Franco-Scottish Research Network in the Humanities and Social Sciences


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Welcome to the Franco-Scottish Research Network in the Humanities and Social Sciences‘ webpage.

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This network is coordinated by the Institut français du Royaume-Uni and is composed of researchers at the Universities of  St AndrewsEdinburgh, and Glasgow.

The Network organises an annual Interdisciplinary Seminar where doctoral students working at the three institutions are invited to present their work, along with a keynote speaker from France whose works are key in the Seminar’s selected research topic.

The 2017 edition of the seminar will start on Thursday 30th November at 18:30, in the new premises of the Institut français d’Écosse on West Parliament Square, Edinburgh EH1 1RF. Our guest speaker will be Professor Antoine de Baecque, from the École normale supérieure. A postgraduate seminar, with PhD researchers based in France and Scotland, will take place the following day (Friday 1st December).


Previous editions

The inaugural seminar took place at the Institut français d’Écosse on 5th December 2014, on the theme of “Paysage/Landscape”. Please click here for further details about the 2014 seminar. The 2015 seminar was entitled “Migrations: migration des personnes, migration des idées, migration des images” and took place on 5th and 6th November 2015. Our 2016 edition focused on the theme “Témoignages” and took place on 1st-2nd December 2016.


In 2014, the Institut français du Royaume-Uni imagined a Franco-Scottish research network around the humanities, literature and social sciences. Since then, a yearly pluridisciplinary doctoral seminar has been organised every Autumn at the Institut français d’Ecosse in Edinburgh. The seminar gathered together an eminent scholar from France as well as academics and PhD students from Scottish universities (namely Edinburgh, St Andrews and Glasgow) around one particular research topic. Prior to each seminar, our invited scholar gives a public keynote lecture. This interdisciplinary event aims to develop a network of humanities researchers across academic and linguistic boundaries. I wish to thank the members of the scientific committee who have been supporting this project since its beginning!

Dr Catherine Robert
Higher Education attachée,
Institut français du Royaume-Uni

Mot d’accueil

En 2014 l’Institut français du Royaume-Uni a lancé l’idée d’un réseau de recherche franco-écossais dans le domaine des lettres et sciences sociales. Depuis, un séminaire doctoral interdisciplinaire annuel a lieu à l’Institut français d’Ecosse à Edimbourg. Il réunit autour d’une thématique et d’un enseignant-chercheur de France des universitaires et doctorants de France et d’universités écossaises, notamment d’Edimbourg, de St Andrews et de Glasgow. Le séminaire est précédé par une conférence générale du professeur invité ouverte à tous. Cet événement interdisciplinaire annuel qui bénéficie des apports méthodologiques propres à chaque discipline a vocation à développer un réseau de chercheurs en lettres et sciences sociales.

Merci aux membres du comité scientifique qui accompagnent ce projet depuis le début !

Dr Catherine Robert
Attachée de Coopération Universitaire,
Institut français du Royaume-Uni

This webpage is curated by Dr Jordan Girardin (St Andrews).


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