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Dr Charlotte Baker

Senior Lecturer in European Languages and Cultures

Charlotte Baker

Lancaster University

Bowland North



Tel: +44 1524 592661

Research overview

Charlotte Baker is interested in contemporary French literature, and postcolonial African literature written in French and English. She is 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 with Delphine Grass.

Charlotte's 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. She is particularly interested in the realities and representations of black African people with albinism and has published widely in this area.

PhD supervision

Dr Charlotte Baker is happy to discuss PhD proposals relating to Francophone and Anglophone African literature, and/or 20th century French literature. She particularly welcomes projects taking a comparative or interdisciplinary approach.

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

DELC320: Final Year Dissertation

DELC340: Autocrats, Caudillos and Big Men: Understanding Dictatorship in the 20th Century

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

DELC401: Research Skills for Modern Linguists (Postgraduate)

FASS604: The Analysis of Culture (Postgraduate)


Research Interests

Dr Charlotte Baker joined Lancaster University in September 2007. She holds a BA in French and English Literature from Lancaster University, and an MA and PhD in Francophone Literatures from Nottingham University. Charlotte is currently Senior Lecturer in French and Francophone Studies and Director of Postgraduate Studies in the Department of European Languages and Cultures.

Her research focuses on Francophone and Anglophone African literature. She is 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.

Charlotte is also interested in the representation of marginalised and stigmatised groups in sub-Saharan Africa. She was awarded a Knowledge Exchange Fellowship and Wellcome Trust funding for the Albinism in Africa project, which she set up in 2014.

Charlotte is President of the Society for Francophone Postcolonial Studies, and General Editor of the Liverpool University Press Francophone Postcolonial Studies series.


Research Grants

Feb 2017: Global Challenges Kick Starter Funding for a project on Arts for Social Change in Africa. £3345



Feb 2017: Lancaster University Impact Funding to develop an education pack on albinism for use in Tanzanian schools, in partnership with the NGO Standing Voice. £5000



Feb 2017: FASS Impact and Knowledge Exchange Grant to bring delegates from the developing world to the UN Expert Meeting in September 2017. £3000



Aug 2016: Lancaster University Impact Funding to meet with the UN Independent Expert on Albinism and the Director of the Witchcraft and Human Rights Network to plan a UN Expert Meeting at the United Nations in Geneva in 2017. £2570



Jan 2016: FASS Student Engagement Funding for “Translation Lancaster”, a postgraduate conference, masterclass, careers and networking event. £1000



Sept 2015: FASS Impact and Knowledge Exchange Grant to collaborate with Standing Voice on a Wellcome Trust Collaborative Grant Application. £4120


November 2015: Wellcome Trust Medical Humanities International Small Grant, 'Changing Perceptions of Albinism in Africa'.


May 2014: Knowledge Exchange Fellowship, Lancaster University, '21st Century Perspectives on Albinism in Africa'


Oct 2013: Yves Hervouet Fund for Anglo-French Relations (with Delphine Grass). 'Multilingual French Identities conference'


May 2013: Wellcome Trust Medical History and Humanities Small Grant - 'Exploring Interdisciplinary Approaches to Albinism'


May 2011: Society for French Studies (with Greg Kerr). Minorités en vue colloquium


January 2009: Lancaster University Small Grants Scheme, 'Albinism in Apartheid South Africa pilot study'.


Membership of Associations

Society for Francophone Postcolonial Studies (President) www.sfps.ac.uk

Centre for Transcultural Writing and Research (Co-Director) http://www.transculturalwriting.com

African Literature Association

African Studies Association UK

Royal African Society

Society for French Studies


Career Details

Dr Charlotte Baker is Senior Lecturer in French and Francophone studies. She joined the Department of Languages and Cultures at Lancaster University in 2007 having completed her doctoral studies at Nottingham University. After graduating with her BA degree, Charlotte worked for two years as a Bilingual PA to the Head of Corporate Finance at the First National Bank of Chicago in London. During her doctoral studies, she worked as a lectrice at Universite Lyon III and taught French language and culture at the Universities of Birmingham and Nottingham.

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