The editors of French Historical Studies seek articles for a special issue on the histories of science, technology, and medicine to appear in 2025. Topics may range chronologically from the medieval period forward; they may focus on France or move beyond the Hexagon, exploring colonial, imperial, transnational, or global dimensions.

Ideally, the articles selected for this special issue will suggest the richness of scholarship on these topics in French and Francophone contexts, reflect current concerns and approaches, and indicate productive future directions. We are particularly interested in papers that address the following themes, though authors are by no means limited to these:

  • Materials, materialism, and materiality

  • Epistemology and ontology

  • Data and archives

  • Affect, emotion, and sensory history

  • Circulation and mobilities

Scholars with questions about whether their research would fit into the special issue are encouraged to contact the guest editors, April Shelford ( and Peter Soppelsa (

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