30th Annual Conference of the Society for the Study of French History: High and Low Culture: Elite and Popular Constructions

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Date / time
Date(s) - 3 July - 5 July
12:00 am

University of Chichester


Invited speakers include Professor Margaret Atack (Leeds); Professor James B. Collins (Georgetown University, Washington); Professor Máire Cross (Newcastle); Professor Robert Gildea (University of Oxford); Professor Richard Golsan (Texas A&M); Professor Denis Melier (Poitiers); Benoît Peeters (independent scholar and biographer of Hergé, Paul Valéry, and Jacques Derrida); and, Professor Sylvie Lindeperg (Sorbonne, Paris 1)

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The theme invites colleagues to interrogate French history through reference to social groups or classes, cultural hierarchies and resistances, socially defined practices (‘high’ or ‘ low’, e.g. court life; political and intellectual elites, mass entertainment, or folk practice), as well as to question how relationships cross or conflict with the ‘top down’ or ‘bottom up’ paradigm. Originally found in art history debates around pop art, the concept of ‘High and Low’ provides a rich entry point for reconsidering what we think we know about the place we call France, as well as all other Francophone territories and spaces. The theme will be read inclusively, and the conference will feature papers and panels that connect it to equally important forms of power and social organization, for example, gender and elites, popular culture in colonial/post-colonial sites, etc.


Dr Mark Bryant Professor Hugo Frey Dr Andrew Smith (Society for the Study of French History/UCL)