Société des Anglicistes de l'Enseignement Supérieur

La Société des Anglicistes de l’Enseignement Supérieur

The SAES  (Société des Anglicistes de l’Enseignement Supérieur)  provides opportunities for those researching and teaching English language, literatures in English and cultures of English-speaking peoples to exchange information, discuss issues of common professional interest and work together.

The SAES has nearly thirty affiliated societies  specialising in particular areas of English studies. In association with the AFEA (Association Française d’Études Américaines), the SAES provides research grants to doctoral students and teachers. The SAES is a member of ESSE (The European Society of the Study of English).


Angles: French Perspectives on the Anglophone World is an international online peer-reviewed journal published bi-annually by the SAES. This interdisciplinary journal has a triple aim: to encourage innovative interdisciplinary research; to make cutting-edge research freely available; to make full use of the possibilities offered by digital publication by encouraging the use of different modes of expression: text, image, video, podcasts, hyperlinks…

Annual Conference

The SAES organises an annual conference which is held every June in a French university. Some of the workshops are held in English, others in French.  For more information, and subscription details,  see Congrès Annuel.

The 2020 Conference will be held at the University of Tours. on the 4th, 5th and 6th of June 2020

The conference theme is “Renaissances”



Our members  benefit from an internal mail system (Messagerie) that allows them to contact all other registered members by e-mail.  Members receive frequent messages concerning teaching appointments, forthcoming conferences, recent publications, as well as other information relevant to the English-speaking world. They also have access to our  on-line interactive directory, which contains the names, adresses, e-mail addreses and research specialities of all our members.  For more information on this feature, see Espace  adhérents.



As well as our  annual conference, held every June in a French university, we organise a two day event every September, for members of the SAES and members of our affiliated societies. See Journées de Septembre.

Our site offers a comprehensive list of forthcoming conferences (“colloques”) dealing with research and teaching of the English language, literatures in English and cultures of English-speaking peoples. Most of the calls for papers have an English version. See Colloques et Journées d’études    There is also a list of conferences that deal specifically with parts of the national syllabus connected to France’s national teaching examinations, the agrégation externe and agrégation interne ; see Colloques et Journées d’études sur les programmes de concours.

12–13 June 2020 Image Sequencing in Periodicals: Comics, Photojournalism, Cinéroman, and Illustrated Film Periodicals

 12–13 June 2020, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany Organised by the DFG Research Unit 2288 Journal Literature, the Committee for Comics Studies and the Committee for Photography Studies at the German Society for Media Studies (GfM) Confirmed Keynote Speakers: Jan...
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Gender Trouble 2020: Queering art / Queering society?

Gender Trouble 2020: Queering art / Queering society? DATE????? In recent years, hardly a week has gone by without a controversy about LGBTQ+ rights and representation. Since 2016, the last year of the Obama presidency, in a climate of near moral panic, American...
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29-30 June 2020 The Song of Songs in European Poetry (13th -17th Centuries) Translations, Appropriations, Rewritings University of Padova

Keynote speakers: Lino Pertile (Harvard University) Denis Renevey (University of Lausanne) Gilberto Sacerdoti (Roma Tre University) Adrian Streete (University of Glasgow) Christiania Whitehead (University of Lausanne) Traditionally attributed to King Solomon and...
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20 novembre 2020 Des contes des Grimm à leur « transformation » par Anne Sexton : un miroir à deux faces MSH de Clermont-Ferrand, 4 rue Ledru

Journée d’étude :     La journée d’étude a pour objet le recueil Transformations[1] dans lequel Anne Sexton se réapproprie 17 contes des Grimm, et pour angle d’attaque la question du décentrement[2].   Anne Sexton, qui écrit dans les années 1960/70,  se...
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28–30 May 2020 On Miracle Ground XXI – Call for Papers “Mysticisms, Heresies and Heterotopias in the Works of Lawrence Durrell” University Toulouse Jean Jaurès, France,

The International Lawrence Durrell Society, dedicated to promote the work of the British author Lawrence Durrell (1912-1990), invites proposals for papers to be presented at a May 2020 conference in Toulouse, France. From his early years as a writer, Durrell steeped...
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20 novembre 2020 Émotions, stratégies politiques et participation citoyenne dans les sociétés européennes et américaines contemporaines/* Journée d’étude – Centre TIL EA 4182, Université de Bourgogne Franche-Comté

Cette journée d’étude propose une réflexion sur le rôle des émotions en politique telles que définies notamment par George E. Marcus dont les travaux, loin de valider l’opposition classique entre l’émotionnel et le rationnel, tendent à réhabiliter les émotions en tant...
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June 2nd, 3rd and 4th 2021 Russian poetry and American poetry: crossings and circulations (end of 19th century to present times) International Conference University of Toulouse-Jean Jaurès, France,

        On the base of the monument to Walt Whitman in Moscow, one can read the following words, from a letter by the American poet “You Russians and we Americans!… So far apart from each other, so seemingly different, and yet in ways that...
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9 octobre 2020 Traduire la couleur noire : nommer l’identité africaine-américaine en anglais et en français Julie Loison-Charles (maîtresse de conférences en traduction et linguistique) & Nicolas Martin-Breteau (maître de conférences en civilisation des États-Unis) Journée d’étude, CECILLE-Université de Lille

    Argumentaire scientifique   « So we are all black people, so-called Negroes, second-class citizens, ex-slaves. » Malcolm X, « Message to the Grassroots » (1963).   L’histoire des descendants d’Africains en Amérique du nord peut se lire comme une lutte pour le...
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10-11 décembre 2020 « Frontière(s) et espace(s)-frontière(s) dans l’aire anglophone » Université Côte d’Azur,

Cadrage On pourrait se contenter de percevoir toute(s) (les) frontière(s) comme l’expression du discontinu, de l’existence d’un « dedans » et d’un « dehors », bref, comme la simple mise à distance de l’« autre », que l’on entende par ce dernier terme un territoire...
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June 10, 2020 at the Maison de la Recherche Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris : “Hope Mirrlees’s Paris: A Poem at 100”

“Hope Mirrlees’s Paris: A Poem at 100” 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of “modernism’s lost masterpiece,” Hope Mirrlees’s Paris: A Poem. Published by Hogarth Press in the spring of 1920, and typeset by Virginia Woolf herself, this ground-breaking long poem maps the...
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The SAES has a Research Commission, which convenes several times a year. In 2016, it published a White Paper on the current state of  research in English  within French universities and research institutions. The French version of the paper is available here.

For a list of English research groups in French universities,  please see this page : Equipes de recherche

Our members regularly publish books. For a list of recent publications, see this page ; Fonds SAES.

2400 members

The society has over 2400 members. Full membership is open to anyone who teaches (or has taught) English  in any part of the French higher education system. Doctoral students enrolled in a French university, as well as teachers of English in foreign universities, may also apply for membership. Please see Adhésion.


The SAES has a special commission dedicated to university teaching and training.  It convenes several times a year. Recently, it has produced a comprehensive survey on the teaching of English for specific purposes. This, along with other related information, can be found here.

The Board

The board comprises ten members. They can be contacted via their email addresses, which you can find here. Alternatively, you can contact us via


University lecturer and professor positions, as well as temporary assistant positons (for doctoral students)  are published on a national site managed by the French Ministry for Education.

Lecteur and maître de langue positions (native speaker assistant positions) are advertised by each university, either on its internet site or via its English department. A few positions are mentioned on this page


Log in to our members' space : the on-line interactive directory

Only current members are allowed access to the on-line interactive directory.

Full membership is open to anyone who teaches (or has taught) English  in any part of the French higher education system. Doctoral students enrolled in a French university, as well as teachers of English in foreign universities, may also apply for membership. Please see Adhésion.

Contact us

The SAES  board comprises ten members. They can be contacted via their email addresses, which you can find here. Alternatively, you can contact us via