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Jean-François Chanet

Chercheur permanent

University professor; researcher at the Center for History at Sciences Po

Former student of the Ecole normale supérieure de la rue d’Ulm, former pensioner of the Thiers Foundation, Jean-François Chanet is a professor of history and tenured chair of nineteenth-century history at Sciences Po.

He was a junior member of the University Institute of France (promotion 1999).

He has studied successively how the reorganised school and army after the defeat of 1870-1871 contributed to the double process of French republicanisation and the nationalisation of the masses. As historian of education, he is interested in the feminisation of the primary teaching body and in the manner in which the States defined and regulated the liberty of teaching in Western Europe in the nineteenth century. The social history of military acts and the armies’ place in national mythology constitute the other tenet of his research. Member of the scientific council of the Mission of the Centenary of the First World War, he is particularly interested in the social and cultural effects of the memory of the 1870-1871 war during the interwar period from 1871 to 1914. He also prepares with Emmanuel Saint-Fuscien a book on schooling and the war and presents with him this subject for a seminar at the EHESS.

He wishes to eventually participate in restoring the history of republicanisms of the nineteenth century, notably through Jean Jaurès’ works on the conservative Republic of the years 1870s and the relations between republicanism and socialism.
Jean-François Chanet is the director of the review The Social Movement (known as Le mouvement social). He is also a member of the editorial board of the reviews History of Education (Histoire de l'éducation), and Jean Jaurès: Quarterly Notebooks (Jean Jaurès. Cahiers trimestriels).

Jean-François Chanet is co-responsible for the series “War and Society” in the History collection by Rennes University Presses (PUR). He is member of the editorial board of the reviews,  Histoire de l'éducation, Le mouvement social, Jean Jaurès. Cahiers trimestriels et Vingtième siècle. Revue d'histoire.

Years 2013-2014
- “School and War, 1870-1939,” seminar with Emmanuel Saint-Fuscien (EHESS) at the EHESS, room 9, 105 boulevard Raspail, 75006 Paris (see the program in the attached document).
- “War and Politics from XVIII to XXI century,” seminar presented by Jean-Françcois Chanet with Gilles Pécout (ENS Ulm-EPHE) and Olivier Wievirka (ENS Cachan), the Ecole normale supérieure de la rue d’Ulm, history room, second semester
- Participation in seminars on the history of the State and of Europe (Sciences Po)

- “The long XIX century: Revolutions, industrialisation, nationalisms,” responsible for first-year undergraduate history courses in the University College of Sciences Po
- “Society and powers of the Enlightenment in the First World War” with Jakob Vogel, for the first year of master (Sciences Po)


Selective bibliography

  • « Conclusion » in Jean-François Chanet et Christian Windler (dir.), Les ressources des faibles. Neutralités, sauvegardes, accommodements en temps de guerre (XVIe-XVIIIe siècle), Rennes, Presses universitaires de Rennes, 2009, p. 385-392.
  • Une laïcité socialiste, Paris, Fondation Jean Jaurès, 2009.
  • « Le baccalauréat et les bacheliers dans la littérature française depuis Jules Vallès », in Philippe Marchand (dir.), Le baccalauréat, 1808-2008 : certification française ou pratique européenne ?, Lille-Lyon, coédition Revue du Nord-INRP, 2010, p. 373-396.

Other activities

Jean-François Chanet dirige le Programme de recherche ANR :
"Les occupations militaires en Europe, de l'affirmation des Etats modernes à la fin des empires (XVe-XXe siècle)

Séminaire 2010-2011 : Sorties et mémoire de l'Occupation

Renseignements Sorties et mémoire de l'occupation

Les fêtes de la libération
Lundi 13 décembre 2010, 17h15-16h30
IEP de Paris - 224 Bd Saint-Germain 75007 Paris, Salle L224 (1er étage)

Fin d'occupation et répression
Mercredi 19 janvier 2011, 14h00-16h30
Université de Lille 3 - Salle de séminaire de l'IRHIS (A3 101)

Des libérateurs encombrants ?
Mercredi 9 février 2011 - 14h00-16h30
Université de Lille 3 - Salle de séminaire de l'IRHIS (A3 101)

La mémoire des occupations
Mercredi 6 avril 2011 - 14h00-16h30
Université de Lille 3 - Salle de séminaire de l'IRHIS (A3 101)

Les occupations au cinéma
Mercredi 11 mai 2011 - 14h00-16h30
Université de Lille 3 - Salle de séminaire de l'IRHIS (A3 101)