Associate Professor Karin Speedy

Associate Professor Karin Speedy

Associate Professor Karin Speedy

Head of French and Francophone Studies

Associate Professor Speedy is involved in interdisciplinary research on the Pacific where she works on historical, cultural, linguistic and literary links between the Pacific (including New Zealand and Australia) and the Indian Ocean. Her particular interests include language contact, the New Caledonian sugar industry, migrations, interethnic relations, colonial and postcolonial literature from the region and literary translation. She is currently working on several research projects: The First Pacific Blackbirds: Nineteenth-Century Franco-Australian Networks of Forced Labour Nineteenth-Century; Migration from La RĂ©union to New Caledonia: Oral Histories; and Creole languages: New Caledonia’s Tayo. 

In recognition of her major contribution to knowledge of French language and culture in the Pacific, in 2013 Associate Professor Speedy was awarded the John Dunmore Medal which recognises outstanding contributions to the knowledge of the role of the French or the French language in the Pacific region.

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