The Society for the Study of French History, 26th Annual Conference

France and Its Neighbours: Towards a Transnational History / France et ses voisins: vers une histoire transnationale

The King’s Manor, York, 1-3 July 2012

Please note: registration for this conference is now closed. Please contact Jenny Hillman,, if you have any queries.

The conference theme is prompted by the challenge of globalization and the notion that Europe can no longer be studied primarily through the lens of particular national histories and historiographies. What does this mean for French history and its traditional chronological boundaries? How do we write French history beyond the framework and boundaries of national histories? How did France perceive and influence its neighbours? What is the French contribution to the pattern and dynamic of transnational interconnection? How did France’s colonies and interactions with non-European regions influence European society and culture and how, in turn, was she influenced by them? To what extent does a transnational approach bring fresh perspectives to the regional and local history of France?

Le thème du colloque est inspiré par le défi de la globalisation et par l’idée que l’Europe ne peut plus être étudiée dans l’optique seule de ses histoires et ses historiographies nationales. Une série de questions s’impose. Qu’est-ce que cela implique pour l’histoire de la France et pour ses coupures chronologiques traditionnelles? Comment cherche-t-on à écrire l’histoire française en dehors et au-delà du cadre des histoires nationales? Comment la France a-t-elle perçu et influencé ses voisins? Quelle est sa contribution à la dynamique des interconnexions transnationales? Comment ses interactions avec  ses colonies et avec des régions extra- européennes ont-elles influencé l’Europe, sa société et sa culture, et comment à son tour la France en a-t-elle été influencée? Combien une approche transnationale apporte-t-elle de nouvelles perspectives à l’histoire locale et régionale de la France?

Details for booking and accommodation

The cost of the conference is £75 waged and £55 unwaged. This includes the registration fee, drinks reception on Sunday 1 July, conference pack, lunch, and coffee and tea on 2 and 3 July. The conference dinner on the evening of the 2 July is priced separately at £40, and includes wine.

Please note that numbers for dinner for the King's Manor refectory are restricted to 90, so it is essential to book early in order to avoid disappointment.

The conference will be held at The King's Manor, York. Bookings for the conference can be made at:

This is a non-residential conference and delegates are responsible for organizing their own stay. York has accommodation to suit all budgets. Further information on accommodation in the city can be found at: