Jim House is a historian, Senior Lecturer in French, head of Research for French at the University of Leeds (UK). He has received grants from the British Academy and is internationally recognized for the co-authored book Paris 1961: Algerians, State Terror, and Memory (Oxford University Press, 2006).
History of colonial shantytowns; urban colonial governance (Algeria, Morocco, France); the Algerian War of Independence (1954-1962) and postcolonial memories; political, social and cultural history of colonial and postcolonial migrations to France and their representation in political and social discourses (from 1919 to today ); history of antiracism, anti-colonialism and racism in France since 1890.
Paris 1961: Algerians, State Terror, and Memory, (co-auth. Neil MacMaster), Oxford University Press, 2006.
Also in French : Paris 1961. Les Algériens, la mémoire et la terreur d’Etat, Taillandier, 2008, and in Arabic).
L’impossible contrôle d’une ville coloniale ? Casablanca, décembre 1952, Genèses, Sciences sociales et histoire, no.86, 2012.
Shanty-towns and the disruption of colonial order in late-colonial Algiers and Casablanca, (co-auth. A. S. Thompson), Francophone Cultures and Geographies of Identity, Cambridge Scholars Press, 2013.
Decolonisation, space and power: immigration, welfare and housing in Britain and France, 1945-1974, Writing Imperial Histories, Manchester University Press, 2013.
Focusing on shantytowns, this project aims to show how and why both colonialism and anti-colonialism were keenly inscribed within urban space, and it centers on a comparison of Algiers and Casablanca, the most politically important late-imperial North African cities. It argues that we need to pay more attention to how colonial urban power relations are imposed, experienced, contested and remembered at local level, and that a comparative framework can help us see wider patterns usually lost in colonial-specific studies and national / nationalist histories. Placing shantytowns at the analytical centre allows for a radically different and socially-inclusive perspective: these areas constitute an unparalleled vantage point from which to analyse colonial migrations, re-housing and repression, everyday lived experience, anti-colonial resistance and social memory, the main analytical strands of the Oxford University Press monograph that will result from this project. Comparing case studies of the best-known shantytowns in both cities - Carrières centrales (Casablanca) and Mahieddine (Algiers) - this project also situates their respective histories within city, colony and empire. The approach is inter-disciplinary, combining urban, social and political history with sociology, migration and memory studies.