What is the AFEA?

The French Association for American Studies (Association Française
d’Études Américaines, AFEA) was founded in 1975.
It promotes academic research on American literature, history
and culture, and encourages American studies at undergraduate
and graduate levels. The Association brings together academics,
high school teachers and independent scholars. Today it serves
610 Americanists representing many different fields, from literature
to social sciences — including history, political science,
cultural studies, film studies and the arts.

Information about the members’ activities and the Association
is regularly circulated among AFEA members via email. The activities
of the Association and its members are presented on the AFEA
web site.

The AFEA publishes a quarterly journal, the Revue Française
d’Études Américaines
(RFEA),
whose issues are devoted alternatively to literary on one
hand, historical, political, and/or cultural themes on the
other.

The RFEA is accessible on line on CAIRN.
The journal welcomes papers in French and English. Recent issues
include:
- Religion in the United States (February 2003)
- The Sublime in American Literature (February 2004)
- Beyond the New Deal, Aesthetics of Representation in the
1930’s (December 2004)
- American Poets, Architects of Language (February 2005)
- Popular Music, the Proliferation of Genres (June 2005)

The AFEA also produces an online publication, Transatlantica,
which includes book and film reviews, review essays as well
as articles of all formats. TransatlanticA is available on line at http://transatlantica.org.

The AFEA has an annual meeting on a given theme, to which
international scholars are regularly invited as guest speakers.
It also participates in the European
Association for American Studies
(EAAS) publications and
biennial conferences.

The AFEA supports graduate students in American Studies by
providing complementary grants for research trips. AFEA members
— Ph. D students and faculty members — can apply for Fulbright
grants to do research in the United States. In conjunction
with the Fulbright
Commission
, AFEA members can also invite US scholars to
France.