Modern French History Seminar – Speakers for 2018-2019

We are delighted to announce this year’s line up of speakers at the Modern French History seminar!

Unless otherwise stated, all seminars are taking place on Mondays, 17h30-19h in Wolfson Room NB02, Basement, IHR, North block, Senate House, unless stated otherwise.

We will be posting regular podcasts of the papers on the blog, but look forward to seeing as many of you as possible on Monday evenings.



08/10/2018 – REBECCA SPANG (Indiana University) From the Second Empire’s Chambre des députés to the Revolution’s Archives parlementaires: The Life and Labors of Jérôme Mavidal and Emile Laurent, editors. * Room 246, Second Floor

17/10/2018 – DAVID TODD (King’s) Informal French Empire.* To be held in Wolfson Room on Wednesday 17 October at 17h30 in collaboration with the RETHINKING MODERN EUROPE Seminar.

29/10/2018 – GREY ANDERSON (Sciences Po) French May, 1958-1968

12/11/2018 – JOHN BULAITIS (Canterbury Christchurch) Maurice Thorez in the Biographical Matrix

26/11/2018 – Roundtable on ‘The experience of occupation in the Nord, 1914-18’ with JAMES CONNOLLY (UCL) ALISON FELL (Leeds), JULIAN JACKSON (QMUL) and HEATHER JONES (UCL)

10/12/2018 – LUDIVINE BANTIGNY (Université de Rouen) 1968 in France: general strike, new practices, new hopes



21/01/2019 Tyson Leuchner (University of Chicago) Financial Alternatives: The Paris Stock Exchange in the Early Nineteenth Century

04/02/2019 – LEORA AUSLANDER (Chicago) Why Vegetarian Food in School Cafeterias is (and isn’t) a Problem: Food and Frenchness in the 20th and 21st century.18/02/2019 – Akhila Yechury (St Andrews) Rethinking imperial sovereignty: The French borderland in India, 1815-1947

04/03/2019 – ARTHUR ASSERAF (Cambridge) Electric News in Colonial Algeria

18/03/2019 – ALEXANDRA STEINLIGHT (NYU/Past and Present Fellow) Access, Secrecy, and the Vichy Archives

20/05/2019 – STEPHEN SAWYER (American University of Paris) Book Launch for ‘Demos Assembled: Democracy and the International Origins of the Modern State, 1840-1880’

10/06/2019 – MARISA LINTON (Kingtson) 230 Years Since the French Revolution: Time to Rethink the Terror? (in collaboration with the EUROPEAN HISTORY 1500-1800 Seminar)


Organising Committee: Julian Jackson (QMUL), Colin Jones (QMUL), Iain Stewart (UCL), Alison Carrol (Brunel), Charlotte Faucher (University of Manchester),  Ludivine Broch (Westminster), Robert D. Priest (Royal Holloway, University of London), Andrew W.M. Smith (Chichester), Daniel Lee (Sheffield), Julia Nicholls (KCL)


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