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My main research interests are masculinity, political culture, and the interaction between the two.
I specialise in late medieval England, but it is impossible to work well on this period without building links with a broad range of chronological periods and geographical areas.
I completed my doctoral thesis at the university of Oxford in 2003. This was published as "Richard II: Manhood, youth and politics, 1377-99" by Oxford University Press in 2008. I was a Drapers' Research Fellow at Pembroke College, Cambridge University from 2005 to 2008. From 2010 to 2013, I directed a team within a large European Research Council project directed by Jean-Philippe Genet. Since 2013 I have been a tenured CNRS Chargé de recherche (Assistant Research Professor), first at the university of Paris I, and now at the university of Lille.
My research is currently spreading out on two fronts. On one side, I am developing my long-standing interests in what we call masculinity and in what past actors associated in whole or in part with maleness. This has recently led to the completion of a large collaborative project which will appear as The Palgrave Handbook of Masculinity and Political Culture in Europe in 2018.
On the other, I am pursuing different approaches to popular political culture, very broadly defined. Working on a period in which "politics" was not as easily defined as it is today, I am exploring a number of lateral approaches to political culture, since just focusing attitudes to and interactions with the state, for example, is clearly misleading in late medieval Europe.
One part of this is the use of computer-aided discourse analysis to gain access to ideas and values which were not explicitly stated by contemporaries. At Lille, I have been able to broaden this interest in lateral approaches to politics, including analysis of popular political practices, popular political languages or techniques, and even the political use of objects, through a three-year project dedicated to "Cultures politiques quotidiennes".