The SSFH Annual Conference

Society for the Study of French History held its 26th Annual Conference at King’s Manor, University of York, 1-3 July 2012.

Theme: France and Its Neighbours: Towards a Transnational History

The conference theme was prompted by the challenge of globalization and the notion that Europe can no longer be studied primarily through the lens of particular national histories and historiographies. What does this mean for French history and its traditional chronological boundaries? How do we write French history beyond the framework and boundaries of national histories? How did France perceive and influence its neighbours? What is the French contribution to the pattern and dynamic of transnational interconnection? How did France’s colonies and interactions with non-European regions influence European society and culture and how, in turn, was she influenced by them? To what extent does a transnational approach bring fresh perspectives to the regional and local history of France?

France et ses voisins: vers une histoire transnationale.

Le thème du colloque était inspiré par le défi de la globalisation et par l’idée que l’Europe ne peut plus être étudiée dans l’optique seule de ses histoires et ses historiographies nationales. Une série de questions s’impose. Qu’est-ce que cela implique pour l’histoire de la France et pour ses coupures chronologiques traditionnelles? Comment cherche-t-on à écrire l’histoire française en dehors et au-delà du cadre des histoires nationales ? Comment la France a-t-elle perçu et influencé ses voisins? Quelle est sa contribution à la dynamique des interconnexions transnationales ? Comment ses interactions avec ses colonies et avec des régions extra- européennes ont-elles influencé l’Europe, sa société et sa culture, et comment á son tour la France en a-t-elle été influencée ? Combien une approche transnationale apporte-t-elle de nouvelles perspectives à l’histoire locale et régionale de la France ?

Watch video of plenary speakers:

Edward James (Dublin), ‘The Merovingians from the French Revolution to the Third Republic’ [play video 177Mb]

Isser Woloch (Columbia), ‘Toward the Postwar Moment: A Tale of Three Progressive Visions’:

Full Conference Programme: [download]

Past Annual Conferences:

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’.