Charles Forsdick

charlesforsdickwebCharles Forsdick is James Barrow Professor of French at the University of Liverpool, and 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) and Ella Maillart, ‘Oasis interdites’ (Zoé, 2008). 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), Ethics on the Move: Travel Writing and Cross-Cultural Encounter (Routledge, 2013), and the forthcoming Black Jacobins Reader (Duke University Press). He is currently President of the Society for French Studies, and was Co-Director of the Centre for the Study of International Slavery, 2010-13.

Paul Gilroy

paulgilroyProfessor Paul Gilroy joined King’s College London in September 2012 having previously been Giddens Professor of Social Theory at the London School of Economics (2005-2012), Charlotte Marian Saden Professor of African American Studies and Sociology at Yale (1999-2005) and Professor of Cultural Studies and Sociology at Goldsmiths College (1995-1999).  Professor Gilroy’s areas of scholarly interest encompass postcolonial studies, particularly with regard to London, postimperial melancholia and the emplotment of English victimage; the literature and cultural politics of European decolonisation; African American intellectual and cultural history, literature and philosophy; the formation and reproduction of national identity especially with regard to race and “identity”; the literary and theoretical significance of port cities and pelagics. Gilroy has also published on art, music and social theory. His current projects are the writing of Alain Locke, the cultural significance of aerial bombardment and the autobiographical writing generated by colonial wars.

George McKay

george-mckay-stavanger-2011-hi-resGeorge McKay joined UEA as Professor of Media Studies in November 2014. Previously he was Professor of Cultural Studies at the University of Salford (2005-14), where he established and directed the Communication, Cultural & Media Studies Research Centre, and Professor of Cultural Studies at UCLan (2000-05). He is currently engaged as an Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Leadership Fellow for its Connected Communities Programme (2012-18). In 2015-16 this includes The Impact of Festivals project, in collaboration with research partner EFG London Jazz Festival, and postdoctoral research assistant Dr Emma Webster. He is also co-investigator (2015-18) on the EU Heritage+ project, Cultural Heritage and Improvised Music in European Festivals (CHIME). Among his books are Senseless Acts of Beauty: Cultures of Resistance since the Sixties (Verso, 1996), DiY Culture: Party & Protest in Nineties Britain (ed., Verso, 1998), Glastonbury: A Very English Fair (Gollancz, 2000),Community Music: A Handbook (co-ed. with Pete Moser, Russell House, 2004), Circular Breathing: The Cultural Politics of Jazz in Britain (Duke UP, 2005), Radical Gardening: Politics, Idealism and Rebellion in the Garden (Frances Lincoln, 2011), Shakin’ All Over: Popular Music and Disability (University of Michigan Press, 2013), and The Pop Festival: History, Music, Media, Culture (ed., Bloomsbury, 2015).

Hannah Payne


I am based at the University of Liverpool where I provide administrative support for Prof Charles Forsdick and the AHRC Theme ‘Translating Cultures’. Alongside this, I am pursuing a postgraduate course in Music with particular interest in composition and French music in the 19th and 20th centuries.


 Rachel Daniel

rachelI work with Jessica to provide administrative and event support for Prof George McKay and the Connected Communities programme from the University of East Anglia.

My background is in art and I am currently undertaking a practice-based PhD exploring the use of art in healthcare environments. My website for art practice is here.


Jessica Knights

s200_jessica-knightsI work with Rachel to provide administrative support to Prof George McKay and the Connected Communities programme from the University of East Anglia.

I am also the administrator on the Work, Learning and Wellbeing Evidence Programme for the Economic and Social Research Council funded What Works Wellbeing Centre.

My academic background is in Social Anthropology, and I have a Master’s from University College London in Material and Visual Culture.