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

2020-21 Programme

14 October 2020 – James Palmer (Medieval History)
Historians, politics, and the imagining of France’s early medieval origins in the nineteenth century’

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

3 March 2021 – Natalee Garrett (Modern History) [Title TBC]

Past Salons

4 February 2020: Prof Andrew Orr (KSU), ‘The Three Kemals: Conflicting French Views of Mustafa Kemal during the Turkish War of Independence’.

30 January 2019: Dr Justine Firnhaber-Baker (Medieval History), ‘The Jacquerie Revolt of 1358’.

30 October 2019  Dr Marika Knowles (Art History), ‘From Realism to Role-Play to Paperwork: Themes in French Art’

1 March 2017: Conan Fischer (School of History), ‘A Vision of Europe, 1929-1932′: France, Germany and a cautionary tale for our times’

5 April 2017: Stephanie O’Rourke (School of Art History), ‘Doodling circa 1800’

19 April 2017: Vicky Turner (School of Modern Languages), [Title TBC].

10 February 2016: David Evans (School of Modern Languages), ‘Listening to Ninteenth-Century France: The Poetics of Noise and Sensory History’

9 March 2016: Akhila Yechury (School of History), ‘Choice or Coercion? The End of French Rule in India, c. 1947-62’

30 March 2016: Linda Goddard (School of Art History), ‘“To write as I paint my pictures”: Paul Gauguin as Artist-writer’

2 April 2015: Andy Williams (International Relations), ‘France, Britain, and the USA in the Twentieth Century, 1900-1940: A Reappraisal’ (Click here for further info)

9 April 2015: Sarah Easterby-Smith (History), ‘Botany and Connoisseurship in the Eighteenth Century’

16 April 2015: Graeme Kemp (History/USTC), ‘Booklists, Catalogues, and Seventeenth Century French Print Culture’

23 April 2015: 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