France in the World: A New Global History (trans. of Histoire mondiale de la France)
The bestselling Histoire mondiale de la France (2017) conceives of France not as a fixed, rooted entity, but instead as a place and an idea in flux, moving beyond all borders and frontiers, shaped by exchanges and mixtures. As a “discontinuous” history, this book rejects traditional periods and spatial confines; as a popular history, it articulates a new way of writing about the past; as a civic endeavor, it invites readers to trace their own routes across the past; as a political gesture, it intervenes in debates about the contours of national identities.
In April, Other Press will publish a translation that includes most of the original articles, along with new material. To celebrate the publication of France in the World: A New Global History, the Institute of French Studies, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, and Other Press have organized a roundtable on the historical, literary, and political dimensions of this singular book.
Three of the original editors: Patrick Boucheron (Collège de France), Nicolas Delalande (Science Po), and Séverine Nikel (Le Seuil)
The editor of the English-language edition: Stéphane Gerson (NYU)
Three U.S.-based commentators: Ruth Ben-Ghiat (NYU), Mame Fatou-Niang (Carnegie Mellon), and Francesca Trivellato (Institute for Advanced Study)
Moderator Frédéric Viguier (IFS)
Co-sponsored by the Institute of French Studies, Cultural Services of the French Embassy, and The Other Press