Professor Mary Orr PhD, MA
Professor of French.
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Professor Mary Orr is a Professor of French in Modern Languages at the University of Southampton.
Mary Orr is Director of the Institute of Language and Culture and Director of Research for Modern Languages. A snapshot of her current research projects in nineteenth-century French/European studies, and as Principal Investigator on a joint Data Enrichment Project with the Ordnance Survey, highlights her interests in how Modern Languages research constantly remaps cultural and scientific terrains. This work emerged variously from her two-year Leverhulme Research Fellowship (2010-2012) to work on ‘A Remarkable Woman In Science: Sarah Bowdich Lee, 1791-1856'. This research was further enhanced by a Distinguished Academic Visitorship at Queens' College Cambridge (during Michaelmas Term, 2010), a Short Stay Academic Visitorship (August-September 2011) at the Institute of Advanced Study, University of Western Australia and a Visiting Fellowship at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London (Jan.-March 2012).
Mary Orr has always been interested in the intersections and cross-pollination of European literary-cultural heritages. She began her career in Modern Languages at St Andrews (MA in French and German) followed by a PhD in French at Cambridge (Queens’ College) on intertextuality in the works of the 1985 Nobel Prize Winner for Literature, Claude Simon. She then held various temporary lectureship posts (at the University of Wales, Swansea, Christ Church, Oxford and Queens’ College Cambridge) before being appointed to a permanent lectureship at St Andrews. She then moved to a Readership at the University of Exeter, where she was promoted to a Personal Chair in Modern French Studies in 1999. Appointed Professor of French at Southampton in 2005, she brings considerable experience of French Studies UK through her research, and research-led teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, PhD student supervision and service on national committees, including SCASS (The Standing Conference of the Arts and Social Sciences), AUPHF (The Association of University Professors and Heads of French) and SFS (the Society for French Studies). Mary has been a member of the AHRC Peer Review College since 2007 and has served on the Languages and Literatures Subject Panel.
Mary also has a wealth of Editorship experience. She is Editorial Consultant of Forum for Modern Language Studies, serves on the advisory boards of Dix-Neuf and e-france and is a member of the Peer Review Committee of the Publications Series of the Institute of Modern Language Research (IMLR, School of Advanced Study, University of London). Under her Editorship of French Studies Bulletin (2010-2013) Mary launched the Postgraduate Bulletin Board sections to promote the work of next-generation researchers in UK and Ireland French Studies. Outside the national context, Mary is the UK member of the Centre Flaubert, ITEM, Paris, and an international Peer Reviewer for the NWO (Netherlands) and ANR (France).
Since joining the University of Southampton in 2005, Mary has been Director of Research for the School of Modern Languages (2005-6, 2008-9) and Head of French (2006, 2010). She has also served as Director of Postgraduate Research for the (then) School of Humanities (2007-9).