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Professor Anna-Louise Milne

Director of Graduate Studies and Research

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Summary of research interests and expertise

  • Comparative Literature
  • Cultural Translation
  • Urban Studies
  • Contemporary Migration

Anna-Louise is Director of Research at the Institute where she is also Professor of French Studies and convenor of the MA in Urban History and Culture, delivered in partnership with colleagues from the School of History, Queen Mary University of London. She is a member of the Advisory Board for the EFF&T Chair of Paris-La Villette Architecture School, book reviews editor for Francospheres, and a regular participant in actions led by the collective Quartiers Solidaires, including the P’tits-Déjs-Solidaires Free Breakfast Movement. She was born in Scotland and now has three Franco-Scottish offspring.

With a background in comparative literature and an early interest in the intersections between ethnography, literature and review publishing that are characteristic of the mid-twentieth century and the work of Jean Paulhan in particular (The Extreme In-Between: Jean Paulhan’s Place in the Twentieth Century, Legenda, 2006), Anna-Louise's research is today located at the intersection between urban sociology, multilingualism and cultural history. She has led a series of collaborative projects drawing on methodologies from human geography and cultural translation to develop fieldwork and experimental workshops with people in situations of protracted mobility and administrative vulnerability in Europe. This work aims to consider translation’s role as a creative process of decentring that might also be therapeutic or helpful in buffering the difficult realities faced by many migrant people today. This work led to the creation of the Paris Centre for Migrant Writing and Expression and has given rise to several small exhibitions and a series of one-off books called the Numimeserian Collection, held in the Paris Municipal Library Collection. And also the La Distrib magazine (see below), a collective work that gathers material generated in and around the daily breakfast in the street.

In parallel to these developments, she writes in different narrative forms and in French from the vantage point of northern-eastern Paris. This work has given rise to a book entitled 75 (Gallimard, 2016) and a current work in progress entitled Faim de figures as well as a shorter English-language publication A General Practice with paintings by Andy Robert (The Cahiers Series, Sylph/AUP, 2021).

For more information on her work, please view her(Opens in new window) website(Opens in new window).

Research projects & supervisions

  • Currently supervising a LAHP collaborative doctoral project with the Pôle d’exploration des resources urbaines (PEROU) entitled Hospitality as Intangible Cultural Heritage? Concept and Practice in La Chapelle, Paris (Rachele Shamouni Naghde, from September 2019)
  • Leverhulme Doctoral Scholar working on Narratives of Intergenerational Mobility in Athens (Katherine Phipps, from September 2020)
  • A ULIP-SAS doctoral project on the Technoborder (Mickey Levin, from October 2021)
  • Previous supervisions were in 20th-century French literature and critical theory, and interwar history of forced displacement


BA (Oxford); MèsL (Paris IV-Sorbonne); PhD (Columbia) 



Selected Publications

  • The Extreme In-Between' in In-Between, M. Antonioli, F. Bulou Fezard and G. Rouvillois (dirs), Loco Editions, pp. 172-185
  •  A General Practice, The Cahiers Series, n° 37, Sylph Editions, 2021
  • ‘Métropolitain.e: Language in Compressed Spaces, AJFS, 2021, pp. 193-201
  • Co-editor, Contemporary Fiction in French, with Russell Williams, Cambridge University Press, 2021, including the chapter ‘Getting a Future: Fiction and Social Reproduction’, pp. 53-71
  • Co-author, The New Internationalists, with Sue Clayton, Goldsmiths/MIT, 2020 
  • ‘Le banc public : une infra-structure de/dans la migration’ in L’Objet de la migration, C. Alexandre-Garnier and A. Galitzine-Loupet (eds.), Presses universitaires de Nanterre, 2020, pp. 171-181
  • 'Accumulation versus Dispersion: Perec and "his" diaspora' in Georges Perec's Geographies, Ch. A. Leak and R. Philips (eds.), UCL Press, 2019, pp. 78-94
  • ‘Sylvain George’s Minor Mode, or Cinema at the Margins of its Fragile Community’ in France in Flux, ed. A. Blatt and E. Welch (eds.), Liverpool University Press, 2019, pp. 92-112 
  • Editor, Plural Cultures and Spatial Politics: Situating the Institut des Cultures d'Islam in the Postcolonial Landscape of Paris, Francosphères, 7.2, 2018
  • 'Between 'Culture' and 'Culte', the Institut des Cultures d'Islam is "here"', in Francosphères, 7.2 (2018), pp. 196-217
  • ‘Accueil inconditionnel. "Mobile People"’ in Vacarme 83, (2018), pp. 26-31  
  • Co-editor and interview, L’ailleurs en temps de globalisation/Elsewhere in Times of Globalisation, with Ch. Forsdick and J.-M Moura, Revue critique de fixxion française contemporaine, (16), 2018  
  • ‘From Cultural Translation to Clinical Consultation. Working between languages, working between disciplines’ in Critical Multilingualism Studies, 5.1 (2017), pp. 7-31 
  • 75, Gallimard, 2016 
  • ‘Café Kaplan’ in Leslie Kaplan, ed. M. Hilsum (ed.), Classiques Garnier, 2016, pp. 113-127 
  • Editor, The Cambridge Companion to the Literature of Paris, Cambridge University Press, 2013
  • ‘Unsheltering Language’ in Francospheres, 1.1 (2012), pp. 69-96 
  • Co-editor, May 68: Rethinking France’s Last Revolution, with Julian Jackson and James S. Williams, London: Palgrave/Macmillan, 2011 
  • ‘The Singular Banlieue’ in Esprit créateur, 50.3 (2010), pp. 53-69