Regular Features

Under the Spotlight… Each month we unveil the secrets of one French historian. From intellectual inspirations to favourite foods, find out what French historians are thinking, reading, and inviting to their fantasy dinner parties.

Feature Archive Each month a researcher discusses an archive which they have used: from national archives to departmental archives, from archives in France to archives in America, from oral history to conducting your own interviews, be inspired by new ideas and archives you had not thought of using before….

Launching Your Career Whether you are still doing a PhD or are already an Early Career Researcher on a temporary contract, you probably know that launching your career in academia can be as exciting and fulfilling as it can be terrifying and heartbreaking. Each month, we give you insights into applications, interview techniques, publications and real postdoc experiences. 

French History @IHR The Modern French History seminar series has been running for many years at the IHR. Once or twice a month, during term time, the co-convenors invite a historian of France to discuss their research in a convivial and stimulating setting between 17h30 and 19h, followed by drinks at the Birkbeck Bar and dinner in Bloomsbury. For those living out of London who cannot make it to the seminar, this regular feature summarises the latest seminar invitations and discussions.

New Directions in French History: Questions of Methodology In September 2015, a group of postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers will be coming together to discuss the methodological hurdles of their own research, and reflecting on the future of French historical research. In order to expand this discussion, we will be showcasing some of their main points and questions, and opening up the conversation to a wider audience.

Postgrad Life Whilst Under the Spotlight interviews postdocs and established scholars, this interview series looks exclusively at postgrads and their lives in – and a little bit beyond – academia. 

Postgrad Updates The Society for the Study of French History have always promoted the work of postgrads interested in French history and studies. Follow the postgrad community updates through this regular feature, whether its through mini-interviews, blurbs on PhD projects or Call for Papers for the annual Postgraduate Study Day.

Historians and Social Media Get updates about academics, historians and social media. Whether we’re hearing from bloggers, tweeters or digital archivists, or we are recommending a series of sites and social media outlets to follow, we want to get you thinking about how social media can be used by historians to reinforce transnational intellectual networks.

Guest Posts on Research and Teaching How do young researchers think about their research, their teaching duties, their administrative workloads? And how do they balance all of this in the early stages of their career? Follow these regular posts where French historians share their thoughts, trials and tribulations.

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