Dr Rabah Aissaoui

Dr Rabah AissaouiSenior Lecturer in French

L.ès.L (Tours), MA (Leicester), PhD (Leeds)

Contact Details

  • Tel: +44 (0)116 252 2686
  • Fax: +44 (0)116 252 3633
  • Email: ra75@le.ac.uk
  • Subject: French

Personal details

L.ès.L, MA, PhD


External examining

I am currently External Examiner for French at Aston University and Loughborough University.


Selected publications

  • ‘De la migration à la mobilisation politique: la mémoire occultée de l’immigration algérienne en France pendant l’entre-deux-guerres’, Traces de Mémoires, No.6, December 2012, pp. 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, Vol. 39, No. 2, August 2012, pp. 227-40.
  • Exile and the politics of return and liberation: Algerian colonial workers and anticolonialism in the interwar period in France’, French History, Vol. 25, No. 2, June 2011, pp. 214-31.
  • ‘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; Volume 16, Issue 1, March 2010.
  • Immigration and National identity: North African political Movements in Colonial and Postcolonial France, London, New York: Tauris Academic Studies, 2009 (monograph, I-X, 307 p.).

View a full listing of publications.



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 2014.

I co-organised with Dr Claire Eldridge (Southampton 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 am a member of the following societies: Association for the Study of Modern and Contemporary France (ASMCF); Society for Francophone Postcolonial Studies (SFPS).

External funding

  • ‘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)



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


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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