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Kirsty Bennett

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Kirsty Bennett

Languages and Culture

Bowland North

LA1 4YW

Lancaster

My Role

I am a final-year PhD student and associate lecturer in the Department of Languages and Cultures and an associate lecturer in the Department of History.

Contact me

k.bennett3@lancaster.ac.uk

Research Interests

  • Colonial/Postcolonial literature
  • Middle Eastern/North African history
  • Sufism
  • Women's History
  • Argentine tango (migrations across the Middle East)

My PhD explores the literary and historical legacy of the nineteenth-century writer and Sufi, Isabelle Eberhardt, also known as Mahmoud Saadi, in North Africa (Algeria and Morocco).

I also research the intersections of Argentine tango, Orientalism, and Arabic music, and the transnational dissemination of Argentine tango between Argentina, North Africa and the Middle East, drawing upon cultural, historical and literary sources and my background as a tango teacher and DJ. My article 'One Thousand and One Nights of Tango: Moving Between Argentina, North Africa and the Middle East' was recently published in a special issue of Atlantic Studies: Global Currents [Jan 2020].

I have presented my research at conferences in the UK, Europe, and North and South America.

 

 

Research Grants

Research grants and funding awards:

  • Royal Historical Society - conference organisation grant to support attendance of ECRs at co-organised conference 'Tremblings and Inundations: Natural Disasters in the History and Culture of North Africa and West Asia' [2020]
  • BRISMES (British Society for Middle Eastern Studies) - PG research bursary for project: ‘Sufism in Sicily: Material Legacies of the Middle East in the Mediterranean’ [2018]
  • CHASE (Consortium for the Humanities and the Arts) - full funding for the summer school ‘Comparative Literature: Principles, Practices, and Perspectives’, School of European Culture & Languages, University of Kent [2018]
  • Yves Hervouet Fund, Lancaster University - research and travel grant for fieldwork in Algeria [2018]
  • Royal Historical Society - travel grant for fieldwork in Algeria [2018]
  • Yves Hervouet Fund, Lancaster University - travel bursaries for SFPS (Society for Francophone Postcolonial Studies) PG Annual Study Day [2017]
  • FASS [Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Lancaster University] - research training grant for archival research & intensive Arabic course in Rabat, Morocco [2017]
  • University of Sussex - archival research grant for ANOM archives in Aix-en-Provence [2013]

Current Teaching

I have taught a range of multi-disciplinary modules across literature, history, cultural studies, and languages at Lancaster University and the University of Sussex:

  • HIST100: From Ancient to Modern: History and Historians, Department of History, Lancaster University, [2019-2020]
  • HIST105: Histories of Violence: How Imperialism Made the Modern World, Department of History, Lancaster University, [2019-2020]
  • DELC 100/101 French in Context: Revolution and Romanticism, Department of Languages & Cultures, Lancaster University [2018-2019]
  • DELC 100/101 French in Context: Colonialism (Algeria), Department of Languages & Cultures, Lancaster University [2017-2018]
  • DELC 211: Understanding Culture, Department of Languages & Cultures, Lancaster University [2016-2019] seminars and lectures
  • Beginners Business French, Evening Class, Department of Languages & Cultures, Lancaster University [2017-2020]
  • Q3124 Texts in Time 2: Medieval to Romanticism, School of English, University of Sussex [2012-13]
  • Q312 Texts in Time 1: Nineteenth Century to Contemporary, School of English, University of Sussex [2012-13]                    
  • Q3135: Period of English Literature 1750-1880, Seminars on George Eliot’s Middlemarch, School of English, University of Sussex, [2012]
  • Q3135: Period of English Literature 1750-1880, Co-teaching/training with Norman Vance, School of English, University of Sussex, [2011-2012] 
  • Widening Participation Seminars, School of English, University of Sussex [2012]

External Roles

  • Conference Coordinator for BRISMES - The British Society for Middle Eastern Studies [2019-]
  • Editorial Assistant for Contemporary Levant - an international peer-reviewed, multi-disciplinary journal of the Council for British Research in the Levant [2019-]

Qualifications

  • MPhil Colonial and Postcolonial Cultures, University of Sussex [2014]
  • BA English Literature, University of Sussex [2008]

Additional Information

My PhD was fully-funded by a Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences [FASS] studentship at Lancaster University.

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