Christina Horvath


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Research interests

I completed my PhD at Paris 3 Sorbonne Nouvelle and lectured at the universities of Montreal, Toronto and Oxford Brookes before joining the Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies in September 2015. 


The central topic of my research is the figure of the city, both as a space of encounter between cultures and a locus of political power and literary legitimacy. I have published widely on urban literature before turning towards the representation of disadvantaged communities in media-political discourses as well as film and literature. I am interested in contemporary urban culture, migration, diaspora, disadvantaged urban communities including French banlieues and Brazilian favelas, globalisation and cosmopolitanism. In 2012, I co-founded Banlieue Network and ran a two-year AHRC-funded project which involved organising several workshops, conferences, summer schools and a touring exhibition promoting interdisciplinary collaboration and fighting stigmatisation in vulnerable urban areas.

My current research, informed by social sciences, political philosophy, cultural studies and postcolonial theory, continues to be related to urban experiences. It is articulated around three main axes:

 The first axe is anchored in the disciplines of literature and cultural studies and aims to extend my existent expertise in French urban literature into a comparative approach which focuses on the representation of French banlieues, Brazilian favelas and informal settlements in Mexico. 

The second axe uses funding from RISE H2020 to develop the concept and the methodology of co-creation from an interdisciplinary perspective in collaboration with academic partners in Oxford, Mexico City and and Rio de Janeiro and NGOs based in Brussels, Berlin and Paris.  In this 4-year prject (2017-2020) I am leading a interdisciplinary team of researchers from UofBath (from the departments of Health, SPS, PoLIS and Education) with the aim to explore how territorial stigmatisation can be challenged by methods harnessing creativity and promoting collaborations between artists, researchers and stakeholders living and working in disadvantaged communities.

Finally, the third axe explores how CO-Creation can be disseminated and applied to the benefit of local stakeholders in the South-West (Bath-Bristol area). It involves developing a network of local practitioners and fostering new collaborations with heritage professionals including Bristol Museums, the American Museum, Beckford’s Tower, and Dyrham Park as well as and community centres and art galleries (Knowle West Community Centre, 44AD) and other practitioners who can use co-creation methodologies to engage with local communities, in particular in the field of the history and memory of slavery.  

I contribute to French Studies units throughout the BA (Hons) Modern Languages and European Studies programme, including final year units on the banlieue and postcolonial France, and to the Euromasters program with a unit on Cultures of Globalisation.

I supervise research projects in the following areas 

  • French and Francophone literature
  • The city in contemporary literature, film and art
  • Contemporary French culture, society and politics
  • Postcolonial ethnic minorities
  • Migration, communities, multiculturalism, cosmopolitanism, otherness
  • Memory and identity in the Francophone world
  • Postcolonial and cultural studies

Education/Academic qualification

French , Doctor of Letters, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris 3

External positions

Member of the peer review college, AHRC

1 Jan 201731 Dec 2020


  • French
  • politics
  • literature
  • urban
  • postcolonial
  • co-creation
  • banlieue
  • terrorism
  • contemporary
  • art
  • humanities
  • francophone
  • migration
  • communities
  • periphery
  • disadvantaged
  • film
  • society

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narrative Social Sciences
stigmatization Social Sciences
violence Social Sciences
combat sport Social Sciences
suburb Social Sciences
revolt Social Sciences
France Social Sciences
artist Social Sciences

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Projects 2012 2022

training opportunities
knowledge transfer
public space

Sabbatical Leave

Horvath, C.


Project: Research-related funding

Bridging the Gap

Horvath, C.



Project: Research council

BN: Banlieue Network

Horvath, C. & Carpenter, J.


Project: Research council

Research Output 2014 2019

The banlieue: realities, myths, representations

Horvath, C., 1 Feb 2019, Routledge Handbook of French Politics and Culture. Routledge

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Urban Policy
Popular Culture
Monumental Architecture

Banlieue narratives: voicing the French urban periphery

Horvath, C., 12 Jun 2018, In : Romance Studies. 36, 1-2: Banlieue Narratives: Voicing the French Urban Periphery, p. 1-4 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

Boxer avec les mots: les multiples usages de la métaphore pugiliste dans le récit de banlieue contemporain

Translated title of the contribution: Boxing with words: Different uses of the sporting metaphore in contemporary banlieue narrativesHorvath, C., 1 Aug 2018, In : Revue Algerienne des Sciences du Langage. 3, 1, p. 114-125

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
combat sport

Conceptualizing peripheral urban literature in France and Brazil

Horvath, C., 2018, In : Romance Studies. 36, 1-2: Banlieue Narratives: Voicing the French Urban Periphery, p. 46-62 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Connecting the Margins: Geographical Complexity and International Networks in the French Banlieue Novel

Horvath, C., 26 Nov 2018, The Representation of the Relationship between Center and Periphery in the Contemporary Novel. Amar, R. & Saquer-Sabin, F. (eds.). Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholar Print, p. 196-210 15 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Inner City
Working Class