2023 Symposium of the Institute for the Study of French-Australian Relations

New Perspectives in French-Australian Studies

You are warmly invited to attend the 2023 biennial ISFAR Symposium, to be held online on Thursday 13 (5pm-8.15pm AEST) and Friday 14 April (1pm-7pm AEST). Attendance is free to all sessions.

Keynote sessions include:

Professor Matthew Graves (Aix-Marseille University) on Le Géographe Revisited: Unofficial Diplomacy in Post-Federation French-Australian Relations. 13 April, 5.15pm (AEST).

The role of learned societies, la Société de Géographie in particular, in fostering “soft diplomacy” will be illustrated through the Fleurieu missions undertaken in the wake of Federation and the Entente Cordiale “on matters of geographical interest to Australia”.

 Nic Maclellan on Silenced Voices in the Indo-Pacific. 14 April, 5.45pm.

Even as politicians in Paris and Canberra strengthen the Indo-Pacific strategic partnership, Indigenous voices are often missing in the debate on France-Australia relations in Oceania. In this presentation, journalist and researcher Nic Maclellan will reflect on Pacific perspectives in the age of AUKUS.


The Symposium includes sessions on a wide range of French-Australian topics: the representation of Indigenous Australians in French children’s books; sport; socio-cultural political misunderstandings; families and individuals who acted as “cultural brokers” between the two nations; the influence of French cuisine and much more.

Link to full programme: https://www.isfar.org.au/isfar-colloquium/

For more information: alexis.bergantz@rmit.edu.au; elizabeth.rechniewski@sydney.edu.au

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