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About Prof Claire Griffiths

It encompasses those parts of the developing world which became French-speaking as a result of centuries of trade, slaving, colonisation and more latterly the francophonie movement. I focus on what makes them politically and culturally unique within the broader context of the postcolonial French-speaking world.

Prior to joining the University of Chester in 2009-2010, Dr Claire Griffiths was senior research fellow in Francophone Studies in the WISE Institute and director of Postgraduate Studies and Research in Modern Languages at the University of Hull. She served as head of modern languages department from 2009 until 2016 when she was awarded a university chair in Area Studies.


At Chester she teaches on the undergraduate French programme and postgraduate Modern Languages programme. Outside of her departmental roles she is involved in Francophone African studies research and educational projects in Africa, Europe and the US.


As one of a number of academics at Chester working in postcolonial Francophone African and Caribbean Studies, Prof Griffiths invites proposals for PhD and Masters by research degrees in these fields of Francophone Studies. Her publications include pedagogical research in translation, French politics and more latterly Francophone African politics, culture and development.

Postgraduate research supervision for MRes, MPhil, PhD programmes

Claire Griffiths has supervised PhD and Masters-level research projects in a wide range of subjects within the fields of development, gender studies, French language, and francophone African and Caribbean Studies. She welcomes enquiries from prospective students seeking research supervision in any of these areas. Please send her an email with a short description of the research project to:


Published Work

Websites and online projects:

-      Re-exploring the Empire (multimedia resource currently under development at the University of Chester 2016-)

-      The Savineau Archive (University of Hull 2004 -)

-      Link to Pdf scan of Report 16 La Basse Guinée

Books and monographs

1. Contesting Historical Divides in Francophone Africa. Editor. (University of Chester Press, 2013)

2. Globalizing the Postcolony: gender and development in francophone Africa (Lexington Books, USA, Kindle edition 2011)

3. La Famille en AOF: Condition de la Femme par Denise Savineau (Editions l'Harmattan, 2007). 

4. Colonial Subjects: gender and race in French West Africa, (International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy special double issue, 2006).

Selected articles and chapters

- "Imaging the Present: An iconography of Slavery in Contemporary African Art”, in Frith and Hodgson, At the Limits of Memory: Legacies of Slavery in the Francophone World (Liverpool UP, 2015)

- "Engendering Humanism in French West Africa: patriarchy and the paradox of empire", International Journal of African Historical Studies, 2013. 

- “African women writers: configuring change at the interface of politics and fiction”, Revue internationale de la littérature d’expression française, November 2011

- with K. Bales. Behind closed doors:  exposing modern slavery on a global scale’, Professional Insights, Equality & Diversity International, 2010.

- "Colonial Education (France and its Colonies)", in Prem Poddar, Rajeev Patke, lars Jensen, Editors, Postcolonial Literatures Continental Europe and its Empires (Edinburgh University Press, 2008).
- “Women and colonial subjects: race and gender in French Africa”, International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, 26, 2006

- “Gender Education and Literary Output in Francophone Africa”, in Edriss Lilleleht and Saber, Editors, Continental and Diaspora African Literatures (Africa World Press, 2005).

- «Reporting the Empire: reading texts from French West Africa», French Studies Bulletin, Spring, 2004. 
- “Mapping discrimination in francophone Africa”, Equal Opportunities International, 2003.

- “Education in Transition in francophone West Africa” in Rosarii Griffin, Editor, Education in Transition: International perspectives on the politics and processes of change, (Symposium, Oxford, 2002).


- French women and the empire: The case of Indochina, M-P.Ha, Modern & Contemporary France, 2016

- Fathers, Daughters, and Slaves: Women Writers and French Colonial Slavery, Doris Y Kadish, Bulletin of Francophone Postcolonial Studies, 2015

- Mobilizing the Masses: Gender, Ethnicity and Class in the Nationalist Movement in Guinea, 1939-1958. Elizabeth Schmidt. Canadian Journal of African Studies, 2007.

Contact details

Claire can be contacted by email at or by phone on 01244 513290. Her office is Room 213 located on the second floor of the Binks Building on the Chester campus. 


BA, MPhil, PGRes, PhD.