Month: June 2015

Thinking about Research

The second project or: How I secretly dream of being a historian of Britain

by Valerie Deacon (NYU). Stepping from the PhD to post-doctoral status can be daunting: there are innumerable job applications, the viva might still be looming ahead or you are having sleepless nights over how you can turn your thesis into a book. But there is also another hurdle: the second project. How do you start a …

Applying for Jobs

On Cover Letters (2): Some Tips

Applying for academic posts – whether temporary or permanent, research- or teaching-focussed – is one of the biggest hurdles for ECRs. So every month(ish), we post some advice on how to help you launch your career. At the moment, we are running a series on CVs, Cover Letters and Interviews which guides you towards other websites …

French History @ the IHR

French History @IHR: Charlotte Faucher on Gaullism to Anti-Gaullism: the Institut Francais du Royaume Uni during the war

Date & Place: Monday 8 June, at the IHR, London. Speaker: Charlotte Faucher (QMUL) Paper Title: From Gaullism to Anti-Gaullism: the Institut Francais du Royaume Uni during the war Chair: Iain Stewart (QMUL) Almost everyone knows that Charles de Gaulle lived in London during the Second World War, the city from where he led the Free French. But few are familiar …

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

Call For Posters: ASMCF Postgraduate Poster Prize 2015

No matter what stage you are at in your research – even the earliest stages! – developing and diffusing your ideas is always important. So if you are a postgraduate looking to discuss your project in new ways, contribute to this Call for Posters. It is a very useful exercise for all involved, and only helps to strengthen our …

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

Commemorating the 75th Anniversary of June 1940, University of Sussex Journal of Contemporary History

  We love to hear about exciting postgraduate projects, and the doctoral students at the University of Sussex have recently devoted a special issue of their journal – University of Sussex Journal of Contemporary History – to a micro-history of the French defeat in June 1940. Sally Palmer, a postgraduate student from the University of Sussex working on the …

Teaching

Saucy starts and sourcing sources: some thoughts on teaching modern French history

As academics we are not only researchers, but also teachers. Balancing the two can sometimes be tricky, especially in the early days of our careers – or around marking season. Moreover, teaching French history in itself has certain obstacles: most of our students cannot speak French. How do we get around this? We like to feature …

Feature Archive

Feature Archive: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Every month we discuss one archive which has been particularly useful for a French historian. Unsurprisingly, most of these are in France… however this month, we travel to the United States where Dr Daniel Lee (Oxford) has been using the archives in Washington D.C. — At first glance, an extended research trip to Washington D.C. may …

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

Intellectual Circulation in Wartime: European and Soviet Spaces (1939-1945) Journées d’Étude / Study Days (17-18 June 2015, Paris)

Conference announcement: What does a transnational history of intellectuals in the Second World War look like? Find out at this exciting international conference held over two days is being organised by the INHA and Université Paris 8 (Saint-Denis). See the programme and details below. *** Journées d’étude CIRCULATIONS INTELLECTUELLES EN TEMPS DE GUERRE. ESPACE EUROPÉEN …

Under the Spotlight

French Historians under the spotlight: Prof. David Bell

Welcome to ‘under the spotlight’, a monthly interview series which offers a snapshot from academics’ lives: their passions, interests and reading suggestions – all summarised in less than ten minutes. You can catch up with previous posts here. As we approach the conference season, the next few months will feature key note speakers from the …