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Dr Fransiska Louwagie

Associate Professor of French Studies

School/Department: Arts, School of

Telephone: +44 (0)116 252 2684

Email: fl47@leicester.ac.uk

Profile

I completed my PhD on French post-Holocaust literature at the University of Leuven and held post-doctoral fellowships at the University of Leuven and Lessius University College.

As part of a research project on self-translation I undertook a three-month research stay at Harvard University in 2010 supported by a Fulbright Visiting Fellowship.

I joined the University of Leicester in 2011, and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2020.

I have been part of the Executive Committee of the AUPHF+ as membership secretary from 2018 until 2021, when I took up the role of Vice-Chair External Engagement and Communications for the University Council of Modern Languages.

I'm a member of the Editorial Board of Modern and Contemporary France and of the AHRC Peer Review College.

I'm the PI of ‘Covid in Cartoons’ (AHRC, 350k) and of a BA project with Manu Braganca on The Future of WWII France in Academia. I am also a member of the SSHRC-funded project ‘Narrative Art and Visual Storytelling in Holocaust and Human Rights Education’.

I am the author of Témoignage et littérature d’après Auschwitz (2020) and have co-edited several volumes and thematic issues, including:  Un ciel de sang et de cendres. Piotr Rawicz et la solitude du témoin (2013); Ego-histories of France and the Second World War: Writing Vichy (2018, co-edited with Manuel Bragança); Tradition and Innovation in Franco-Belgian bande dessinée (2021); Migration, Memory and the Visual Arts: Second-Generation (Jewish) Artists (forthcoming 2023).

Research

Research areas

My research combines literary studies with a range of interdisciplinary perspectives. I have in particular worked on survivor narratives and the representation of the Holocaust in contemporary Francophone fiction and bande dessinée. My research also focuses on issues of migration, bilingualism and translation.

As part of my work, I have undertaken various research collaborations in the field of drama and the visual arts, particularly graphic novels post-Holocaust art and political cartooning. I am currently the PI of Covid in Cartoons, an AHRC-funded project (£352054 at 100% FEC and £296928 at 80% FEC) conducted in partnership with Dr Di Levine (LIAS), Cartooning for Peace and Shout Out UK (2021-2022).

I have also been leading a GCRF IRDF ODA Block Grant project on 'Political Cartooning and Peace-Building in Conflict and Post-Conflict Contexts' (2021-2022).

I am currently a research partner for Narrative Art & Visual Storytelling in Holocaust and Human Rights Education (a three-year Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Partnership Development Grant based at the University of Victoria; 2019-2022).

I have recently been awarde a BA/Leverhulme small grant for a new project with Manu Bragança (UCD) on the The Future of WWII France in Academia: Contemporary Research Paradigms, Trajectories and Challenges, that is also supported by MHRA, UCML, IMLR, SFS and SSFH (2022-2044). This project builds on a previous collaboration and BA Small Grant with Bragança (Bragança-Louwagie, Ego-histories of France and the Second World War, Palgrave, 2018).

 

Research grants

  • 'The Future of WWII France in Academia: Contemporary Research Paradigms, Trajectories and Challenges' (BA/Leverhulme Small Grant, £4,772.90), PI, with Dr Manu Bragança, 2022-2014 - with further funding from MHRA, UCML, IMLR, SFS, SSFH. 
    'Covid in Cartoons' (AHRC-funded (£352054 at 100% FEC and £296928 at 80% FEC), PI, in partnership with Dr Di Levine (LIAS) Cartooning for Peace and Shout Out UK, 2021-2022. 
  • ‘Political Cartooning and Global Challenges: Maximising impact across settings and stakeholders’, 'ESRC IAA funding, £9,996.8), with Sarah Weidman and Kara Blackmore, University of Leicester ESRC Impact Acceleration Account, Large Rapid Response scheme, 2021-2022.
  • Design Methodology Hub, (Research England Fund for Participatory Research, £10,000), with Dr Di Levine and the University of Nairobi, 2022.
  • 'Political Cartooning and Peace-Building in Conflict and Post-Conflict Contexts (GCRF IRDF ODA Block Grant (£9676), PI, with Dr Di Levine, 2021-22. With further College Research Development Fund support (data analysis ‘Social cohesion with a pencil stroke’ – political cartooning in Ivory Coast), 2021-2022 (£3,270.80)'Across the Seasons: Memory Matters Today' (Toni Schiff Memorial Fund, £9,132.90), PI, with Caroline Sharples (UCLan) and CCM Theatre, 2015-2016.
  • 'France Vichy and me', (BA/Leverhulme Small Grant, (£6,266.30), Co-I, with Manu Braganca (Queen's University Belfast), 2014-2016. With further grants and support (£6,265) from the SSFH, the SFS, the ASMCF, the Stanley Burton Centre for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, the School of Modern Languages at the University of Leicester, the Centre for Collaborative Research in the Humanities at Queen’s University Belfast, the QUB Research Initiative Fund. 

Publications

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Books and thematic issues:

Imogen Wiltshire, Fransiska Louwagie (eds), Migration, Memory and the Visual Arts: Second-Generation (Jewish) Artists, Thematic Issue of European Judaism, Spring 2023, forthcoming.

Fransiska Louwagie, Simon Lambert (eds), Tradition and Innovation in Franco-Belgian bande dessinée, Thematic issue of European Comic Art, November 2021.

Fransiska Louwagie, Témoignage et littérature d'après Auschwitz, Brill - Rodopi, 2020.

Manu Braganca, Fransiska Louwagie (eds.), Ego-histories of France and the Second World War: Writing Vichy, Palgrave, 2018.

Kirsten Malmkjaer, Adriana Serban, Fransiska Louwagie (eds.), Key Cultural Texts in Translation, John Benjamins, 2018

Anny Dayan Rosenman, Fransiska Louwagie (eds), Un ciel de sang et de cendres. Piotr Rawicz et la solitude du témoin, Paris, Kimé, 2013

Fransiska Louwagie, Daniel Weyssow (eds), La bande dessinée dans l'orbe des guerres et des genocides du XXe siècle, Thematic Issue of Témoigner, Entre histoire et mémoire. Revue pluridisciplinaire de la Fondation Auschwitz, 109 (2011), 220 p.


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Supervision

Past PhD supervision:

Anna Scanlon The Image of Anne Frank in Modern Theatre (second supervisor)

Mashael Al-Mutairi Quality Assessment of the Translation of the Arab Spring Presidential Speeches (2nd supervisor)

Chokri Ghezal Negotiating Translation Options with Potential Readers: Applying Skopos Theory to Culturally-bound texts (2nd supervisor)

Margrethe Stuttaford The British and German translations of Pippi Longstocking: A translational stylistics analysis (1st supervisor)

Current PhD supervisions:

Ana Rodrigues dos Santos Critical engagement with language and depiction of reality in contemporary visual and digital poetry (1st supervisor)

Georgia Parsisson The survivors of Rwanda: The hierarchical split between methods of surviving the genocide in 1994 (2nd supervisor)

Sheam Khan A Critical Study of Ideology in Translation of the Qur'an (2nd supervisor)

Amjad Alliheibi Translation of Self-Help Literature into Arabic (2nd supervisor)

Zainab Al-Otoom Translating Modern Arabic Fiction into English: A Sociosemiotic Approach (2nd supervisor)"

Teaching

FR1014 Twentieth Century French Literature

TS3006 Extended translation (team-taught; module coordinatore)

TS7002 Research Skills and Methods in Translation Studies

TS7003 Current Issues in Translation Studies (team-taught)

Activities

Recent Research Projects

  • 'Covid in Cartoons' (AHRC-funded (£352054 at 100% FEC and £296928 at 80% FEC), PI, in partnership with Dr Di Levine (LIAS) Cartooning for Peace and Shout Out UK, 2021-2022. 
    Links: https://le.ac.uk/covid-in-cartoons 

  • ‘Political Cartooning and Global Challenges: Maximising impact across settings and stakeholders’, 'ESRC IAA funding, £9,996.8), with Sarah Weidman and Kara Blackmore, University of Leicester ESRC Impact Acceleration Account, Large Rapid Response scheme, 2021-2022.
    Link: https://le.ac.uk/covid-in-cartoons
  • Design Methodology Hub, (Research England Fund for Participatory Research, £10,000), with Dr Di Levine and the University of Nairobi, 2022.
  • 'Political Cartooning and Peace-Building in Conflict and Post-Conflict Contexts (GCRF IRDF ODA Block Grant (£9676), PI, with Dr Di Levine, 2021-22. With further College Research Development Fund support (data analysis ‘Social cohesion with a pencil stroke’ – political cartooning in Ivory Coast), 2021-2022 (£3,270.80)
    Link: https://le.ac.uk/covid-in-cartoons

  • 'Across the Seasons: Memory Matters Today' (Toni Schiff Memorial Fund, £9,132.90), PI, with Caroline Sharples (UCLan) and CCM Theatre, 2015-2016.

  • 'France Vichy and me', (BA/Leverhulme Small Grant, (£6,266.30), Co-I, with Manu Braganca (Queen's University Belfast), 2014-2016. With further grants and support (£6,265) from the SSFH, the SFS, the ASMCF, the Stanley Burton Centre for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, the School of Modern Languages at the University of Leicester, the Centre for Collaborative Research in the Humanities at Queen’s University Belfast, the QUB Research Initiative Fund. 

Conferences

Recent Conference and Event Organisation:

  • With Manu Bragança, 'The Future of WWII France in Academia: Contemporary Research Paradigms, Trajectories and Challenges', University of Leicester, 7-8 June 2022.
  • With Shout Out UK, ‘Cartoons and Creative Solutions: Youth Perspectives for the Future’, Forum For Global Challenges, University of Birmingham, 4 May 2022.
  • 'Cartooning in conflict situations’, Online ODA-project roundtable, 20 May 2021.
  • With Imogen Wilthsire, ‘Migration, Memory and the Visual Arts: Second-Generation (Jewish Artists’, 7 May 2021, University of Leicester, recordings available via the CSSAH Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLLJVIW3P1Ob5BlLqvyqYMjJYrPrunijf7
  • With Simon Lambert, ‘Tradition and Innovation in Franco-Belgian bande dessinée’, International Symposium, 7 May 2021, University of Leicester; keynote recording available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gqYMmUT8gbc
  • ‘Dissent and Displacement’ Public Seminar Series, in collaboration with Leicester Museums & Galleries, 16 February – 25 March 2020 (with Dr Imogen Wiltshire and Dr Paul Moore).
  • 'America is also a Québec novel. Literary encounter with Québec writers Lise Gauvin and Madeleine Monette’, in collaboration with the Centre for Translation and Interpreting Studies and the Centre for New Writing and the Québec Government Office in the UK, 25 March 2019, University of Leicester.

 

Recent Papers (selected): 

  • With Rebecca Harvey-Hobbs (Vehicle Art), 'Youth Perspectives and Political Cartooning on the Covid-19 Pandemic: Public Engagement through the Arts', Pint of Science Festival’ Leicester, 10 May 2022.
  • “Covid in Cartoons: critical literacy and resilience during the pandemic”, Pandemic Perspectives Seminar Series 2021, Online, 9 December 2021.
  • “Covid in Cartoons: Project Presentation”, AHRC workshop Pandemic and Beyond, Online, 20 May 2021.
  • “The Daily Magic of Evil: Auschwitz and After in the Work of Imre Kertész”, Invited talk at the College of Europe, Bruges, 15 October 2019.
  • “The art of provocation” OWRI-AHRC Conference “Performing Multilingualism in World Literatures: Aesthetics and Activism”, University of Oxford, 20-22 September 2018.
  • With Caroline Sharples “Testifying to Genocide: A Critical Use of Cultural Memory in Holocaust Education”, AHRC Network Conference “Culture and its Uses as Testimony”, Birmingham University, 11-12 April 2018. 

Qualifications

Bachelor of Romance linguistics and literature (KU Leuven - Kortrijk)

Master (Licence) of Romance linguistics and literature (KU Leuven)

Advanced Interuniversitary Master in Literary Studies PhD (KU Leuven)

Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy.

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