This site is intended as an informal space  to share initial ideas and work-in-progress related to my PhD research at Royal Holloway, London, which explores costume and dress as performance in contemporary visual representations of Francophone Afro-Caribbean culture. Working across the Drama and French departments at Royal Holloway, this interdisciplinary, AHRC-funded study examines, in particular, images of male-to-female cross-dressing in the Francophone Caribbean islands of Guadeloupe, Martinique and Haiti and their diasporic communities in metropolitan France. The project is under the supervision of Prof. Helen Gilbert and Dr. Hannah Thompson.

More broadly my research interests lie in the field of Francophone literature and culture and Francophone Colonial and Postcolonial studies. My main specialism is Francophone Caribbean and African visual culture, in particular relations between performance, dress and gender. I am also interested in live art and interdisciplinary practices.

I have an MA in Theatre (Visual Language of Performance), Wimbledon School of Art 2007, and a BA in French and German, University of Southampton 2004 and have previously worked in the areas of costume design for performance and video design/editing.

Contact: Charlotte Hammond cahammond@hotmail.co.uk


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