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Dr Clare Siviter

Clare is a French theatre historian of the longer Revolutionary period (1789-1815). Her principal research interests include censorship, propaganda, celebrity, and genre.

Clare completed her BA and AHRC-funded PhD at the University of Warwick, finishing her thesis, entitled ‘Rewriting History through the Performance of Tragedy, 1799-1815’, in 2016. Here, she used theatre as a lens to analyse how multiple agents – audiences, authors, actors, state officials, and Napoleon – employed tragedy to help reconstruct the French nation after the Revolution. Following her viva, Clare was appointed as an Early Career Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Study at Warwick and then held a post at the Université Clermont Auvergne as a postdoctoral fellow from 2016 to 2017. Whereas Clare’s doctoral research principally focused on Paris, her current research investigates theatre in the French provinces and its diffusion across Europe during the Revolutionary and Napoleonic period. She is presently reworking her thesis building on her postdoctoral work for publication.

In 2017, Clare organised a conference with Anais Pedron (QMUL) at the institute of Historical Research on Antoine Lilti’s conception of celebrity in Britain and France. Clare and Anais are now working on an edited volume of papers on this topic with a focus on the years 1750-1850.

Alongside this work, Clare is also the Web and Social Media Officer for the Association of Modern and Contemporary France (www.asmcf.org and www.modernandcontemporaryfrance.com