THE WESTERN SOCIETY for FRENCH HISTORY
Amy Millstone, professor of French literature at the University of South Carolina, was one of the prime movers in the Western Society for French History during the 1980s and 1990s. She served on the governing council and distinguished herself in regular conference presentations as a scholar of nineteenth- and twentieth-century French popular culture. Through her singular energies and enthusiasm, Amy drew together diverse resources and personalities. In the process, she helped orchestrate some of the most memorable moments in the society's history. In 1989, Amy arranged for the free use of two executive jets to fly a talented group of musicians from the University of South Carolina to perform on Napoleonic-era instruments at the New Orleans meeting, a highlight of the society's bicentennial commemorations. In 1996, she literally saved the annual meetings in Charlotte, North Carolina by agreeing to step in as local arrangements coordinator when the UNC coordinator could not fulfill the obligation. She secured a distinguished panel of guest speakers, arranged hotel accommodations, and even stuffed conference packets in the last hours before the conference. At the same meetings in 1996, she dazzled participants with a multi-media presentation, which explored the fin-de-siècle chanson, Paris landmarks and working-class identities. Her efforts were all the more impressive because she was in the last stages of a valiant battle with leukemia. Her life's work on the nineteeth-century right-wing author and independent woman, Gyp, was brought short by her untimely death in January 1997, but her legacy continues as a consequence of her generous bequest to the WSFH.
The Millstone Prize, awarded to the best interdisciplinary paper presented at the annual meetings, honors Amy's singular ability to use literature, music, dance and film to teach French culture and history to students and colleagues alike.
The Millstone Prize is awarded for the best interdisciplinary paper presented at the annual conference.
First awarded in 1998, the Millstone Prize recognizes the paper that best brings to the annual meeting research, methods, or insights drawn from a field other than history to enrich, challenge, or expand our understanding of the French past.
All papers presented at the 2012 meeting in Banff, Alberta are eligible for the prize, which carries an award of $500. To be considered, papers must be submitted in electronic format (as email attachments in Microsoft Word) by 11 January 2013. Submissions should be no longer than 14 pages (double-spaced), including all appropriate citations and bibliographical information. The award will be announced at the next annual business meeting. Please send submissions to:
Jeff Horn, Vice-President
2013. Libby Murphy, Oberlin College, "Re-Casting the Débrouillard: From National Hero to National Shame (And Back Again)."
Kristine Wirts, University of Texas, Pan-American, "The
Devil Does His Mischief: An Intersting Glimpse
into the Hugenot World of Demonology in the Scientific Age."
Giora Sternberg, Harvard University, "The Manipulation
of Louis XIV: Fabricating Evidence at the Bourbon
Peter Soppelsa, University of Michigan, "'Finding
Fragility in Paris: The Politics of Infrastructure after
2009. John Monroe, Iowa State University, "Developing Art Negre: Photographing Colonial Material Culture, 1915 – 1930."
2008. Judith A. Miller, Emory University, "After Sentiment: The Stoic 'Real' of the Directory."
2007. Sandra Ott, University of Nevada, Reno, "Gift-Giving and the Management of Justice: Borderland Basques under German Occupation (1942-1944) and during the Liberation."
2006. Jennifer J. Popiel, Saint Louis University, "Civic Virtue, Sex Roles, and Rousseau: Women and the Politics of Everyday Life."
2005. Diana Davis, UC Davis, "Eco-Governance in French Algeria: Environmental History, Policy, and Colonial Administration."
2003. Nicole Rudolph, New York University, "The Voice of Those Who Have No Voice: Critiques of State-Planned Housing in 1950s France."
2002. Robin Walz, University of Alaska, Southeast, "From Carnivalesque to Rocambolesque: Ponson du Terrail and the Popular Novel under the Second Empire."
2001. Sheila Crane, Northwestern University, "Digging Up the Present: Reconstructing Place and History in Postwar Marseille's Vieux-Port."
2000. Kathryn Norberg, UCLA, "Visualizing Prostitution: Representations of Prostitutes in Early Nineteenth-Century France."
1999. Pierre Verdaguer, University of Maryland, College Park, "Manipulating the Past: The Role of History in Contemporary French Detective Fiction."
1998. Brett Bowles, Iowa State University, "Marcel Pagnol's La Femme du Boulanger (1938): A Cinematic Representation of the Charivari."