Sara Mechkarini

Sara Mechkarini

Department of Modern Languages

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PhD title: Alienation of the Educated in Francophone and Anglophone African Literature
SupervisorsDr Berny Sebe and Dr. Stephan Forcer)
PhD Francophone Studies


I am a graduate of M’Hamed Bouguerra University of Boumerdes in Algeria, and joined Birmingham in September 2016. My doctoral studies into representations of Alienation in Francophone and Anglophone African Literature are funded by a full Algerian Government PhD Scholarship. My thesis focuses on the alienating effects of colonial education on native populations, particularly on the category of the educated or the ‘évolués’ i.e., natives Africans who have ‘evolved’ by becoming Europeanised through education or assimilation.

I am an active member of the University of Birmingham graduate community and the Society for Francophone Postcolonial Studies. I am also a member and a co-chair of The University of Birmingham Graduate Centre for Europe (GCfE).