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Understand the French perspective on the Australian story

Here is the perfect opportunity to sip a glass of superb French wine and gain an understanding of the most interesting aspects of the French Perspective on Australian History. The Alliance Francaise De Brisbane is holding a conference on this topic in its premises at 262 Montague Road, West End. The conference is being held on Friday 12 June, 2015 commencing at 6.30pm.

The presentation and Q&A session will be given in ENGLISH.

Admission prices to this event are $15 for Alliance Française members and $20 for non-members. You can purchase your tickets here.

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The French magazine, l'Histoireis recognised as the most important national historical magazine which is not an academic journal. It is one of France's most circulated monthly mainstream magazines dedicated to historical studies and, recently, it published an issue entirely dedicated to Australian history.

As one of the authors published in the Australian issue, Romain Fathi, joins with Alliance Française to present this conference. He will review the magazine's Australian-focused edition and examine aspects of Australian history fascinating for the French. He will discuss how the magazine has helped develop the impressions the French have of Australian history.

Romain will discuss just how much the French know about Australia and whether their interests lie in Aboriginal history or the ANZACs or both.

Once the facts are laid bare, Romain will explain how these cultural understandings have developed and provide the background on how the French perspective on Australian history have been cultivated.

The presentation will be followed by a Q&A session with Romain.

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Romain Fathi, the conference presenter, is currently enrolled in a jointly awarded Ph.D. program between The University of Queensland and Sciences Po (Paris, France). His longstanding research interests concerning Australian national identity, the Great War and war commemorations have led to the opportunities for him to study and teach in several universities, including Sciences Po, Yale in the United States and The University of Queensland. A significant number of his academic publications deal with Australian war memorialisation and include a recently published monograph in French entitled, Représentations muséales du corps combattant de 14-18. L'Australian War Memorial de Canberra au prisme de l'Historial de la Grande Guerre de Péronne.

Romain's background and knowledge ensures the evening will be most stimulating and provide a wonderful learning opportunity for all history buffs and those interested in French-Australian relations – not to mention the opportunity to enjoy a glass of French wine!

l'Alliance Francaise de Brisbane is a non-for-profit organisation and has been a part of the Brisbane cultural scene since 1907. The Alliance conducts an ongoing programme of cultural events from its West End premises. Please take a look here at other events being held in conjunction with this conference.

For more information, check out Alliance Française's webpage here and its Facebook page here. You could also telephone the Alliance on 3844 4460 or email at Tickets for the evening can be obtained from here.
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Why? Enjoy an evening of information and French wine.
When: From 6.30pm on Friday, 12 June, 2015.
Phone: 3844 4460
Where: Alliance Francaise de Brisbane, 262 Montague Road, West End.
Cost: Alliance members - $15; non-members - $20.
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