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20th March 2017: Call for Submissions Special Issue of French History on “French Colonial Histories from Below”

The editors of French History seek articles for a special issue on the theme of “French Colonial Histories from Below” to appear in autumn 2019. For more information, see here.

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27th February 2017: Visiting Scholar Report: Dominique Kalifa

In October 2016, Northumbria University’s Institute of the Humanities hosted the first Society for the Study of French History Visiting Scholar: Professor Dominique Kalifa (Université Paris 1, Panthéon-Sorbonne), a leading figure in nineteenth-century cultural history and Director of the Centre de recherches en histoire du XIXe siècle at the Sorbonne. The visit, organised by Dr Laura O’Brien with the support of colleagues at Newcastle University and Durham University, was intended to develop the relationship between France and scholars of French history in the North East of England, and to consolidate the North East’s status as an important centre for the study of French history and culture. Read more here.

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31st January 2017: Deakin Fellowship, St. Anthony's College, Oxford

'Applications are invited for the Deakin Fellowship for the academic year 2017-2018. The Fellowship is intended to support scholarship related to France in the College's areas of interest, which include: Modern History, Politics, International Relations, Economics, Anthropology, Sociology and Social Policy. A particular interest in Europe is essential.' Further particulars available here.

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16th December 2016: Conference Report: 'The Crusades in France and Occitania’

The SSFH supported a colloquium held at the IHR in September on the Crusades in France and Occitania.

Read the full report here.

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27th September 2016: Research Report, Cherie Prosser 'A comparative study of the artistic representation of gender and race in the French and British Empires, 1914-1920'

The SSFH supported Cherie Prosser (University of Sheffield) to conduct research into posters and prints at the Bibliothèque Nationale, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, the Musée de l’Armée, and the Musée d'Histoire Contemporaine.

Read the full report here.

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23rd September 2016: Conference Report, '‘Clash of Cultures’? Confrontation, Collusion and Cooperation in Wartime since 1870'

In May 2016, the SSFH generously supported an international conference on confrontation, collusion, and cooperation in wartime organised at the University of Sheffield by Tim Baycroft, Bernard Wilkin, Maude Williams, Cherie Prosser, and Laurien Vandenhout.

For further details about discussions on the day, see the full report here.

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23rd September: Research Report, Philippa Read 'Female Heroism in First World War France: Representations and Lived Experiences'

The SSFH recently provided support for doctoral student Philippa Read (Leeds University) to visit the Bibesco collection at the Harry Ransom Center in Austin to do research for her thesis on female heroism in the First World War.

You can read a full report here.

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8th August: Research Report, Jasmine Calver 'Anti-Fascism, Feminism and Communism: the Work of the Comité Mondial des Femmes Contre la Guerre et le Fascisme in the late 1930s'

The SSFH recently provided support for doctoral student Jasmine Calver (University of Northumbria) to visit the archives in Paris to do research for her thesis on anti-fascism, feminism, and communism in the late 1930s.

You can read a full report here.

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8th August: Conference Report 'Sharing Space in the Early Modern World, 1450-1750'

In June 2016, the SSFh supported a conference on 'Sharing Space in the Early Modern World' at the University of Oxford.

For more details about the conference, please see the report here.

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25th July 2016: Conference Report 'Beyond De Gaulle and beyond London: New approaches to the history of the Free French and the external Resistance'

In June 2016, the SSFH generously supported an international conference organised at the University of London Institute in Paris by Dr Laure Humbert (University of Manchester) and Dr Charlotte Faucher (Queen Mary, University of London). The conference brought together scholars from France, Britain, North American and Israel who work on under-studied facets of the French external Resistance during the Second World War.

For further details about discussions on the day, see the full report here.

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18th July 2016: Vacancy for Committee Members

The Society for the Study of French History has up to 3 vacancies on the Committee as a result of members reaching the end of their terms of office. We are looking for applications to carry out the following roles:

- Ordinary Committee Member

- 2 x Postgraduate Representatives

We would like to welcome applications to the committee, and have prepared descriptions of the roles to help outline what is involved. The descriptions of these roles can be found on the Society Website (please click on the roles above). To fulfil these roles, applicants should be members of the society (or willing to become one) and ideally be based in the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, as attendance at meetings is expected.

In addition, the Committee noted that it would especially welcome applications from medievalists to join the Committee, and would expect to ask the incoming Committee Member to serve on the Prize Panel for the Undergraduate Dissertation Prize.

Please submit any applications to the Society Secretary (andrew.wm.smith@ucl.ac.uk) by 12 noon on Monday 8th August. Please also direct any queries to Dr Andrew WM Smith.

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9th July 2016: New undergraduate scholarship in memory of Douglas Johnson

From University College London website:

"An alumnus of the department has generously funded an undergraduate scholarship in memory of his favourite teacher at UCL – distinguished historian Professor Douglas Johnson. Professor of French History at UCL from 1968, Johnson became both Head of Department and Dean of Arts and published widely, contributing to Anglo-French relations. He was also recruited by the then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher to provide an alternative view of France to that of the Foreign Office. After his retirement in 1990, Professor Johnson became a Chevalier (Knight) and then Officier of the Légion d’honneur (the highest order of merit in France), and died in 2005. The new scholarship will enable a student in financial need to study for a degree at UCL History, commencing in September 2016. The value of the award is £12,500 per year based on a three year programme. As a department we are extremely grateful to our benefactor for making this possible; their gift will help to further our efforts to widen participation at UCL, ensuring that access to education is based entirely on merit."

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