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Professor Adam Watt

Public engagement

In March 2013 I spoke about Proust and Du côté de chez Swann at Jewish Book Week in London. To listen to the podcast, click here: In May 2013 I gave an introductory talk on Proust at Blackwell's Bookshop in Oxford. See here for more details:

In the spring of 2013 I also organised an afternoon colloquium which was open to the public, '1913: The Arts in Europe', involving papers by colleagues in the College of Humanities at Exeter and from Art History and Modern Languages at the University of Bristol. For details see here:

Here is a link to a talk (on letters in Proust's novel) that I gave at the Maison francaise d'Oxford in November 2013 as part of the cycle 'Proust, la pensée, l’émotion, l’écriture', organised by Anne Simon (CRAL/EHESS):

Contribution to discipline

I am a member of the Society for French Studies ( and the British Comparative Literature Association ( and sit on the Executive Committee of the British Association for Modernist Studies ( I am a member of the Comité de lecture international for the online journal Acta Fabula ( and I am the UK correspondent for ADIREL (Association pour la diffusion de la  Recherche littéraire - From July 2009 to June 2012 I was Conference Officer for the Society for French Studies. I was a member of the AHRC's Peer-review College (2014-2017) and am currently a member of the advisory board of the Australian Journal of French Studies (2018-). I am also a member of the comité scientifique of the online journal Nouveaux Cahiers de Marge (


I review books for Bulletin d’informations proustiennes, French Studies, Modern Language Review, Journal of European Studies, Modern and Contemporary France, Notes and QueriesPN Review, TLS and a number of other journals. My work has been published in the Magazine littéraire and cited, for example, in the Nouvelle revue française and the London Review of Books.