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Dr John Strachan


John Strachan

Bowland College

Lancaster University


Lancaster LA1 4YT

United Kingdom

Tel: +44 1524 592608


Research Interests

I trained as a cultural historian of modern France and the French overseas empire. I am especially interested in the writing of history, questions of identity and memory, and in the relationships between history and other disciplines in the arts and humanities - literary criticism, linguistics, anthropology and psychology. 

I studied and taught at the universities of Warwick (1997-2002) and Manchester (2002-2007) before joining Lancaster in September 2007. I served on the steering committee of the Society for the Study of French History (2004-2014) and am a core member and formerly research events co-ordinator (2008-2012) for the Lancaster Research Centre for the Study of Memorialisation.

I would like to hear from postgraduate students interested in the following areas:

Social, cultural and intellectual histories of modern France and the French overseas empire

Imperialism, colonialism and race

Modern literature and history

Historiography (especially French) in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries

Current Research

Albert Camus's Algeria: A Cultural History (book manuscript, in preparation)

Current Teaching

I normally contribute to HIST100, HIST300 and various postgraduate modules, and convene the following undergraduate modules:

HIST272 Empire, Race, and the French Colonial World

HIST244 A History of Paris

HIST356 La nouvelle histoire

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