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Our Mission

At the AUPHF, our mission is to defend the specificity of French within the general advocacy for languages. We represent and nurture all areas of French studies, including French language, French and francophone literature, film, culture, history, politics and linguistics. By serving the interests of our subject constituency, monitoring its changing needs and encouraging the exchange of ideas, we strive to protect vulnerable areas within our discipline

We also work with other groups to realise our goals. We liaise with Funding Councils, the British Academy, the AHRC and other research support bodies, and the British and French governments; key to our role is bringing together associations representing particular areas of our field and those responsible for the direction and organization of the subject.




Our Membership and Activities

We have served our subject community for over 60 years and hope to do so even more effectively in the future with the support and membership of all of its leaders. For more information about the membership and how to join the AUPHF, please visit our Membership page.

Mary Bryden Obituary

All AUPHF members will have been deeply saddened to learn of the death of Mary Bryden, the Association's President in 2010-13. Many colleagues have benefited from her intellectual and practical generosity, her support of the Association, and her commitment to the discipline of French Studies far beyond her own specialisms (themselves extensive). An eloquent obituary, by her former colleague Jim Knowlson, can be found here; we shall remember Mary at our next Annual Event.