Monday 24 September 2018

On Monday 24 September 2018 the British Library hosted a French Caribbean study day in the Knowledge Centre.

This event accompanied the British Library’s current free Entrance Hall Exhibition, ‘Windrush: Songs in a Strange Land’, and celebrated the rich history, heritage, literature and visual arts of the French Caribbean and its diaspora.

The keynote speaker, H Adlai Murdoch (Tufts University), introduced the multifaceted cultures and histories of the islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique in a comparative perspective.  Panels of leading specialists explored the fascinating history and heritage of the French Caribbean as well as its rich literature. The panellists  also discussed migration and its impact on postwar immigrants and their descendants. There were presentations on the graphic novel Peyi an nou (Editions Steinkis) and on the British Library’s Windrush exhibition.

The study day was organised by Professor Charles Forsdick (University of Liverpool/AHRC) and Teresa Vernon (British Library). in partnership with the AHRC ‘Translating Cultures’ theme, the Eccles Centre for American Studies at the British Library and the Institut français.  Here is the Translating Cultures – French Caribbean Programme.

Some of the speakers have very kindly agreed to let us put up their presentations on our website for the benefit of those who were not able to attend.

H. Adlai Murcoch (Tufts)Introduction to the Francophone Caribbean-BL 2018rev

Antonia Wimbush (Birmingham) La Dissidence – French Caribbean contribution to World War Two

Emily Zobel Marshall (Leeds Beckett) & Jenny Zobel ‘Dans cette Immensité Tumultueuse’ (In this Vast Tumult) Joseph Zobel’s Letters of Migration See also article in Wasafiri (Vol. 28, 2013 Issue 1)

Monday 11 December, 2017

Annual General Meeting and mini Study Day

The Annual General Meeting and mini Study Day of the French Studies Library Group took place at Senate House Library.

After our meetings and lunch we listened to an excellent talk by Dr Matthew Shaw (Librarian, Institute of Historical Research): ‘Exploring the Francophone collections at the Institute of Historical Research’ followed by a tour of the Institute of Historical Research Library

Tuesday, 11th July, 2017

WESLINE conference 2017

Excellent conference featuring a fantastic survey of the Romance collections at Senate House and sessions on research and information skills for Modern Languages.Many thanks to the hosts and the organizers.  We hope that some of the slides from the event will be appearing on the WESLINE website shortly.

Mon-Tues, 4-5th July 2016

COSEELIS- WESLINE conference 2016

This was the first time COSEELIS and WESLINE combined conferences and the result was a very worthwhile and interesting conference.  It was good to meet for WESLINE colleagues to meet their COSEELIS colleagues and vice-versa.
A selection of paper from the conference can be found at

Friday, 22nd January 2016

West African literature and thought in French: translating cultures

This was a seminar organized in partnership with the AHRC ‘Translating Cultures’ theme and The Society for French Studies with the support of the Institut Français and the French Studies Library Group (FSLG).  The event was organized by Charles Forsdick (University of Liverpool/AHRC), Teresa Vernon (British Library/Chair of FSLG) and Ruth Bush (University of Bristol).  The seminar (West African literature and thought in French – Programme and biographies of speakers) was timed to coincide with the exhibition West Africa Word, Symbol, Song (Fri 16 Oct 2015 – Tue 16 Feb 2016).  There was an evening performance with the Malian band Trio Da Kali and Chérif Keita’s recitation of the Epic of Sundiata.  The event was hugely enjoyable with very stimulating and enjoyable presentations given by a line-up of specialist speakers.  Some of the speakers have very kindly agreed to let us put up their presentations on our website for the benefit of those who were not able to attend.

The endangered archives programme our projects in Francophone West Africa by Jody Butterworth (British Library)

Negritude and the rest a (very) brief history of West African Literature in French by Professor David Murphy (University of Stirling)

West African literature and thought in French – Translating cultures – Translation and reception by Dr Georgina Collins (University of Glasgow)




Monday, 30th November 2015

The FSLG Committee Meeting, AGM and study-day hosted by Andrea Ludowisy Meyer was held in the Senate House Library and was a very informative and worthwhile day.  We started off with an inspiring and insightful keynote talk by Prof Adrian Armstrong on research trends in French as revealed by the Research Excellence Framework 2014.  We were then given an eye-opening tour of the revamped Culturethèque by Mélissa Mayer followed by a talk on the French popular author Paul de Kock and an insight into Senate House special collections and finishing with an excellent and very clear exposition of the Mendeley reference manager.  We also held a committee meeting and an AGM (including elections).  For those of you who missed the day here is the programme and we have slides for some of the presentations from the Study part of the day below.

Research trends – perspectives from REF 2014 by Professor Adrian Armstrong (Queen Mary, University of London)

Mendeley Presentation by Dr. James Hadley (Institute of Modern Languages Research)

Through the Keyhole with Paul de Kock by Dr. Dominic Glynn (Institute of Modern Languages Research)

September 7th, 2015

WESLINE 2015 one-day conference, British Library (Bronte Room), Monday 7 September was a great success with papers on digital collections and resources including a presentation on the British Library Google digitisation project, the British Library’s World War One Learning Website, the Europeana 1914-1918 portal and the German Resources in Britain project. In the afternoon there was discussion of the future role of languages librarians in a changing library landscape and an introduction to the British Library’s Newsroom as well as a tour of the British Library’s Animal Tales exhibition.  More information can be found on the  WESLINE  website.

There will be a one-day WESLINE conference this year. The event will be held at the British Library in London on Monday 7 September, and will focus on professional and collections related issues.

July 23rd, 2014

FSLG AGM and Study Day 2014 was a great success thanks to David Lowe and Teresa Vernon and our wonderful speakers.  For those of you who missed the event you may see the presentations below:

Using e-books to meet student needs by Anne Worden

Discovering, selecting and evaluating foreign language e-books by Joanne Edwards

Electronic entente francophone e-books in the humanities and social sciences for anglophone readers by Thomas Parisot


July 7th, 2014 Posted by Nick Hearn

Registration deadline for FSLG AGM and mini-conference on e-books has been extended until July 9th.  Unbelievable offer: great line-up of speakers discussing e-books PLUS free lunch!!!! PLUS Topical exhibition featuring French publications during the Liberation of France  Take a look at the Programme for FSLG AGM and Study Day 2014 (Friday 18th July) and sign up before July 9th….No complicated form – all you have to do is to send an email to the conference organizer specifying diet and you are registered!

July 2nd, 2014 Posted by Nick Hearn

Programme for FSLG AGM and Study Day 2014 (Friday 18th July)now available!  All you ever wanted to know about e-books but were afraid to ask PLUS Cambridge’s fantastic new exhibition about the French Liberation in print IMPORTANT  You need to register by 7th July.  Click on link to find out more…

May 23rd 2014 Posted by Nick Hearn

FSLG AGM and Study Day, Cambridge University Library, Friday 18 July

This is to announce that the date of the FSLG AGM and Study Day hosted by David Lowe at Cambridge University Library will take place on Friday 18 July. The event will have a focus on e-books/e-resources. There will also be a visit to the UL exhibition Literature of the Liberation: The French Experience in Print 1944-1946  featuring the collection donated by Sir Charles Chadwyck-Healey. 

March 17th, 2014 Posted by Nick Hearn
FSLG Spring Committee Meeting will take place on Tuesday, April 1st at University of Cambridge Library 11:00-16:30pm (combined with visit to Moving Word Exhibition )

FSLG AGM and Study Day Monday, December 16th 2013

VENUE: Durning Lawrence Meeting Room, Senate House Library, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

Draft Programme Arrival. Registration. Tea and Coffee

11.45-12.45: The Transnational and the CanonTalk by Professor Bill Marshall (Director, IMLR, School of Advanced Study, University of London)

13:00-14:00 Lunch at Siam Central, 14 Charlotte St.

14:15-15:00: Visit to SOAS Library

15:00- 15.30: FSLG Committee Meeting (or visit to exhibition/tour of Senate House Library for non-Committee members).

15:30-15:45 ; Tea/ Coffee

15:45-16:45 FSLG AGM

16:45-17:15 Discussion of WESLINE Languages Questionnaire


The sixth WESLINE conference took place on Monday, September 2nd and Tuesday, September 3rd 2013

at Balliol College, Oxford.

This was the first WESLINE conference since the one in Manchester organized by Rachel Kirkwood, Helen Dobson and Glynis Platt in 2010.  This year’s organizers were Nick Hearn and Joanne Edwards of the Taylor Institution Library, University of Oxford.

Please go to the WESLINE website for details of the programme and for online slide presentations from the conference which are now available.

FSLG event: Friday April 12th 2013 at the French Institute, South Kensington.

 Translation and Reception: 21st-Century French Fiction in the UK

[Event organised by the Society for French Studies and the French Studies Library Group, with the collaboration of the Institut français]


This event was a great success. It brought together some of the most important agents in the production and reception of contemporary French fiction, in France and (primarily) in the UK:  reviewers and critics, literary agents, editors, translators, academics and librarians, to promote a better understanding of the processes of selection, translation and mediation, and of why this matters. 


Speakers included writer, critic and ex-Le Monde journalist Patrick Kéchichian; the publisher Claire Paulhan; Hélène Fiamma of the Bureau du Livre; Kerry Glencorse of Susanna Lea Associates; translators Peter Bush, Ros Schwartz and Siân Reynolds;  Ophélie Ramonatxo (Head of Libraries – La Médiathèque et Culturethèque) and  Melissa-Laure Mayer (Culturethèque) who  gave a presentation about the French Institute Library or Médiathèque); Geoffrey Mulligan (editor with Harvill); David Platten (researcher and writer on French crime fiction); Marcella Frisani of the CESSP-EHESS in Paris. The ‘case-study’ session focused on the work of crime novelist Fred Vargas.


A full report of the event will appear in the next FSLG Annual Review, and a synopsis of the event is being created for this webpage.

The FSLG AGM and Study Day took place on 15th November at Senate House Library. Links to the presentations:

Preparing for the REF by Adrian Armstrong                                                                            IBSS for French Studies by Sarah Brain                                                                                   MLA for French Studies by Nick Hearn

Constructing ’21st Literature in French’. Publication, translation, collection

Organised jointly by the Society for French Studies and the French Studies Library Group, with the collaboration of the Institut français, Friday 2 December 2011 at the Institut français. Constructing 21st Century Literature programme.

The FSLG AGM and Study Day for 2011 took place at the British Library in London on Monday 5 September 2011. Following the AGM in the morning, the afternoon featured presentations on issues facing Modern Foreign Languages Departments in the UK, and of Culturethèque (free online multimedia library). Professor Philip Ford (Department of French, University of Cambridge) and Ophélie Ramonatxo and Léonore Schick ((Institut français) agreed to speak. There was a tour of the BL’s major exhibition Out of this World: Science Fiction but not as you know it led by the co-curator, Katya Rogatchevskaia.

Download Philip Ford’s powerpoint presentation ‘Current Issues Facing Modern Languages Departments in the UK’.

The FSLG AGM for 2010 and the WESLINE conference in 2010 were held in Manchester on 1-3 September. The conference programme is available on the WESLINE website

The FSLG AGM for 2009 and WESLINE conference for 2009 was held in Durham on 2-5 September 2009. A draft programme and a booking form are available on the WESLINE website.

The FSLG AGM for 2008 and WESLINE 2008 Conference ‘Social Studies of Western Europe: Projects and resources’ was held on 1 and 2 September at the British Library in London. The full conference programme and a selection of conference papers may be viewed on the WESLINE website.

The FSLG AGM for 2007 took place at the British Library in London on Friday 15 June 2007. The AGM was followed by a tour of the British Library Newspaper Collection in Colindale, North London. FSLG AGM 2007 programme.

The WESLINE conference for 2007 – (organised jointly with the Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London) – took place at the IGRS on Wednesday 12 September 2007. The title of this one-day colloquium was: “Exploding the Canon. From Medieval Romance to TV Soap: meeting the challenges in resource provision”