Alistair Cole is Professor in European Politics at Cardiff University, Wales, United Kingdom. In 2007, he held the position of Vincent Wright Professor at Sciences Po, Paris. His recent publications include Governing and Governance in France (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008) Beyond Devolution and Decentralisation: Building Regional Capacity in Wales and Brittany (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2006), Redefining the French Republic (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2006, which he co-edited with Gino Raymond), Developments in French Politics 3 (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2005, which he co-edited with Patrick Le Galès and Jonah Levy) and French Politics and Society (London: Longman, 2005).
Phil Dine is Senior Lecturer in French, Department of French, National University of Ireland, Galway. Author of Images of the Algerian War: French Fiction and Film, 1954-1992 (Oxford & New York, Clarendon Press / Oxford University Press, 1994). He has published widely on representations of the French colonial empire, including particularly decolonization, in fields ranging from children’s literature to professional sport. Other published research includes French Rugby Football: A Cultural History (Oxford, Berg, 2001), as part of a broader reflection on leisure and popular culture in France. He is currently working on a survey of sport and identity in France funded by the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (2006-2009).
Helen Drake is Senior Lecturer in French and European Studies at Loughborough University, UK. She is the author of Jacques Delors. Perspectives on a European Leader (Routledge, 2000), and editor of French Relations with the European Union (Routledge, 2005). Her current research interests revolve around French foreign policy, with particular emphasis on the Franco-British relationship, including the phenomena of cross-Channel migration.
Yvan Gastaut is maître de conférences at the Université de Nice Sophia-Antipolis, where he teaches contemporary French history and international relations. He is the author of L’immigration et l’opinion en France sous la Vème République (Paris : Seuil, 2000) and of Le football dans nos sociétés (Paris : Autrement, 2006). He is a member of the scientific advisory board of the Cité nationale de l’histoire de l’immigration and of Génériques, working on the history and memory of immigration in France.
Pierre Joxe served as French Interior Minister under President François Mitterrand in 1984-1986 and 1988-1991, dealing with some of the most challenging issues of the day, including policing, regional separatism, immigration and the status of France’s growing Muslim minority. He was appointed Defense Minister during the Gulf War in 1991 and served in that office until 1993. Between 1993 and 2001 he was President of the Cour des comptes, official auditor of the nation’s public expenditures. Since 2001 he has been a member of the Conseil Constitutionnel, France’s supreme arbiter on constitutional matters. He has also served as a Councillor in the City of Paris, as President of the Regional Assembly of Burgundy, and as a member of both the French and European Parliaments. He has been decorated by the governments of France, the United Kingdom, Spain, Hungary and Senegal.
Tristan Mattelart is Maître de conférences at the Institut français de presse (IFP), Université Paris II. He is the author of Cheval de Troie audiovisuel. Le rideau de fer à l’épreuve des radios et télévisions transfrontières (Presses Universitaires de Grenoble, 1995) and editor of Médias, migrations et cultures transnationales (Paris : Ina-De Boeck, 2007). He is currently editing a book on underground networks and globalization.
Kristin Ross is Professor of Comparative Literature at New York University. She is the author of The Emergence of Social Space: Rimbaud and the Paris Commune, reissued this year by Verso; Fast Cars, Clean Bodies: Decolonization and the Reordering of French Culture (MIT, 1995); and May ’68 and its Afterlives (Chicago, 2002).