Dr Rabah Aissaoui

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Associate Professor in French Studies

Dr Rabah Aissaoui

Department: Modern Languages, French and

Francophone Studies

Telephone: +44 (0)116 252 2686

Email: ra75@le.ac.uk

Office: Room 1203, Attenborough Tower

Address: School of Arts, University of Leicester, University Road,Leicester, LE1 7RH

Personal details

Biography

My research focuses on immigration and racism in colonial and postcolonial France and more specifically in expressions of ethnic, national and cultural belonging. I also specialise in the political, social and cultural history of Algeria from the nineteenth century to the contemporary period. I am particularly interested in the study of discourses on identity, nation, exile, and in the diasporic construction of nationalism. I am Associate Professor in the School of Arts (Modern Languages). I was Head of the School of Modern Languages for three years (2013-2015) and am currently Research and Impact Coordinator for Modern Languages and a member of the University’s Collaborative Partnerships Management Group.

Qualifications

  • L.ès.L, University of Tours
  • MA, University of Leicester
  • PhD, University of Leeds
  • Senior Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy

Publications

Book

  • Immigration and National identity: North African political Movements in Colonial and Postcolonial France (Tauris Academic Studies, 2009)

Edited books

  • With Claire Eldridge, Algeria Revisited: History, Culture and Identity (Bloomsbury Academic, 2017)

Journal articles

  • ‘For Progress and Civilization’: History, Memory and Alterity in Nineteenth-Century Colonial Algeria’ French History 31.4 (2017): 470–494
  • ‘Politics, identity and temporality in colonial Algeria in the early twentieth century’ Journal of North African Studies 22.2 (2017): 182-204
  • ‘De la migration à la mobilisation politique: la mémoire occultée de l’immigration algérienne en France pendant l’entre-deux-guerres’, Traces de Mémoires 6 (December 2012): 5-15
  • ‘Fraticidal war: the conflict between the Mouvement national algérien (MNA) and the Front de libération nationale (FLN) in France during the Algerian War (1954-1962)’, British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies 39.2 (August 2012): 227-40
  • 'Exile and the politics of return and liberation: Algerian colonial workers and anticolonialism in the interwar period in France', French History 25.2 (June 2011): 214-31
  • ‘From Colonial Dispossession to Exile’, Socialist History, 39: 1-23
  • ‘Algerian nationalists in the French political arena and beyond: the Etoile nord-africaine and the Parti du peuple algérien in France in the interwar period’, Journal of North African Studies 16.1 (March 2010)
  • ‘Les manifestations culturelles dans les meetings politiques de l’ENA-PPA dans l’entre-deux guerres’, Générations: un siècle d’histoire culturelle des Maghrébins en France (Gallimard, 2009): 86-93
  • With Ralph Negrine, Beybin Kejanlioglu and Stylianos Papathanassopoulos, ‘Turkey and the European Union: An analysis of how the press in four countries covered Turkey’s bid for accession in 2004’, European Journal of Communication 23.1 (March 2008): 47-68
  • ‘History, cultural identity and difference: the issue of Turkey’s accession to the European Union in the French national press’, Journal of Southern Europe and the Balkans 9.1 (April 2007): 1-14
  • ‘Le discours du Mouvement des travailleurs arabes (MTA) dans les années 1970 en France: Mobilisation et mémoire du combat anticolonial, Hommes et Migrations 1263 (September-October 2006): 105-122
  • ‘The political mobilisation of North African migrants in 1970s France: the case of the Mouvement des Travailleurs Arabes (MTA), The Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs 26.2 (August 2006): 171-186
  • ‘Discours identitaire et nationalisme au sein de l’immigration nord-africaine en France (1918-1939): le cas de l’Etoile nord-africaine et du Parti du peuple algérien’, Migrance 25 (troisième trimestre 2005): 5-11
  • ‘Le Mouvement des travailleurs arabes : un bref profil’, Migrance 25 (troisième trimestre 2005): 12-19
  • 'Combattons pour rester «Algériens ... algériens»': national identity and difference in the nationalist discourse of the Etoile nord-africaine (ENA) and the Parti du peuple algérien (PPA) in inter-war France', Modern & Contemporary France 13.2 (May 2005): 207-222
  • 'Nous voulons déchirer le baillon et briser nos chaînes': racism, colonialism and universalism in the discourse of Algerian nationalists in France between the Wars', French History 17.2 (July 2003): 1-24

Book chapters

  • '"Between Two Worlds": Emir Khaled and the Young Algerians at the beginning of the twentieth century in Algeria’, in Aissaoui, R. and Eldridge, C. (eds.), Algeria Revisited: History, Culture and Identity (Bloomsbury Academic, 2017): 56-78
  • ‘Revisiting Algeria: Introduction’, in Aissaoui, R. and Eldridge, C. (eds.), Algeria Revisited: History, Culture and Identity (Bloomsbury Academic, 2017): 1-15
  • ‘Réfugiés, ouvriers, militants (1919-1939)’, 2013, in Bancel Nicolas et al. (eds), La France arabo-orientale : treize siècles de présence en France (Editions La Découverte, 2013): 83-96 (co-authored)
  • ‘D’une guerre à l’autre (1940-1956)’, in Bancel Nicolas et al. (eds), La France arabo-orientale : treize siècles de présence en France (Editions La Découverte, 2013): 97-109 (co-authored)
  • ‘Universalisme et différence dans le discours nationaliste de l’Etoile nord-africaine et du Parti du peuple algérien dans l’entre-deux-guerres en France’, in Nancy L. Green and Marie Poinsot (sous la direction de) Histoire de l’immigration et question coloniale en France (La Documentation française – Cité nationale de l’histoire de l’immigration, 2008): 167-174
  • 'Le Mouvement des travailleurs arabes: ethnicity, anti-racism and political mobilisation amongst Maghrebi immigrants during the 1970s in France', in Y. Rocheron (ed.) Shifting Frontiers (Peter Lang, 2004): 115-133

Research

My research interests focus on immigration and racism in colonial and postcolonial France. I am particularly interested in the study of discourses on identity and exile, in the diasporic construction of nationalism and more specifically in expressions of ethnic, national and cultural belonging amongst Maghrebi migrants in France. I also research French colonial history and the relationship between history, memory and ethnic identity among Maghrebis.

Other areas of interest include Franco-Algerian relations, the historical development of Algeria. I conducted a joint research funded by the British Academy on the discursive constructions of difference and the representation of Turkey in the European Press with Professor Ralph Negrine (University of Sheffield), Dr Beybin Kejanlioglu (University of Ankara) and Professor Stylianos Papathanassopoulos (University of Athens).

I was a member of the Advisory Committee of a national exhibition project led by Génériques (Paris). This national exhibition entitled ‘Générations: un siècle d’histoire culturelle des Maghrébins en France’ was presented in Lyon, Paris (Cité Nationale de l’Histoire de l’Immigration), Caen and Toulon from 2009 to 2013.

I co-organised with Dr Claire Eldridge (Leeds University) an international conference to mark the 50th anniversary of Algerian independence: ‘Algeria Revisited: Contested Identities in the Colonial and Postcolonial Periods’ (11-13 April 2012, University of Leicester).

I contributed to the volume edited by Blanchard et al. entitled La France arabo-orientale. Treize siècles de présences du Maghreb, de la Turquie, d’Égypte, du Moyen-Orient & du Proche-Orient (La Découverte, 2013) which accompanied a national exhibition in France co-organised by ACHAC between 2013 and 2015.

I am a member of the following societies: Association for the Study of Modern and Contemporary France (ASMCF); Society for Francophone Postcolonial Studies (SFPS).

Grants

  • ‘Algeria Revisited: Contested Identities in the Colonial and Postcolonial Periods’ (conference funding, multi-funded, 2012)
  • British Academy Small Research Grant Award (2010)
  • British Academy Overseas Conference Grant Award (2010)
  • AHRC Research Leave Award - Research project title: ‘The Politics of Identity and Migration’ (2006-7)
  • British Academy Small Research Grant Award (January 2007)
  • British Academy Small Grant Award (joint project led by Prof. Ralph Negrine, January 2005)
  • British Academy Overseas Conference Grant Award (January 2007)
  • Enrichment Funds Award (Association of American Geographers, April 2007)

Teaching

  • Immigration and Ethnicity of Colonial and Postcolonial France
  • Introduction to Francophonie
  • Media and Cultural Practices in France
  • Language and Cultures in the Francophone World
  • Modern French Language

Supervision

I would welcome enquiries from prospective postgraduate students, particularly in the following areas:

  • Immigration
  • Ethnicity
  • Nationalism
  • Colonial History
  • Postcolonialism
  • French and Francophone Politics, Culture and Identity

I am currently supervising the following doctoral projects:

  • Sadie Skinner on ‘Liminality and Power in Francophone African Slave Narratives’ (with Dr E. H. Jones).
  • Sonia Alba, ‘The fight for emancipation in Tunisian women’s literature: from Ben Ali’s rise to power to the Jasmine Revolution’ (with Dr E. H. Jones / Dr L. Wylie).

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