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Call for Papers: Society for the Study of French History 31st Annual Conference
‘France, Europe and the World’
University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, 26-27 June 2017

Plenary speakers
Professor Robert Gildea (Oxford)
Marie-Laure Legay (Lille 3)
Professor John Merriman (Yale)
Sophie Wahnich (CNRS)

Poster available here.

The history of France has been profoundly shaped by its European and global entanglements. Whether through its diplomatic and military engagements, colonial encounters, cultural and intellectual exchanges, or the interconnections of trade and commerce, the porous and fluid nature of France’s borders have brought a complex range of influences upon France’s history. As the role and status of France within Europe and the wider world changed, so did perceptions and representations of France.
This conference seeks to explore French history from international, transnational and global perspectives and invites speakers to reconsider the significance and relevance of the nation state. We invite participants to interpret the conference theme in its broadest terms.
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 20 minute papers in English or in French on any aspect of the conference theme. Proposals for panels of two or three papers are particularly welcome. We particularly invite contributions from postgraduate students and overseas scholars. Paper proposals should comprise a paper title, abstract of 300 words and a one-page CV in a single pdf file.

Please send proposals to Karine Varley at: by *extended deadline* 28 February 2017.

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Conference organisers: Karine Varley and Rogelia Pastor-Castro

Download the CFP here.


Appel aux communications: Society for the Study of French History 31e colloque annuel
‘La France, l’Europe et le monde’
University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, 26-27 juin 2017

Conférenciers invités:
Professor Robert Gildea (Oxford)
Professor John Merriman (Yale)

L’histoire de la France a été profondément influencée par ses engagements européens et mondiaux. Que ce soit par ses engagements diplomatiques ou militaires, ses interactions coloniales, les échanges culturels ou intellectuels ou les interconnections du commerce, le caractère fluide et perméable des frontières de la France a apporté une variété d’influences sur l’histoire de la France. Pendant que le rôle et le statut de la France dans l’Europe et le monde ont changé, les perceptions et les représentations de la France ont changé aussi.
Le thème du colloque devrait être interprété sous un aspect général. Son objet est d’explorer l’histoire de la France au sens le plus inclusif – international, transnational, global, et encore plus. Nous invitons les participants à reconsidérer l’importance et la pertinence de la nation dans l’histoire de la France.
Nous invitons des propositions de communication qui utilisent des approches et des perspectives différentes pour s’adresser à ces thèmes. Les communications peuvent traiter de toute période du médiéval au contemporain.
Nous invitons des propositions (en anglais ou en français) de communications de vingt minutes maximum, sur tout aspect de l’histoire de France du mérovingien au temps présent.

Veuillez envoyer à avant le 28 fevrier 2017 un précis de 300 mots et un CV sommaire en format pdf. 

Organisateurs: Karine Varley et Rogelia Pastor-Castro




Past Annual Conferences:

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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