Photo: L. C. Law, 2021.
I research fictional and scientific texts, and visual culture, produced during and in the aftermath of the Belgian and French colonial empires, as well as ideas of Francophone African fiction as 'world literature'. I am based at the University of Liverpool, where I am a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow (2019-2023) and a Lecturer (US: Assistant Professor) in French (March 2023 - ...). From 1 March 2023 to 30 June 2023, I will be a Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Modern Language Research, School of Advanced Study, University of London.
I am also the editor of the Bulletin of Francophone Postcolonial Studies, the bi-annual journal of the Society of Francophone Postcolonial Studies, a member of the newly formed Early Career Academic Special Interest Group of the University Council of Modern Languages (UCML), and a volunteer translator for the Wiener Holocaust Library in London.
My research and my biography overlap at certain points: I am a first-generation academic and university graduate and grew up in Germany and in Algeria, my dad's native country. Sadly, I failed to pick up much Arabic. I settled in the UK in 2013 to complete a PhD in French at the University of Edinburgh (2017), after having previously studied at Saarland University in Germany and the University of York, and I worked in non-academic jobs in Paris and Berlin. I speak German, French, and English; I have reading competency in Dutch, and recently started learning Russian and Yiddish.