Sonia Lamrani

Sonia Lamrani

Department of Modern Languages
Doctoral researcher

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Phd title: An Algerian Paradox? The Emulation of Colonial Visions through Self-Orientalism in Postcolonial Literature
Supervisor: Dr Berny Sèbe, Dr Anissa Daoudi
PhD in Modern Languages


  • BA in Literature and Foreign Languages (Algeria)
  • MA in Anglophone Literature (Algeria)


I obtained my BA in Literature and Foreign Languages at the Faculty of Sciences in Boumerdes in Algeria, then a MA in Anglophone literature at the same university.


Teaching fellow of Modern Standard Arabic for Researchers, University of Birmingham.


My research examines the phenomenon of Self-Orientalism in Algerian postcolonial literature in Arabic and French. I am interested in the influence of the colonial and the orientalist legacy in Maghrebian and more precisely Algerian postcolonial literature.

Other activities

  • Europe’s Environments: Climates of Change and Sustainability in Cross-disciplinary Perspectives, Conference organising member, University of Birmingham, 2018
  • Self-Othering representations in Algerian Francophone Postcolonial Literature, presentation (Algerian Literature Study Day, University of Lancaster, 2019).
  • Voices of Change: Presents, Pasts, and Futures of Activism and Protest in Europe, Conference co-chair and organising member, University of Birmingham, 2020.
  • Aestheticisation of the Orient in T. E. Lawrence’s Seven Pillars of Wisdom: A Triumph (1935), presentation (Showcasing Empire conference, Aix Marseille Université, 2020)
  • Communities in Europe between Continuity and Transition, Organising member, University of Birmingham, 2021.
  • Book discussion with Dr Emile Chabal and Dr Simon Jackson (GCfE’s Book Conversations, 2020)


  • “The ambivalent representation of the Orient in T. E. Lawrence’s Seven Pillars of Wisdom: A Triumph (1935)”, in the French Victorian & Edwardian Study Society journal (Published)
  • “Expressing Algerian Linguistic Identities in the Postcolonial Era: Aspects of Bildungsroman in AssiaDjebar’sL’Amour, la fantasia”,in Routledge (Forthcoming)