Emmanuelle AVRIL

Emmanuelle Avril is Professor of Contemporary Politics and Society at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University and the current director of the Center for Research on the English-speaking World (CREW). Her research focuses on intra-party democracy, organisational change and mobilisation within the Labour Party, leading more generally to studies of political participation, campaigning, and democratisation, as well as the use of new technologies to mobilise support. One key dimension of the SHAME project which resonates with her research includes analyses of the deployment and effectiveness of “name and shame” tactics to hold power holders to account, seeking to apply public pressure when official channels are unresponsive, often in novel and creative ways.


Claire Davison

Claire Davison is Professor of Modernist Studies at the Sorbonne Nouvelle, working at the interface of literature and cultural history, in various dimensions of what she likes to call ‘marginal modernisms’ – the intermediaries, translators and purveyors of modernism, modernism and sonic modernity, modernism and broadcasting (her current project), and modernist archives (letters, diaries, manuscripts). She also has a secondary passion for textual editing.

Within the Shame project, she has been exploring discourses of domestic propaganda vs pacifism in WW1, and the instrumentalization of sexual politics, gallantry and cowardice in media representations and court trials of conscientious objectors. Her particular interest is in the highly-publicized trials of key figures in the Bloomsbury Group, and the group’s deft deflection of shaming tactics both in court, and in publications of their own. She is then tracing the resurgence and revision of their ‘shame with honour’ stand as revisited by Woolf in her 1938 pacifist and anti-patriarchal pamphlet Three Guineas.

Hélène Le Dantec-Lowry

A specialist of the cultural and social history of African Americans, women, and gender, Hélène Le Dantec-Lowry is Professor Emeritus of American Studies at Sorbonne Nouvelle University. Until recently, she was the editor-in-chief of the French journal of American studies (RFEA). Recently she co-edited Écrire l’histoire depuis les marges. Une anthologie d’historiens africains-américains, 1855-1965 (Terra-HN Editions, 2018), Histoire en marges. Les périphéries de l’histoire globale. (Presses Universitaires François Rabelais, 2018), and Writing History from the Margins: African Americans and the Quest for Freedom (New York: Routledge, 2017).

Within the Shame project she intends to examine how prescriptive literature has sometimes used shaming as a way to influence readers, focusing specifically on race and class in domestic manuals by African Americans.


Bruno Poncharal

Bruno Poncharal is Professor of Contrastive Linguistics and Translation Studies in the Department of English Studies at Sorbonne Nouvelle University. He is the director of the Translation Studies Research Centre TRACT and editor of the Translation Studies journal Palimpsestes. His research focuses on the translation of social science texts and on translation as a vehicle for the circulation of ideas and concepts.

He has published several articles on the translation of texts in the social sciences and has also translated numerous articles and books in the field. He has recently translated Shaping Immigration News – A French-American Comparison, (Rodney Benson, Cambridge University Press, 2013) published as L’immigration au prisme des médias – Une comparaison France-États-Unis, at Presses Universitaires de Rennes in 2018.

Alexandra Poulain

Alexandra Poulain is Professor of Postcolonial Literature at Sorbonne Nouvelle University and director of Research Unit “Prismes” (Literature, Art, Culture, Linguistics and Translation in the English-speaking world). She has published widely about modern and contemporary Irish theatre and is particularly interested in the experimental theatre of Yeats and Beckett. Her book Irish Drama, Modernity and the Passion Play was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2016. Her current research focuses on visual, literary and performative expressions of shame in queer and decolonial projects. She is the current president of the International Yeats Society and of the SAES (Société des Anglicistes de l’Enseignement Supérieur).

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