Dr Laetitia Nanquette

Senior Lecturer and Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow

BA (Sorbonne University, Paris); PhD (SOAS, University of London)

School of the Arts & Media


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216, Level 2 Robert Webster
Kensington Campus
Fields: Comparative Literature Studies, Postcolonial and Global Cultural Studies, Literary Theory, Middle Eastern Literature, Migrant Cultural Studies

I am a Senior Lecturer and Australia Research Council DECRA Fellow (2015-2019) in the School of the Arts and Media.

I was trained in France, the United Kingdom, Iran and the United States (Fulbright Visiting Fellow at Harvard University) before coming to Australia in 2013. I frequently travel to Iran for research fieldworks.

I am interested in modern and contemporary Middle Eastern literatures, particularly in Persian literature; World Literature; literature and globalization; sociology of literature; Digital Humanities.

My current work project as a DECRA Fellow is entitled: "A Global Comparative Study of Contemporary Iranian Literature". This project reveals how literature circulates in a globalized world and evidences the diversity generated out of globalization processes. As a case study of a rich culture constrained by recent political changes and decentralized in diasporic communities, the Iranian example is particularly significant in considering non-Western types of globalization. Detailing how national and global literary practices are connected, this project is the first comparative study examining Iranian literatures and their circulation on a global scale, in Iran and in the Iranian diaspora in Australia, the United States and Western Europe.

I am also interested in translation studies and in the practice of translation. My translations of Iranian short stories into French have been published in literary journals, and I have translated Persian texts into English with Ali Alizadeh.

I am editor for the Persian/Iranian Writing and Culture volume of The Literary Encyclopedia, ed. Dr Robert Clark: http://www.litencyc.com, and editor for the Modern Persian literature section of Abstracta Iranica (Peeters publishers). I am also Book Review Editor for Cultural Studies for the journal Iranian Studies.

My Academia profile is here.

Current PhD supervision:

Joint supervisor: Elham Naeej "Romance, Women and Liminality in Contemporary Iran "

Max Bledstein, Scientia PhD "Terrors of Identity: Depictions of Historical Trauma in Contemporary Iranian Horror Cinema"

Adineh Khojastehpour "Cross-cultural adaptations in Iranian cinema"

Secondary supervisor: Mazda Moradabbasi "Literary Adaptation in Iranian Cinema"

Mariya Nikolova "Re-Considering American Avant-Garde and Neo-Avant-Garde Literature"

Setayesh Nooraninejad "The Writing Culture of Ordinary People in Iran During the War Years (1980-1988)" (PhD at ANU)

Successful Honours completion: Joyce Chew (2017)


Honours and prizes

2018 and 2017:Postgraduate Research Supervisor Awardfrom the Postgraduate Council UNSW

2015-2019: Australian Research Council DECRA

2014: Dean’s Research Award “Achievement by an Early Career Researcher”, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, UNSW

2011-2012: Four Research Grants for Harvard Visiting Scholarship: Fulbright commission; Arthur Sachs Foundation; Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute; Fondation La Ferthé

2010 and 2009: PhD scholarship: Houtan Foundation

Engagement and Professional contributions

Cultural Studies Association of Australasia

American Comparative Literature Association

Postcolonial Studies Association

Modern Language Association

Association for Iranian Studies

Centre for Iranian Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies

Association for the Study of Australian Literature

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