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The Society for the Study of French History
2018 Annual Conference
‘Political Economy and Cultures of Inequality’
University of Warwick
9-10 July 2018

Public concerns about inequality have grown in recent years. They do so at a time when historians are turning their attention increasingly to political economy. Thomas Piketty’s Le capital au XXI siècle (2013) has been especially influential in sparking debates over the history of inequality and political economy, and it is to these debates that this conference seeks to contribute. How have political and economic cultures come together to create, reinforce or contest inequality? How has inequality been conceptualised in France and the francophone world? And what impact have wealth inequalities had on politics and culture? In engaging with these themes, participants should feel free to interpret them in the broadest possible terms.

Invited speakers include:
Michael Kwass (Johns Hopkins University), Marie-Emmanuelle Chessel (Sciences Po) and Jackie Clarke (University of Glasgow). There will also be a round-table on the conference theme as well as a special panel in honour of seiziémiste Mack Holt and another in memory of Richard Bonney, a founding member of the Society and founding editor of the associated journal, French History.

In addition to the conference theme, we also invite papers or panels on any aspect of French history from the early medieval to the contemporary period and we welcome contributions that reflect the broad diversity of the history of France and its former colonial empire.

We invite proposals for twenty-minute papers in English or in French. Panels of three papers are especially welcome, as are contributions from postgraduate students and overseas scholars. Paper proposals should comprise a title, abstract of 300 words and a one-page CV in a single pdf file. The deadline for submission of proposals is 15 February 2018.

Please send these to the organising committee: Pierre Purseigle, Penny Roberts and Charles Walton:   



The Society for the Study of French History
Colloque Annuel 2018
« Economie politique et cultures des inégalités »
University of Warwick
9-10 juillet 2018


La question des inégalités a pris, ces dernières années, une place de choix dans le débat public. Les historiens, quant à eux, portent un intérêt croissant à l’économie politique. La publication du livre de Thomas Piketty, Le capital au XXIème siècle (2013), a provoqué un vif débat sur les approches historiques des inégalités auquel ce colloque entend contribuer. De quelle manière l’économie comme les cultures politiques s’articulent-elles pour créer, renforcer ou dénoncer les inégalités ? Comment la question des inégalités a-t-elle été conceptualisée en France et dans l’espace francophone? Quel impact la répartition inégalitaire des richesses a-t-elle eu sur la vie politique et culturelle? Nous encourageons les participants à interpréter ce thème aussi librement qu’ils le souhaitent.

Conférences plénières données par:
Michael Kwass (Johns Hopkins University), Marie-Emmanuelle Chessel (Sciences Po) and Jackie Clarke (University of Glasgow).

Nous vous invitons par ailleurs à proposer des communications ou des séances sur tout autre aspect de l’histoire de France des débuts du Moyen-Âge au temps présent. Nous espérons que les contributions à ce colloque reflèteront l’histoire de France et de son ancien empire colonial dans toute sa diversité.

Nous vous invitons à proposer des communications de vingt minutes en anglais ou en français. Les propositions de séance, incluant trois communications, seront particulièrement appréciées, tout comme les contributions de doctorants et celles de chercheurs étrangers.

Les propositions devront inclure le titre et le résumé de la communication (300 mots max.), ainsi qu’un C.V. d’une page, le tout compris dans un seul fichier PDF. La date-limite de dépôt des propositions est le 15 février 2018.

S’il-vous-plaît les envoyer au comité d’organisation: Pierre Purseigle, Penny Roberts et Charles Walton:





Past Annual Conferences:

31st Annual Conference at University of Strathclyde.
Theme: France, Europe, and the World
[conference programme and details]

30th Annual Conference at University of Chichester.
Theme: High and Low Culture
[conference programme and details]

29th Annual Conference at University of St Andrews.
Theme: Turning Points in French History
[conference programme and details]

28th Annual Conference at St John’s College, Durham, from 10-12 July 2014.
Theme: History and the Senses
[conference programme and details]

27th Annual Conference at Cardiff University, Sunday 30 June to Tuesday 2 July 2013.
Theme: Solidarities, Entanglements and Conflict in French History.
[conference programme]

26th Annual Conference at King’s Manor, University of York, 1-3 July 2012.
Theme: France and Its Neighbours: Towards a Transnational History
[conference programme]
[watch video of plenary speakers]

25th Annual Conference at Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge, 14-15 July 2011.
Theme: Celebrating France
[conference overview] [draft programme].

24th Annual Conference at Newcastle University on 27-29 June 2010.
[Programme] [Abstract]

23rd Annual Conference at Trinity College Dublin, 29-30 June 2009
[Programme] [Conference Website]

22nd Annual Conference at the University of Aberystwyth, 3-4 July 2008
[Programme] [Abstract]

21st Annual Conference at the University of St Andrews, 1-3 July 2007
[Programme] [Conference Website]

20th Annual Conference at the University of Sussex, 3-4 July 2006
[Programme] [Abstract]

19th Annual Conference at the University of Southampton, 4-5 July 2005
[Programme] [Abstract]

18th Annual Conference at the University of Warwick, 1-2 April 2004
[Programme] [Abstract]

17th Annual Conference at the University of Nottingham, 10-11 April 2003
[Programme] [Abstract]

16th Annual Conference
2002 Programme

15th Annual Conference
2001 Programme

14th Annual Conference
2000 Programme


1st Annual Conference at the University of Liverpool, April 1987.
Theme: 'The Growth of the French State'.


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