Teaching, Thinking about Research, Voices of ECRs

Voices of Early Career Researchers: Célia Keren

Welcome 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 (ECR) 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 …

Applying for Jobs

On CVs (3): 3 more golden rules

We have shared information on various aspects of the Job Application process: as we enter into another round of job adverts and applications, here are a few more tips on your CV… Regularly update your CV. Otherwise, you forget all the very cool stuff you did. So, at the end of a term, go ahead and …

Feature Archive

Feature Archive: Lille and the Surrounding Area

Every month we discuss one archive which has been particularly useful for a French historian. This month Dr James Connolly (Simon Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Manchester) talks us through the archives in Lille and the surrounding area. My work on the occupation of the département du Nord in the First World War …

Under the Spotlight

French Historians under the spotlight: Dr Sudhir Hazareesingh

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. Kicking off the new academic year, September’s interview is with Dr Sudhir Hazareesingh, CUF Lecturer in Politics and …

Applying for Jobs

On Interviews (2): Past Interview Questions

In an academic job interview, the interview Q&A is one of the more terrifying things to go through – you never know what kinds of questions your panel will ask. Or do you? Over the years European historians have collected questions from various academic job interviews, and when looking at the UK job market you certainly see recurring themes: …

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

An American in St Andrews: SSFH conference 2015

 By Miranda Sachs, PhD Candidate in the Department of History at Yale University As an American traveling to the United Kingdom to discuss the history of France, I was an étrangère twice over at the Society for the Study of French History conference last month. And yet, in spite of the regular tea breaks and …

Feature Archive

Feature Archive: Archives in Strasbourg & surrounding areas

Every month we discuss one archive which has been particularly useful for a French historian. This month, we follow Dr Alison Carrol (Brunel), who recently spent some time in Strasbourg, as she shares her insights into their departmental and municipal archives. — My work is about the return of Alsace to France in 1918, so I spend most of …

Under the Spotlight

French Historians under the spotlight: Dr Sarah Easterby-Smith

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. As part of the focus on conference season, this month’s interview is with Dr Sarah Easterby-Smith, part …

Thinking about Research

The second project or: How I secretly dream of being a historian of Britain

by Valerie Deacon (NYU). Stepping from the PhD to post-doctoral status can be daunting: there are innumerable job applications, the viva might still be looming ahead or you are having sleepless nights over how you can turn your thesis into a book. But there is also another hurdle: the second project. How do you start a …

Applying for Jobs

On Cover Letters (2): Some Tips

Applying for academic posts – whether temporary or permanent, research- or teaching-focussed – is one of the biggest hurdles for ECRs. So every month(ish), we post some advice on how to help you launch your career. At the moment, we are running a series on CVs, Cover Letters and Interviews which guides you towards other websites …