H-France Salon: Special Issues

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 10, Issue 11

The Tallahassee Report and Graduate Training in French History
April 13-14, 2018

On April 13 and 14, 2018, approximately 35 doctoral students and their faculty advisors working on Old Regime, Enlightenment, and Revolutionary French history met at Florida State University to examine how doctoral education in this broad field has changed in the U.S. in recent years and to identify ways teaching, research, and the job search might be reconfigured in light of these changes. Together they represented 20 of the American universities currently granting doctoral degrees in this area of French history; observers from France and the UK were also present. The Tallahassee Report is the result of that meeting. In it the group identifies key challenges and puts forward some suggestions for how to address them. Over the summer the report was shared with several historians who did not participate in the meeting and represent a range of generations, institutions, and perspectives. Their responses are presented here along with the report with the aim of initiating a conversation on these important issues among the H-France community at large. We welcome your comments.

#1  The Tallahassee Report:
Rethinking Graduate Education in Old Regime, Enlightenment, and Revolutionary French History

#2  Some Reflections on De-specialization at a Small Graduate Program
Junko Takeda
Syracuse University

#3  Recommendations from the Teaching Trenches: Supporting Graduate Students and Junior Scholars in Old Regime, Enlightenment, and Revolutionary French Studies
Laura Talamante
California State University, Dominguez Hills

#4  On the Tallahassee Report
Julia M. Gossard
Utah State University

#5  Plus ça change
Lynn Hunt

#6  On the Tallahassee Report:
Is It Time for Re-Specialization?

J.P. Daughton
Stanford University

#7  Enjamber l’Atlantique. Réflexions sur le Tallahassee Report
François-Joseph Ruggiu
Sorbonne Université & CNRS

Volume 10, Issue 1

“Le Cas ’68”

As part of its recognition of the 50th anniversary of May ’68, H-France Salon has teamed up with students in Chris Reynolds’ course on May ’68 at Nottingham Trent University to produce a historical blog of those dramatic months. These blog entries address many of the key events and people that marked the spring of 1968 and provide both descriptions of various issues and people and links to more detailed information. The blog begins on March 22 and then picks up again on May 3, charting pivotal moments of these seminal events. Twelve blog entries were published during these months. We encourage you to share these blogs with your students and with anyone interested in learning more about Le Cas ’68 in France.

Home – May 68
March 22
May 3
May 10
May 13
May 14
May 24
May 27
May 29
May 30
June 10
June 14
June 23

Special thanks to Dr. Agathe Zobenbuller for all her work in supporting the students on this project.

Volume 9, Issue 18

“In Honor and Memory of Rachel Ginnis Fuchs: Scholar, Teacher, Colleague, Mentor, and Friend”
Edited by Jean Elisabeth Pedersen, University of Rochester

The salon begins with a brief introduction:

Jean Elisabeth Pedersen, University of Rochester, “Introduction

The salon continues with a memorial roundtable held at the 63rd Annual Meeting of the Society for French Historical Studies, Washington, DC, April 22, 2017

“Colleague, Scholar, Mentor, and Friend: A Memorial Roundtable Honoring the Life and Work of Rachel Ginnis Fuchs,”

Organizer:  Cheryl Koos, California State University, Los Angeles
Chair:  Elinor A. Accampo, University of Southern California


Linda Clark, Millersville University of Pennsylvania
Venita Datta, Wellesley College
Victoria Thompson, Arizona State University
Richard Hopkins, Widener University
Joelle Neulander, The Citadel
Katie Jarvis, University of Notre Dame

Video available HERE

The salon continues with six essays:

Christiane Demeulenaere-Douyère, Conservateur général du patrimoine (h), Paris, “Une histoire d’enfants trouvés

Sylvia Schafer, University of Connecticut, “On Rereading Abandoned Children: Foundlings and Child Welfare in Nineteenth-Century France

Leslie Page Moch, Michigan State University, “More to Offer: Rachel Fuchs and Poor and Pregnant in Paris

Mary Lynn Stewart, Simon Fraser University, and Elinor Accampo, University of Southern California, “Producing Gender and the Politics of Social Reform with Rachel Fuchs: A Model for Co-Authorship, Collaboration, and Friendship

Robert A. Nye, Oregon State University, “Gendering Family History in Modern France: An Assessment of Rachel G. Fuchs’s Scholarly Contributions

Anne R. Epstein, Independent Scholar, “Remembering Rachel Fuchs: Transnational mentor and co-editor par excellence

Volume 9, Issue 17

“Experiencing May ’68 in France”
Edited by Chris Reynolds, Nottingham Trent University
Assistant Editor: David Kammerling Smith, Eastern Illinois University

A Salon in 40 parts
As the 50th anniversary of May-June 1968 approaches, one can safely predict a continuation in the now traditional outpouring of interest that has been so important in helping shape the French collective memory of these seminal events. The anticipated commemorative surge will underscore the ongoing and durable legacy of “mai 68” as a watershed moment in the political, social, and cultural development of France as well as highlighting just how much debate remains over how 1968 should be understood and remembered. Central to shaping this narrative will be the experiences of those who were present at the time and whose stories of their diverse experiences go a long way to helping make sense of why 1968 remains such a focus of fascination 50 years later.

H-France has been developing several issues of H-France Salon on those events as its contribution to the decennial commemoration. We are delighted to share the first of these with you today.

Between Fall 2016 and Spring 2017, Chris Reynolds interviewed 22 academics from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and France who experienced May-June 1968 in France. We present these interviews to you in two formats.

First, we have created 18 thematic videos focused on important themes in debates around the events of 1968. We hope that many of you might find these thematic videos useful for teaching modules or seminars on 1968.

Second, the full interviews with individual scholars are available as these might be of particular interest to scholars researching May 1968 and to those studying its continuing memory.

Thematic Videos:

  1. Why in France?
  2. Surprised?
  3. How Involved?
  4. A Foreigner in France?
  5. Students and Workers
  6. La Prise de Parole
  7. Violence
  8. Nationwide
  9. International Zeitgeist
  10. The Political Elites
  11. Relief or Disappointment?
  12. Back Home?
  13. Consequences for France
  14. Understanding of France?
  15. Effects, Personal and Political
  16. Effect on Scholarship
  17. The Dominant Interpretation
  18. Summary

Individual Videos:

  1. Carolyn A. Durham, The College of Wooster
  2. Eric Freedman, Benjamin Cardozo Law School
  3. William Kidd, University of Stirling
  4. Alain Viala, Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford
  5. Rosemary Lloyd, Indiana University
  6. Timothy Tackett, University of California, Irvine
  7. Marie-Elisabeth Deroches-Miles, Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne
  8. Jim Freedman, Western University
  9. Andrew Feenberg, Simon Fraser University
  10. Bernard Roussel, l’École Practique des Hautes Études
  11. Dennis Wood, University of Birmingham
  12. John Hurt, University of Delaware
  13. Gillian Thompson, University of New Brunswick
  14. Donald Sutherland, University of Maryland
  15. Yves Montenay, Président de l’Institut Culture Economie et Géopolitique
  16. Mike Kelly, University of Southampton
  17. Paul Werner, Ph.D., DSFS, Editor WOID and Publisher, The Orange Press
  18. Mary Anne O’Neil, Whitman College
  19. Willem Frijhoff, Université Érasme de Rotterdam
  20. John Molyneux, Editor, Irish Marxist Review
  21. Martin Staum, University of Calgary
  22. Eileen Tilly, Bangor University

Volume 9, Issue 15

In Memoriam: William Humphrey Beik, 1941-2017
David Parker, University of Leeds

Volume 9, Issue 14

“The Social History of Impressionism”

Alexis Clark, Washington University in St. Louis, and David Peters Corbett, The Courtauld Institute of Art, “Introduction to ‘Questionnaire on Impressionism and the Social History of Art’

Responses to ‘Questionnaire on Impressionism and the Social History of Art’

Emily C. Burns, Auburn University, “‘Local Color’: Social Art History, Global Impressionism, and Comparative Interpretation”
Hollis Clayson, Northwestern University, “Impressionism: A Procrustean Bed?”
Frances Fowle, University of Edinburgh, “Peripheral Impressionisms”
Anna Gruetzner Robins, University of Reading, “Impressionist Futures”
Laura Anne Kalba, Smith College, “Is Impressionism History?”
Richard Kendall, Independent curator and art historian, “The Positive and the Negative”
Morna O’Neill,  Wake Forest University, “Moving Beyond ‘Post T. J. Clark Ad-Hocism’”
Samuel Raybone, Courtauld Institute of Art, “‘A millionaire who paints in his spare time’. The social history of art and the multiple rediscoveries of Gustave Caillebotte”
Harmon Siegel, Harvard University, “Social Art History, A Thing of the Past?”
Marnin Young, Yeshiva University, “On the Limits of Context”

Alexis Clark, Washington University in St. Louis, “Teaching the Social History of Art

Video Discussion: The Social History of Impressionism:  A Conversation” 

Moderator: Alexis Clark


Frances Fowler, University of Edinburgh
Marnin Young, Yeshiva University

Volume 9, Issue 12

In Memoriam: Roger L. Williams, 1923-2017
John F. Freeman, Laramie, Wyoming

Volume 8, 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, American University of Paris, “‘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

Volume 8, Issue 1

David Bien: In Memoriam
Gail Bossenga
, Elizabethtown College

Volume 7, Issue 20

“The Scholary Critique”

H-France Practices and Standards

David Kammerling Smith, H-France Editor-in-Chief, Eastern Illinois University, “H-France Review: Policies, Procedures, and a Bit of History

The Scholarly Critique: Some Historical Perspective

Ann Blair, Harvard University, “Scholarly Critique in Early Modern Europe

John L. Harvey, St. Cloud State University, “The Lamentations of Jameson and Clio’s ‘Critical Eye’

Michael Christofferson, Adelphi University, “Scholarly Critique in the Twenty-First Century

The Scholarly Critique: Personal Experiences

Catherine Nesci, University of California, Santa Barbara, “A Personal Perspective on Book Reviewing

G. Matthew Adkins, Columbus State Community College, “Fear and Loathing at the H-France Review Publication Desk: Nausée and the Hostile Review

Reviewing Across Boundaries

Daniel Brewer, University of Minnesota, “The Bounds of Critique, Critique out of Bounds

Annie Jourdan, Université d’Amsterdam, “Un métier, mais des pratiques différentes

Colin Jones, Queen Mary College, University of London, “Cat Massacres, the Jones Conundrum, and Peer Review

Tom McDonough, Binghamton University, “Scholarly Critique between Institution and Interpretation

The Scholarly Critique: Reflections on Practices and Ethics

Nancy Green, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, “‘How violently the hands of even very senior figures shook’: Peer Review between Encomium and Invective

Maurice Samuels, Yale University, “Reviewing Across Disciplines

Dominique Kalifa, Université Panthéon – Sorbonne /Institut Universitaire de France, “Le compte rendu, une « police scientifique » ?

David Bell, Princeton University, “In Defense of Criticism

Margaret Atack, University of Leeds, “Criticism and Critique: A View from French Studies

The Scholarly Critique: Editors’ Perspectives, a conversation

A 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

Video available HERE

Volume 7, Issue 15

Donald A. Bailey, 1940-2015
Robert Young, University of Winnipeg

Volume 7, Issue 14

“The Robespierre Problem”
Edited by Peter McPhee, University of Melbourne

Peter McPhee, University of Melbourne, “The Robespierre Problem: An Introduction

David Andress, University of Portsmouth, “The Robespierre Problem

Marisa Linton, Kingston University, “The Choices of Maximilien Robespierre

Michel Biard, GRHis, Normandie Université, Rouen, “Robespierre pris au piège des mécanismes d’épuration politique

Hervé Leuwers, Université Lille 3 – UMR IRHiS, “Aux origines du « problème » Robespierre: l’historien face à ses interrogations

Colin Jones, Queen Mary, University of London and Peter McPhee, University of Melbourne, “The Robespierre Problem: A Conversation

Volume 7, Issue 13

“New Directions: French Scholarship on Early Modern France”
Edited by Hilary Bernstein, University of California, Santa Barbara

Hilary Bernstein, University of California, Santa Barbara, “Introduction

Conference Presentations at the 60th Annual Meeting of the Society for French Historical Studies, Montreal, QC, April 25, 2014

Hugues Daussy, “Écrire une Histoire Politique de la Reforme française

Claire Chatelain, “Positions and Roles dans la Parente

Elie Haddad, “Une histoire sociale de la noblesse française

Commentary by audience

Anglophone Written Commentaries

James C. Collins, Georgetown University, “Calm waters

Penny Roberts, University of Warwick, “Family, self-expression and defense of the faith

Jonathan Dewald, University at Buffalo, State University of New York, “Microclimates

Michael P. Breen, Reed College, “Concluding Remarks

Volume 7, Issue 12

Stanley Hoffman, 1928-2015
Mary Dewhurst Lewis
, Harvard University

Volume 7, 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.”

#1 Pierre le Négre Playing Cards

Volume 7, Issue 3

Peter Gay, A Remembrance
David Avrom Bell, Princeton University

Volume 7, Issue 2

“Considering Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century”
Edited by Kenneth Mouré, University of Alberta

Kenneth Mouré, University of Alberta, “Introduction

Philip Hoffman, California Institute of Technology, “Historians should pay much more attention to what people do and perhaps pay a little less to what they say or think

Richard Kuisel, Georgetown University, “What can Capital in the Twenty-First Century teach French historians? Beaucoup

Patrice Baubeau, Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense, IDHES, “History really enters the picture

Mary O. Furner, University of California at Santa Barbara, “A major contribution to public philosophy

Kenneth Mouré, University of Alberta, “Interview of Thomas Piketty

Volume 6, Issue 10

“The Eighteenth Century According to Jeffrey Merrick”

Victoria Thompson, Arizona State University, “Introduction

Bryant T. Ragan, The Colorado College, “Same-Sex Sexuality according to Jeffrey Merrick

Suzanne Desan, University of Wisconsin-Madison, “The Family in the Old Regime, According to Jeffrey Merrick

Mita Choudhury, Vassar College, “Jeffrey Merrick and Political Culture

Victoria Thompson, Arizona State University, “Interview with Jeffrey Merrick

Volume 4, Issue 1

“Resistance and Order in Early Modern France”

Michael Breen, Reed College, “Introduction.”

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