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.

2018-19 Programme

Autumn Semester

Reformation Day Lecture
Thursday 1 November, 5.15pm, Arts Lecture Theatre
Professor Stuart Carroll (University of York), ‘Political Justice and the Outbreak of the Wars of Religion’. 

Franco-Scottish Research Network (Humanities & Social Sciences):
Public Lecture
Thursday 29 November, Institut Français d’Edimbourg
Prof Virginie Giraudon (Sciences Po – CNRS)

Doctoral Workshop (by invitation)
Friday, 30 November, Institut Français d’Edimbourg.
Jointly hosted with the Institut Français d’Edimbourg and colleagues at the Universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow.


Spring Semester 

Wednesday, 30 January, 1-2pm. Old Seminar Room, 71 South Street
Dr Justine Firnhaber-Baker (History) on the Jacquerie Revolt of 1358

[French Visual Culture Seminar – 30 January – CANCELLED]

Biannual Lecture I
Wednesday, 6 February
, 4:15 pm. Room 1.10, St Katharine’s Lodge
Prof Gregory Hanlon (Dalhousie), ‘After mentalités: Human ethology and anthropology from the criminal archives of the Ancien Régime’

Wednesday, 13 March
, 1-2 pm. Old Seminar Room, 71 South Street
Agnès Bos (Art History), ‘The French Royal Order of the Holy Spirit: ceremonials and materiality, 16th-18th centuries’

Biannual Lecture II
Wednesday, 13 March
, 4:15 pm. Room 1.10, St Katharine’s Lodge
Prof Emily Clark (Tulane), ‘Simon Calpha’s Ride: Senegambian Spectacle in French Colonial Louisiana’.

Special Lecture
Tuesday, 9 April, Prof Emmanuel Todd, ‘From Brexit to Frexit?’
(School of Modern Languages; Further details 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. Applications for the Visiting Fellowship in 2019-20 are now open, with a closing date of 15 February. Information on applying can be found here. We most recently hosted Professor Nélia Dias, our Visiting Fellow in 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 DECEMBER 2018: Thomas A. Donlan, The Reform of Zeal: François de Sales and Militant French Catholicism

Click here to see the full list of publications.