short abstract (250-300 words), outlining the argument of the proposed paper. Abstracts should be framed with a view to addressing an audience made up of both specialists and non-specialists and should include the contact details (electronic and regular mail) of the proposer.

The Society encourages proposals for complete panels (of 3 or 4 speakers) on either the suggested topics, or from any area of French studies, and it is hoped that approximately half of the parallel sessions at the conference will emerge from complete-panel proposals. These should include the names, e-mail and postal addresses of all speakers, and those of the proposed session chair, who should not be one of the speakers. As well as a 250-300-word abstract for each speaker, proposals should contain a brief outline of the rationale and motivation of the proposed panel (no more than one printed page). One individual involved should be clearly designated as the proposer with overall responsibility for the proposed session.
Papers and panels are selected on the basis of peer review: you should know by late October 2014 whether it has been possible to include your paper/panel. We especially invite applications from postgraduate students. NB In order to encourage as wide a participation as possible, as of this year we are revoking the rule that no individual may present a paper at two successive annual conferences.

Please send abstracts (by e-mail) by 12 September 2014 to the Conference Officer, Dr David Evans.
E-mail: For further information on the conference, please see

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