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 the history of France and and its possessions.

The Centre promotes a wide range of initiatives in order to advance the study of the history and culture of France and the Francophone world among staff, visiting scholars and students at all levels.


There are currently five academic staff members in the School of History researching principally in the field of French history, with another five possessing closely related research interests.

Staff in the School of Art History, in the School of International Relations and in the Department of French (School of Modern Languages) are also closely associated with the Centre and sit on its board of management. Dr. David Parrott (New College, Oxford) and Professor Peter Jackson (Glasgow) sit on the board as external advisors.

The Centre and its staff are involved in a number of research projects and also enjoy links to other research centres in France, other European countries and North America.

Visiting Scholars

The Centre for French History and Culture hosts a Visiting Scholar every two years.
Our 2015-16 Fellow was Prof Dominique Kalifa (Paris 1 – Panthéon-Sorbonne).

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.

Research Activities

The Centre actively organises and supports a wide range of research events. These include research seminars for outside speakers, internal ‘salons’, and national and international workshops and conferences. From 28-30 June 2015 we hosted the 29th Annual Conference of the Society for the Study of French History. Click on the Events tab to see more about what we do.

Staff are also actively involved in a number of research projects associated with the CFFHC. Recent publications by staff are listed on our individual webpages.


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.

STOP PRESS • 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.