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Founded in 1954, the Society for French Historical Studies promotes scholarship focused on the history of France from the medieval era to the twenty-first century. The Society also champions research into history beyond France itself, to include the hexagon’s historical relationships with the rest of the world, including North America, Africa, and Asia, as well as other societies on the European continent.
The SFHS is very proud to publish the quarterly, French Historical Studies, long recognized internationally as one of the premier journals in the discipline of history.
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Call for Papers: Joint 66th Society for French Historical Studies Conference and 22nd George Rudé Seminar in French History and Civilisation
7-10 July 2020, Auckland, NZ
‘France and Beyond: the Global World of ‘Ngāti Wīwī’.
[Tribe ‘Oui Oui’ was the local name for the French in nineteenth-century NZ.]
In July 2020 to a theme of ‘France and Beyond’, the first ever joint meeting of the George Rudé Seminar and the Society for French Historical Studies Conference will be held in Auckland. This special conference marks a departure from the norms of both societies while preserving and promoting the atmosphere and the intimacy of intellectual exchange nurtured and valued by both. It brings closer together chercheurs and scholars of French History, and welcomes those members of the wider global fraternity of French Historians to ally themselves to their colleagues in Auckland. Leading scholars from the US, UK and Europe will be keynote guests, and many American and international colleagues have already signalled their intention to attend.
The organisers invite the submission of panels, roundtables, and individual papers (papers should be fifteen to twenty minutes) on any aspect of French History, Medieval to Contemporary. Areas of traditional French historical research will be featured alongside popular themes: Citizenship in the Medieval and Early Modern European world; the Revolutionary period and its environmental impact in the wider Atlantic world; and changing approaches to French or Franco-British History in the NZ/Australasian and Pacific region – in Océanie.
Please submit proposals of 300 words per speaker and a biographical profile of 100 words. Panels will of course be welcome if the panellists are all committed to coming to NZ. Comment will be by the audience, and we would welcome volunteers who would be willing and able to chair sessions. The deadline for proposals is 15 January 2020.
Please allow us to remind you that participants from North America must be members in good standing of the Society for French Historical Studies. Other scholars are warmly invited to join the Society, as well, although there is no obligation to do so.
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