I am an expert in Francophone Postcolonial literature and culture. My research analyses the ongoing legacy of colonialism, specifically cultural and political questions of identity formation and environmental governance. I also offer research-related Consultancy services to Arts and Cultural Organisations.
Since 2014, I have been an AHRC Early Career Leadership Fellow undertaking a ground-breaking project on the Caribbean author Joseph Zobel. In 2016, I was appointed to an Associate Fellowship (by election) at Homerton College, Cambridge, and was elected onto the Executive Committee of the UK Society for French Studies.
I joined Birmingham as a Lecturer in 2010 from the University of Cambridge, where I held a Research Fellowship in French. Prior to this, I studied French and German at Trinity College, Oxford including a period spent as an Erasmus student of French and German at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität in Bonn. During my BA, I was awarded the Oxford Heath Harrison Travel Scholarship for French by examination and a national Peter Kirk Travel Scholarship for an independent research project in Germany.
For my M.St in Modern European Literatures, also undertaken at Trinity, Oxford and funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, I specialized in Francophone Caribbean Literature. This was followed by my AHRC-funded D.Phil at Trinity, in which I examined how leading Francophone Caribbean authors from Martinique, Guadeloupe and Haiti have established a tradition of postcolonial childhood narratives which mobilize childhood in as much a politically as an aesthetically subversive manner.
During my D.Phil, I was also a French Tutor for the Oxford Sutton Trust Summer School, an access scheme for state school pupils, which I had attended myself as a Sixth Former in 1999.
My research to date has been supported through major funding awards including an AHRC Early Career Leadership Fellowship (2014-2016) for research on Joseph Zobel, which has a live project blog: http://josephzobel.wordpress.com/. I have also been Principal Investigator on an EU-funded Marie Curie Inter-European Fellowship (2012-2014) on Caribbean Biopolitics, and this research collaboration was detailed by the Postdoctoral Fellow Dr Alessandro Corio at: http://caribiolit.wordpress.com/
Along with my colleague, Dr Berny Sèbe, a trained historian, I created the MA in Colonial and Postcolonial Studies which offers students a chance to examine the creation and legacy of colonialism in a comparative framework. The course is entirely delivered in English, with the option for students to work with a range of modern languages (European and beyond) where possible. Postgraduates also have access to wider research seminars such as those promoted through the FRANCOPOCO Network.
My research involves working collaboratively with a range of international non-academic partners:
- UK: British Library, London; Library of Birmingham; Midlands Arts Centre, Edgbaston; The Mockingbird Theatre, Custard Factory, Digbeth
- France: Passions Partagées Zobel Network, supported by the French Ministry for Education, Ministry for Overseas Territories and Ministry for Diversity
- Martinique: Rivière-Salée: Médiathèque Public Library; JosephZobelHigh School; GeorgesElisabethMiddle School / Fort-de-France: RegionalMuseum of History and Ethnography