The Centre for French History and Culture regularly hosts Research Seminars in the School of History at St Andrews. These are usually biannual. We also sponsor the French Visual Culture Seminars in the School of Art History.

Staff and students from other universities, as well as independent scholars, are most welcome to become participants in these seminars. If you wish to attend or be placed on the mailing list, then please contact the Director ( ).

2016-17 Programme

9 November 2016 Professor 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”. 5.15pm, New Seminar Room. cecilia-gaposchkin-poster

1 February 2017 Professor Patrick Weil (Paris/Yale) – “What is the Meaning of the French Republic”. 5.15pm, Arts Lecture Theatre. [Co-hosted with Modern Languages and International Relations]. Click here to view a film of the full lecture.

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

5 April 2017 Dr Gregory Kennedy (Moncton) – “Mobilizing the Countryside and the Colonies: Militias in France and its Empire, 1700-1763”. 5.15pm, New Seminar Room

See also the seminars run by the School of History

Past events

Centre for French History and Culture Seminar Series

  • 11 November 2015 Dr Rebecca Dixon (University of Liverpool) “Spectacular Bodies: Dress and Undress in Wavrin Master Manuscripts”
  • 23rd April 2014
    Dr Junko Takeda (Syracuse University) “Savage Worms and Modern Machines: French Sericulture, Napoleonic State-building, and Tokugawa Japan”
  • 2nd May 2013
    Professor Alan Forrest (University of York) “Remembering the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars in Nineteenth-Century France”
  • 31st October 2012
    Professor Emeritus Michael Jones (University of Nottingham), “Philippe de Commynes in Early Modern Britain: the Reception and Translation of his Memoirs”
  • 2nd May 2012
    Professor Eric Jennings (University of Toronto, Canada):La France libre fut africaine: Free French Sub-Saharan Africa at war, 1940-1944″
  • 4th December 2011
    Dr Michael Rapport (Stirling University):” The French Revolution: a Global Perspective?”
  • 18th November 2010
    Dr Alison Forrestal (National University of Ireland Galway): “Memory and Memorialisation: Vincent de Paul and ‘the first sermon of the Mission'”.
  • 13th April 2010
    Professor Rebecca Zorach (University of Chicago): “‘Sweet in the Mouth, Bitter in the Belly’: Absence and the Devotional Imaginary in a French Renaissance Book of Hours”
  • 25th November 2009
    Professor Norman Ingram (Concordia University, Canada): “Eyes Across the Rhine: the Ligue des droits de l’homme and the German Problem, 1914-1944”
  • 29th April 2009
    Professor James B. Collins (Georgetown University, USA): “Beheading the Body Politic: Parricides and Politics in the France of Henri IV”
  • 5th November 2008
    Dr Simon Kitson (University of London in Paris): “Death and Liberation: the Allied Bombing of France”
  • 24th October 2007
    Dr Jan Dumolyn (University of Ghent, Belgium): “‘Le pauvre peuple estoit moult opprimé’. The Discourse on ‘the People’ in the Burgundian Chronicles.”
  • 2nd May 2007    Professor James McMillan (University of Edinburgh): “God and the French soldier, 1914-1918.”
  • 18th November 2006
    One Day Conference: Robert Kingdon’s Geneva and the Coming of the Wars of Religion: A retrospective after 50 years
  • 3rd May 2006
    Dr David Parrott (New College, Oxford): “The Army in Seventeenth-Century France: Perspectives and Problems.”
  • 23rd November 2005 ** Inaugural seminar **
    Professor Martin Evans (Portsmouth University): “Myth, History, Politics: the Legacy of French Colonialism in Contemporary Algeria.”


French Visual Culture Seminar Series

  • Wednesday 26th February 2014
  • Wednesday 13th March 2013
    • Amanda Crawley Jackson (University of Sheffield): “Unmapping the urban: contemporary art from France and insurgent public space”
  • 12th October 2011
    • Professor Peter Read (University of Kent): “‘Au rendez-vous des poètes:’ Picasso’s art and literary contacts during his early years in Paris”
  • 20th April 2011