ASMCF-SSFH Postgraduate Study Day: The Local and the Global

The University of Exeter will be hosting a Postgraduate Study Day on 7 March 2015 on the theme of ‘The Local and the Global’. The keynote speaker of the event will be Dr Claire Eldridge from the University of Southampton. There are also planned professional development sessions on archival research, social media for academia, publishing journal articles, the Viva and from PhD to monograph.

The conference is funded by the Society for the Study of French History (SSFH) and the Association for the Study of Modern and Contemporary France (ASMCF). If they are not already members, speakers and students in attendance are asked to join one of the societies. Some travel reimbursements will be made available for speakers.

Some of the questions raised by the organisers are: How does current scholarship understand the intersection between the local and the global? Is it possible to adopt a global approach without losing sight of the local? Must we reconsider our understanding of local or even national history in light of these recent theoretical developments? Possible topics include but are not limited to:

  • The effects of globalisation
  • The global in microcosm
  • Writing global history
  • Transnational literary movements, comparative literature, and translation
  • French foreign policy and international relations
  • Local/civic/regional history
  • The use of place or setting in cultural production
  • Historiography
  • Regional/local languages or identities
  • Regional literature or art
  • Contested Francophone regions
  • Cultural conduits: travel writing, museums and exhibitions.

The conference theme is expected to be widely interpreted and proposals of no more than 250 words for twenty-minute papers in English or French on any relevant topic are invited to be sent to The deadline for submissions is 9 January 2015.

See the call for papers for details.