Dr Berny Sèbe (Birmingham)

Berny Sèbe’s research interests revolve around the colonial and post-colonial encounters between European and non-European worlds, in particular in the cultural and political realms. His recent works look at the making of imperial heroes in Britain and France since the era of ‘New imperialism’ (second half of the 19th century), the history of the conquest and decolonization of the Sahara, Franco-African relations since the Second World War as well as the ‘Echoes of Empire’ which resonate in the European project. He also engages in comparative studies of French, British and Spanish imperialisms.


Dr Nicola Frith (Edinburgh)

Nicola Frith completed her doctorate at the University of Liverpool in 2010. She worked at Bangor University in Wales as a Lecturer in French from 2010 to 2014. She joined the French section at the University of Edinburgh as a Chancellor’s Fellow in September 2014 and is the former holder of an AHRC early career Leadership Fellowship (2013–15) for a project entitled ‘Mapping Memories of Slavery: Commemoration, Community and Identity in Contemporary France’.



Dr Charlotte Baker (Lancaster)

Charlotte Baker is a Lecturer in French in the Department of Languages and Cultures at Lancaster University. Her research interests include representations of albinism in sub-Saharan Africa, and questions of marginality and power in French and Francophone literature.


Dr Delphine Grass (Lancaster)

Delphine Grass is a Lecturer in French Studies in the Department of Languages and Cultures at Lancaster University. Her research focuses primarily on modern and contemporary French literature and theory. She is currently working on a monograph: Michel Houellebecq, Literature and Aesthetics in the Era of Globalisation (forthcoming with Peter Lang).


Dr Lindsey Moore (Lancaster)

Lindsey Moore’s research is primarily on post-1948 literature of the Arab world (including North Africa) within postcolonial studies. She focuses particularly on configurations of national and transnational community, with an emphasis on gender and sexuality. She works with material in English, French and in translation from Arabic.

John Strachan

 Dr John Strachan (Lancaster)

John Strachan trained as a cultural historian of modern France with a particular focus on colonialism and race. He is especially interested in the theory and writing of history, questions of identity and memory and the relationship between history and other disciplines in the arts and humanities – literary criticism, anthropology and psychology in particular.

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Kirsty Bennett (Lancaster)

Kirsty’s PhD project is a comparative study of colonial rule in Algeria and Morocco, and combines historical archival research with literary analysis. Using the French General, Hubert Lyautey, and the writer, Isabelle Eberhardt, as case studies, she examines how their direct engagement with each other, Sufi Islam and religious brotherhoods, local culture, and Algerian and Parisian literary networks, strongly influenced the French colonial policy of indirect rule in Morocco and the stability of Morocco, post-independence.

Additional research interests: Victorian literature, poetry, creative writing, and Argentine tango.


Nicola Pearson (Bristol/Bath) 

Nicola’s thesis is entitled ‘Narrating a New Tunisia: A Study of Postcolonial Tunisian Women’s Life-narratives in French (1974-2016)’.  She is exploring how recent generations of Francophone Tunisian women have engaged with key events in their country’s history through the genre of life-narrative, from the overthrow of French colonialism in 1956 to the recent 2011 revolution and the country’s ongoing transition to democracy. She is part of the AHRC’s South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Programme.

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Foara Adhikari (Lancaster)

Foara’s research centres on language, expression and interpretation of the Francophone novel produced outside Europe and seeks to find ways in which these literatures may enter into a productive dialogue with literature of the West, rather than being confined to their narrow specificities.