Dr Joseph Ford

Contact details

Name:
Dr Joseph Ford
Qualifications:
BA, MA (Res), PhD, FHEA
Position:
Lecturer in French Studies; Director, Centre for the Study of Cultural Memory
Institute:
Institute of Modern Languages Research
Location:
Institute of Modern Languages Research School of Advanced Study University of London Senate House Malet Street London WC1E 7HU
Phone:
020 7862 8872
Email address:
joseph.ford@sas.ac.uk
Website:
https://twitter.com/drjoeford

Research Summary and Profile

Research interests:
Colonies & Colonization, emigration & immigration, Language and Literature (French), Literatures in a modern language
Regions:
Africa, Europe
Summary of research interests and expertise:

I joined the IMLR in January 2019 as Early Career Researcher, where I lead in the facilitation and support of UK-wide research, public engagement and widening participation in French Studies. I previously taught at Durham University (2016–19), the University of Leeds (2014–15) and Université Paris-Est (2015–16).

I specialise in contemporary French and Francophone Literature and Culture, with specific interests in Algeria and what has become known as the Algerian Civil War or "Black Decade" of the 1990s. My wider research interests are in postcolonial studies, world literature, literary translation, and French and Francophone intellectual culture of the 20th and 21st centuries.

My monograph, Writing the Black Decade: Conflict and Criticism in Francophone Algerian Literature (forthcoming in January 2021 with Lexington Books), studies how literature – and the way we read, classify and critique literature – impacts our understanding of the world at a time of conflict. I argue that, while it is frequently understood as an illuminating and emancipatory mode, literature – and the ideas we have about it – can in fact restrain our understanding of the world at a time of crisis, as well as further entrench the kinds of polarized discourses that lead to conflict in the first place. Foregrounding the notion of "the literary" and the aesthetic, I move beyond sociological readings of Algerian writers’ works and ultimately show how writers engage with and anticipate academic readings of their work, particularly in postcolonial studies and world literature. 

I have published articles on Mustapha Benfodil, Maïssa Bey, Salim Bachi and Kamel Daoud, translated a book-length collection of poems by Mustapha Benfodil (Hesterglock Press, 2018) and am completing an article on the theory and practice of "world literature" in the work of the Algerian writer Kaouther Adimi (see publications list below).

At the IMLR, I am Director of the Centre for the Study of Cultural Memory (CCM), co-General Editor (with Catherine Davies) of the Journal of Romance Studies and convenor of the Convocation Seminars in World Literature and Translation (co-convened with LINKS).

Publication Details

Related publications/articles:

Date Details
01-Jan-2021 Writing the Black Decade: Conflict and Criticism in Francophone Algerian Literature

Monographs

Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, forthcoming 2021

01-Jan-2021 Leaving Islam in the French-Speaking World: Politics, Representation and Lived Experience

Edited Book

Special issue of Contemporary French Civilization (2021), co-edited with Adi Bharat, forthcoming.

01-Jan-2021 (with Adi Bharat) Introduction: Leaving Islam in the French-speaking World: Politics, Representation and Lived Experience

Journal articles

Contemporary French Civilization (2021), forthcoming.

01-Jan-2021 (with Adi Bharat, Nicholas Harrison, Jane Hiddleston and Sura Qadiri) A Roundtable Discussion with Salim Bachi

Journal articles

Contemporary French Civilization (2021), forthcoming.

01-Dec-2020 Revisiting the Grotesque in Francophone African Literature

Edited Book

Special issue of the Irish Journal of French Studies, 20 (2020), forthcoming.

01-Dec-2020 (with Sarah Arens) Introduction: Revisiting the Grotesque in Francophone African Literature

Journal articles

Irish Journal of French Studies, 20 (2020), forthcoming.

02-Nov-2020 Deconstructing the Grotesque in Contemporary Francophone Algerian Literature, or: How to move beyond the ‘zombified’ State?

Journal articles

Irish Journal of French Studies, 20 (2020), forthcoming.

27-Apr-2020 Encountering COVID-19: Lessons from Languages

Articles

In Living Languages, IMLR blog/Talking Humanities

01-Dec-2019 Borders and Boundaries: Academic conferences and schools outreach: an integrated approach in Modern Languages

Articles

in Borders and Boundaries, SAS Annual Review (2019), pp. 34-35.

06-Jun-2019 Academic Conferences and Schools Outreach: An Integrated Approach in Modern Languages

Articles

Talking Humanities blog post

01-Mar-2018 Cocktail Kafkaine: Dark Poetry [bilingual edition]

Edited Book

Translated and edited book of poems by Mustapha Benfodil (Bristol: Hesterglock Press, 2018).

01-Jan-2017 Kamel Daoud: (im)possibilités de lecture

Chapters

 In: Kamel Daoud, esquisse d’un phénomène postcolonial algérien, ed. by Boukhalfa Laouari (Tizi Ouzou: Editions Frantz Fanon, 2017), pp. 60-75.

01-Jan-2016 Rethinking urgence: Algerian Francophone literature after the ‘décennie noire'

Journal articles

Francosphères, 5, 1 (2016), pp. 39-58.

01-Jan-2015 Introduction: Transnational Memory and Traumatic Histories

Journal articles

Forum: University of Edinburgh Postgraduate Journal of Culture and the Arts, Special Issue 4 (2015).

01-Jan-2014 Algiers, Paris, New York: migrating terror

Journal articles

Bulletin of Francophone Postcolonial Studies 5, 2 (2014), pp. 10-15.

01-Jan-2014 Figuring Camus in recent Algerian writing: between the mother and (in)justice

Journal articles

Journal of Camus Studies (2014 issue), pp. 45-60.

Research Projects & Supervisions

Research projects:

Details
Convocation Seminars in World Literature and Translation

Funded by a grant from the University of London's Convocation Trust (£2262.10), this series of 12 seminars brings together scholars, teachers and students working in languages and comparative literature across London and the UK with the aim of examining the increasingly contentious place of world literature in the study of languages, as well as languages in the study of world literature.

Current PhD topics supervised:

Dates Details
From: 01-Oct-2020
Until: 30-Sep-2021
Rabelais and Opera

MRes in Modern Languages

From: 01-Oct-2020
Until: 30-Sep-2025
Cultural background and multicultural perception in contemporary Pacific literature

PhD in Modern Languages

From: 01-Oct-2020
Until: 30-Sep-2025
Double travesty of female novelists: Privatisation of urban spaces in 19th century France

PhD in Modern Languages

From: 01-Oct-2020
Until: 30-Sep-2025
Memory as resistance: a comparative study of Haitian women's rewriting

PhD in Modern Languages

From: 01-Oct-2019
Until: 30-Sep-2020
Representations of Paris in Maupassant, Lautrec and Daudet

MRes in Modern Languages

Available for doctoral supervision: Yes

Professional Affiliations

Professional affiliations:

Name Activity
Higher Education Academy Fellow
Society for Francophone Postcolonial Studies Member
Society for French Studies Member
Relevant Events

Other editing/publishing activities:

Date Details
2019 Journal of Romance Studies

Co-General Editor

Consultancy & Media
Available for consultancy:
Yes
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