Jean Fornasiero

Emerita Professor Jean Fornasiero

Emerita Professor

School of Humanities

Faculty of Arts

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.


Jean Fornasiero first joined the staff in French Studies at the University of Adelaide as a tutor after completing her doctorate on philosopher Pierre-Simon Ballanche at the University of Grenoble in 1976. She subsequently obtained a lectureship at the University of New England in 1983, where she taught both on-campus and distance education students until 1991. She then returned to the University of Adelaide to take up a lectureship In French Studies. Successively Head of French Studies, Head of the Centre for European Studies and Head of the School of Humanities, she became Professor of French Studies in 2010. Her research interests lie principally in nineteenth-century French history, with a particular focus on the Napoleonic and Romantic periods. She has also written extensively on the historical connections between France and Australia, and on the history of French scientific voyaging in the Pacific. She was a member of “The Baudin Legacy” project team, which was funded by the Australian Research Council (2005-2009), and is the co-author, with John West-Sooby and Peter Monteath, of "Encountering Terra Australis. The Australian Voyages of Nicolas Baudin and Matthew Flinders" (2004, republished in 2010). This book was awarded the Frank Broeze Memorial Maritime History Book Prize in 2005. In 2014, she published, with John West-Sooby, "French Designs on Colonial New South Wales " (Friends of the State Library of South Australia), which was a warded a Bronze Medal in the American Independent Publishers Book Awards in 2015. She is currently a chief investigator in an ARC funded project, “Revolutionary Voyaging”, which examines the connections between the state-sponsored scientific voyages of the French revolutionary period and the political and scientific milieu of the time in France. She also maintains a research interest in the history of intellectual commitment in nineteenth and twentieth century fiction and in developments in Australian languages policy and language teaching. She was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities in 2012.

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2016 Professor Emerita University of Adelaide
    2011 - 2015 Professor University of Adelaide
    2005 - 2010 Associate Professor University of Adelaide
    1994 - 2004 Senior Lecturer University of Adelaide
    1991 - 1993 Lecturer University of Adelaide
    1991 - 1991 Senior Lecturer University of New England
    1983 - 1990 Lecturer University of New England
    1976 - 1980 Tutor University of Adelaide
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2015 Distinction Officier dans l'ordre des Palmes académiques French government France
    2003 Distinction Chevalier dans l'ordre des Palmes académiques French Government France
  • Language Competencies

    Language Competency
    French Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    1973 - 1976 University of Grenoble France Doctorat de 3e cycle
    1972 - 1973 Stendhal University France DEA, Lettres modernes
    1971 - 1972 Stendhal University France Maîtrise ès Lettres modernes
    1969 - 1969 University of Adelaide Australia BA Hons
  • Research Interests

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  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2012 - 2015 Co-Supervisor THE PERILS OF TRANSLATION: The Representation of Australian Cultural Identity in the French Translations of Crime Fiction Novels by Richard Flanagan and Philip McLaren Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Sarah Reed
    2011 - 2016 Principal Supervisor Charles Fourier et l'Ecole Societaire Face a la Question Religieuse Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Loic Sylvain Foulon
    2006 - 2010 Principal Supervisor Constructing the "Perfect" Voyage: Nicolas Baudin at Port Jackson, 1802 Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Nicole Starbuck
    1999 - 2006 Co-Supervisor Gautier Critique : Liberte, Fraternite et la Defense du Realisme Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Lynette Stocks
    1997 - 2006 Principal Supervisor Penser L'ecran Sonore : Les Theories du Film Parlant Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Mark McCann
    1996 - 2009 Principal Supervisor Belleville Rouge, Belleville Noir, Belleville Rose: Representations D'un Quartier Parisien Depuis Le Moyen Age Jusqu'a L'an 2000 Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Ms Carolyn Stott
  • Position: Emerita Professor
  • Phone: 83135640
  • Email: jean.fornasiero@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 8313 4341
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Napier, floor 6
  • Room: 6 07
  • Org Unit: School of Humanities

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