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Dr Robert Crawshaw
Senior Lecturer in French and European Studies
Degree: BA (Exeter); M.èsArts (Paris); PGCE (Cantab); Dip.Ling. (Cantab); PhD (Lancaster)
FREN 100/101: Shaping contemporary France: culture, politics and the legacy of history
FREN 233: Shaping contemporary France: culture, politics and the legacy of history
DELC 214: Economic and social change in France, Germany and Spain since 1945
DELC 343: European writing in the margins: narrating cross-cultural experience
Current research projects
The current focus of my research is on intercultural studies with particular emphasis on narrative, history, migration and cross-cultural communication. I was formerly associate editor of the journal Language and Intercultural Communication and guest-editor of a double volume on The Intercultural Narrative (Vol 4: 1&2). Government-funded research projects with which I have been involved over the last few years, as initiator/director or as member of the research team, include the HEFCE-funded Interculture Project (1998-2002) www.lancs.ac.uk/users/interculture/, the ESRC project Pragmatics and Intercultural Communication (2003-6) www.lancs.ac.uk/fass/projects/pic/and the AHRC-funded Moving Manchester/ Mediating Marginalities (2005-09) www.lancs.ac.uk/fass/projects/movingmanchester/. I am currently writing a book for Cambridge University Press on Pragmatics and Cross-Cultural Communication and editing a special volume of the journal Regional Studies arising out of the Annual Research Programme of Lancaster University's Institute for Advanced Studies which I directed in 2006-07 www.lancs.ac.uk/ias/annualprogramme/regionalism/index.htm.
Most recent publications
'Translating the in-between: literatures of performance and the relationship between language, literature and society' in N.Segal and D.Koleva (eds,) Cultural Literacy in Contemporary Europe, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012 (forthcoming)
'Literature' in A-S. Krossa (ed.) Europe in a global context, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, 2011, pp. 62-73
'"Wanting to be wanted" : a comparative study of incidence and severity in indirect complaint on the part of French and English language teaching assistants', Journal of French Language Studies, January 2010
'Articulation, imagined space and virtual mobility in literary narratives of migration', Mobilities, 3.3, November, 2008, pp.455-469 (with Corinne Fowler).
'"Activity types" and "discourse types" : Mediating "advice" in interactions between foreign language assistants and their supervisors in schools in England and France', Multilingua 27, 2008, pp. 297-324 (with Jonathan Culpeper and Julia Harrison).
'Littérature et perspectives interculturelles : Le Dossier H. de Ismaïl Kadaré' in C.Kramsch, D.Lévy & G.Zarate (eds.) Précis de didactique du plurilinguisme et du pluriculturalisme, Paris, 2008.
'Migration and imagined space in Joe Pemberton's Forever and Ever Amen' in K.Korhonen (ed.) History and Theory Protocols, Vol. 7, 2008 http://bezalel.secured.co.il/zope/home/en/120117025.
'Lieux de mémoire, Monuments et Monumentalisme : la Portée symbolique de l'Architecture et de l'Archive dans l'Austerlitz de W.G.Sebald', in F. Mckintosh & J.Prugnaud (Eds.) Les Monuments du passé, Lille: CEGES, 2008, pp.169-183.
'Politics and Pragmatics in the Cross-cultural Management of "'Rapport"', Language and Intercultural Communication, Vol. 7 : 3, Clevedon: Multilingual Matters, 2007, pp.217-239 (with Julia Harrison).
'Literature, metahistory, ethnography, cultural heritage and the Balkans: Ismail Kadare's The File on H.', in R.Byram and U.Kockel (eds.) Moving, Mixing and Memory in Contemporary Europe, Berlin: Lit. Verlag, 2006, pp.54-75.
'Le paradoxe de Prométhée': the case of L'Ordre du Discourse', in C. Forsdick and A. Stafford (eds.) The modern French essay: sociology, genre, writing, London: Peter Lang, 2005, pp.219-232.
'Intercultural Studies as a component of HE Modern Languages Courses in the UK', LTSN Good Practice Guide http://www.lang.ltsn.ac.uk/resources/guidecontents.aspx, 2004.
The Intercultural Narrative, Language and Intercultural Communication, Vol.4: 1&2, Clevedon: Multilingual Matters, 2004.
'Intercultural narration and the pragmatics of self-differentiation', in D.Killick, M.Parry and A.Phipps (eds.) Poetics and Praxis of Language and Intercultural Communication, Glasgow: Glasgow University Press, 2001, pp. 246-262.
'Attesting the self: narration and identity change during periods of residence abroad', Language and Intercultural Communication, Vol. 1 : 2, Clevedon: Multilingual Matters, 2001, pp. 101-119.
Exploring French Text Analysis: Interpretations of National Identity, London:Routledge, 2000.
Potential Doctoral Proposals
I would be interested in supervising doctoral students in the following areas
Intercultural Narratives: literature, writing, history, identity, migration and social change
for additional information on my research profile, please refer to the following Research Projects and Centres with which I am directly involved - currently or in the recent past: as initiator, director and/or member of the research team.
A former academic advisor to the European Commission, I was convenor of the European Language Council's Task Force on Citizenship and Language in 2001-2 and author of the 2005 report for the ELC on Languages and Language-related Industries and Professions in the UK. Having been Director of The Annual Research Programme of the University's Institute for Advanced Studies (IAS) during 2006-07, I was heavily involved in the major AHRC Project Moving Manchester/Mediating Marginalities and in the work of Lancaster University's Centre for Transcultural Writing and Research. I am an active contributor to research groups on The Dynamics of Memory (see weblink above) and Europeanisation and Globalisation,co-ordinated by colleagues from the Department of European Languages and Cultures. Iwas also associate Chair of the EU-funded Lanqua Project's working group on Language and Intercultural Communication in European Higher Education, co-ordinated by Southampton University (2007-2010). I am currently working on a book for Cambridge University Press on the pragmatics of intercultural communication, based on the work of the ESRC-funded PIC Project of which I was the Director, and am also contributing to the book Postcolonial Manchester derived from the Moving Manchester project.
Other Interests and Hobbies
I am a keen (but increasingly handicapped) sailor, skier, cyclist and mountaineer. I have an enduring interest in theatre, cinema, reading, music, history, art and European culture generally, a lifelong love of the Alps and the English Lake District and - as a die-hard, patriarchal snob of the Private Eye/Beyond the Fringe generation - a powerful dislike of post-1980 Hollywood, Macdonalds, Colonel Saunders, Bruce Willis, Disneyland, Little Chef, The Apprentice, Costume drama and Reality TV.
Associated Keywords: Applied linguistics, Balkans , Citizenship, Cross-cultural encounters, Cross-cultural pragmatics, Derrida, Discourse analysis, Ethnography, European, European identity, Europeanisation, European languages, Foucault, France, French, French linguistics, Freud, Identity, Inter-language pragmatics, Life-writing, Locality, Migration and diaspora, Mobilities, Modern fiction, Multilingualism, Performance, Performance poetry, Postcolonial literature, Postcolonial theory, Postmodernism, Postmodern literature, Pragmatics, Pragmatic theory, Reading, Regional identity, Regional writing, Regions, Research methods, Sociology of literature, Textual criticism, Theatre, The north, The North West since 1750, The novel, Theories of modernity, Theory, Transcultural writing
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Office Hour: Tuesday 11-12
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