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Dr John Strachan


John Strachan

Lancaster University

Bowland College



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 the relationships between history and other disciplines in the arts and humanities - literary criticism, anthropology and psychology in particular.

I served on the executive committee of the national 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)

My Role

Director of Undergraduate Admissions and Recruitment

Current Teaching

I contribute to a variety of collectively-taught modules at undergraduate and postgraduate level and convene the following:

HIST244: A History of Paris

HIST272: Empire, Race and the French Colonial World


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