(Left to Right) Professor Geraldine Sheridan with Monsieur Yvon Roë d'Albert, French Ambassador to Ireland, Madame Roë d'Albert and her husband Mr. Jim Pidgeon
Professor Geraldine Sheridan has been awarded the French national honour 'Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Palmes Académiques' [Knight of the Order of Academic Palms], first initiated by Napoléon in 1808. The decoration - a purple ribbon with the insignia in silver and enamel representing two palm branches - was bestowed at a ceremony in the French Embassy in Dublin on 26 May 2009. His Excellence Monsieur Yvon Roë d'Albert, French Ambassador to Ireland, commented in his speech on Professor Sheridan's international eminence as a scholar of eighteenth-century French culture. He drew attention to her command of several academic disciplines, from linguistics to philosophy, in addition to French literary studies, and her leadership in the field of francophone studies in Ireland.
Professor Sheridan's latest book entitled Louder than Words: Ways of Seeing Women Workers in Eighteenth-Century France has just been published by Texas Tech University Press: it offers an analysis of the role of women in trades and manufacture as reflected in copper-plate engravings which originated in the Royal Academy of Sciences, and explodes many myths concerning women and work in the period.