H-France Salon

Originating in 2009, H-France Salon is an interactive journal that welcomes proposals which will enhance the scholarly study of French history and culture.

We have salons available in print, video and webinar. For instructions on how to participate in future webinars, click here.

A collection of similar papers, discussions, etc. published on H-France as "Occasional Papers" are available here.

 

 

H-France Salon, Volume 6, Issue 2

H-France Webinar: Environmental History: An Introduction
H-France's spring webinar occurred on 9 April 2014. It can be viewed here
Webinar Leader: Michael Bess, Vanderbilt University
Invited Participatns:
Sara B. Pritchard, Cornell University
David Blackbourn, Vanderbilt University
Webinar Moderator: Darrin McMahon, Florida State University.

 

 

H-France Salon, Volume 6, Issue 1

Webinar: Emotions in History, An Introduction.

H-France's fall webinar took place on 4 November 2013. It can be viewed here
Webinar Leader: William Reddy, Duke University
Invited Participants:
Barbara Rosenwein, Loyola University of Chicago
Thomas Dodman, Boston College
Piroska Nagy, Université du Québec à Montréal
Webinar Moderator and Organizer: Darrin McMahon, Florida State University
Note: The audio quality improves after about 1 minute.

 

H-France Salon, vol. 5, issue 16
Roundtable: Reflections on Revolutionary Violence


Panel Session at
Western Society for French History
Atlanta, Georgia
25 October 2013

 

The links to the session appear below, divided into three sections.

 

Chair: Gary Kates, Pomona College
Presenters:
Paul Hanson, Butler University
Lynn Hunt, University of California, Los Angeles
Laura Mason, Johns Hopkins University
Jeremy Popkin, University of Kentucky

 

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H-France Salon, vol. 5, issue 15
Roundtable: Pedagogies of Change: Academics and Engagement in French History
Panel Session at
Western Society for French History
Atlanta, Georgia
25 October 2013

 

The links to the session appear below, divided into three sections.

 

Chair:  Naomi Andrews, Santa Clara University
Presenters:
Caroline Campbell, University of North Dakota
Rachel Chrastil, Xavier University
Paul Hanson, Butler University
Jean Pedersen, University of Rochester

 

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H-France Salon, vol. 5, issue 14
Collaboration, Transgression and Protest in Vichy France
Panel Session at
Western Society for French History
Atlanta, Georgia
25 October 2013

Chair:  Shannon Fogg, Missouri University of Science and Technology

 

Issue #1

Gayle Brunelle, California State University-Fullerton & Annette Finley-Croswhite, Old Dominion University (Presentation by Finley-Croswhite)

Terrorism and the Hard Edge of the Extreme Right in France, 1936-1942

 

Issue #2
Gayle Brunelle, California State University-Fullerton & Annette Finley-Croswhite, Old Dominion University (Presentation by Brunelle)

Collaborating to Kill: Vichy and the Mouvement Sociale et Révolutionnaire in the Assassination of Marx Dormoy

 

Issue #3
Keith Rathbone, Northwestern University
Transgressive Exercises: How Vichy's Sports Societies Shielded Social Outcasts

 

Issue #4

Commentary by Shannon Fogg, Missouri University of Science and Technology

 

H-France Salon, vol. 5, issue 13
Session in Memory of Donna Ryan (1948-2012)
Panel Session at
Western Society for French History
Atlanta, Georgia
25 October 2013

The links to the session appear below, divided into three sections.

Organizer: Kathryn Norberg, UCLA

Moderator:  Hines Hall, Auburn University

Guest Presenters:       
        John Sweets, University of Kansas
        Anne Quartararo, United States Naval Academy
        Barry Bergen, Gallaudet University
        April Shelford, American University
        Victoria Thompson, Arizona State University

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H-France Salon, Volume 5, Issue 12

Disharmony: War, Decolonization, and National Identity in 1960's French Popular Music
Conference Panel at
Western Society for French History
Atlanta, Georgia
25 October 2013

 

Chair: Rachel Gillett, Harvard University
Issue #1
Bronson Long, Georgia Highlands College
Le Diable (Çava): War and Belgian National Identity in the Music of Jacques Brel

Issue #2
Elizabeth McGregor, Anna Maria College
Jazz, the Algerian War, and Decolonization

Issue #3
Jonathyne Briggs, Indiana University Northwest
Johnny à l'armée: Nationalist Visions of Youth in the Era of Decolonization

Issue #4
Commentaryby Sandrine Sanos, Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi

 

H-France Salon, Volume 5, Issue 11

Humanities in a Digital Age:  Using Digital Tools for Research and Teaching
Conference Panel at
Western Society for French History
Atlanta, Georgia
25 October 2013

 

Chair:  Sean Takats, George Mason University

Issue #1
Christopher Church, University of California, Berkeley
The Language of Citizenship and the Calculus of Disaster:  Civic Duty
and Economics following the
1891 Hurricane in the French Antilles

Issue #2

Hélène Huet, Pennsylvania State University
Mapping Decadence: Visualizing Relationships Between Writers and Publishers

Comment: David Del Testa, Bucknell University

 

H-France Salon, Volume 5, Issue 10

Popular Culture under the Occupation and Liberation
Conference Panel at
Western Society for French History
Atlanta, Georgia
25 October 2013

Chair: Joelle Neulander, The Citadel
Issue #1
Robin Walz, University of Alaska Southeast
Crime au marché noir:  Detective Fiction under the Occupation
Issue #2
Scott Haine, University of Maryland
The Drama of Daily Life: Simone de Beauvoir's Literary and Autobiographical Writings on Cafe Life during WWII
Issue #3
Audra Merfeld Langston, Missouri University of Science and Technology
Judging Justice: Marcel Aymé’s La Tête des autres and the Press
Issue #4
Commentary by Sarah Fishman, University of Houston

 

H-France Salon, Volume 5, Issue 9

Masculinity in Eighteenth-Century France
Conference Panel at
Western Society for French History
Atlanta, Georgia
25 October 2013

  

Chair:  Paul Hanson, Butler University
Issue #1
Kenneth Loiselle, Trinity University
Women and Male Friendship in Old Regime Freemasonry

Issue #2
Christine Zabel, University of Heidelberg
Disguising Gender and Cloaking Sex: Authenticity, Appearance, and Affect in the French Enlightenment

Issue #3
Claire Cage, University of South Alabama
The Père de Famille and the Priest in Revolutionary France


Issue #4
Commentary by Gary Kates, Pomona College


 

H-France Salon, Volume 5, Issue 8

Webinar: "Writing the History of Empire: Past Approaches, New Perspectives."

H-France's spring webinar occurred on 18 April 2013.
It can be viewed here
Webinar Leader:  Eric Jennings, University of Toronto
Co-Participants:  Alice Conklin, The Ohio State University, and Laurent Dubois, Duke University.

Moderator:  Charles Walton, Yale University

Webinar Reading List:
Gregory Mann, "What was the Indigénat?  The Empire of Law in French West Africa"
Clifford Rosenberg, ""The International Politics of Vaccine Testing in Interwar Algiers,"
Alice Conklin, “Boundaries Unbound:  Teaching French History as Colonial History, and Colonial History as French History,”
The Chapter "Caribbean France" in Laurent Dubois' Soccer Empire: The World Cup and the Future of France

Eric Jennings

H-France Salon, Volume 5, Issues 1-7

H-France is proud to be able to provide for its readers the following issues of the H-France Salon: seven different sessions from the April 2013 Society for French Historical Studies Conference.

5.1: THE SOCIAL IMAGINARY IN NINETEENTH-CENTURY FRANCE
Chair: Jan Goldstein, University of Chicago
Paul Verlaine, Masks, and the French Fin-de-Siècle,James Johnson, Boston University
The ‘Bas-Fonds’ as a Social Imaginary,Dominique Kalifa, University of Paris I-Sorbonne
A Grave Accord: Reimagining Paris in the City of the Dead (1804-1830)
Erin-Marie Legacey, Texas Tech University

 

5.2: PLENARY LUNCHEON: FOR WHOM DO WE WRITE?
         Moderator: Stéphane Gerson, New York University         
        David A. Bell, Princeton University              
        Gayle A. Brunelle, California State University, Fullerton     
        Jeffrey Jackson, Rhodes College                  
        Caroline Weber, Barnard College
Video available here

5.3: VISIONS OF ENLIGHTENMENT
        Chair: Keith Baker, Stanford University  
Seeing the Light in the Age of EnLIGHTenment: Reflections on a Future Study,Darrin McMahon, Florida State University
Enlightenment Rights Talk,Dan Edelstein, Stanford University
Inner Shuddering in the French Provinces,Emma Rothschild, Harvard University 
Comment: J. Kent Wright, Arizona State University

5.4: PLENARY SESSION: ENVIRONMENTAL HISTORY AND NARRATIVES OF FRENCH HISTORY
Chair: Mary D. Lewis, Harvard University   
Michael Bess
, Vanderbilt University 
Caroline Ford, UCLA     
Jean-François Mouhot, Georgetown University 

5.5: FRENCH UNIVERSALISM AND ITS EXCEPTIONS
Chair: Sandrine Sanos, Texas A & M University Corpus Christi
The UNESCO Campaign Against Racism and the New Ethnological Humanism of 1950s France, Stefanos Geroulanos, New York University
From Complementarity to Asymmetry: Algeria, Counter-Insurgency, and the Emergence of the Guerrilla as Free Radical, Julian Bourg, Boston College
Republicanism and the Critique of Human Rights, Camille Robcis, Cornell University
Comment: Bruno Perreau, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Panel Discussion

5.6: NATURE AND TECHNOLOGY IN THE FRENCH REVOLUTION:  A DISCUSSION OF RECENT SCHOLARSHIP (I)

Chair: Lesley Walker, Indiana University South Bend

History of Science as Means:  Mediating the Materialist and Political Histories of the French Revolution
        Kenneth Alder, Northwestern University
Putting the 'New Positivism' to Work on Politico-Literary History:  The Case of the French Revolution
        Julia Douthwaite, University of Notre Dame
Reassessing the Rhetoric and Reality of 'Nature' in the Politics of the French Revolution
        Mary Ashburn Miller, Reed College
Video (with audio) available here
Audio-only version available here

5.7: NATURE AND TECHNOLOGY IN THE FRENCH REVOLUTION:  A DISCUSSION OF RECENT SCHOLARSHIP (II)

Chair: Julia Douthwaite, University of Notre Dame

Cosmétiques, artifice, et nature
        Catherine Lanoë, Université d'Orléans
La physionotrace
        Guillaume Mazeau, Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne
Audio-only version available here


 

H-France Salon, Volume 4, Issue 5

The fall webinar took place on 4 October 2012.  It can now be viewed here 

Mack Holt, George Mason University, led the webinar. Charles Walton, Yale University, moderated.

Readings:
(1) Natalie Z. Davis, "The Rites of Violence: Religious Riot in Sixteenth-Century France, Past & Present 59 (1973): 51-91.

(2) Barbara B. Diefendorf, "Rites of Repair: Restoring Community in the French religious Wars," in G. Murdock, P. Roberts, and A. Spicer, eds., Ritual and Violence: Natalie Zemon Davis and Early Modern France (Oxford University Press, 2012), Past & Present Supplement no. 7, pp. 30-51.

(3) Penny Roberts, "Peace, Ritual, and Sexual Violence during the Religious Wars," in G. Murdock, P. Roberts, and A. Spicer, eds., Ritual and Violence: Natalie Zemon Davis and Early Modern France (Oxford University Press, 2012), Past & Present Supplement no. 7, pp. 75-99.

(4) Keith Luria, Sacred Boundaries: Religious Coexistence and Conflict in Early Modern France (Washington DC: Catholic University of America Press, 2005), pp. xiii-xxxviii and 1-46 (introduction and chap. 1).

Questions to consider while reading these materials:

1. Was it possible to purify a community of pollution without violence in sixteenth-century France? And if so, how?
2. Why did violence break out in some confessionally divided communities but not in others?
3. Once violence broke out in a community, what strategies worked best to de-escalate the violence, or even end it altogether?
4. Was religious toleration possible in early modern France? Or is the best that could be hoped for simply a non-violent, yet uneasy co-existence?
5. What roles did the monarchy, the rival churches, and local communities play in promoting confessional conflict or coexistence?

 

H-France Salon, Volume 4, Issue 4

"Considering May '68"

April 12, 2012

Guest Presenter:  Julian Jackson, Queen Mary College, University of London

Organizer and Moderator:  Charles Walton, Yale University
Edited by David Kammerling Smith, Eastern Illinois University

Video available HERE
The recording of the webinar begins about ten minutes into the seminar.

Webinar Readings:
Julian Jackson, "The Mystery of May 1968," French Historical Studies 33:4 (2010): 625-653.
Julian Bourg, "The Red Guards of Paris: French Student Maoism of the 1960s," History of European Ideas 31:4 (2005): 472-490.
Pierre Vidal Naquet and Alain Schnapp, The French Student Uprising, November 1967-June 1968; an analytical record (Boston: Beacon Press, 1971), pp. 1-48.  
Virgini Linhart, Le Jour ou mon pere s'est tu, translated excerpt in English appearing in J.Jackson, Anna-Louise Milne, and James Williams, May 68: Rethinking France's Last Revolution New York: Palgrave, 2011), pp. 398-417.

Jackson

 

H-France Salon, Volume 4, Issue 3

In this issue, we present the recording of the panel entitled "The Work and Contributions of Lynn Hunt," which occurred at the 58th Annual Meeting of the Society for French Historical Studies, 23 March 2012, in Los Angeles, California. 

Video available HERE

The panel participants included:

Chair:  Suzanne Desan, University of Wisconsin

Participants:
        Jack Censer, George Mason University
        Antoine de Baecque, Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense
        Paul Hanson, Butler University
        Sarah Maza, Northwestern University

Comment:  Lynn A. Hunt, UCLA

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H-France Salon, Volume 4, Issue 2

Edited by Samuel Moyn, Columbia University

The following Salon was prepared as a continuation of a forum entitled "Remembering Tony Judt:  A Forum" that appears in French Historical Studies  (volume 35, winter 2012).  The Salon begins with three essays and concludes with an online conversation between Julian Bourg, Boston College, and Samuel Moyn, Columbia University..

Essays:

Peter E. Gordon, Harvard University    "Judgment, Understanding, and Tony Judt."

G. Daniel Cohen, Rice University    "Tony Judt, Historian."

Samuel Moyn, Columbia University    "Intellectuals, Reason, and History: In Memory of Tony Judt."

Conversation:

Click here for a conversation between Julian Bourg, Boston College, and Samuel Moyn, Columbia University.

Tony Judt

 

H-France Salon, Volume 4, Issue 1

Resistance and Order in Early Modern France

Introduction, Michael Breen, Reed College.

"Resistance and Order in Early Modern France," James Collins, Georgetown University.

Jim Collins

 

H-France Salon, Volume 3, Issue 2

H-France Webinar
"The Age of Revolutions in Global Context"
October 6, 2011

Guest Presenter:  Lynn Hunt, UCLA

Organizer and Moderator:  Charles Walton, Yale University
Edited by David Kammerling Smith, Eastern Illinois University

Video available HERE

Webinar Readings:
Lynn Hunt, "The French Revolution in Global Context," in David Armitage and Sanjay Subrahmanyam (eds.), The Age of Revolutions in Global Context, c. 1760-1840 (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009).
Suzanne Desan, "Transatlantic Spaces of Revolution: The French Revolution, Sciotomanie, and American Lands," Journal of Early Modern History 12 (2008), pp. 467-505.
William Max Nelson, "Making Men: Enlightenment Ideas of Racial Engineering," American Historical Review 115 (December 2010): 1364-1394.

 


H-France Salon, Volume 3, Issue 1

Edited by David Kammerling Smith, Eastern Illinois University

The following paper was presented at the annual meeting of The Society for French Historical Studies, Charleston, SC, February 12, 2011.

Robert Tombs, St John's College, Cambridge "How bloody was la Semaine Sanglante? A revision."

The following papers were written as responses to Robert Tombs' paper:

Quentin Deluermoz, Université Paris 13/Nord "Les morts de la Semaine sanglante: retour sur la violence sociale et politique française au XIXe siècle ."

Karine Varley, University of Strathclyde "Reassessing the Paris Commune of 1871."

Response to the Salon and Webcast by Robert Tombs, University of Cambridge.

The video below is the webcast of the paper and responses given at the conference in Charleston. The session begins at 27:30:

The panel participants are:
Robert Tombs, St. John's College, Cambridge
Philip Nord, Princeton University
David Shafer, California State University Long Beach

This is followed by a question and answer session with the audience.

Thanks must be given to Kurt M. Boughan, The Citadel, for his technical help in recording and streaming the session.

H-France Salon, Volume 2, Issue 1

Edited by Sannon L. Fogg, Missouri University of Science and Technology

The following essays were prepared in response to Meaghan Emery’s article and Richard Golsan’s response to that article published in French Historical Studies 33:4 (Fall 2010).

Shannon L. Fogg, Missouri University of Science and Technology "The Case of Jean Giono – the Debate Continues."

Meaghan Emery, University of Vermont, "Of Historical Hindsight and Oversight, and Why Reopening Giono's Case Is a Worthy Endeavor."

Julian Jackson, Queen Mary University, London, "The Rural Fantasies of Jean Giono."

Vera Mark, Pennsylvania State University, "Negotiating Jean Giono: Texts, History, and Ethics."

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H-France Salon, Volume 1, Issue 1

Edited by David Kammerling Smith, Eastern Illinois University

The following essays are a response to a forum on "Twenty Years after the Bicentennial" appearing in French Historical Studies (volume 32, fall 2009).

David A. Bell, The Johns Hopkins University, "A la recherche d'un nouveau paradigme?"

Peter R. Campbell, "Redefining the French Revolution. New directions, 1989–2009."

Rebecca L. Spang, Indiana University, "Self, Field, Myth: What We Will Have Been."

Responses to the Salon from the H-France Community.

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