14-15 December 2009

The Crisis of the Absolute Monarchy: An international conference in honour of Professor William Doyle, FBA


The British Academy
Venue: The British Academy
10 Carlton House Terrace
London, SW1Y 5AH

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Saturday 13 March 2010, 11.30 - 17.30

Old Whiteknights House, University of Reading

All postgraduates in French and Francophone studies are warmly invited to the annual Association for the Study of Modern and Contemporary France

( postgraduate study day.

The event is always valuable for postgraduates, and is also a genuinely enjoyable social occasion, with a good lunch and the opportunity to meet other postgraduates from across the country.

The morning will consist of informative presentations from postgraduates and established academics on a variety of topics from using the Bibliothèque nationale and French archives, to getting published, to bagging your first job; during the afternoon, a number of postgraduates will present papers on their own research.

The day is equally valuable for postgraduates nearing the end of their studies, those somewhere in the middle, and those just embarking upon - or even considering doing - a PhD in French or Francophone studies. It is

FREE for ASMCF postgraduate members

£10 for non-members [but join the ASMCF for £10 and get the study day FREE as well as the other benefits of ASMCF postgraduate membership…]

Join the ASMCF here:

The day will be followed by drinks in a local pub, and dinner for those who wish to stay into the evening.

Contact Lindsey Dodd to register, or for any other information about the Study Day: Reading is only 25 minutes from London Paddington by train, and has excellent rail and bus connections across the country.

Venez nombreux!

Hoping to see you in March,


Lindsey Dodd

ASMCF Postgraduate Officer


Thursday 26th February 2009

Professor James B. Collins (Georgetown University) will speak on 'Approaches to the History of the French State'. Thursday 26 February at 4pm. In Palmer Building, room 105, University of Reading.


Monday 7 July 2008, 11am-4pm

The Assemblées des Notables and

the origins of the French Revolution, 1787-1788


10.30-11am. Coffee

11am-1pm. Session 1. Chair William Doyle

Vivian Gruder, Rethinking the PreRevolution, the Aristocratic Revolution, the Bourgeois Revolution

David Andress, Notables, Nation and Narration; thoughts on the changing representation of sovereign power, 1787-89

Peter Campbell, Crisis? Pre-Revolution? Revolution? Do we need a theory?

2-4pm. Session 2.

John Hardman, Questions historians need to ask about the Assemblée des Notables

Bernd Klessman, Gathering the French nobility: power and procedure in the Assemblee des Notables

Annie Jourdan, La réception des Assemblées des Notables par les diplomates européens

Joël Félix, What is a way out of the crisis?

Venue: Palmer Building, room G04

Registration: free but to help us organise catering and book your place please contact Natasha Cording


Useful links:

- How to get to Reading:

- Map of the RU campus


The Mapping France Workshop

Friday 30. November 2007, 11am-4pm

Room 142, Department of History, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Depicting War and Bienfaisance in early-modern Europe, 1500-1815

Friday 9 March:



• Wednesday 21 March:

Research Seminar. Sophie Heywood, 'La comtesse de Ségur: Mass Marketing Children's Books in Second Empire France'. 1pm in HUMSS 144.

• Thursday 6 - Saturday 8 September 2007:

Mapping France: ASMCF conference at Reading

• Friday 16th February:

"Mapping France" Research Seminar. Professor Jean Boutier: "From Kingdom to Cities: geographers and urban cartography in France in the Age of Enlightenment"

• Wednesday 7 February:

Research Seminar. Professor Nick Atkin, Reading: 'The Nearly Men: France and its Caesars since Napoleon I'. 1.15pm in HUMSS 144

Thursday 25 January:

Lecture by Professor Robert, Mellon Professor Emeritus of Social Sciences, Columbia. 'France and fascism in the 1930s'. 4.30pm HUMSS Room 25.

Bob Paxton is one of the most eminent American historians of modern France, and a veritable industry has grown up around his classic 1972 study on Occupied France. Thiswas followed in 1982 witha studyon the fate of Jews in wartime France, written alongside Michael Marrus, a book which has also become a classic. He has recently published The Anatomy of Fascism.

'The History of the French Climate from the 13th to the 21st century: the Human Impact'. A Public Lecture by Professor Le Roy Ladurie, 5pm, 30 November 2005 in Palmer Building 109. All welcome. For further details, see the Noticeboard.

Forthcoming Journées d'Etudes will be devoted to the theme of Verdun (2006), Joan of Arc (2007) and les événements de 1968 (2008). The 2004 conference was on Entente Cordiale: Celebrating 100 Years of Franco-British Relations . The 2005 conference was on the Liberation. Speakers included Olivier Wieviorka, Philippe Buton, Charles Cogan, Natalia Naoumova, Paul Smith, Martin Shipway and Herrick Chapman

Things to do now

  • For further information please contact the Co-Directors:
  • Dr Frank Tallett

  • Dr Joel Felix


  • Or contact the School Postgraduate Administrator (Lisa Pickering)



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