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Royal Australian Historical Society

French Connection with Alexis Bergantz

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Wednesday 1 December from 1pm to 2pm

In the late nineteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth, Australian Britons looked to France with awe and suspicion.

French Connection delves into the rich and complex history of Australia’s fascination with French culture and of the French presence in Australia. It takes up common tropes about haute cuisine or haute couture, and clichés about the supposed decadence and licentious nature of the French and places them within a global frame to interrogate how a love of things French influenced people’s lives and contributed to the making of Australia.

About the speaker: Alexis Bergantz is a lecturer in Global & Language Studies at RMIT University. His research focuses on Franco-Australian history, the French Pacific and New Caledonia. He co-chairs the Research Committee of the Institute for the Study of French-Australian Relations (ISFAR), and his first book, French Connection: Australia’s Cosmopolitan Ambitions was published by NewSouth in 2021.

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