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.

2020-21 Programme: Spring semester

**All events will take place on MS Teams. To attend any of the events listed below, please contact the Directors via cffhc@st-andrews.ac.uk and we will send you the link.**

17 February 2021, 4pm Biannual Seminar – Aro Velmet (University of Southern California)
‘Pasteur’s Empire: Tuberculosis and Colonial Technopolitics in France and Indochina in the 1920s’

24 February 2021, 1.05-1.50pm. Salon talk – Ysaline Bourgine de Meder (St Andrews/Ghent, Medieval History)
‘Being a lord in 15th c. Normandy: from chickens to gallows’

3 March 2021, 1.05-1.50pm. Salon talk – Natalee Garrett (Modern History)
‘Running from the Revolution: French émigrés in satirical prints’


Past events: Autumn semester 2020-21

1 October 2020, 5.30pm. Marc Jaffré (independent scholar)
‘Planets revolving around the sun? Court and Courtiers in Louis XIII’s France, 1610-1643’

5 October 2020, 4-5pm. Peggy Brunache (University of Glasgow)
‘Slavery and resistance in the French Antilles’

14 October 2020, 1.05-1.50pm. Salon talk – James Palmer (Medieval History)
Historians, politics, and the imagining of France’s early medieval origins in the nineteenth century’

28 October 2020, 4-5pm. French Visual Culture Seminar – Kathrin Yacavone (University of Cologne)
Intermedial Authorship: Victor Hugo and Nineteenth-Century Photography’

18 November 2020, 4pm. Biannual Seminar – Christy Pichichero (George Mason University)
‘Black | Power: Race and Global War in the Early Modern French Empire’
Chairs: Prof Julia Prest and Prof Guy Rowlands



Find out more about staff involved in the Centre

Visiting Fellows

The Centre for French History and Culture normally hosts a Visiting Fellow every two years.

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

Read Linda Lierheimer’s review on H-France

View our full list of publications.