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Laurence Randall is Senior Lecturer in French in the Department of Modern and Applied Languages at the University of Westminster as well as Employability Co-ordinator and Admissions Tutor.
She holds a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Westminster. Her research interest is focused on discourses elaborated by European and non European critics around issues dealing with colonial and postcolonial cultural production and more specifically representations of tradition and modernity in the Cameroonian Cultural landscape (theatre, novel, cinema).
She has published a travel journal entitled Dix jours au pays des crevettes, Bod, 2008 and several articles in French and English and book reviews for various peer reviewed literary journals . Her most recent publication is a monograph of her PhD thesis on Tradition and Modernity in the Cameroonian Theatre, Novel and Cinema (1954-2002) which was published in 2012.
Laurence Randall teaches French at level 4 and 5 and Area Studies at level 6 at Undergraduate level.
As the Employability Co-ordinator in the Department of Modern and Applied Languages, she has set up an integrated programme designed to enhance employability across the different strands and at all levels on the Undergraduate Language Programme and is responsible for the delivery of the workshops.
She promotes the e-Portfolio among students and foster links with employers in areas relevant to Undergraduate linguists. She is responsible for the organization of a yearly Employability Networking event opened to all students studying languages from all year groups who are able to network with employers from a variety of sectors, as well as internships in Britain and Abroad. As Admissions Tutor, Laurence Randall deals each year with hundreds of applications from UCAS Applicants.
Her research interest is focused on discourses elaborated by European and non European critics around issues dealing with colonial and postcolonial cultural production and more specifically representations of tradition and modernity in West Africa.
Laurence Randall has published a monograph of her thesis in 2012: La production littéraire camerounaise, Théâtre, Roman, Cinéma, Paris, L'Harmattan, 2012. She is currently working on an article on a comparison of dressing codes in Cameroon and Congo to be published in 2013. It is entitled: 'Le complexe vestimentaire au Cameroun et au Congo : entre fripe, Sape et habit traditionnel'.
Her work on Employability led to a joint article (with Hélène Gill and Maryse Bray) on French Studies and Employability at Home and Abroad, published in French Studies in and for the Twenty-first Century (ed Philippe Lane and Michael Worton, Liverpool University Press, 2011).
Laurence Randall is the Editor of peer reviewed publication Transcultural Visions which was launched at the University of Westminster on February 7th, 2013 with the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.