Teaching

Teaching on Something You Know Little/Nothing About

by Tom Beaumont (Bristol) — It was four weeks into my second semester as a Teaching Fellow (TF) at Bristol when a fellow TF in the department told me about a conversation he’d had with one of the third years. ‘So, what units are you doing this term?’ he’d asked. ‘I’m on Tim Cole’s ‘Holocaust Landscapes’ …

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

Conference Announcement: The Spread of French in English Contexts: enthusiasts, challengers and rivals (21 May 2015, London)

INSTITUT FRANÇAIS COLLOQUE The Spread of French in English Contexts: enthusiasts, challengers and rivals La diffusion de la langue française dans le contexte anglais : volontarisme, obstacles, rivalités Lieu : Institut Français, 27 Queensberry Place, London SW7 2EL Date : 21 Mai 2015, de 9h à 15h Organisée à l’occasion du centenaire du lycée français Charles de …

Feature Archive

Feature Archive: The Archives of the Préfecture de Police, Paris

with special thanks to Chris Millington (Swansea), who originally wrote this post in August 2014 for his own blog, French History Online. — I’m posting this guide (based on my own experience) because like the Archives Nationales, the archives of the Prefecture of Police have moved out of the centre of Paris.  Once located a …

French History @ the IHR

French History @IHR: Chris Millington on Political Violence in Interwar France

Date & Place: Monday 9 March, at the IHR, London. Speaker: Chris Millington (University of Swansea) Paper Title: Political Violence in Interwar France Chair: Alison Carrol (Brunel) Download the mp3 and listen again (right click to save)  In comparison to Germany and Italy, France’s interwar years were much less violent, much more peaceful. Indeed, when looking at the number of murders …

Applying for Jobs

On Cover Letters (1): structuring your cover letter

In order to help you in your application process, we recently discussed how to structure your CV (see here http://frenchhistorysociety.co.uk/blog/?p=342) but that is only part of the work. A really strong Cover Letter is key. Indeed, if the CV can be cut-and-pasted quite easily, the Cover Letter cannot be overly generic. Each application will have its own specificities …

Under the Spotlight

French Historians under the spotlight: Dr Penny Roberts

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. March’s post features Dr Penny Roberts, Associate Professor (Reader) in History and Director of the Centre for …

French History @ the IHR

French History @IHR: Astrid Swenson, The Rise of Heritage: Preserving the Past in France, Germany and England, 1789-1914 (CUP, 2013)

Date & Place: Monday 9 February, at the IHR, London. Speaker: Astrid Swenson (Brunel University) Paper Title: Book Launch for Astrid Swenson, The Rise of Heritage: Preserving the Past in France, Germany and England, 1789-1914 (CUP, 2013) with Comments from Richard Evans (Cambridge) & Peter Mandler (Cambridge) Chair: Alison Carrol (Brunel) Why do we care about the past? …

Feature Archive

Feature Archive: French Archives on Environmental and Animal History

by Chris Pearson (University of Liverpool) — My research on modern France lies in environmental and animal history. Both these approaches explore the changing relationships between humans and nonhumans, including shifting attitudes towards mountains, rivers, forests and other environments, human uses and abuses of animals, and the human causes and consequences of environmental modification, such …

Historians, Social Media and the Internet

Twitter, academia and me

by Laura O’Brien (University of Sunderland – @lrbobrien) see author bio below — A couple of weeks ago a colleague and I were talking about small group seminars, and how to keep them ‘fresh’. As we swapped tips and discussed past successes and failures, I mentioned a similar conversation that had taken place on Twitter a …