The University of Sheffield
Department of French

Dr Amanda Crawley Jackson

Dr Crawley Jacksontelephone: 0114 222 2882



University of Nottingham, PhD ('Sartre in Absentia')

University of Nottingham, BA Hons (French and Russian), First Class


After graduating from the University of Nottingham, I worked in music events management before completing a PhD on the early works of Jean-Paul Sartre. I moved from Nottingham to Paris, where I taught at the École Normale supérieure (Cachan) before taking up the position of Lecturer in French, then Chair of European Languages and Cultures, at the University of Wales, Lampeter. During my time in Lampeter, I served on the federal University of Wales Modern Languages Subject Panel and the Executive Committee of the Society for French Studies (UK). In the years 1999-2001, I was the editor of Current Research in French Studies. I joined the Department of French at Sheffield in 2000.

Research interests

My research falls into three main areas: existentialist philosophy and fiction, prison writing and contemporary visual arts in France. In all three cases, I am particularly interested in the representation and practice of space (cityscapes and carceral environments) and the politics of mobility.

I am the director of the occursus research & public engagement project, which is a collaborative venture between the University of Sheffield and Site Gallery.

Professional activities

Current and Recent Research Projects

Publications since 2001

Full list of publications here.


Richard Bartle and Ian Anderson, DLA Piper Sheffield, October 27 2011 - January 6 2011.

Paul Evans and Hondartza Fraga, DLA Piper Sheffield, July 5 - Oct 7 2011.

Nicolas Moulin, Blanklümdermilq. Site Gallery Centre for Contemporary Art. June - August 2009.

Channel. An exhibition of contemporary art by Lucy Orta, Djamel Tatah, Natacha Lesueur, Maud Haya Baviera, Isabelle Hayeur, Greyworld, Valérie Jouve.
Sylvester Works, Sheffield (May 19th – June 10th 2006)

Watch Amanda Crawley Jackson's interview with Nicolas Moulin at Site Gallery, 2009, here.

PhD Supervision
(Past and Current)

I would be pleased to supervise research projects in the following areas:

Teaching interests

I teach a range of undergraduate courses, including specialist modules on France in the post-war period and narratives of confinement. I contribute to the MA in French Cultural Studies and have contributed in the past to the MA in Translation Studies. I am particularly interested in the development of research-led teaching.

Departmental and University Responsibilities

Recent Awards

The occursus research and public engagement project is generously sponsored by DLA Piper.

DECEMBER 2008: award of £12,500 from the Leverhulme Trust (Artist in Residence scheme) to invite internationally renowned artist Nicolas Moulin to the University of Sheffield for three months, commencing February 2009.

FEBRUARY 2008: award of £4030 from CILASS to explore the relationship between knowledge transfer and inquiry-based learning.

FEBRUARY 2008: £400 British Academy International Conference Travel award, to give paper at UMB conference, Building Bridges in the City (Baltimore, USA).

FEBRUARY 2006: £5000 from Arts Council England for Channel exhibition

FEBRUARY 2006: £2000 from University of Sheffield Alumni Foundation Innovation Fund for Channel exhibition

OCTOBER 2005: Award of £8500 from Knowledge Transfer Opportunities scheme (HEIF 2) to conduct research with Cupola Contemporary Art (Sheffield) and for delivery of Channel exhibition