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Dr Alastair Hemmens

Dr Alastair Hemmens

Lecturer in French

School of Modern Languages

Email
hemmensa@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2251 0105
Campuses
2.36, 66a Park Place, Cathays, Cardiff, CF10 3AS
Users
Available for postgraduate supervision

Overview

My research focuses on critical theory and modern European intellectual and cultural history.

My most recent works include The Critique of Work in Modern French Thought, from Charles Fourier to Guy Debord (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019) and a co-edited volume, The Situationist International: A Critical Handbook (London: Pluto Press, 2020).

I have also translated a number of theoretical works by the philosopher Anselm Jappe, including The Writing on the Wall: On the Decomposition of Capitalism and its Critics (London: Zero Books, 2017).

I am the deputy school exams officer and the co-ordinator of our French year abroad programme. I also convene our first year French undergraduate culture programme.

My office drop-in hours are 10 to 12 on Mondays.

Biography

My university education began with a BA Hons in English Language and Literature at University College London. After this, I moved to Paris where I recieved a grant to study an MA in Paris Studies: The History and Culture of Paris at the University of London Institute in Paris (ULIP). I went on to do a PhD at ULIP in French and Comparative studies with a thesis on the life and work of the Belgian Situationist, Raoul Vaneigem. During my studies I worked as a TEFL teacher for the Riviera School of English in Torbay and as a private tutor in Paris. My first academic teaching post was working for the American University of Washington and Accent International in Paris as a lecturer in Paris: Civilization and Culture. In 2014, I was awarded a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowshop at Cardiff University School of Modern Languages. In 2019, I took on my current post here at Cardiff as Lecturer in French.

Honours and awards

Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship, 3 Years

Publications

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2019

2017

2015

2014

2013

2012

Teaching

I teach courses on modern French history and culture as well as translation. At present, topics include the development of the French nation state in the nineteenth century, the history and legacy of May '68 and the cultural and political memory of Napoleon Bonaparte. I have also taught modules on the the history of the French artistic avant-garde. Previous to moving to Cardiff, I taught the history and culture of Paris for the American University of Washington and Accent International in Paris. This included on-site visits to key monuments such as the Panthéon, Père Lachaise cemetery and Napoleon's tomb

I am the deputy school exams officer and the co-ordinator of our French year abroad programme. I also convene our first year French undergraduate culture programme.



 My research focuses on critical theory and French intellectual and cultural history. My research interests are quite broad, covering both nineteenth and twentieth century intellectual and cultural movements, but I have

Supervision

  • Modern French Intellectual and Cultural History
  • The Situationist International
  • The Post-War European Avant-Garde
  • Marxian Theory
  • The Critique of Value Dissociation / Wertabspaltungskritik