H-France Salon

Chief Editor
Patrick Bray, Ohio State University (bray.49@osu.edu)

Associate Editors
Jennifer Heuer, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Lia Brozgal, University of California, Los Angeles

Originating in 2009, H-France Salon is a multimedia journal of French Studies in its broadest sense, encompassing history, literature, cinema, art history, theory, and culture. Salons have included debates and collective reassessments of critical, methodological, and professional issues in our fields, tributes to influential individuals, recordings of conference presentations, webinars, and innovative blog projects.  We welcome proposals that build on these initiatives or take us in new directions. Please contact us with ideas. (bray.49@osu.edu)


“Race, Racism, and the Study of France and the Francophone World Today”
Edited by Emily Marker (Rutgers University-Camden) and 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.


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Volume 11 (2019)
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Volume 6 (2014)
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