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ADEFFI-ASMCF Sources & Methodologies Series

February–June 2023

All sessions will run 5:30pm–6:30pm

Registrations are now open for the ADEFFI-ASMCF Sources & Methologies Series! This training series has been jointly organised by the Association for the Study of Modern and Contemporary France and the Association des études françaises et francophones d'Irlande.

This series focuses on the variety of sources and approaches that constitute the vast field of French Studies. While sources are our point of departure for interpretations and debates, their nature, their origins, their languages, and their trajectories constitute main challenges and limits that researchers have to grapple with. It speaks to the interdisciplinary nature of our field and may be of particular interest to PhDs; please feel free to share with those who may be interested.  

The programme is as follows. Please click here to sign up for sessions.

Session 1: Antique Collections in Modern Academia (24th February, 5:30pm-6:30pm, ENG/FR)

  • Dr Catherine Emerson (University of Galway): “Back to the Fuchsia: Marginalia and the Birth of Modern Academia in the collection of Francis Douce”

  • Dr Frederic Spagnoli (L'université de Franche-Comté): "Méthodologie(s) et valorisation(s) des fonds anciens des bibliothèques de Besançon dans les mémoires du Master Rare Book and Digital Humanities”

Session 2: Thinking the Visual: Theory and Creativity (17th April, 5:30pm-6:30pm)

  • Dr Barry Nevin (Technological University Dublin): “Analysing the films of Jean Renoir through film theory and archival research”

  • Sophie Ellis (Newcastle University): “Visual Culture, Visionary Welcome: Thinking Creatively with Hospitality”

Session 3: Individual, Collective and the Political (4th May, 5:30pm-6:30pm)

  • David Klemperer (Queen Mary University of London): “Factional journals, party intellectuals, and the political history of ideas”

  • Atlanta Neudorf (Queen Mary University of London): "Public Texts, Private Silences: Locating the individual in the political manifesto"

Session 4 : Eighteenth-Century France (29th May, 5:30pm-6:30pm)

  • Marie Giraud (Queen Mary University of London) : TBC

  • Tomos Watkins (University College Dublin) : "Ebony and Ivory: Issues and Opportunities in the Historical Study of Whiteness and Music"

Session 5: June (12th June, 5:30pm-6:30pm)

  • Dr Sarah Arens (University of Liverpool): "Paperwork Empire: Problems and Politics of Belgium's Archives Africaines"

  • Dr Itay Lotem (University of Westminster): "Finding alternatives to the traditional archives in the work of the contemporary historian: the pitfalls of oral history and digital research"

For any queries, please contact Cécile Guigui ( or Maika Nguyen (


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