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Dr Hannah Grayson, AHRC Research Fellow

Dr Hannah GraysonContact Details
Phone: 01334 463640
Office: Buchanan 201

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My research interests are in francophone African literature and postcolonial studies. I am particularly interested in nomad thought and resilience, and in how movement influences the way people define themselves and the spaces they inhabit.

At St Andrews I am research fellow on the AHRC-funded project Rwandan Stories of Change. Our project analyses post-traumatic growth in testimonies from survivors and perpetrators of the genocide, and investigates the ways in which individual Rwandan people have adjusted and reconstructed their identity since 1994.The project is a collaboration between the Department of French at the University of St Andrews, the School of Education at the University of Nottingham, the Aegis Trust, and the Genocide Archive of Rwanda.

Prior to joining the department at St Andrews, I taught French language and literature at Durham University. I completed doctoral research at the University of Warwick on the work of Guinean author Tierno Monénembo. This project, which addresses the relationships between movement, space, and narrative, is currently being edited for publication as a monograph. Before my PhD, I worked as a public service interpreter and completed a research Masters in sub-Saharan African literature (Warwick), following a BA in French and Linguistics (Oxford).


A place for individuals: positive growth in Rwanda
Grayson, H. L. 2017 In : Eastern African Literary and Cultural Studies. 3, 2-4
Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle