Conference Series


History Series: The French Revolution

The French Revolution is a watershed moment in the history of France and, indeed, that of Europe and the World. Yet, common understanding of the Révolution can err on the side of clichés, with the Guillotine immediately springing to mind. First and foremost, the French Révolution is a major change of political system, an earthquake that irremediably altered French and European institutions. This new cycle of conferences aims to investigate what caused the French Revolution, how it unfolded, and its major short and long-term consequences. We will explore how, after a thousand years, the French people did away with the monarchy and the last Capetian king: Louis XVI, of the House of Bourbon, to embrace liberté, égalité & fraternité.

Booking:
Booking is available on the website until the day prior of the event.

For All Three Conferences:
3 Conference Pack

$45 for members & students
$50 for non-membes


For Single Conferences:
Conference I Only | Conference II Only | Conference III Only

$15 for members & students
$20 for non-members


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Conference I - Making Revolution: 1789 France

Friday 15 October - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Alliance Française d'Adélaïde

This conference presents a chronology of the key steps in the French Revolution, focusing on 1789. The Estates General, the Tennis Court Oath, the Storming of the Bastille and the Night of the Fourth of August count among the most important revolutionary days, which I will present and contextualise. Essentially, this first conference is a narrative history of the major moments and protagonists in the French Revolution, from 1789 to 1799.


Conference II - The causes of the French Revolution

Friday 12 November - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Alliance Française d'Adélaïde

After having presented what happened between 1789 and 1799 during the first conference, we will discuss the various causes of the French Revolution. Why did it happen when it did? What drove people of France to break away from centuries of traditions so decisively and so abruptly? From structural causes such as absolutism in France and the Enlightenment to more conjectural ones such as the financial situation of the kingdom and poor harvests, we will endeavour to understand what triggered the French Revolution.


Conference III - A Revolution that changed the world: the impacts of “1789”

Friday 10 December - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Alliance Française d'Adélaïde

The French Revolution changed Europe and political institutions across the globe. It represents a clear rupture in world history. Its impacts are considerable and expand well beyond French territory. This conference investigates the consequences of the revolution on the late 18th and early 19th century. The Revolution changed administrative and political structures in France but also in other parts of the world that sought to model their regime in alignment with or in reaction to revolutionary France. This conference will also delve into the Napoleonic moment, French republicanism, the formation of France as a modern nation, and other revolutions that modelled themselves after the Révolution française.


Presented by: Dr. Romain Fathi

Dr. Romain Fathi is a French historian whose longstanding research interests are concerned with Australian national identity, the First World War and the history of public health. While researching Australian history, Romain is also passionate about the history of his own country, France, where he was born and raised.

He obtained a jointly awarded PhD with Sciences Po (Paris, France) and The University of Queensland (Brisbane, Australia). Romain studied and taught in several universities including Sciences Po, Yale, the University of Queensland. He now holds a position of Senior Lecturer in History at Flinders University.

For more information on Romain’s research and publications, please see: https://romainfathi.com/my-story

Previous Conference Series

History: The Making of France - from Clovis to Louis XVI



Conference I - The Merovingians and the Carolingians: the origins of France?



Conference II - The House of Capet and the House of Valois: strengthening the kingdom and the monarchy



Conference III - The Bourbons and the monarchie absolue




Presented by: Dr. Romain Fathi

Dr. Romain Fathi is a French historian whose longstanding research interests are concerned with Australian national identity, the First World War and the history of public health. While researching Australian history, Romain is also passionate about the history of his own country, France, where he was born and raised.

He obtained a jointly awarded PhD with Sciences Po (Paris, France) and The University of Queensland (Brisbane, Australia). Romain studied and taught in several universities including Sciences Po, Yale, the University of Queensland. He now holds a position of Senior Lecturer in History at Flinders University.

For more information on Romain’s research and publications, please see: https://romainfathi.com/my-story

Literature: French Poetry Through the Ages



Conference I - From the mediaeval epic to the poets of the Pléiade: celebrating great deeds, courtly love and the French language



Conference II - The Golden Age of French poetry: the nineteenth century Romantics



Conference III - Breaking the mould: modern poetry and song




Presented by: John West-Sooby

John West-Sooby is Emeritus Professor of French at the University of Adelaide. He has worked for many years on Nicolas Baudin’s voyage of discovery to Australia and has authored or co-produced numerous books and articles on the subject, including Encountering Terra Australis. The Australian Voyages of Nicolas Baudin and Matthew Flinders (with Jean Fornasiero and Peter Monteath), French Designs on Colonial New South Wales (with Jean Fornasiero), and The Art of Science: Nicolas Baudin’s Voyagers (1800–1803) (with Jean Fornasiero and Lindl Lawton).

He has also published widely on nineteenth-century French literature and on crime fiiction (French and Australian). He currently has two books in preparation: the first is a collection of essays by eminent scholars on the science and the scientists of the Baudin expedition; the second is a volume of essays on French contributions to our cultural life, entitled What have the French ever done for us?

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