Sexing Political Culture in the History of France

by Alison M. Moore

About Alison Moore

Alison M. Moore is a senior lecturer in modern European history at the University of Western Sydney. She holds a PhD and a BA Honours Class 1 with medal from the University of Sydney. Her previous publications include (with Peter Cryle) Frigidity: An Intellectual History (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2011), and articles in peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of the History of Sexuality, Gender and History, Angelaki, Sexualities, Psychology and Sexuality, French Cultural Studies, and Australian Feminist Studies.


Christine Bard is a professor of contemporary history in the Centre for Historical Research of the West, and in the Sciences Po Centre for History at the University of Angers. She works on political, social and cultural history of women and gender. Among her works are Les Filles de Marianne (Fayard, 2005); Les Garçonnes (Fayard, 1999); Les Femmes dans la société française au vingtième siècle (Armand Colin, 2001); Ce que soulève la jupe (Autrement, 2010); Une Histoire politique du Pantalon (Editions du Seuil, 2010); and Le Féminisme, au-delà des idées recues (forthcoming). She is president of the association Archives du feminism and is director of the University of Rennes publishing house Sciences Humaines Confluences.

Katherine Crawford is a professor of history at Vanderbilt University. She is interested in the ways that gender informs sexual practice, ideology, and identity, both in normative and non-normative formations. She is currently exploring the relationship of gender to the polemics in the French Wars of Religion. Her most recent book is The Sexual Culture of the French Renaissance (Cambridge University Press, 2010).

Yasmine Debarge is a PhD student in social sciences at the Ecole Normale Supérieure of Cachan, affiliated to the Institut des Sciences Sociales du Politique. Her thesis compares state parental-child access services in France and in Hungary. From 2007 until 2009, she was a guest researcher at the Institute of Sociology of Budapest and a member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. She received a Master degree in Anthropology from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales.

Marie-Paule Ha is an associate professor the History Department at the University of Hong Kong. She is the author of Figuring the East: Segalen, Malraux, Duras, and Barthes (State University of New York Press, 1999). She has recently re-edited the works of two French colonial women writers, Christiane Fournier, Homme jaune et femme blanche (L'Harmattan, 2012); and Clotilde Chivas-Baron, La Femme française aux colonies suivi de contes et Légendes de l’Annam (L'Harmattan, 2009). She has published in journals such as Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society and French Colonial History. She is currently completing a book for Oxford University Press on the history of French women and the empire using Indochina as a case study.

Mark Meyers is an associate professor of history at the University of Saskatchewan and editor of the Canadian Journal of History/Annales canadiennes d’histoire. He holds a PhD from Brown University, an MA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a BA (hons) from Northwestern University. He also studied French literature and philosophy at the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle (Paris III). His work has appeared in journals such as French Historical Studies, Sartre Studies International, and the Journal of the Canadian Historical Association. He is currently writing a book on mass culture and the emergence of early French postmodernism

Paul Schue holds a doctorate in European History from the University of California, Irvine, and is an associate professor of history at Northland College. Articles of his have appeared in French Historical Studies, The Intellectual History Review, and National Identities, and he contributed a chapter to France and Its Spaces of War: Experience, Memory, Image, edited by Patricia M. E. Lorcin and Daniel Brewer (Palgrave, 2009).

Maryse Simon is an associate faculty member of the University of Strasbourg where she teaches early modern history. She holds a doctorate in history of religions, and was a researcher at the University of Oxford (2004–2008) as a fellow of the Marie Curie Actions from the European Commission. Dr Simon’s books include Sorcellerie savant et mentalités populaires (Presses Universitaires de Strasbourg, forthcoming) and Les affaires de sorcellerie dans le val de Lièpvre (Publications de la Société Savante, 2006). Her articles have appeared in journals such as French History, Food and History, the Revue des Sciences Sociales, and Histoire et Sociétés Rurales.

Richard D. Sonn is a professor of history at the University of Arkansas. He received his MA and PhD degrees from the University of California, Berkeley, and the BA from the University of Michigan. He has published three books: Anarchism and Cultural Politics in Fin de Siècle France (University of Nebraska Press, 1989), Anarchism (Twayne, 1992), and Sex, Violence and the Avant Garde: Anarchism in Interwar France (Pennsylvania State University Press). He is currently working on a project entitled ‘Jewish Modernism: Immigrant Artists in Paris, 1905–1940’.

Natasha Synicky is a PhD student in the history program at University of California, Irvine. She holds an MA from the University of Connecticut and a BA from California State University, Fullerton.

Guillaume de Syon teaches history at Albright College in Reading, Pennsylvania, and is a Visiting Scholar in history at Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, PA. He is the author of Zeppelin! Germany and the Airship, 1900–1939 (Johns Hopkins, 2002) and other publications examining the intersection of culture and technology, notably in the realm of popular arts (postcards) and comics. Earlier publications related to this volume’s theme include “Engines of Emancipation? Women’s Flying Clubs before World War II,” in B. Waibel and H. Vogel, eds., Die Schwestern des Ikarus: Frau und Flug (Jonas Verlag, 2004).

Fabrice Virgili is a senior research fellow at the CNRS (IRICE-Université de Paris-1-Panthéon-Sorbonne). His research is currently focused on the history of gender and war. He has published in English: Shorn Women: Gender and Punishment in Liberation France (Berg, 2002); “Enfants de Boches : The War Children of France”, in Kjersti Ericsson and Eva Simonsen (eds), Children of World War II: The Hidden Enemy Legacy (Berg, 2005). He has edited with Raphaëlle Branche, Rape in Wartime: A History to Be Written (Palgrave, 2012).

Bronwyn Winter works in the Department of French Studies at the University of Sydney, where she teaches in areas that range from postcolonial, transnational and European studies to French politics, literature and intellectual and social history. Her publications include Hijab and the Republic: Uncovering the French Headscarf Debate (Syracuse University Press, 2008), and the international anthology September 11, 2001: Feminist Perspectives (Hawthorne and Winter eds, Spinifex, 2002). She is also on the international editorial board of Encyclopedia of Gender and Sexuality Studies, ed. N. Naples et al, to be published by Wiley-Blackwell from 2013.


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