Professor Nina Parish

Professor in French & Francophone

Literature and Languages - Division Stirling

Professor Nina Parish

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I joined the University of Stirling as Professor of French and Francophone Studies in July 2019 after fourteen years in the Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies at the University of Bath.

I work on representations of difficult history, the migrant experience and multilingualism in the museum space. Between 2016 and 2019 I was part of the EU-funded Horizon 2020 UNREST team working on innovative memory practices in sites of trauma including war museums and mass graves ( I am currently involved in two projects: a) Memories from the Margins, funded by the British Academy GCRF Heritage, Dignity and Violence Programme, looks at unofficial memories of the civil war in Lebanon and the war in Syria (; b) DisTerrMem, an EU-funded Horizon 2020 project based at the University of Bath where I’m a visiting researcher, examines the management of competing, often highly antagonistic, memories of disputed territories across borders focusing on the case studies of Armenia, Poland and Pakistan (

I am also an expert on the interaction between text and image in the field of modern and contemporary French Studies. I have published widely on this subject, in particular, on the poet and visual artist, Henri Michaux. From 2012 to 2016, with Dr Emma Wagstaff (University of Birmingham), I co-organised an international research network, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, on interdisciplinary connections in contemporary French poetic practice (

I teach across all years of our undergraduate programme at Stirling, acting as module coordinator for FREU9L5 Honours French Language and FREU9CH Chanson française. I also contribute to the MSc in Heritage option module, HERPP04 Heritage, Identity and Place. I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Other Project

EU Horizon 2020 - MSCA RISE Memory Across Borders: Dealing with the Legacy of Disputed Territories

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EU Horizon 2020 - UNREST (Unsettling Remembering and Social Cohesion in Transnational Europe)

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University of Bath, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Teaching Development Fund, ‘From Scrapbooks to Death Masks: Stepping into the University’s Archives & Research Collections’
University of Bath

Erasmus Mundus Award: Staff exchange with the University of Sydney
University of Sydney

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Arts and Humanities Research Board PhD Scholarship

Including Study Trip award

‘Modern French Thought and Poetry’, French Department Studentship, Royal Holloway University of London

British Academy Overseas Conference Grant

University of Bath International Researcher Mobility Scheme
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