Dr Constance Bantman
I studied at the Ecole Normale Superieure (1998-2003) and Paris 13 University (2002-2006), and attended Balliol College (Oxford) as a graduate visiting student (1999-2000). I joined the University of Surrey in 2009 as Lecturer in French, having previously taught at the University of Oxford (2001-2003), Paris 13 University (2003-2006) and Imperial College London (2006-2009).
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
"Anarchismes et anarchistes en France et en Grande-Bretagne (1880-1914): Echanges, representations, transferts"
In the media
My broad research area is French and British political and social history between 1880 and 1914. My research focuses on the history of French political exiles in Britain and anarchist transnationalism between 1880 and 1914, with a focus on ideological and political transfers, experiences of political exile, the asylum question in the long nineteenth century as well as the history of terrorism. These questions were the focus of my doctoral research and 2013 monograph, The French Anarchists in London (1880-1914): Exile and Transnationalism in the First Globalisation (LUP, 2013), as well as a number of journal publications.
I am also interested in the history of print and journalism from a transnational perspective. In 2017, I published a co-edited volume of essays on the history of the foreign political press in London from the early 18th century to the early 20th: The Foreign Political in Nineteenth-Century London: Politics from a Distance (with Ana Claudia Suriani da Silva; Bloomsbury, 2017).
I am currently researching a biography of the French anarchist editor, writer, publisher, campaigner and educationalist Jean Grave (1854-1939), to be published by Palgrave McMillan in 2020. This monograph will reassess the importance of Grave in the organisation of the French and international anarchist movements before 1914, examining theoretical questions relating to print activism and the role of anarchism as a counter-cultural movement.
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).
I teach French language and content modules at all undergraduate levels, and also supervise dissertations. In addition, I teach a research-led MA module on Globalisation.
I currently supervise doctoral research in the fields of transnational political and cultural history, and welcome proposals in these areas as well as those relating more specifically to nineteenth-century French history and the history of the anarchist movement.
Courses I teach on
Postgraduate research supervision
-Gursimran Oberoi: 'Global Watt: Allegories for All (1880-1980'. (2017-...). In collaboration with Watts Gallery, Compton, Surrey. Funded by AHRC-Techne.
-Wafik Doss: 'Trail of a Syllable'. (2016-...). Secondary supervisor.
-Jessica Thorne, 'Laboratories of Dissent: A cartography of anarchist resistance to Franco in prison and in exile, 1960-1975', Funded by AHRC-Techne (Secondary supervisor; Primary supervisor: Prof. Helen Graham, RHUL).-
-Giacinto Palmieri: 'Oral self-translation of stand-up comedy: from mental text to performance and interaction'. (2015-2017). Secondary supervisor. Funded by AHRC-Techne.
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.