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Rebekah Vince

Curriculum Vitae

In April 2018, I began an Early Career Fellowship at the Institute of Advanced Study, University of Warwick. In June 2018, I successfully passed my PhD viva. Funded by The Wolfson Foundation, my doctoral research explores Francophone North African texts which deal with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, underpinned by the traumatic legacies of genocide and colonialism. In September-December 2016, I was a visiting scholar at the University of Ghent (Belgium) as part of the Cultural Memory Studies Initiative, directed by Stef Craps. As an Associate Tutor in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures, University of Warwick (January 2017-present) I have taught seminars for Modern French Language II (Translation) and The Story of Modern France. I have also given lectures for The Story of Modern France and Representations of the Holocaust.

Having a keen interest in memory studies and postcolonial studies, I am on the Advisory Board of the Memory Studies Association (November 2016-present) and the Executive Committee of the Society for Francophone Postcolonial Studies (November 2015-present). From February to July 2018, I was an intern with the European Association for Jewish Studies and co-founded EAJS Emerge, the postgraduate arm of the association.

In 2013, I received a First-Class BA Joint Hons degree in English and French from the University of Warwick (with a year abroad as a British Council language assistant in Alsace). In 2014, I completed a Masters by Research on the legacies of the Algerian War of Independance, while teaching English as a lectrice at the University of Burgundy.

Research interests

My research interests include:

  • Multilingualism and Translation
  • (Transcultural) Memory Studies
  • Postcolonial Studies
  • (Critical) Trauma Studies
  • Francophone Maghrebi Literature
  • Holocaust Literature
  • (Arab) Jewish Studies
  • Jewish-Muslim Relations
  • Israeli-Palestinian/Arab-Israeli Conflict
  • Debates on World Literatures (in French) and La Francophonie
PhD Project

Contemporary Franco-Maghrebi Writers and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Supervisors: Professor Pierre-Philippe Fraiture and Professor Seán Hand

Examiners: Professor Kate Marsh and Professor Nick Hewlett

Selected Publications

“Pulled in All Directions: The Shoah, Colonialism and Exile in Valérie Zenatti’s Jacob, Jacob (2014)”, Memory and Postcolonial Studies: Synergies and New Directions, ed. by Dirk Göttsche (Peter Lang, 2018), forthcoming

‘The (Im)possibility of Jewish-Palestinian Identity in Hubert Haddad’s Palestine’, Francosphères (Liverpool University Press), 7.1 (June 2018)

‘Memory Studies Goes Planetary: An Interview with Stef Craps’ (with Maria Roca Lizarazu), Exchanges, 5.2 (June 2018)

‘“Je commence là où ça se tait”: An Interview with Slimane Benaïssa’, Bulletin for Francophone Postcolonial Studies, 9.1 (Spring 2018), pp. 2-10

‘Intersubjective Memory in Maïssa Bey’s Novel Entendez-vous dans les montagnes’, Africa and the West, 13 (2017), pp. 70-85

‘“L’humain n’a pas de frontière”: An Interview with Hubert Haddad’, Bulletin for Francophone Postcolonial Studies, 8.1 (Spring 2017), pp. 2-10

Conference Report (with Antonia Wimbush): ‘SFPS PG Study Day 2016: (Be)Longing in the Francophone World’, Bulletin for Francophone Postcolonial Studies, 7.2 (Autumn 2016), p. 28

‘Out of Sight but not Out of Mind: Absence as Presence in French Postmemory Narrative’, Journal of History and Cultures, 5 (2015), pp. 41-64

Selected Conference Papers

‘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), 15-19 July 2018

‘Metamorphic Memories and Literatures of the World’, Archives of Resistance: Cosmopolitanism, Memory and World Literature, International Conference, University of Leeds (UK), 20-22 June 2018

‘Beyond the Récit de filiation: Affiliative Memory in Valérie Zenatti’s Mensonges [Lies] (2011)’, Oxford French Graduate Seminar, University of Oxford (UK), 22 May 2018

‘Arab-Jew or Pied-Noir Jew? Alternatives to Polarised Identity Positions in Slimane Benaïssa’s L’Avenir oublié [Forgotten Future] (1999)’, Rethinking Jewish and Non-Jewish Relations: Transdisciplinary Conference for ECRs in Jewish Studies, University of Graz (Austria), 7-9 May 2018

‘The French Presidential Debate: Memory Wars or Multidirectional Memory?’, Memory Studies Association, second annual conference, University of Copenhagen (Denmark), 14-16 December 2017

‘Conflicting Voices? Translating and Adapting Yasmina Khadra’s L’Attentat’, Transnational Memory, Translation and Adaptation, Postgraduate and Early Career Conference, School of Modern Languages and Cultures, Cardiff University (Wales, UK), 31 May 2017

‘Unsettling Memories: Trauma Moving Over Time’, Thinking Through the Future of Memory, Inaugural conference of the Memory Studies Association, Amsterdam (Netherlands), 3-5 December 2016

‘The (European) Holocaust and the (Arab) Jew in Israel’, Frankfurt Memory Studies Platform, Goethe University Frankfurt (Germany), 22 November 2016

‘Beyond Cosmopolitan Memory: Traumatic Past and Dialogic Present?’, Francophone Postcolonial Studies in the 21st Century, Society for Francophone Postcolonial Studies Annual Conference, Institute of Modern Languages Research, Senate House, University of London (UK), 18-19 November 2016

‘The Transcultural Potential of Arab (Jewish) Identity in Slimane Benaïssa's Avenir oublié’, Transnational Cultural Memory in the 21st Century, Postgraduate Symposium, King's College London (UK), 23 September 2016

‘Integration or Fundamentalism? The depiction of the Arab Israeli in Yasmina Khadra’s L’Attentat’, (Be)Longing in the Francophone World, Society for Francophone Postcolonial Studies Postgraduate Study Day, University of Birmingham (UK), 20 June 2016

‘Rethinking Linguistic Relation: Arabic and French in Leïla Sebbar’s Autobiographical Works’, Postcolonial Mobilities in the Francophone World, Society for Francophone Postcolonial Studies Annual Conference, Institute of Modern Languages Research, University of London (UK), 13-14 November 2015

‘The West Bank and the Frontier of Difference: Self and Other in Hubert Haddad’s Palestine’, Contested Political Spaces: Urban, Land and Other Struggles, Graduate Conference in Political Geography, University of Warwick (UK), 27-28 November 2014

‘Intersubjective Memory in Maïssa Bey’s Novel Entendez-vous dans les montagnes’, Postcolonial Theories in the 21st Century, International Conference, University of Oran (Algeria), 5-6 May 2014

Awards and Funding

Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarship, 2014-2017

French Department Bursary for Masters by Research, 2013-2014

Scholarship for Galilee Institute summer programme “Israel-Palestine Conflict: Understanding Both Sides” (80 academic hours, including study tours), July 2017

European Cooperation in Science and Technology (e-COST) funding for “In Search of Transcultural Memory in Europe” (ISTME) postgraduate training school, August 2016

Memberships

Memory Studies Association (MSA) - Advisory Board

Society for Francophone Postcolonial Studies (SFPS) - Executive Committee

European Association for Jewish Studies (EAJS)

Teaching

Associate Tutor in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures, University of Warwick (January 2017-present)

Modern French Language II second-year module: Translation language tutor (October 2017-June 2018)

The Story of Modern France first-year module seminar tutor (January 2018-March 2018), lecture on Maryse Condé’s Le cœur à rire et à pleurer

Lecture and seminar on Philippe Grimbert’s Un Secret for Representations of the Holocaust second-year module (February 2017)

French Academic Reading Group Tutor, University of Warwick (February-March 2015) – facilitating reading of French academic texts (including Frantz Fanon, Jean-Paul Sartre, Pierre Nora)

Other activities

Society for Francophone Postcolonial Studies Secretary (2014-present), Postgraduate Representative (2015-present), and Publicity Officer (2016-present, with Dr. Jamal Bahmad)

Co-organiser of the Society for Francophone Postcolonial Studies Postgraduate Study Day 2016

@MemStudiesAssoc Twitter account

Co-founder of MSA Forward, the Memory Studies Association's postgraduate initiative (with Hanna Teicher)

The Memory Group at Warwick University

Student Ambassador for the Holocaust Educational Trust (HET)

Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA) – Grade A

Commended Foyle Young Poet, The Poetry Society

Contact

R dot L dot Vince at warwick dot ac dot uk

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Rebekah dot Vince at warwick dot ac dot uk

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