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Senior Lecturer in French and Francophone Studies, Bangor University

I am a Senior Lecturer in French and Francophone Studies, and specialize in aspects of contemporary French society and culture such as cinema, sport, comedy, and videogames. I also have a particular interest in debates about immigration, diversity and social cohesion in France.

I am the author of two books; Humour in Contemporary France: Controversy, Consensus and Contradictions (Liverpool University Press, 2019) and Cinema and the Republic: Filming on the Margins in Contemporary France (University of Wales Press, 2013). I have also published several articles and book chapters about debates on French national identity in sport, music and comedy, and also written about videogames in France.

Experience

  • 2015–present
    Senior lecturer in French and Francophone Studies, Bangor University
  • 2014–2017
    Head of Modern Languages and Cultures, Bangor University
  • 2007–2015
    Lecturer in French, Bangor University

Education

  • 2009 
    University of Leeds, PhD in French
  • 2004 
    University of Leeds, MA in French
  • 2002 
    University of Leeds, BA in French and Philosophy

Publications

  • 2017
    'Nicolas Anelka and the Quenelle Gesture: A Study of the Complexities of Protest in Contemporary Football', The International Journal of the History of Sport, vol 34, no. 3-4, pp. 236-250.
  • 2017
    'L’Islam et l’humour: un rire communautaire ou un rire universel?', Le Temps des médias, no. 28, pp. 144-157.
  • 2014
    Introduction: Writing and conceptualizing French sport, Contemporary French Civilization 39:1: 1-10
  • 2014
    Les banlieues and Les Bleus: Political and media discourse about sport and society in France, French Cultural Studies, 25(1): 70–81
  • 2013
    ‘(Re-)presenting Islam: A comparative study of groups of comedians in the United States of America and France’, Performing Islam, 2:1 (2013): 89–104.
  • 2013
    Cinema and the Republic: Filiming on the Margins in Contemporary France (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2013).,
  • 2013
    ‘Lil Maaz’s Mange du kebab: challenging clichés or serving up stereotypes for mass consumption online ?’, in Music, Culture and Identity in the Muslim World: Performance, Politics and Piety, ed. by Kamal Salhi (Abingdon: Routledge, 2013), pp. 261–280.
  • 2013
    ‘French Cinema’s Representations of Enforced Return Migration’,, in Coming Home? Volume 2: Conflict and Postcolonial Return Migration in the Context of France and North Africa, 1962–2009, ed. by Sharif Gemie and Scott Soo (Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2013), pp. 110–128.
  • 2011
    Kamini’s Rural Rap: a study of minority identities, new media and music, Contemporary French Civilization, 36(1-2): 127–140
  • 2009
    'Representations of war: From the New Wave to the New Millennium', 'Representations of war: From the New Wave to the New Millennium' Journal of War and Cultural Studies, vol 2, no. 1, pp. 81-91.
  • 2008
    'Citizenship and Belonging in Suburban France: the Music of Zebda', ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies, vol 7, no. 2, pp. 199-213.
  • 2008
    'Not So ‘Far From Vietnam’: A study of war, film, and the media', in A-M Obajtek-Kirkwood & EA Hakanen (eds), Signs of War: From Patriotism to Dissent. 2008 edn, Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 195-218.
  • 2007
    'La Ballade des sans-papiers: Dix ans après', French Studies Bulletin, vol 28, no. 104, pp. 64-67.
  • 2007
    'Football, Race and the Republic: A Study of Reactions to France's 1998 World Cup Victory' , Leisure Studies Association Newsletter, vol 78, pp. 26-29.

Professional Memberships

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • Member of the Association for the Study of Modern and Contemporary France (ASMCF)