SSFH Conference Programme


15h- 17h: Committee meeting

18h – 19h: PGR Welcome – Whitworth Art Gallery

19h – 21h30: Reception – Whitworth Art Gallery – General attendance

Day 1

8.30 – 9.00 Registration

9.00 – 10.15 Plenary: Jérémie Foa (Aix-Marseille Université) Nous ne tenons aux autres que par la parole. Mensonge et conscience de soi dans la France des guerres de Religion

10.15 – 10.30 – Coffee Break

10.30 – 12.00

 A1. Grief, Trauma and Faith in early Modern France   Chair: Stuart Jones (Manchester)A2. Gender, Political Activism and Intimate Friendships   Chair: Laure Humbert (Manchester)A3. Wartime Intimacies: Senses, Emotions and Memory in Twentieth-century France   Chair: Guillaume Piketty (Sciences Po Paris)  A4. Space and Authority in the Longue Durée   Chair: tbc
Tom Joashi (Cambridge) Spatial intimacy and religious violence: Huguenot conventicles and the St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre (1555-1572)  Máire Cross (Newcastle) The self-making of a transnational activist: the case of Marie-Louise Puech-Milhau (1876-1966)Chris Millington (Manchester Metropolitan) ‘Dear parents, I am still in good health’: (Re)constructing the experience of a French POWMaxim Hoffmann (Ghent) Public and secret intimacy. Foreign queen consorts at the French court
Camille Hamon (ENS) Autour de la mort d’Anne de Joyeuse : l’expression du deuil dans les 
correspondances à la fin du XVIe siècle
Blanche Plaquevent (INED) Looking for intimacies in the history of Third-Worldism and political travelsLudivine Broch (Westminster) Francesco Nitti and the ‘Train Fantôme’: Intimacy, Senses and the Body in the Second World War’Stuart Carroll (York) Intimate Enemies: Ego Documents and Identity in Early Modern France  
Mita Choudhury (Vassar) Reading the Unwritten: Trauma, Faith, and Clerical Sexual Violence in Early Modern France  Irène Gimenez (Paris-Est Créteil) and Claire-Lise Gaillard (INED) (*online)   Amies: des intimités à la marge ? Penser le genre des amitiés dans le continuum des intimités relationnelles (France XXe siècle)Alison Carrol (Brunel) ‘Rumours of a Tunnel’. Invasion anxieties, hopes and fears about a Channel tunnel during the Second World WarWill Pooley (Bristol) and Tom Hamilton (Durham) (*online)   Mapping Witchcraft in France, from the Wars of Religion to World War Two  

12.00 – 13.00 Lunch & EDI Open House

13.00 – 14.15 Plenary: Julie Hardwick (University of Texas at Austin) – A fireplace poker and a branding iron: an intimate history of racial capitalism in an eighteenth-century French port city

14.15 – 14.30 – Coffee Break

14.30 – 16.15

B1. Revolutionary intimacy   Chair: Chris Millington (Manchester)  B2. Race and intimacy   Chair: Claire Eldridge (Leeds)B3. Martial Intimacies   Chair: Bertrand Taithe (Manchester)B4. Gender and performance   Chair: Alexia Yates (Manchester)
Dave Andress (Portsmouth) Intimate Convictions and Terrible Distrust – what does the introduction of jury-trial in revolutionary France tell us about the politics of democratising change?Yuval Tal (Hebrew Univ of Jerusalem) Fusing Mediterranean Bodies and French Minds: Eugenics and Republican Assimilation in Colonial AlgeriaJulia Osman (Mississippi State) From La Rose to JoliCoeur: The Contradicting Multitudes of the French Soldier, 1648-1714Jessica L. Fripp  (Texas Christian Univ) Age and Beauty in Eighteenth-Century Parisian Theater  
Michaela Kalcher  (Oxford) Intimate histories? Exploring subjectivity and grief in diaries from the French RevolutionCatherine Phipps  (Bristol) “What can they criticise us for, loving each other too much?”: Visa bans for mixed marriages between Moroccan soldiers and French women after the Second World WarTania Sheikhan (UCL)  Sensory Intimacies in Colonial Threads: Personal Identity and Mameluke Attire in Napoleon’s Egyptian CampaignPierre-Louis Poyau (Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne) Le rôle de la fleur coupée dans la construction du genre à Paris au XIXe siècle  
Leon Hughes (TCD) ‘Avec Douceur et Humanité’: Living the Carceral, Prison Concierges during the French Revolution, 1789-1795.Martin Evans (Sussex) Intimacy, Post-Colonial Reckoning, Anti-Colonial Solidarities: The Meknes Anti-French Violence in October 1956Anastasia Tsagkaraki  (Sussex) Questing one’s identity through the autobiographical writing. The journal intime of a Greek-French officer from the Ionian IslandsNancy Bruseker (Independent scholar) Riding the Carrousel: transfeminine identities in postwar France
Samantha Wesner (Toronto) Intimacy and the City: Urban Life and Revolutionary Culture in ParisItay Lotem (Westminster) Talking about Race: New Antiracist Discourse and the Framing of Race as an Intimate Experience in the Fight against Racism in Contemporary FranceAlexander Summers (Strathclyde) ‘A crisis of martial identity’: the memories and identities of former members of the Garde Mobile Nationale in post Franco-Prussian war memoirs  Ryan Hilliard (Clemson) Queering the Singlewoman: Female Intimacy, Chosen Kinship, and Domestic Life in Eighteenth-Century Paris  

16.15-16.45      Coffee & PGR meeting space

16.45 – 18.15

C1. Representing the Self in Early Modern French Commerce Chair: Julie Hardwick (Austin)C2. Captivity, Imprisonment & intimacy Chair: Ludivine Broch (Westminster)C3. Intimate Politics   Chair: Alison Carrol (Brunel)C4. Medicine, Science and intimacy Chair: Chris Millington (Manchester)
Tessa de Boer (Leiden) Pretentious, moi? Mercantile aspirations towards and away from early modern French subjecthoodQuentin Arifon (Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne) Un ménage en prison. Les époux Mayoux, instituteurs pacifistes face à la guerre, et leurs enfants (1917-1919)Quentin Gasteuil (ENS Paris Saclay)  Le politique saisi par le couple: une exploration de la correspondance entre Marthe et Louis Lévy (1918-1952)Claire Barillé  (Lille) Intimité féminine et pouvoir médical : protestations et silences des patientes (Paris, Londres, Bruxelles, 1850-1950  
Elisabeth Heijmans (Antwerp) Female Overseas Merchants’ Self-Representations in the Eighteenth-Century French AtlanticGuillaume Piketty (Sciences Po Paris) Intimate life in a Nazi concentration camp: from survival to resistance to historyAndrew Smith (QMUL) “I am taking possession of France”: The Larzac Struggle and the Kanak Struggle for Independence in New Caledonia (1970 – now)  Sasha Rasmussen (Nottingham) La Sorbonne et La Salpêtrière: The Intimate History of a Russian Student in Paris, 1900.
Lewis Wade (Leiden) Both alike in Indignity? Conflict, Family and Self-Fashioning in Early Modern Constantinople  Alexandre Millet (Université de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour in France (UPPA) « Dans l’intimité des histoires familiales d’anciens PGF du Stalag 325 de Rawa-Ruska : facteurs d’appropriation, de remémoration et de transmission de la mémoire de l’expérience captive »Nicolas Mary (Corsica) Une « intimisation» de la vie politique française sous la Vème République. La confession publique des politiques, de l’abaissement symbolique à l’exaltation du JeFederico Dotti (Geneva)/Levon Pedrazzini (Lausanne) Le carnet de poche de Monsieur M.

Dinner: 18.30 – Manchester Museum- Living Worlds


8.30 – 9.00 Registration

9.00 – 10.30 – Plenary Roundtable – The legacy of Natalie Zemon Davis – appreciation and assessment

Chair – Sara Barker (University of Leeds)

Speakers:  Penny Roberts (University of Warwick), Charles Walton (University of Warwick), Jérémie Foa (Université d’Aix-Marseille), Will Pooley (University of Bristol)

10.30 – 10.45   Coffee

10.45 – 12.15

D1. Making Vichy, from Bodies to Networks Chair: Laure Humbert (Manchester)D2. Personality and Popular Politics in the 19th century Chair: Stuart Jones (Manchester)D3. The intimate life of artistic production   Chair: Ludivine Broch (Westminster)D4. Intimacy in Early Modern France   Chair: Jérémie Foa (Aix-Marseille Université)
Luc Andre Brunet (Open Univ) Vichy France and South America during the Second World War    Alexandra Paulin-Booth (Humboldt, Berlin) Letters of the League: intimacy and right-wing political engagement in Third Republic France  David Gilks (UEA) An intimate history of Quatremère de QuincyMarie-Anne Pepe (Nice Côte d’Azur) Quelles archives de l’intime pour une histoire de la vie privée publique au XVIIIe siècle?
Mark Wilson (Durham) Little worlds within the camps: intimate space and oral histories of Jewish internment in Vichy FranceWill Clement (Oxford) Disaster photography, international media, and Bonapartist self-fashioning after the Great Floods of 1856  Patrick Valiquet (Huddersfield) Daniel Charles, Vocality and Forgetting, 1958-1980 Sara Barker (Leeds) Name translation in early modern French news pamphlets: considerations and approaches.
 Martin Simpson (UWE) Nightmares on Wax: The Musée Républicain Affair in Toulouse (1883)Kristin Soulliere (Florida)Translations of Self in Simone de Beauvoir’s Letters to Nelson AlgrenJulia Viallon (Aix-Marseille) Intimité, pouvoir et espaces partagés. La mise en œuvre de la domination sociale par appropriation des espaces communs (Marseille, XVIIIe siècle).

12: 15 – 13.15 LUNCH and AGM

13.30 – 14.45 Plenary 3: Clementine Vidal Naquet (Université de Picardie Jules Verne)

15.00 – 16.30

E1. 16th-century letters and papers: in honour of R.J.Knecht (1926-2023) Chair: tbcE2. The intimacy of celebrity culture Chair: Bertrand Taithe (Manchester)  E3. Welfare in XXe France Chair: Laure Humbert (Manchester)E4. Economic Intimacies: Networks and Family Chair: Alexia Yates (Manchester)
Mark Greengrass (Sheffield) ‘The death of Charles IX (1574), lived through the papers of Gaspard Simiane de Gordes’Jessica Wardhaugh (Warwick) The illusion of intimacy: politics, celebrity and material culture in Fin-de-siècle FranceChloé Pastourel (Clermont Auvergne) Faire une histoire intime de la philanthropie américaine: Étude des « ego-documents » du Comité Américain des Régions Dévastées (1918-1924)Niccolo Valmori (EUI) Economic intimacies: identity and self-representation across the merchant world during the Age of revolutions  
David Potter (Kent) ‘The Letters of Francis I project’Holly Grout (Alabama) And Who Created B.B.?: Brigitte Bardot and the Intimate Work of CelebrityOwen Coughlan (Oxford) “I heard him let out a cry of pain”: workplace accidents, medical expertise, and sensory solidarity in interwar FranceLeonard (Lenny) Hodges (Birkbeck) Keeping up with the Carvalhos: Power, Money, and Family between Eighteenth-Century India and France
Penny Roberts (Warwick) What a prince carries in his stockings: intimacy and death in sixteenth-century FranceJulie Kalman (Monash) René Goscinny and the Asterix Series: Imagined IntimacyOlivia Cocking (Emory) “Isolement qui allait de pair avec une très grande confiance à l’Aide Sociale à l’Enfance”: Child Welfare and Migration in France After Empire  Gill Stewart (Glasgow) The effect of the death of the breadwinner on the remaining family: a study of Nancy, France in the 1890s