Category: New Directions in Research and Methodology

New Directions in Research and Methodology

A transnational perspective on cultural diplomacy

In this fifth post in a series of reflections on the New Directions in French History Conference in London in September, Charlotte Faucher (doctoral candidate, Queen Mary) explores ideas about ‘flows’ between countries in Europe, raising issues around ‘transnational’ and ‘comparative’ history writing.   My work relies on theories of transnationalism, cultural transfers and, to a lesser extent, comparative history. …

New Directions in Research and Methodology

Intimate relationships: historians, the past, and their subjects

In this fourth post in a series of reflections on the New Directions in French History Conference in London in September, Laura O’Brien (Lecturer, Northumbria University) addresses questions of how historians relate to their subjects.   I’m sure that my colleagues and students are bored to tears with my tendency of late to preface conversation with: ‘I was at …

New Directions in Research and Methodology

Can post-war French historians be subjects of history?

In this third post in a series of reflections on the New Directions in French History Conference in London in September, Ellen Crabtree (PhD candidate in French, Newcastle University) reflects on post-war historians as a generation, and as individuals. In his essay What is history? EH Carr famously cautioned students to ‘study the historian before you begin …

New Directions in Research and Methodology

Rethinking the ‘French Liberal Revival’

In this second post in a series of reflections on the New Directions in French History Conference in London in September Dr. Iain Stewart (UCL), explores the significance of the French liberal revival.   On 17 October 1983 the French philosopher, sociologist and political commentator Raymond Aron collapsed and died as he was leaving a Parisian …

New Directions in Research and Methodology

Nouvelles directions?

In this second post in a series of reflections on the New Directions in French History Conference in London in September, Charlotte Faucher (doctoral student, Queen Mary) reflects in French on some of the themes of the day.   Il y avait comme un air de rentrée, le 25 septembre dernier, à l’Institute of Historical …

New Directions in Research and Methodology

New Directions in French History?

Where is modern French history going? This was the question we put to speakers at a one-day conference at the Institute of Historical Research in September. Over the next few months, we will be uploading regular posts from the participants, and responses from commentators. These posts, like the conference itself, address the big question of …