What is MondayTalks? (previously known as FrenchTalks)
Welcoming French and Malaysian experts, it aims at creating a space of dialogue between Malaysia and France and their cultures. These
multi-voice conversations between scientists, intellectuals, writers or artists cover a great variety of topics.
Organised monthly by Alliance Française de Kuala Lumpur and the Embassy of France in Malaysia.
Talks conducted in English.
Free entrance - book online.
Note: Due to the latest MCO, this event has been postponed until further notice.
Book Launch: Diary
of a French missionary. Penang during the Japanese Occupation by Serge Jardin
A handwritten Diary was meticulously kept by Father Marcel Rouhan, the Director of the College General in Penang, during World War
Two. While most Allied citizens were evacuated before the entry of the Japanese troops, the French missionaries remained behind as
‘neutral’ subjects. The Diary, therefore, is an exceptional eyewitness account of the Japanese occupation in Malaya.
A memory smuggler. Serge Jardin is a trained geographer and
historian.Since more than thirty years, he is a Malaysia’s lover where he worked as tour leader, tourist guide, travel agent and hotelier.
Today living in old Melaka, he penned a few books: Rêver
Malacca ; Malaisie, un certain regard ; and Malacca
latest effort: Diary
of a French Missionary. Penang
during the Japanese Occupation.
He is working today on A
Fortuitous Encounter. Walks in the French Memory of Malaysia.
With the extraordinary participation of
Salma is a fifth
generation Penang Peranakan. A writer, publisher and heritage advocate. She is currently president of Penang Heritage Trust and custodian
of the Sun Yat Sen Museum, Penang, at 120 Armenian Street.
[Online] Conflict in Malaysian Forests: The Story of the Tapir and the Elephant
with Dr. Nurzhafarina Othman Director/Founder of Pertubuhan Pemuliharaan Biodiversiti Sabah (Seratu Aatai) and Mr. I S Shanmugaraj
Subramaniam Executive Director of Malaysian Nature Society
Moderator: Ms. Siew Lyn Wong Co-founder and editor of Macaranga
Pertubuhan Pemuliharaan Biodiversiti Sabah (Seratu Aatai): Study on the ecology and movement of elephants outside
protected areas and in particular in oil palm plantations in order to increase knowledge and awareness of local populations in the context
of human-elephant conflicts in Kinabatangan, Borneo.
Malaysian Nature Society : Relocate tapirs from small forest areas dispersed by rapid development and deforestation induced
by oil palm plantations to protected areas in order to contribute to the conservation of the species in Peninsular Malaysia.
Pertubuhan Pemuliharaan Biodiversiti Sabah (Seratu Aatai) and Malaysian Nature Society are partly funded by the Embassy of France in
Forests today. How about tomorrow?
with Marcel Djama (CIRAD) and Nur Sakeenah (Greenpeace Malaysia).
Moderator: Yao-Hua Law
12 April 2021
[Online] Women And COVID: A French-Malaysia Dialog
with Sandra Laugier and Nisha Sabanayagam.
Moderator: Freda Liu (BFM)
8 March 2021
[Online] Protecting wildlife in the Malaysian forest: HUTAN, a community-based solution
with Dr Marc Ancrenaz
15 February 2021
[Online] French Texts and Contexts of community life in 19th Century Malaya
with Dr. Shanthini Pillai, Dr. Liz Ng, Dr. Suziana Mat Saad, and Ms. Anne Vanessa Vincent
7 December 2020
Tackling Obesity in Malaysia and France
with Prof. Dr. Jean-Pierre Poulain and Prof. Dr. Mohd Ismail Noor
17 February 2020
Mysterious myth Of The Malaysian Forest At Night
with Priscillia Miard and Mohamad Nur Arifuddin
20 January 2020
Book Launch: "What I saw In Malaya" by Jeanne Cuisinier
with Amir Muhammad, Hélène Ly-Batallan, Introduction by HE Frédéric Laplanche - Ambassador of France to Malaysia
Readings by Grégory Henno - French Comedian
16 December 2019
In conversation with Hanan Ben Rhouma: Talking about Islam in Multicultural Societies
Moderator: Dina Zaman
25 November 2019
In conversation with Abdennour Bidar: Multi- Religious Societies in the 21st Century
Moderator: Dr. Mohammed Azam Mohammed Adil
24 October 2019
Dealing with Urban Pollution: From KL to Paris
with Olivier Chrétien, Karine Léger, Dr. Ahmad Ismail, Professor Andy Chan
Moderator: Yao-Hua Law
07 October 2019
In Conversation With Shih Li-Kow: A Malaysian Book, A Success in France
with Shih-Li Kow
Moderator: Jerome Bouchaud
23 September 2019
The Problem of Rainforest and Elephant Conservation: A comparative French-Malaysian look
with Professor Pierre-Michel Forget and Dr. Wong Ee Phin
22 July 2019
On Pencak Silat Martial Art in Malaysia Society: A French Anthropologist view
with Gabriel Facal
24 June 2019
Palm Oil: A French Economist’s View
In conversation with Dr Jean-Marc Roda
Journalist/moderator: Julian Ng
Defending Women’s Rights: Today and Tomorrow
with Anne-Cecile Mailfert and Rozana Isa
Moderator: Freda Liu (BFM)
18 March 2019
Malaysian Gastronomy: Past, Present and Future
with Eric Olmedo (Social Anthropologist - The National University of Malaysia)
Is there a Malaysian way of thinking Islam?
by Dr. Mohd. Azam Mohd. Adil and Dr. David Delfolie.
14 January 2019
Moderator: Zakiah Koya
What plants talk about
with Prof. Soizic Prado
3 December 2018
On Globalisation and Cultural Identities
with Jean-Christophe Rufin Moderator: Ahmad Fuad Ramat(BFM)
19 November 2018
From Paris to Setiu
by Dr. Jarina Mohd Jani
22 October 2018
by Maimunah Jaffar,
Dr.-Ing. Sian Lun Lau,
Moderator: Melisa Melina Idris
18 September 2018