Jim House

Jim House


I am Senior Lecturer in French and Francophone History, former Director of the Centre for French and Francophone Cultural Studies (2006-2007, 2009-2010) and former co-director of the Institute for Colonial and Postcolonial Studies (2008-2009) at the University of Leeds. I am Research and Postgraduate Leader for the University’s French Studies programme. 

My research focusses on colonial Algeria, Morocco and France, as well as on decolonization, its impact and legacies. Key research and publications (full list below) have centred upon:    

  • Colonial repression of popular protest and of anti-colonial movements

  • Comparative social, political and urban history of Algeria and Morocco under French colonial rule

  • History and memories of the Algerian war of independence and of colonial violence 

  • History of North African migrations (both internal and in the diaspora)

  • History of antiracism and racism in France

I studied at the universities of Leeds (BA Hons. First class French with History, PhD), Saint-Étienne and Damascus (Arabic). My main publications include: Paris 1961: Algerians, State Terror, and Memory (Oxford University Press, 2006, with Neil MacMaster) http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780199556656.do (published in French translation by Tallandier (Paris) in 2009 and by Casbah Éditions (Algiers) in 2012); Poverty and Re-thinking the Left in France (co-ed., 2008); New voices in French politics (co-ed., 2004). I am currently completing a further monograph under contract with Oxford University Press comparing colonial shantytowns (bidonvilles) in Algeria and Morocco, 1919-1962. My work has appeared in such journals as Genèses. Sciences sociales et histoireWar in HistoryVingtième siècle. Revue d’HistoireMonde(s). Histoire, espaces, relationsYale French StudiesThe Historical Journal and the Bulletin de l’Institut d’Histoire du Temps Présent. I have been awarded research fellowships from the Paris Institute for Advanced Studies, the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies, the European University Institute, the Leverhulme Trust, and the Humanities Research Board (now AHRC), as well as funding from the British Academy. Invitations to international research centres have included the Maison Méditerranéenne des Sciences de l’Homme (Aix-en-Provence) and the Centre d’histoire sociale du XXe siècle (Paris-I). I am currently co-investigator on a major project funded by the Ville de Paris (Paris City Council) entitled La ville informelle au XXe siècle. Politiques urbaines et administration des populations (based at Centre d’histoire sociale du XXe siècle, Paris-I) that examines the history of informal settlements across four continents. My extensive public engagement activities in Algeria, France and Morocco were awarded a 4-star Impact rating (Research Excellence Framework, 2014), and I have another Impact Case Study in preparation for REF2021. I advised the French government on François Hollande’s speech of 19 March 2016 commemorating the end of the Algerian war of independence, and have worked with many civil society organisations, as well as journalists and film-makers, to disseminate historical knowledge on colonial and postcolonial questions.  



Books / edited volumes

  • Shantytowns and the City: colonial power relations in Algiers and Casablanca, 1919-1962, Oxford: Oxford University Press (140,000-word monograph, forthcoming 2020).

Focusing on shantytowns, this book centres on a comparison between Algiers and Casablanca, the most politically important late-imperial North African cities. It argues that we need to pay more attention to how colonial urban power relations are imposed, experienced, contested and remembered at local level, and that a comparative framework can help us see wider patterns usually lost in colonial-specific studies and national / nationalist histories. Placing shantytowns at the analytical centre allows for a radically different and socially-inclusive perspective: these areas constitute an unparalleled vantage point from which to analyse colonial internal migrations, urban history, re-housing and repression, everyday lived experience, anti-colonial resistance, and social memory since independence: these themes constitute the main inter-connected analytical strands of the Oxford University Press monograph that will result from this project. Comparing case studies of the best-known shantytowns in both cities - Carrières centrales / Hay Mohammadi (Casablanca) and Mahieddine (Algiers) - this project also situates their respective histories within wider urban, colonial and imperial scales. The approach is inter-disciplinary, combining urban, social and political history with sociology, migration and memory studies, and is based on sustained oral history and archival research (Aix-en-Provence, Algiers, Casablanca, Nantes, Paris, Rabat) that reflect both ‘top-down’ and ‘bottom-up’ perspectives. For further details about this project, see:


  • Paris 1961: Algerians, State Terror, and Memory, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006, 375pp (with Neil MacMaster). Paperback edition 2009. http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780199556656.do This book was published in French translation by Tallandier in 2008 as Paris 1961. Les Algériens, la terreur d’État et la mémoire (544pp) and by Casbah Éditions (Algiers) in 2012 (Arabic translation pending with Casbah):

Based on extensive archive and interview material, Paris 1961 situates the violent repression of the 17 October 1961 demonstrations by pro-independence Algerians in Paris within a longer chronology of colonial repression in Morocco and Algeria. It also examines the memories of October 1961 as part of the broader memorial landscape of the Algerian war of independence in France and Algeria. In order to better understand how this massacre disappeared and then resurfaced, particular attention is given to the complex relations within the French left, between the French left and Algerian pro-independence movements (notably FLN), and regarding the ‘construction of indifference’ within Metropolitan French society toward the plight of Algerians. Considering how migrant memories, war memories and activist memories intersect, Paris 1961 also examines the ways in which the social memories of October 1961 were transmitted within Algerian migrant communities and the French far left, before re-emerging onto the national political arena in France as part of discourses of antiracism and demands for truth, justice and the right to memory from the 1980s onwards.

Reviews of Paris 1961: see https://global.oup.com/academic/product/paris-1961-9780199247257?cc=gb&lang=en&#

‘Un ouvrage qui fera date’. Philippe Bernard, Le Monde des livres of 13 October 2006, p.2;

‘sure to become indispensable to all scholars of colonial Algeria’. Martin Thomas, Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, Vol.35, No.4, November 2007, p.651;     

‘A masterful job…few [studies] offer as haunting a tale as Paris 1961’s analysis of how mechanisms of state terror and the subversion of democratic and humanitarian norms can be linked to the colonial experience’. James E. Genova, Social History, Vol.33, No.1, February 2008, pp.109-110;

‘A thickly-woven tapestry of Algerian-French connective history…based on an impressive array of sources…this book is a real triumph of historical scholarship’. Holger Nehring, HNET, July 2007. See: www.h-net.org/reviews/showpdf.php?id=21569

  • Poverty and Re-thinking the Left in France, edited by Jim House, Brian Jenkins, Jeremy Leaman and Sarah Waters, Journal of Contemporary European Studies, Vol.16, No.1, April 2008 (with joint-authored editorial, pp.1-7).
  • New voices in French politics, edited by Joanna Drugan, Jim House and Sarah Waters, Modern and Contemporary France, Vol.12, No.1, February 2004 (with joint-authored editorial, pp.3-8).

Academic journal articles and chapters in edited volumes

‘Intervening on ‘problem’ areas and their inhabitants; the socio-political and security logics behind censuses in the Algiers shantytowns, 1941-1962’, article in Histoire & Mesure, XXXIV-1, 2019, pp.121-150. See: https://journals.openedition.org/histoiremesure/8448

‘Colonial Containment? Repression of Pro-Independence Street demonstrations in Algiers, Casablanca and Paris, 1945-1962’, article in War in History, Vol.25, No.2, 2018, pp.172-201. See: http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0968344516659897

‘Shantytowns and rehousing in late colonial Algiers and Casablanca’, chapter in Ed Naylor (ed.), France’s Modernising Mission. Citizenship, Welfare and the Ends of Empire, London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018, pp.133-163. 

‘Double présence. Migrations, liens ville-campagne et lutte pour l’indépendance à Alger, Casablanca, Hanoi et Saigon’, article in Monde(s). Histoire, espaces, relations, No.12, November 2017, pp.95-119: https://www.cairn.info/revue-mondes-2017-2-p-95.htm

‘Pour la complexité : bidonvilles, histoire sociale et histoire politique’, chapter in Ismaël-Sélim Khaznadar (ed.), L’Histoire. Écritures et libérations. Autour de Mohammed Harbi, Algiers: Hibr Éditions, 2017, pp.375-396.

Preface to Rachid Sidi Boumedine, Bétonvilles contre bidonvilles. Cent ans de bidonvilles à Alger, Algiers: Apic Éditions, 2016, pp.9-17.

‘Shantytowns in the City: Algiers and Casablanca as a (Post)Colonial Archive’, article in Francosphères, Vol.3, No.1, Spring 2014, pp.43-62.  

‘Decolonisation, space and power: immigration, welfare and housing in Britain and France, 1945-1974’, chapter in Andrew S. Thompson (ed.), Writing Imperial Histories, Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2013, pp.240-267 (with Andrew S. Thompson).

‘Shanty-towns and the Disruption of the Colonial Urban Order in Algiers and Casablanca’, chapter in H. Adlai Murdoch and Zsuzsanna Fagyal (eds.), Francophone Cultures and Geographies of Identity, Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013, pp.198-215. 

‘L’Impossible contrôle d’une ville coloniale ? Casablanca, décembre 1952’, article in Genèses. Sciences sociales et histoire, No.86, March 2012, pp.78-103. See:


‘Migrations, nationalismes et quartiers populaires : Alger et Casablanca après 1945’, chapter in Fatma Ben Slimane and Hichem Abdessamad (eds.), Penser le national au Maghreb et ailleurs, Tunis: Diraset / Arabesques, 2012, pp.283-305.

‘October 1961: On the Past and its Presence’, article in Bulletin of Francophone Postcolonial Studies, Vol.3, No.2, autumn 2012, pp. 2-9. See;


‘Entre silence, mémoire et histoire’, chapter in Benjamin Stora and Linda Amiri (eds.), Algériens en France : 1954-1962. La guerre, l’exil, la vie, Paris : Autrement / CNHI, 2012, pp.186-191.

‘La sanglante répression de la manifestation algérienne du 17 octobre 1961 à Paris’, chapter in Abderrahmane Bouchène, Jean-Pierre Peyroulou, Ouanassa Siari Tengour and Sylvie Thénault (eds.), Pour une histoire partagée et critique de l’Algérie à la période coloniale, Paris / Algiers: La Découverte/ Barzakh, 2012, pp.602-605.

‘Memory and the Creation of Solidarity during the Decolonization of Algeria’, article in Yale French Studies, Nos.118-119, 2010, pp.15-38.

‘Silences on State violence during the Algerian War of Independence: France and Algeria, 1962-2007’, chapter in Efrat Ben Ze’ev, Ruth Ginio and Jay Winter (eds.), Shadows of War. A Social History of Silence in the Twentieth Century, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010, pp.115-137 (with Raphaëlle Branche).  

‘Leaving silence behind? Algerians and the memories of colonial violence’, chapter in Nanci Adler, Selma Leydesdorff, Mary Chamberlain and Leyla Neyzi (eds.), Memories of Mass Repression, New Brunswick: Transaction Publishers, 2009, pp.137-153.

‘Time to Move On. A Reply to Jean-Paul Brunet’, The Historical Journal, Vol.51, No.1, March 2008, pp.205-214 (with Neil MacMaster).

‘De la métropole comme espace de réflexion sur les liens entre colonisation, immigration et racisme (1945-1962)’, chapter in Nancy Green and Marie Poinsot (eds.), Histoire de l’immigration et question coloniale en France, Paris : La Documentation française / Cité nationale de l’histoire de l’immigration, 2008, pp.23-30.

‘La répression du 17 octobre 1961 à Paris’, in Actes du 2ème colloque international sur la Révolution algérienne, L’Événement dans l’histoire récente de l’Algérie (1945-1962), l’Université 20 août 1955-Skikda, Constantine : Bahaeddine Edition-diffusion, 2007, pp.21-41.

‘Bilan du 17 octobre 1961’, chapter in Gilbert Meynier (ed.), ‘Pour une histoire critique et citoyenne, le cas de l’histoire franco-algérienne’, Lyon : ENS, 2007 (with Neil MacMaster) http ://ens-web3.ens-lsh.fr/colloques/France-algerie/communication.php3 ?id_article=243

‘Écrire l’histoire du 17 octobre 1961’, article in Raison présente, No.157, December 2006, pp.127-138.

‘Colonial racisms in the ‘métropole’: reading Peau noire, masques blancs in context’, chapter in Max Silverman (ed.), Frantz Fanon’s ‘Black skin, white masks’, Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2005, pp.46-73.

‘La Fédération de France du FLN et l’organisation de la manifestation du 17 octobre 1961’, Vingtième siècle. Revue d’Histoire, No. 83, July-September 2004, pp.145-160 (with Neil MacMaster). Updated version published in Raphaëlle Branche (ed.), La guerre d’indépendance des Algériens, Paris : Perrin, 2009, pp.127-149 :


‘Répression, surveillance, contrôle et encadrement des migrations coloniales : une décolonisation difficile (1956-1970)’, article in Bulletin de l’Institut d’Histoire du Temps Présent, No.83, premier semestre 2004, pp.144-156.

‘Francophone Postcolonial Studies and New Historiographies of the Colonial and Postcolonial Encounters’, article in Francophone Postcolonial Studies, Vol.1, No.2, 2003, pp.72-78.

‘Anti-racism in France, 1898-1962; modernity and beyond’, chapter in Floya Anthias and Cathie Lloyd (eds.), Rethinking anti-racisms. From Theory to Practice, London / New York: Routledge, 2002, pp.111-127. 

Une journée portée disparue: the Paris massacre of 1961 and memory’, chapter in Martin S. Alexander et Ken Mouré (eds.), Crisis and Renewal in Twentieth Century France, Oxford: Berghahn Press, 2002, pp.267-290 (with Neil MacMaster). 

‘Antiracist memories: the case of 17 October 1961 in historical perspective’, article in Modern and Contemporary France, Vol.9, No.3, 2001, pp.355-368.

‘Muslim communities in France’, in Gerd Nonneman, Tim Niblock, Bogdan Szajkowski (eds.), chapter in Muslim Communities in the New Europe, Aldershot: Garnet / Ithaca Press, 1996, pp.219-239. 

‘Contexts for ‘Integration’ and Exclusion in Modern and Contemporary France’, chapter in Alec G. Hargreaves et Jeremy Leaman (eds.), Racism, Ethnicity and Politics in Contemporary France, Aldershot: Edward Elgar, 1995, pp.79-95.

‘The ‘space’ for Muslim identities in Modern and Contemporary France’, article in Centre for Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies (CMEIS) Occasional Papers, No.51, Durham: Durham University, 1995, pp.5-25.


Other publications

  • ‘Past and present, colony and metropolis’, article in Francophone Africa. Critical perspectives (University of Portsmouth), June 2017:


  • ‘La peur des bidonvilles au Maghreb’, interview (February 2015) in Africa4 blog (hosted on Libération website):


  • ‘Pour une histoire des solidarités franco-algériennes, 1945-1981, article in Plein droit, No.75, December 2007, pp.35-39:


  • ‘The colonial and post-colonial dimensions of Algerian Migration to France’, article in History in Focus, No.11, autumn 2006:


  • Glossary entries on ‘Bidonville’, ‘Charonne’, ‘Frantz Fanon’, ‘Islam’, ‘laïcité’, ‘octobre 1961’, ‘Maurice Papon’, ‘racism’ in Margaret A. Majumdar (ed.), Francophone Studies. The Essential Glossary, London: Edward Arnold, 2002.

Doctoral thesis

Antiracism and Antiracist Discourse in France from 1900 to the present day, University of Leeds, 1997.       


  • With colleagues from Chicago, Macerata, Paris, Rio de Janeiro and Rome: co-investigator on a 200,000-euro project (2016-2019) funded by the Ville de Paris (Paris City Council) entitled La ville informelle au XXe siècle. Politiques urbaines et administration des populations that examines the history of informal settlements across four continents, and comprises four international workshops: https://informalcity.hypotheses.org/le-projet
  • Invited co-convenor (with Sylvie Thénault and Emmanuel Blanchard) in 2015-16 of seminar series Pour une histoire sociale de l’Algérie coloniale, Centre d’histoire sociale du XXe siècle (Paris-1). Discussant for three of the ten talks that brought together a range of specialists from France, Germany, the UK and the USA. 
  • Invited member of inter-disciplinary working group Histoire de la mémoire des migrations, Cité nationale de l’histoire de l’immigration (CNHI), 2008-2012, leading to co-organization of international conference ‘Mémoire des migrations et temps de l’histoire’ (CNHI, November 2012).  
  • Member of European Urbanities research group involving the School of History, Leeds University and colleagues in Germany, the Netherlands, Sheffield and Manchester, leading to invited participation in two conferences (Leeds), 2011 and 2012.  
  • Member of inter-disciplinary collaborative network with Amsterdam, Casablanca (Hassan-II – Ben M’sik) and Leeds universities (2008-2011), bringing together academics and writers such as Fouad Laroui.  
  • Member of research group ‘Encadrement, contrôle, répression dans le monde colonial du XXe siècle’ run by Emmanuel Blanchard, Raphaëlle Branche, Sylvie Thénault (IHTP-ENS, Paris) (2002-2008).


  • Research Fellow, Netherlands Institute of Advanced Studies, Amsterdam, September 2020-March 2021.
  • Fernand Braudel Senior Fellow, European University Institute, Florence, September 2019-December 2019.
  • Co-investigator on international project La ville informelle au XXe siècle. Politiques urbaines et administration des populations, funded by Ville de Paris (Paris City Council), 2016-2019, €200k.
  • Visiting research fellow, Centre d’histoire sociale du XXe siècle, Paris-I, 2015-16.
  • Two British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships to bring early-career scholars to work at Leeds (2015, 2018), combined value approx. £600k.    
  • Invited Visiting Research Fellow, Maison méditerranéenne des sciences de l’homme (Labexmed), Aix-en-Provence, March 2013.
  • Leverhulme Research Fellowship, ‘Shanty-towns in the city: late-colonial Algiers and Casablanca’, 2012-2013, £41k.
  • British Academy Small Research Grant, ‘Colonial rule and resistance: the shanty-towns of Algiers and Casablanca (1930-1962)’, 2007, £3.79k.
  • British Academy British Conference Grant (with co-applicant Dr. Andrew Stafford), for Leeds University Centre for French and Francophone Cultural Studies / Society for French Postcolonial Studies Conference, Republic and Empire, French Institute, London, 2004, £1.6k. 
  • Arts and Humanities Research Board Study Leave Award, ‘The social memories of the 1961 massacre of Algerians’, 2002-2003, £9.4k. 
  • British Academy British Conference Grant (with co-applicants Prof. Brian Jenkins and Dr. Sarah Waters) for Contemporary French Politics and Society conference ‘New Voices? Alternative Politics in France’, 2002, £879.
  • British Academy Small Research Grant, ‘The social memories of the 1961 massacre of Algerians’, 2001, £678.


  • Invited speaker to Salon international du livre d’Alger (SILA) (Algiers International Book Fair), 2012 and 2014 (the SILA is the largest book fair in Africa).
  • External examiner (undergraduate programmes) at University of Stirling (French Studies, 2013-2016); University of Central Lancashire (Modern Languages, 2004-2008); also External Advisor to University of Central Lancashire for new BA programmes, 2015.
  • Invited member of international research seminar ‘Historiciser les mémoires des migrations’, bringing together seven historians and sociologists from France and the UK, Cité nationale de l’histoire de l’immigration, Paris, 2008-2012.
  • Paris 1961 monograph nominated for Alf Andrew Heggoy Book Prize, French Colonial Historical Society, 2007. 
  • Validation by CNU (France) as maître de conférences (History), 2005.    
  • Funding assessor for Agence nationale de la recherche; Economic and Social Research Council; European Institutes for Advanced Study (EURIAS).
  • Advisor to the following academic publishers (book proposals and manuscripts): Bloomsbury; Cambridge University Press; I.B. Tauris; Liverpool University Press; Manchester University Press; Oxford University Press; Palgrave Macmillan; Peter Lang; Yale University Press; Zed Books. 
  • Books reviewed and articles evaluated for (selection); American Historical Review; Annales E.S.C.; L'Année du Maghreb; British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies; Carnets de géographes; City and Society; Democratization; Diasporas; Ethnic and Racial Studies; French Historical Studies; French History; French Politics, Culture and Society; French Studies; Histoire urbaine; International Journal of Francophone Studies; International Journal of Middle Eastern Studies; Interventions; Journal of African History; Journal of Contemporary European Studies; Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies; Journal of Modern Jewish Studies; Journal of North African Studies; Memory Studies; Modern and Contemporary France; Modern Language Review; Passato e Presente; Patterns of Prejudice; Urban History.
  • External research degree examination: Monica Ronchi, Settler colonialism in Algeria and Palestine: a comparative approach, PhD, University of Exeter, 2019; Patrick Soulsby, The Legacies of Colonialism and the Final Solution: an Intellectual History of British and French Anti-Racist Memory Culture, 1981-2001, PhD, Edge Hill University, 2019; Cleo Jay, Performing change: contemporary theatrical practices in Morocco, PhD, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London (2018); David Mboudi, D’une culture aux cultures : trajets de vie d’Emmanuel Roblès (1914-1995), Master M1, Université Paris 1 (with Sylvie Thénault) (2016); Marc André, Des Algériennes à Lyon 1947-1974, PhD, Université Paris 1-Panthéon Sorbonne (other members of jury: Olivier Dard, Jacques Frémeaux, Benjamin Stora, Sylvie Thénault) (2014); Muriel Cohen, Des familles invisibles. Politiques publiques et trajectoires résidentielles de l’immigration algérienne (1945-1985), PhD, Université Paris 1-Panthéon Sorbonne (other members of jury: Annie Fourcault, Marie-Claude Blanc-Chaléard, Paul-André Rosental, Philippe Rygiel, Alexis Spire) (2013); Bruno Levasseur, Essai de lecture ‘démocratique’ des représentations culturelles des grands ensembles français : une ‘archive’ de la cité des Quatre-mille de la Courneuve (1962-2002), PhD, University of Birmingham, 2009.     


In addition to working with radio and print journalists, documentary film-makers and novelists, I have advised the Académie de Créteil and the following associations: Ancrages (Marseille); Au nom de la mémoire (Paris); Centre des Algériens et Franco-Algériens en Rhône Alpes (Lyon); Fondation Amirat (Algiers); Initiative urbaine (Casablanca). 

  • For further details regarding the ‘Paris 1961’ Impact Case Study project, see:


  • Talk to public study day in honour of Benjamin Stora, MUCEM, Marseille, May 2018:


  • ‘Mobilisations mémorielles autour des violences coloniales et de l’immigration : entre le local and le national (Paris, Marseille, Alger)’, Nuit des débats (Paris City Council), Paris, April 2016.
  • Advisor to French government on François Hollande’s speech of 19 March 2016 commemorating the end of the Algerian war of independence.
  • ‘L’histoire et la mémoire du massacre du 17 octobre 1961’, invited talk to Villetaneuse Town Council, October 2015.  
  • ‘Bidonvilles comme enjeu de mémoire : Alger, Casablanca, Paris’, invited talk to public study day on urban memory, Association Ancrages, Marseille, March 2013.
  • Invited speaker to Salon international du livre d’Alger (SILA) (Algiers International Book Fair), 2012 and 2014.
  • ‘Du silence faisons table rase? Le 17 octobre 1961, histoire d’une réapparition’, invited public talk to CNHI, Paris, 13 October 2011, podcast available at:


Invited research talks since 2008 (selection)

2019    ‘Colonial Shantytowns in Algiers and Casablanca: politicisation of the 'underclass' (1934-1962)?’, paper to University of Cambridge Middle Eastern History Research Group, February.

2017    ‘Solidarity and fear in an Algiers shantytown before, during and after the war for independence’, paper to conference ‘The Algerian War of Independence: Global and Local Histories, 1954-62, and After’, St.Antony’s College, Oxford, May.   

2016    ‘Les séquelles de la guerre d’indépendance algérienne à Paris et à Alger : quelques exemples de contestation de la marginalisation mémorielle’, paper to study day ‘Guerre et mémoire, mémoires des vainqueurs, mémoires des vaincus’, Lille-III University, February.   

2015    ‘Des violences coloniales dans leur contexte urbain : Alger, Casablanca, Paris’, paper to international seminar ‘Approches comparées des violences en situation coloniale’, University of Constantine (Algeria), October.

2015    ‘Villes, mobilisations, répression : Alger, Casablanca et Paris, 1945-1962’, paper to seminar ‘Violences coloniales, violences impériales. Comparaisons, circulations, transferts (XIXe-XXe siècles)’, Centre d’Histoire de Sciences-Po, Paris, May.

2015    ‘Autour de quelques exemples de massacres coloniaux dans leur contexte urbain : Alger, Casablanca, Paris’, paper to conference ‘Massacres coloniaux’, University of Bejaïa (Algeria), May.   

2015    ‘Enjeux d’histoire et de mémoire autour de deux quartiers populaires de Casablanca et d’Alger’, lecture to ENS-Lyon History Department, April.

2014    ‘Comparing forms of repressive state violence in Algiers, Casablanca and Paris during decolonisation (1945-1962)’, paper to conference ‘Decolonization and the origins of “excessive violence”’, Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies, Leiden, December.  

2014    ‘Comparative spatial dynamics of anti-colonial resistance: Algiers, Casablanca, Hanoi and Saigon’, paper to conference ‘Maghreb-Indochine’, Université du Québec à Montréal, September.  

2014    ‘La ville dans la guerre : les migrations vers Alger, 1954-1962’, lecture to Centre d’études maghrébines en Algérie (CEMA), American Institute for Maghrib Studies), Wahran / Oran, Algeria, September.  

2014    ‘La ville dans la guerre : les migrations vers Alger, 1954-1962’, paper to workshop ‘Guerres, Empires et migrations’, Centre d’histoire sociale du XXe siècle / CNHI, Paris, June.

2014    ‘Shantytowns and colonial welfare reform in Algiers and Casablanca, 1930-1962’, invited paper to workshop ‘Welfare and Decolonization’, St. Antony’s College, Oxford, June.

2013    ‘Shantytowns in the city: Algiers and Casablanca as a (post)colonial archive’, paper to workshop on ‘Post-Utopian Archives’, University of East Anglia, Norwich (UK), May.

2013    Three research lectures on shantytowns in Algiers and Casablanca as invited visiting researcher at the Maison méditerranéenne des sciences de l’homme, Aix-en-Provence, March. 

2013    ‘Pour une histoire sociale et politique d’Alger à travers ses quartiers populaires, 1945-1962’, lecture to Glycines Study Centre, Algiers, February. 

2013    ‘Bidonvilles et villes : pour une lecture spatiale de l’histoire des migrations algériennes (post)coloniales’, paper to conference ‘Penser l’anti-impérialisme, militer pour la décolonisation’, Lille-III University, January. 

2012    ‘Colonial governance and the spatial dynamics of nationalism in late-colonial Algiers and Casablanca (1945-1962)’, paper to conference ‘Algerian and Arab Revolutions: an international and comparative perspective, Portsmouth (UK), March 2012.

2011    ‘Re-inventing the City. Challenging colonial rule in Casablanca, Algiers and Paris, 1952-1961’, invited keynote lecture to Society for Francophone Postcolonial Studies annual conference entitled The Postcolonial City, French Institute, London, November.

2011    ‘Migrations, nationalismes et situation coloniale urbaine : Alger et Casablanca, années 1940-1960’, paper to conference ‘Penser le national. Au Maghreb et ailleurs’, Tunis University, September.

2011    ‘Migration, shantytowns and the disruption of colonial order: Algiers and Casablanca in the late-colonial period’, paper to conference ‘New Francophonies and Colonial Languages in a Global World’, University of Urbana-Champaign (USA), April.

2010    ‘Les bidonvilles d’Alger (1945-1962) : des espaces à part ?’, paper to research seminar Populations et rapports sociaux en situation coloniale, Centre d’histoire sociale du XXe siècle, Paris, April.

2009    ‘Surveillance, encadrement et répression sous le Protectorat du Maroc : du monde urbain aux grands centres urbains’, paper to conference ‘Police et empires coloniaux’, Paris-Sorbonne, November 2009.

2009    ‘Sources orales et histoire multidimensionnelle : le cas du 17 octobre 1961’, paper to conference ‘Les sources orales et l’écriture de l’histoire’, Algiers University, May.

2008    ‘Colonial spaces: Algerian migration and the shantytowns of Algiers and Paris, 1945-1962’, invited paper to Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH), University of Cambridge, November.

2008    ‘Qu’est-ce qu’une lecture postcoloniale de la guerre d’indépendance algérienne ?’, paper to research seminar on History of Algerian War of Independence, Centre d’histoire sociale du XXe siècle, Paris, May.  

Other research talks since 2008

2018    ‘Shantytowns as a public health, administrative, political and security “problem” in colonial Algiers and Casablanca’, paper to international conference on the Informal City, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro, July.    

2018    ‘Enjeux sociaux, politiques et sécuritaires du nombre : recensements et dénombrements dans les bidonvilles d’Alger (1941-1962)’, paper to international workshop ‘Counting the shacks and their inhabitants : the production and use of statistics on the informal city in the 20th century’, IHTP, Paris, January.

2017    ‘Shantytowns (bidonvilles) in colonial Algiers and Casablanca: development, official intervention and non-intervention (1912-1962)’, paper to workshop ‘The political and administrative origins of the informal city, 19th-20th century’, Centre d’histoire sociale du XXe siècle, Paris, July.  

2016    ‘La Cité Mahieddine à Alger : un quartier populaire en situation coloniale, 1941-1962’, paper to seminar Pour une histoire sociale de l’Algérie colonisée, Centre d’histoire sociale du XXe siècle, Paris, April.  

2012    ‘Lectures et relectures de la ville (post)coloniale : avant et après 1962’, paper to conference ‘1962 : un monde’, CRASC, Wahran / Oran (Algeria), October.

2009    ‘Bidonvilles au quotidien et en temps de crise : espaces d’échanges et de contestation’, paper to conference ‘Ruines, traces, vestiges : Maghreb-Europe – monuments de la mémoire’, Université de Ben M’sik, Casablanca, April.   

2008    ‘Les bidonvilles dans la guerre et la guerre dans les bidonvilles’, paper to conference ‘Villes d’échanges Maghreb-Europe’, University of Amsterdam, April.  



  • Research Leader for French
  • Postgraduate Liaison for French
<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://ahc.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>

Student education

I actively welcome applications for research degrees across the range of Algerian, French and Moroccan history, politics and society since 1900.   

Successful graduate thesis supervision

2019    Amira Zouaoui, (Re-)constructing Algerian Postcolonial Identity Through Foreign Language Textbooks, PhD.

2016    Joseph Ford, Recasting urgence: Algerian francophone literature after the ‘décennie noire’, PhD.

2015    Matthew Stickland, The Philippeville Massacres (1955) as part of the Algerian War (1954-1962) and their enduring legacy, MA.

2014    Thomas Martin, Antiracism in the Sarkozy years: SOS-Racisme and the MIR, PhD.

2013    Julia Bowler, L’Affaire Djamila Boupacha: contexts and controversies, MA. 

2011    Emma Rogan, The Mouvement des indigènes de la République and Political Uses of the Past, MA.

2009    Jonathan Ervine, Filmic representations of social and racial exclusion in France 1995-2005, PhD.

2008    Andrea Mammone, A transnational study of right-wing extremism in Italy and France with particular reference to the Movimento sociale italiano and the Front national, PhD.    

2005    Jane Frew, A comparison of the social memories of the Oradour massacre (1944) and the 1961 repression of Algerians in Paris, MA.   

2005    Paul Lightfoot, Anti-advertising movements in France, MA.

2002    Laura Rawlings, The role of West African women in the mobilisation of sans-papiers in France in the 1990s, MA


Current research supervision

2019-   Isla Paterson, Rediscovering Camus’ fight for secular faith in contemporary Algeria through the works of Kamel Daoud, MA..

2019-   Katie Lambert, Power, language and young people in Guadeloupe, 2009-2019, MA.  

2017-   Chahrazed Tifouti, The Cinema of Sid Ali Mazif, PhD.


Internal graduate examination

2014    Natalia Bremner, The politics of popular music and youth culture in 21st-century Mauritius and Réunion, PhD.

2009    Iain Mossman, Representing conflict through photography: Marc Garanger’s La guerre d’Algérie vue par un appelé du contingent, MA.  

2006    Timothy Peace, The New Antisemitism in France, MA.    

2001    Rabah Aissaoui, Immigration, Ethnicity and National Identity: Maghrebis’ socio-political mobilisation and discourse in the inter-war period and during the 1970s in France, PhD.   

1999    Antony Walsh, Égalité, complémentarité et solidarité: the politics of Francophonie and development aid to culture in francophone Africa, PhD.


Undergraduate teaching

At Leeds, Jim has taught on 20 modules, which include:

FREN3641 Algerian War of Independence (single-taught)

FREN3045 Antiracism in France since 1945 (single-taught)

Literary representations of the Maghrebi migrant experiences in France since 1945 (single-taught)

Social and Ideological Change in France since 1968

FREN3010 Advanced Language Skills

MODL3300 Final Year Project 

FREN2090 / 2095 Politics and Society in France since 1945

FREN2120 Foundations of Modern French Thought

MODL1070 World Histories (diasporas)


Postgraduate teaching

Co-founder of the MA in French and Francophone Cultural Studies (2004)

France and North Africa: colonial and postcolonial migrations (1919-2000) (single-taught 30-hour module)

Culture, State and Colony (1789-2000)

Interview-based research (postgraduate research training module) 



Research groups and institutes

  • French
  • Cities and Space
  • Conflict
  • Cultures and Societies
  • Gender
  • History
  • Institute for Colonial and Postcolonial Studies
  • Leeds Global History
  • Memory, Trauma and Violence
  • Politics
  • War and Peace

Current postgraduate researchers

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