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Jo McCormack

Jo McCormack

Principal Lecturer

School of Arts & Humanities

Staff Group(s)
History, Languages and Global Cultures


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.

Career overview

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.

Research areas

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.

External activity

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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

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