H-France Salon, Volume 11 (2019)

Volume 11, Issue 2

“Race, Racism, and the Study of France and the Francophone World Today”
Edited by:
Emily Marker, Rutgers University-Camden
Christy Pichichero, George Mason University

This special three-part series of H-France Salon seeks to create a space for the H-France community and beyond to critically re-evaluate how we address race and racism in our scholarship and research agendas, in our pedagogical practice, and in our professional institutions. As the struggle for racial justice in the academy and society at large in both France and the US has simultaneously been reinvigorated and come under increasing attack in recent years, we have found that many of our colleagues who have not focused on race and racism in the past are eager to engage with these issues now and are seeking tools, resources, and cutting-edge research. To that end, at the 2017 annual meeting of the Western Society for French History, Dr. Christy Pichichero organized a plenary roundtable on structural racism (the videorecording is available here), and Dr. Emily Marker facilitated an accompanying workshop on combating structural racism in the classroom. Based on the significant response to that programming, H-France approached us to continue and expand those initial conversations as guest editors of an H-France Salon.

The Salon is organized in three issues – one each primarily devoted to research, institutional and professional matters, and pedagogy – with the aim of encouraging our community of scholars to consider the significance of race and racism across all of these aspects of our everyday practice as academics. For the first installment, we asked a group of scholars to write short reflections on the state of their fields and to respond to one another’s thoughts in an online “conversation.” The contributors to this issue of the Salon are Dorian Bell, Madeleine Dobie, Éric Fassin, Abdellali Hajjat, T. Denean Sharpley-Whiting, Michael G. Vann, and Françoise Vergès. We urge you to share these exchanges widely with interested colleagues, students, and administrators, and we hope that you will continue to follow the discussion in the issues to come.

Emily Marker (Rutgers University-Camden) and Christy Pichichero (George Mason University)

“Race within French Academia”
Éric Fassin
Université Paris-8

“Race and Racism: The Afterlives of Slavery and Colonialism”
T. Denean Sharpley-Whiting
Vanderbilt University

“Obstacles et avancées de la recherche sur la question raciale en France”
Abdellali Hajjat

“Beyond the New Anti-Semitism”
Dorian Bell
University of California, Santa Cruz

“Toutes les féministes ne sont pas blanches : Pour un féminisme décolonial et de marronnage”
Françoise Vergès
Collège d’études mondiales, FMSH-Paris

“Will French History Finally Engage Intersectionality?”
Michael G. Vann
Sacramento State University

“Updating & Globalizing Francophone Studies”
Madeleine Dobie
Columbia University


Dorian Bell, University of California, Santa Cruz
Madeleine Dobie, Columbia University
Éric Fassin,
Université Paris-8
T. Denean Sharpley-Whiting, Vanderbilt University
Michael G. Vann, Sacramento State University
Françoise Vergès, Collège d’études mondiales, FMSH-Paris

Volume 11, Issue 1

“Becoming Revolutionaries: Papers in Honor of Timothy Tackett”
Edited by:
Micah Alpaugh, University of Central Missouri
Robert Blackman, Hampden-Sydney College
Ian Coller, University of California-Irvine

The essays in this issue, offered not only by Tackett’s contemporaries but also by former students and emerging scholars, give a rich picture of his legacy and the continuing impact of his ongoing work. If he has shaped our historical practice, it has been above all by bringing human choice back to the center in a way that preserves the structural insights of the work that preceded him. He has never located himself in any “school” or sought to build one, as the diversity of these papers reveals. Drawing on the best of the Annales approach, he has consistently emphasized the need to place the choices of individuals in a larger social context. Like the great proponents of the “classical” interpretation, he has been finely attuned to regional particularities, and the responses “from below” as well as those of elites. Responding to the linguistic and cultural “turn,” he has paid close attention to the ways in which people represent their experience, uncovering a wealth of largely neglected sources. Yet at the heart of Tackett’s work is the question—not so much “why,” but how historical actors make choices that in their aggregate make revolutions, civil wars, social advances and episodes of violence.

“Becoming Timothy Tackett: An Appreciation”
Ian Coller
University of California-Irvine

“Roundtable: Tim Tackett as a Mentor”

Micah Alpaugh, University of Central Missouri
Robert Blackman, Hampden-Sydney College
Elizabeth Bond, Ohio State University
Patricia Goldsworthy-Bishop, Western Oregon University
Kate Marsden, Wofford College
Glen Porter-Pineda, Independent Scholar
Laura Sextro, University of Dayton

Part I: The Coming of the Revolution

“Becoming Revolutionaries in the Streets of Paris”
David Garrioch
Monash University

“Issues of Slavery and the Slave Trade in the Politics of the Early French Revolution”
Alan Forrest
University of York

“The Beginning of the Interregnum: The Origins of the Fusion of the Orders, 27 June 1789”
D.M.G. Sutherland
University of Maryland

“Paper Solutions for Real Problems: Solving Problems of Public Order Through Constitutional Revision in the National Assembly, Summer-Fall 1789”
Robert H. Blackman
Hamden-Sydney College

“Politics Lost: Civic Emotions and Political Institutions in the Early French Revolution”
Adrian O’Connor
University of South Florida — St. Petersburg,

“Devious Priests and Wayward Wives: Combatting Rural Resistance to the Constitutional Church”
Angela Haas
Missouri Western State University

“Deputies and Journalists in the French Revolution”
Jeremy D. Popkin
University of Kentucky

Part II: The Coming of the Terror

“Réflexions autour de ‘la Terreur’”
Michel Biard
Université de Rouen

“Choosing Sides in Revolutionary Times: The Diarists of Orléans”
Peter McPhee
University of Melbourne

“The Power of Emotions: New Light on the Conventionnels and the Process of the Terror”
Marisa Linton
Kingston University

“Provostial Justice and the Hors la loi Decree of March 19, 1793”
Ted W. Margadant
University of California-Davis

“‘Robbers, Muddlers, Bastards and Bankrupts?’: A Collective Look at the Thermidorians”
Mette Harder
SUNY Oneonta

“Itineraries, Historical and Political”
Timothy Tackett
University of California, Irvine