Dr Jo McCormack is a Principal Lecturer in Languages at NTU. He teaches French studies and European studies. Dr McCormack supports the Head of Department for History, Languages and Global Cultures and the Course Leader and Subject Leaders in Modern Languages.. He is the Acting Subject Leader for French.
Dr McCormack was Team Leader for Languages at the University of Sunderland for five years before joining NTU. Prior to that he worked in Australia at the Institute for International Studies at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) for seven years, having studied European Studies at Loughborough University.
Dr McCormack's research examines French collective and social memories of the Franco-Algerian War (1954-62) in contemporary France; with particular emphasis on transmission of memories. Dr McCormack is the author of Collective Memory: France and the Algerian War, published in 2007, which examines the way the conflict in Algeria is taught in schools in France, discussed in families and written about in the media. He has also co-edited work on Exile and social change, immigration / ethnicity in contemporary France and diversity in France. In 2013 he was invited to Sheffield to give a paper at a film day to mark 50 years since Algerian independence.
Opportunities to carry out postgraduate research towards an MPhil / PhD exist and further information may be obtained from the NTU Doctoral School.
Dr McCormack is
- Formerly External Examiner at York St John University for their French provision (2012-2016)
- Formerly Treasurer of the Australian Society for French Studies (ASFS)
- Member of the Association for the Study of Modern and Contemporary France (ASMCF) and Society for Francophone Postcolonial Studies (SFPS)
- Associate Member of the Transforming Cultures research group at UTS
Sponsors and collaborators
Dr McCormack regularly attends workshops and conferences in French studies (Association of Modern and Contemporary France [Stirling, NTU], Algeria Revisited [Leicester]). He is also regularly called upon to review journal articles (Portal, Modern and Contemporary France).
Books and Edited Volumes:
- Hexagonal Variations, Diversity, Plurality and Reinvention in Contemporary France. McCormack A, Pratt M and Rolls A (eds), 2011, Amsterdam / New York, Rodopi
- Exile Cultures, Misplaced Identities. McCormack J and Allatson P (eds), 2008, Amsterdam/New York, Rodopi
- Voices from North Africa. McCormack J and Rolls A (eds), Australian Journal of French Studies, (May-August) 2008, XLV, (2)
- Collective Memory: France and the Algerian War, 2007, Lanham, MA, Lexington
Journal Articles and Book Chapters:
- Narratives of Decline in Contemporary France: Nostalgia, Melancholy and Selective Memory. McCormack J in Mikula M (ed), Remembering Home in a Time of Mobility Memory, Nostalgia and Melancholy, 2017, Newcastle upon Tyne, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 95-110.
- Social Memories in (Post)colonial France: Remembering the Franco-Algerian War. McCormack J, Journal of Social History, summer 2011, 44 (4), 1129-1138
- Memory and Exile: Contemporary France and the Algerian War. McCormack J, Allatson P in Allatson P and McCormack J (eds), Exile Cultures, Misplaced Identities, 2008, Amsterdam / New York, Rodopi
- The Work of Memory in Assia Djebar's Les Nuits de Strasbourg. McCormack J, Australian Journal of French Studies, 2008, XLV (2)
- Exile, Memory and Exclusion in Contemporary France in Dalila Kerchouche's Mon père ce harki. McCormack J, Essays in French Literature, 2006, 43