Archive | October, 2016

Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship Scheme: Apply now for projects on Francophone Africa/French relations with Africa

Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship Scheme (2017 round): call for expressions of interest in projects on Francophone Africa/French relations with Africa     The Francophone Africa research cluster at the University of Portsmouth’s Centre for European and International Studies Research (CEISR) invites expressions of interest from postdoctoral candidates who wish to apply to the 2017 round of the Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship Scheme through our institution. Full details of the scheme can be found here:  https://www.leverhulme.ac.uk/funding/grant-schemes/early-career-fellowships. The University of Portsmouth’s Centre for European and International Studies Research (CEISR) is a leading centre for the interdisciplinary study of Francophone Africa and Franco-African relations in an international context. We are particularly interested in supporting applications which engage with the following themes: Reassessing the legacies of French colonialism in terms of its impacts in former French colonies and in metropolitan France Studying the changing relations between France and the Francophone world in the context of increasing globalisation of the world economy and culture. Our research environment is dynamic and supportive, with a strong emphasis placed on mentoring and the career development of early career researchers. In the first instance, applicants are invited to submit an expression of interest to Professor Tony Chafer tony.chafer@port.ac.uk and Dr Natalya Vince natalya.vince@port.ac.uk […]

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October Interview: Charlotte Sefton* talks about her research into the role of gender in diasporic experience.

*Charlotte Sefton is currently doing her PhD at the University of Exeter and conducting fieldwork with Sudanese women in her hometown of Portsmouth. After coming from an undergraduate background in Arabic and French language, Charlotte moved into Middle East Studies for her MA and MRes with a particular focus on Gender Studies. With the Sudanese community in Portsmouth, Charlotte’s research focuses on the role of gender in diasporic experience, with a particular interest in ritual practice. From a wider research-philosophy perspective,Charlotte is most concerned with interrogating the (in)ability of mainstream feminist theory (being western and academic) to apply to non-western ‘other’ women and with encouraging the need for intersectional understandings of the complexity of women’s lives and experiences. UoP_Francophone:    How did you come about your research project to interrogate the (in)ability of mainstream feminist theory to apply to non-western ‘other’ women? Charlotte:  I was doing the module on gender identity and modernity and I just decided to go ahead with that for my BA and I looked at the gender and religious rituals in the Hezbollah resistance community in Lebanon. From there, seeing the ways in which crisis shook up the notion of what gender (especially women gender) truly was in gender roles and expectations, I […]

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