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Joint Society for French Historical Studies Conference and 
George Rudé Seminar in French History and Civilisation

Virtual Conference Update


Dear Friends,

We now know that no one can travel to New Zealand in July due to Coronavirus.  We are disappointed that we will not be able to welcome you to our lovely country as the borders will remain closed, and the universities will still be shut. 

The Rudé-SFHS conference, however, will take place as a virtual conference, and the organisers hope that you will fully support the recording of this conference in its quasi-totality in order not to let the 2020 Auckland meeting disappear in the upheaval of the global pandemic.

The recorded conference will be hosted on H-France.  Papers where possible will be in their panels, but they will be recorded individually except for a number of roundtable-style webinars.  Papers will still be of 15-20 minutes duration but no longer than 20 minutes.  Instructions for the recording will be sent to you as we are closer to the recording date; however, we will use the Zoom platform.  We would like to begin recording presentations in May, June, and July, so please have your paper ready for recording as soon as you can.  Also, we will be able to integrate PowerPoint, Prezi, and other such applications into the presentation; however, be conscious of any copyright issues raised by the use of images, video, or audio clips, and images.

The virtual programme (that has been adapted from the last draft we did before the shutdown) will tell you to which panel you have been allocated.  Only the areas in blue on the programme are to be recorded.  Some panels will be merged - the two panels for Michael Sibalis for instance will be presented as one, and the organisers will need to have the flexibility to merge papers into different panels particularly if they are orphaned.  Anyone who cancelled due to travel uncertainties, has been reinstated on this version of the programme, and we very much hope that you will take the opportunity to participate in the virtual conference when funding and travel is no longer an issue.

What you need to do is as follows:

  1. Please confirm by email to Kirsty Carpenter that you are willing to have your presentation recorded for your allocated panel.
  2. Sign and return to David Smith ( the consent form that can be found on the website.
  3. Tell us how soon you can be ready to record your paper. 

If those of you who organised an entire panel would coordinate and liaise with your panel members for this part of the submission, we would appreciate that help.  For those panellists presenting in French, if you are able to record your paper in English, we would strongly encourage you to consider doing this. We think more people will watch them on H-France if they are in English, and we can give you help with this if necessary.  If you are not comfortable speaking English for recording purposes, the recorded paper can still be done in French.  

We very much appreciate your willingness to allow this conference to go ahead online by participating in this virtual event that will involve all the elements of the original conference - traditional keynotes, panels, roundtable webinars and some individual papers. 

Please remember too that all participants are warmly invited to submit their papers (whether they record them or not) to the Rudé Society’s journal French History and Civilisation.   Any questions about this or expressions of interest can be directed to the Editor, Briony Neilson,

We hope you are all safe and well wherever you are in the world.

With grateful thanks,
The Auckland Team


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