Please tell us about your research project.
I am a PhD student in Geography at the Université Paul Valéry - Montpellier 3, under the supervision of Professor Valérie Lavaud-Letilleul and Dr Isabelle Berry-Chikhaoui. My doctoral research adresses contemporary seaport areas as masculine places. The gender lens reveals the structure of ports as places of power and negociation: unequal access to employment despite attractive salary prospects, gender sterotypes, masculine practices that shape the docks but are now challenged by the management. I work on two European case-studies: Le Havre (France) and Felixstowe (United Kingdom).
You've been granted a monthly scholarship. Could you please tell us a bit more about this scholarship?
I am the "boursière du mois" in March 2020: I benefit from a Bodleian Librairies card, free accomodation at the Maison Française for one month, and a grant. This scholarship enables me to read the major English-written theoretical and empirical essays in the field of feminist and gender geography. It is a unique opportunity to broaden my knowledge of the bibliography available and build my own analytical framework. I am also able to read some archives produced by the Port of Felixstowe and held at the Old Bodleian Library.
First impressions of Oxford/the University?
As a geographer, I am very interested in the contrast between Oxford and the Suffolk industrial towns where I stayed while doing my field work (Ipswich, Felixstowe). Because of the proportion of students within the general population, the importance of the colleges in the urban structure, and the middle-class standards of living, Oxford is absolutely different from any other city I know. I am fond of the beautiful oxonian architecture: to me, working inside Radcliffe Camera is somehow very stimulating! My first impressions of the quiet city and its countryside are very positive.