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I am Senior Lecturer in French Studies in the School of Humanities and Course Leader for BA Languages and International Business. I was previously involved in the design and leadership of our BA Translation course and Languages in Action curriculum (Language for Work and Language in Practice), while working as a freelance translator and interpreter.  

As part of my research on the French diaspora in London, I curated the London French Special Collection in the UK Web Archive, a corpus of around 150 French community web resources. The collection, which has gained recognition from the French Embassy, is supported by the British Library and aims to preserve this fragile digital cultural heritage for generations to come.

In 2018-19, I co-organised an international Digital Diasporas conference (funded by the AHRC) and am currently co-editing a Special Issue stemming from the event. And in 2021, I published a monograph, French London: A blended ethnography of a migrant city (Manchester University Press). 

Additional responsibilities:

  • External Examiner at the London School of Economics (2020-present)
  • Employing Humanities Lead (2020-present)
  • Co-lead on the OWRI-funded (AHRC) London Transformation Project (2017-present)
  • External Assessor at the Open University (2018-20)
  • Founding member of HOMELandS (Hub On Migration, Exile, Languages and Spaces) research group (2014-present)
  • Accredited National French DELF and DALF Examiner (2012)

Teaching

I design and deliver modules across all levels of the undergraduate programme, as well as contributing to postgraduate courses. My key area of expertise is applied French, particularly French-to-English translation, adaptation and localisation. I am also involved in migration and cultural studies modules, and have a particular interest in blended, collaborative, professionally oriented and student-led learning. I have supervised many students in their dissertations, professional projects, theses and translation projects at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. 

Currently I lead and/or teach on the following modules:

  • Multilingual e-Collaboration: Transposing Current Affairs (Module Leader + Interpreting Lecturer, Workshop and Collaborate Session Facilitator)
  • Introduction to French Translation (Module Leader + French Seminar Lead)
  • Towards Professional Translation (French Seminar Lead)
  • Introduction to the Study of Language and Culture (Lecturer + Academic Tutor)
  • Themes in Contemporary French and Francophone Studies (Guest Lecturer)
  • People and Things on the Move: Identity, Place and Memory in and across Diasporic Spaces (Guest Lecturer)
  • Globalisation: Politics, Law and the Arts (Guest Lecturer)
  • London Lives: Migrant London (Guest Lecturer)

Outreach events I have co-ordinated, judged or taught include Capital L Routes into Languages, National Network for Translation and Podium: Media and Languages Day; Film and Languages Day; Languages and Tourism Day; French Film and Subtitling Day; French in Action: “La Fête de la musique” Multimodal Language Employability Day; French Language Spaces of Law; Cartoon Culture in France. 

I have taught at a range of institutions, including the Cambridge Centre and Centre Tomatis in Bordeaux, the University of North London, and at workshops / Summer Schools at Birkbeck, Institute for Modern Languages Research (University of London), and Kings College London.

In April 2020, I was due to deliver a series of workshops in Tunisia as part of an Erasmus+ migration project, but this was cancelled due to the global pandemic.

Research

My current research focuses on the French diaspora in London, in both on-land and on-line contexts. I am interested in immersive, ethnographic methods, as well as visual, linguistic and digital culture. The theories of Pierre Bourdieu frame my work, as do the social semiotic concepts of Gunther Kress and the British school of multimodality (http://mode.ioe.ac.uk/). 

Working at the interface of ethnography, languages and digital humanities has allowed me to make valuable cross-disciplinary contributions, not least to the under-theorised field of web archiving, which resulted in my nomination for the 2018 Digital Preservation Awards and a dedicated REF2021 Impact Case Study. 

Research Groups

Founding member of HOMELandS, Hub On Migration, Exile, Languages and Spaces (University of Westminster)

Founding member of the Digital Modern Languages research group (King's College London, Institute of Modern Languages Research, School of Advance Study)

Current Doctoral Research Supervision

1) Notions of Whiteness in Translation: A comparative analysis of the translation of Black women characters in literature by Black Caribbean authors from Jamaica and Guadeloupe.

2) London Chinatown: Heritage making and Chinese diasporic identities

3) ‘Migrant Bodies’: (Im) mobility and Dis-placement in Maghrebi Francophone Illiterature- A reading of a selection of exemplary novels.

Research projects

2017-present – Co-lead on the London Transformation Project which has received funding from the Language Acts and Worldmaking strand of the AHRC Open World Research Initiative 

2014-15 – AHRC-funded researcher for the Big UK Domain Data in the Arts and Humanities (BUDDAH) Project, led by the Institute of Historical Research, the British Library and the Oxford Internet Institute

2012 – researcher on the Analytical Access to the Domain Dark Archive (AADDA) Project  (final report)     

2010-12 – sole Project Researcher for the British Academy-funded 'History of the French in London' project. Impact: the project resulted in a series of interviews broadcast weekly on French Radio London and the publication of several articles

2009 – sole Project Researcher for the HEFCE-funded and Routes into Languages sponsored project entitled: ‘Languages and International Events: Are we ready to talk to the World in 2012?’, led by Prof. Debra Kelly. Impact: LOCOG implemented the recommendations and key policy-makers, such as Baroness Coussins, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Modern Languages cited it.

Publications

For details of all my research outputs, visit my WestminsterResearch profile.