About

The George Rudé Seminar in French History and Civilisation will be held online from 1-22 July 2022. Four live keynote addresses and a series of prerecorded panels and live panel discussions will be spread over this period, accessible to those registered for the conference.

The conference has no specific themes and welcomes papers on all aspects of French and Francophone history, from the Middle Ages to the present. Papers may be in English or in French and will normally be of 20 minutes duration. Proposals for thematic panels of three or four papers will also be considered.

The due date for offers of papers is 15 April 2022. Abstracts of approximately 250 words should be sent to grs2022-sophis@monash.edu, together with a 100-word bio, including name and professional affiliation.

Presenters whose papers are accepted will be asked to record them, using Zoom, and to send them by Friday 6 June. Papers will be grouped into panels, and wherever possible, we will arrange for live discussion of the pre-recorded papers.

The George Rudé Seminar is the premier conference in French historical and cultural studies in the southern hemisphere. Held every second year, in Australia or New Zealand, it recognises the contribution of George Rudé to the study of French history and culture in Australasia and internationally. Each conference produces a peer-reviewed selection of papers in the journal French History and Civilization, published free and online through H-France at http://www.h-france.net/rude/rudepapers.html. For further information on the George Rudé Society and on earlier conferences, see https://h-france.net/rude/

Confirmed keynote speakers for the 23rd George Rudé Seminar are:

Christopher Forth, Professor of History and the Dean’s Professor of Humanities at the University of Kansas. He has written, among other works, The Dreyfus Affair and the Crisis of French Manhood (2004), has co-edited (with Bertrand Taithe) French Masculinities: History, Culture and Politics (2007) and (with Eleanor Accampo) Confronting Modernity in Fin-de-Siècle France: Bodies, Minds and Gender (2010). His most recent book is Fat: A Cultural History of the Stuff of Life (2019).

Constant Mews, Emeritus Professor, Monash University, who has written widely on medieval history, including The Lost Love Letters of Héloïse and Abelard: Perceptions of Dialogue in Twelfth-Century France (1999), French translation La voix d’Héloïse. Un dialogue de deux amants (2005), and Abelard and Heloise (2005). His edited books and articles cover many aspects of medieval thought, but also music, spirituality, preaching and advice literature, the history of women and that of emotions.

Penny Roberts, Professor of History, University of Warwick. Penny is the author of Peace and Authority during the French Religious Wars, c. 1560-1600 (2013), co-editor with Graeme Murdock and Andrew Spicer of Ritual and Violence: Natalie Zemon Davis and Early Modern France (2012); with Mark Levene and Rob Johnson, of History at the End of the World? History, Climate Change and the Possibility of Closure (2010); and with Keith Cameron and Mark Greengrass, of The Adventure of Religious Pluralism in Early Modern France (2000).

Noah Shusterman (Chinese University of Hong Kong). Noah’s most recent book is Armed Citizens: The Road from Ancient Rome to the Second Amendment (2020). He has also written The French Revolution: Faith, Desire and Politics (2014) and Religion and the Politics of Time: Holidays from Louis XIV to Napoleon (2010), along with several important articles on the French Revolution.

Organising committee: Alexis Bergantz (RMIT University), David Garrioch (Monash University), Julie Kalman (Monash University), Una McIlvenna (University of Melbourne), Tim Verhoeven (Monash University).

Image: Lieutenant-Governor Charles Joseph La Trobe’s cottage (c.1844), by George Alexander Gilbert, La Trobe Picture Collection, State Library of Victoria.

La Trobe was Superintendent of the Port Phillip District and in 1851 became Lieutenant-Governor of the newly-created colony of Victoria. He was of Huguenot descent, as was part of the family of his Swiss-born wife, Sophie de Monmollin. She was from the canton of Neuchâtel.

Charles, Sophie and their children lived in this house from 1839 to 1854. The timber house was prefabricated in London and was originally erected on the land of the Bunurong people, in what is now East Melbourne. The dining room was added by local builders, and is the oldest known example of ‘study frame’ construction in the world. It, and a small part of the prefabricated structure, are the only parts of the house that remain, one of the oldest surviving Melbourne buildings.

The La Trobes called the estate ‘Jolimont’, after the property belonging to Sophie’s uncle, Frédéric de Pourtalès, where they had spent their honeymoon. The painting shows Sophie and her two daughters in the garden.

See https://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/la-trobe-charles-joseph-2334 and https://www.latrobesociety.org.au/sophie

An imaginative online visit of the remaining part of the house can be found at https://www.hiddenmelbourne.com.au/latrobecottage/


Alison Patrick Memorial Prize 2022

The Alison Patrick Memorial Scholarship, usually awarded for travel to the conference, will this year be given as a prize ($500 Australian dollars) for the best (recorded) paper by a (post)graduate student presented at the George Rudé Seminar in 2022.

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.

Eligibility:

The recipient must be a full- or part-time student undertaking postgraduate study in French history and civilization at a recognised university anywhere in the world.

Offers of papers:

Proposals for papers consist of an abstract of approximately 250 words, which should be sent to GRS2022-SOPHIS@monash.edu together with a 100-word bio. To be considered for the prize, you should include the name of your supervisor/director or of your Head of Department.

The closing date for proposals is formally 15 April 2022, but (post)graduate student papers will be accepted until 30 April.

Postgraduate papers, pre-recorded on Zoom (preferably), will be of 15-20 minutes duration, and should be submitted by 10 June.

Conditions:

The recipient is expected to offer a revised version of the paper as an article for publication in the Rudé Society’s refereed journal French History and Civilization, published on H-France: http://www.h-france.net/rude/rudepapers.html

The article, if accepted, will carry an acknowledgement of the Alison Patrick Prize.

Criteria:

The judges will take into account the content, originality, and structure of the presentation and the quality of the delivery.

Le colloque George Rudé se tiendra en distanciel du 1er au 22 juillet 2022. Quatre conférences et des discussions seront présentées en ligne pendant cette période, accompagnées de communications enregistrées.

Le colloque n’a pas de thèmes spécifiques, et accueille des communications sur tout aspect de l’histoire française et francophone, du Moyen Âge à nos jours. Elles peuvent être individuelles ou en panel de 3 ou de 4 communications préenregistrées.

Des communications de vingt minutes peuvent être présentées en français ou en anglais.

Le colloque George Rudé rassemble des spécialistes de l’histoire et de la culture françaises venant du monde entier. Il est dédié à la mémoire de George Rudé et à sa contribution à l’étude en Australasie de l’histoire et la culture de la France. Depuis 2006, une sélection des communications (revues par les pairs) paraît dans French History and Civilization, publiée sur le site de H-France: http://www.h-france.net/rude/rudepapers.html

Les propositions de communications, comprenant un titre, un resumé d’environ 1600 signes, et une notice bio-bibliographique d’environ 700 signes, sont à envoyer au plus tard le 15 avril 2022 à grs2022-sophis@monash.edu

Nous informerons rapidement chaque participant de l’acceptation de sa communication. Nous demanderons à chaque participant dont la communication aura été acceptée de l’enregistrer, en utilisant de préférence le logiciel Zoom, et de nous l’envoyer au plus tard le 6 juin 2022.  Les communications seront mises en ligne, à la disposition des personnes inscrites au colloque, au cours des trois premières semaines de juillet. Nous envisageons des discussions en ligne des panels, suivant la disponibilité des participants.

Le colloque comprendra également plusieurs conférences invitées et tables rondes, qui seront disponibles en direct, par Zoom.

Les conférenciers principaux du 23èmeGeorge Rudé Seminar incluent:

Christopher Forth, professeur à l’University of Kansas. Il a publié de nombreux ouvrages, y compris The Dreyfus Affair and the Crisis of French Manhood (2004); Confronting Modernity in Fin-de-Siècle France: Bodies, Minds and Gender, co-dirigé avecEleanor Accampo (2010); et French Masculinities: History, Culture and Politics (2007), co-dirigé avec Bertrand Taithe. Son livre le plus récent est Fat: A Cultural History of the Stuff of Life (2019).

Constant Mews, professeur emerite d’histoire à Monash University. Il a écrit et dirigé de nombreux ouvrages, y compris La voix d’Héloïse. Un dialogue de deux amants (2005, 1re édition en anglais, 1999) ; et Abelard and Heloise (2005). Ses articles portent sur beaucoup d’aspects de la pensée médiévale, y compris la théologie et la spiritualité, mais également sur la musique, la pédagogie, et l’histoire des femmes et celle des émotions.

Penny Roberts, professeure à l’University of Warwick. Elle a publié Peace and Authority during the French Religious Wars, c. 1560-1600 (2013); Ritual and Violence: Natalie Zemon Davis and Early Modern France, co-dirigé avec Graeme Murdock et Andrew Spicer (2012); History at the End of the World? History, Climate Change and the Possibility of Closure, co-dirigé avec Mark Levene et Rob Johnson(2010); et The Adventure of Religious Pluralism in Early Modern France (2000), co-dirigé avec Keith Cameron et Mark Greengrass.

Noah Shusterman, professeur à la Chinese University of Hong Kong. Il est l’auteur de Armed Citizens: The Road from Ancient Rome to the Second Amendment (2020); The French Revolution: Faith, Desire and Politics (2014); et Religion and the Politics of Time: Holidays from Louis XIV to Napoleon (2010); ainsi que d’importants articles sur l’histoire de la Révolution française.

Pour toute question, s’addresser à David.Garrioch@monash.edu

Le comité d’organisation: Alexis Bergantz (RMIT University), David Garrioch (Monash University), Julie Kalman (Monash University), Una McIlvenna (University de Melbourne), Tim Verhoeven (Monash University).


Prix Alison Patrick

Un prix de $500 (dollars australiens) sera décerné à la meilleure communication étudiante présentée au colloque G. Rudé en 2022.

Alison Patrick fut maître de conférences à l’Université de Melbourne. Elle eut un intérêt durable dans l’étude de la Révolution française, ainsi qu’un engagement conséquent envers les étudiants. Elle fut l’une des fondatrices du Rudé Seminar et elle y participa pendant de nombreuses années.

Éligibilité :

Le prix est ouvert aux étudiants en histoire et civilisation françaises, à plein ou à mi-temps, dans une université reconnue, de tout pays du monde.

Communications :

Les communications seront de 15 à 20 minutes. Les propositions, comprenant un titre, un resumé d’environ 1600 signes, une notice bio-bibliographique d’environ 700 signes, et le nom et l’adresse-mail de votre directeur d’études, sont à envoyer à GRS2022-SOPHIS@monash.edu

Les propositions de communications étudiantes, seront acceptées jusqu’au 30 avril 2022.

Nous informerons rapidement chaque participant de l’acceptation de sa communication. Nous lui demanderons ensuite de l’enregistrer, en utilisant de préférence le logiciel Zoom, et de nous l’envoyer au plus tard le 10 juin 2022. Les communications seront mises en ligne, à la disposition des personnes inscrites au colloque, au cours des trois premières semaines de juillet.

Critères :

Le jury tiendra compte du contenu, de l'originalité et de l’organisation de la communication ainsi que de la qualité de la prestation.

Conditions :

Le récipiendaire sera tenu de soumettre cette communication, en forme d’article, au journal de la Société G. Rudé, French History and Civilization, publié en libre-accès sur H-France : http://www.h-france.net/rude/rudepapers.html

L’article devra faire mention du prix Alison Patrick.