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French History Friday – WWI Centenary: French and Australian Commemorations

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by Tony Dyer (subscribe)
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Understand cultural differences in celebrating the same even

French History Fridays are a perfect opportunity to learn how French and Australian histories in a fun and friendly environment while sipping on a glass of fine French wine.

Following on from the wonderfully interesting French-Australian history evening in September when Romain Fathi discussed the differences of Representing the First World War in Paintings in France and Australia the second of three conferences will discuss the differences of the national approaches in WWI Centenary: French and Australian Commemorations. Join the talk at the premises of the Alliance Française de Brisbane, 262 Montague Road, West End on Friday, 23 October, 2015 commencing at 6.30pm.

Admission to the event is $25 for members and $30 for non-members and for that you will also get a glass of fine French wine. Click here to purchase your tickets on-line:
$25 for AF members
$30 for non-members

French History Fridays are informal talks, of about 45 minutes duration, given by Romain Fathi in English with a sharp focus on French perspectives of last century's two World Wars.

This second conference looks at how Australia has organised an unprecedented commemoration of the Anzac legend and the First World War. The First World War touched the lives of nearly every Australian family and for this reason it is thought essential to commemorate, remember and learn from those event and understand the sacrifice of those who endured those years.

France has two main commemorations to celebrate the centenary. The first involves over 1,500 exhibitions, concerts, ceremonies, debates and public events run by the Mission du Centenaire (Centenary Mission). While the second commemoration will be to invite thousands of descendants of soldiers of the Great War from all over the world to organise marches commemorating the destiny and suffering of their men.

Australia is spending significantly more than France commemorating the centenary of this conflict and Romain will explain why and to what ends this difference is so profound. He will point out the differences in how France and Australia remember and commemorate the conflict. The Anzac legend is a cornerstone of the Australian national identity and this important consideration could be why France's commemorations of the First World War are totally different from what Australian's would expect.

The presentation will be followed by a Q & A session led by the presenter.

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Romain Fathi is eminently qualified and passionately enthusiastic about French and Australian cultural diversities. He is enrolled in a jointly awarded Ph.D. program between The University of Queensland (Brisbane, Australia) and Sciences Po (Paris, France), where his research interests are concerned with Australian national identity, the Great War and war commemorations. He has previously studied and taught in several universities including Sciences Po, Yale and The University of Queensland.

For more information or to book your ticket for this conference click here or contact the Alliance Francaise by phone on 3844 4460 or email at
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Why? The enjoyment of stimulating converstaion and fine wine is not to be missed.
When: Friday 23 October, 2015 from 6.30pm
Phone: 3844 4460
Where: Alliance Française de Brisbane, 262 Montague Road, West End
Cost: $25 for members, $30 for non-members and includes a glass of fine French wine.
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