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.

The domino effect: climate change and pandemics #FAC6

Webinar organised in partnership with The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre, The Conversation Online Series and The Embassy of France in Australia , as part of the French Australian Conversations (FAC) series.


The COVID-19 crisis and the climate and biodiversity crises are deeply connected. All animals harbour viruses and other pathogens, and when environmental pressures force them into contact with humans, the results can be catastrophic. Environmental damage can also make humans more susceptible to the effects of infectious diseases.
Governments have demonstrated they can take immediate, radical emergency measures, which go beyond purely economic concerns, to protect the well-being of all. And yet, despite being declared a global emergency, the world has largely failed to address climate change and the environmental effects of our pursuit for economic growth.
For this edition, a panel of experts in the fields of infectious diseases and environmental health has been brought together. Dr Jean-François Guégan (Director of Research at the Institute of Research for Development, France), Fiona Armstrong (Executive Director and Founder of Climate and Health Alliance) and Dr Natasha Chassagne (Adjunct Research Fellow, Centre for Social Impact, Swinburne University) have discussed why, for humans to survive, it’s critical to connect human health, civilisation and the natural systems on which we depend. Facilitated by Misha Ketchell, Editor at The Conversation.

Click HERE to watch the replay on Youtube

Global and Australian Reflections on Refugee Protection and Integration #FAC5

Conference organised in partnership with the Alliance Française of Adelaide and the Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Center of the University of Southern Australia (UniSA).

Catherine Wihtol de Wenden is a specialist in international migration, which she has worked on extensively over the past twenty years, conducted numerous field studies, and directed different comparative research. She has been a consultant to the OECD, the Council of Europe, the European Commission and an "external expert" to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. She is also a member of the National Commission of Ethics for Security.

Click HERE to watch the Conversation in Adelaide
Click HERE to listen to the Conversation in Melbourne

Who’s To Blame For Fake News? #FAC4

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.

Click HERE to watch this Conversation in Adelaide

Same sex marriage and gender equality with Maxime Forest #FAC3

A conversation with Maxime FOREST, Bronwyn WINTER AND Carol JOHNSON: in the context of the recent legalisation of same-sex marriage in Australia, after a long and difficult national debate, Maxime Forest from Sciences Po Paris comes together with lead editor Bronwyn Winter (University of Sydney) to discuss their new anthology on the institutionalisation of same-sex marriage around the world.
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

French political and media landscapes #FAC2

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

Climate change and sustainable development #FAC1

- 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

For more information about the FAC, please contact

Dernière modification : 20/07/2020

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