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I mainly grew up in the South-East of France where I graduated with an M.A. in English Studies from Aix-en-Provence University. Then I decided to travel and work my way around the world – to the UK, first, then New Zealand (1988) and finally Bangladesh (1989-1991) where I worked as a French Language Assistant and University Lector. I was also a Teacher of English as a Foreign Language at several secondary schools in the South of France, before crossing the Loire northwards and becoming an EFL instructor at the University of Technology (Compiegne and Troyes) for 12 years. After completing my PhD at Rennes University, I was appointed a Lecturer in English Studies at the University of Strasbourg in 2006. I recently spent a whole summer in India on a French Government Egide Fellowship, giving several lectures around the country at IGNOU, JNU, Delhi U, Jamia, Jadavpur, HU, MAANU and Pune.
I specialize in the history of the British presence in India, particularly in Bengal and present-day Bangladesh. I work on the idea of India, regionalism, communalism and the press. I’m also interested in placing British colonial history in international contexts.
Current research activities
I am currently working on two main projects.
The first is a primary-documents-based study of autobiographies and speeches published by famous Indian politicians from the British era. I look at how they saw “Muslims”. This is a rather extensive project investigating the far-reaching changes in perception of that community between 1857 and 1947. The project uses textual imagery for lexical analysis of these various literary and historical works. I also examine the potentially distinctive nature of Indian political autobiographies compared with their US/UK counterparts, and their lexical and grammatical environment. The possibility offered by text analytics goes to the heart of the autobiographical or self-writing testimony and allows singling out phrases and words important for the political scientist, linguist or historian interested in South Asia.
But I am also interested in how the post-independence nations of South Asia like Bangladesh have adapted the democratic ideal. I am presently interested in the history of cooperation between the EU and the Commonwealth in Bangladesh. The Commonwealth has always had a strong influence on EU development policies in Bangladesh, since it was the Commonwealth that first involved the EU in the development of democracy there. Of course, there is ample scope for furthering improvement of that “pseudo-democracy” or in the current cooperation networks and activities concerning EOMs in Bangladesh for instance. I am also particularly interested in Commonwealth and EU policies in their approaches to the much-needed Bangladeshi reconciliation policies.
Member of “Italindia”, http://www.italindia.it/
Member of scientific committee of “Asia Maior”, http://www.asiamaior.org/
Associated Member of “Kolloquium” of the South Asia Institute, at the University of Heidelberg, department of political science, http://www.sai.uni-heidelberg.de/sapol/en/
Member of Language Department project at MISHA Strasbourg on the “Roots of Cultural Globalisation”, http://cher.unistra.fr/fileadmin/upload/DUN/cher/Documents/Colloques-Seminaires-Journees_d_etudes/Traditions_et_subversion._3_12_2010.pdf
No Postgraduate teaching since I am no holder of “Habilitation”
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