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 journal collaborations that have been a part of the Salon — discussions that have grown out of influential and thought-provoking journal issues and articles and spilled out into the pages of H-France.
Volume 10, Issue 3
“Interpreting May ’68”
Edited by Chris Reynolds, Nottingham Trent University
As part of its continuing series of issues focused on ’68, the current issue of H-France Salon presents excellent essays by Julian Bourg, Boston College, and Daniel A. Gordon, Edge Hill University. These two essays respond to a forum entitled “May ’68: New Approaches, New Perspectives” in volume 51, issue 2 of French Historical Studies edited by Donald Reid and Daniel J. Sherman. The essays extend the discussion and debate found in the original six essays.
Christopher Reynolds, Nottingham Trent University, “Introduction”
Julian Bourg, Boston College, “Still, It Moves: May ’68 at Fifty”
Daniel A. Gordon, Edge Hill University, “Commentary on French Historical Studies Special Issue: May ‘68: New Approaches, New Perspectives”
Volume 9, Issue 13
“Communities and Religious Identities in the Early Modern Francophone World, 1550-1700: A Collaboration with French Historical Studies”
The most recent issue of French Historical Studies contained a special forum “Communities and Religious Identities in the Early Modern Francophone World, 1550-1700,” an outgrowth of series of panels held at the 2014 Sixteenth Century Studies Conference in honor of Barbara B. Diefendorf and the impact of her scholarship on the study of early modern history.
The French Historical Studies special forum was edited by Sara Beam, University of Victoria, and Megan Armstrong, McMaster University, and included essays by Barbara B. Diefendorf, Virginia Reinburg, Christian Grosse, Jérémie Foa, Scott M. Marr, and Keith P. Luria.
Beam and Armstrong have extended the forum into this issue of H-France Salon. The salon begins with two reflections on the essays in the forum:
Hilary Bernstein, University of California, Santa Barbara “In Medias Res, A Review Essay”
Penny Roberts, University of Warwick, “Conflict and Change in Early Modern Communities”
The salon concludes with a video interview with Barbara Diefendorf:
Sara Beam, University of Victoria, and Megan Armstrong, McMaster University, “An Interview with Barbara Diefendorf, Boston University”
Volume 9, Issue 1
“The Impossible Subject of Charlie Hebdo: A Collaboration between Contemporary French Civilization and H-France Salon”
Edited by Mayanthi Fernando and Catherine Raissiguier
The Summer 2016 issue of Contemporary French Civilization presented a fascinating forum on Charlie Hebdo in the wake of the tragic events of January 2015. Guest edited by Mayanthi Fernando and Catherine Raissiguier, the forum included an introduction, six articles, four vignettes, and two education portfolios.
H-France commissioned a review of the entire forum by Michael O’Riley:
Michael O’Riley, The Colorado College, “Post-Charlie: Community, Representation, and Terrorism’s Foreclosures“
Volume 8, Issue 11
“Thermidor: A Collaboration between French Historical Studies and H-France”
Edited by Jean-Luc Chappey, Université de Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and Institut d’histoire moderne et contemporaine
The February 2015 and August 2016 issues of French Historical Studies presented a two-part forum entitled “Thermidor and the French Revolution” edited by Laura Mason, Johns Hopkins University. H-France has developed an issue of H-France Salon to continue the conversation on the important articles in this forum.
The salon begins with a brief introduction:
Jean-Luc Chappey, Université de Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and Institut d’histoire moderne et contemporaine, “Introduction”
The salon then continues with two essays reflecting on the articles in the SFHS Forum:
Philippe Bourdin, Université Blaise-Pascal, “Continuité historique et écriture immédiate des événements révolutionnaires post-thermidoriens”
Hervé Leuwers, Université Lille 3 – UMR IRHiS, “Interroger le 9 Thermidor et ses suites”
The salon then concludes with a written conversation between Mason and Chappey on the issues raised in the original forum and the salon:
Jean-Luc Chappey and Laura Mason, “Le moment thermidorien – un « laboratoire politique » ?”
Volume 7, Issue 1
“Marriage Equality in Contemporary France”
A Collaboration between Contemporary French Civilization
Edited by David Kammerling Smith, Eastern Illinois University
In its December 2014 issue, Contemporary French Civilization published a special forum entitled “Au-delà du mariage: De l’égalité des droits à la critique des normes” guest edited by Éric Fassin and Daniel Borrillo. In collaboration with Contemporary French Civilization, H-France developed an issue of H-France Salon to further the discussion over the issues raised in CFC. In order to facilitate this collaboration, Liverpool University Press has kindly agreed to make freely available until March 21, 2015, Éric Fassin’s article “Same-sex marriage, nation, and race: French political logics and rhetorics” from the CFC special issue.
This issue of H-France Salon contains two pieces:
Carolyn Dean, Yale University, “Marriage for All—Theory of Gender for All: A Response to Éric Fassin’s ‘Same-Sex Marriage, Nation, and Race: French Political Logics and Rhetorics’”
A response to Éric Fassin’s essay that seeks to clarify its arguments and offer broad comparisons
Denis Provencher, CFC Editor-in-Chief, “Interview with Éric Fassin”
Interview includes Fassin’s thoughts on his own essay, Carolyn Dean’s response, and the CFC special issue.
Volume 6, Issue 11
“Further Thoughts on the Historiography of Fascism in France”
Edited by Sean Kennedy, University of New Brunswick
The following Salon was prepared as a continuing conversation of Kevin Passmore’s article “The Historiography of ‘Fascism’ in France,” French Historical Studies 37 (2014): 469-499.
The Salon begins with a Comment by William Irvine, York University.
This is followed by “Totalitarianism, the Social Sciences, and the Politicization of History” by Caroline Campbell, University of North Dakota.
The Salon concludes with an online conversation between Kevin Passmore, Cardiff University and Sean Kennedy.
Volume 4, Issue 2
“Remembering Tony Judt”
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.
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.”
Click HERE for a conversation between Julian Bourg, Boston College, and Samuel Moyn, Columbia University.
Volume 2, Issue 1
Edited by Shannon 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, The Pennsylvania State University, “Negotiating Jean Giono: Texts, History, and Ethics“
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, “À 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