BA Hon (Bristol), PhD (Bristol), Doctorat (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris)
I joined the French Department at the University of Aberdeen in January 2006.
My research interests focus on contemporary French and Francophone cultures and societies. I am particularly interested in migration, identity, new social movements, new forms of migrant cultural production and citizenship. I would be keen to supervise postgraduate students in any of these areas.
Diaspora as Social and Cultural practice: a Study of Transnational Networks across Europe and Africa
(with Professor Ulrike H. Meinhof, University of Southampton)
Awarded by: AHRC programme 'Diaspora, Migration and Identity'
Duration: 1st November 2006-2010
Summary: This project focused on the ways in which (post-)migrant cultural practitioners, performers, and musicians originating from North-Africa and Madagascar are able to use multiple translocal and transnational networks across African, European and wider global spaces. It suggests that artists who create or enter such networks make use of, but go far beyond the traditional 'bi-focal', ethnically and spatially defined communities that link originating and sending countries, as studied in much Diaspora research. Our research marks a key development in the empirical study of networks, by investigating links between migrant cultural practitioners which develop outside of established cultural/historical ties. http://www.tnmundi.soton.ac.uk
I coordinate undergraduate Level 2 courses FR2009/FR2011 'French Identities: Individual and Nation'; FR2509/FR2511, 'French Identities: Centre and Periphery'; Honours options 'The Politics of Difference in Contemporary France' and 'Paris: Transnational City of Culture'. At postgraduate level, I am involved in teaching on the M.Litt. in Visual Culture and M.Litt. in Comparative Literature.
Member of the AHRC Peer Review College
Member of Association for the Study of Modern and Contemporary France Executive Committee (2004-2007); Treasurer (2005-2007)
Member of Editorial Board for Modern and Contemporary France (2009-2011)
Member of International Advisory Board for Performing Islam
Member of Advisory Committee of UK Subject Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies in Scotland