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Margaret Majumdar


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Professor Margaret A. Majumdar is Emeritus Professor in Francophone Studies at the University of Portsmouth, UK.


Professor Majumdar studied at Kings College, University of London, where she obtained a BA 1st class honours degree in French with German (1970), an MA with distinction in Romance Languages and Literature, specialising in Contemporary French Thought, Proust, and a dissertation on novels of Boris Vian (1971), and a PhD (1992), with a thesis on the French philosopher, Louis Althusser. She also studied at the Université de Paris (Sorbonne), in 1968-9.

She has previously been employed at the University of Westminster as Senior Lecturer in French, then at the University of Glamorgan, as Professor of French and Francophone Studies, Head of Modern Languages and Head of Postgraduate Programmes in the School of Humanities & Social Sciences. In 2002-2005, she was awarded a Wingate Research Scholarship. From 2003 to 2013, she was Visiting Professor of Francophone Studies at the University of Portsmouth, before becoming Research Professor of Francophone Studies, until her retirement in 2017, when she was appointed Emeritus Professor in Francophone Studies.

During her professional career, Professor Majumdar has, amongst other things, been co-founder/editor of the Bulletin of Francophone Africa (1992-1996); member of the Editorial Board of Le Maghreb Littéraire, Toronto, Canada (1996 - ); Honorary Secretary of the  Association for the Study of Modern and Contemporary France and member of the Editorial Board of Modern and Contemporary France (2000 – 2004); member of the Editorial Board of the  International Journal of Francophone Studies (2002- ); a member of the Editorial Board, University of Wales Press French & Francophone series; member of the Management Committee of the Society for Algerian Studies (1998 – 2003).

Research Interests

  • Contemporary French and Francophone Political Philosophy
  • Francophonie
  • Francophone African Studies
  • Francophone Maghrebian Literature

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  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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