France and its Global Histories – Workshop Report

Dr Joanna Warson (Portsmouth) presenting her topic on France in Anglophone Africa, chaired by Dr Simon Jackson (Birmingham).

Dr Joanna Warson (Portsmouth) presenting her topic on France in Anglophone Africa, chaired by Dr Simon Jackson (Birmingham).

On 27th and 28th August 2014, the Centre for French History and Culture of the School of History hosted a conference entitled “France and its Global Histories: State of the Field”. The workshop was generously supported by the Institut français du Royaume-Uni, represented by Dr Catherine Robert during the event.

The purpose of the conference was to offer new perspectives on French history, and on the role global history could play in tackling new historiographical issues relating to France’s past. Panels were diverse and discussed themes such as “Race, Gender, and Class” or the problem of scale in French history, attempting to redefine the themes of Empire, Postcolonialism or Circulation. In total, five panels were held throughout the two days and were chaired by Dr Stephen TyreDr Akhila YechuryMr Jordan GirardinDr Sarah Easterby-Smith (all from St Andrews) and Dr Simon Jackson from Birmingham.

It is safe to say that a particular strength of this conference was the diversity of its speakers. A few came from afar (the award for longest journey going to Pr Tyler Stovall flying all the way from Berkeley), with others coming from a number of different British universities, while the Centre’s former Visiting Fellow Dr Junko Takeda joined the conversation via Skype from Syracuse. The question of nationality and language was also raised: with a very small minority of attendees being born and raised in France, how did this conference still manage to lead a convincing discussion on how the history of France should be written? A long roundtable discussion was held at the very end of the second day, establishing that French history could indeed find its future through pluridisciplinary studies.

This conference provided an opportunity to remind attendees of the School’s research potential in terms of multidisciplinary approaches. Although the event was fully organised and run by the Centre for French History and Culture, the Centre for Transnational History (as of the start of this month, the Institute for Transnational History) was mentioned multiple times as one of the potential collaborators in order to offer new ways to write French history. Overall, the conference was an excellent start to this new academic year and we can expect more projects to emerge from the Centre for French History.

Report kindly provided by Jordan Girardin.

France and its Global Histories, 27-28 August 2014

St John's HouseNext Wednesday and Thursday (27th and 28th), the Centre for French History and Culture is hosting a two-day workshop on ‘France and its Global Histories: State of the Field’. The panels will feature the work of historians from around the world, and cover issues and topics from postcolonialism and gender, to science and industry.

The programme can be viewed here, and St Andrews researchers are welcome to drop in at any time. The workshop will be taking place in in the Old Class Library, St John’s House.

The workshop is organised by Dr Stephen Tyre and Dr Sarah Easterby-Smith, and is supported by the Institut Français du Royaume-Uni and the School of History, University of St Andrews.

France and the Mediterranean World in the Reign of Louis XIV – Conference Report

French conferenceOn May 10th 2014 the St Andrews School of History hosted a workshop on France and the Mediterranean World in the Reign of Louis XIV. Organised by John Condren, in association with the St Andrews Centre for French History and Culture, the workshop was jointly sponsored by the Society for the Study of French History and the School of History.

The workshop brought together a diverse group of historians from across Europe and the United States to discuss France’s relationship to the Mediterranean. It featured sessions ranging from the relationship between France and the Ottoman Empire, to French mercantilism out of the port city of Marseille. The plenary lecture, on Richelieu and Mazarin’s attitudes towards the war in Italy between 1635 and 1659, was given by Dr David Parrott (New College, University of Oxford). The workshop has been highly praised by those who attended.

Readers wishing to learn more about the workshop are encouraged to read the full conference report, written by St Andrews postgraduate Marc Jaffré.

French History Workshop

French conferenceOn Saturday 10th May, from 9am to 6.15pm, the Centre for French History and Culture will be hosting a workshop entitled France and the Mediterranean World in the Reign of Louis XIV. The event will take place in Room 1.10, St Katharine’s Lodge on the Scores (School of History). The programme can be accessed here and all interested parties are warmly welcome to attend – please contact the principal organiser, John Condren, ( by 1pm on Friday 9th May if you are likely to be coming. The plenary speaker will be Dr David Parrott (New College, Oxford).

This workshop is generously sponsored by the Society for the Study of French History and by the School of History.

Visiting Fellowship in French History, 2013-14

The Centre for French History and Culture of the University of St Andrews invites applications for a Sabbatical Visiting Fellowship, to be taken up during either semester of the academic year 2013-2014. It is envisaged the Fellowship will last 2-3 months (by negotiation).

The Fellowship is open to any academic across the world in a permanent or tenure-track faculty post with research interests in any period of French history or French colonial history. Prospective applicants who are unsure whether they qualify should email the Director (see below).

Tenure of the Fellowship might particularly suit academics in the later stages of writing up a substantial piece of research. The Fellowship covers the cost of transportation to and from St Andrews from the holder’s normal place of work, together with a substantial negotiable subsidy towards accommodation (or a university flat) while the holder is resident in St Andrews. The Fellowship carries with it no teaching duties, though the Fellow is expected to give one of the two biannual seminars and to take part in the normal seminar life of the Centre and the School of History during his or her stay in St Andrews. The Fellow will have full borrowing and e-access rights in the university and departmental libraries.

To apply please send an application consisting of:

(1) a CV (no more than 4 pages)

(2) a list of publications (maximum 2 pages)

(3) a programme of research (no more than 1000 words)

(4) the names and addresses of two referees we might choose to approach to the Director of the Centre Dr Guy Rowlands at

If there is anything else you would like to draw to our attention to help your application, please mention it in a short covering email.

The closing date for applications is 1pm (GMT) on Wednesday 19th December 2012. The result of the competition will be communicated to applicants in the second half of January 2013.

The activities of the Centre for French History and Culture, and its staff, can be viewed on its website:

Previous holders of this Visiting Fellowship are Professor Norman Ingram (Concordia University, Canada) and Professor Eric Jennings (University of Toronto, Canada)