We are 100 years old!

In 2010, the Institut français du Royaume-Uni (The French Institute in the UK) is celebrating its centenary with a series of special events.

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Monday 15th of August 2022

Meeting of minds

A series of encounters, ‘les dialogues du centenaire’, bring together well known British and French authors and film directors to discuss a wide range of challenging topics.

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Ciné lumière will screen a special series of films to mark the Institute's 100th birthday. Read more

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Programme Cooperation


French Studies in the UK : Today and Tomorrow
Fri 12 Feb 
British Academy - LONDON
Academic Cooperation



Papers and debates will be in either English or French; articles included in the published work will be in English, accompanied by a 5 page summary in French.

8.30-9.00 : Arrival and welcoming of participants.

9.00-9.15 : Opening of Conference by HE M. Maurice GOURDAULT-MONTAGNE, French Ambassador in the United Kingdom.
Presentation of the day by Prof. Michael WORTON, Vice- Provost UCL et Prof. Philippe LANE, Attaché for Higher Education, French Embassy in the UK.
Introductory speech by M. Jean-Paul REBAUD, Sous-Directeur du Français, Ministère des Affaires Etrangères et Européennes.

9.15-9.45 : A historical perspective: British universities and French studies, Prof. Diana HOLMES, University of Leeds.

9.45-11.00 : Round Table ronde n°1: Prof. Adrian ARMSTRONG (University of Manchester), Prof. Charles FORSDICK (University of Liverpool), Prof. Michael KELLY (University of Southampton) : Comparison with other European countries, research in French studies, public engagement.

11.00-11.15 :  Break.

11.15-12.15 : Round Table n°2: Prof. Michèle COHEN (International American University in London), Prof. Simon GAUNT (Kings College London), Prof. Hillary FOOTIT (University of Reading), Dr Helen SWIFT (St Hilda’s College, University of Oxford), Dr Amy WYGANT (University of Glasgow) : Cultural studies, medieval and modern studies, historical developments and contemporary studies.

12.15-13.15 : Round Table n°3: Dr Kate BEECHING (University of Bristol, UWE), Prof. Florence MYLES (University of Newcastle), Prof. Alain VIALA, University of Oxford: Research on French language, documentation and linguistics.

13.15-14.00 : Lunch break.

14.00-15.00 : Round Table n°4: Dr Julia DOBSON (University of Sheffield), Dr Emmanuel GODIN (University of Portsmouth), Prof. David LOOSELEY (University of Leeds), Prof. Phil POWRIE (University of Sheffield), Prof. Keith READER (University of Glasgow) : Studies on theatre, cinema and popular culture; post-colonial studies and memory studies.

15.00-16.00 : Round Table n°6: Prof. Nicola COOPER (University of Swansea), Prof. Maire CROSS (University of Newcastle), Prof. Debra KELLY (University of Westminster), Dr Gill RYE (IGRS, University of London): Women’s writing, studies on gender, war and culture.

16.00-17.00 : Round Table n°7: Dominique BOREL (Kings College London), Prof. Jim COLEMAN (Open University), Hervé DIDIOT-COOK (London School of Economics), Dr Christine HOFFMANN (University College of London), Elodie VIALLETON (Open University) : Teaching, language and technologies.

17.00-17.45 : Conclusions and perspectives : Prof. Eddie HUGHES (Queen Mary University), Prof. Philippe LANE (French Embassy in the UK), M. Jean-Paul REBAUD (MAEE), John SELBY (HEFCE), Prof. Michael WORTON (UCL).

17.45-18.30 : Refreshments.


British Academy

History, Building Bridges

A look at the history of relations between France and the UK. Read more

Musique en Fanfare

Programme of concerts and live events culminating with the Exhibition Road Music Day in June.

Le Français à l'honneur

We will celebrate the French language with our Francophone and educational partners. Read more

Arts Calling

In the fields of visual & performing arts, the centenary will extend far beyond the Institut.