Andrew Hussey appointed first Director of new Centre for Postcolonial Studies

Wednesday 2 April 2014

Andrew Hussey © Jerry Bauer - Agence OpaleAndrew Hussey has been appointed the first Director of a new Centre for Postcolonial Studies at the University of London’s School of Advanced Study it was announced today. Professor Hussey will also become the School’s first Professor of Cultural History.

Professor Hussey is currently Dean of the University of London Institute in Paris (ULiP), a post he has held for eight years. He takes up his new role in September.

He commented:  “I am very excited to be taking up this new post, which will be based in Paris, and where I will help establish the University of London as an intellectual presence in Europe and elsewhere. Most importantly, I think that in political and cultural terms, the time is right for the School of Advanced Study, and indeed the University of London, to engage with new transnational forms of collaboration and research.”

Professor Roger Kain, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research), said: “I am absolutely delighted that we have persuaded Andrew to join the School of Advanced Study. He arrives at an exciting time for us as we embark on a period of investment and growth. The School has an increasingly important role to play in national and international advocacy for the humanities and Andrew’s arrival significantly increases our capability. As well as a long list of formidable academic achievements, he has in recent years become one of the UK’s most recognisable advocates for the humanities through his varied careers as journalist, television and radio presenter. I am very much looking forward to working with him.”

Professor Sir Adrian Smith, Vice-Chancellor of the University of London, said: “I am very pleased that we will be keeping Andrew within the University “family”. He has achieved a great deal over the last eight years – increasing ULiP’s research capacity, developing the Masters programme and launching the influential new journal, “Francospheres” to name but a few of his successes. He has been a valuable ambassador for the University in its relations with The Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the British Council and the British Embassy in Paris, and we look forward to him working closely with the School’s Institutes, and the colleges and institutes of the University of London.”            



School of Advanced Study
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Andrew Hussey
Professor Andrew Hussey is a native of Liverpool and studied at the universities of Manchester and Lyon III.

He started his career as a journalist writing for Julie Burchill's Modern Review and since has written for every major British newspaper as well as the TLS, the LRB and the Literary Review. These days he writes mainly for the New Statesman and the Guardian/Observer.

Professor Hussey began his academic career with an MPhil on Louis Ferdinand Céline and then a PhD on Georges Bataille. He has written on Guy Debord the Lettristes, William Burroughs and North African writing. Professor Hussey's biography of Guy Debord was chosen by Julian Barnes as 'International Book of the Year' in the Times Literary Supplement 2001. His book on Paris was described by Peter Ackroyd as 'masterly' and as 'a magnificent achievement' by the New York Times. In France, this book was shortlisted for the Prix Grandgousier and has been praised in the pages of Le Monde des Livres, Le Nouvel Observateur and L'Humanité as well as being chosen as a book of the week by Jacques Munier on France-Culture. In 2011 he was awarded an OBE in for services to Anglo-French cultural relations.

Professor Hussey's latest book is called 'The French Intifada: The Long War Between France and its Arabs' and has been published in 2013 by Granta UK, Faber USA and La Martinière France. He also makes documentaries for television and radio including the widely acclaimed 'France on a Plate' first shown on BBC4 in 2011. More recently he has featured on Radio 4's 'Start the Week' on 10 March 2014 and has further radio documentaries in production.

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