What is French Talks?

Welcoming French and Malaysian experts, it aims at creating a space of dialogue, and a bridge between the two countries and their cultures. This is particularly timely in this new Malaysia where people are willing to express their views.

Organised by the Embassy of France in Malaysia and Alliance Française de Kuala Lumpur.

Talks conducted in English.


Upcoming French talks in March:

Defending Women’s Rights: Today and Tomorrow
Talk conducted in English
Free entrance upon RSVP
Monday 18 March – 8pm @AFKL


SPEAKERS:

Anne-Cecile MAILFERT

Anne-Cécile Mailfert is a French feminist activist. On the 8th of March 2016 she founded ‘La Fondation des Femmes’ (The Women’s Foundation), an organisation that aims to fund actions for women-men equality, fight against violence and for women’s rights. Active in civil society from a young age, she was the president and spokesperson of one of the largest feminist organisation in France, ‘Osez le féminisme’, from 2013 to May 2015. She was also the director of development for the Movement of Social Entrepreneurs (MOUVES) from 2012 to the beginning of 2016. She holds a double Master's degree from SciencesPo Lille (France) and Universidad de Salamanca (Spain). In 2015 she published « Ils ne décideront plus pour nous » a book about the French 40th anniversary of the legalization of abortion and in 2015 "Tu Seras Une Femme, guide féministe pour ma nièce et ses ami.e.s", a feminist survival guide for young and not so young girls! 

Rozana ISA

Rozana Isa is a member of Sisters in Islam (SIS), a non-governmental organisation working on the rights of Muslim women within the framework of Islam. She is currently Coordinator of the secretariat for Musawah, the SIS-initiated Global Movement for Equality and Justice in the Muslim Family. Rozana is also a trainer with special focus on the SIS training module on Women’s Rights in Islam and facilitator for the Musawah course on Islam and Gender Equality and Justice (I-nGEJ). Rozana was also Senior Programme Officer on Building Capacity for Change at the International Women’s Rights Action Watch Asia Pacific (IWRAW Asia Pacific), an international women’s rights organization that contribute to the realisation of women’s rights through the lens of CEDAW and other international human rights instruments. Prior to that, she was Programme Assistant with The Urban Governance Initiative (TUGI) and Project Coordinator at Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO), a national level NGO with focus on the issue of violence against women.


MODERATOR: Freda Liu 

A Producer/Presenter for the Enterprise show which airs on BFM. Freda has conducted over 5,000 interviews with prominent names. She has authored five books called "PR Yourself", “Shake & Spear Your Business: The Romeo & Juliet Way”, "Everybody Loves Ray" , "Bursting Fixed Mindsets- How 15 Women Broke the Million Ringgit Mark" and "In Your Skin". Freda has awarded the ASEAN Rice Bowl Awards for Malaysia Startup Journalist Of The Year and The ASEAN IN Peronality Award as an influencer by the Malaysian Global Chamber of Commerce.




Organised by

Embassy of France in Malaysia

Alliance Française de Kuala Lumpur

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Past Events:



Malaysian Gastronomy: Past, Present and Future by Eric OLMEDO

18 February 2019

A rapid survey of the world restaurant scene shows that there is little presence of Malaysian “gastronomic” restaurants all over the globe. One can be tempted to ponder on the reasons behind such a fact, which implicitly validates the assumption that possessing gastronomy matters. The social functions of gastronomy vary from one country to another: it may serve as tourism pulling factor - as demonstrated by the rise of the culinary tourism phenomenon; or being politically instrumental as a form of soft power in the context of international relations. In Malaysia, gastronomy is often correlated with the quest for a national identity, as well as with a process of cultural decolonization. Literature shows that the term “gastronomy” carries different meanings and may blur the boundaries with competing concepts such as “cuisine” or “fine dining”, with or without nationalistic feature. In this presentation, I wish to segregate the concept of gastronomy from the one of national cuisine. I will also argue that being endowed with a high cuisine produces symbolic capital that may give Malaysia soft power in the realm of international politics. Finally, I will suggest that Malaysian gastronomy can be “invented” in the sociological acceptance of the term, but not without prior in-depth historical and anthropological investigation. I will take the opportunity to dwell a bit in the history of food both in Malaysia and France, using comparative analysis with the French experience. We shall finish our conference with the proposal of a methodology to enable the process of “gastronomisation” for Malaysia.


Is there a Malaysian way of thinking Islam?

14 January 2019

This January, we have the pleasure to welcome you for a talk between Dr. Mohd. Azam Mohd. Adil, Deputy CEO of the International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies (IAIS) Malaysia, and Dr. David Delfolie, a French researcher specialized on Islam in Malaysia and co-director of Institut Pondok Perancis (Kuala Lumpur), moderated by The Star journalist Zakiah Koya.

This talk will explore the question of whether there is a specifically Malaysian way of thinking Islam. It will be the first of a series of discussions on Islam, which will be programmed later in 2019. These discussions will aim to allow for an exchange of views and experiences between France in Malaysia on religion and the place it occupies in our societies. 

Following the discussion between the two speakers, there will be a Q&A session.


        

What plants talk about 
by Prof. Soizic Prado (French Chemist of Natural Products and professor at the French National Museum of Natural History)

3 December 2018

Plants are actively communicating and interacting with each other for instance to warn specific neighbors of possible incoming stress.
Plants also harbor a huge diversity of microorganisms with which they communicate.
These plant -plant or plant-microbes communications are mediated by the production of various small signals either volatiles or diffusible molecules which constitute thus a real language. All these molecular dialogues are dynamics and do strongly impact the plant fitness.
Isolation and structure identification of these compounds as well as their mechanism of action constitute a real challenge for Scientifics.
Indeed, beyond the ecological interests, deciphering this communication could have important impact on various sectors such as agronomics.
What are these chemical signals? Where and when are they produced? Do all plants emit such chemicals? And what happens to other plants and microorganism when they “detect” such compounds?

On Globalisation and Cultural Identities

19 November 2018

This November, we have the pleasure to welcome the world renowned French novelist, Jean-Christophe Rufin. Historian, writer and former French Ambassador to Senegal, Rufin is also the co-founder of NGO Action Against Hunger and one of the pioneers of Doctors Without Borders
Rufin’s fiction includes the Prix Goncourt-award winning The Abyssinian (1997) and Brazil Red (2001).  We live in an age of contradictions: greater communication and interconnections are leading to more intense calls for cultures to be defended from 'Others’.
With so much of the world levelled to become similar, how do we regard 'difference' and 'uniqueness' in ways that do not fall into the trappings of reactionary politics? What will happen to 'the Nation’?
J-C Rufin will be discussing his views on Globalisation and Cultural Identities with Ahmad Fuad Ramat, Lecturer at the School of Media, Languages and Cultures at The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus and co-host of the BFM radio show “Night School”.

From Paris to Setiu

22 October  2018

 A talk about understanding the reality of climate change among coastal fishers by Dr. Jarina Mohd Jani (PhD), Head of Setiu Wetlands Field Research Station, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu 


SMART CITIES

18 September 2018

Present various approaches on the use of data for the development of smart cities in the context of Malaysia & France, to open a multi-cultural dialogue on those issues.


MORE THAN A BEACH

11 July 2018

A conference by Historian Mr. Law Siak Hong about The Heritage of Pangkor Island and its present






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