About us

In 2013, the French History Network (FHN) launched as a way of bringing together doctoral and post-doctoral researchers, and also of generating intellectual collaborations. It aimed to create more exchanges between French and English-speaking historians of France. It started with a small series of events and projects, but the next step was to extend this network and create a more visible (online) presence in order to support young/early-career researchers. And this is how this blog was born.

Ludivine Broch (Westminster) and Alison Carrol (Brunel) launched the blog in October 2014. 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). Fundamentally, though, 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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3 Replies to “About us”

  1. I am currently researching French [and German] residents in Brighton between 1860 and 1914. While I have a particular focus on those working in the education and hotel sectors, I am interested also in community life, for example relating to the church and respecting which there were two Protestant church communities one attached to the French Mission to London (Rev. Pascal) and the other that eventually built the French Reformed Church whose pastor, Rev. Gonin also established a home for foreign governesses in Brighton. I was wondering whether there are consular records possible to access or any other archives/libraries (in addition to the BL and the Institut Français) known to your network and that might be relevant.

    With thanks

    1. Hi Rosalind,

      Sounds like interesting research. On a hunch I would suggest going to see local archives in Brighton, or going through the extensive records at the National Archives in Kew. Debra Kelly (Westminster) has worked on the French in London and might be a great contact for you. She’d probably have more tips.

      good luck with your research

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