Background and activities
I am Professor of Gender Studies and French Literature at the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture and the Department of Language and Literature. I hold an MA (Glasgow University, 1985) in French and Arabic, and worked as a translator and researcher at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, UK before completing my PhD (Edinburgh University, 2000) in feminist Francophone literature.
My areas of research include migration and gender, migration and education, domestic labour, new media and Middle East war, Islamic fundamentalisms, intercultural cinema and 20th century francophone literature.
I am currently a WP leader in the Norway Norway-Japan: Bridging Research and Education in Gender Equality and Diversity (NJ_BREGED) project, a three-year research and teaching collaboration (2019 - 2022) between the Center for Gender Research (CGR) at Department of Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture at NTNU (Norway) and the Institute for Gender Studies (IGS) at Ochanomizu University (Tokyo, Japan) in the fields of gender equality and diversity.
From 2017 to 2020, I was leader of the Norwegian Research Council FINNUT (Research and Innovation in the Educational Sector) project, Language, Integration, Media, https://www.ntnu.no/isl/lim, which researched and developed innovative and engaging learning opportunities for Norwegian and migrant secondary school age students, with the aim of improving academic and integration outcomes.
Between 2011 to 2016, I led a Norwegian Research Council VAM (Welfare, Working Life and Migration) funded project. Buying and Selling (gender) Equality: Feminized Migration and Gender Equality in Contemporary Norway. The project addressed paid domestic labour and au paring in Norway, looking at the concurrence between increasing gender equality ambitions and dependence on feminized migration. The project’s co-edited anthology Paid Migrant Domestic Labour in a Changing Europe: Questions of Gender Equality and Citizenship (Palgrave 2016) analyses the changing face of work, gender equality and citizenship in Europe. Focusing on the discourses, social relations and political processes that surround migrant domestic labour in Europe, it rethinks the vital relationship between this kind of employment, the formal and informal citizenship of migrant workers, and the cultural and political value of gender equality.
I am also interested in paid domestic labour and au pairing in other national contexts, and have recently published on medializations of ‘granny’ au pairing services in France. I have also researchied medializations of migrant domestic work in documentaries on migrant domestic labour in Lebanon.
I have co-edited two anthologies on religious fundamentalisms: Fundamentalism, Globalism and the Public Sphere and Fundamentalism and Communication: Culture, Media and the Public Sphere (both IB Tauris 2011) and have published a monograph on Assia Djebar’s feminist writing practice Assia Djebar: In dialogue with feminisms (Rodopi 2006).
- FRA2600 - Research-oriented course
- FRA2900 - Bachelor's Thesis in French
- KULT2208 - Gender and Norwegian Culture: Questions of Equality 2
- KULT3306 - Culture and Gender Studies - Special Version
- KULT3394 - Master's Thesis in Equality and Diversity
- FRA3111 - Specialization in French literature
- KULT6502 - Gender and Diversity in Theory and Practice
- HFO1004 - The Human Era?
- KULT2207 - Gender and Norwegian Culture: Questions of Equality 1
Scientific, academic and artistic work
A selection of recent journal publications, artistic productions, books, including book and report excerpts. See all publications in the database
- (2021) Migration narratives in educational digital storytelling: which stories can be told?. Learning, Media & Technology.
- (2019) The Emotional Politics of Representations of Migrant Domestic Work in Lebanon. Middle East Critique. vol. 28 (4).
- (2016) “Granny” au pairs in online French news media: a crueller shade of optimism?. Feminist Media Studies. vol. 16 (6).
- (2014) Speaking images, race-less words: Play and the absence of race in contemporary Scandinavia. Journal of Scandinavian Cinema. vol. 4 (1).
- (2013) Migrants of the New Norway: Sara Johnsen’s Upperdog. Tidsskrift for kjønnsforskning. vol. 37 (1).
- (2011) Sharing Across the Battle Lines? Israeli and Lebanese Blogs in the 2006 Lebanon War. International Journal of Communication. vol. 5.
- (2009) Personal and/or Universal? Hélène Cixous's Challenge to generic Borders. The European Legacy. vol. 14 (1).
- (2007) Zadie Smith - Islam's White Teeth. Norsk Statsvitenskapelig Tidsskrift. vol. 23 (2).
- (2006) Nina Bouarouis Garcon Manqué - Väl urkopplad: Varför globaliseringsteorin inte junde redogöra för Nina?. Finsk Tidskrift (FT). vol. 1.
- (2006) Garcon Manqué de Nina Bouroui: Regards linguistiques et thématiques sur une ambiguïté identitaire. Lianes. vol. 1.
- (2001) Sistre and the Semiotic: Reinscribing Desire into Language. Studien zur Literatur und Geschichte des Maghreb.
- (1998) Kristeva meets l'Amour, "la fantasia". International Journal of Francophone Studies. vol. 1 (2).
- (2021) Comparative Perspectives on Gender Equality in Japan and Norway. Same but different?. Routledge. 2021. ISBN 9781003185222.
- (2016) Paid Migrant Domestic Labour in a Changing Europe. Questions of Gender Equality and Citizenship. Palgrave Macmillan. 2016. ISBN 978-1-137-51741-8.
- (2012) Skrift som livstegn: Festskrift til Sissel Lie. Tapir Akademisk Forlag. 2012. ISBN 978-82-321-0030-9.
- (2011) Fundamentalism in the Modern World. Volume 1. I.B. Tauris. 2011. ISBN 978-1-84885-330-0.
- (2011) Fundamentalism in the Modern World. Volume 2. I.B. Tauris. 2011. ISBN 978-1-84885-331-7.
- (2006) Assia Djebar: In Dialogue with Feminisms. Rodopi. 2006. ISBN 90-420-1739-2.
Part of book/report
- (2021) Masculinity in contemporary Viking and Samurai comedies: ‘It’s not really me, that fear-based leadership style stuff’. Comparative Perspectives on Gender Equality in Japan and Norway. Same but different?.
- (2021) Introduction: Comparative perspectives on gender in Japan and Norway. Comparative Perspectives on Gender Equality in Japan and Norway. Same but different?.