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School of Languages, Linguistics and Film

Dr Rebekah Vince


Lecturer in French

Room Number: Arts One, Room 1.03
Twitter: @RebekahLVince


I am a memory studies scholar specialising in French postmemory narratives and the Mediterranean francosphère. In 2018, I received a Wolfson-funded PhD from the University of Warwick, focusing on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as depicted in literary texts by Franco-Maghrebian authors. Before joining Queen Mary in 2020, I was an Early Career Fellow at Warwick's Institute of Advanced Study and a Teaching Fellow in French at Durham University. I was also a visiting scholar at the Cultural Memory Studies Initiative, Ghent University (Belgium) in 2017 and a visiting fellow at St Edmund's College, University of Cambridge in 2019.

My research moves at the intersection between postcolonial studies, Jewish studies, and transnational French studies, engaging with multilingualism and dialogic approaches to memory. My current project explores memories of Jewish life in Muslim-majority countries across the Mediterranean. I am editor of the bilingual journal Francosphères and co-editor (with Hanna Teichler) of the new book series Mobilizing Memories, published by Brill.


My research into transcultural memory studies informs my teaching philosophy, which emphasises translation as a form of migration and a way of constructing dialogue with the past in post-colonial perspective. This involves engagement with contrapuntal reading, postcolonial theory, and decolonial thinking, while seeking to balance domestication and foreignisation in translation.

Semester 1

Postcolonial Francospheres: Memories of Colonialism in the French-Speaking World: Covenor

Memories of WWII In French Literature, Film and Art: Convenor

French III translation (French to English)

Semester 2

Culture and Language Block 3 (Gender, Race, Class, Religion, Postcolonialism)

Afropean Identities: Convenor


Research Interests:

  • Transcultural memory studies
  • Francophone postcolonial studies
  • World literature and translation
  • French postmemory narratives
  • North African literature in French
  • Jewish-Muslim interactions
  • Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Examples of research funding:

2021 ‒ French Embassy postdoctoral fellowship for Troubled Memories project

2020-2021 ‒ British Academy research grant for Contested Returns joint project (with CBRL-Jerusalem and Leeds University)


Co-Edited Volume

Journal Articles

Book Chapters

  • [With Rebecca Infield] ‘Jewish Culture in 21st Century France’, in Aurelien Mondon, Marion Demossier, Nina Parish, David Lees (eds.), The Routledge Handbook of French Politics and Culture (Routledge, 2019), pp. 257‒67
  • ‘Pulled in All Directions: the Shoah, Colonialism and Exile in Valérie Zenatti’s Jacob, Jacob’, in Dirk Göttsche (ed.), Memory and Postcolonial Studies: Synergies and New Directions (Peter Lang, 2019), pp. 235‒53




I welcome expressions of interest from candidates seeking to undertake doctoral research in the following areas:

  • Francophone North African literature
  • French postmemory narratives
  • Jewish-Muslim interactions in France
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