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.

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Conflict in Malaysian Forests: The Story of the Tapir and the Elephant
In this talk, the panellists will discuss the key threats that are associated with human-wildlife conflict and how deforestation influences this. They will focus in particular on the tapir and elephant habitats and the solutions these two NGO’s present.

Dr. Nurzhafarina Othman
Director/Founder of Pertubuhan Pemuliharaan Biodiversiti Sabah (Seratu Aatai)
Nurzhafarina binti Othman is a Malaysian national being trained in various subjects towards the conservation of the Bornean elephant in Sabah. She is very fortunate to be able to follow and observe daily activities and behavior of elephant groups at Lower Kinabatangan and she enjoys learning the personality of these elephants. She started Seratu Aatai in 2018 with the mission to create a society that willing and capable to take responsibility to protect elephant in Sabah. She has also been involved in the various management aspect of Bornean elephant where she was a committee member during the establishment of the latest Action Plan for Bornean elephant and has been invited to speak about the plight and conservation of Bornean elephant both at national and international levels. Elephants are close to her heart and she plans to continue working with this species in the future.

Mr. I S Shanmugaraj Subramaniam
Executive Director of Malaysian Nature Society
I S Shanmugaraj Subramaniam has been holding the helm since April 2015. He is not a stranger  or a newbie in the environmental NGOs world. With 23 years of experience under his belt with MNS , he spear-headed  the  Environmental Education Division for the Society via establishment of 7 environmental education centres nationwide. Since 1991,  he is the man responsible to lead MNS School Nature Club.

Ms. Siew Lyn Wong
Siew Lyn is co-founder and editor of Macaranga, a journalism portal covering environmental and sustainability issues in Malaysia. She has been creating content for 30 years in various media and is particularly passionate about conservation and grassroots efforts.

Pertubuhan Pemuliharaan Biodiversiti Sabah (Seratu Aatai) and Malaysian Nature Society are partly funded by the Embassy of France in Malaysia.

Event brought to you by
Alliance Française de Kuala Lumpur
Embassy of France in Malaysia
Institut Français
Pertubuhan Pemuliharaan Biodiversiti Sabah (Seratu Aatai)
Malaysian Nature Society (Persatuan Pencinta Alam Malaysia)

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.

Serge Jardin
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 Style His 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 Khoo
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.

Past Events:

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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