Nicola FrithDr Nicola Frith

University of Edinburgh, UK
Tel: 00 44 (0)131 650 8967

Research profile


Nicola Frith is a Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Edinburgh and is a specialist in Francophone Postcolonial Studies and Slavery Studies. She is the author of a monograph entitled The French Colonial Imagination: Writing the Indian ‘Mutiny’ from Second Empire to Third Republic (Lexington Books, 2014). Her research focuses on memories of slavery and colonialism, and their effects on contemporary French society, with a particular focus on the socio-political contexts that are shaping activist movements and memorialization processes within and beyond the French nation-state. Her current project is funded by the AHRC under the Leadership Fellows Scheme and is entitled ‘Mapping Memories of Slavery: Commemoration, Community and Identity in Contemporary France’. See here for a full list of publications, grants and research interests.

Joyce Hope ScottDr Joyce Hope Scott

Wheelock College, Boston, USA
Tel: 001 617 879 2403



Joyce Hope Scott is an Associate Professor of American Studies and Humanities at Wheelock College, Boston where she teaches African American literature, Theatre, American Popular Culture, Literature and History of the Caribbean, and African Spirituality in the Literature and Culture of America. She is a nationally and internationally-recognized educator, scholar and researcher in the field of American, African-American and Diaspora Studies. Professor Hope Scott is a Scholar of the Oxford Round Table and a former Fulbright Scholar to Burkina Faso and the Republic of Bénin, West Africa. She has presented numerous, lectures, workshops and scholarly papers at national and international conferences and programs, and has lectured extensively for U.S. Embassies and American Cultural Centres throughout Africa.

Professor Hope Scott is the recipient of many awards and recognitions, including Massachusetts Council of the Humanities Lead Scholar for ‘The Emancipated Century’ Project, Africanist Fellow at the Centre for African, Caribbean, and Community Development (University of Massachusetts/Boston), and recipient of the Gordon Marshall Fellowship Award for outstanding scholarship. She is author of numerous publications on African American writers and African Diaspora literatures and culture including: ‘Subversive Language and the Carnivalesque in Toni Morrison’s Novels’, in The Cambridge Companion to Toni Morrison; ‘Commercial Deportation as Rite of Passage in Black Women’s Novels’ in Moving Beyond Boundaries (New York University Press); Camel Tracks: Critical Perspectives on Literature of the African Sahel (Africa World Press); and ‘Alden Bland and the Chicago Renaissance’, in The Chicago Black Renaissance (University of Chicago Press). Her current research includes work on ‘Law, Narrative and Citizenship in African American Literature’.

Sarah ArensSarah Arens

University of Edinburgh, UK



Sarah Arens is a PhD candidate in the French department at the University of Edinburgh and holds an M.A. in French Philology, American Studies and English Philology from Saarland University, Germany. Her doctoral research examines contemporary Belgian Francophone migrant and postcolonial literature, in particular the effects of migration on the perception of the urban space, and is funded by the Centre of Francophone Belgian Studies’ LLC Scholarship Award 2013 and the German Academic Exchange Service’s (DAAD) Scholarship Award 2014.