Centre of French History and Culture
University of
St Andrews

School of History
School of Art History
Department of French School of International Relations

Welcome to the Centre for French History and Culture at the University of St Andrews

Louis XIV by Antoine Coysevox

The St Andrews Centre for French History and Culture was founded in 2005 to enhance and expand the university's existing strengths in French history. The Centre provides an intellectual and social focus for staff and students working in any field and on any period related to the history of France and its possessions.

The Centre promotes a wide range of initiatives in order to advance the study of the history and culture of France and the Francophone world amongst staff, visiting scholars and students at all levels.


There are currently five academic staff members in the School of History researching principally in the field of French history, with another five possessing closely related research interests.

Staff in the School of Art History, in the School of International Relations and in the Department of French (School of Modern Languages) are also closely associated with the Centre and sit on its board of management. Dr. David Parrott (New College, Oxford) and Professor Peter Jackson (Glasgow) sit on the board as external advisors.

The Centre and its staff are involved in a number of research projects and also enjoy links to other research centres in France, other European countries and North America.

Visiting Scholars

The Centre for French History and Culture hosts a Visiting Scholar every two years.
We are delighted to welcome Dr Junko Takeda from Syracuse University as our 2013-14 Fellow.

The competition for the position of Visiting Fellow for 2015-16 will be announced in due course on this webpage and through the H-France network.

Postgraduate Studies

We offer a designated specialist pathway in French history for taught postgraduate students.

Drawing on the diverse areas of expertise of our staff, PhD students can receive supervision in French and Francophone history spanning the medieval to modern periods.

Research Activities

The Centre runs a biannual seminar for outside speakers, and hosts and sponsors national and international conferences. Please see below for our forthcoming events.

Staff are also actively involved in a number of research projects associated with the CFFHC. Recent publications by staff are listed on our individual webpages.


The Centre publishes St Andrews Studies in French History and Culture – a unique series of midigraph-length books. The books are fully peer reviewed, and are available for free in paperback or as e-books.

STOP PRESS • Published July 2014•
Nicole Hudgins, Hold still, Madame: wartime gender and the photography of women in France during the Great War.

Click here to see our full list of past and forthcoming titles.

Place de la RépubliqueForthcoming Events

26 Februrary 2014 Professor Alex Danchev (University of St Andrews)
Cézanne: Life and Letters'
4.15pm, Old Union Diner (Entrance on Butts Wynd)

23 April 2014 Dr Junko Takeda (Syracuse University)
‘Savage Worms and Modern Machines: French Sericulture, Napoleonic State-Building and Tokugawa Japan’
(School of History: New Seminar Room, St John’s House, South Street)

10 May 2014  ‘France and the Mediterranean World in the Reign of Louis XIV’
Day workshop organised by CFFHC PhD student John Condren

27-28 August 2014 ‘France and its Global Histories: State of the Field’
Two-day conference organised by Dr Stephen Tyre and Dr Sarah Easterby-Smith

28-30 June 2015 Annual Conference of the Society for the Study of French History