Gemma King

I am a Senior Lecturer in French Studies at the Australian National University, specialising in contemporary cinema, museum and cultural studies. My first book Decentring France: Multilingualism and Power in Contemporary French Cinema was published with Manchester University Press in 2017 and explores the rise of multilingualism in contemporary French film, teasing out the links between language, identity, violence, and social power. I am Communications Officer for the Australian Society for French Studies, a member of the Advisory Board of the Australian Journal of French Studies, a member of the Steering Committee for the Diversity, Decolonization, and the French Curriculum Collective, and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I taught across French, English and Cinema Studies at the University of Melbourne, the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle: Paris 3 and the Université Paris-Est Créteil before joining the ANU as a Lecturer in 2016, where I won a 2018 Vice Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence and a 2020 Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning from the Australian Awards for University Teaching. My work has been published in Contemporary French Civilization (here and here), L’Esprit CréateurFrench Cultural Studiesthe Australian Journal of French Studies (here and here), Inside Higher EdFrancosphèresLinguistica Antverpiensia, The Conversation and numerous edited volumes. I also run Les Musées de Paris, a blog which explores the lesser-known museums of Paris. My second book, Jacques Audiard, is in press with Manchester UP as part of their French Film Directors series.

You can reach me at or on Twitter @gemma_s_king.