Alex Hastie

imageWorking Title: Postcolonial Maghrebi-French Cinema: History, Memory, Space, and Identity


Prof Richard Phillips, and Dr Eric Olund


ESRC White Rose Studentship

Current Research

My research focuses on Maghrebi-French cinematic engagement with issues relating to collective and cultural memory, and representations of history. I am particularly concerned with Franco-Algerian history, and recent (post-2000) attempts by Franco-Algerian filmmakers to re-write and re-frame largely censored, forgotten and controversial parts of France’s relationship with Algeria, predominantly the Algerian War of Independence (1954-1962), which is attended to in multiple and complex ways.

Drawing upon postcolonial theory, memory and trauma studies, and translation studies, my research examines this cinema for the ways in which it poses questions about French and Algerian national histories and identities, colonial and postcolonial spaces, and the wider reception of these narratives beyond France in the Anglophone world.

Research Interests

  • Algerian History
  • Beur and Banlieue Cinema
  • Francophone Colonial History
  • French Cinema
  • Maghrebi/North African Cinemas
  • Postcolonial Theory
  • Translating Cultures
  • Transnational Cinema

Conference Participation and Organisation

  • (In Planning) The Battle of Algiers at 50: Legacies in Film and Literature, One-Day Symposium May 2016, University of Sheffield – Co-Organiser with Beatrice Ivey (University of Leeds)
  • RGS-IBG Postgraduate Forum Mid-Term Conference April 2015, University of Sheffield – Co-Organiser, Panel Chair
  • RGS-IBG Postgraduate Forum Mid-Term Conference April 2015, University of Sheffield – Paper entitled: Postcolonial Maghrebi-French Cinema: Memories, Histories, and Identities on Screen.
  • Interdisciplinary Research Workshop, Figures of Transgression in War Representation May 2015, University of Reading – Paper entitled: Figures of Transgression in the Maghrebi-French War Drama
  • Rethinking Re/presentation A Postgraduate Screen Studies Research Symposium June 2015, University of Manchester – Paper entitled: Reframing Colonial Histories in Maghrebi-French Cinema: Memorialisation in Days of Glory (2006) and Outside the Law (2010)


Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) on First Year Undergaduate Module GEO163 Information and Communication Skills for Geographers – Tutorials and Marking

Department of Geography Film Club

Together with the ESRC White Rose Human Geography Pathway, we hold regular research-focused film screenings in the Department of Geography, which engage with the exciting and diverse range of research interests across both Geography and Urban Studies. We have screened films ranging from Michael Haneke’s Hidden (2005) to Goran Olsson’s Concerning Violence (2014), and have invited guest speakers to introduce and lead the discussion on the film, providing researchers in the department with a creative way to participate in scholarly discussion.


  • MA Development Studies, IDPM, University of Manchester (2012-2013) – Merit
  • BA Human Geography with Politics, Keele University (2009-2012) – First


  • ESRC White Rose Studentship (PhD)
  • Alexander and Dorothea Farquharson Award (Best Undergraduate Dissertation, Keele University)
  • Student Prize for Human Geography (Best Overall Performance, Keele University)

Contact Details

Twitter: @hastie41

Address: Department of Geography, University of Sheffield, Winter Street, Sheffield, S10 2TN, UK