Nicola Pearson

Ms Nicola Pearson


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Research interests


I am a researcher of contemporary art and literature in French from North Africa. I joined the Department of French at the University of Bristol in October 2016, having completed an MA by Research at the University of Nottingham.

PhD Project

Lives in Revolution: A Study of Postcolonial Tunisian Women’s Life Narratives in French (2010 - 2018)

Supervisors: Dr Siobhan Shilton (Bristol) and Professor Nina Parish (Stirling)

Research Interests

My research interests lie in the fields of life narrative and postcolonial studies in Francophone North Africa. Funded by the UK’s Arts and Humanities Research Council, my doctoral thesis is the first comprehensive study of life narratives in French by Tunisian women that emerged during the 2010 Tunisian Revolution and its immediate aftermath.  

Selected Publications

Pearson, N. (2018). Un amour de tn: Carnet photographique d'un retour au pays natal après la Révolution by Dora Latiri (review). L'Esprit Créateur 58(2), 140-141. Johns Hopkins University Press. 

Conference Report: ‘SFPS PG Study Day 2017: Trespassing Time and Space’, Bulletin for Francophone Postcolonial Studies, 8.2 (Autumn 2017), p. 36

Selected Conference Papers

Invited speaker: 'Breaking Taboos: Embodying Self and (M)other in Fawzia Zouari’s Le Corps de ma mѐre', All Souls College Oxford, Graduate French Seminar, 12 November 2019.

‘Revolutionary Digital Life-Narratives:  A Study of Lina Ben Mhenni’s blog A Tunisian Girl’, The Textualities of Auto/Biography: or, the Auto/biogrAfrical Conference, Inaugral IABA Africa colloquium, University of Stellenbosch (South Africa), 20 October 2017


University of Bristol:

CREATE Level 1 (Associate Fellow of the HEA) Teaching Qualification. 2020 (projected)

Lecturer and Tutor, FREN10011: Global French (2018 - 2019)

Seminar Tutor, FREN10008: Shaping France (2018 - 2019)

Seminar Tutor, FREN10010: Reading Literary and Visual Cultures (2019)

Widening Participation Tutor, Faculty of Arts (2019 - 2020)

University of Bath:

Seminar Tutor, PL10953: France and the Revolution(s): 1789-1968. (2017 - 2018)

Seminar Tutor, PL10949: France from the First World War to May '68. (2017 - 2018)

Funding and Grants

South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Studentship (AHRC), 2016 - 2020.

Faculty of Arts' Graduate Education Director's Award (£1330), 2019. Awarded a grant to organise a communication skills development session for Arts' PGRs.

Colston Research Society Travel Grant (£500), Faculty of Arts, University of Bristol, 2017.

Faculty of Arts PGR Travel Grant (£650), University of Bristol 2017.

Nottingham French Studies MA Scholarship (£6000), 2015 - 2016.

Highly Commended for the Mary Morrison Prize, University of Bristol 2013
For the best final-year coursework essay on a literary topic.

Academic Roles

Co-organiser: French Seminar Exchange between the University of Bristol and the 
University of Oxford. (2019 - 2020)

Co-organiser: ‘Trespassing Time and Space: The Postcolonial Encounter in the Francophone World’, SFPS Study Day for Postgraduate Students, Lancaster University. (2017) 

Conference Assistant, Memory and Postcolonial Studies: Synergies and New Directions Symposium’, University of Nottingham. (2016)

Peer Reviewer, Question (Postgraduate Journal for the SWW DTP). (2018 - 2019)

Founding Member, TRAM (Translation, Representation, Adaptation, Mobility) Research Cluster for the SWW DTP. (2017 - 2019)

PGR Representative, Society for Francophone Postcolonial Studies. (2016 - 2018)


Society for Francophone Postcolonial Studies (SFPS) 

South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership 



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