My research and teaching focus on the French language in a global context, exploring the history of colonialism and how we can understand colonialism's legacy in the current era.
In particular, I investigate how literature, film and art raise challenging questions about globalisation, politics, the environment and exploitation. I also focus on strategies of resistance in postcolonial literature, asking how cultural figures explore and challenge power hierarchies and promote alternative perspectives, courage and compassion - qualities which permeate the works I research and teach.
- I am currently an AHRC Early Career Leadership Fellow (2014-2016) and am undertaking a research project on the author Joseph Zobel: ‘Joseph Zobel: Négritude's Novelist? The Transnational Politics of a French Caribbean Author working between the Caribbean, Africa and Europe’ (£168,000). The project blog provides an insight into my work. The blog is aimed at anyone with an interest in researching or teaching the Francophone Caribbean, and includes pages on Francophone, Martinique, as well as Joseph Zobel.
- Between 2012-2014, I was Principal Investigator on the research project “Caribbean Biopolitics of Literature. Shaping Life, History and Community through the Transformative Power of Literature” which was funded through the European Commission FP7/Marie Curie scheme. For more information, see the project's blog.
I have given invited lectures and talks in English and French at events organized by the University of Oxford, the University of Cambridge, Liverpool International Slavery Museum, the University of Liverpool, the Race In The Americas research network, Ottawa University, Laval University, the Institut Français de Londres, the Centre national de la recherche scientifique, the Université Paris III - La Sorbonne nouvelle, the Université Cheikh Anta Diop Senegal, the Université Toulouse- Jean Jaurès and the Paris Salon du Livre.
I welcome the opportunity to discuss my research with audiences outside academia in the UK and internationally. I have given a number of invited talks in Martinique to mark the centenary of the birth of Joseph Zobel in April 2015, and took part in a Round Table on Joseph Zobel at the Paris Salon du Livre 2015. I was invited to speak at a Round Table with Patrick Chamoiseau as part of the 2014 Toulouse La Novela Public Festival of Science and Culture.
My research activities have been discussed in the French and Caribbean press, and I have been interviewed by the Caribbean newspaper France-Antilles (2013, 2015). I appeared on the radio station Radio Caraïbe International and the television stations ATV (during the evening news for the programme ‘Trois Questions à…’) and Zouk TV (for weekly cultural review ‘Le Magazine littéraire’ for an hour-long special on Joseph Zobel).
I have organised a number of international research events, conferences and workshops, at the University of Birmingham (colloquium on Biopolitics in 2013; visit of Maryse Condé and Richard Philcox in 2010), Cambridge (2009) and Oxford (2007, 2008).