Alfred Deakin Research Institute


The 19th George Rudé Seminar in French History and Civilisation

9-12 July, 2014 - Deakin University


You can also register for France, 1914: A one day public conference on the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War

En français


Alison Patrick Memorial Scholarship

Further information (incl Transport)


Special Events

Contact: Greg Burgess
Telephone: +61 (0)3 5227 2987

The Alfred Deakin Research Institute and The Faculty of Arts and Education of Deakin University are honoured to be hosts for the 19th George Rudé Seminar in French History and Civilisation, which will be held at the Geelong Waterfront Campus between 10 and 12 July 2014.

Established in 1978 to honour George Rudé's contributions to the study of French history in Australasia, the George Rudé Seminar is a biennial conference that brings together specialists in French history and culture from Australia, New Zealand and around the world.

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

The 2014 Seminar is organised with the collaboration of three Melbourne universities: the University of Melbourne, Monash University, and Latrobe University. We are pleased to welcome Pamela Pilbeam, Jean-Yves Mollier, John Merriman, Philippe Minard, Timothy Tackett, Marissa Linton, and Simon Kitson.

Our program will reflect the diversity of French history, culture, and society from the medieval to the contemporary periods.

The Seminar will be followed by a special one-day public seminar commemorating the centenary of the start of the First World War. This seminar, 'France 1914', will be held in the State Library of Victoria, Melbourne, on 15 July 2014.


En français

L'Alfred Deakin Research Institute et le Faculty of Arts and Education de Deakin University, Australie, ont l'honneur d'acceuilir le dix-neuvième séminaire George Rudé du 10 au 12 juillet 2014.

Le George Rudé Seminar in French History and Civilisation est un colloque biannuel qui 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 2005, une sélection des communications présentées à chaque colloque est évaluée par les pairs et publiée sur le portail web H-France.

Une journée consacrée à la commémoration du centenaire du début de la première guerre mondiale suivra à la State Library du Victoria, Melbourne, 15 juillet 2014.

Hébergement à Geelong et à Melbourne

Contact: Greg Burgess
Alfred Deakin Research Institute
School of Humanities and Social Sciences,
Faculty of Arts and Education, Deakin University
Telephone: +61 (0)3 5227 2987


France, 1914:

A one day public conference on the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War

In conjunction with the 2014 George Rudé Seminar in French History and Civilisation, the George Rudé Society, the Faculty of Arts and Education and the Alfred Deakin Research Institute at Deakin University, will be holding a one day conference to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War at the State Library of Victoria on 15 July 2014.

The theme for the conference is 'France, 1914'. We are pleased to welcome renowned specialists in the history of France and the Great War, Annette Becker, Jay Winter, John Merriman, Bruno Cabanes, Martyn Lyons, and other specialists on the history of the First World War.


Village Roadshow Theatrette
State Library of Victoria
Latrobe Street, Melbourne,

15 July 2014

Full: $95
Rudé Conference attendees: $45
Alfred Deakin Research Institute fellows & members: $55
(Lunch is not included)

Further details:
Greg Burgess
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Deakin University

REGISTER for 'France, 1914' NOW


Alison Patrick Memorial Scholarship
George Rudé Seminar in French History and Civilization

Applications 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 at Deakin University, Geelong, should be sent to the conference convenor, 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

Further Information

About Geelong:
Geelong is situated about 70 kilometres south-west of Melbourne, on Corio Bay, a part of the larger Port Phillip Bay. The name is derived from the local Wathaurong Aboriginal word Jillong, meaning, it is believed, 'land' or 'cliffs. It was founded shortly after Melbourne itself was settled in the 1830s, and grew as a port city during the 1850s gold rush and through the expansion of agriculture, particularly wool production, in western Victoria, during the second half of the nineteenth century.

Geelong is a tourist destination for visitors to the southern surf beaches of Victoria, the Great Ocean Road along the western Victorian coast, and the Bellarine Peninsula holiday destinations of Queenscliff, Point Lonsdale, and Ocean Grove, and local wineries. Visitor information is available here.

About Deakin University:
Deakin University was founded in 1974 as the first regional university in Victoria, and Victoria's fourth university. It has since grown into a multi-campus university, with campuses in Melbourne, the coastal city of Warnambool in the Western District of Victoria, and two Geelong Campuses. The Geelong campus at Waurn Ponds was the first Deakin campus. The Waterfront Campus, on Corio Bay, was founded in 2009, in renovated wool sheds that served the Port of Geelong. The University is named after Alfred Deakin, a key architect behind Australia's Federation in 1901, three-times Australian Prime Minister and duly recognized as the outstanding politician in the first ten years of the Commonwealth of Australia.

Getting to Geelong

The The George Rudé Seminar is being hosted in Geelong, Victoria by Deakin University at our Geelong Waterfront Campus. For further details about the Waterfront Campus please view the campus map.

The following videos will give you a sense of Geelong:


All visitors can take flights to Melbourne's Tullamarine Airport and drive, take a shuttle bus or train to the Waterfront Campus (see below for details). The airport has daily flights to and from Los Angeles, London and Auckland, and serveral services from Singapore, Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur. Qantas Airways has recently entered into an alliance with Emirates Airlines, and in future its flights between Melbourne and London will transit Dubai. Singapore Air, Malaysia Airlines, Cathay Pacific fly between London or Paris and Melbourne via, respectively, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, and Hong Kong. United Airlines, Delta, Qantas, Air New Zealand, and Virgin Australia all have regular flights between Melbourne and Los Angeles.

Domestic travelers (or those connecting from Tullamarine Airport) can fly daily with JetStar to Avalon Airport and then drive or take a shuttle bus to the Waterfront Campus (see below for details).


The Waterfront Campus is located approximately one hour's drive from Melbourne (Tullamarine Airport). All the major rental car companies have information desks on-site at the airport. The following Google Map shows the route from Tullamarine Airport to the Waterfront Campus.

Avalon Airport is approximately 20 kilometres from Geelong's central business district. Some of the major rental car companies have information desks on-site at this airport. The following Google Map shows the route from Avalon Airport to the Waterfront Campus.

Airport shuttle

From Tullamarine Airport you can use the Gull Airport Service to travel direct to Geelong. Contact, booking, price, and timetable information can be found on their website. The pick-up and drop-off point for this service closest to Waterfront Campus is the Geelong Railway Station. From there you can take a taxi to your hotel.

From Avalon Airport you can use the Avalon Airport Shuttle to travel direct to Geelong. Contact, booking and price information can be found on their website. Please contact this company directly for information on pick-up and drop-off options in Geelong.


Train travel to Geelong is available but it is not convenient for visitors arriving by plane.

From Tullamarine Airport you can take the Skybus Service to Southern Cross Station in the Melbourne central business district. From Southern Cross Station you can take a VLine train service to Geelong Railway Station. See the VLine website for the Geelong timetable, details about fares, bookings, etc. Once you arrive at the Geelong Railway Station you can take a taxi to your hotel.

Please see the information about the Geelong Railway Station for further details.


The Geelong Taxi Network website has information on estimating taxi fares, booking online, etc. The contact number for booking a taxi in Geelong is 131 008.



Visitors to the 2014 George Rudé Seminar are asked to make their own accommodation arrangements. Please find below a list of hotels and other accommodation options in various price ranges for both Geelong and Melbourne. The Seminar organisers have no arrangements with any of the listings below. They are recommended here for the proximity to the conference venue in Geelong, or their central location in the Melbourne CBD and/or their proximity to Southern Cross Station for trains to Geelong. Each options has internet booking options, the rates for which can be considerably lower then the nominal daily rates. Please use the websites to check which of these options would best suit your needs.

The Mercure Geelong will extend the Deakin corporate rate of $131 AUD room per night for a standard room for the Rudé conference. To take advantage of this special conference rate please direct your delegates to book via the hotel’s reservation department on or 613 5223 6200 and quote FRE070714.

Trinity College at the University of Melbourne has accommodation available during the Winter Break 2014 (30 June - 20 July) for conference attendees who wish to spend some time in Melbourne. Rates begin from $70 per night for a single room, with breakfast options also available. Please see Trinity College's website for further details, or contact the College directly by email at or

Geelong City Centre & Eastern Beach (5 to 10 minutes from conference venune)

Vue Apartments and Day
Mercure Geelong
Four Points by Sheraton Geelong
Gatehouse on Ryrie
Comfort Inn Eastern Sands
Nireeda Apartments

Melbourne City Centre

BreakFree Heritage on Little Bourke
Adina Apartment Hotel Melbourne, (various locations)
Punthill Apartment Hotel - Flinders Lane
Vibe Savoy Hotel Melbourne
Batman's Hill on Collins
Mantra on Little Bourke
Mercure Welcome Melbourne

Please contact Dr Greg Burgess: with any queries.

Special Events

Conference Dinner
Friday 11 July 2014 from 7:00pm

Baveras Brasserie, located at the end of Cunningham Pier overlooking Corio Bay, opposite conference venue (

Three course meal and wine with the meal (drinks at own expense afterwards) $95

Please contact Dr Greg Burgess: with any queries.

Deakin University acknowledges the traditional land owners of present campus sites.

20th February 2015