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Conferences, Workshops and Events (CFPs, Reports, Announcements and anything else), Present Concerns

Perspectives on Franco-British Relations (repost)

We will be re-posting the reports from the conference A DATE WITH HISTORY: DID YOU SAY EUROPE? over the next few weeks. The reports were originally published on the French embassy website. Read the third report by Nigel Ritchie and Katherine Barrowman below: PERSPECTIVES ON FRANCO-BRITISH RELATIONS. Renaud Morieux (Cambridge) discussed the notion of ‘foreigners’ in eighteenth century Britain and …

Conferences, Workshops and Events (CFPs, Reports, Announcements and anything else), Present Concerns

What is Europe? (repost)

We will be re-posting the reports from the conference A DATE WITH HISTORY: DID YOU SAY EUROPE? over the next few weeks. The reports were originally published on the French embassy website. Read the second report by Matthew Brown and Howard Chae below: WHAT IS EUROPE? On 9th June, leading historians from France and the UK were invited by the …

Conferences, Workshops and Events (CFPs, Reports, Announcements and anything else), Present Concerns

Did You Say Europe? Opening Talks feat. Roger Chartier and Chris Clark (repost)

‘On the 9th June, the French Embassy and the Institut français du Royaume-Uni launched an exciting new collaboration with York Festival of Ideas – “A Date with History”. Bringing together leading historians from France and the UK, A Date with History, this first edition addressed historical perspectives on Europe. Seven selected UK students attended this …

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Applying for Fellowships in Europe: Postdocs in France (repost)

This is a repost from 2016 when Dr Tom Williams discussed the postdoc job market in France. Tom Williams is currently a maître de conferences in British history at the University of Angers. What did you do your PhD on? I did my a DPhil (Oxford, 2010) on the political uses of the past in French-German border …

Conferences, Workshops and Events (CFPs, Reports, Announcements and anything else)

CFP: A DATE WITH HISTORY. Historical Perspectives on Europe

The French Embassy and the Institut Français du Royaume-Uni are launching this year a new collaboration with York Festival of Ideas – A Date with History. Bringing together leading historians from France and the UK, A Date with History will focus on a specific theme each year; this inaugural event will provide historical perspectives on Europe. In …

Present Concerns

Polls opening, polls closing: Changes and Continuities in La Presidentielle 2017

Dr Andrew Smith (UCL) is a regular guest commentator on Sky News to discuss the French presidential race. On the eve-eve of the first round, he gives one final look at the situation, outlining the trajectories and hurdles of the key candidates whilst also questioning how ‘novel’ their projects really are. There have been a lot of polls lately. Polls for …

Present Concerns, Writing and Publishing

Adapting Marivaux’s L’Ile des Esclaves in 2017

A guest post by Dr Geoff Levett on French classical theatre, translation and adaptation. One of the things that never occurred to me until this year was that I might end up adapting a play by Marivaux for the stage. Marivaux’s L’Ile des Esclaves is a one-act play first performed by the Comédiens Italiens in 1725. It …

French History @ the IHR

French History @ IHR: The Maginot Line

Date & Place: Monday 27 February, Institute of Education, Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, Bloomsbury, London WC1H 0AL Speaker: Kevin Passmore (Cardiff) Paper Title: The Maginot Line in politics, society and culture Click HERE to listen to an mp3 recording of the paper (right click to save). The Maginot Line has been the subject of a lot of myth-making, …

Present Concerns, Thinking about Research

Brexit, 1905?

Guest post by Robert D. Priest (Royal Holloway, University of London) At first sight, few events seem less similar than Britain’s announcement of its departure from the European Union in March 2017 and the French state’s separation from the Catholic Church in December 1905. For a start, separation was a movement of the radical left while …