Francophone Research Cluster

The Australian National University’s Francophone Research Cluster (FRC) is an interdisciplinary initiative that seeks to promote innovative research into all aspects of culture and society in France and the Francophone world.


Latest News

July 2023 

FRC member Gemma King has commenced a Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) project, ‘Sign on Screen: Language, Culture and Power in Sign Language Cinemas’ (2023-2026).

July 2022

FRC member Guillaume Molle has co-edited a new volume with Eric Conte and Serge Tcherkezoff for Maison des Sciences de l'Homme du Pacifique: À la Croisée des Vagues. Océaniens et Occidentaux : anthropologie historique de la violence (XVIe-XIXe siècles).

Encounters between Indigenous peoples of Oceania and outsiders from the Western world, beginning with the Spanish explorations in the 16th century until the period of colonisation in the 19th century, were marked by various forms of violence, either visible, brutal and immediate or long-lasting and all the more insidious. They all had irreversible consequences on Pacific Island societies.

The present volume, which includes some contributions first presented at the Conference of the Pacific Islands Universities Research Network (PIURN) in Tahiti in 2018, examines these different forms of violence as well as the effects that they produced, through a number of case studies, some of which are iconic, others little known. From Tahiti to Samoa, from Rapa Nui to the Isle of Pines via the Marquesas, these encounters are seen through the lens of la longue durée, the cornerstone of a historical anthropology that has proved to be so productive in Pacific Studies. The work brings together nine archaeologists, anthropologists and historians who analyse processes at the intersection of structures and events: bartering, the firing of muskets, the introduction of infectious diseases, judicially sanctioned control mechanisms and colonial imperialism. These ten chapters shed new light on the complex dynamics at work in these confrontations that brought Islanders and outsiders into a shared new history.

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Francophone Research Cluster members work together on French and Francophone-related research across the disciplines of History, Archaeology, Literature, Linguistics, Screen Studies, Digital Humanities, Law, Environmental Studies, Philosophy and Art History.

Derek Allan, independant researcher

Christopher Ballard, Associate Professor and Senior Fellow, School of Culture, History & Language, ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

Leslie Barnes, Associate Professor of French Studies, School of Literature, Languages & Linguistics

Pierrick Chalaye, Research Fellow, College of Engineering and Computer Science

Christina Clarke, Lecturer in Early Modern Art, Design and Material Culture, Centre for Art History and Art Theory, School of Art and Design

Ashok Collins, Senior Lecturer in French Studies, School of Literature, Languages & Linguistics

Tania Colwell, Visiting School Fellow, School of History

Alexander Cook, Lecturer in British History, School of History

Katherine Daniell, Professor, Fenner School of Environment and Society

Annabelle Doherty, Honorary Lecturer in French and Film Studies, School of Literature, Languages & Linguistics

Raelene Frances, Emeritus Professor of History, ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

Solène Inceoglu, Senior Lecturer in French Studies, School of Literature, Languages & Linguistics

Belle Joseph, Visiting Fellow, School of Literature, Languages & Linguistics

Gemma King, Senior Lecturer in French Studies, School of Literature, Languages & Linguistics

Mathieu Leclerc, Lecturer in Pacific Archaeology, ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences and ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

Desmond Manderson, Professor and Director, Centre for Law Arts and Humanities, ANU College of Law

Ben Mercer, Senior Lecturer in European History, School of History

Guillaume Molle, Senior Lecturer in Pacific Archaeology and Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow

Nicholas Moynihan, PhD Candidate, School of Music

Paul Pickering, Emeritus Professor, Director, Australian Studies Institute

Robert Wellington, Associate Professor, Centre for Art History & Art Theory, School of Art and Design



Dr Ashok Collins
French Research Cluster Convenor


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