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Biography

After graduating in History (2000) at the Université de Nice (France), I moved to the North East of England to do an M.A. in Modern History (2001) within the frame of an Erasmus exchange programme between the Université de Nice and the University of Northumbria. I then taught at Ashington High School for several years while doing a PhD in Visual Culture and Colonial History at the University of Northumbria, which was completed in 2009. Between 2005 and 2013 I held a position in Colonial and European History at the School of History, Classics and Archaeology at Newcastle University. I joined the Department of History at the University of Winchester in January 2014, as Senior Lecturer in History (Colonial & Postcolonial).

I research, publish and lecture on South Asian history under British colonial rule and North African history under French colonial rule, including imperial culture and ideologies, as well as on violence and anti-colonial resistance. I also have expertise on the correlation between photography and history.

I am on the editorial team (Book Review Editor) of Britain and the World, an academic journal published by Edinburgh University Press, which focusses on Britain’s relations with the wider world since the seventeenth century. I am also the convenor of the Modern History Research Centre, based at the Department of History at the University of Winchester, and from 2017 I am Programme Leader for the MA History.

I regularly review articles, book and funding proposals and projects (including Carnegie Trust, E.S.R.C., Bloomsbury, Pearson Education Publisher, International Journal of Postcolonial Studies).

Higher Education Teaching Qualification: I was awarded Senior Fellow status of the HEA in 2017.

Areas of expertise

  • Modern Colonial World (nineteenth and twentieth centuries)
  • British Empire – British India
  • French Colonial Empire – French Algeria
  • Global connections and ideas within the colonial and post-colonial world
  • Cultural Colonial History
  • Political and Social Colonial and Anti-colonial History
  • Travelling and Migration
  • Postcolonial theory

Publications

Books

The Imperial Aesthetic: Photography, Samuel Bourne and the Indian Peoples in the post-Mutiny era (Forthcoming).

Fighting Back: A History of Anti-colonialism (book in preparation in collaboration with Yale University Press).

The British Abroad since the Eighteenth Century, Volume 1, Travellers and Tourists (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013); co-edited with Martin Farr.

The British Abroad since the Eighteenth Century, Volume 2, Experiencing Imperialism (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013); co-edited with Martin Farr.

An Entangled History, France and the Maghreb: A Sourcebook (in preparation with a book proposal to Bloomsbury).

Chapters and articles

''Souvenirs d’Algérie: Photography as Political and Cultural Lieux, 1850-1910', in Charles Forsdick et al. (eds), Postcolonial Realms of Memory (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, forthcoming).

‘From Princely to Barbaric: Indian Masculinities as Colonial Landscape in Bourne and Bourne & Shepherd’s Photographs’, in Marcus Banks and Annamaria Motrescu-Mayes (eds), Visual Histories of India (Delhi: Primus Books of Ratna Sagar, 2017).

'Frantz Fanon's The Wretched of the Earth, Embodying the Aanti-colonial Aaction', in Rachel Hammersley (ed.), Revolutionary Thought Moments, in J. C. Davis and John Morrow (general editors) Textual Moments in the History of Political Thought (London: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, 2015), 167-174.

'Transmissible Sites: Monuments, Memorials memorials and their visibility on the metropole and periphery', in Frank Müller and Dominik Geppert (eds), Sites of Imperial Memory: Commemorating colonial rule in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries Dominion in the 19th and 20th Centuries (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2015), 21-38.

'Against "the Usual Restraints Imposed upon their Sex": Conflictive Gender Representations in Nineteenth-Century Orients', in Martin Farr and Xavier Guégan (eds), The British Abroad since the Eighteenth Century, Volume 2, Experiencing Imperialism (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), 93-115.

'Visualising racial alienation: Duality and symbols in Bourne's India', Visual Culture of British India, in Visual Culture in Britain, Special issue, 12:3, (Nov. 2011), 349-365.

'Less Smoke and Noise', Journal of the Royal Photographic Society, 150:1, (Feb. 2010), 38-41.

Conferences

​I have organised conferences and workshops, and I regularly attend and give papers at conferences and research seminars. These include the universities of Cambridge, Oxford, King’s College London, Newcastle, Northumbria, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Sunderland, York, St Andrews, Austin (Texas), Minnesota, Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Harlaxton College, Chichester, ANOM (Aix-en-Provence) and Winchester; and public lectures at the Alliance Française Newcastle, Peter Symonds College and Ealing College.

Other

Exhibition

Organisation of the Exhibition India through Photography: two times, two photographers Samuel Bourne (1860s) & Xavier Guégan (2002), The Oriental Museum, University of Durham, 25 March-23 May 2010.

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