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French History @ the IHR

French History @ IHR: Our Fighting Sisters

Date & Place: Monday 20 March, Wolfson Room, IHR, North block, Senate House Speaker: Natalya Vince (Portsmouth) Paper Title: Not (just) a French History: Nation, Memory and Gender in Algeria, 1954-2012 Click HERE to listen to an mp3 recording of the paper (right click to save). Women are not absent from the official narrative of the Algerian War. In fact, as …

Feature Archive

Feature Archive: The ANOM in Aix-en-Provence

In this month’s Feature Archive, Dr Arthur Asseraf (All Souls, Oxford), who works on foreign news in colonial Algeria in 1881-1940, discusses the Archives Nationales d’Outre-Mer (ANOM) in Aix-en-Provence.  The Archives Nationales d’Outre-Mer (ANOM, formerly known as CAOM) is the repository for the archives of the French state’s activities in its overseas possessions.  It is an …

French History @ the IHR

French History @ IHR: Transnational Solidarity

Date & Place: Monday 20 February, Pollard Room, IHR, North block, Senate House Speaker: Nicolas Delalande (Sciences Po) Paper Title: Transnational solidarity between French, British, and European workers at the time of the First International (1860s and 1870s) Click HERE to listen to an mp3 recording of the paper (right click to save). What is solidarity made of? This was a …

French History @ the IHR

French History @ IHR: Reliving the Terror

Date & Place: Monday 23 January, Pollard Room, IHR, North block, Senate House Speaker: Alex Fairfax-Cholmeley (University of Exeter) Paper Title: Reliving the Terror: print culture, revolutionary history, divided communities during the later 1790s Alex Fairfax-Cholmeley came to the IHR recently to give a riveting paper on the impact of the 1793-94 Terror on the ‘late 1790s’. Fairfax-Cholmeley …

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Feature Archive: The Bibliothèque Schœlcher in Martinique

Antonia Wimbush (University of Birmingham) explores literature, gender and migration in the French postcolonial context. Here, she discusses the research she carried out in the Martinique, and in particular the Bibliothèque Schœlcher.  My doctoral thesis offers a re-conceptualisation of exile in the Francophone postcolonial context. It analyses autobiographical narratives published by four women writers from Algeria, …

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

Mason Norton’s Report of colloque jeunes chercheurs, Université de Caen/Mémorial de Caen, November 30-December 1, 2016

As part of the Mémorial de Caen’s annual showcase of research and exhibitions to the wider public, les Mémoriales, the Université de Caen organised a two-day conference for early-career researchers working on the history of France during the Second World War, held at the Mémorial. The event combined a conference focusing on current doctoral research, …

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Feature Archive: Archives at the Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle. By Ian Stewart (LSE)

The Muséum national d’Histoire Naturelle provides one of the more relaxed research settings in Paris. Located in 5ème arrondissement in France’s national botanical garden – the Jardin des Plantes – the Muséum has its own central library that can be accessed either through the gardens themselves (free to stroll through) or directly off of Rue …

French History @ the IHR

French History @ IHR: Guyane, Félix Éboué and the politics of memory

Date & Place: Monday 28 November, Pollard Room, IHR, North block, Senate House Speaker: Sarah Wood (University of Barcelona) Paper Title: ‘Reclaiming Félix Eboué: Départmentalisation and Commemoration in Guyane, 1944-2012’ Click HERE to listen to an mp3 recording of the paper (right click to save). Félix Éboué is known for being the first colonial Governor (of Tchad) to come out in support of …

New Directions in Research and Methodology

Youth Culture at the Liberation: Résistantes and Résistants in Cardboard Cut-Outs

In the final post for this year in our ongoing series ‘New Directions in French History’, Emily Hooke (University of Southhampton) explores cardboard cutouts depicting the Liberation. On a trip to Paris a few years ago, I was wandering along the Seine, glancing casually at the boquinistes when I spotted something interesting: three pieces of cardboard illustrated …

French History @ the IHR

French History @ IHR: Cinema, Protest and the Interwar

Date & Place: Monday 14 November, Pollard Room, IHR, North block, Senate House Speakers: Annie Fee (UCL) Paper Title: ‘Give Me Shelter: Cinemas and Working-Class Life in Inter-War Paris’ Anna Fee recently joined us to discuss her work on the cinema and protest in interwar France. Here, she discusses some of the issues raised in her paper: ‘During the Great …