We are keen for members from all French Departments or Sections in the UK and Ireland to join the AUPHF+ and participate in its language advocacy and consultation processes. Membership of AUPHF+ is open to any members of French Departments or Sections, including postgraduate students. We have served our subject community for over 60 years and hope to do so even more effectively in the future with the support of a wider, more diverse membership.

Rates are £30 for standard membership and £10 for reduced membership (open to part-time staff and retired members). Membership is free for post-graduate students.

Queries regarding payment should be sent to the Hon. Treasurer, Professor Margaret Topping at Other queries regarding membership should be sent to the Membership Secretary: Dr Fransiska Louwagie, University of Leicester, at

To join on a standard or reduced membership tariff, please download the membership payment preforma and send it to the Membership Secretary, Dr Fransiska Louwagie at

To join as a post-graduate student, please complete the form for free membership and email it to the Membership Secretary, Dr Fransiska Louwagie at

Your subscription automatically gives you (1) reduced rates for AUPHF+ workshops and professional training events; (2) voting rights at the AUPHF+ AGM; (3) eligibility to request items to be placed on committee meeting agendas.

About Us

What makes AUPHF+ distinctive within French Studies is not only its breadth, embracing the whole range of the discipline in UK and Irish HEIs today, but its mission to promote and support the visibility of French and Francophone Studies. It provides opportunities for us to share experiences and perspectives, and to lobby collectively in the interest of French and francophone studies in partnership with other subject-specific organisations, in ways that support institutional and broader HEI strategy and advocacy for modern languages.

Executive Committee


Prof. Martin Hurcombe

Professor of French Studies
University of Bristol

Prof. Marion Schmid

University of Edinburgh

Honorary Secretary
Prof. Marion Demossier

Professor of French & European Studies/Head of Department.
Modern Languages & Linguistics, University of Southampton.

Honorary Treasurer
Prof. Margaret Topping

Professor of French Literary & Visual Cultures / Dean of the Graduate School.
Queen’s University, Belfast.

Membership Secretary
Dr Fransiska Louwagie

Associate Professor in French Studies.
Director of Enterprise and Knowledge Exchange, School of Arts, University of Leicester

Dr Akane Kawakami

Reader in Modern French Literature/ Head of Department of Cultures and Languages
Birkbeck, University of London

Ordinary Member

Dr Chris Reynolds

Professor of Contemporary European History and Memory Studies
School of Arts & Humanities, Nottingham Trent University.
Ordinary Member

Prof. Adam Watt

Professor of French and Comparative Literature/ Head of Modern Languages 
University of Exeter
Ordinary Member

Prof. Julia Dobson

Professor in French Film and Performance
School of Languages and Cultures
University of Sheffield
Ordinary Member

Prof. Emma Cayley

Associate Professor of Medieval French
Univeristy of Exeter
Ordinary Member

Dr Rebecca Dixon 

Senior Lecturer in French Studies, 
University of Liverpool
Ordinary Member


Former Chairs and Presidents of AUPHF+

1946-194?: Prof. F. C. Green
194?-1949: Prof. Vinaver
1949: Prof. Ewert[…]
1974: Prof. Alan Steele[…]
1977: Prof. F. W. Leakey
1978: Prof. J. C. Ireson
1979: Prof .R. J. North
1980: Prof. Francis Higman
1981: Prof. Margaret McGowan
1982: Prof. Haydn Mason
1983: Prof. Malcolm Bowie
1984: Prof. Keith McWatters
1985-88: Prof. David Williams
1988-91: Prof. Michael Kelly


1991-93: Prof. Jennifer Birkett
1994-97: Prof. Jill Forbes
1997-98: Prof. David Walker
1998-2002: Prof. Naomi Segal
2002-04: Prof. Tim Unwin
2004-07: Prof. John Gaffney
2007-10: Prof. Lucille Cairns
2010-13: Prof. Mary Bryden
2013-2017: Prof. Adrian Armstrong
2017-2018: Prof. Claire Gorrara
2018-2021: Prof. Marion Schmid
2021 - Prof. Martin Hurcombe
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