Professor Hanna Diamond
Professor of French
My work revolves around the social and cultural history of France during the Second World War and the memory of these events. I am interested in people’s everyday life experiences of this period and have published books on women and gender in France during the Second World War as well as on the effects of the defeat of France in 1940. I am currently working on a number of projects relating to the visual cultures of war, above all photography with particular reference to the First and the Second World War.
I use a variety of sources for my research including oral interviews and am interested in issues around digital testimony. I have developed an interactive website (http://www.fleeinghitler.org/) to enable people to post family stories of their experiences of Occupied Europe during the Second World War. I work with a number of non-academic partners in the UK and abroad including radio and television producers, the Imperial War Museum, the SNCF (French Railways) and the Welsh Centre for International Affairs.
I completed both my undergraduate and postgraduate careers at the University of Sussex. I gained an ESRC-CNRS scholarship to undertake my DPhil research in France. In 1992, I was awarded a History DPhil on “Women and the Second World War in the Toulouse region”.
After several years working in a variety of Parisian higher education institutions (Université de Paris III: La Sorbonne Nouvelle, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Fontenay-aux-Roses, Université de Paris X: Nanterre), I was appointed lecturer at the University of Bath in 1993.
I took up a Chair at Cardiff University in September 2014.
Editorial and External Examination
Co-series editor of the University of Wales Press series: French and Francophone Studies with C. Gorrara (Cardiff University)
Referee for the following journals: American Historical Review, Modern and Contemporary France, Women’s History Review, European History Quarterly, Women’s Studies International Forum, Journal for Memory Studies, French Historical Studies
Reader and reviewer for the following publishers: Berg, Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, Routledge, University of Wales Press, University of Manchester Press,
2011-Present: External Examiner for MA in European Studies at UCL
2010-2014: External examiner for MRes degree in Modern Languages at University of Southampton
2006-2009: External examiner for French degree programmes at Cardiff University
External Examiner for PhDs at University of Birmingham (2011) and the University of Southampton (2008).
2014: Directory of Postgraduate Research
Deputy Director of Research
School Impact Champion
Honours and awards
- April 2015: Honorary Friend of the Archive of Resistance Testimony, The Keep, University of Sussex
- October 2014: Consultant for an oral history exhibition on the lives of French Railway workers being held at the Archives Nationales in Paris
- September 2014: Consultant on oral history and visual cultures for the Heritage Lottery Funded project on Building Wales for Peace led by the Welsh Centre for International Affairs
- October 2013: Chair of the History Panel, South West and Wales, AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership
- April 2013: Elected Fellow of the Royal Historical Society
I am currently teaching on the first-year French introductory module: Modern France: War, Culture and Conflict. I offer a second year option module on Women and the Second World War in France. I convene and teach on an MA module Memories of the Second World War in European Autobiographical Writings.
I also have a number of final year and MA dissertation students who are working on topics close to my research interests.
I welcome applications from PhD students interested in all aspects of French Twentieth Century History and Politics particularly in relation to gender and oral history. I have considerable expertise on France and the Second World War and on Gender and Politics in France. I am particularly interested in projects relating to the memory of conflict especially in terms of visual memory (photography) and the commemoration of conflict.
I have supervised three students to completion and am currently supervising a project funded by the SWW AHRC DTP on the experience of British women in Occupied France.