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Dr Alastair Hemmens

Dr Alastair Hemmens

Lecturer in French

School of Modern Languages

+44 (0)29 2251 0105
2.36, 66a Park Place, Cathays, Cardiff, CF10 3AS
Available for postgraduate supervision

My research focuses on critical theory and modern European intellectual and cultural history. My most recent work is The Critique of Work in Modern French Thought, from Charles Fourier to Guy Debord (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019). I have 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), and I have previously edited a collection of essays, L’Extrême littéraire (Cambridge: CSP, 2012). I have written extensively about the Situationists, including a PhD thesis on the life and work of Raoul Vaneigem, and, in 2014, I was awarded a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship.

My office drop-in hours are 9 to 11 on Mondays.

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








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, populist movements in France, May '68 and the cultural 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 currently module convener for our first year French transnational module and one of the French section co-ordinators for our year abroad programme.

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


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