Scientific Committee


Scientific Committee 

  • Stéphanie BÉLANGER  CMRC, Kingston, Canada   [see bio]
  • James CHAPMAN  Leicester, Great Britain   [see bio]
  • Corinne DAVID-IVES  ACE, Rennes 2, France   [see bio]
  • Jeffrey DEMSKY  San Bernardino Valley College, CA, USA   [see bio]
  • Renée DICKASON  ACE, Rennes 2, France   [see bio]
  • Susan FINDING  MIMMOC, Poitiers, France   [voir bio]
  • Anne-Laure FORTIN-TOURNÈS  3 LAM, Le Mans, France   [see bio]
  • Matthew GRAVES  LERMA, Aix, France   [see bio]
  • Hélène HARTER  CERHIO, Rennes 2, France   [see bio]
  • Judith KEENE  Sydney, Australia   [see bio]
  • Françoise KRÁL ERIBIA, Caen, France   [see bio]
  • Delphine LEMONNIER-TEXIER  ACE, Rennes 2, France   [see bio]
  • Daniel PALMIERI  ICRC, Geneva, Switzerland   [see bio]
  • Michael PARSONS  Pau et Pays de l’Adour, France   [see bio]
  • Michel PRUM Paris Diderot, France   [see bio]
  • Elizabeth RECHNIEWSKI  Sydney, Australia   [see bio]
  • Jean-Claude SERGEANT  Paris 3, France   [see bio]
  • Gilles TEULIÉ LERMA, Aix, France   [see bio]
  • Stephen WHITFIELD  Boston, Mass., USA   [see bio]


Short presentation


Stéphanie Bélanger

Stéphanie BÉLANGER

CMRC, Kingston, Canada

Stéphanie A.H. Bélanger, PhD, is the Associate Scientific Director of the Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research, the co-editor of A New Coalition for a Challenging Battlefield (CDA Press 2012) and of Shaping the future (CDA Press 2011), as well as of Transforming traditions (CDA Press 2010). She is associate professor at the French Department of the Royal Military College of Canada where her research focusses on War Testimony and Soldier Identity. She also specializes on the Representation of the Warrior through Just War Theories, topic on which she published the monograph Guerre, sacrifices et persécutions (Paris: Editions l’Harmattan, 2010). Active researcher, she co-chaired three colloquiums and she is sitting on the board of a fourth and fifth one; she frequently presents conferences at the national and international level as well as publishes articles and chapters in peer reviewed journals and books. She is co-chair of the Kingston Garrison Diversity Advisory Group for Persons with Disabilities since 2010 and she serves as a logistics officer in the Naval Reserve since 2004.


James Chapman


Leicester, Great Britain

James Chapman is Professor of Film Studies at the University of Leicester, UK, and is editor-in-chief of the Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television. His research interests include the history of British cinema and television, the cultural politics of popular fictions, and the representation of war and history in the mass media. His publications include: The British at War: Cinema, State and Propaganda, 1939-1945 (London: I.B. Tauris, 1998), Licence To Thrill: A Cultural History of the James Bond Films (London: I.B. Tauris, 1999, 2nd edn 2007), Past and Present: National Identity and the British Historical Film (London: I.B. Tauris, 2005), Inside the Tardis: A Cultural History of 'Doctor Who' (London: I.B. Tauris, 2006, 2nd edn 2013), The New Film History: Sources, Methods, Approaches (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007, co-edited with Mark Glancy and Sue Harper), War and Film (London: Reaktion, 2008), Projecting Empire: Imperialism and Popular Cinema (London: I.B. Tauris, 2009, co-authored with Nicholas J. Cull), Projecting Tomorrow: Science Fiction and Popular Cinema (London: I.B. Tauris, 2013, co-authored with Nicholas J. Cull) and Film and History (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013).


Corinne David-Ives


ACE, Rennes 2, France

Corinne David-Ives is currently a senior lecturer at the European University of Brittany — Rennes 2 (France). Her research work is in the field of Commonwealth Studies, with a focus on New Zealand. She is interested in identity politics and in the place of indigenous peoples in the former British colonies of settlement. She is working on the strategies used nationally and internationally by indigenous peoples for recognition and empowerment. She has published several studies in France and abroad on reconciliation politics and the representation of indigenous minorities.


Jeffrey Demsky

Jeffrey DEMSKY

San Bernardino Valley College, CA, USA

Dr. Jeffrey Demsky is currently an instructor of History at San Bernardino Valley College (U.S.A.). His research interests center on modern American cultural and political history, in particular the semiotics of war and memory. Jeffrey Demsky is interested in the ways that messages embedded in public artifacts e.g. political speeches, motion pictures, news media, and monuments change over time. His work explores how the ephemeral nature of imagery and rhetoric challenge the constancy of scholarly interpretations and social memorialization. He has authored several studies on these topics in the U.S. and abroad. In 2012, Revue LISA / LISA e-journal published his article, “Four Freedoms, For All: American Information Agencies and the Effort to Publicize Nazi Crimes Against Humanity.”




ACE, Rennes 2, France

Renée Dickason is currently Professor at the European University of Brittany — Rennes 2 (France). Her research work is in the field of British cultural history, in particular the visual media and the representation of contemporary British society through television fictions, political communication and government advertising. She is interested in the phenomenon of war memories and in the representation of the ‘real’  and the shaping of reality in films, documentaries and comedy series. She has published several studies on these topics in France and abroad. In 2003, she created Revue LISA/LISA e-journal, which is hosted by (CLEO, CNRS, EHESS) and is part of the Presses Universitaires de Rennes.


Susan Finding


MIMMOC, Poitiers, France

Susan Finding is Professor of British Studies at the University of Poitiers. She has published extensively on British social and political history. Trained as a historian at the University of Sussex, she began her academic career as a specialist on French domestic reactions to the First World War. She is the head of the MIMMOC research team (Poitiers University) and the FE2C (Fédération pour l'étude des civilisations contemporaines) uniting area studies academics across the centre-west of France, and editor of Mémoires, identités, marginalités dans le monde occidental contemporain, Cahiers du MIMMOC, an online academic review hosted by


Anne-Laure Fortin-Tournès


3 LAM, Le Mans, France

Anne-Laure Fortin-Tournès is a Professor of English literature at the Université du Maine (Le Mans) in France. Her research interests focus on the representation of violence in contemporary British fiction. She has published books as well as a number of articles on Martin Amis and postmodernism (2003), on the figures of violence (2005) and on text/image relations (2008) in British fiction. Her current research focuses on trauma theory.


Matthew Graves

Matthew GRAVES

LERMA, Aix, France

Matthew Graves is an Associate Professor in British and Commonwealth Studies at Aix-Marseille University and a Fellow of the Museum of Australian Democracy and the Royal Geographical Society. His research interests lie at the crossroads of transnational history and political geography and he has published widely on issues of place, collective memory and identity in 19th and 20th century Europe and Australasia, with an emphasis on political mappings and social constructions and representations of space. His current work focuses on geographies of remembrance in the Asia-Pacific region. Recent international publications include ‘Histories of Forgetting in the English and French-speaking worlds, 19th-20th centuries’, a special issue of the journal E-rea (LERMA, Vol. 10.1 2012, co-edited with Valérie André). He is commissioning editor of the ‘Contemporary Societies’ imprint of the University of Provence Press and co-convenor of Geographies of Displacement seminar (Aix-Marseille University-Montpellier III). He is currently writing a book about commemorative diplomacy for publication in 2013.


Hélène Harter


CERHIO, Rennes 2, France

Hélène Harter is Professor of Contemporary History at the European University of Brittany — Rennes 2, specialising in the history of North America (USA and Canada). The history of wars and crises is central to her research, in particular the Second World War. Beyond these strategic issues, she works on the influence of wars on societies and on the impact of conflicts on public policies. Hélène Harter has written La civilisation américaine (Presses Universitaires de France, coll. « Quadrige », new edition, 2006, co-authored), L’Amérique en guerre : les villes pendant la Seconde Guerre mondiale (Galaade, 2006), Pearl Harbor (Tallandier, coll. L’histoire en batailles, 2011) and Les Présidents américains (Tallandier, 2012, co-authored).


Judith Keene

Judith KEENE

Sydney, Australia

Judith Keene is an Associate Professor in the History Department at the University of Sydney, Australia. Her research focuses on the cultural history of twentieth century war, including art and cinema, and the formation of individual and collective memory. She has published on the Spanish civil war and World War two and is currently writing a history of memory and the Korean War. She is also part of a research group, funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC), that is examining the transnational uses of the past in the post cold war world. See


Francoise Kral

Françoise KRÁL

ERIBIA, Caen, France

Françoise Král is Professor of English Studies and Postcolonial Literature at the University of Caen Basse-Normandie (English department). She has published extensively on post-colonial and diasporic studies; her work has appeared in The Journal of Post-colonial Writing, Commonwealth Essays and Studies, Gothic Studies and Tropismes. She is the author of Critical Identities in Contemporary Anglophone Diasporic Literature (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009) and has edited two collections of essays Re-presenting Otherness: Mapping the colonial ‘self’/Mapping the indigenous ‘other’ in the Literatures of Australia and New Zealand (Nanterre: Publidix, 2004) and Architecture and Philosophy: New Perspectives on the Work of Arakawa and Gins (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2011) which she has co-edited with Jean-Jacques Lecercle. She is currently finishing a book on social invisibility and the diasporic subject.


Delphine Lemonnier-Texier


ACE, Rennes 2, France

Delphine Lemonnier-Texier is a former student of the Ecole Normale Supérieure of Fontenay-St Cloud. She is currently a senior lecturer in Shakespearean and drama studies at the European University of Brittany   Rennes 2. She has written a number of articles and edited collections of essays on Shakespeare’s plays as well as on the plays of Samuel Beckett. She is currently working on the notions of role and character in Shakespearean drama, and on contemporary stage adaptations of Shakespearean plays in France, as well as on the stage representation of violence/war in Shakespeare’s histories and in contemporary British drama (she has co-edited L’esthétique de la trace. Ecriture, representation et mémoire chez Samuel Beckett, Rennes, PUR, 2012, and she is the author of an essay on trauma in Caryl Churchill’s Seven Jewish Children). She has translated into French (with Nicolas Boileau) Aleks Sierz’s In-Yer-Face theatre: British Drama Today (Presses Universitaires de Rennes). She is also a series editor with Presses Universitaires de Rennes (“Interférences” series co-editor, “Didact anglais” series co-editor and “Univers Anglophones” series editor).


Daniel Palmieri


ICRC, Geneva, Switzerland

Daniel Palmieri joined the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in 1994 and, since 2002, he has been Head of Historical Research at the Library and Public Archives Unit. His research is based on the history of the ICRC and more generally on humanitarian actions in wartime and on the history of armed conflicts. He belongs to several historical scientific committees, including that of the Rivesaltes Memorial. He is also co-founder of the History of International Organizations Network (HION) which gathers some 250 specialists worldwide on the history of international organisations.


Michael Parsons


Pau et Pays de l’Adour, France

Michael Parsons is currently Professor at the University of Pau in South-West France. His research work is primarily in the field of British history and politics, with a particular, though by no means exclusive, attention to foreign policy and the Empire and Commonwealth. He has shown a keen and continuing interest in the Falklands War which is a fascinating opportunity to study a number of themes such as ideas of national identity, representations of conflict in media and film and diplomatic history. He is director of a research federation which focuses on “Spaces, frontiers and hybridity”.


Michel Prum

Michel PRUM

Paris Diderot, France

Michel Prum is Professor of British Area Studies at Université Paris Diderot, Sorbonne Paris Cité, and Deputy Director of his research unit, “Identités, Cultures, Territoires”. After working for many years on early British socialism and Utopia, he has moved to new fields of research, including ethnicity and Darwinism. He founded the Groupe de Recherche sur l’Eugénisme et le Racisme (GRER) in 1998, a research team which has produced some twenty collective books on eugenics and ‘race’ in the English-speaking world and has co-organised several international conferences in France and in Africa. He is head of the “Racisme et Eugénisme” book series at L’Harmattan publishing house, Paris. He has also specialised in the French reception of Darwinism and has been co-editing a new French translation of Darwin’s complete works for Slatkine, Geneva.


Elizabeth Rechniewski


Sydney, Australia

Elizabeth Rechniewski is Honorary Senior Lecturer in the School of Languages and Cultures, University of Sydney. She has a long-standing research interest in nationalism and the construction of national identity and in particular in the role of commemoration and memorial politics in national life in France and Australia. This research continues through collaboration with Dr Matthew Graves (Université Aix-Marseille) on a comparative study of the topography of memorialism in France and Australia, leading to several articles and a special issue of Portal vol. 7,1, March 2010: ‘Fields of Remembrance’. (Rechniewski: ‘Remembering the Battle for Australia’; Rechniewski & Graves: ‘From Collective Memory to Transcultural Remembrance’). Another co-edited issue of Portal ‘Geographies of Identity’, will appear in mid-2013. She is currently member of a team of five researchers studying the impact of the end of the Cold War on memory wars and the politics and practices of commemoration in Spain, France, Indonesia, and Chile.



Jean-Claude SERGEANT

Paris 3, France

Jean-Claude Sergeant was emeritus Professor at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University (Paris 3). He originally specialised in the study of the British media before enlarging his research interests to the field of defence and foreign policies. He has published six books under his name or in collaboration, among which La Grande-Bretagne de Margaret Thatcher (1994) and Les Médias britanniques (2004) and has contributed over a hundred articles and book chapters dealing with various aspects of his fields of research. He has co-edited with David Fée Ethique, politique et corruption au Royaume-Uni published in 2013 by Presses Universitaires de Provence.


Gilles Teulié


LERMA, Aix, France

Gilles Teulié is Professor of British and Commonwealth Studies at the University of Provence (Aix-Marseille). He has written extensively on South African history and the Victorian period. He published a book on the Afrikaners and the Anglo-Boer War (Les Afrikaners et la guerre anglo-Boer  1899-1902  Étude des cultures populaires et des mentalités en présence, at the University of Montpellier Press, in 2000). He has edited several collections of essays including Religious Writings and War (Carnets du Cerpac, no 3, University of Montpellier III, 2006), Victorian Representations of War (Cahiers Victoriens et Édouardiens, no 66, October 2007), War Sermons,co-edited with Laurence Sterritt (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2009), Healing South African Wounds, co-edited with Mélanie Joseph-Vilain (Carnets du Cerpac, no 7, 2009, Presses Universitaires de la Méditerranée, Montpellier) and L’Afrique du Sud de Nouvelles identités ? (South Africa: New Identities ?), co-edited with Marie-Claude Barbier at Presses Universitaires de Provence, 2010).




Boston, Mass., USA

Stephen J. Whitfield is Professor of American Studies at Brandeis University, where he has specialized in the intersection of politics and ideas in twentieth-century America. He has published two biographical studies of anti-war intellectuals, Scott Nearing: Apostle of American Radicalism (1974) and A Critical American: The Politics of Dwight Macdonald (1984). Professor Whitfield has also published a study of how politics affected American art and thought in the 1950s, in The Culture of the Cold War (1991, 1996). His articles have included historical analysis of how works of fiction illuminate the policies that the United States pursued in Vietnam. He has also served as a visiting professor of American Studies in Jerusalem, Paris and Munich.





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