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RA6a: Additional observations, Evidence of esteem

Editorship of journals: The Department has been extremely active in the area of journal production: Johnson, Knight and Still have all been co-editors of, and have been heavily involved in the production of, Paragraph during the assessment period, and have played a significant part in publishing the work of postgraduate students as well as that of established scholars from the international community. Hewitt is one of the founding co-editors of French Cultural Studies and has produced two special issues of which the most recent is in 2000. Bamforth was reviews editor of Renaissance Studies, of which he was a founding board member, up until 1997. Francis is the British correspondent for Studi francesi. In addition members of the Department regularly guest edit other journals, for example: Johnson was guest editor of a special number of Modern and Contemporary France, Sociology and Anthropology in 1997. Hewitt edited a special number of Contemporary European History, European Popular Culture, 1945-1960 in 1999.

Membership of national and international committees or organisations: Hewitt is a member of the Comité d’Honneur of the Association pour le Développement de l’Histoire Culturelle (based at Versailles/St Quentin). Bamforth is a member of the Committee of the Fédération internationale des Sociétés et Instituts pour l’Etude de la Renaissance (Paris). Hitchcott is a founder member of, and is currently Membership Secretary for, ASCALF. A number of staff are members of the Society for French Studies, British Association for Canadian Studies, Association for the Study of Modern and Contemporary France, British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Women in French and Société des Etudes Céliniennes.

Conferences: The Department’s high research profile is clearly illustrated by its participation in, and organisation of, national and international conferences. In 1997 Francis organised an international conference, with the help of a grant from the Service Culturel de l’Ambassade de France, to mark the tercentenary of Prévost’s birth. Hewitt organised ‘La France et les pays de l’Est’ at the Institut Français in 1999. Hitchcott co-organised an international study day on ‘Text and History in Francophone Africa, the Caribbean and the Indian Ocean’ (Warwick, 1997). Hutton organised the ‘Text(e)/Image’ conference at the University of Durham in 1998.
Hewitt was invited to give a plenary lecture at the Society for French Studies Conference (Edinburgh), the Garnet-Rees Memorial Lecture (Hull), and to present a paper at the Institut Français. He has also been invited to give the keynote lecture to the Australasian Universities’ Language and Literature Conference (Adelaide, 2001). In 1997 Johnson was invited to speak on Derrida at ‘L’animal autobiographique: l’écriture du vivant. Autour du travail de Jacques Derrida’ (Cerisy-La-Salle). Knight has been invited to speak at an International Barthes Symposium, ‘Retour à Barthes: Vingt ans après’ (Yale, 2000). Other members of staff who have spoken at international conferences since 1996 include Bamforth (Reims, Rome); Chapman (Quebec City, Rennes); Darlow (Frankfurt, Paris, Nantes); Francis (Verona); Hewitt (Paris, Washington DC); Hitchcott (Dublin, Quebec City, Washington DC); Lane (Moscow); Offord (Quebec City); Ridon (Chapel Hill (North Carolina), Columbus (Ohio), Marseilles, Oklahoma, Pau, Stetson (Florida)); S. Smith (Chicoutimi (Quebec)).
In addition, members of staff have given papers at numerous U.K. conferences including the annual conferences of learned societies, such as the Groupe de Recherches et d’Etudes sur le Canada Français (Chapman), the Leeds International Medieval Congress (Attwood), the Northern Media Research Group (Lane), the Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (Francis, Still), the Society for French Studies (Bamforth, Johnson, King), the Society for the Study of French History (P. Smith), and the Society for the Study of Modern and Contemporary France (Chapman, P. Smith). Conferences on particular research areas at which members of the Department have given papers include: ‘Anecdotes’ (Francis), ‘Barthes’ (Knight) ‘Beaumarchais’ (Darlow, Francis), ‘Bicentenary of the Bibliothèque britannique’ (Darlow), ‘Bourdieu and Cultural Studies’ (Lane), ‘Bourdieu, Language, Education, Culture’ (Lane), ‘Changing Organisms’ (Still), ‘Critical Approaches to African and Caribbean Literature’ (Hitchcott), ‘Dreams of Nationhood’ (Still), ‘The European Detective’ (S. Smith), ‘European Theatre: Justice and Morality’ (Darlow), ‘Francophone Voices’ (Hitchcott), ‘French Cinema Conference’ (Stirling) (King), ‘Henri Michaux’ (Ridon), ‘The Inversions of Paradigm in Economy’ (Still), ‘Julia Kristeva’ (Still), ‘La langue française face aux institutions’ (Offord), ‘Literature and Theology’ (Martin), ‘Northern Critical Theory Conference’ (Johnson), ‘The New Novel’ (Lane), ‘The Post-Theory Conference’ (Lane), ‘The (Re)Constructing of Masculinity’ (Still), ‘Reécritures’ (Francis), ‘Rewriting Democracy’ (Lane), ‘Speaking the Language of Men’ (Still), ‘Thresholds of Otherness’ (Hitchcott), ‘Time, Work and the Everyday’ (Still), ‘Victor Segalen’ (Ridon), ‘Who Speaks? The Voice in the Human Sciences’ (Johnson, Still), ‘Women and Texts’ (Chapman), and ‘Women’s Writing in the 1990s’ (Hutton).
Invited lectures at other HEIs: Bamforth was invited to address the Royal Bibliographical Society in London on his discovery of the Boaistuau manuscript (2000). Other examples of Higher Education and other Institutions which have invited colleagues during the period include Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, ENS Fontenay, Glasgow, Liège, London, Louvain, Oxford, Reading, Salford, Sussex, the Wellcome Institute, the Institute for Romance Studies, and the Centre for Cross-Cultural Research on Women.

External funding: We have been successful in securing 8 Research Leave Awards since the beginning of 1996. Knight took up a three-year Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship in October 2000, which will allow her to devote herself full-time to writing her next research monograph, Narrative Secrets: Balzac, Realism and Compulsory Heterosexuality. Still received a semester’s leave from the HRB (1996). Chapman (1999), Bamforth (1999), S. Smith (2000), Hewitt (2001), Francis (2001), and Ridon (2001)) have all received a semester’s leave from the AHRB. In other words, since the foundation of the AHRB in October 1998, the Department of French has had 6 successive study leave awards from that source alone, of which 3 have been taken up during the assessment period. In addition, Still received a Major Research Grant from the AHRB (over £39,000) in 1999 to employ a postdoctoral Research Assistant (Keith Fairless) on a project on masculinity in the post-war period. As part of this project she is co-curating (with Worton) an exhibition entitled ‘Typical Men!’ at the Djanogly Art Gallery (Nottingham) and other venues subsequently (also supported by a grant from the Midland Band Curatorial Development Programme). This brings together work by photographers from Britain, Canada, The Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, The Netherlands and The United States. Alongside the exhibition Still is co-organising a three day conference (March 2001), also supported by a grant from the British Academy; this features more than 40 speakers, including scholars and artists from Europe and the United States. Several other members of the Department have also received British Academy Small Grants in the Humanities (Bamforth, Hewitt, P. Smith); British Academy Overseas Conference Grants (Hitchcott); and AHRB Small Projects Grants (Hutton). Staff research has also been supported by an award from the Canadian Government under the Faculty Research Scheme (Chapman).

Visiting posts: Attwood was Visiting Lecturer in Medieval French at the University of Avignon for the second semester of 1999-2000; she taught Agrégation and maîtrise courses. Bamforth and Hewitt have visited the Université Marc Bloch in Strasbourg to teach Agrégation and DEA classes.

PhD external examiner appointments: In the assessment period, members of the Department have examined 16 doctoral theses at a range of institutions including Aston, Cambridge, Edinburgh, London, Manchester, Oxford, Sheffield, Southampton, UWE, Montpellier and the National University of Australia.

Research-based consultancies: Knight was a Member of the Humanities Research Board of The British Academy 1997-98, and then of the Arts and Humanities Research Board 1998-2000. She has also been Chair of the AHRB Postgraduate Committee 1998-2000. Chapman was invited to serve on the selection panel for Canadian Government Awards for teaching and research on Canada in the U.K and Northern Europe in 1996, and chaired the panel in 1997. Bamforth has been Consultant Editor to the Oxford Companion to the Renaissance, and Hewitt to the Encyclopaedia of Contemporary French Culture. Staff have refereed articles for the following journals amongst others: Studies on Voltaire and the Eighteenth Century, Eighteenth-Century Fiction, Feminist Review, French Cultural Studies, Modern Language Review, French Studies, Modern and Contemporary France, Pages, AFLS, Theory, Culture and Society and Applied Linguistics. Members of the Department have also refereed book proposals and manuscripts for the following publishers: Athlone, Heinemann, Routledge, Bloomsbury, University of Exeter Press, Manchester U. P., Edinburgh U. P., Oxford U. P., Cambridge U. P., Legenda, Berg, Multilingual Matters, Ashgate Press, Texas U.P., The Voltaire Foundation.


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