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17th George Rudé Seminar
in French History and Civilization

14-16 July, 2010


University of Sydney

Every two years, the George Rudé Seminar brings together specialists in French history and other areas of French studies from Australia and New Zealand with colleagues from around the world for a major conference.  A selection of papers from the biannual conferences is now published in peer-reviewed format on H-France.

The 2010 Rudé Seminar will be held at the University of Sydney. Among the featured guests will be Professor Olivier Wieviorka from the Ecole Normale Supérieure (Cachan), author of numerous works on twentieth-century French history.

The general theme of the 2010 Seminar is ‘History and Memory’.  However, paper proposals are invited on any area of French history, or on subjects in other areas of French studies with an historical perspective.  In general, speakers will have twenty minutes for delivery, and papers may be presented in either English or French.  If speakers are interested in their papers being considered for publication, they should be ready to submit a complete version of their texts (of 8000 words maximum) at the time of the conference.

At a later date, the organisers will be providing further details – along with a registration form -  concerning conference venues, registration fees, accommodation, catering and travel information on Australia and Sydney.

Proposals for papers should include a tentative title, a one-paragraph summary of the paper, a one-paragraph biographical note on the speaker and full contact details.  They should be addressed by 1 December 2009 to:

If you have questions, please contact the Chair of the organising committee, Professor Robert Aldrich, Department of History, The University of Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia (

Please also send your contact details to if you would like to be put on the mailing list for the conference.

The Australian Society for French Studies will have a conference in Sydney immediately preceding the Rudé Seminar, and those interested can obtained further information from Dr Michelle Royer ( or Dr Françoise Grauby (, Department of French Studies.

Organising committee for the Rudé Seminar: Robert Aldrich, Judith Keene, Liz Rechniewski, Jennifer Milam, Margaret Sankey, Glenda Sluga, Bronwyn Winter.


The Conference is supported by

School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry, & School of Languages and Cultures in the Faculty of Arts