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Dr Scott Soo DPhil, MA

Associate Professor in European History

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Dr Scott Soo is an Associate Professor in European History and Head of the French section in Modern Languages and Linguistics at the University of Southampton.

Scott studied French and Spanish at Cardiff University before undertaking postgraduate study at the University of Sussex and a period of teaching at the Université de Toulouse 1 Sciences Sociales. His dissertation for the MA in History explored the ‘concentration’ camps created by the Third Republic in France to intern Spanish Civil War refugees. This was followed by research for a DPhil in History on how Spanish refugees adapted and contributed to France before, during and after WWII. This research culminated in the monograph The routes to exile: France and the Spanish Civil War refugees, 1939-2009 (Manchester: Manchester University Press, (2013).

Scott is a former editor of the University of Sussex Journal of Contemporary History, a founding member of the Exilio Network: Research into Refugees and other Migrations, and has also served on the Executive Committee of the Association for the Study of Modern and Contemporary France. He is currently a member of the editorial board of the journal Migrance, published by the French immigration history NGO Génériques, and an advisory member of the editorial board for the history journal Diasporas.

He has presented papers at conferences in France, Great Britain, Spain and the USA, participated in a programme on the Spanish Civil War for an immigrant radio station in France, and has also organised workshops for A level students. Having studied, taught and lived in different cultural settings, Scott is well placed and very pleased to be working with undergraduate students in Modern Languages and Linguistics and postgraduates in The Centre for Transnational Studies.

Research interests

Scott is broadly interested in the contemporary history of France and its relationship with the wider word through the prism of migration. His research has examined the long-term effects of forced displacement and exile on the Spanish republicans in France who were forced to flee the Francoist dictatorship in Spain. His book The routes to exile: France and the Spanish Civil War refugees, 1939-2009, studies how successive French governments and the wider public responded to the refugees and, in turn, how these refugees responded and adapted to the challenges of living in France. This book also presents the first in-depth study of the emergence and development of a public and private memorial culture of the Spanish republican exiles in France.

Current research projects

Scott’s current research reflects his continuing interest in the synergies between history and memory in France. While the history of the ‘concentration’ camps that were created in in France before and during WWII has attracted considerable interest, less is known about the afterlives of the camps. Scott is thus currently exploring how the camps were closed down and how these places have been commemorated through a case study of the Gurs camp.

PhD supervision

Alison Mowat, The Politics of Intersectional Othering: (dis)embodiment in the novels of Linda Lê and Marie NDiaye (AHRC).

Jessica McIvor, Women at War: Irish and Spanish Militant Women in Visual Culture (AHRC).

Tom Wardle, Reclaiming a Traumatic Past: The Role of Civic Memory Associations in Spain’s Memory Movement (AHRC).

Research group

Twentieth-century France

Affiliate research groups

The Centre for Transnational Studies, The Centre for Medical and Health Humanities Migration@Southampton

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His undergraduate teaching focuses mainly on the social, political and cultural history of twentieth-century France. He also contributes to the MA in Transnational Studies.

Postgraduate supervision

Scott would like to hear from students interested in:

  • Twentieth-century history of France
  • Histories and memories of immigrants and exiles in France
  • Commemoration in France
  • Migrant networks between France and Spain
  • Left-wing social and political movements in France
Dr Scott Soo
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