France + Northern England

France + Northern England

I lived in France and the North of England for many years, and have deep ties to both places. Through collaborations with scholars on both sides of the Atlantic, I have written a handful of pieces exploring race, representation, suburbs and stigmatization in France, and a series of academic and non-academic works on the struggles along the North/South divide in the UK.



In press Alex Schafran and Yohann Le Moigne. From the suburbs to the banlieue. In Maginn, P. J. and Anacker, K. B. (Eds.) Suburbia in the 21st Century: From Dreamscape to Nightmare? London: Routledge.

2017 Alex Schafran, Giorgia Aiello, Theresa Enright & Yohann Le Moigne, Rendering a Redeveloped France, Metropolitics, 7 June 2017

2016 Yohann Le Moigne, Gregory Smithsimon, and Alex Schafran. Ni la race ni le 93 ne sont ce que nous croyons qu’ils sont, Herodote 162

Northern England

2018 Alice Butler, Alex Schafran & Georgina Carpenter, What does it mean when people call a place a shithole? Understanding a discourse of denigration in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, DOI: 10.1111/tran.12247

2017 Daryl Martin, Alex Schafran and Zac Taylor. From problems in the North to the problematic North: Northern devolution through the lens of history. In C. Berry & A. Giovannini (eds), The Political Economy of the Northern Powerhouse, Palgrave.

2016 Alex Schafran and Zac Taylor. Slouching Towards Barnsley. In R. Hayton, A. Giovannini and Craig Berry (eds) The Politics of the North: Governance, Territory and Identity in Northern England. White Rose Consortium for the North of England.

2014 Winterfell, in Emma Jackson and Claire Biddles, eds., Lots of Planets Have a North


When I arrived in the UK, it was hard to ignore how surprised people were that I would come from sunny California to the North of England. What would usually follow is a conversation about where they were from, which would inevitably end up at some discussion of what city or village or part of…

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