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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Arts
June 27, 2017
Canadian Excellence
At the Grand Canyon 2010

Dr. Michael Sibalis

Modern Europe; France; History of Sexuality

Contact Information
Phone: 519 884 0710 ext.3141

Office Location: DAWB 4-151

Academic Background

BA, McGill
MA, Sir George Williams
PhD, Concordia

Academic Interests

I am a francophile interested in most aspects of the culture and history of Modern France. I specialize in the period of the French Revolution (1789-1799) and Napoleon I (1799-1815). I am currently doing research in three principal areas: the Parisian labour movement from 1789 to 1834, the political police under Napoleon I, and the history of sexuality in Modern France.

Selected Publications


Co-edited with Jeffrey Merrick, Homosexuality in French History and Culture (Binghamton, NY: Harrington Park Press, 2001).

Chapters in Books

“The Spirit of May ’68 and the Origins of the Gay Liberation Movement in France,” in Gender and Sexuality in 1968: Transformative Politics in the Cultural Imagination, ed. Lessie Jo Frazier and Deborah Cohen  (Houndmills, England: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009), 235-253.

“Political Prisoners and State Prisons in Napoleonic France,” in Napoleon and His Empire, ed. Alan Forrest and Philip Dwyer (Houndmills, England: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007), 96-113.

“Europe in the Age of Enlightenment and Revolution, 1680-1850,” in Gay Life and Culture: A World History, ed. Robert Aldrich (London: Thames & Hudson, 2006 / New York: Universe/Rizzoli International Publishers, 2006), 102-23.

“Homosexuality in Early Modern France,” in Queer Masculinities, 1550-1800: Siting Same-Sex Desire in the Early Modern World, ed. Katherine O’Donnell and Michael O’Rourke (Houndmills, England: Palgrave, 2006), 211-31.

"Urban Space and Homosexuality: The Example of the Marais, Paris’ ‘Gay Ghetto’," in Cities of Pleasure: Sex and the Urban Socialscape, ed. Alan Collins (London and NY: Routledge, 2006), 109-28.

“Les Noirs en France sous Napoléon Ier,” in 1802, Rétablissement de l'esclavage dans les colonies française, ed. Yves Bénot and Marcel Dorigny (Paris: Maisonneuve & Larose, 2003), 95-106.

"Arbitrary Detention, Human Rights and the Napoleonic Senate," in Taking Liberties: Problems of a New Order from the French Revolution to Napoleon, ed. Howard G. Brown and Judith A. Miller (Manchester: University of Manchester Press, 2002), 166-184.

"The Napoleonic Police State," in Napoleon and Europe, ed. Philip G. Dwyer (London and NY: Longman, 2001), 79-94.

"Les espaces des homosexuels dans le Paris d'avant Haussmann," in La Modernité avant Haussmann: Formes de l'espace urbain à Paris, 1801-1853, ed. Karen Bowie (Paris: Éditions Recherches, 2001), 231-241.

"Paris," in Queer Sites: Gay Urban Histories since 1600, ed. David Higgs (London: Routledge, 1999), 10-37.

"The Regulation of Male Homosexuality in Revolutionary and Napoleonic France," in Homosexuality in Modern France, ed. Jeffrey Merrick and Bryant T. Ragan (New York: Oxford University Press, 1996), 80-101.


"Homophobia, Vichy France and the ‘Crime of Homosexuality': The Origins of the Ordinance of 6 August 1942," GLQ: A Journal of Gay and Lesbian Studies, vol. 8:3 (2002):301-18.

"The Parisian Tailors in 1848: The Association fraternelle des ouvriers tailleurs (The 'Atelier de Clichy')," in The Sphinx in the Tuileries and Other Essays in Modern French History: Papers Presented at the Eleventh George Rudé Seminar, ed. Robert Aldrich and Martyn Lyons, 154-68. Sydney: University of Sydney, 1999.

"Jan Czynski: Jalons pour la biographie d'un fouriériste de la Grande émigration polonaise," Cahiers Charles Fourier 6 (1995):58-84.

"Internal Exile in Napoleonic France, 1789-1815," Proceedings of the Western society for French History, 20 (1993):189-98.

"La Côte-d'or, terre d'exil: Les résidents sous surveillance pendant le Consulat et l'Empire," Annales de Bourgogne 64 (1992):39-51.

"Un aspect de la légende noire de Napoléon Ier: Le mythe de l'enfermement d'opposants politiques comme fous," Revue de l'Institut Napoléon 156 (1991):8-24.

"Prisoners by Mesure de haute police under Napoleon I: Reviving the Lettres de cachet," Proceedings of the Western Society for French History 18 (1991):83-91.

"André Troncin, ouvrier tailleur (1802-1846): Une victime de la prison politique," 1848: Bulletin de la Société d'histoire de la Révolution de 1848 et des Révolutions du XIXe siècle, 8 (1991):83-91.

"The Mutual Aid Societies of Paris, 1789-1848," French History 3 (1989):67-83.

"Corporatism after the Corporations: The Debate on Restoring the Guilds Under Napoleon I and the Restoration," French Historical Studies 15 (1987):718-30.

"Shoemakers and Fourierism in 19th-Century Paris: The Société Laborieuse des Cordonniers-Bottiers," Social History/Histoire Sociale 20 (1987):24-49.

"The Parisian Workers' Movement in the French Revolution," in Historical Papers/Communications historiques: A Selection from the Papers Presented at the Annual Meeting [of the Canadian Historical Association] Held at Winnipeg, 1986 (Ottawa, 1986):11-32.