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Talk: Patrick Boucheron (Collège de France, History): "Arts de gouverner, arts de raconter: Vers une histoire des fictions politiques" [Political Fictions Then and Now]

February 26, 2019 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Pigott Hall, Building 260, Room 252

Lecture in French.

A leading medievalist and French public intellectual, Patrick Boucheron occupies the Chair “The History of Powers in Western Europe, 13e-16e Century” at the College de France in Paris.  Among the dozens of books that he has authored, Conjurer la peur: Sienne 1338 [Seuil, 2013. The Power of Images. Sienna 1338. Polity, 2018] drew international attention. More recently, he has edited the ground-breaking collective volume Histoire mondiale de la France [World History of France] and has pursued an innovative epistemological reflection on the writing of history, attempting to reconcile literature and the social sciences. In Faire profession d’historien [The Profession of Historian], he shows how these two activities, which until then were parallel, can be reconciled.

Free and open to the public

Contact: Bianca Boularand (

Co-sponsored by the Division of Literatures, Cultures and Languages,the History Department, the France-Stanford Center,  the Center of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, and the Europe Center.