Since its foundation in 1979 members of the Association for the Study of Modern and Contemporary France have seen expansion, retraction and reorganisation of the teaching of French in higher education. Throughout the past thirty years it has provided a forum for those involved in teaching and researching modern France and the Francophone world.
Many of the founding members (among them Douglas Johnson, Brian Darling, Peter Morris, Eric Cahm, David Hanley, Siân Reynolds, David Bell, Brian Jenkins and Tony Chafer) were from a historical and political background and sought to combine forces with UK colleagues working across disciplines and sometimes departments on new combinations of French Studies such as history, politics, geography and cinema, alongside innovative methods of teaching the language. Many staff in departments of History and Social Sciences as well as newly created languages departments in the Polytechnic sector joined the association and contributed to its vibrancy.
An annual three-day conference has been held every year at a university venue since 1979. The current membership reflects that historical diversity of academic disciplines and departments in higher and further education in the UK but also the increasing numbers of international subscriptions: our journal is currently selling very well to overseas HE library subscriptions.
Our association has three main areas of activity: the annual conference, publication of the journal and increasingly supporting local and regional research initiatives. Further information on past, current and future activities are available on our web site, where you can also find out how to become a member.