Dr Jackie Clarke
- Senior Lecturer (French) (French)
Jackie Clarke's research interests reflect her cross-disciplinary training in History and French Studies, with a particular focus on twentieth and twenty-first-century France.
She has written on various aspects of interwar, postwar and contemporary France including:
• work and workers in French society and culture
• consumption and consumer culture
• deindustrialisation and its social and cultural legacies
• class and gender
• memory and nostalgia
• the history of experts and ‘technocrats’ in France
Her work draws on a range of sources from company archives and advertising to oral history interviews and working-class writings. Some of her work has also engaged with the philosophy of Jacques Rancière.
Her current book-length project, provisionally titled ‘Generation Moulinex’, uses the emblematic French domestic appliance brand as lens through which to explore questions about work, consumption and subjectivity in France since the 1950s.
In addition to publishing on all these themes, Jackie has extensive experience as an academic editor. She was Executive Editor of Modern and Contemporary France from 2006 to 2011 and has also guest-edited special issues of French History, Nottingham French Studies and Modern and Contemporary France.
She has co-organised a number of international conferences and symposia including, most recently, an event on Gender and Deindustrialisation (with colleagues from the Universities of Strathclyde, Paris-Est-Créteil and Bologna) and one on Work and Consumption from the 19th to the 21st Century (with colleagues from the Universities of Paris-Est-Créteil and Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne).
2012-14 British Academy/Leverhulme Small Grant ‘Afterlives of the Factory: Remembering Moulinex in Contemporary France’.
2010 British Academy Small Grant, ‘Generation Moulinex’.
2005 British Academy Conference Grant (with Joan Tumblety), ‘French History: Spaces and Places’.
2002 Arts and Humanities Research Board Matching Leave Scheme, ‘Modernity and Crisis: Engineering a New France’.
2000 British Academy Small Grant, ‘Modernity and Crisis’.
Jackie would welcome enquiries from students or prospective students interested in pursuing research on French history and society or on topics that intersect with the research interests listed above. Many PhD projects today cut across several fields or disciplines, rather than sitting within the expertise of a single supervisor. Jackie has previously collaborated with colleagues in supervising projects that draw on approaches from sociology, ethnography, translation studies and cultural studies as well as history. She has examined PhDs in both History and French Studies on topics ranging from automobile culture in France to housekeeping in postwar Scotland.
If you are interested in applying for a PhD, please get in touch to discuss your ideas. Jackie is happy to work with prospective applicants in order to help them develop a strong research proposal.
Jackie's teaching is concentrated in the field of modern French history. She also contributes to French language teaching.
French Culture 1 - National Histories
Consumption, Culture and Society in Modern France (Honours option)
France 1940-44 (Honours option)
Senior Honours French Language
Gender Culture and Text (MSc Gender History - co-taught with colleagues in History)
Jackie taught at University College Cork and the University of Southampton before joining the University of Glasgow in 2013. She is currently Learning and Teaching Convenor and Deputy Head of School in School of Modern Languages and Cultures.
She is a member of the Society for the Study of French History, the Association for the Study of Modern and Contemporary France and Association française pour l'histoire des mondes du travail.
She is a member of the Editorial Board of French Cultural Studies and the AHRC Peer Review College.