Charles Forsdick is James Barrow Professor of French at the University of Liverpool. Since 2012 he has been the AHRC Theme Leadership Fellow for 'Translating Cultures'. He has published widely on travel writing, colonial history, postcolonial literature and the cultures of slavery. He is also a specialist on Haiti and the Haitian Revolution, and has written widely about representations of Toussaint Louverture.
His publications include Victor Segalen and the Aesthetics of Diversity (Oxford University Press, 2000), Travel in Twentieth-Century French and Francophone Cultures (Oxford University Press, 2005), Ella Maillart, ‘Oasis interdites’ (Zoé, 2008) and (with Christian Hogsbjerg) Toussaint Louverture: A Black Jacobin in the Age of Revolutions (Pluto, 2017). He has also edited and co-edited a number of volumes, including Francophone Postcolonial Studies: A Critical Introduction (Arnold, 2003), Human Zoos: Science and Spectacle in the Age of Colonial Empire (Liverpool University Press, 2008), Postcolonial Thought in the French-Speaking World (Liverpool University Press, 2009), Transnational French Studies: Postcolonialism and Littérature-monde (Liverpool University Press, 2010), Travel Writing: Critical Concepts in Literary and Cultural Studies (Routledge, 2012), Travel and Ethics: Theory and Practice (Routledge, 2013), and The Black Jacobins Reader (Duke University Press, 2017). He recently co-edited with Jennifer Yee a special issue of French Studies on 'A Postcolonial Nineteenth Century?'.
A member of the Academy of Europe, Charles Forsdick was President of the Society for French Studies, 2012-14, and Co-Director of the Centre for the Study of International Slavery, 2010-13. He recently led an international project on '"Dark Tourism" in Comparative Perspective: Sites of Suffering, Sites of Memory'. Other current collaborative work includes two co-edited volumes on transnational French studies and postcolonial realms of memory, both due to appear with Liverpool University Press. Professor Forsdick co-ordinates, with Paul Gilroy and George McKay, the Reggae Research Network, and is co-investigator on an AHRC-funded project -- conducted in collaboration with the Runnymede Trust, and supported by the Arts Council England -- called 'Common Cause Research: enriching the Arts and Humanities through collaborations between universities and BME community partners'. He is chair of the Editorial Advisory Board at Liverpool University Press, and also edits a series for LUP called 'Contemporary French and Francophone Cultures' and for Anthem Press called 'Anthem Studies in Travel'. Forsdick is a member of Council at the University of Chester, and has been appointed chair of sub-panel D26 (Modern Languages and Linguistics) for REF2021.
- French Studies in the UK (Invitation to Speak, University of Bristol 2005)
- Philip Leverhulme Prize (Prize, Leverhulme Trust 2005)
- inaugural lecture (Invitation to Speak, Centre for French and Francophone Cultural Studies 2004)
- Hidden journeys: reading twentieth-century women¿s travel literature in French (Keynote Speech, University of Ankara 2003)
- Postcolonialism and Comparatism (Keynote Speech, SFPS 2003)