Dr Saskia Huc-Hepher

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Saskia is Senior Lecturer in French in the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures, and formerly Course Leader for BA Translation, as well as Languages in Action coordinator, in which she played an instrumental role at conceptualisation and developmental stages. In addition to her teaching duties and research activity, Saskia has worked as a freelance translator and interpreter, specialising in the fields of pharmacology, tourism, business, law and academia.  

Saskia is the curator of the London French Special Collection in the UK Web Archive, a corpus of over 65 French community Web resources which aims to serve both as an innovative, durable, primary dataset and as a means of reaching out to a diverse range of audiences. The collection, which has gained recognition from the French Embassy, is supported by the British Library and was formally launched in 2015.  

In 2013, Saskia was selected and fully funded for a prized place at the National Centre for Research Methods and the Institute of Education's MODE Summer School: Multimodal Methods for Analysing Communication and Learning with Digital Technologies. The following year, she received one of ten AHRC-funded bursaries for her contribution to the Big UK Domain Data in the Arts and Humanities project, led by the Institute of Historical Research, the British Library and the Oxford Internet Institute.

In 2017, Saskia was awarded a PhD. She plans to publish her thesis as soon as possible.

Current University Responsibilities:

  • Module Leader for Multilingual e-Collaboration: Transposing Current Affairs
  • Module Leader for French Translation at Level 4
  • Accredited National French DELF and DALF Examiner 

Saskia designs and delivers modules across all levels of the Modern Languages and Cultures UG programme, as well as contributing to the PG programme. Her current teaching duties comprise:

Introduction to the Study of Language and Culture (First-year students - plenary lectures)

Introduction to Translation 2 (First-year students - French-into-English seminars)

Multilingual e-Collaboration: Transposing Current Affairs (Second-year students - plenary lectures and skills workshops, real-time collaborative sessions with the Université Catholique de Lille)

Themes in Contemporary French and Francophone Studies (Finalists - French seminars and lectures)

Dreaming the Same Dream? Concepts of Happiness Across Cultures (Finalists - French seminars)

Translating Cultures (MA students - lecture)

Saskia also supervises UG and PG dissertations, theses and translation projects. 

In addition to her teaching at the University of Westminster, Saskia has taught at other institutions, such as the Cambridge Centre and the Centre Tomatis in Bordeaux, where early in her career she provided courses in English as a Foreign Language at all levels, the University of North London, where she taught Advanced Translation, and Birkbeck, University of London, where she has assisted in the delivery of a specialised academic and literary translation Summer School: Use Your Language, Use Your English.

Saskia has represented the University of Westminster at a number of Capital L Routes into Languages, National Network for Translation and Podium outreach events, including the design and delivery of the following French workshops:

Media and Languages Day for Year 10 students, September 2008 

Languages and Media Future Skills Day for Year 12 students, November 2009

Film and Languages Day, June 2010

Languages and Tourism Day, June 2011 

French Film and Subtitling Day, June 2012

French in Action: “La Fête de la musique” Multimodal Language Employability Day, June 2013

French Language Spaces of Law, June 2015

Languages & Law, June 2016

"Cartoon Culture in France", July 2016

Current research interests

Saskia's doctoral research was an “ethnosemiotic” take on the multifaceted representations of London's French community, as conveyed on the ground and in on-line environments. Saskia is particularly interested in the ethnographic theories of Pierre Bourdieu, such as habitus, symbolic violence, cultural capital, hysteresis, the social implications of language and the meaningfulness of everyday practices, together with the social semiotic concepts of Gunther Kress and the British school of multimodality (see http://mode.ioe.ac.uk/), both of which lend themselves to the study of on-line representations of migrant communities. 

Research projects

2017 - "London Transformation" project 

2014-present – founding member of HOMELandS, Hub On Migration, Exile, Languages and Spaces, at the University of Westminster. 

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, (final report forthcoming.)

2012 – on advisory team for the Analytical Access to the Domain Dark Archive (AADDA) Project. Saskia's final report (September 2013.)      

2010-12 – sole Project Researcher for the British Academy-funded 'History of the French in London' project. The project attracted considerable attention from the press, which 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?’, under the leadership of Prof. Debra Kelly. In addition to LOCOG adhering to the recommendations of the report, it has also been used by other key policy-makers, such as Baroness Coussins, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Modern Languages.

2018

Hidden Histories in the Archived Web: Habitus Transformation & Hysteresis Potential in a London French Blog (2018)
Huc-Hepher, S. 2018. Hidden Histories in the Archived Web: Habitus Transformation & Hysteresis Potential in a London French Blog. Authors and the World, YouTube
London French Special Collection ()
Huc-Hepher, S. London French Special Collection. UK Web Archive British Library.

2018

Ethnography and Modern Languages (2018)
Wells, N., Forsdick, C., Bradley, J., Burdett, C., Burns, J., Demossier, M., Hills de Zárate, M., Huc-Hepher, S., Jordan, S., Pitman, T. and Wall, G. 2018. Ethnography and Modern Languages. Modern Languages Open.

2016

The Material Dynamics of a London-French Blog: A Multimodal Reading of Migrant Habitus (2016)
Huc-Hepher, S. 2016. The Material Dynamics of a London-French Blog: A Multimodal Reading of Migrant Habitus. Modern Languages Open.

2015

Big Web data, small focus: an ethnosemiotic approach to culturally themed selective Web archiving (2015)
Huc-Hepher, S. 2015. Big Web data, small focus: an ethnosemiotic approach to culturally themed selective Web archiving. Big Data & Society. 2 (2), pp. 1-15.

2017

From the 16ème to South Ken? A study of the contemporary French population in London (2017)
Huc-Hepher, S. and Drake, H. 2017. From the 16ème to South Ken? A study of the contemporary French population in London. in: Kelly, D. and Cornick, M. (ed.) A history of the French in London: liberty, equality, opportunity London Humanities Digital Library. pp. 391-429

2016

Up-skilling through e-collaboration (2016)
Huc-Hepher, S. and Huertas Barros, E. 2016. Up-skilling through e-collaboration. in: Corradini, E. and Borthwick, K. (ed.) Employability for Languages: a Handbook Research-publishing.net. pp. 139-148

2013

From the 16ème to South Ken? A contemporary study of the French population in London (2013)
Huc-Hepher, S. and Drake, H. 2013. From the 16ème to South Ken? A contemporary study of the French population in London. in: Kelly, D. and Cornick, M. (ed.) A history of the French in London: liberty, equality, opportunity London Institute of Historical Research, University of London. pp. 391–429

2017

A Community Reborn: Archiving the London-French Web (2017)
Huc-Hepher, S. 2017. A Community Reborn: Archiving the London-French Web. Mapping Multilingualism and Digital Culture. King's College, London 22 - 22 Jun 2017

2016

Constructions of Home for the French Community in London: An Ethnosemiotic Prism (2016)
Huc-Hepher, S. 2016. Constructions of Home for the French Community in London: An Ethnosemiotic Prism. International Symposium on Transnational Migration and Qiaoxiang Studies. Wuyi University, Jiangmen, China 10 - 13 Dec 2016

2015

Searching for home in the Historic Web: an ethnosemiotic study of London-French Blogger Habitus (2015)
Huc-Hepher, S. 2015. Searching for home in the Historic Web: an ethnosemiotic study of London-French Blogger Habitus. Connected Life 2015: Our Digital Society. Oxford Internet Institute, Balliol College, University of Oxford, Oxford 04 Jun 2015
Teaching France in London (2015)
Huc-Hepher, S. 2015. Teaching France in London. The Spread of French in English Contexts Conference. French Institute, London 21 May 2015

2014

Telling Tales of Two Cities (Round table discussion) (2014)
Huc-Hepher, S. 2014. Telling Tales of Two Cities (Round table discussion). Telling Tales of Two Cities: British Parisians and London French, Yesterday and Today. French Institute in London, 17 Queensberry Place, London 27 Mar 2014
The material dynamics of the French Blogger: a multimodal reading of migrant habitus as (re)presented online (2014)
Huc-Hepher, S. 2014. The material dynamics of the French Blogger: a multimodal reading of migrant habitus as (re)presented online. The ‘Material Turn’ in migration studies: Memory, emotion and identity in and across diasporic worlds. University of Westminster, London 12 Jun 2014
An ethnosemiotic study of London French habitus as displayed in blogs (2014)
Huc-Hepher, S. 2014. An ethnosemiotic study of London French habitus as displayed in blogs. Web Archives as Big Data International Conference. Wolfson Conference Suite, Institute of Historical Research, University of London 03 Dec 2014

2013

Hitting home: the multifaceted impact of the London French Project (2013)
Huc-Hepher, S. 2013. Hitting home: the multifaceted impact of the London French Project. Association for the Study of Modern and Contemporary France & Society for the Study of French History Postgraduate (ASMCF-SSFH PG) Study Day. University of Warwick 02 Mar 2013

2010

'France's children' at home in London? Contemporary lives and experiences of the London French (2010)
Huc-Hepher, S. and Kelly, D. 2010. 'France's children' at home in London? Contemporary lives and experiences of the London French.

2008

Languages and international events: are we ready to talk to the world in 2012? (2008)
Huc-Hepher, S., Kelly, D. and Phipps, A. 2008. Languages and international events: are we ready to talk to the world in 2012? University of Southampton, Southampton Routes into Languages.

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