RAE2008: French department at Aberdeen University again ranked one of the leading departments in the UK for research

  • The French department has once again done exceptionally well in the latest national Research Assessment Exercise (RAE). Just as in 2001, French has again been ranked the no.1 department in Scotland, and is 4th in the UK along with Cambridge in terms of the proportion of publications, and the quality of the research environment and esteem indicators that have been classified as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’
  • We are the only French department in the UK outside of Oxford and Cambridge to have maintained its high-ranking position in two successive RAE rounds (One of only 4 departments to have achieved 5*A in 2001, and equal 4th in 2008).
Dr Glynn Hesketh

Dr Glynn Hesketh is the editor of a 3-volume Anglo-Norman theological encyclopaedia, La Lumere as Lais, and has worked on other Old French theological and encyclopaedic texts (La Disme de Penitanche by Jehan de Journi, Rossignos by John of Howden). He also works in linguistics and has supervised (jointly with English) a PhD thesis on accommodation theory in conversational analysis. He would welcome research projects in mediaeval French language and literature, in the history of the French language, or in linguistics.

Dr Margaret Jubb (Honorary Senior Lecturer in French)

Dr Margaret Jubb (Honorary Senior Lecturer in French) specialises in the study of mediaeval French Crusade historiography and of literary representations of the Crusades, and has published The Legend of Saladin in Western Literature and Historiography (2000). She has also worked on the Vie de saint Alexis as part of an interdisciplinary project on the St Albans Psalter launched on the Web in July 2003. She would welcome research projects on any aspect of mediaeval French literature, and more particularly on Crusade texts; the development of prose writing in the vernacular; the interface between epic and historiography; the adaptation of medieval texts by writers in later centuries; interdisciplinary work with History of Art on the relationship between illustration and text in mediaeval manuscripts.

Dr Nadia Kiwan

Dr Nadia Kiwan has an academic background in French Studies and Sociology, and works in the field of contemporary Francophone studies. She specialises in issues related to citizenship, migration, contemporary political culture and cultural production in contemporary France, particularly among North African-origin populations. Her recent publications include Cultural Globalization and Music: African Artists in Transnational Networks (co-authored with Ulrike Hanna Meinhof, Palgrave Macmillan 2011) and Identities, Discourses and Experiences: Young People of North African Origin in France (Manchester University Press 2009). She would welcome research projects in areas relating to migration, transnationalism, citizenship, new social movements, political discourse, cultural/audio-visual arts policy, and post-colonial cultural production in France.

Dr Áine Larkin

Dr Áine Larkin’s first book Proust Writing Photography: Fixing the Fugitive in ‘À la recherche du temps perdu’ was published by Legenda in 2011. Together with text/image relations, particularly in relation to photography, her research interests include literature and medicine, the literary representation of music and dance, and contemporary women’s writing in French, and she would welcome research projects in these fields, as well as on theatre, comparative work focusing on French and English literature and film, and translation.

Professor Alison Saunders (Emeritus Professor of French)

Professor Alison Saunders (Emeritus Professor of French) specialises in the interdisciplinary field of emblem studies. She has recently published The Seventeenth-Century French Emblem: a Study in Diversity (2000) and the co-authored Bibliography of French Emblem Books of the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries (vol. I 1998, vol. II 2002). Earlier works include The Sixteenth-Century French Emblem Book: a Decorative and Useful Genre (1988) and Catalogue des poésies françaises de la Bibilothèque de l'Arsenal, 1501-1600 (1985). She is currently working on a bibliography of the 17th century French Jesuit polymath Claude-François Menestrier and a monograph on moralising French verse in the Renaissance.

Dr Bruno Tribout

Dr Bruno Tribout focuses on the intersections between literature and history in seventeenth-century France. He is currently working on the representation of the Fronde. He would welcome research projects on any aspect of seventeenth-century French literature and culture, particularly on life-writing; historiography and historical cultures; and the interface between literature and political thought.

Professor Edward Welch

Professor Edward Welch's research focuses on the cultural history of post-war France. It explores in particular how the twin dramas of modernisation and decolonisation are articulated and echoed in the literary and visual culture of the period, and the role played by cultural production in the broader economy of France during the period. His first book examined the post-war career of François Mauriac, his transformation from novelist to intellectual, and his unlikely collaboration with L’Express in the 1950s. His most recent project, with Dr Joseph McGonagle (University of Manchester) investigated the representation of the Franco-Algerian relationship in visual culture. His current project pursues a long-standing interest in spatial planning, urban life and modernisation in post-war France.