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Founded in 1954, the Society for French Historical Studies promotes scholarship focused on the history of France from the medieval era to the twenty-first century. The Society also champions research into history beyond France itself, to include the hexagon’s historical relationships with the rest of the world, including North America, Africa, and Asia, as well as other societies on the European continent.

The SFHS is very proud to publish the quarterly, French Historical Studies, long recognized internationally as one of the premier journals in the discipline of history.  

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The annual meetings hosted by the SFHS have been particularly important venues for the dissemination of the highest quality research on French history in both English and French, and have offered countless opportunities for productive interchange and collaboration among scholars from the United States and Canada, France, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand, and beyond.

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The Society also offers several prestigious awards in recognition of scholarship of the highest rank and awards several grants in support of research projects demonstrating especial promise. Click here for more information.


Proposed Changes to the SFHS Bylaws

The Executive Committee (EC) has voted to propose the following changes to the bylaws of the Society for French Historical Studies. Please send any feedback to Executive Director Tip Ragan (bragan@coloradocollege.edu).

Rationale:

Given our increasingly interconnected world and a sincere hope to deepen and strengthen the collaborative ties among all historians of France, the Executive Committee has voted to propose expanding the Executive Committee membership. We propose to achieve greater communication and exchange among all historians of France and Francophonie by adding two new at large positions, one from the metropolitan France and one from Francophone society outside the metropole.

Current bylaw language:

III F (first bullet point). The Executive Committee is the governing body of the Society. It is composed of the following officers and former officers of the Society: the President (or Co-Presidents); the Vice President (or Vice Presidents); the Executive Director; the Financial Officer; the Secretary/Web Coordinator; the Editor-in-Chief (or Co-Editors) of French Historical Studies; the presidents from the two previous years; the most recent past Executive Director (for two years following retirement from office); the most recent past Financial Officer (for two years following retirement from office); a representative of H-France; four at-large members, one of whom must hold a doctoral degree but has never held tenure at any time prior to time of election; and the President-Elect (or Co-Presidents-Elect).

Change to this new bylaw language:

III F. (first bullet point) The Executive Committee is the governing body of the Society. It is composed of the following officers and former officers of the Society: the President (or Co-Presidents); the Vice President (or Vice Presidents); the Executive Director; the Financial Officer; the Secretary/Web Coordinator; the Editor-in-Chief (or Co-Editors) of French Historical Studies; the presidents from the two previous years; the most recent past Executive Director (for two years following retirement from office); the most recent past Financial Officer (for two years following retirement from office); the President-Elect (or Co-Presidents-Elect). and six at-large members. Of these at-large members, one must hold a doctoral degree without having yet held tenure at time of election; one must work in France; and one must work in a Francophone society outside of metropolitan France. Finally, the Editor-in-Chief (or a designated representative) of H-France will also sit on the Executive Committee.

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Current bylaw language:

III F (fourth bullet point) The four at-large members serve three-year staggered terms. They are appointed by the Executive Director with the advice and approval of the Executive Committee. The Editor-in-Chief of H-France serves as an ex officio (non-voting) member of the SFHS Executive Committee. If the Editor-in-Chief of H-France is unable to attend the annual SFHS Executive Committee meeting, the Editor-in-Chief may designate an H-France officer or editor to represent H-France at the meeting.

Change to this new bylaw language:

III F (fourth bullet point) The six at-large members serve three-year staggered terms. They are appointed by the Executive Director with the advice and approval of the Executive Committee. The Editor-in-Chief of H-France serves as an ex officio (non-voting) member of the SFHS Executive Committee. If the Editor-in-Chief of H-France is unable to attend the annual SFHS Executive Committee meeting, the Editor-in-Chief may designate an H-France officer or editor to represent H-France at the meeting.



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