2019 – Corine Defrance

CNRS and Université de Paris 1-Panthéon-Sorbonne, Sirice

Corine Defrance has been undertaking research at the Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS) since 1995. She has also been lecturing at the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, Sirice, since 2003. The history of Germany in the 20th and 21st centuries, Franco-German relations during this period, and European unification after the Second World War are at the focus of her research. She has made exceptional contributions in particular with regard to the reappraisal of the history of Franco-German relations and has produced a large number of publications on the subject. Some of these publications are now seen as standard works on the development of the relation between the two countries after the Second World War.

Corine Defrance's connections to Mainz reach back to the time she was writing her dissertation, in which she analyzed the fundamentals of French cultural policy in occupied Germany from 1945 to 1955 and in this context the reestablishment of Mainz University. She also dedicated later research to the history of Mainz University, using sources in the local university archive for this purpose and collaborating with researchers at JGU.


(fltr) JGU Vice President Stefan Müller-Stach, Corine Defrance, GRC Director Thomas Hieke (photo: Stefan F. Sämmer)