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Rebekah Vince

Curriculum Vitae

My doctoral research, funded by the Wolfson Foundation, focuses on the historical narratives of the Holocaust and colonialism in relation to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as portrayed in contemporary North African fiction written in French by Arab and Jewish authors. In September-December 2016, I was a visiting scholar at the University of Ghent (Belgium) as part of the Cultural Memory Studies Initiative, directed by Professor Stef Craps.

I am on the Advisory Board of the Memory Studies Association and a member of the Executive Committee of the Society for Francophone Postcolonial Studies, with a keen interest in Memory Studies and Postcolonial Studies.

As an Associate Tutor in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures (January 2017-present), I teach on Modern French Language II (translation) and The Story of Modern France modules, giving seminars and occasional lectures.

In 2013, I received a First-Class BA Joint Hons degree in English and French from the University of Warwick (with a year abroad as a British Council language assistant in Alsace). In 2014, I completed a Masters by Research on the legacies of the Algerian War of Independance, while teaching English as a lectrice at the University of Burgundy.

Research interests

My research interests include:

  • (Transcultural) Memory Studies
  • Postcolonial Studies
  • (Critical) Trauma Studies
  • Francophone Maghrebi Literature
  • Holocaust Literature
  • (Arab) Jewish Studies
  • Israeli-Palestinian/Arab-Israeli Conflict
  • Debates on World Literatures (in French) and La Francophonie
PhD Project

Contemporary Franco-Maghrebi Writers and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Supervisors: Professor Pierre-Philippe Fraiture and Professor Seán Hand

Publications

“Pulled in All Directions: the Holocaust, Colonialism and Exile in Valérie Zenatti’s Jacob, Jacob (2014)”, Memory and Postcolonial Studies: Synergies and New Directions, ed. by Dirk Göttsche, forthcoming (2018)

‘The (Im)possibility of the Jewish-Palestinian in Hubert Haddad’s Palestine’, Francosphères (Liverpool University Press), 7.1 (July 2018)

‘Intersubjective Memory in Maïssa Bey’s Novel Entendez-vous dans les montagnes’, Africa and the West, 13 (2017), pp. 70-85

‘“L’humain n’a pas de frontière”: An Interview with Hubert Haddad’, Bulletin for Francophone Postcolonial Studies, 8.1 (Spring 2017), pp. 2-10

Conference Report (with Antonia Wimbush): ‘SFPS PG Study Day 2016: (Be)Longing in the Francophone World’, Bulletin for Francophone Postcolonial Studies, 7.2 (Autumn 2016), p. 28

‘Out of Sight but not Out of Mind: Absence as Presence in French Postmemory Narrative’, Journal of History and Cultures, 5 (2015), pp. 41-64

Selected Conference Papers

‘The French Presidential Debate: Memory Wars or Multidirectional Memory?’, Memory Studies Association, second annual conference, University of Copenhagen, 14-16 December 2017

‘Mediterranean Memory and Franco-Maghrebi Jewish Identity in Une enfance juive en Méditerranée’, Regional, National and Global Identities in the Francophone World, Society for Francophone Postcolonial Studies Annual Conference, Senate House, University of London, 17-18 November 2017

‘Conflicting Voices? Translating and Adapting Yasmina Khadra’s L’Attentat’, Transnational Memory, Translation and Adaptation, Postgraduate and Early Career Conference, School of Modern Languages and Cultures, Cardiff University, 31 May 2017

‘Unsettling Memories: Trauma Moving Over Time’, Thinking Through the Future of Memory, Inaugural conference of the Memory Studies Association, Amsterdam, 3-5 December 2016

‘The (European) Holocaust and the (Arab) Jew in Israel’, Frankfurt Memory Studies Platform, University of Frankfurt, 22 November 2016

‘Beyond Cosmopolitan Memory: Traumatic Past and Dialogic Present?’, Francophone Postcolonial Studies in the 21st Century, Society for Francophone Postcolonial Studies Annual Conference, Institute of Modern Languages Research, Senate House, University of London, 18-19 November 2016

‘The Transcultural Potential of Arab (Jewish) Identity in Slimane Benaïssa's Avenir oublié’, Transnational Cultural Memory in the 21st Century, Postgraduate Symposium, King's College London, 23 September 2016

‘Integration or Fundamentalism? The depiction of the Arab Israeli in Yasmina Khadra’s L'Attentat’, (Be)Longing in the Francophone World, Society for Francophone Postcolonial Studies Postgraduate Study Day, University of Birmingham, 20 June 2016

‘Rethinking Linguistic Relation: Arabic and French in Leïla Sebbar's Autobiographical Works’, Postcolonial Mobilities in the Francophone World, Society for Francophone Postcolonial Studies Annual Conference, Institute of Modern Languages Research, University of London, 13-14 November 2015

‘The West Bank and the Frontier of Difference: Self and Other in Hubert Haddad’s Palestine’, Contested Political Spaces: Urban, Land and Other Struggles, Graduate Conference in Political Geography, University of Warwick, 27-28 November 2014

Awards and Funding

Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarship, 2014-2017

French Department Bursary for Masters by Research, 2013-2014

Scholarship for Galilee Institute summer programme “Israel-Palestine Conflict: Understanding Both Sides” (80 academic hours, including study tours), July 2017

European Cooperation in Science and Technology (e-COST) funding for “In Search of Transcultural Memory in Europe” (ISTME) postgraduate training school, August 2016

Memberships

Memory Studies Association (MSA) - Advisory Board

Society for Francophone Postcolonial Studies (SFPS) - Executive Committee

Society for French Studies (SFS)

European Association for Jewish Studies (EAJS)

COST Network: In Search of Transcultural Memory in Europe (ISTME)

Teaching

Associate Tutor in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures, University of Warwick (January 2017-present)

Modern French Language II second-year module: Translation language tutor (October 2017-June 2018)

The Story of Modern France first-year module seminar tutor (January 2018-June 2018), two lectures on Maryse Condé’s Le cœur à rire et à pleurer

Lecture and seminar on Philippe Grimbert’s Un Secret for Representations of the Holocaust second-year module (February 2017)

French Academic Reading Group Tutor, University of Warwick (February-March 2015) – facilitating reading of French academic texts (including Frantz Fanon, Jean-Paul Sartre, Pierre Nora)

Other activities

@MemStudiesAssoc Twitter account

Co-organiser of MSA Forward, the Memory Studies Association's postgraduate programme (with Hanna Teicher)

Society for Francophone Postcolonial Studies Secretary (2014-present), Postgraduate Representative (2015-present), and Publicity Officer (2017-present, with Dr. Jamal Bahmad)

Co-organiser of the Society for Francophone Postcolonial Studies Postgraduate Study Day 2016

Co-editor of postgraduate articles in the Bulletin for Francophone Postcolonial Studies (Autumn 2016)

The Memory Group at Warwick University

In Search of Transcultural Memory in Europe (ISTME) Postgraduate Training School (August 2016)

PhD/ECR workshop on Arab Jews: Concepts, Histories, Definitions, organised by Sarah Irving, at the Department of Islamic & Middle Eastern Studies, University of Edinburgh (July 2016)

Student Ambassador for the Holocaust Educational Trust (HET)

Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA) – Grade A

Commended Foyle Young Poet, The Poetry Society

Contact

R dot L dot Vince at warwick dot ac dot uk

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Rebekah Vince

R dot L dot Vince at warwick dot ac dot uk

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