Constituent Members

AFEA • French Association for American Studies

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President: Monica Michlin (Paul Valéry Montpellier)

Academic Vice President: Sylvie Bauer (Rennes II)

Vice President for Research: Mathieu Duplay (Paris VII)

Secretary: Zachary Baqué (Université Toulouse II)

Treasurer: Bradley Smith (Université de Nanterre)

Revue Française d'Etudes Américaines
Transatlantica, on-line journal
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Recent Activity


May 2013, the AFEA organized its annual conference on the theme of “Religion and Spirituality” in Angers. The conference, with over 30 workshops, was attended by over 230 scholars and welcomed three keynote speakers from the US (Sally Promey, Fanny Howe and Lisa Bitel). The proceedings of this very successful conference will soon be published in a special edition of the RFEA journal.

The next AFEA annual conference with the theme, “American models and counter-models” will be held in Lyon from May 21 to May 24, 2014.


The two journals (one paper printed, the other electronic), RFEA and Transatlantica, have been very active in the past year, with three issues each and many more to come. The editors in chief of the journals have also been promoting American studies in the Paris Journal Fair which took place last winter.

The AFEA has also been actively and fruitfully collaborating with the US embassy to promote US-sponsored visiting professors and develop ties with US-based PhD students to attend the yearly conference.

Finally, a book collection in partnership with the Paris Sorbonne University Press, entitled "Americana" has recently been inaugurated. Two books have already been published, another one is due out soon, and this collection is due to perpetuate in the coming years.

More information can be found on the new website. Please feel free and visit it at:



Transatlantica (electronic journal): A publication of the French Association for American Studies (AFEA), Transatlantica is an independent biannual peer-reviewed journal. Founded in 2001, Transatlantica combines a commitment to rigorous scholarship with a vital concern for critical exchange in the field of American studies broadly defined. Developing a variety of theoretical and disciplinary orientations, the journal welcomes articles in literature, cultural studies, social sciences (history, political science, sociology…), and theory. Contributions are published in French or English. The journal’s on-line presence also offers opportunities for original multimedia presentation alongside scholarly articles. A typical issue of Transatlantica is divided into two thematic dossiers, and also includes a varia section, a book review section, extensive reviews of arts and academic events, and interviews with writers and/or artists. Transatlantica maintains a policy of full-text open access.

RFEA: The Revue Française d’Études Américaines (RFEA), a double-blind peer-reviewed quarterly journal, was established in 1976. It is an official publication of the Association Française d’Études Américaines (AFEA) (the French Association of American Studies). While it focuses on the United States, it also regularly adopts trans-Atlantic and transnational perspectives.
The RFEA is a bilingual (French and English) journal that publishes original manuscripts. It addresses a wide array of questions in literature, the social sciences, philosophy, and art—especially the visual arts. Most issues focus on a special theme but may also include articles on other subjects. Approximately every two years, an issue is entirely composed of articles on a diversity of subjects. Book reviews are always included and, occasionally, there are also historiographical essays or critical essays on recently published books, interviews, or illustrations. Four issues are published each year, three of which are 128 pages in length, and the fourth is a double issue (256 pages) that offers a selection of papers presented at the annual AFEA conference. The following double issues have been published to date: RFEA 141 “Religious Transfers” (2014); RFEA 145 “The USA: Models, Counter-Models” (2015); RFEA 149 “Movement, Place, Fixity” (2016); RFEA 151 “Chantiers d’Amérique/America in the Works” (2017).

Last updated: May, 2018