Month: May 2016

Applying for Jobs

Imaginary lectureship – some interview questions and tips.

In April 2016, I applied to a job I knew I was not going to get. No, not because it was yet another one of these jobs advertised to people ‘with a PhD or about to submit their doctoral thesis’ when really the university is looking to appoint someone who already has a book out …

Thinking about Research

A Transnational Approach to European Resistance, 1936-48 (Robert Gildea)

Academics are under publication pressure from at least two sources (i) to write high-quality articles and monographs for the REF; and (ii) to secure external funding for big projects, preferably with overheads. Instinctively, we probably prefer the first, and when I was asked nearly ten years ago by former 1968 activist Alain Geismar why I …

Voices of ECRs

Voices of Early Career Researchers: Thibault Le Hégarat

Welcome back to ‘Voices of Early Career Researchers’, a monthly feature on the French History Network blog. Each month we’ll post a short interview with an Early Career Researcher of French History, giving you an insight of the different paths that ECRs are following after their PhDs in and outside of academia: what do the …

Writing and Publishing

‘But Pam, it’s French history. No-one will ever read it.’

Following up on a series of publishing and writing in academia, we have invited Professor Pam Pilbeam, founder of the Studies in Modern French History Monograph Series at Manchester University Press, to discuss her experiences and insights on publishing monographs. A post which reminds us of the intensity of academic careers and lives.   What was the first …

Feature Archive

Feature Archive: The Resistance archives of the Service Historique de la Defense (SHD), Vincennes.

This month’s Feature Archive has been provided by Nick Livingstone who is currently working on two long-term, closely-linked projects: a history of the RAF’s Special Duties unit which flew the early clandestine operations for SIS and SOE, and some early intelligence circuits run by the British and the Free-French. This brief guide, based on several visits, is intended for anyone …

ASMCF/SSFH Post-Grad Study Day

Heritage, the State and the Hexagon

Will Clement is a doctoral researchers at the University of Oxford interested in philanthropy, industry and urban history in nineteenth-century France. A speaker at this year’s PG Study Day on the topic of ‘Patrimoine’, he was able to hear Dr Tom Stammers keynote address. In a clear and thoughtful post, Clement (Oxford) has summarised Stammers’ paper entitled ‘Heritage, the State …

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

Conference Registration: Beyond De Gaulle and beyond London: New approaches to the history of the Free French and the external Resistance

June 4, 2016. University of London Institute in Paris (ULIP) 11 Rue de Constantine, 75007 Paris, France Conference organised by ULIP, Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and the University of Manchester Papers will be delivered in French or English. The event is free, but you need to register (before May 29). Further information: laure.humbert@manchester.ac.uk; …

ASMCF/SSFH Post-Grad Study Day

France and the World Wars – SSFH / ASMCF Study Day 2016

  During the SSFH/ASMCF Postgraduate Study Day held on 5 March 2016, one panel discussed the theme of PATRIMOINE through the lens of France and the World Wars. The Panel Chair, Mason Norton (Edge Hill), reflects on the individual papers by Emily Marsden (Durham), Florence Largillière (QMUL) and Adam Spencer (Hull). From postcards to Jewish heritage to lieux de mémoire, these …

Under the Spotlight

French Historians under the spotlight: Prof. Margaret Atack

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. May’s subject, Margaret Atack, is Professor of French at the University of Leeds. Prof. Atack is one …