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.

2017-18 Programme

Autumn Semester

Colloquium: Late Medieval France and Burgundy Seminar.

[Biannual Lecture: Monday 27 November, 5.15pm, School II. – CANCELLED]
[Prof. Pierre Serna (Paris I), ‘Did Animals Have Rights during the French Revolution? The story of the 27 dissertations sent to the French Institut in 1802’
Jointly hosted with the Institute of Intellectual History & the Late Modern History Research Seminar.]

Franco-Scottish Research Network (Humanities & Social Sciences):
Public Lecture:
Thursday 30 November, Institut Français d’Edimbourg. Prof. Antoine de Baecque (ENS), ‘Filmer la fin du monde’
Doctoral Workshop (by invitation): Friday 1 December, Institut Français d’Edimbourg.
Jointly hosted with the Institut Français d’Edimbourg and colleagues at the Universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow.


Spring Semester

Visiting Fellow: Professor Nélia Dias (ISCTE – Instituto Universitário de Lisboa)

‘Voices of Conscience’ Colloquium: 9 March 2018. Jointly hosted with the Institute for Intellectual History.

Our spring activities will also include salons from Professor Nélia Dias and Dr Justine Firnhaber-Baker; the Biannual Lecture, to be delivered Prof. Nélia Dias, and the French Visual Culture Seminar.
Further information about these events will be posted in due course.



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. We look forward to welcoming Professor Nélia Dias who will be our Visiting Fellow in Semester 2 (2017-18).

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 AUGUST 2017: Susan Carr, In Search of the gentilshommes campagnards: Noble Diversity and Social Structure in Burgundy, 1682-1789

Click here to see the full list of publications.