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PhD Supervision Interests

I would like to hear from postgraduate students interested in the following areas:

Social, cultural and intellectual histories of modern France and the French overseas empire

Imperialism, colonialism and race

Modern literature and history

Historiography (especially French) in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries

Research Interests

I studied and taught at the universities of Warwick (1997-2002) and Manchester (2002-2007) before joining Lancaster in September 2007. I served on the steering committee of the Society for the Study of French History (2004-2014) and am a core member and formerly research events co-ordinator (2008-2012) for the Lancaster Research Centre for the Study of Memorialisation.

I trained as a cultural historian of modern France and the French overseas empire. I am especially interested in the writing of history, questions of identity and memory, and in the relationships between history and other disciplines in the arts and humanities - literary criticism, linguistics, anthropology and psychology. 

Current Research

Albert Camus's Algeria: A Cultural History (book manuscript, in preparation).

A co-edited special issue on the the postcolonial afterlives of imperial 'heroes'.

Current Teaching

I normally contribute to HIST100, HIST300 and various postgraduate modules, and convene the following undergraduate modules:

HIST272 Empire, Race, and the French Colonial World

HIST244 A History of Paris

HIST356 La nouvelle histoire

Additional Information

2013

The Dogon as lieu de mémoire

Strachan, J. 11/2013 Lancaster: Lancaster University, p. 1-10 10 p.

Research output: Working paper

From Poverty to Wretchedness: Albert Camus and the Psychology of the Pieds-noirs

Strachan, J. 2013 In: Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History. 14, 2, 4

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2011

The Colonial Cosmology of Fernand Braudel

Strachan, J. 2011 The French Colonial Mind: Mental Maps of Empire and Colonial Encounters. Thomas, M. (ed.). Lincoln, Neb.: Nebraska University Press, Vol. 1, p. 72-95

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter (peer-reviewed)

Murder in the Desert: Soldiers, Settlers and the Flatters Expedition in the Politics and Historical Memory of European Colonial Algeria, 1830-1881

Strachan, J. 2011 In: French History and Civilization. Papers from the George Rudé Seminar. 4, n/a, p. 210-222 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Between history, memory and mythology: the Algerian education of Albert Camus

Strachan, J. 2011 France's lost empires: fragmentation, nostalgia, and la fracture coloniale. Marsh, K. & Frith, N. (eds.). Lanham, Md.: Lexington, p. 55-67 13 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter (peer-reviewed)

2007

The Colonial Identity of Wine: The Leakey Affair and the Franco-Algerian Order of Things.

Strachan, J. 1/04/2007 In: The Social History of Alcohol and Drugs: An Interdisciplinary Journal. 21, 2, p. 118-137 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2006

The Pasteurization of Algeria?

Strachan, J. 1/09/2006 In: French History. 20, 3, p. 260-275 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2004

Romance, Religion and the Republic: Bruno's Le Tour de la France par deux enfants.

Strachan, J. 1/03/2004 In: French History. 18, 1, p. 96-118 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

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