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Professor Jan Borm

British Literature

University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines



Jan Borm has held a tenured Full Professorship in British Literature since 2005 at the University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines (UVSQ), France, where he also co-directs the international Masters 2 programme in interdisciplinary Arctic Studies (labelized Master 2 of the University of Paris-Saclay since 2015, an excellence cluster that UVSQ is a founding member of). He defended his PhD on contemporary British travel writing at the University of Paris VII Denis-Diderot in 1997, and his habilitation to direct research (on British travel literature in the 20th century) at the University of Provence, France, in 2004.

He has published extensively on travel accounts in English, French and German, and is the author of the portrait Jean Malaurie, un homme singulier (Paris: editions du Chêne, 2005). He co-edited Bruce Chatwin’s posthumous collection Anatomy of Restlessness (London: Jonathan Cape, 1996, with Matthew Graves) and eight collective volumes, including Christentum und der Natürliche Mensch (Marburg: Förderverein “Völkerkunde in Marburg“ e.V., 2010, with Bernard Cottret and Mark Münzel), Savoir et pouvoir au siècle des Lumières (Paris: éditions de Paris, 2011, with Bernard and Monique Cottret), as well as Foreign Correspondence (Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2014, with Benjamin Colbert). He also contributed a chapter to the volume Literature in Society edited by Regina RudaitytÄ— for Cambridge Scholars in 2012. The co-edited volume Cold: Adapatation, Production, Representations, Effetcs (with Daniel Chartier) is forthcoming at Presses de l’Université du Québec in 2018.

Jan has been Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Wolverhampton, UK, since 2010. He has guest lectured in Argentina, Canada, Finland, Germany, Greenland, Lithuania, Poland and Russia, where he was Visiting Professor at the Federal North-Eastern University in Yakutsk in 2016.