A couple of visits to Paris this year. First, I was invited by Bertrand Van Ruymbeke to be a visiting professor at Paris VIII in early October. I presented papers at Paris VII Diderot, twice at Bertrand’s seminar at the Sorbonne and helped in a workshop for graduate students at Paris VIII St Denis. I also gave a paper at a marvellous conference run by Bertrand on the American Revolution after 240 years, alongside my old friend, Andrew O’Shaughnessy. I am back in Paris in early December to have a book launch at the European Early American Studies Association of The Plantation Machine.