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SSFH Annual Conference 2018

The Society for the Study of French History 2018 Annual Conference
‘Political Economy and Cultures of Inequality’
University of Warwick 9-10 July 2018

Public concerns about inequality have grown in recent years. They do so at a time when historians are turning their attention increasingly to political economy. Thomas Piketty’s Le capital au XXI siècle (2013) has been especially influential in sparking debates over the history of inequality and political economy, and it is to these debates that this conference seeks to contribute. How have political and economic cultures come together to create, reinforce or contest inequality? How has inequality been conceptualised in France and the francophone world? And what impact have wealth inequalities had on politics and culture? In engaging with these themes, participants should feel free to interpret them in the broadest possible terms.

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Invited speakers include: Michael Kwass (Johns Hopkins University), Marie-Emmanuelle Chessel (Sciences Po) and Jackie Clarke (University of Glasgow). There will also be a round-table on the conference theme as well as a special panel in honour of seiziémiste Mack Holt and another in memory of Richard Bonney, a founding member of the Society and founding editor of the associated journal, French History.

We invite proposals for twenty-minute papers in English or in French. Panels of three papers are especially welcome, as are contributions from postgraduate students and overseas scholars. Paper proposals should comprise a title, abstract of 300 words and a one-page CV in a single pdf file. The deadline for submission of proposals is 15 February 2018.

Organising committee: Pierre Purseigle, Penny Roberts and Charles Walton

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