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

Our members

Anthony Douglas Chafer Portrait

Professor Tony Chafer

Professor of African and French Studies

School of Area Studies History Politics and Literature

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

PhD Supervisor

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Edward James Armstrong Stoddard Portrait

Dr Ed Stoddard

Reader in International Security

PhD Supervisor

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