Position: Senior Lecturer in French and Francophone Studies
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Phone: 01248 382129 (2129 internal)
Location: Room 415, New Arts Building
I am a Senior Lecturer in French and Francophone Studies, and specialize in French popular culture as well as debates about identity and belonging in contemporary France. I am the author of two books; Humour in Contemporary France: Controversy, Consensus and Contradictions (Liverpool University Press, 2019) and Cinema and the Republic: Filming on the Margins in Contemporary France (University of Wales Press, 2013). I have also published several articles and book chapters about debates on French national identity in sport, music and comedy, and also written several articles about videogames in France.
I am originally from Fife in Scotland and completed a B.A. in French and Philosophy at the University of Leeds. From 2002-2004, I was a lecteur d’anglais at l’Université Charles de Gaulle Lille 3. During this time, I completed an MA by research at the University of Leeds on the theme of opposition to war in French cinema of the 1950s and 1960s. I returned to Leeds in 2004 to begin a PhD on representations of social and racial exclusion in contemporary French cinema. I have lectured here in Bangor since 2007.
I am currently Head of the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures.
I have taught on a wide variety of undergraduate modules here in Bangor that cover topics such as French language and translation, French and European cinema, French and European history, French politics and French literature.
I have supervised MA dissertations on both the MA in European Languages and Cultures and the MA in Translation Studies. I have also taught an MA module entitled Visions of the City in French Cinema and would be interested in hearing from students considering doctoral study in French cinema and/or cultural representations of minority groups in France, as well as sport and national identity in France, and also debates about humour in France.
My research focuses on French popular culture and debates about identity and belonging in France. I am the author of two books; Humour in Contemporary France: Controversy, Consensus and Contradictions (Liverpool University Press, 2019) and Cinema and the Republic: Filming on the Margins in Contemporary France (University of Wales Press, 2013). I have also published articles on videogames in France as well as debates about French national identity in sport, music and comedy.
I am an active member of the Association for the Study of Modern and Contemporary France (ASMCF) and served on its executive committee from 2007-2013. Along with my colleagues Gillian Jein and Armelle Blin-Rolland, I co-organised the 2017 ASMCF annual conference here in Bangor.
I regularly blog about my research and modern languages in general. To read my posts, go to: http://drjonathanervine.wordpress.com/.
Other academic-related work
- 2014-present: I have been an invited attendee of several meetings of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Modern Languages.
- 2017-2021: external examiner for French at University of Bath
- 2017-2021: external examiner for the MA in Language, Cultures and Translation at University of Chester
- 2013-2018, 2019-20: external examiner for French at Swansea University
- 2007-2013 and 2016-2018: member of the executive committee of the Association for the Study of Modern and Contemporary France (ASMCF).
I have given presentations at schools workshops about French and European cinema and many other aspects of contemporary French society. I am able to deliver such presentations in English, French and Welsh.