Conferences: MondayTalks

Monthly free public talks at Alliance Francaise

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.

Coming Up:

Rivers and environmental justice
+ dance performance by Aida Redza and Huimin Leow in collaboration with Orang Orang Drum Theater

Monday, Sep 26, 2022

7:30pm - 10pm
45 min talk, 15 min Q&A, light refreshments
(The talk will be followed by an artistic performance)
Talk conducted in English

(for valid AFKL members only: use discount code RIVERS15 upon check out)

Registration  Registration 

Event description

"Rivers and environmental justice" is the third conference on urban biodiversity in Malaysia and Southeast Asia proposed by the Alliance Française de Kuala Lumpur and the Alliance Française de Penang in 2022, in the presence of Malaysian experts and civil society actors. Through a multidisciplinary approach, the public will have the opportunity to get a broad and complete view of this topic on rivers in cities.

Speakers' Bio:

Mr. Kennedy Michael
Kennedy Michael is an accidental environmentalist who keeps accidentally getting involved in environmental conservation. He is often called a polymath but he denies any and all accusations of any misrepresentation. Kennedy wears many hats and it has nothing to do with his hairstyle but everything to do about his interest and passion for life and accidents. Mostly happy. He is the Founder of the Alliance of River Three, Friends of Sungai Klang Taman Melawati River Three, Friends of Sungai Klang Mid Valley River Three, and a founding member of Gabungan Darurat Iklim Malaysia and their Communications Coordinator. He is the creator of the River Three - River Conservation, Protection, and Rehabilitation Programme and the creator of the Taman Melawati and Mid Valley River Three Parks. He is also a happy recipient of The Star Golden Hearts Awards 2020 for environmental conservation.

Ms. Kwong Chiew Ee
Chiew Ee is a Partner in the Dispute Resolution and Litigation Department at Rahmat Lim & Partners. She is also part of the Firm’s Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) & Public Policy practice group. She is a member of the Bar Council Environmental and Climate Change Committee. Chiew Ee is the Malaysian National Rapporteur for Climate Change Litigation at the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia University, New York. She was selected as a Fellow under the U.S. Department of State’s Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Professional Fellow Program under the Sustainable Development and Environment Institute Theme.

Dr. Valérie Barbosa

Dr. Valérie Barbosa is an oceanographer whose research work focused mostly on aquaculture and molecular virology. She got involved in different projects in public and private institutions in Mexico, France, Canada and the USA. In 2017, she was appointed at the Embassy of France in Mexico to develop the bilateral collaboration in  Science and Technology. In 2021, she joined the team Embassy of France to Malaysia as the Attachée for Science and Higher Education and the Director of the Malaysian-French University Centre (MFUC).

Aida Redza with her journey into “semangat” meets Hui Min Leow’s “bakar”. Both of them are curious about the position of themselves as artist while facing the question of environment (pollution, deforestation, overexploitation, etc.) with their work respectively, “semangat” and “bakar”. Perhaps, the spirituality is a way to reconnect the people to taste the beauty of nature and engage a moderate living lifestyle. In “Hanyut”, they will present the beginning of their new collaboration together with Boyz Chew and Zyee Leow from Orang Orang Drum Theatre to explore how the body could connect to the environment and create awareness about the importance of river, and the conservation of the source and flow of water.

Performers' Bio:

Aida Redza
Aida Redza is one of Malaysia’s leading contemporary dancers and choreographers, noted for creating multimedia performances. Based in Penang, she is the founder of WindRiver Productions, the artistic principal of Studio Pentas and a member of Ombak-Ombak ARTStudio. 

Hui Min Leow
He completed his Master degree in 2022, Master Expérimentation et Recherche dans les arts de la scène at University Bordeaux Montaigne. He is one of the core members of Orang Orang Drum Theatre and Asia Butoh Tree Team. He explores different body technique and language with people from theatre, music and dance.

Zyee Leow
Founder, artistic director and music director of Orang Orang Drum Theatre since 2013. Since its establishment in 2013, they have been dancing between music, dance, and theatre. Through interactions with traditional cultures and collaborations with different contemporary artists, they create their unique identity of “drum theatre”.

Boyz Chew
Founder, artistic director and music director of Orang Orang Drum Theatre since 2013. Their recent work “掘失Jue2 Shi1 The Hidden Tune”, a music collaboration with Angelika Niescierer toured Jazz Festivals in Germany.

Past Events:




Book launch "Malaisie contemporaine" - Understanding the dynamics of contemporary Malaysia

Both continental and insular, culturally diverse and influenced by Asia’s most important civilisations (Islam, China and India), medium-sized but considered an emerging country, the Federation of Malaysia is at the heart of Southeast Asia and its issues. It is, however, one of the most misunderstood and less known states in the region: surprisingly Malaysia seems to be a blind spot in social science research, perhaps because of its historical trajectory without any major geopolitical crisis in domestic or world affairs, amidst an economically prosperous and politically stable environment. Malaisie Contemporaine (directed by David Delfolie, Nathalie Fau and Elsa Lafaye de Micheaux, Bangkok-Paris: IRASEC-Les Indes Savantes, 2021, 600 p.) is the result of a long-term collaboration between French and Malaysian researchers. It analyses the singularity of a Malaysian model that has so much to contribute empirically and theoretically to the more global understanding of social phenomena. Geographers, economists, anthropologists, historians, political scientists, and literature specialists offer here a rigorous and accessible synthesis of the latest research on Malaysia. This monograph presents the specificities of domestic and foreign policies dominated by diplomatic, regional and security issues. It highlights the originality of an extroverted economic growth, framed by a rentier, investor and redistributor State, as well as it questions the consequences of political choices on the spatial organisation of a country marked by strong territorial disparities, by the proximity of the sea and by the power of the cities.

25 April 2022

The sustainable city in the tropics
The Alliances Françaises and the Embassy of France in Malaysia in partnership with the Penang Institute present the second conference of the year in the cycle on urban biodiversity entitled « The sustainable city in the tropics ».

📍Penang Institute – 10, Jalan Brown, George Town, 10350 George Town, Pulau Pinang
📅 Monday 14 March 2022
⏰ 06:30 pm

➡ For more information & to register to the event at the Penang Institute:

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As part of the conference, performer Aida Redza and designer Lisa Foo will then present a video of their project Moved by Padi, originally showcased in 2016 during the George Town Festival, which recreated a rice field in the center of George Town.

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Monday Talks: 13 December 2021

The talk will be followed by a book sale of “Diary of a French Missionary: Penang during the Japanese Occupation” and light refreshments.
Serge Jardin is a memory smuggler, a trained geographer and historian. He has been in love with Malaysia for more than 30 years now; his latest publication “Diary of a French Missionary: Penang during the Japanese Occupation” addresses a wide variety of topics: the Occupation seen by a neutral and a priest, the daily life of the civilians, the resilience to adapt to an extraordinary situation, to discover an institution normally not open to the outside world….  

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Dynamics, actors and prospects of the video games industry
with Jeff Sandhu, Head of Talent at 42 Kuala Lumpur and Alex Tan,  Co-founder and Project Manager of Hidden Chest Studios.

Moderator: Mohan Low Han Sen, Head of Digital Creative Content, MDEC

Video games are primarily conceived as recreational, as their name indicates it. The last decades have shown that they actually have a greater impact in various sectors, and are more and more present in our daily lives. What is the current situation of the video game industry in Malaysia? What is the path to follow to become a successful video game conceptor? What is the foreseen future of video games, and what roles do they play in our increasingly digitalized societies?Let’s zoom into the video game industry in order to understand its internal dynamics!

8 November 2021
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[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 Malaysia.

28 June 2021
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Forests today. How about tomorrow?
with Marcel Djama (CIRAD) and Nur Sakeenah (Greenpeace Malaysia). 
Moderator: Yao-Hua Law

12 April 2021

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[Online] Women And COVID: A French-Malaysia Dialog
with Sandra Laugier and Nisha Sabanayagam.
Moderator: Freda Liu (BFM)

8 March 2021

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[Online] Protecting wildlife in the Malaysian forest: HUTAN, a community-based solution
with Dr Marc Ancrenaz
15 February 2021

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[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 watch on facebook watch on facebook

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

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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

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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
13 May 2019

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Defending Women’s Rights: Today and Tomorrow

with Anne-Cecile Mailfert and Rozana Isa
Moderator: Freda Liu (BFM)

18 March 2019
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Malaysian Gastronomy: Past, Present and Future
with Eric Olmedo (Social Anthropologist - The National University of Malaysia)
18 February 2019
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Is there a Malaysian way of thinking Islam?

by Dr. Mohd. Azam Mohd. Adil and Dr. David Delfolie.
Moderator: Zakiah Koya

14 January 2019

What plants talk about

with Prof. Soizic Prado

3 December 2018

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On Globalisation and Cultural Identities

with Jean-Christophe Rufin Moderator: Ahmad Fuad Ramat(BFM) 

19 November 2018
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From Paris to Setiu

by Dr. Jarina Mohd Jani

22 October 2018
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Smart Cities
by Maimunah Jaffar,
Dr.-Ing. Sian Lun Lau,
Sandrine Mathaon,
Gilles Gesquiere
Moderator: Melisa Melina Idris
 18 September 2018
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