In 2013, Ludivine Broch (Westminster) and Alison Carrol (Brunel) started a French History Network (FHN) as a way of bringing together doctoral and post-doctoral researchers, and also of generating intellectual collaborations. They also wanted to create more exchanges between French and English-speaking historians of France. They began by organising a small series of events and projects which have recently come to fruition. The next step was to extend this network and create a more visible (online) presence in order to support young/early-career researchers. With the help of Andrew Smith (UCL), they were able to start an exciting collaboration with the SSFH, whose website hosts this blog. A number of postgraduate and postdoctoral French historians have since joined the editorial team and have truly transformed the blog and the network: Ellen Crabtree (Newcastle), Charlotte Faucher (QMUL) and Will Pooley (Bristol). But we rely mostly on our contributors who accept to participate in the blog through short pieces, call for papers, interviews, archive features and much more.
By carving out a space which promotes the work of young scholars and encourages transnational exchanges, the FHN hopes to support doctoral and post-doctoral researchers who are entering an extremely difficult job market, but also to diffuse exciting new research projects, ideas and practices in French history. The blog thus showcases a range of posts on academic research and life. We interview academics or postgrads; share tips on job applications; recount teaching, writing and research experiences; and hopefully over the years this will expand to encompass more aspects of academic/postgrad/postdoctoral life.
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