Professor Nadia Kiwan

Professor Nadia Kiwan
BA Hon (Bristol), PhD (Bristol), Doctorat (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris), FHEA

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Professor Nadia Kiwan
Professor Nadia Kiwan

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I joined the French Department at the University of Aberdeen in January 2006.


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Memberships and Affiliations


Director, Centre for Modern Languages Research


Member of the AHRC Peer Review College


Research Overview

My research interests focus on contemporary French and Francophone cultures and societies. I am particularly interested in public discourses about postcolonial migration, secularism and Islam as well as decolonial and intersectional social movements. I would be keen to supervise postgraduate students in any of these areas.


I currently supervise 3 doctoral students on secularism and Christian privilege, utopia and intersectional feminisms and Islamophobia in French fiction and film. 

Research Funding and Grants

 EU Marie Curie COFUND grant(2018-22) Political Concepts in the World (POLITICO) Co-applicant 

The POLITICO PhD programme builds on the success of the interdisciplinary training provided by the University of Aberdeen’s Centre for Citizenship, Civil Society and the Rule of Law (CISRUL), which specializes in the global application of political ideas. 

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.  





Teaching Responsibilities

At undergraduate level, I coordinate FR2013/FR2014 'French Identities: Individual and Society'; FR2513/FR2514, 'French Identities: Centre and Periphery' and Honours options 'The Politics of Difference in Contemporary France' and 'Paris: Transnational City of Culture'.



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  • Creative Co-existence or Creative Co-resistance?: Transcultural Complexity in the Work of Street Artist ‘Combo’

    Kiwan, N.

    Jewish-Muslim Interactions. Everett, S., Vince, R. (eds.). Liverpool University Press, pp. 253-272, 19 pages

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters

  • Secularism, Islam and public intellectuals in contemporary France

    Kiwan, N.

    Manchester University Press, Manchester, UK. 182 pages

    Books and Reports: Books

  • Transformer les perceptions de l'islam ?: Le cas de l’intellectuel musulman laïque Abdelwahhab Meddeb (Transforming percpetions of Islam?: The case of secular Muslim intellectual Abdelwahhab Meddeb)

    Kiwan, N.

    Subjectivation et désubjectivation Penser le sujet dans la globalisation. Boucher, M., Pleyers, G., Rebughini, P. (eds.). Éditions de la Maison des sciences de l'homme, pp. 263-273, 11 pages

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters

  • Moroccan Multiplicities: Performing Transnationalism and Alternative Nationalism in the Contemporary Urban Music Scene (Moroccan multiplicties: the 'new music scene' between transnationalisation and localisation?)

    Kiwan, N.

    Cahiers d’études africaines, vol. 54, no. 4, pp. 975-997

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Muslim and secular: Performing 'Muslim' exemplarity and public debates on Islam in France

    Kiwan, N.

    Performing Islam, vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 45-66

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Convergence des régimes discursifs et appartenance religieuse dans l'espace public: le cas de l’islam au Royaume Uni et en France (Converging discursive regimes and religious belonging in the public sphere: the case of Islam in the UK and France)

    Kiwan, N.

    Revue de l’Observatoire de la Société Britannique , vol. 13, pp. 63-81

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • New Friends and old foes?: Diversity politics and national identity in Sarkozy's France

    Kiwan, N.

    Ethnicities, vol. 11, no. 3, pp. 403-407

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

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