• ITI-RI Graduate Officer

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F - 67084 Strasbourg France


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.




Research interests

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.


Research projects

  • Indian Political Autobiographies
  • Muslims seen by the founding fathers of the Indian Nation
  • Bangladesh elections
  • Europe, the EU and India


Summary of research interests


British India, modern Bangladesh, the EU/Europe and India


Colonial History

Culture, Politics & Society

Ideas of India & Bangladesh

Muslim Indians

Cooperation between South Asia and Europe


Late Nineteenth and early Twentieth Century, or present










External appointments

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


Undergraduate teaching

  • 5th year course, “Introducing ‘decentralised’ cooperation for India and the EU”
  • 5th year course, “Text-mining for Competitive Intelligence”
  • 5th year course, “Nation-Branding: theory and applications”
  • 5th year course, “Comparing ‘Intercultural Communication’ in the US & France
  • 4th year course, “Preparation for the Erasmus Mundus Euroculture Intensive Programme”,http://www.euroculturemaster.org/Programme/IntensiveProgramme/Default.aspx
  • 4th year course, ESP for International Relations


No Postgraduate teaching since I am no holder of “Habilitation”

Undergraduate supervision



Thesis topics

Master 1

“Naoroji”, “Indian Diaspora” & Euroculture 2012 IP topics

Master 2

Nation Branding, Intercultural Cities, ITI-RI Cooperation Degree topics


Recent  Publications

  • A Chapter in English: “Hegewald, Julia A. B. and Subrata K. Mitra, Re-use : the art of politics of integration and anxiety, New Delhi & London, SAGE, 2012”, http://www.uk.sagepub.com/books/Book238120/toc
  • A book in French: Di Costanzo Thierry, L’Idée séparatiste dans la presse anglo-musulmane du Bengale: le cas du Star of India, 1937-1947, in "Anglo-American Studies" series, vol. 42,  edited by Rüdiger Ahrens and Kevin Cope, Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, Peter Lang, 2011, http://www.peterlang.com/download/datasheet/58243/datasheet_261382.pdf
  • An electronic article in French: «Vers une autre lecture de l’espace sud‑asiatique : décolonisation et revendication d’un espace national, le cas de l’Inde colonisée», Les Cahiers du GEPE, N°3/ 2011. Hors champ (2011). Pour le lire : http://www.cahiersdugepe.fr/index2011.php
  • Book annotations in both French and English: Project funded by the “Arts and Humanities Research Council” and called “Peripheral Voices and European Colonialism”, a four-year interdisciplinary investigation of how French-language writers represent/ed India from the mid-eighteenth century to the present day., http://www.liv.ac.uk/soclas/research/Peripheralvoices/french-books/Bilingual_annotations.pdf
  • A dictionary entry in French: « Entrée "sous-continent indien" » in Francis MESSNER, Dictionnaire du droit des religions, Éditions du CNRS, Paris, Feb. 2011.
  • An article in French: « Essai de Définition du concept de Pakistan dans la presse anglo-musulmane selon le modèle de dominion et selon le modèle irlandais, 1932-1947 », in Cultures of the Commonwealth: Essays and Studies, Horizons n° 17, Jan. 2011. 


Recent Conferences and Seminars 


  • Germany: 5 July 2011: Talk at University of Heidelberg, South Asia Institute Political Science Department on “Textual software analysis applied to Indian political autobiographies from the colonial era”, http://www.sai.uni-heidelberg.de/vortraege_alt.php