Welcome to the Centre for French History
and Culture at the University of St Andrews

The St Andrews Centre for French History and Culture was founded in 2005 to enhance and expand the university’s existing strengths in French history. The Centre provides an intellectual and social focus for staff and students working in any field and on any period related to French and Francophone history and culture.

The Centre actively organises and supports a wide range of research seminars, ‘salons‘, international workshops and conferences. Working with colleagues elsewhere in Scotland and France, we are also members of an interdisciplinary postgraduate research network. Taken together, these varied initiatives help to advance the study of the history and culture of France and the Francophone world among staff, visiting scholars and students at all levels.

Research Activities

2016-17 Seminar Programme

Cecilia Gaposchkin (Dartmouth), “Nivelon of Soisson, the relics of 1204, and the Cathedral of Soissons: liturgy and devotion in the aftermath of the Fourth Crusade.” 9 November 2016 [Autumn Biannual Seminar]

Patrick Weil (Paris/Yale), Title TBC. 1 February 2017 [Co-hosted with the Schools of Modern Languages and International Relations]

Alastair Wright (Oxford), Title TBC. 29 March 2017 [French Visual Culture Seminar]

Gregory Kennedy (Moncton), Title TBC. 5 April 2017 [Spring Biannual Seminar]



Click here to find out more about staff involved in the Centre

Visiting Fellows

The Centre for French History and Culture hosts a Visiting Fellow every two years. The application round for the 2017-18 Fellowship will open shortly.

Postgraduate Studies

We offer a designated specialist pathway in French history for taught postgraduate students. Drawing on the diverse areas of expertise of our staff, PhD students can receive supervision in French and Francophone history spanning the medieval to modern periods.


The Centre publishes St Andrews Studies in French History and Culture – a unique series of midigraph-length books. The books are fully peer reviewed, and are available for free in paperback or as e-books.

Published July 2014:
Nicole Hudgins, Hold still, Madame: wartime gender and the photography of women in France during the Great War.

Click here to see the full list of publications.