Prof Kate Marsh BA (Hons) (Oxon), PhD

Professor of French Studies Modern Languages and Cultures


    Personal Statement

    A specialist in French colonial history, I came to Liverpool in 2005 as a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow after studying in Oxford and Paris.

    My primary research area is French colonial history (1715–1962) and the postcolonial cultural legacies of empire in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries (including Francophone postcolonial literatures). Working extensively on cultural representations of empire in a comparative European context (from the eighteenth to the twentieth century), I also specialize in French regionalism in the twentieth century, the writings of Voltaire, and comparative historiographies.

    I would be interested to hear from potential research students with interests in:
    • French colonialism in the eighteenth century
    • Legacies of the French and British Empires
    • French regional history in the twentieth century
    • Francophone postcolonial literatures

    Current PhD projects supervised:
    Hugh Hiscock, ‘The Afterlives of Algeria in Contemporary France: Literary Narratives and Contested Spaces of Memory’ (funded by an AHRC NWCDTP studentship)
    Peter Buckles, 'The French Wars and their Impact on Merchant Trade Networks in Bristol, Bordeaux and New York, 1783–1830' (funded by an ESRC NWSSDTP studentship)

    Successfully defended PhD theses:
    Nicholas Bubak, ‘Hyper-Citizenship and the Experience of Youth in the Edwardian Scouting Movement’ (2017)
    Jack Webb, ‘Ideas About Haiti in the British Imagination, 1847–1904’ (funded by an AHRC studentship) (2016)
    Ian Gwinn, ‘“A Different Kind of History is Possible”: The History Workshop Movement and the Poetics and Politics of Everyday Life in British and German Historiography’ (funded by an AHRC studentship) (2015)
    Kathryn Dale, ‘French-Language Representations of India, 1870–1940’ (funded by an AHRC project studentship) (2012)
    Nicola Frith, ‘Competing Colonial Discourses in India: Representing the 1857 Kanpur Massacres in French and English-Language Texts and Images’ (2010)

    Personal Distinctions

    • '"Une association mondiale de trafiquants": Le Havre and the Politics of Trafficking, 1919–39' (Invitation to Speak, Institute of Historical Research, London 2016)
    • The Politics of Memory: Memorializing the French Empire, forgetting l’Inde française (Invitation to Speak, University of Lancaster 2012)
    • Lost Grandeur and Missed Opportunities (Invitation to Speak, Paris VII 2012)
    • Invited research paper: India and the Enlightenment (Invitation to Speak, Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies, QUB 2011)
    • 'Medical discourse and the transportation of Indian indentured labourers to the Caribbean' (Invitation to Speak, University of Oxford 2011)
    • Keynote: ‘Nous étions évidemment inspirés par l’exemple de l’Inde’: Idealization of 1947, the end of (Keynote Speech, SFPS 2010)

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