Each year the Centre organises a short series of lunchtime “Salons”. These offer staff and students at St Andrews who are working on French and Francophone topics the opportunity to meet and share their research. We follow a relaxed “brown-bag” format: everyone brings their lunch with them, and the speaker presents on an aspect of their research for about 10 minutes, then opens out for wider discussion. All are welcome!

If you are interested in presenting, please write to

Spring Semester 2017:

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

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

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

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


Spring Semester 2016:

Wednesdays, 1-2pm, Room 0.01 St Katharine’s Lodge
10 Feb: David Evans (School of Modern Languages), ‘Listening to Ninteenth-Century France: The Poetics of Noise and Sensory History’

9 March: Akhila Yechury (School of History), ‘Choice or Coercion? The End of French Rule in India, c. 1947-62’

30 March: Linda Goddard (School of Art History), ‘“To write as I paint my pictures”: Paul Gauguin as Artist-writer’


Spring Semester 2015:

Thursdays, 1-2pm, Room 0.01 St Katharine’s Lodge

2 April: Andy Williams (International Relations), ‘France, Britain, and the USA in the Twentieth Century, 1900-1940: A Reappraisal’ (Click here for further info)

9 April: Sarah Easterby-Smith (History), ‘Botany and Connoisseurship in the Eighteenth Century’

16 April: Graeme Kemp (History/USTC), ‘Booklists, Catalogues, and Seventeenth Century French Print Culture’

23 April: Julia Prest (French), ‘Social Politics and the Theatres of Saint-Domingue’