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

Autumn Semester

Salon Talk

Dr Marika Knowles (Art History), Title TBC
1-2pm, 30 October (week 7). Room 0.02, St Katharine’s Lodge
Chair: Natalee Garrett


Research Seminar

Professor Laurence Brockliss (Oxford), ‘Doing research in eighteenth-century France: private libraries as public resources’
4.15pm, Wednesday 6 November 2019 (week 8). Room 1.10 St Katharine’s Lodge
Chair: Guy Rowlands


Franco-Scottish Doctoral Network workshop, 7-8 November 2019

Theme: Identité/Identity

Seminar Poster (PdF)

Professor Anne Lafont (EHESS, Paris), ‘Revolution, Abolition and Blackness in the French Empire – The Art of 1800’
6.45pm, Thursday 7 November 2019. Institut Français d’Ecosse, West Parliament Square, Edinburgh EH1 1RF
Free admission – Book here

Doctoral Workshop on “Identité/Identity” – Friday 8 November 2019
For further details please write to Sarah Easterby-Smith at cffhc@st-andrews.ac.uk


Spring Semester 

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


French Visual Culture seminar

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


Salon Talk

Professor Mary Orr (Modern Languages), ‘‘The (First) Empire Strikes Back’? Flaubert’s (unfinished) Bouvard et Pécuchet and the Rewriting of French (Enlightenment) History’
1-2pm, Wednesday 11 March 2020 (week 7). Room 0.02 St Katharine’s Lodge.
Chair: Natalee Garrett


Visiting Fellow

Professor Andrew Orr (Kansas State University). March-May 2020



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: We look forward to welcoming 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

Click here to see the full list of publications.