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Dr Charlotte Hammond

Dr Charlotte Hammond

Lecturer in French Studies

School of Modern Languages

Email
hammondc6@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2251 0103
Campuses
0.08, 66a Park Place, Cathays, Cardiff, CF10 3AS
Users
Available for postgraduate supervision

Overview

My current research project explores the textile and garment industries in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. I study how women garment and textile workers in the region navigate and resist global economic structures and exploitative labour conditions through arts-based practices and community organisation.

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. It was shortlisted for the R. Gapper Book Prize for the best book in French Studies published in 2018.

I also have publications in the Journal of Haitian Studies, Women and Performance, Fashion Theory and Contemporary French Civilization. 

Biography

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.

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)

Committees and reviewing

Secretary of the Haiti Support Group 

Publications

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2016

2012

Teaching

Undergraduate modules

Slavery, Abolitionism and the Black Atlantic: A Transnational Perspective

Cultures in Context (French)

High-level Proficiency in French Language (Translation)

Postgraduate modules

MA Theorizing Global Cultures - Postcolonial Theory

MA Research Methods and Practice

MA Global Cultures dissertation supervision

MA Translation tutor/supervision

My current research project, funded by the Leverhulme Trust, examines the textile and garment industries in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. It is an ethnographic study of how women garment workers, secondhand clothing traders and dressmakers resist and reconfigure global markets through their local organisation and entrepreneurial strategies. 

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 project, entitled Entangled Otherness: Cross-gender Fabrications in the Francophone Caribbean, was published with Liverpool University Press in 2018.

Supervision

I am interested in supervising PhD students in the areas of:

  • Francophone Caribbean literature, film and art.
  • Slavery and its legacies
  • Textiles and dress
  • Modern forms of slavery in garment supply chains

External profiles