H-France Salon

Chief Editor
Gülru Çakmak, University of Massachusetts Amherst (gcakmak@umass.edu)

Associate Editors
Christine Adams, St. Mary’s College of Maryland
Kate Griffiths, Cardiff University
Rebecca Scales, Rochester Institute of Technology

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. (gcakmak@umass.edu)

Volume 15, Issue 10

“Dividing up the Past: Thinking about Periodization in Medieval and Early Modern Francophone History” 
Edited by:
Christine Adams, St. Mary’s College of Maryland
Charles-Louis Morand-Métivier, University of Vermont

For scholars who study the eras traditionally classified as medieval and early modern, concerns around periodization—how we divide and label the past—are particularly complicated and fraught. Periodization is deeply ingrained in academic life, but traditional divisions are problematic, obscuring as much as they reveal. While current modes of periodization lie in the history of history, interdisciplinarity and the widening of the historical and regional lens have implications for how we think about the slicing up of our historical past. The editors for this special issue, Christine Adams (Department of History, St. Mary’s College of Maryland) and Charles-Louis Morand-Métivier (Department of Romance Languages and Culture, University of Vermont) invited a diverse group of medieval and early modern scholars to discuss the ways in which these concerns about periodization affect their own work. This salon reflects the fruits of that exchange. These nine essays challenge us to reconsider traditional modes of periodization and to play with the boundaries—temporal and geographical—that shape our understanding of the past.

(Read Volume 15, Issue 10)