Birmingham French Studies is renowned for its concentration of expertise in the modern and contemporary period, with a focus on the study of politics, theory, and culture.

Particular research strength is found in the following areas: Postcolonial French and Francophone Studies (Dr Alessandro Corio, Dr Louise Hardwick, Dr Berny Sèbe), Sexuality and Gender Studies (Professor Lisa Downing, Dr Kate Ince, Dr Louise Hardwick), Film Studies and Adaptation Studies (Dr Russell Cousins, Professor Lisa Downing, Dr Kate Ince, Dr Stephen Forcer, Dr Andrew Watts, Emeritus Professor Dennis Wood), Text and Image (Dr Emma Wagstaff, Dr Andrew Watts), War and Memory Studies (Dr Berny Sèbe, Dr Béatrice Damamme-Gilbert, Dr Angela Kershaw), and Political/ Cultural History (Emeritus Professor Jennifer Birkett, Professor Martin Cornick, Dr Ursula Haskins Gonthier).

Academic staff

Dr Louise Hardwick

Dr Louise Hardwick

Reader in Francophone Postcolonial Studies
AHRC Early Career Leadership Fellow
Associate Fellow, Homerton College, University of Cambridge

Department of Modern Languages