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


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


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


Memberships and Affiliations

Internal Memberships

Director, Centre for Modern Languages Research

External Memberships

Member of the AHRC Peer Review College

Latest Publications

  • Schooling in Citizenship and Political Community

    Kiwan, N., Shanks, R. K., Stack, T.
    Engaging Authority. Citizenship and Political Community.. Stack, T., Luminiello, R. (eds.). Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
  • Creative Coexistence or Creative Co-resistance?: Transcultural Complexity in the Work of Street Artist ‘Combo’

    Kiwan, N.
    Jewish-Muslim Interactions. Everett, S. 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
  • Remembering on the City’s Margins: The Musée de l’histoire de l’immigration in Paris

    Kiwan, N.
    Journal of Contemporary European Studies, vol. 25, no. 4, pp. 426-440
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Transformer les perceptions de l'islam ?: Le cas de l’intellectuel musulman laïque 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

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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.


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

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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Books and Reports

Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings

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