The French Australian Conversations (FAC) [fr]

The Embassy of France in Australia, in partnership with The Conversation website, has launched a new series of conference debates called The French Australian Conversations (FAC).

The aim of this series, which has been launched on the occasion of the visit to Australia by Jean-Marc Ayrault in March 2017, is to initiate a dialogue between French and Australian academics on the major relevant topics of today.


The Conversation is a website which spreads the word from universities on the major current themes, linking “academic rigour” to “journalistic flair”. It was launched in Australia in 2011 and later France in 2015.

The French Australian Conversations brings contributors from The Conversation France and Australia together, from universities and research organisations in both countries, to share their expertise with the general public.

The FAC is also aimed towards facilitating the development of collaborations between academics from both countries.

First FAC: climate change and sustainable development

- The first conference was dedicated to climate change and sustainable development, and was held at UNSW on the 1st of March 2017.

- For more information: French and Australian experts on solving the world’s sustainability challenge

Second FAC: French political and media landscapes

Organised in partnership with the Alliances françaises of Adelaide, Brisbane and Melbourne, the University of Melbourne and the University of South Australia, the second French Australian Conversations addressed the effects of the recent elections and the resulting evolution of the French political and media landscapes.

They also provide the occasion to compare French and Australian opinions on the impact of social networks in the political-media sphere.

The video and a podcast of the Adelaide FAC are available below:


Click here for the podcast

Third FAC: Same sex marriage and gender equality with Maxime Forest

JPEG Maxime Forest, PhD, is a senior associate researcher and lecturer at Sciences Po Paris (CEVIPOF). His research interests include the politics of gender equality, anti-discrimination and intersectionality in a comparative perspective. He has authored and co-edited books, chapters and articles and international peer-reviewed journals and publishers. His latest book, co-edited with Bronwyn Winter and Réjane Sénac, was released in December, 2017 in Palgrave’s new Queer Politics series. Global Perspective on Same-Sex Marriage. A neo-institutional approach (Palgrave US, 2017), brings a comparative stance on the institutionalisation of same-sex marriage across the globe. Among his most recent publications, The Politics of Feminist Knowledge Transfer, Gender Training and Gender Expertise, co-edited with Maria Bustelo and Lucy Ferguson (Palgrave, 2016), and The Europeanization of Gender Equality Policies: A Discursive-sociological approach, co-edited with Emanuela Lombardo (Palgrave, 2012). Maxime Forest was appointed an executive member of the French High Council for Gender Equality in 2013 and again in 2016, and is regularly consulted by French and EU institutions on issues relevant to gender equality and anti-discrimination policies.

You can find the podcast here

Fourth FAC: Who’s To Blame For Fake News?

JPEG It is all too easy to blame trolls or malicious foreign powers for the emergence of fake news. In fact, most of us have played a part in creating a news ecosystem that corrodes trust: politicians who dissemble, communicators who sell doubt, gullible audiences, flawed journalists, researchers who deconstruct reality, social media platforms that profit from fake news. In the course of this panel discussion we place those responsible for fake news in the dock and ask what can be done to rebuild trust.

Presented by The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre, Alliance Française d’Adelaïde, The Embassy of France in Australia and The Conversation, as part of the French Australian Conversations series.

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Click HERE to watch this Conversation in Adelaide

For more information about the FAC, please contact

Dernière modification : 23/07/2018

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