Professor Nadia Kiwan

Professor Nadia Kiwan
Professor Nadia Kiwan
Professor Nadia Kiwan

BA Hons (Bristol), PhD (Bristol), Doctorat (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris), FHEA

Personal Chair

Accepting PhDs

Email Address
Telephone Number
+44 (0)1224 274201
Office Address

Department of French School of Language & Literature University of Aberdeen Taylor Building Old Aberdeen AB24 3UB

School of Language, Literature, Music and Visual Culture


2021-present: Head of the Modern Languages, Translation and Interpreting Cluster (LLMVC).


Memberships and Affiliations

Internal Memberships

Director, Centre for Modern Languages Research

External Memberships

Member of the AHRC Peer Review College

External Examining: 

Heriot-Watt University (Languages and Intercultural Studies: 2016-2020)

University of Bristol (School of Modern Languages: 2017-2021)

University of Sheffield (School of Languages and Cultures: 2021-)

University of Southampton (Languages, Cultures and Linguistics: 2022-)

Latest Publications

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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.

Research Areas

Accepting PhDs

I am currently accepting PhDs in French and Francophone Studies.

Please get in touch if you would like to discuss your research ideas further.

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French and Francophone Studies

Accepting PhDs


I currently supervise doctoral students on secularism and Christian privilege, utopia and intersectional feminisms and Orientalist photography. 

Funding and Grants

 2021-2022 Fondation Maison Sciences de l'Homme, Invited Researcher of DEA Programme : 'Intersectional Feminist Social Movements in Contemporary France' 

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 FR2015/FR2515 'French Culture, Politics and Society' and Honours options 'The Politics of Difference in Contemporary France', 'Paris: Transnational City of Culture', 'Francophone Women's Voices' and the Undergraduate Dissertation in French.


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  • Multiplicité marocaine: la performance du transnationalisme et du nationalisme alternatif dans la scène contemporaine des musiques urbaines

    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

    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
  • Cultural Globalization and Music: African Artists in Transnational Networks

    Kiwan, N., Meinhof, U. H.
    Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke UK. 273 pages
    Books and Reports: Books
  • Music and Migration: A Transnational Approach

    Kiwan, N., Meinhof, U. H.
    Music and Arts in Action, vol. 3, no. 3, pp. 3-20
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Music and Migration: Special Issue

    Kiwan, N. (ed.), Meinhof, U. H. (ed.)
    Music and Arts in Action, vol. 3, no. 3, pp. 1-166
    Contributions to Journals: Special Issues
  • Transnational musicians' networks across Africa and Europe

    Kiwan, N., Meinhof, U. H., Gibert, M.
    Diasporas: Concepts, Intersections, Identities. Knott, K., McLoughlin, S. (eds.). Zed Books
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
  • Alterity and identity in contemporary Francophone Cultures: from organic hybridity to politicized difference

    Kiwan, N.
    International Journal of Francophone Studies, vol. 12, no. 1, pp. 9-17
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Identities, Discourses and Experiences: Young people of North African Origin in France

    Kiwan, N.
    Manchester University Press, Manchester, United Kingdom. 262 pages
    Books and Reports: Books
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Books and Reports

Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings

Contributions to Journals