We welcomed academics to ‘The Society for the Study of French History’ conference earlier this month. Visiting the city for the first time in its history, the annual conference attracted approximately 125 international and UK delegates, and promoted the study and understanding of the history of France and the Francophone world in the UK and Ireland.

The two day event, which began on the 8th July, took place at the prestigious Michael Sadler Building and Parkinson Court, showcasing several of the university’s excellent conferencing facilities, and expertly catering for the organisers requirements. Offering a variety of workshops and plenary sessions, as well as a welcome reception and dinner, the event featured several keynote speakers, including Professor Barbara Diefendorf from Boston University, who delivered a talk titled ‘Uncivil Wars: Legacies of the Religious Conflicts in Early Modern France’ and Professor Olivette Otele, from Bath Spa University, who delivered a talk on ‘Race Matters: Education, Identity, Citizenship and Post Colonial Memories in 21st Century France’.

Harriet Boatwright, Sales and Marketing Manager at MEETinLEEDS, commented: “We’re delighted to have supported the team at the university in hosting the SSFH conference for the first time! Leeds has a lot of attractions to offer both national and international delegates and we’re proud to showcase everything that the city and the university have to offer.

Dr Claire Eldridge, Associate Professor in Modern History at the University of Leeds, commented: “From start to finish, the MEETinLEEDS team were incredibly supportive. The staff are an absolute gold mine of information and working with them has made the whole experience much more stress-free than it might otherwise have been.”

Seeking to place the history of France in its broadest global context, the conference welcomed the engagement of all who are interested in the history of France on both a professional and a more amateur level.