School of Modern Languages

Staff Profiles

Dr Hugh Dauncey

Reader in French Popular Culture



Dr Dauncey graduated in European Studies and Economics, before doing an MA in French Linguistics. He undertook a PhD on the politics of the French space programme. Before coming to Newcastle he worked in Bordeaux at the ESCAE, at the University of Bath, at the Université Paris 7 (Jussieu), and occasionally at the Ecole Nationale d'Administration and the Assemblée Nationale in Paris.


BA European Studies (University of Bradford, First Class Honours)
MA European Languages (University of East Anglia, with Distinction)
PhD 'The Making of French Space Policy 1979-1994' (University of Bath)

Roles and responsibilities

I am currently or have served as Degree Programme Director for a range of SML degrees, especially Single Honours French, French/German/Spanish & Politics, French/German/Spanish & Business, Modern Languages with Management and other programmes. I have served as 'Head of French' on a number of occasions as well as being SML Year Abroad Officer. I am currently French Erasmus coordinator, member of the SML UG Board of Studies, of the SML Research Committee, of the Language Teaching Review Committee, and Chair of the SML UG Board of Examiners.

I have been (2011-14, and 2000-03) a member of University Senate.


Society for French Studies
Association for the Study of Modern and Contemporary France
Associate member of the CNRS / Paris 1 Sorbonne IDHE-Georges Friedmann research group. 

Honours and Awards

I was appointed Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Palmes Académiques (2003) by the French Education Ministry, for 'services to French culture'.

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Research Interests

French/Francophone popular culture past and (especially) present: public policy and popular culture (especially television, radio, sport, music, new media).

Other Expertise

Politics, economics and public policy of French high technology: space, defence, new media.

Current Work

Ongoing research and writing on French and Francophone Videogames in transnational perspective.

Ongoing research and writing for a monograph on the social and cultural history of sites of sport in Paris.

Ongoing research and writing for a monograph on the material culture of French sport.

Organisation of linked international research projects on the Tour de France, Vuelta a España, and Giro d'Italia.

Organisation of a collaborative international research project on French Republican Values and sport.

Various other collaborative studies of French public policy relating to music and sport.

Research Roles

Dr Dauncey is a co-editor of the Web Journal of French Media Studies (WJFMS, founded 1998) and co-organiser of the French Media Research Group (FMRG, founded 1995).

I am a chercheur associé of the IDHES, Université Panthéon-Sorbonne, Paris.

Member of the Editorial Board of Modern & Contemporary France (2006-10 and 2015-   ).

Postgraduate Supervision

Supervision of a staff-candidate working on the political communication of President Valéry Giscard d'Estaing.

Co-supervision of a candidate working on Madeleine Rebérioux.

Co-supervision of a candidate working on protest music in 1970s France

Esteem Indicators

Appointed Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Palmes Académiques for 'services to French Culture' (October 2003).

Invited as 'Visiting Professor' University Lumière Lyon 2 (April 2000 and April 2003).

Appointed as 'Membre Associé' of the CNRS Laboratoire Georges Friedmann UMR8593 Université de Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (December 2009).

Invited Speaker at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France Conference marking the centenary of the Tour de France (July 2003).

Invited Speaker at the Sciences Po. Paris Centre d'Histoire Seminar series on 'Sport, cultures et sociétés en Europe au XXe siècle' (April 2006).

Invited Speaker at the French National Museum of Modern Art conference on 'Musique et Industrie' organised with the Université Paris 8, CEMTI, and the MSH-Paris Nord (November 2008).

In the past five years I have been invited to review book manuscripts by Indiana University press, Liverpool University press, Peter Lang, Routledge and others, and have reviewed article submissions for a variety of research journals such as Modern & Contemporary France, International Review for the Sociology of Sport, Canadian Journal of History, Journal of Urban History, International Journal of Cultural Studies, Media History, Nottingham French Studies, Volume ! La revue des musiques populaires, the iaspmjournal, Sport in History and many others. I have also served (2010) as an expert reviewer for the French Agence nationale de la recherche (ANR). I am a member of the Comité de lecture international of the French popular music journal Volume !, and of the Spanish French studies journal Thélème.

I have recently contributed, or am currently serving as expert reviewer for a number of international conferences, such as 'Travail et création artistique en régime numérique' organised by the Université d'Avignon, the Laboratoire Georges Friedmann and the GRANEM (May 2011).

The media are regularly interested in my expertise, as well as responding to requests from journalists to confirm/advise on their reporting on French sport and music, I have participated on radio shows with Radio Newcastle (France '98 World Cup and the Tour de France), have advised on TV documentaries for BBC4 and Channel 4 (on French football) and have most recently (February 2013) been interviewed by Sky Sports for a Sky Sports Soccer Saturday feature on the influx of French players to Newcastle United.


Undergraduate Teaching

I have developed materials to enable me to teach:
Stage 1 - Introduction aux institutions et à l'histoire françaises
Stage 2 - Valeurs républicaines et la société française contemporaine
Stage 2 - La France de la Commune à Vichy
Stage 4 - France in the Fourth Republic
Stage 4 - Contribution to a team-taught module on Paris
Stage 4 - French Popular Culture
Stage 4 - France in the 1970s
Stage 4 - Level D General Language (Written and Aural/Interpreting)