Sam Coombes

Senior Lecturer

Background

Sam Coombes is Senior Lecturer at Edinburgh University, having previously taught at Paris 10 Nanterre University (2001-7) whilst completing postgraduate studies at Oxford University. Following a state school education in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, an undergraduate joint degree in Philosophy and French (1994-8) at New College, Oxford, and a Masters (1998-9), he did a doctorate (D.Phil) at Wadham College, Oxford.  He spent 2000-1 studying at the Ecole Normale Supérieure, rue d'Ulm, in Paris. He is an associated member of the CREW (Centre for Research on the English-Speaking World) and the CREC (Centre de Recherche en Civilisation Britannique) at Paris 3 Sorbonne Nouvelle.

 He spent the second semester of 2018-19 as a Visiting Professor in the department of comparative studies at Paris 3 Sorbonne Nouvelle University. 

He has worked extensively in the fields of political and cultural studies, the history of ideas and postcolonial studies, all with an increasing anglophone-francophone comparative focus. Since completing The Early Sartre and Marxism (Lang, 2008), postcolonial and political thought became a central focus of his research, as has more recently an interest in the difficulties encountered by diasporic immigrant communities in France and Britain.  He has published widely on these subjects in both anglophone and French refereed journals. His monograph Edouard Glissant A Poetics of Resistance (Bloomsbury, 2018) relates contemporary postcolonial theory to anglophone alter-globalization theory. He is on the editorial board of the online journal the Literary Encyclopedia. 

Responsibilities & affiliations

  • 2016: Department of European Languages and Cultures Head of the Teaching Office
  • 2011 to present: Year Abroad Erasmus Coordinator
  • 2014: 1B (1st yr group) Course Organiser
  • 2013: PGCertAP and FHEA
  • From September 2010-12: MSc in European Studies course coordinator.
  • 2011-13: DELC Representative on the Board of Studies
  • 2010-11: 1B Language Coordinator and FLA Coordiantor

Undergraduate teaching

Final-year specialist option courses in: 'Postcolonial Studies'; 'Twentieth-Century Political Thought'; and 'Sartre'

Postgraduate teaching

Teaching, dissertation supervision and examining for the MSc in European Studies, the MSc in Transatlanticism and the MSc in Translation Studies.

Research summary

Sam Coombes’ main research interests lie in the fields of British and French cultural studies, postcolonial studies, and comparative British/anglophone-French/francophone perspectives in these fields.

Requests for PhD supervision in these fields of research are welcomed.

The ' Diasporic Trajectories: Transnational Cultures in the 21st Century' seminar series at IASH, 2015.

Research activities

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Project activity

Sam Coombes is a member of:

  • The UK Postcolonial Studies Association
  • The SAES (France)
  • ‘Lecture de la théorie/Théorie de la lecture’ research group (Paris X)
  • He is associated member of the CREW (Centre for Research on the English-Speaking World) and the CREC (Centre deRecherches en Civilisation Britannique) at the University of Paris 3 Sorbonne Nouvelle

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