As a PhD student at the ENS Paris Saclay I am working on the field of history and its transformations in France between 1960 and 2000. Within this research project, I would like to study the connections between French and British social history from the 1960s to the 1980s. This case study will allow me to observe the mechanisms through which the political and intellectual context determines the international dissemination of historical knowledge. More specifically, I intend to look at the links between historical journals, especially between the Annales and Past & Present. This research project implies a parallel investigation in both countries and thus required that I spend a few weeks in the United Kingdom to visit a number of archival collections: I am currently working on the archives of the journal Past & Present in the Bodleian Library in Oxford.
Could you please tell us a bit more about your scholarship/exchange programme?
I am able to spend one month in Oxford thanks to the Monthly Scholarship of the Maison Française d’Oxford.
First impressions of Oxford/the University?
My research stay in Oxford is going wonderfully well. The facilities at the MFO and the access to the invaluable collections of the Bodleian Library allow me to work in excellent conditions. In addition, not only is the city beautiful, but the weather has been glorious so far.