George Rudé Seminar in French History and Civilisation

George Rudé Seminar in French History and Civilisation


George Rudé Seminar in French History and Civilisation

4 to 7 July 2018 | Australian National University


We are pleased to announce the 21st George Rudé Seminar in French History and Civilisation, which will be hosted by The Australian National University in Canberra from 4 to 7 July 2018.

The George Rudé Seminar in French History and Civilisation is the premier conference in French historical and cultural studies in the southern hemisphere. This biennial event recognises the contribution of George Rudé to the study of French history and culture in Australasia and internationally. Each conference produces a peer-reviewed collection in the journal French History and Civilisation, published through H-France.

The Rudé Seminar welcomes twenty-minute papers, in English or in French, on all aspects of French and Francophone history, from the Middle Ages to the present, for inclusion in the general program.  Proposals for both individual papers and group panels will be accepted.

As the capital city of Australia, Canberra is home to many cultural and research institutions. The region is also known for its vineyards, bushwalking, and close proximity to the ski resorts of the Australian alps.

Confirmed keynote speakers for the 21st George Rudé Seminar include:

Alice Conklin (Professor of History, Ohio State University), author of In the Museum of Man: Race, Anthropology and Empire in France, 1850-1950 (Cornell, 2013) and A Mission to Civilize: The Republican Idea of Empire in France and West Africa, 1895-1930 (Stanford University Press, 1997).

Robert Gildea (Professor of Modern History at Worcester College, Oxford University), author of Marianne in Chains: In Search of the German Occupation, 1940-1945 (2002) Children of the Revolution. The French, 1799-1914 (2008) and Fighters in the Shadows: A New History of the French Resistance (2015).

Mary D. Lewis (Robert Walton Goelet Professor of French History at Harvard University), author of Divided Rule: Sovereignty and Empire in French Tunisia, 1881-1938 (University of California Press, 2013) and The Boundaries of the Republic: Migrant Rights and the Limits of Universalism in France (Stanford University Press, 2007).

Pierre Serna (Member of the Institut d'Histoire de la Révolution Française, Professeur d'histoire de la Révolution française et de l'Empire à l'Université de Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, IHRF-IHMC), author of La Révolution des animaux 1760-1820 (Fayard, 2016) and La République des Girouettes - 1795-1815 et au delà. Une anomalie politique : la France de l’extrême centre (Champ Vallon, 2005).

Organising Committee of the George Rudé Seminar 2018:

Dr Gemma Betros
Dr Alexander Cook
Dr Ben Mercer


The Seminar is being organised by the School of History, with the support of the College of Arts and Social Sciences, the Humanities Research Centre, and the French Research Cluster.

The ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences.
The Humanities Research Centre ANU. /
The ANU School of History.
The Embassy of France in Australia.
The Alliance Française Canberra.
The French Research Cluster, ANU.

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Date & time

Wed 04 Jul 2018, 9am – Sat 07 Jul 2018, 5pm


Sir Roland Wilson Building, ANU


Humanities Research Centre
+61 2 6125 4357


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