COHEN Michèle

Professor Emerita of History.

UCL (Institute of Education), UK.

Research expertise

Cultural history of the eighteenth-century, France and Britain; issues related to genre, language, education, sociability and conversation.


Pratiques Concepts


Conversation was a polysemic practice of sociability in leisured and learned classes. Ideally, it cultivated politeness, pleasure, ease and reciprocity. At the same time, its plural meanings also accommodated tensions within the conversable world, encompassing controversy and collision of mind as well as harmony.

Saint James's

St James’s refers to an urban area located in what we know as the West End of London, more precisely in the district of Westminster.