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Dr Charlotte Baker


Charlotte Baker

Bowland North

Lancaster University


Lancaster LA1 4YN

United Kingdom

Tel: +44 1524 592661

Location: B65, Bowland North

PhD supervision

I welcome doctoral proposals which engage with aspects of the following : Twentieth century French literature; Francophone African fictional writing; postcolonial theory; the body and identity; representations of marginalised and stigmatised groups in Africa; representations of disability; representations of madness and monstrosity. Proposals may take a comparative or interdisciplinary approach, or may focus on the literature of particular countries.

Current Teaching

FREN100/101: French Culture and Society

DELC211: Understanding Culture

FREN233: Shaping Contemporary France: Culture, Politics and the Legacy of History

FREN301: Final Year Advanced French Language

DELC345: Francophone Voices: Literature and Film from sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean and Canada

FASS604: The Analysis of Culture (Postgraduate)

Research Interests

I am interested in contemporary French literature, and postcolonial Francophone and Anglophone African literature. I am currently working on a monograph examining the critical engagement of post-independence West African writers with dictatorship and collaborating on a research project on multilingualism in the Francophone world.

My research interests also include the representation of marginalised and stigmatised groups in sub-Saharan Africa, theories and representations of disability, as well as comparative and interdisciplinary approaches to the body and identity. I am particularly interested in the realities and representations of black African people with albinism and I have published widely in this area.


Research Grants

May 12th 2014-31st July 2015: Knowledge Exchange Fellowship, Lancaster University. Awarded £7600.

15 May 2013: Wellcome Trust Medical History and Humanities Grant. Awarded £3,500 for a workshop, 'Interdisciplinary Approaches to Albinism'.

9 November 2012: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Research Grant, Lancaster University. Awarded £900 for research trip to Paris

8 October 2012: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Travel Grant, Lancaster University. Awarded £830 for participation in the 20th and 21st Century French and Francophone Studies International Colloquium. Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

1 January 2012: Friends Programme. Awarded £2,500 for bursaries for Capturing Witches: Histories, Stories, Images conference

1 May 2011: Society for French Studies (with Greg Kerr). Awarded £250 conference support for Minorités en vue colloquium

20 April 2011: Yves Hervouet Fund for Anglo-French Relations (with Greg Kerr). Awarded £850 conference support for Minorités en vue colloquium, Lancaster University, 6 May 2011.

18 January 2010: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Travel Grant, Lancaster University. Awarded £517 for participation in the ‘Métissages: Cultural Exchanges’ conference, Cape Town, South Africa

22 January 2009: Lancaster University Small Grants Scheme. Awarded £4,120 for a pilot study ‘Albinism in Apartheid South Africa’

15 January 2009: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Travel Grant, Lancaster University. Awarded £650 for participation in the African Literature Association Conference, Vermont, USA


Membership of Associations

Society for Francophone Postcolonial Studies (Executive Committee member)

African Literature Association

African Studies Association UK

Royal African Society

Society for French Studies


Career Details

I joined the Department of European Languages and Cultures at Lancaster University in 2007 having completed my doctoral studies at Nottingham University, worked as a lectrice at the Universite Lyon III and taught French language and culture at the University of Birmingham and the University of Nottingham.

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