Professor Edward Welch

Professor Edward Welch

Carnegie Chair of French

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Professor Edward Welch
Professor Edward Welch

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Biography

My undergraduate and postgraduate studies were at the University of Oxford. I graduated from Keble College, Oxford, with an MA in Modern Languages (French and Linguistics) in 1995. After a year studying for an MSt in Research Methods, I was awarded my DPhil on the novelist and writer François Mauriac in February 2000. I was a Laming Junior Fellow at Queen's College, Oxford between 1999 and 2001, before joining Durham University as Lecturer in French in September 2001. I took up the Carnegie Chair of French at the University of Aberdeen in September 2013. I have been Head of the School of Language, Literature, Music and Visual Culture (January 2016-August 2019), and Director of GWW, the George Washington Wilson Centre for Visual Culture, which is based in the School (September 2013-January 2016).


Memberships and Affiliations

Internal

Head of School, School of Language, Literature, Music and Visual Culture (January 2016-August 2019)

Deputy Head of School, School of Language and Literature (September 2013-January 2016)

Director, Washington Wilson Centre for Visual Culture (September 2013-January 2016)

External

Honorary Secretary, Society for French Studies (since July 2019)

Member of the Executive Committee of the Society for French Studies (since July 2013)

Member of the AHRC Peer Review College

Research

Research Overview

My research focuses especially on the cultural history of post-war France, as it lives through the twin dramas of modernisation and decolonisation. I explore how literary and visual culture articulates, echoes and represents those dramas, and the role played by cultural production in the broader economy of France during the period. In the past few years, my work has turned increasingly to the nature of the photographic image and its role as part of a visual economy of meaning. My first book focused on the novelist and writer François Mauriac, and his emergence as an intellectual and figure of moral authority during the 1950s and 60s. Working with Dr Joe McGonagle (University of Manchester), I completed an AHRC-funded project in 2011 investigating the representation of the Franco-Algerian relationship from the time of French Algeria to the present day. As part of the project, we curated the exhibition New Cartographies: Algeria-France-UK at Cornerhouse in Manchester. Our book, Contesting Views: The Visual Economy of France and Algeria, was published by Liverpool University Press in May 2013.

Current Research

My current work pursues a long-standing interest in spatial planning, urban space and modernisation in post-war France. I am working in particular on the state-led planning and modernisation of the Gaullist and post-Gaullist eras, and the ways in which space was produced and reconfigured as a result. I have explored how a range of writers and photographers, such as Raymond Depardon, Annie Ernaux and Jean Rolin, have responded to and evoked the consequences of these processes.

I would be very happy to hear from potential postgraduate students interested in topics related to any of my research areas.

Publications

Publications 

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  • 'Match nous a raconté une histoire': Thinking with Roland Barthes about Photography, Publics and the Exercise of Power in Post-war France

    Welch, E.

    Photography and Its Publics. Miles, M., Welch, E. (eds.). Bloomsbury Academic, pp. 63-78, 16 pages

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters (Peer-Reviewed)

  • Photography and Its Publics

    Miles, M. (ed.), Welch, E. J. (ed.)

    Bloomsbury Academic, London. 288 pages

    Books and Reports: Books

  • Angels of History: Looking Back at Spatial Planning in the Mission photographique de la DATAR

    Welch, E. J.

    France in Flux: Space, Territory and Contemporary Culture. Welch, E., Blatt, A. (eds.). Liverpool University Press, pp. 13-34, 21 pages

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters

  • France in Flux: Space, Territory and Contemporary Culture

    Blatt, A. J., Welch, E.

    Liverpool University Press, Liverpool. 221 pages

    Books and Reports: Books

  • Apprehending the banlieue: Les Passagers du Roissy-Express and spatial enquiry in contemporary France.

    Welch, E. J.

    Francosphères, vol. 3, no. 2, pp. 173-186

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Contesting Views: The Visual Economy of France and Algeria

    Welch, E. J., McGonagle, J.

    Liverpool University Press, Liverpool. 236 pages

    Books and Reports: Books

  • Hidden in Plain Sight: France and Algeria in the Contemporary Visual Sphere

    McGonagle, J., Welch, E. J.

    Bulletin of Francophone Postcolonial Studies, vol. 3, no. 2, pp. 10-17

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

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