Originating in 2009, H-France Salon is an interactive journal that welcomes proposals which will enhance the scholarly study of French history and culture. The following are the special issues that have been a part of the Salon.
Volume 9 (2017), Issue 14
The Social History of Impressionism
Introduction to "Questionnaire on Impressionism and the Social History of Art”
Alexis Clark, Washington University in St. Louis, and David Peters Corbett, The Courtauld Institute of Art
“‘Local Color’: Social Art History, Global Impressionism, and Comparative Interpretation,” Emily C. Burns, Auburn University
“Impressionism: A Procrustean Bed?” Hollis Clayson, Northwestern University
“Peripheral Impressionisms,” Frances Fowle, University of Edinburgh
“Impressionist Futures,” Anna Gruetzner Robins, University of Reading
“Is Impressionism History?” Laura Anne Kalba, Smith College
“The Positive and the Negative," Richard Kendall, Independent curator and art historian
“Moving Beyond ‘Post T. J. Clark Ad-Hocism,’” Morna O’Neill, Wake Forest University
“‘A millionaire who paints in his spare time’. The social history of art and the multiple rediscoveries of Gustave Caillebotte,” Samuel Raybone, Courtauld Institute of Art
“Social Art History, A Thing of the Past?” Harmon Siegel, Harvard University
“On the Limits of Context,” Marnin Young, Yeshiva University
Teaching the Social History of Art, Alexis Clark, Washington University in St. Louis
Hosted by Alexis Clark, with Frances Fowler, University of Edinburgh, and Marnin Young, Yeshiva University
H-France Salon, Vol. 9, Issue 12
In Memoriam: Roger L. Williams, 1923-2017
by John F. Freeman, Laramie, Wyoming
H-France Salon, Volume 8 (2016), Issue 12
The Institut d’Histoire de la Révolution Française: Changing Time
Edited by Stephen Sawyer, American University of Paris
The Institut d’Histoire de la Révolution Française (IHRF) is an organization that has long played a central role welcoming Anglophone scholars into the French academic world. The IHRF, however, currently is undergoing significant institutional changes. H-France has taken this moment in the IHRF's history to prepare a salon, edited by Stephen Sawyer, in which four scholars reflect upon their experiences with the IHRF. While there are many conflicting views on the changes the IHRF faces, we hope these pieces will highlight the important role the IHRF has served as an academic and intellectual center.
The salon begins with a brief introduction:
Stephen Sawyer, "'My IHRF': Thoughts from Across the Pond"
The salon then continues with four essays:
Jeremy Popkin, University of Kentucky, "The Institut d’Histoire de la Révolution Française in World-Historical Perspective"
Jennifer Ngaire Heuer, University of Massachusetts Amherst, "My IHRF: From the Bicentennaire to the 21st Century"
David A. Bell, Princeton University, "My IHRF"
Timothy Tackett, University of California, Irvine, "L’Institut d’Histoire de la Révolution Française"
H-France Salon, vol. 8 (2016), Issue 1
H-France Salon, vol. 7 (2015), Issue 20
The Scholary Critique
H-France Practices and Standards
David Kammerling Smith. H-France Editor-in-Chief, Eastern Illinois University
The Scholarly Critique: Some Historical Perspective
Ann Blair, Harvard University
John L. Harvey, St. Cloud State University
Michael Christofferson, Adelphi University
The Scholarly Critique: Personal Experiences
Catherine Nesci, University of California, Santa Barbara
G. Matthew Adkins, Columbus State Community College
Reviewing Across Boundaries
Daniel Brewer, University of Minnesota
Annie Jourdan, Universié d'Amsterdam
Colin Jones, Queen Mary College, University of London
Tom McDonough, Binghamton University
The Scholarly Critique: Reflections on Practices and Ethics
Nancy Green, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales
Maurice Samuels, Yale University
Dominique Kalifa, Université Panthéon – Sorbonne /Institut Universitaire de France
David Bell, Princeton University
Margaret Atack, University of Leeds
The Scholarly Critique: Editors' Perspectives, a conversation
A videotaped conversation between:
Michael Wolfe, H-France Review Chief Review Editor, Queen's College, CUNY
Penny Roberts, French History, Co-Editor, University of Warwick
Robert Schneider, American Historical Review, Former Editor, Indiana University
H-France Salon, Vol. 7, Issue 15
Donald A. Bailey, 1940-2015
by Robert Young, University of Winnipeg
H-France Salon, Vol. 7, Issue 14
The Robespierre Problem
Edited by Peter McPhee, University of Melbourne
The Robespierre Problem: An Introduction, Peter McPhee, University of Melbourne
The Robespierre Problem, David Andress, University of Portsmouth
The Choices of Maximilien Robespierre, Marisa Linton, Kingston University
Robespierre pris au piège des mécanismes d’épuration politique, Michel Biard, GRHis, Normandie Université, Rouen
Aux origines du « problème » Robespierre: l’historien face à ses interrogations, Hervé Leuwers, Université Lille 3 - UMR IRHiS
The Robespierre Problem: A Conversation. Colin Jones, Queen Mary, University of London
and Peter McPhee, University of Melbourne
H-France Salon, Vol. 7, Issue 13
New Directions: French Scholarship on Early Modern France
Edited by Hilary Bernstein
Hilary Bernstein, University of California, Santa Barbara
Conference Presentations at the 60th Annual Meeting of the Society for French Historical Studies, Montreal, Canada, 25 April 2014
Hugues Daussy, "Ecrire une Histoire Politique de la Reforme francaise"
Claire Chatelain, "Positions and Roles dans la Parente"
Elie Haddad, "Une histoire sociale de la noblesse française"
Calm waters, James C. Collins, Georgetown University
Family, self-expression and defense of the faith, Penny Roberts, University of Warwick
Microclimates, Jonathan Dewald, University at Buffalo, State University of New York
Michael P. Breen, Reed College
H-France Salon, Vol. 7, Issue 12
by Mary Dewhurst Lewis, Harvard University
H-France Salon, Vol. 7 (2015), Issue 4
Thing of the Day
Presented by Leora Auslander, University of Chicago
The use of material culture as evidence has a long and honorable history among scholars of France. The last two decades has, however, seen a resurgence of interest in its possibilities. Inspired by this renewed interest, the Society for French Historical Studies conference at Colorado College in April 2015 featured a plenary session entitled "Teaching from Objects." Envisaging a workshop format, we invited participants to bring an object that had given them insight into a problem or question in French history that they had used successfully in the classroom or an object that intrigued them but that they could not figure out how to interpret or teach. The session was very well-attended and discussion so lively that we could barely begin to talk about the objects people had brought.
We will be having a follow-up workshop at the Western Society for French History Meetings in Chicago in November and hope that, along with many new participants, those who came to the first will join in this one. (We promise to be better organized so that more things can be discussed!)
Looking forward to that session, and building on the workshop in Colorado, we have put out a call for a "Thing of the Day" post, which will be presented as part of H-France Salon. Each "Thing of the Day" post will include images and a description of a "Thing" and a discussion blog so that individuals can join a conversation about the "Thing."
Those who wish to submit a "Thing of the Day" should simply send an image of the object, a descriptive paragraph (including as much detail about the object and its current location as possible), and a set of questions you have about it to the H-France Editor-in-Chief (email@example.com). Those questions would ideally concern teaching as well as research. We would hope that those who have ideas of answers (or perhaps further questions) would then weigh in.
Just to provide inspiration, here are a few of the multitude of objects possible: cookbooks; items of clothing or hair accessories; musical instruments; weapons; tools; household goods; vehicles; toys; dolls; maps; recording devices; and, writing implements.
Please do respond to the "Thing of the Day" posts to enrich the conversation.
H-France Salon, Volume 7 (2015), Issue 3
Peter Gay, A Rembrance. By David Avrom Bell.
H-France Salon, Volume 7 (2015), Issue 2
Considering Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century
Edited by Kenneth Mouré, University of Alberta
Introduction by Kenneth Mouré, University of Alberta
Historians should pay much more attention to what people do and perhaps pay a little less to what they say or think, by Philip Hoffman, California Institute of Technology
What can Capital in the Twenty-First Century teach French historians? Beaucoup, by Richard Kuisel, Georgetown University
History really enters the picture, by Patrice Baubeau, Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense, IDHES
A major contribution to public philosophy, by Mary O. Furner, University of California at Santa Barbara
Interview of Thomas Piketty by Kenneth Mouré
Resistance and Order in Early Modern France
Introduction, Michael Breen, Reed College.
"Resistance and Order in Early Modern France," James Collins, Georgetown University.