Postcolonial France; North Africa; contemporary French literature and film; pieds-noirs; history and memory; migration.
After completing my first degree in French at the University of Glasgow, I gained an MSc in Marketing from the University of Strathclyde and worked for a number of years at the headquarters of a FTSE50 company, before returning to academia. I completed my PhD at the University of Glasgow, and came to Stirling in 2007.
My research interests lie in the aspects of postcolonial France which have emerged from France’s history in North Africa, and how these have been represented in literature and film. My work approaches the Mediterranean basin as a single transnational space marked by cultural exchanges and physical, colonial and postcolonial migration, which continues to be shaped by the traces of shared histories, and by individual and collective narratives of memory and identification.
Areas of interest include:
I currently hold an AHRC early career Leadership Fellowship (2018-2020) for a project entitled 'From colonisers to refugees: narratives and representations of the French settlers of Algeria', which situates the 1962 repatriation of around a million pieds-noirs to France in the wider context of contemporary European and Mediterranean forced migrations, and examines the resulting implications for French society, culture, politics and identity.
I am currently supervising two doctoral students: Fraser McQueen (Immigration, race and religion in contemporary France, funded by the AHRC), and Dyhia Bia (The politics and aesthetics of post-independence African literature and theatre). Enquiries from prospective PhD students wanting to work in areas relating to postcolonial France and Algeria are warmly welcomed.
I am Honorary Secretary of the Association for the Study of Modern and Contemporary France and, with Cristina Johnston, co-organised the Association's 2011 annual conference on the topic of 'Continuities and Discontinuities? France Across the Generations'. From 2008-12 I served as UK Editor of Arts and Humanities in Higher Education, a Sage journal which offers an international perspective on issues of teaching and learning in the arts and humanities. I currently act as Academic Advisor to the Editorial Board of Spark: Stirling International Journal of Postgraduate Research, available online at www.spark.stir.ac.uk