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 [5.15pm, New Seminar Room. Autumn Biannual Seminar]

Patrick Weil (Paris/Yale), “What is the Meaning of the French Republic”. 1 February 2017 [5.15pm, Arts Lecture Theatre] [Co-hosted with the Schools of Modern Languages and International Relations]

Click here to view a film of the full lecture:

Alastair Wright (Oxford), “Seurat’s Public”. 29 March 2017 [4.15pm, School V, French Visual Culture Seminar]

Gregory Kennedy (Moncton), “Mobilizing the Countryside and the Colonies: Militas in France and its Empire, 1700-1763”. 5 April 2017 [5.15pm, New Seminar Room. Spring Biannual Seminar]

Salon Programme – Spring Semester 2017

Wednesdays, 1-2pm, Room 1.10 St Katharine’s Lodge

Conan Fischer (School of History), ‘A Vision of Europe, 1929-1932′: France, Germany and a cautionary tale for our times’. 1 March 2017

Stephanie O’Rourke (School of Art History), ‘Doodling circa 1800’. 5 April 2017

Vicky Turner (School of Modern Languages), [Title TBC]. 19 April 2017


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 2017-18 Fellowship are now closed (deadline 31 January 2017).

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.