Professor Bill Marshall appointed Director of the Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies

Friday 8 July 2011

Professor Bill Marshall has been appointed as the new Director of the Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies, one of the 10 prestigious Institutes that make up the University of London’s School of Advanced Study.

Professor Marshall, who is currently at the School of Languages, Cultures and Religions, University of Stirling, will assume the part-time Directorship from 1 August 2011 on secondment.

Professor Roger Kain, Dean and Chief Executive of the School of Advanced Study, said: “I am delighted that we have been able to make such an excellent appointment. Professor Marshall brings with him a wealth of contemporary knowledge and experience, which will prove an invaluable asset as the Institute continues to evolve and prosper.”

Professor Marshall said: “I am thrilled to have this opportunity to contribute to the development and support of our Modern Languages disciplines in all their diversity, and look forward at the Institute to promoting dialogue between them and to exploring the new directions they are taking in these challenging times for the Humanities .”

Bill Marshall did his first degree in French with Spanish at the former Westfield College, University of London, before going on to postgraduate study in Paris and Oxford. He taught for 16 years at the University of Southampton before taking up a Chair in Modern French Studies at the University of Glasgow and, in 2008, a Chair in Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies at Stirling.

Professor Marshall’s research interests lie on the interface of culture and politics in the French-speaking world since 1900, using theory to explore that relationship. He has written extensively on French and Francophone cinema, on Quebec, and on issues of gender and sexuality. His recent work has contributed, via the idea of ‘the French Atlantic’, to reformulations of the field of French and Francophone Studies.

His main works are: Victor Serge: The Uses of Dissent (Oxford: Berg Publishers, 1992); Guy Hocquenghem (London: Pluto Press, 1996; Durham: Duke University Press, 1997); Quebec National Cinema (Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2001); (edited) France and the Americas: Culture, History, Politics (Oxford & Santa Barbara: ABC-Clio, 2005), 3 volumes; André Téchiné (Manchester University Press, 2007); The French Atlantic: Travels in Culture and History (Liverpool University Press, 2009).

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The Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies was established in 2004 with the merger of the two Institutes of Germanic Studies and Romance Studies, founded in 1950 and 1989 respectively. It is one of the ten Institutes of the University of London's School of Advanced Study. Its purpose is to promote and facilitate the study of the cultures of German-speaking and Romance language countries across a range of disciplines in the humanities. The Institute fosters and contributes to national and international collaborative, cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural research by means of seminars, lectures, workshops, colloquia, conferences, and a fellowship programme.

The School of Advanced Study at the University of London is the UK’s national centre for the facilitation and promotion of research in the humanities and social sciences. The School brings together the specialised scholarship and resources of ten prestigious research institutes to offer academic opportunities, facilities and stimulation across a wide range of subject areas for the benefit of the national and international scholarly community. The member institutes of the School are the Institutes of Advanced Legal Studies, Classical Studies, Commonwealth Studies, English Studies, Germanic & Romance Studies, Historical Research, Musical Research, Philosophy, Study of the Americas, and the Warburg Institute.