Invited Researcher of DEA Programme Stay in France: from May 9th to June 11th, 2022
Published at 10 May 2022
After undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at the University of Oxford, including a doctoral thesis on François Mauriac’s career as an intellectual, Edward Welch spent two years in Paris undertaking postdoctoral research on spatial planning and modernization in post-war France. He joined Durham University in 2001 as Lecturer then Senior Lecturer in French, before moving to the University of Aberdeen in 2013 to become Carnegie Professor of French. His work explores the radical transformation of French space and territory during the post-war period, as the country navigates decolonization and modernization, how spatial planners talk about and represent the future, and how the consequences of French modernization are captured in literary and visual culture.
Title: The Imagined Futures of French Spatial Planning: Vision, Narrative, Attitude
Keywords: Post-war France, Paris, New Towns, space, territory, spatial planning, modernization, discourse, representation, photography, visual culture, literature, culture
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