French History @ the IHR

French History @IHR: Katherine Astbury on Theatre in the Napoleonic Era

Date & Place: Monday 12 January, at the IHR, London. Speaker: Katherine Astbury (University of Warwick) Paper Title: French Theatre of the Napoleonic Era Chair: Alison Carrol (Brunel) Download the mp3 and Listen Again It was a wet, cold January night… and Katherine Astbury managed to lighten up everyone’s evening by giving us a truly vibrant, engaging …

Feature Archive

Feature Archive: the Bureau des archives des victimes des conflits contemporains (BAVCC) in Caen

written by Dr Sarah Frank (https://twitter.com/SFinParis) — The BAVCC or the Bureau des archives des victimes des conflits contemporains is one of the lesser-known annexes of the Sérvice Historique de la Défense or French military archives. Located in Caen, in Normandy, this small archive houses an impressive collection of material on the First and Second …

Under the Spotlight

French Historians under the spotlight: Prof. John Horne

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. The first spotlight of 2015 features John Horne, Professor of Modern European History and Director of the …

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On Dealing with Academic Rejection: From Angry Emails to Marathons

by Ludivine Broch (University of Westminster) — It was a sunny morning in February 2011 when I opened my computer to impatiently check my inbox. Each time I clicked on that webmail link, my heart fluttered slightly at the thought that I could have a response from one of my many postdoc applications on the …

French History @ the IHR

French History @IHR: Ed Naylor on the origins of immigrant detention centres in contemporary France

Date & Place: Monday 15 December, at the IHR, London. Speaker: Ed Naylor (Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, University of Portsmouth) Paper Title: ‘Cet hébergement d’un genre particulier’ Arenc and the origins of immigrant detention centres in contemporary France (1963-2006) Chair: Andrew Smith (UCL)  It is with great pleasure that we welcomed Ed Naylor earlier this week to bring the year to …

French History @ the IHR

French History @IHR: Sarah Waters on the phenomenon of workplace suicide in 21st century France

Date & Place: Monday 1 December at the IHR, London. Speaker: Sarah Waters (Leeds) Paper Title: A Capitalism that kills: The phenomenon of workplace suicide in 21st century France Chair: Iain Stewart (QMUL) The concept of workplace suicide is a recent one. As Sarah Waters explained in her introduction , it is only since the 2000s that workplace suicide …

Feature Archive

Feature Archive: Everything you wanted to know about oral history…but were afraid to ask

by Mason Norton (Edge Hill University) — Oral history is a field that can be quite daunting, partly because of its simplicity. How do I find interviewees? How do I record the interviews? Is my French going to be good enough? Will my questions sound silly? Will the findings be any good? If you are a …

ASMCF/SSFH Post-Grad Study Day, Conferences, Workshops and Events (CFPs, Reports, Announcements and anything else)

CFP: Postgraduate Study Day

Join us in Exeter for the SSFH and ASMCF Postgrad Study Day The Society for the Study of French History and Association for the Study of Modern and Contemporary France postgrad study day will be held at the University of Exeter 7 March, 2015. The theme of this year’s day will be The Global and …

Under the Spotlight

French Historians under the spotlight: Dr Simon Kitson

Welcome to the second instalment of ‘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. If you missed the first post, featuring Máire Cross, you can catch up here. This month sees Dr Simon Kitson  take …

Historians, Social Media and the Internet

Why blog about academic history?

by Dr Will Pooley (Past and Present Fellow, IHR; Oxford) — The question is almost as old as academic blogs themselves. (For instance: I like Helen Roger’s explanation of why she blogs about nineteenth-century prisons (http://bit.ly/Zqpzh9) and I also learned a lot from this mini-history of history blogging from the American Historical Association: http://bit.ly/1o97IY2.) In …