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

Autumn Semester 2019:

30 October  Dr Marika Knowles (Art History), Chair: Natalee Garrett

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’



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:

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