The research group focuses on two main areas. In the first, it is working on a reassessment of the legacy of French colonialism in terms of its impact both in the former French colonies and in metropolitan France. In the second, it studies the changing relations between France and the Francophone world in the context of increasing globalisation of the world economy and culture.

The work of the group is interdisciplinary in nature and draws on the study of the history, culture and language of both metropolitan France and other Francophone countries and regions of the world. The group has particularly strong links with Francophone Africa where the School of Languages and Area Studies has consultancy projects as well as research interests.

Possible research topics include: Franco-African relations, Franco-Algerian relations; Europe and Africa; decolonisation in sub-Saharan Africa, issues of immigration and identity in France, and security in West Africa.

The Francophone cluster maintains a blog of its activities, interests and events at http://francophone.port.ac.uk/.

Contact: Natalya Vince

Our members

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Dr Natalya Vince

  • Job Title Reader in North African and French Studies
  • Email Address Natalya.Vince@port.ac.uk
  • Department School of Area Studies History Politics and Literature
  • Faculty Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • PhD Supervisor PhD Supervisor
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Professor Tony Chafer

  • Job Title Professor of French and African Studies
  • Email Address Tony.Chafer@port.ac.uk
  • Department School of Area Studies History Politics and Literature
  • Faculty Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • PhD Supervisor PhD Supervisor
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Dr Ed Stoddard

  • Job Title Subject Leader, Politics and International Relations
  • Email Address Ed.Stoddard@port.ac.uk
  • Department School of Area Studies History Politics and Literature
  • Faculty Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
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Dr Olivia Rutazibwa

  • Job Title Senior Lecturer in International Development and European Studies
  • Email Address olivia.rutazibwa@port.ac.uk
  • Department School of Area Studies History Politics and Literature
  • Faculty Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
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Mr Oualid Benkhaled

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