Gemma King

I am a Senior Lecturer in French Studies at the Australian National University, specialising in contemporary cinema, museum and cultural studies. I research the representation of sign language, multilingualism, deafness, (post)colonial histories, immigration and multiculturalism on screen and in museums. 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. My second book, Jacques Audiard, was published by Manchester UP in 2021 as part of their French Film Directors series, and uses the motif of border-crossing to study how Audiard’s films portray bodies and transcend boundaries. My writing has also been published in French Screen Studies, Contemporary French Civilization (here, here and here), L’Esprit CréateurFrench Cultural Studies, the Australian Journal of French Studies (here and here), FrancosphèresLinguistica Antverpiensia, Inside Higher Ed, The Conversation and numerous edited volumes. I am Vice President of the Australian Society for French Studies, Convenor of the SLLL Education Reference Group, a member of the Diversity, Decolonization and the French Curriculum Steering Committee and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I also serve on the Editorial Boards of the Australian Journal of French Studies, Contemporary French Civilization and the book series New Directions in Francophone Studies: Diversity, Decolonization, Queerness with Edinburgh University Press. I have received a number of teaching awards, including a Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning from the Australian Awards for University Teaching (2020), an ANU Vice Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence (2018) and three teaching awards from the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences (2017 and 2020). Finally, I run Les Musées de Paris, a blog about the lesser-known museums of Paris, which I have turned into the immersive French-language field school, Global Paris.

You can reach me at or on Twitter @gemma_s_king.