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Name: Samuel J. Wilkinson

PhD: French and History

Thesis Title: Representations of Political Leadership in dessins de presse during the Chirac Presidency (1995-2007)


Thesis Description:

This project analyses portrayals of political leadership in the dessins de presse during the twelve years of the Chirac presidency. It will take images from a diverse range of publications, chosen by the ideological alignment of the editorial line. It seeks to identify key themes in the representation of French political leadership through the medium of the dessin de presse


Supervisors and Institution(s): 

Dr Paul Smith, University of Nottingham

Dr Sheila Perry, University of Nottingham


Publications (please include full details with page nos. or web links):

A contribution to The Conversation on Charlie Hebdo


Scholarly / Public Engagement Activities:


  • Conference Paper: 'Plantu: caricaturiste engagé?', at 21st Century engagements: Countering Crises, University of Hull, September 2014.


  • Conference organisation: Postgraduate Symposium, School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies, University of Nottingham, April 2015. 


Other Research Interests:

  • Political cartoons; history of political caricature; political leadership; politics and the media; political communication; gender and politics; contemporary French politics; art history.


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