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The 19th George Rudé Seminar in French History and Civilisation will be held at Deakin University in Geelong, Victoria, Australia, on 9-12 July 2014.


The George Rudé Seminar is a biennial conference that brings together specialists in French history and cultural from Australia, New Zealand and around the world. The seminars recognize the contribution of George Rudé to the study of French history and culture in Australasia. 

Since 2005, a peer-reviewed selection of papers for each seminar has been published on-line through H-France.


For our 2014 seminar, we are pleased to welcome Pamela Pilbeam, Jean-Yves Mollier, John Merriman, Philippe Minard, Timothy Tackett, Marisa Linton, and Simon Kitson.


The 2014 Seminar is organised with the collaboration of three Melbourne universities: the University of Melbourne, Monash University, and Latrobe University.


We welcome proposals for twenty-minute papers (in English or French) that reflect the diversity of French history, culture, and society from the medieval to the contemporary periods. Proposals, consisting of an abstract of no more than 300 words, with a one-page CV, should be sent to georgerudeseminar2014@gmail.comby 31 March 2014.


Travel, Registration, and Accommodation details are available from the conference website.


French History and Civilization Style Guide

Alison Patrick Memorial Scholarship


pplications are invited from for a scholarship in memory of Alison Patrick, to enable (post)graduate students to attend the George Rudé Seminar in French History and Civilization. The Scholarship provides up to 2000 Australian dollars for travel and expenses.

Alison Patrick was Reader in History at the University of Melbourne. She had a lifelong interest in the scholarship of the French Revolution, and a strong commitment to students. She was one of the founders of the Rudé seminar and presented papers over many years.



The recipient is expected to attend and to present a paper at the Rudé Seminar. He/she will also be expected to offer the paper for publication in French History and Civilization. Papers from the George Rudé Seminar, published on H-France. The paper will carry an acknowledgement of the Scholarship. Costs incurred, up to the amount granted, will be reimbursed upon presentation of receipts. In certain cases, fares or other expenses may be paid directly by the Scholarship fund. Part scholarships may be offered to more than one applicant. The Scholarship will not be awarded to the same person twice.

If numerous applications are received, preference may be given to papers on the French Revolution, Alison Patrick's primary area of interest.



The recipient must be actively engaged in full- or part-time doctoral study in French history (or a related field) at a recognised university.



Applications for the Scholarship to attend the 2014 George Rudé Seminar in Geelong should be sent to Dr Greg Burgess to whom any inquiries should also be directed. Applicants should send a CV, a 500-word paper proposal, and the names of 2 academic referees.

Closing date: 31 March 2014


France 1914. A Public Forum to Mark the Centenary of the First World War


In conjunction with the 2014 George Rudé Seminar, a special public forum will be held at the State Library of Victoria, Melbourne, on 15 July 2014, to mark the centenary of the start of the First World War. Its theme is 'France 1914' with special presentations by Annette Becker and Jay Winter, and historians from Australia and New Zealand. Further details can be found at our conference website.


Contacts and inquiries:

Greg Burgess

School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Deakin University

Julie Kalman

School of Philosophical, Historical, and International Studies
Monash University  

Briony Neilson

Deakin University Geelong







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