Spotlight on Stephen Tyre
May 3, 2013 1 Comment
Dr Stephen Tyre came to St Andrews in 2002. He did his undergraduate degree at the University of Edinburgh and a Masters degree at the LSE, before returning to Edinburgh for his PhD after a spell in France teaching at the universities of Rouen and Paris. His research interests focus on modern imperial and French history: since completing his PhD his research has mainly examined the crises that accompanied French decolonisation in Algeria, as well as the lasting effects of the Algerian conflict and debates about the colonial past in France.
Stephen is now working on a project entitled French Imperial Futures 1945-1962, which will examine the attempts to revive, promote, and ensure the permanence of overseas imperialism in an era that is more commonly thought of as one of European retreat from empire. Research for this project takes Stephen to the French colonial archives in Aix-en-Provence as well as several tropical sites in former colonies. He finds that these arduous trips elicit little sympathy from friends and colleagues. He’s also active in the school’s Centre for French History and Culture, of which he will be Director from this summer.
Stephen teaches at all levels in the school. He offers honours modules on The French Civil Wars of the Twentieth Century, French Algeria, Postcolonial Europe and, with Kate Ferris, Mediterranean Colonialism, and a special subject entitled France and its Empire in the Twentieth Century. Last year, he enjoyed spending some time in Paris with his special subject students on a tour which offered an insight into colonial and post-colonial Paris, visiting the site of the 1931 colonial exhibition, the new and somewhat controversial museums of immigration and of non-western arts, and of course a couple of establishments in off-the-beaten-track neighbourhoods serving cuisine from the former colonies. He also coordinates the ID4002 module which offers students the chance to gain experience teaching History in a local school during the first semester of their final year. Beyond St Andrews, he has recently been appointed as representative of the Scottish universities on the Higher Education Academy’s History Forum which aims to support the teaching of history in universities and influence policy and practice in relation to history in higher education.