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Sixteenth George Rudé Seminar in French History and Civilisation
The University of Queensland is pleased to announce that the Sixteenth George Rudé Seminar in French History will be held in Brisbane, Australia, from 9 to 11 July 2008, hosted by the Centre for the History of European Discourses. The biennial Rudé Seminar continues a French history tradition that distinguished George Rudé’s tenure in Australia.  The Seminar for 2008 will accord a particular place to research in cultural history, but will welcome papers on all aspects of French history. The Rudé Seminar welcomes individual papers, which the organisers will arrange in sessions of two or three papers. Should you prefer to organise a panel, please let us know.
Keynote speakers for the conference are:-

Colin Jones, who is Professor of History at Queen Mary, University of London. Colin Jones is the author of many important books on the cultural and social history of eighteenth-century France, including The Medical World of Early Modern France (1997, with Laurence Brockliss); The Great Nation: France from Louis XV to Napoleon, 1715-1799 (2002); Madame de Pompadour and her Image (2002); and Paris: Biography of a City (2004). He is currently working on a history of teeth and smiles in eighteenth-century Paris.

Christine Bard
, who is Professeure des universités at the Université d’Angers. Her books include Les Filles de Marianne. Histoires des féminismes. 1914-1940 (1995); Les Garçonnes. Modes et fantasmes des Années folles (1998); Les Femmes dans la société française au XXesiècle (2001). Her most recent book, Une Histoire politique du pantalon, is due to appear in early 2008.

Fabrice Virgili
who is Chargé de recherche of the CNRS group IRICE (Identités, relations internationales et civilisations de l’Europe) at the Univerisité de Paris 1. He is author of La France “virile”: Des femmes tondues à la liberation (2000), and co-author of Hommes et femmes dans la France en guerre, 1914-1945 (2003). He is currently working on a project about children born of Franco-German couples during World War Two.
Day three of the Seminar (Friday 11 July) is a special theme day:  “Revising gender and sexuality in nation, race and identity”. Here we invite scholars working on gender and sexuality history to contribute papers that address questions of how gendered and sexual meaning have been constructed in French sources that were not specifically conceived by their authors as texts about such matters, as well as those that were. How do visions of appropriate masculinity and femininity, about sexual desires and categories appear in hygienist, nationalist, racist, right and left-wing, colonial, medical, legal sources, as opposed to how they appear in sexological, erotic or other kinds of texts that proclaim their object to be sexuality or gender? How is meaning about sexuality and gender created, en passant, within the construction of other kinds of identities and ideologies? We particularly welcome papers that address the ways in which sexual, gender and bodily imagery, metaphors and discourses have been invoked about the past in retrospect as questions of historical memory.
We also welcome papers on all forms of ideological struggle where identity and difference were constructed through visions of sex and gender. What too are the limits of sex and gender as historical categories? Can we explain the past in these terms without reiterating pathologising or sexualising myths, or without allowing presentist concerns to determine our categories of knowledge? What is at stake in the different style of historical approach (political, social, cultural, intellectual) in the writing of such histories? The seminar will feature a keynote address by Fabrice Virgili from Paris 1, who has received broad critical acclaim for his demonstration that the notion of the tondue as a sexual traitor was itself a sexualisation of female collaboration.
We hope that historians of France from abroad will take this opportunity to visit us and to see Australia. Brisbane is Australia's most northern capital on the Pacific Rim, and its third-largest city with a population of about 1.6 million. It is a cosmopolitan city with quality hotels, restaurants, cafés, night-life, and museums. The city centre sits within a tropical landscape and is built along the undulating Brisbane River. It is close to the coast, surrounded by hills and in close proximity to some stunning natural attractions including the World Heritage listed Fraser Island, the endless beaches of the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast, and the rich forests of Mt Tambourine, Glasshouse Mountains and Bunya national parks. The June-July period is generally warm, dry and sunny (day 20-25C, night 8-12C).


31 March 2008 -  Last date for submission of proposals for panels and papers.
Papers are to be 30 minutes long.
Abstracts should be 150 - 200 words maximum.
18 May 2008 - Last date for early bird registration.

Conference Fees:
$150.00 per day - full fees
$120.00 per day - early bird fee
$80.00 per day - postgrads

Conference Dinner:
Ahmet’s Licensed Turkish Restaurant in ‘The Keys Room’ Shop 10/164 Grey Street, South Bank, Thursday the 10th July 2008 at 7.30pm.
Vegetarian Banquet - $48 per head
Sultan's Banquet - $55 per head
This will include a limited amount of house wine, local beer and soft drink/juice.
Spirits will be extra as will premium and imported beers.

EVENT REGISTRATION SYSTEM  - Please note that it is either $120pr day early bird fee, $150 per day normal fee or $80 pr day post grad fee, as listed above. You will need to indicated how many days you will be attending and pay for each day.
Click here to register on our Online Registration System

Visitors Information:
English Version
French Version

Conference Accommodation:  Medina Executive Brisbane

Conference Venue:   Customs House



Sixteenth George Rudé Seminar in French History and Civilisation
9-11 July 2008
Customs House, 399 Queen Street, Brisbane

9:10 - 10:30  - Keynote Address
Lady Thiess Room
Chair: Peter Cryle
Colin Jones (Queen Mary, University of London)
How Not to Laugh in the French Enlightenment: the Saint Aubin Livre de caricatures
10:30 - 11:00
Morning Tea
11.00 - 1.00
Panel 1
Sylvia Jones Board Room
Chair: Caroline Ford
Eighteenth-Century Histories of Art and Garden Design
Jennifer Milam (Sydney)
Cosmopolitanism in the Eighteenth-Century French Garden
Georgina Cole (Sydney)
Privacy and the Role of the Door in the Genre Paintings of Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin
Jessica Priebe (Sydney)
Artist as Collector: The Coquillier of François Boucher
Panel 2
Lady Thiess Room
Chair: Nicholas Hewitt
Medical Histories of Sexuality
Bob Weston (UWA)
Epistolary Consultations on Venereal Disease in Eighteenth-Century France
Peter Cryle (Queensland)
“Female impotence” in Nineteenth-Century French Medical Writing
Chiara Beccalossi (Queensland)
Parent-Duchâtelet: the Popularisation of the “Tribade-Prostitute” Figure in Medical Debates
1:00 - 2:00
2:00 - 4:00
Panel 3
Lady Thiess Room
Chair: Alexander Cook
Cultural Transmissions: British to French
Chip Van Dyk (Sydney)
Méthode Anglaise: The Mythic Origin of Champagne and the Influence of the English Market on French Winemaking
Nicole Starbuck (Adelaide)
Joseph Banks and the Baudin Expedition (1800-1804)
Pieter Francois (Royal Holloway, University of London)
Henry Addison’s Handbooks for British Residents in France and Belgium in the Mid-Nineteenth Century
Panel 4
Sylvia Jones Board Room
Chair: Susan Foley
Cultural Histories of the Third Republic
Emmanuelle Chapin (Stanford)
Classics for the Masses: The Dilemmas of Cultural Democratization in Third-Republic France (1879-1920)
Caroline Ford (UCLA)
Landscape Reclamation and the Creation of “National Parks” in French Colonial Africa
James Cannon (Monash)
Catholics and Communists in the Zone
4:00 - 4:15
Afternoon Tea
4:15 – 5:45
Panel 5
Lady Thiess Room
Chair: Ian Coller
Revising Histories of the French Nation State
Ainslie Blair Ingles (Melbourne)
Revolts, Rebellion, and Re-interpretations: the Angelets de la Terra
Hamish Graham (UNSW)
Fleurs-de-lis in the Forest: Landowners and the State in the Landes during the Eighteenth Century

9:30-10:50 Keynote Address
Lady Thiess Room 
Chair: David Garrioch
Christine Bard (Université d’Angers)
Le Pantalon: une histoire politique, de la revolution française a nos jours
10:50 - 11.20
Morning Tea
11:20 - 1.20
Panel 6
Lady Thiess Room  
Chair: Alison Moore
Histories of Gender and Culture
Jolanta Pekacz (Dalhousie)
Music, Identity and Gender in France in The Age of Sensibility
Kirsty Carpenter (Massey)
Challenging the Patriarchal Family and the Patriarchal State in the Novels of Madame de Souza.
Cuong Mahn La (La Trobe)
How Female Virginity Enhances Masculinity: An Exploratory Study in Hanoi, Vietnam.
Panel 7
Sylvia Jones Board Room
Chair: Hamish Graham
Expansion of the French State
Ian Coller (Melbourne)
Jacobins on the Bosphorus: The French Revolution in Constantinople
Robert Aldrich (Sydney)
France’s Colonial Island: Corsica and the Empire
Greg Burgess (Deakin)
Foreign Workers in Early-Industrial Alsace. The Limitation of Rights in the Haut-Rhin, 1821-3.
1:20 - 2:40
2:40 - 4:40
Panel 8
Lady Thiess Room
Chair: Jolanta Pekacz
Eighteenth-Century Personae and Values
David Garrioch (Monash)
Religious culture(s) and the meaning of things in eighteenth-century Paris.
Alexander Cook (ANU)
Enlightenment, Empire and Espionage in France at the End of the Eighteenth-Century: the Case of Constantin-Francois Volney
Peter McPhee (Melbourne)
The Making of Maximilien: Robespierre's Childhood, 1758-69
Panel 9
Sylvia Jones Board Room
Chair: Bob Weston
Twentieth-Century Bodies and Desires
Jonathan Marshall (Edith Cowan)
The Legacy of Dr J.-M. Charcot within Parascientific Discourse and Spectacle
Bill Murray (La Trobe)
France and the Nazi Olympics
Laurence Attuel-Mendes (Groupe ESC Dijon-Bourgogne)
Evolution of Gender and Marriage: Outreach on Entrepreneurship?
4:40 - 5:00
Afternoon Tea
5:00 - 6:00
Sylvia Jones Board Room
Annual Meeting

9:00-10:20 Keynote Address
Lady Thiess Room
Chair: Alison Moore
Fabrice Virgili (Paris 1)
Reconstruire une France virile, 1944-1945
10:20 – 10:50
Morning Tea
Session 1
Lady Thiess Room
Chair: Robert Aldrich
10:50 - 12:20
Alison Moore (Queensland)
The Erotic Republic
Marie-Paule Ha (Hong Kong University)
The Colonial Feminine Mystique
12:20 - 1:30
1:30 - 3:00
Session 2
Lady Thiess Room
Chair: Elizabeth Stephens
Susan Foley (Melbourne)
Vercingetorix Meets the Goddess of Wisdom: Myth, Antiquity, and the Gendering of Political Life in the Early Third Republic
Nicholas Hewitt (Nottingham)
“Les Best-Sellers de 1945”: Gender and Popular Culture in Post-Liberation France
3:00 - 3:20
Afternoon Tea
3:20 – 5:20
Session 3
Lady Thiess Room
Chair: Charles Sowerwine
Sarah Ferber (Queensland)
No Sex, Please, We’re Possessed: Two Seventeenth-Century Adult Male Demoniacs
Maryse Simon (Oxford)
Sexual Crimes during the Early Modern Witch Hunt
Melinda Gough (McMaster)
The King’s Sexuality in Early Seventeenth-Century Queen’s Court Ballet
5:20 – 5:30
Closing remarks


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