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

Member of Advisory Group, British Council Scotland Language Trends Survey

Co-Chair, Head of Languages Special Interest Group, University Council for Languages (September 2024-)

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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