Dr Gillian Jein

Senior Lecturer in French

Position: Senior Lecturer in French and Francophone Studies

Originally from Drogheda, Ireland, Gillian joined the team at Modern Languages & Cultures in Bangor in 2012. She was educated at Trinity College, Dublin, pursuing a Two Subject Moderatership in French and History (BA, double first-class honours). Awarded a scholarship at the École Normale Supérieure, Ulm, she completed her Diplôme d’Études Approfondies (M.Phil equiv.) under the supervision of Philippe Hamon at the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle–Paris III before returning to Trinity to complete a PhD in French Studies, which examined French urban travel writing. Her research was fully funded by the Trinity College Ussher fellowship.

Before coming to Bangor, she held fixed-term lectureships at University of Stirling and Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick.

Her research is in the field of Francophone urban cultures, and draws upon cultural geographic methods to study literary and visual cultural production of and in the city. She has written on urban travel writing, ethnographic non-fiction as well as street art, and her current project examines the socio-spatial intersections of visual culture and urban regeneration in contemporary Paris. The early stages of this project have been funded by a small grant from the British Academy and Modern Humanities Research Association. Acutely interested in research that works at the juncture of theory and practice, she has collaborated with visual artists on projects exploring issues such as surveillance, privacy, environment and violence in contemporary society. She has also worked extensively on travel writing in urban spaces, a project which culminated in a monograph, Alternative Modernities in French Travel Writing: Engaging Urban Space in London and New York, 1851–1986 (London: Anthem Press, 2016), that looks at lesser-known as well as canonical French travel writers including Paul Morand, Jean-Paul Sartre, Georges Perec and Jean Baudrillard.

She is an editor of the Irish Journal of French Studies (2011— ) and a member of the Association d’Études Françaises et Francophones d’Irlande (ADEFFI), as well as of the Association for Modern and Contemporary France (ASMCF).

Email: g.jein@bangor.ac.uk

Phone: +44 (0)1248 382119

Location: Room 449, New Arts Building