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									Society for French Studies
Conference Officer Dr Margaret Topping, School of European Studies, Cardiff University, 6568 Park Place, Cardiff CF10 3AS, UK E-mail:

50th Anniversary Conference St Anne’s College, Oxford University 29th June to 1st July 2009 VENUES
Oxford University is made up of 38 individual colleges. The Society for French Studies conference is being held in St Anne’s College, Woodstock Road, Oxford, OX2 6HS (Tel: +44 (0)1865 274800). All of the plenary and panel sessions will take place in St Anne’s. Only the exhibition circuit and wine reception on Tuesday 30th June will be held elsewhere (see below for details). A map of Oxford city centre may be found here: A map of the University’s Colleges and Halls may be found at the following link: The site plan of St Anne’s College, which is downloadable at the following link, shows all of the main venues for the conference: Registration will take place in the Marquee set up in the main quad shown at the centre of the site plan between the Claire Pailey Building and Hartland House. The plenary lectures will be held in the Mary Ogilvie Lecture Theatre (C on the site plan). Parallel sessions will be held in Seminar Rooms 1, 3 & 5 (D on the site plan) and in the Mary Ogilvie Lecture Theatre (C). Please refer to the final

conference programme in the delegate pack you will receive on registering for details of the seminar room in which individual panels are being held. Lunches and Teas/Coffees will be served in the Marquee. Dinners will be served in the Dining Hall (B on the site map). Bedrooms are located in the Ruth Deech Building (N) or in Trenarnan House (L). Residential delegates should collect their room keys at the Porter’s Lodge of St Anne’s from 12 noon onwards. This includes delegates arriving on Sunday. Check-in time is 12 noon and the latest check-out time is 10am. Delegates arriving before the check-in time and/or staying after the check-out time may leave their luggage in the luggage store. Please see the Porters if you wish to use this facility.

Please refer to the following link on the College website for details of how to reach St Anne’s by car, train, coach and air: Please note that there is no parking available at St Anne’s and that parking is generally limited and expensive in central Oxford. Delegates flying into Heathrow or Gatwick airports are advised that the coach services offer the cheapest and most direct route to Oxford. The Oxford Bus Company runs a service approximately every 30 mins from Heathrow (the X70) and about every hour from Gatwick (the X80). These run from the central bus stations/different terminals in each airport and go directly to Gloucester Green Bus Station in Oxford. For prices and timetables, please see their websites: Taxis to St Anne’s:

The train station is a 15-minute walk from St Anne’s and the coach station is a 10-minute walk. Detailed directions are available on the ‘How to find us’ website given above. If you prefer to take a taxi, there are ‘black cab’ taxi ranks at both the coach and train station. A taxi should cost approximately £6-7 from the train station to St Anne’s and £5 from the coach station. Other taxi firms in Oxford include: 001 Taxis - 01865 240000 A.B.C Taxis - 01865 775577 Radio Taxis - 01865 242424

Conference Registration Registration for the Conference will take place in the Marquee on Monday 29th June from 12:00 – 3:15pm. The registration desk will also be staffed on each morning of the conference 30 minutes before papers begin. Any late arrivals (on Monday or subsequent days) will find their named Conference Packs on a table in the Marquee and, if they are residential, may collect their room keys from the Porter’s Lodge.

The Welcome by the President of the Society and Plenary Session 1 will take place at 1.30pm on Monday 29th June in the Mary Ogilvie Lecture Theatre. The Postgraduate Session including lunch will take place at 12 pm in Seminar Room 1. Lunch for all other delegates will be held in the Marquee from 12.301.30.

Papers will be delivered throughout the day at St Anne’s as per the conference programme. The last paper will be Prof. Anne Green’s plenary lecture beginning at 3.30pm in the Mary Ogilvie Lecture Theatre. As a special event to mark the 50th anniversary conference, delegates will then have free time to visit one or more of the mini-exhibitions organised

as part of the celebrations of this anniversary at various venues in Oxford before going to the Codrington Library in All Souls College for a wine reception. Further details of the exhibitions, including location maps, will be provided in the delegate pack you receive on arrival in Oxford. The mini-exhibitions are as follows: 1. THE BODLEIAN LIBRARY The Bodleian will be displaying its manuscript copy of the Chanson de Roland for SFS delegates in the Proscholium on Tuesday 30th June and Wednesday 1st July, from 10.00am to 6.30pm. Details of how to find the Bodleian Library may be found at the following site: 2. THE VOLTAIRE FOUNDATION The Voltaire Foundation (99 Banbury Road) is a research department in the University of Oxford, publishing in the area of the Eighteenth century, especially the French Enlightenment. There will be an exhibition celebrating over thirty years of publishing in Oxford and featuring displays of the Complete Works of Voltaire, SVEC (Studies on Voltaire and the Eighteenth Century) and other current projects. NB The Voltaire Foundation will be open to SFS delegates from 3.30-6pm on Tuesday 30th June ONLY. 3. THE TAYLOR INSTITUTION LIBRARY The Taylor Institution (on St Giles’) is the University's centre for the study of modern European languages and literatures. Its research library, one of the three central libraries of the University, contains the largest specialist collection in this field in Britain. The Taylor is mounting two exhibitions of some of its rare holdings for SFS delegates: 1. Livres d’artiste exhibition: this will consist of highlights from the Strachan Collection – one of the Taylor Institution’s Special

collections – and will show how 20th-century artists and book designers met the challenge of transposing works of French literature into books which are intended to be artistic objects in their own right rather than conventional books. Please note: the Livres d’artiste exhibition will be open from 4.456pm on Tuesday 30th June ONLY in Room 3 of the Taylor Institution. 2. Chanson de Roland exhibition: this small exhibition is intended to accompany the display of the Chanson de Roland manuscript in the Proscholium of the Bodleian. The exhibition will show rare books mainly from the Taylor Collections connected with the Bodleian’s Digby manuscript including several nineteenth- and twentiethcentury editions and translations derived from the Oxford manuscript. Please note: the Chanson de Roland exhibition will be open throughout the conference, from 9am-7pm on Monday 29 and Tuesday 30 June, and from 9am-5pm on Wednesday 1 July. 4. CODRINGTON LIBRARY, ALL SOULS COLLEGE There will be a wine reception and tour of the Codrington Library at 6pm before we return to St Anne’s for the Conference Dinner at 8pm.

We look forward to seeing you at the conference. If you should have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact me at Please consult our website for any further updates on the conference: For further information on Oxford, you may find the following websites of interest: Once you have arrived in Oxford, you can visit the Tourist Office which is located at 15-16 Broad Street. Check details for Wadham

Code for back gate Hotels and restaurants Any info from tourist office/St Anne’s?

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