Warmest congratulations to Louise Seaward for being named runner up in the prize competition for the best article by a younger scholar in the journal French History for her article ‘Censorship through cooperation: the Société typographique de Neuchâtel (STN) and the French Government, 1769–89’, French History (2014) 28 (1): 23-42.doi: 10.1093/fh/crt086. This is the second time a FBTEE-related piece has secured the approval of the judges, following Mark Curran’s win in 2011 with ‘Mettons toujours Londres’. Louise’s article is actually the fruit of the earliest piece of research to be run through and alongside the FBTEE database, which she mined to identify political figures in correspondence with the STN and locate he letters they exchanged with the Swiss publishers. Supplementing and extending Bob Darnton’s work on the publishing history of the Encyclopedie, Louise’s article reveals the symbiotic relationship between the STN and the French government and the extent to which dealing in foreign book markets involved political as well as commercial skills.
In addition, Louise is celebrating a new job with UCL’s Bentham project, having put in a stint as a contracted research assistant with FBTEE in 2014-2015. More on that in a future post.