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Dr Charlotte Hammond

Dr Charlotte Hammond

Leverhulme Research Fellow

School of Modern Languages

Email:
hammondc6@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2251 0103
Location:
0.08, 66a Park Place, Cathays, Cardiff, CF10 3AS

I am a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow (2016-20) based at Cardiff School of Modern Languages. My current research project looks at how women garment and textile workers in Haiti and the Dominican Republic navigate and resist global economic structures and exploitative labour conditions.

More broadly, my research interests centre on Francophone colonial and postcolonial studies. I am particularly interested in the history and legacies of French colonialism and slavery in the Caribbean and how the ongoing effects of these processes are explored and reimagined through the aesthetics of a wide range of contemporary visual and material media, including film, art, performance and dress.

My first book is entitled Entangled Otherness: Cross-gender Fabrications in the Francophone Caribbean and was published with Liverpool University Press in 2018. I also have publications in the Journal of Haitian Studies, Women and Performance and Fashion Theory. 

I currently co-lead (with Dr Joey Whitfield) the Bodies and Borders research theme within the School of Modern Languages.

I joined Cardiff School of Modern Languages in 2014 after completing my PhD in the departments of Drama and French at Royal Holloway, University of London. During my PhD I spent a year conducting research and teaching at l’Université des Antilles et de la Guyane in Martinique. Whilst in the Caribbean I was a participating artist at the 2011 Ghetto Biennale, held in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. I have an MA in Theatre Design and in 2013 worked as a visiting lecturer at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama teaching Postcolonial Theatre. Prior to my doctoral studies, I have worked in the areas of costume design and video editing.

Professional memberships

  • Society for Francophone Postcolonial Studies
  • Haitian Studies Association

Speaking engagements

  • Keynote at Society for Francophone Postcolonial Studies PG conference, Birmingham, UK (2018)
  • Society for Caribbean Studies Annual Conference, London, UK (2018)
  • Ethnography and Cross-cultural Research Workshop, Cardiff, UK (2018)
  • Society for Francophone Postcolonial Studies Annual Conference, London, UK (2017)
  • Haitian Studies Association Conference, New Orleans, USA (2017)
  • Caribbean Traffic Symposium, ILAS, London, UK (2017)
  • Society for Francophone Postcolonial Studies Annual Conference, London, UK (2016)
  • Haitian Studies Association Annual Conference, Cap-Haitien, Haiti (2016)
  • Society for Caribbean Studies Annual Conference, University of Newcastle, UK (2016)
  • Society for French Studies Annual Conference, Cardiff University, UK (2015)
  • Caribbean Studies Association Annual Conference, New Orleans, USA (2015)
  • Haitian Studies Association Annual Conference, Port-au-Prince, Haiti (2013)
  • KOSANBA International Colloquium X, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA., USA (2013)
  • Society for Francophone Postcolonial Studies Annual Conference, London, UK (2012)

  • Caribbean Studies Association Annual Conference, Gosier, Guadeloupe (2012)

  • ‘Gender and Culture' Research Group, Centre de Recherche sur les Pouvoirs Locaux dans la Caraïbe (CRPLC), L’ Université des Antilles et de la Guyane, Martinique (2012)
  •  Society for Caribbean Studies Annual Conference, International Slavery Museum, Liverpool, UK (2011)

  •  Caribbean Unbound V: ‘Vodou and Creolité’, Franklin College Lugano, Switzerland (2011)

     

2019

2018

2017

2016

2012

  • ML6200 Imaging the Islands: Francophone Caribbean Cultures
  • ML6386 Advanced Translation Practice / ML6396 French for Professional Purposes
  • ML6299 Advanced French Language + version
  • ML1104 Contemporary French Language
  • ML1298 Innovations in European Literature
  • ML6199 Modern France
  • MA Translation Dissertation supervision

My current research project, entitled 'Caribbean Threads: Creole Networks of Cloth and Consumption', funded by the Leverhulme Trust, examines the design, trade and consumption of textiles and cloth in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. It is a study of how women garment workers, secondhand clothing traders and dressmakers resist and reconfigure global markets through their local organisation and entrepreneurial strategies. The project explores how women entrepreneurs mediate political and cultural identity in relation to their Caribbean neighbours and the enduring economic and cultural dominance of France and the U.S. in the region. For updates on this project please visit the accompanying blog.

My interdisciplinary doctoral research, fully funded by the AHRC, examined expressions of cross-dressing and gender performativity in contemporary Francophone Caribbean visual and performative cultures, focusing on the islands of Martinique, Guadeloupe and Haiti and their diasporic communities in metropolitan France. The blog has more information on this research project. 

My monograph based on this doctoral research, entitled Entangled Otherness: Cross-gender Fabrications in the Francophone Caribbean, was published with Liverpool University Press in 2018.

External profiles