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Durham University

School of Modern Languages and Cultures: French Studies

Staff in the Department of French

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Dr Rebekah Vince, BA, MRes, PhD Warwick

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 43033
Room number: A6, Elvet Riverside I

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I completed my PhD in French Studies at the University of Warwick in 2018 and held an early career fellowship at Warwick’s Institute of Advanced Study before joining the School of Modern Languages and Cultures at Durham University in February 2019.

My PhD thesis explored Francophone North African authors who address the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in their literary work, namely Valérie Zenatti, André Chouraqui, Slimane Benaïssa, Hubert Haddad, and Yasmina Khadra. The thesis demonstrates how nuanced texts by these writers offer spaces for dialogue, which disturb fix(at)ed identities and memories in the context of the unsettled Israeli-Palestinian conflict, underpinned by the traumatic legacies of genocide and colonialism.

My research in francophone studies, memory studies, and translation informs my teaching philosophy and approach, which emphasises dialogic engagement, decolonial thinking, and interdisciplinarity.

Selected Publications

Chapter in book

  • 2019 (co-authored with Infield, Rebecca) ''Jewish Culture in 21st Century France'', in (ed.), The Routledge Handbook to French Politics and Culture, Routledge.
  • 2019 ''Pulled in All Directions: the Holocaust, Colonialism and Exile in Valérie Zenatti’s Jacob, Jacob'', in Göttsche, Dirk (ed.), Memory and Postcolonial Studies, Peter Lang.

Conference Paper

  • 2019 ''Un musulman de mauvaise foi? Slimane Benaissa’s Confessions', Disaffiliation, Dis-identification, Disavowal: (Ex-)Muslims and Public Apostasy from Islam in Francophone Culture and Politics, School of Advanced Study, University of London (UK)'.
  • 2018 ''Mediterranean Memory and Franco-Arab Jewish Identity in Une enfance juive en Méditerranée musulmane [A Jewish Childhood in the Muslim Mediterranean]', XIth Congress of the European Association for Jewish Studies, Kraków (Poland)'.
  • 2018 ''Multilingualism and Metamorphosis in Apulée: revue de littérature et de réflexion', Performing Multilingualism in World Literatures: Aesthetics and Activism, International Conference funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council, Exeter College, University of Oxford (UK)'.

Edited book

  • Forthcoming (co-edited with Everett, Sami) Dynamic Maghrebi Jewish-Muslim Interaction Across the Performing Arts (1920-2020), Liverpool University Press.

Journal Article

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Selected Grants

  • 2018: Early Career Fellowship, Institute of Advanced Study, University of Warwick
  • 2016: European Cooperation in Science & Technology funding, Postgraduate Training School
  • 2014: Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarship for PhD, University of Warwick