Dr Constance Bantman

Senior Lecturer in French and Director of Teaching and Learning
BA, MA, PhD; Former student of the Ecole Normale Superieure (Lyon-LSH)
+44 (0)1483 683065
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Areas of specialism

Franco-British political and cultural exchanges and cross-Channel migrations, 19th and 20th centuries.; History of the French anarchist movement (1870-1918); Methodology of Transnational History; History of Anarchist Terrorism in the long 19th century

University roles and responsibilities

  • Senior Lecturer in French
  • Director of Learning and Teaching
  • Deputy Academic Integrity Officer and Trained Panel Member

My qualifications

PhD in History:
"Anarchismes et anarchistes en France et en Grande-Bretagne (1880-1914): Echanges, representations, transferts"
Paris 13 University
MA in History
Paris 13 University
Trainee researcher and lecturer at the Ecole Normale Superieure Lyon-LSH


Research interests

Indicators of esteem

  • I am on the editorial board of the journals Anarchist Studies and the Journal for the Study of Radicalism. 


  • Elected as a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in 2018.

  • I am a reviewer for The American Historical Review, Anarchist Studies, The Historical Journal, H-Net/H-HistSex, International Review of Social History, Journal of Historical Geography, The Labour History Review, Modern and Contemporary France, Revue d’histoire du XIXe siècle, The Political Quarterly, Theoretical Criminology, Vingtième Siècle; Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, Paris (postdoctoral application reviewer), Royal Society (Fellowship application reviewer).

My teaching


Postgraduate research supervision

My publications


Jean Grave and the Networks of French Anarchism (Basingstoke: Palgrave McMillan, in preparation)


The French Anarchists in London (1880-1914): Exile and Transnationalism in the First Globalisation (Liverpool: LUP, 2013)

With Ana Claudia Suriani da Silva, The London Foreign Political Press in Nineteenth-Century London: Politics from a Distance (London: Bloomsbury, 2017)

With Bert Altena, Reassessing the Transnational Turn: Scales of Analysis in Anarchist and Syndicalist Studies (1st ed. Routledge, 2015, 2nd ed. PM Press, 2017)

With Dave Berry, New Perspectives on Anarchism, Labour and Syndicalism: The Individual, the National and the Transnational  (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010)

'The Era of Propaganda by the Deed', in Matthew Adams and Carl Levy (eds.), Palgrave Handbook of Anarchism, Palgrave, 2018, pp. 371-87.


(2017). Jean Grave and French Anarchism: A Relational Approach (1870s-1914) International Review of Social History, 62 (3). pp. 451-477.
View abstract
  This article proposes a biographical approach to the study of anarchist activism, applied to the French journalist, editor, theorist, novelist, educator, and campaigner Jean Grave, one of the most influential figures in the French and international anarchist movement between the late 1870s and World War I. Adopting a relational approach delineating Grave’s formal and informal connections, it focuses on the role of print in Grave’s activism, through the three papers he edited between 1883 and 1914, and highlights his transnational connections and links with progressive circles in France. Due to the central place of both Grave and his publications in the French anarchist movement, this biographical and relational approach provides a basis to reassess the functioning and key strategic orientations of French anarchist communism during its “heroic period” (1870s–1914), by stressing its transnational ramifications and links beyond the anarchist movement.
(2017). Bantman C. 'Louise Michel’s London years: a political reassessment (1890-1905)'. Taylor & Francis Women's History Review, 26 (6), pp. 994-1012.
View abstract
This article proposes a political reassessment of the long period of time spent in London by the French Communard-turned-anarchist Louise Michel (1890–1905). It emphasises the breadth of her militant repertoire as well as her very concrete engagement in specific political projects, and highlights the coherence of her political outlook and activities. This perspective challenges predominantly masculinist portrayals of Michel, which focus heavily on sentiment as an explanation for her political activism, and downplay her overall agency as a militant. It also highlights the limitations of methodological nationalism in analysing Michel’s activities in exile. Four key aspects are examined: Michel’s print and open-air propaganda; her network-building activities; her contribution to libertarian pedagogies through the ‘International socialist school’ which she set up in Fitzrovia in the early 1890s; and her campaigning activities for the defence of the right of asylum and support for political refugees, at a time when liberal understandings of asylum were being questioned.