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  • H-France is a scholarly organization promoting the study of French and Francophone history and culture online.  Since its origins in 1991, H-France has grown into a central source of scholarly information and publications related to French history, literature, art history, musicology, film studies, and philosophy.  Publishing five open access journals and supporting a discussion list, a Scholars Registry, and a website, the H-France Editorial Team is composed of a large group of volunteers whose efforts are the heart and soul of its operations.

    H-France Discussion List Issues

    Dear colleagues – I have heard from some members of the discussion list that they have not been receiving H-France emails. It appears that this is due to the fact that some institutions’ security settings are blocking emails from our server at the University of Akron. We hope this will be resolved soon. In the meantime, if you find that you are not receiving emails from the Discussion List, please let me know. My apologies for the inconvenience.

    Michael P. Breen, H-France Editor-in-Chief


    Imaginaries: Films, Fictions, & Other Representations of the French Speaking Worlds

    Dear H-France Members           

    Laura Mason and Corine Labridy are delighted to announce that the inaugural issue of Imaginaries: Films, Fictions, & Other Representations of the French Speaking Worlds is now available at https://h-france.net/imaginaries/.

    This site continues and expands on Fiction and Film for Scholars of France, edited by Liana Vardi since 2012. The aim of Imaginaries is, like that of Fiction and Film, to engage past and present by publishing reviews of arts that speak about the world differently than do historians, critics, and journalists. The site will expand on its predecessor’s geographic breadth by still more comprehensively addressing creative expression from all parts of the world with which France has interacted, which we understand to be equal partners in the complex project of representing past(s) and present(s). At the same time, Imaginaries broadens the generic reach of Fiction and Film by taking on new media, like games and podcasts, and other kinds of more traditional media, such as museum exhibitions and plays. While we still hope to serve readers looking for fictions they might use in the classroom, we aspire as well to suggest how more imaginary depictions are, quite simply, “good to think with.” How do novels, films, plays, video games, and other sorts of representations enhance our engagement with the complex world before us?

    The first issue looks backward and forward by continuing a project begun by FFSF last year: that of considering how pandemics past speak to the crises of COVID, with essays by Charles Forsdick on J.M.G. LeClezio’s La Quarantaine; Richard Keller on Fred Vargas’ Pars vite et reviens tard/ Have Mercy on Us All; Pascal Gagné on shifting cinematic representations of AIDS and intimacy since 1992; and Daniel Maroun on the new English translation of Hervé Guibert’s autobiographical fiction, To the Friend Who Didn’t Save My Life.

    Michael P. Breen, H-France Editor-in-Chief


    H-France Research Repository


    Dear H-France Members:

    I am thrilled to launch publicly today the H-France Research Repository.  The Research Repository holds copies of digital photographs taken by scholars at libraries and archives and information on microfilm reels in H-France’s possession to be lent out for research. These resources are made available due to the generosity of the scholars who took the photos and commissioned the microfilms from national, departmental, and municipal archives.  The Research Repository may be accessed at https://h-france.net/h-france-research-repository/.

    We wish to express our great admiration to the thousands of archivists and librarians whose work is central to researchers. The materials made available here can never replace archival research or the joys of discovery working though books and boxes, but we do hope that it can aid and sustain those researchers unable to travel to such institutions.

    As the Research Repository is designed for use by scholars and their students, the materials are organized by their archival codes.  When possible, we have also included links to online indices for specific archival series.  Archival materials for which an entire folio or box was photographed or microfilmed in its entirety are listed as “complet.”  Archival materials for which only selected pages or items material were photographed or microfilmed are listed as “en partie.”

    These materials are made available without charge and in terms of the laws governing and set by the institutions holding the original documents. We have been in contact with the Service interministériel des Archives de France as well as with individual archives to ensure that these materials may be offered through this repository.  We have endeavored to exclude from the Research Repository material which is not publicly available under the laws and policies governing such material or which require special permission for consultation (such as a dérogation).  If material is found in the Research Repository which should not be included, we will quickly remove the material once informed.  Please contact the Research Repository Editor David Kammerling Smith at dksmith@eiu.edu.

    We very much wish to continue to add to the Research Repository.  In fact, we have more material which we will be adding in the coming days and weeks.  We would very much welcome additional donations of photographs and microfilms.  If you have material to donate, please contact the Research Repository Directory at the email address above.  The richer the repository, the more useful it will be for researchers and for students.  There are presently several tens of thousands of photos available.  We would love for that to become hundreds of thousands.

    Finally, a particular thanks to Claire Lemercier for her assistance and advice in developing the project.  Her contacts and knowledge of the laws affecting archival material have been invaluable.  And further thanks to Billy Davis and Sergio Vlahovich, who undertook much of the work building and developing the website.

    David Kammerling Smith
    H-France Editor-in-Chief and Research Repository Editor