Ellen Davis-Walker

Thesis title: Journeys in the postcolonial city: re-imagining spatial politics in Paris and Brussels


I am a second year PhD student in the French department, funded by The Wolfson Foundation.  My thesis (co-supervised by Dr Claire Boyle and Dr Nicola Frith) examines how recent artistic and political interventions  by activist groups in Paris and Brussels are bringing about a postcolonial "re-mapping" of  the two respective capitals.  I am particularly interested in how this re-mapping encourages a return to the streets at to physical landmarks: giving space for previously disavowed memories and experienes to emerge.  My broader interests lie in the field of posctolonial studies, trauma and memory studies , as well as experiences of transnational migration. Prior to coming to Edinburgh in 2016, I completed my Ba in Modern and Medieval Languages (French and Italian) at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge in 2013, and obtained my MPhil (with distinction) in Screen Media and Cultures from Trinity Hall, Cambridge in 2015.  I have a background in freelance journalism and translation, and have worked as an English languaue asisstant at the École normale supérieure de Lyon.  


2015, MPhil, Screen Media and Cultures (Distinction) University of Cambridge

Responsibilities & affiliations

  • Member of the editorial board of the DELC  Creative Writing Magazine
  • Member of the Society for Francophone Postcolonial Studies
  • Member of  the Society for French Studies.

Postgraduate teaching

French 1B Literature and Civilisation (20th-century literature, film, politics, and critical theory)

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Current project grants

Wolfson Scholarship (2016-2019)

In the press

  • Davis-Walker, Ellen. 'Re-mapping Postcolonial Italy: an Interview with Simone Brioni on the Documentary Aulò', in ReadingItaly (2013).