Emmanuel Alcaraz, Université de Paris-Nanterre & IRMC (Tunis)

Emmanuel Alcaraz is a historian of memories. He is an associate at the University of Paris-Nanterre and at IRMC (Institute of Research on Contemporary Maghreb) in Tunis. He works for AEFE in Tunisia (Agency for French Education) in Tunis. He published a book (Realms of memory of the Algerian war for Independence, Karthala, 2017) and several articles dealing with the history of Algeria.a

Contact: emmanuelalcaraz123vivalalgerie@gmail.com

Paul Betts, St Antony’s College, University of Oxford

Paul Betts is Professor of Modern European History. His research and publications center on Modern European Cultural History in general and 20th Century German History in particular.  He is especially interested in the relationship between culture and politics over the course of the century, and has worked on the themes of material culture, cultural diplomacy, photography, memory and nostalgia, human rights and international justice, death and changing notions of private life. His published work includes the books Within Walls: Private Life in the German Democratic Republic (OUP, 2010; paperback, 2012), which was awarded the Fraenkel Prize in Contemporary History by the Wiener Library, and The Authority of Everyday Objects: A Cultural History of West German Industrial Design (University of California Press, 2004; paperback, 2007). 

Contact: paul.betts@sant.ox.ac.uk

Emmanuel Blanchard, Université de Versailles

Emmanuel Blanchard is Senior Lecturer in political science. He is also a researcher for the Centre of Sociological Research on Law and Criminal Justice (CESDIP-CNRS). He extensively published about migration from Algeria to France, about colonial violence and about police practices against migrants and foreigners. For two years, he turned his main research interests from repression by State agencies to the claims, requests, petitions and supplications addressed to the colonial authorities from the local level to the head of the state. He is deputy editor of Crime, History & Societies, a journal supported by the International Association for the History of Crime and Criminal Justice. His recent publications include: Histoire de l’immigration algérienne (La Découverte, 2018); and with Marieke Bloembergen and Amandine Lauro, eds., Policing Empires. Social Control, Political Transition, Postcolonial Legacies (Peter Lang, 2017); La police parisienne et les Algériens, 1944-1962 (Nouveau Monde, 2011; Algerian trans., Casbah, 2013)

Contact: blanchard@cesdip.fr

Andrea Brazzoduro, St Antony’s College, University of Oxford


In 2020 Andrea Brazzoduro joined Ca’ Foscari University of Venice as Marie Sklodowska-Curie Global Fellow for the research project ‘Algeria, Antifascism, and Third Worldism: An Anticolonial Genealogy of the Western European New Left (Algeria, France, Italy, 1957–75)’. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 837297.

He is also an associate member of the University of Oxford, Faculty of History and of Maison Française d’Oxford.

Between 2015 and 2020 Dr Brazzoduro was based at Oxford: initially as Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow (Trinity College), then as Deakin Fellow at the European Studies Centre (St Antony’s College), and finally as visiting fellow at the Faculty of History and invited researcher at the Maison Française d’Oxford.

He holds a PhD from the Universities of Rome (La Sapienza) and Paris (Institut d’histoire du temps présent). Brazzoduro has held fellowships at École des hautes études en sciences sociale (EHESS, Paris), Maison méditerranéenne de sciences de l’homme (MMSH, Aix-Marseille University), and Centre d’histoire sociale du XXe siècle (CHS, Sorbonne).

His research interests include: decolonization (especially focusing on twentieth-century France, Algeria, and the Global 1960s), history of representations and social uses of the past (memory studies, oral history, and epistemology), critical theory and postcolonial studies (with a particular focus on the Mediterranean, and the relationships between France, Algeria, and Italy – past and present).

The English translation of his book Soldati senza causa: Memorie della guerra d’Algeria (Laterza, 2012) is forthcoming.


Contact: andrea.brazzoduro@history.ox.ac.uk

Claire Eldridge, University of Leeds

Claire Eldridge is Associate Professor of Modern European History. Her research explores the interplay between empire, memory and migration in the context of the historical relationship between France and Algeria. Her publications include From Empire to Exile: History and Memory within the Pied-Noir and Harki Communities, 1962-2012 (Manchester University Press, 2016) and Algeria Revisited: History, Memory, Identity (Bloomsbury, 2017) which she co-edited with Rabah Aissaoui. Her latest research explores the histories of European ‘settler soldiers’ from Algeria who served in the French Army during the First World War.


Contact: c.eldridge@leeds.ac.uk

Robert Gildea, Worcester College, University of Oxford


Robert Gildea is Professor of Modern History. He works on French and European history in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, with particular interests in the fall-out from the French Revolution, everyday life and resistance in the Second World War and 1968.

He has written on collective memory and political culture in France and directed an international oral history project on Europe’s 1968. He is currently directing another international project on transnational approaches to resistance in Europe between the Spanish Civil War and the Cold War (1936-1948) and writing a book called ‘Empires of the mind’ on successive incarnations of empire in France and Britain from the nineteenth to the twenty-first centuries


Contact: robert.gildea@history.ox.ac.uk

Fanny Gillet-Ouhenia, Université de Genève

Fanny Gillet is a PhD candidate in Art History. She is working on artistic relationships with history and its political stakes in post-independent Algeria. Founding member of ARVIMM, Research Group on Visual Arts in the Middle East (19th-20th century), Fanny Gillet co-organize the Research Seminar ‘Art Histories in the Middle East, 19th-21st Century’, Institut d’études de l’Islam et des sociétés du monde musulman (EHESS, Paris).

She has lately co-coordinated the issue ‘Arts visuels. Contextualiser nos regards’ (with Annabelle Boissier, Alain Messaoudi, Perin Yavuz), Revue des mondes musulmans et de la Méditerranée, n. 142, 2017. She has published: ‘The Persistence of the Image, The Lacunae of History: The Archive and Contemporary Art in Algeria (1992-2012)’, Algeria and Beyond: Culture and Nation 1988-2015, Francophone Postcolonial Studies, vol. 8, Liverpool University Press, July 2017; ‘Rebirths, discontinuities and continuities: Constructing the History of Maghrebi Art’ (with Annabelle Boissier), L’Année du Maghreb, vol. 10, June 2014.


Contact: fangill@yahoo.fr

Daniel A. Gordon, Edge Hill University


Daniel A. Gordon is Senior Lecturer in European History, a member of the Editorial Board of Modern and Contemporary France and a former Alistair Horne Visiting Fellow at St Antony’s College, Oxford. His recent publications include ‘Antisemitism, Islamophobia and the Search for Common Ground in French Antiracist Movements Since 1898’, in James Renton and Ben Gidley, eds, Antisemitism and Islamophobia in Europe (Palgrave, 2017), pp. 217-266; ‘Le 17 octobre 1961 et la population française: la collaboration ou la résistance?’ in Aïssa Kadri, Moula Bouaziz and Tramor Quemeneur, eds, La guerre d’Algérie revisitée (Karthala, 2015), pp. 339-350; ‘From Militancy to History: Sans Frontière and Immigrant Memory at the Dawn of the 1980s’ in Emile Chabal, ed, France since the 1970s (Bloomsbury Academic, 2015), pp. 115-128; ‘Sans Frontière et Race Today, vecteurs parallèles de l’héritage de l’immigration’, in Louisa Zanoun, ed, Le patrimoine de l’immigration en France et en Europe, special issue of Migrance (Hors série 2013), pp. 43-56.

Contact: gordond@edgehill.ac.uk

Ruth Harris, All Souls College, University of Oxford


Ruth Harris is Professor of Modern History. Her research centres on the history of Modern Europe in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. She focuses especially on France, writing interdisciplinary cultural history that combines the history of religion and gender, as well as medicine and science.

She began by examining the emergence of the 'insanity defence' in Paris when work on unconscious mental activity and criminal anthropology shook the foundations of legal responsibility. She then moved to exploring Catholic revivalism and healing, especially at the shrine at Lourdes. Her third work was a study of the Dreyfus Affair which explored what distinguished a cause célèbre from conventional politics, and analysed the politics of commitment. This work was awarded the Wolfson Prize in 2010. Her published work on these subjects include The Man on Devil's Island: Alfred Dreyfus and the Affair that Divided France (Harmondsworth, 2010), Lourdes: Body and Spirit in the Secular Age (1998) and Murders and Madness: Medicine, Law and Psychiatry (Oxford, 1989).

Since then, she has begun a large project on religious revival which focuses on the links between South Asia and the West. She has published on Gandhi and Romain Rolland; is analysing the Indian origins of Albert Schweitzer's  'reverence for life,' and is undertaking new work on Anagarika Dharmapala, Vivekananda and their relationship to Western thought.

Contact: ruth.harris@history.ox.ac.uk



Dónal Hassett is Lecturer in French Political and Cultural History. He received his PhD from the European University Institute in Florence in June 2016. Originally from Ireland, he holds a Non-Foundation Scholarship at Trinity College Dublin. He has published widely on the legacies of the Great War in the French Empire. His monograph, Mobilising Memory: The Great War and the Language of Politics in Colonial Algeria, 1918-1939, is currently under contract with Oxford University Press and is due to be published next year.

Contact: emmanuelalcaraz123vivalalgerie@gmail.com

Dónal Hassett (Bristol)
Hartmut Mayer, Director Europaeum & St Antony’s College, University of Oxford


Hartmut Mayer joined the European Studies Centre as Director on 1 September 2017. He has been and will remain a Fellow and Tutor in Politics at St. Peter’s College, University of Oxford, where he has been teaching politics and international relations since 1998. Hartmut is seconded to St. Antony’s during the time of the ESC Directorship. Hartmut has been involved with the ESC ever since his graduate student days at St. Antony’s going back to 1994. Later he served in an advisory capacity and has seen the growth and changes of the Centre for more two decades. Concurrently with the ESC Directorship, Hartmut will also serve as the Acting Director of the EUROPAEUM, a consortium of leading European Universities. In addition, he holds an Adjunct Professorship in European and Eurasian Studies at Johns Hopkins University, SAIS Bologna since 2014.

Contact: hartmut.mayer@sant.ox.ac.uk

James McDougall, Trinity College, University of Oxford


James McDougall is Fellow and Tutor in Modern History. His research interests are in Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, African, and modern Islamic history, especially modern and contemporary North Africa; and modern France and the French colonial empire (18th-20th cents.). His first work focused on the intersection of Islamic modernism and nationalist politics in colonial Algeria, and he continues to work on colonial and contemporary North African, and especially Algerian, history and politics. He also have a broader interest in the social, political, and intellectual history of the Arab world, and especially in Arabic/Islamic conceptions of history.

Since 2008, he has been involved in a series of workshops on Arabic historiography, ‘Arabic Pasts’, organised in partnership with colleagues at SOAS and the Aga Khan University-Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations, London. His current research is divided between two projects, one on ‘the everyday life of colonialism’ and the aftereffects of empire in France and Africa, and another on the global history of Islam since the eighteenth century. He is also interested in historical methodology, the intersections of history and critical theory, and comparative historiography. He has been involved in several international research networks, on ‘Repression and Control in the Colonial World’ (IHTP, Paris), ‘Reform and the State in the Muslim Mediterranean, 19th-20th centuries’ (IRMC, Tunis), ‘Tradition in the Present’ (KCL), and ‘Reimagining Democracy in the Mediterranean, 1750-1860’ (Oxford).

Contact: james.mcdougall@trinity.ox.ac.uk

Joseph McGonagle, University of Manchester


Joseph McGonagle is Senior Lecturer in Cultural Studies in the French-speaking World. He is the author of Representing Ethnicity in Contemporary French Visual Culture (Manchester University Press, 2017) and co-author (with Edward Welch) of Contesting Views: The Visual Economy of France and Algeria (Liverpool University Press, 2013).

Contact: Joseph.McGonagle@manchester.ac.uk

Abderrahmane Moussaoui, LADEC, Université de Lyon 2


Abderrahmane Moussaoui taught at the University of Oran before joining, in 2000, the Department of Anthropology of the University of Provence, which he directed from 2005 to 2007. Since 2012, he has been Professor of Anthropology at the University of Lyon 2 (UFR anthropology of sociology and political science).

The sacredness and holiness, both in Islam and in Catholicism, are among his favorite research topics. He is the author of Espace et Sacré dans le Sahara algérien (CNRS, 2002) and Systèmes hydrauliques traditionnels, AREA / [barzakh], 2011. He also directed, with F. Adelkhah, the special issue of the Revue des mondes musulmans et de la Méditerranée ‘Mosques, spaces, institutions, practices’, n. 125, 2009.


Contact: abderrahmane.moussaoui@univ-lyon2.fr

Karim Ouaras, University of Mostaganem & CEMA (Oran)


Karim Ouaras graduated with a Doctorate in Sociolinguistics at the University of Oran, Algeria. He currently teaches sociolinguistics, Semiotics, (Critical) Discourse Analysis, Languages in Contact, and Social Research Methods at the Department of French Language, University of Mostaganem, Algeria.

His research interests focus on Graffiti and Public Space in Algeria; Sociolinguistics; Language, Identity and Nation-State in the Maghrib; Berber Languages; Language Planning and Legislation; Multilingualism and Language Contact in the Maghrib.

He is also an associate researcher at the Centre de Recherche en Anthropologie Sociale et Culturelle, and the Associate Director of the Centre d’Études Maghrébines en Algérie.

Contact: ouaras@cema-northafrica.org

Tramor Quemeneur, Université de Paris 8


Tramor Quemeneur is a member of the Orientation Council of the National Museum of History of Immigration (Paris) and president of the Scientific Council of the National Space on Algerian War (ENGA). He is lecturer in the Master ‘Mediterranean Maghreb Europe’ in University Paris 8. He codirected the book La guerre d’Algérie revisitée. Nouvelles recherches, nouvelles perpectives (Karthala ed., 2015). He wrote also, with Benjamin Stora, Mémoires d’Algérie (Librio ed., 2014), taken from the object book Algérie 54-62. Lettres, carnets et récits des Français et des Algériens dans la guerre, (Les Arènes, 2010 and 2012 for the text edition). This book received the Elle Reader Price in 2011 and the France Mutualiste Price in 2012. With Slimane Zeghidour, he published L’Algérie en couleurs. 1954-1962. Photographies d’appelés pendant la guerre (Les Arènes, 2011). He also wrote, notably, La guerre d’Algérie (Géo ed., 2012) and directed 100 fiches d’histoire du XXe siècle (Bréal, 2017, 4th ed.). He took part in the writings of several schoolbooks (Hatier ed.) and documentaries. Recently, he prepared and wrote a dossier on the soldiers in the Algerian War for Historia (April 2018).

Contact: tquemeneur@gmail.com

Tamara Turner, Max Planck (Berlin)


Tamara Turner is a music anthropologist and research fellow at the Max Planck Institute, Center for the History of Emotions, based in Berlin. Her specialty is North African popular Islam, trance rituals, and affect studies with supporting areas in philosophy of consciousness and the Medical Humanities. Her doctoral thesis was the first research to thoroughly document the musical repertoire, practice, and history of Algerian diwan a ritual practice of the Bilaliyya Order. As a musician, she studied with ritual experts, attended and documented rituals across Algeria cataloguing the repertoire, and is now in the process of publishing her work. Her research in Algeria and Morocco has been funded by the Max Planck Institute, King’s College London, the British Forum for Ethnomusicology, the Centre d’Etudes Maghrebines en Algerie (CEMA), and the West African Research Association.

Contact: turner@mpib-berlin.mpg.de

Natalya Vince, CNRS-IHTP, Paris & University of Portsmouth


Natalya Vince is Reader in North African and French Studies. She currently holds a European Commission H2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Global Fellowship (2016-19), based at the University of Algiers, the University of Portsmouth and the Institut d'histoire du temps présent (CNRS), awarded for the project ‘Students, social change and the construction of the post-independence Algerian state’ (705763/STUSOCSTA). She is the author of Our Fighting Sisters: Nation, Memory and Gender in Algeria 1954-2012 (Manchester University Press, 2015), winner of the 2016 Women’s History Network Book Prize.


Contact: natalya.vince@port.ac.uk

Michael Willis, St Antony’s College, University of Oxford


Michael J. Willis is King Mohammed VI Fellow in Moroccan and Mediterranean Studies. His research interests focus on the politics, modern history and international relations of the central Maghreb states (Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco). Before joining St Antony’s in 2004, he taught politics at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco for seven years.

He is the author of Politics and Power in the Maghreb: Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco from Independence to the Arab Spring (Hurst and OUP, 2012) and The Islamist Challenge in Algeria: A Political History (Ithaca and New York University Press, 1997) and co-editor of Civil Resistance in the Arab Spring: Triumphs and Disasters (OUP, 2015).

He is the current Director of the MPhil in Modern Middle Eastern Studies and was Director of the Middle East Centre at St Antony’s 2011-2014.

Contact: michael.willis@sant.ox.ac.uk