Gemma King

I am a 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 Convenor of the ANU French Research Cluster, serve on the Advisory Board of the Australian Journal of French Studies, was elected 2017 Postgraduate Officer of the Australian Society for French Studies and am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I taught across French, English and Cinema Studies at the University of Melbourne, Paris 3 and the Université Paris-Est Créteil before joining the ANU, where I won the 2018 Vice Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence. My work has been published in Contemporary French Civilization, the Australian Journal of French Studies (here and here), FrancosphèresLinguistica Antverpiensia, French Cultural StudiesThe Conversation and numerous edited volumes. I also run Les Musées de Paris, a blog which explores the lesser-known museums of Paris. I am currently working on the contracted book Jacques Audiard, a volume in Manchester UP’s French Film Directors series.

You can reach me at or on Twitter @gemma_s_king.