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.

2019-20 Programme – Spring Semester 

We are delighted to welcome our 2020 Visiting Fellow, Professor Andrew Orr (Kansas State University).
Prof Orr will be at St Andrews from January-March 2020

Salon Talk

Professor Andrew Orr (KSU; 2020 VF)
‘The Three Kemals: Conflicting French Views of Mustafa Kemal during the Turkish War of Independence’
1-2pm, Tuesday 4 February 2020 (week 2). Room 0.01, St Katharine’s Lodge.
Chair: Tanya Lawrence

Research Seminar

Dr Mary Franklin-Brown (Cambridge), ‘Bertran de Born and St Leonard: Setting Poets Free’
4.15pm, Wednesday 5 February 2020 (week 2). Old Seminar Room, 69-71 South Street
Chair: Justine Firnhaber-Baker

Visiting Fellow Research Seminar


Professor Andrew Orr (KSU, 2020 VF), ‘The War after the Great War: France and the Turkish War of Independence’
5pm, Thursday 27 February 2020 (week 5). Room 0.02, St Katharine’s Lodge.
Chair: Sarah Frank

French Visual Culture seminar

Dr Kathrin Yacavone (Nottingham), Title TBC
4.15pm, Wednesday 4 March 2020 (week 6). School V.

Salon Talk

Please note Mary Orr’s salon has been moved forward to the 2020-21 academic year.


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.
We are currently hosting Prof Andrew Orr (Kansas State University) in Spring 2020.

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.



We are delighted to announce the publication of the next book in St Andrews Studies in French History and Culture series:
Thomas A. Donlan, The Reform of Zeal: François de Sales and Militant French Catholicism


Contact us by writing to the co-directors, Dr. Sarah Easterby-Smith and Justine Firnhaber-Baker at:
Email: cffhc@st-andrews.ac.uk

Post: Centre for French History and Culture,
School of History
University of St Andrews
St Katharine’s Lodge
The Scores
St Andrews
Fife, KY16 9BA

+44 (0)1334 462906