Who are we ?


Founded in 2005, the Laboratoire d’Études et de Recherche sur le Monde Anglophone (LERMA) is a research unit of Aix-Marseille University (UR 853), where researchers work on the English-speaking world, its languages, cultures and cultural productions, as well as its interactions with the various geographical areas.


LERMA is run by Anne Page, Professor of British Literature and Civilisation, and Monique De Mattia Viviès, Deputy Director.

In 2020, the unit is comprised of 39 teacher-researchers, 5 doctors seconded from secondary schools (PRAG/PRCE), 5 emeritus professors, 38 doctoral students, and 2 staff members pooling resources to support research (administrative secretary and financial management). Young doctors from the unit also collaborate in the project. In addition, the LERMA has an international Advisory Board, which is consulted on questions concerning the structuring of research and calls for projects.

The Maison de la Recherche (Research Centre) and the CRISIS Federation

LERMA is located on the third floor of the Maison de la Recherche of the Faculty of Arts, Literature, Languages, and Human Sciences (ALLSH) of Aix-Marseille University (AMU), and its director is a member of the conference of unit directors. The unit is part of the CRISIS Research Federation, which brings together the 11 research units of the Maison de la Recherche around common research projects. 

Activities, Journal, and Open Access

LERMA offers research seminars, symposiums, research days and conferences, while often hosting congresses. It publishes E-rea, a biannual online journal, and has a dedicated collection of open-access publications on  HAL-SHS.

To learn more about the 2019–2020 activities schedule, please click here .

Master’s and Doctoral Students

The teacher-researchers lead the Research Master’s in Cultural Studies of the English-Speaking World (ECMA) based on the unit. Doctoral students are enrolled in the Doctoral School 354 ‘Languages, Literature, and Arts’. 

Unit Structure

The LERMA is divided into four research programmes (subdivided into themes) and two interdisciplinary projects. Detailed presentations can be found in the corresponding pages (on the ‘Research’ menu), or by clicking below:

Programme A. ‘Decentred Disciplines: Rethinking Approaches and Questioning Knowledge’

  • Theme A1: ‘Language and Speech: from Disorder to Therapy’, a cross-sectoral project involving the CAMSP (health and social centre) of Salvator Hospital (Marseille)
  • Theme A2: ‘The Literary Expression of Economic and Financial Turmoil in Great Britain and the United States From the 18th Century to the Present Day’
  • Theme A3: ‘Passing On Literature: Transnational Transfers Between the United States and France From the 19th to the 21st Century’

Programme B. ‘The Relation to the Other, Memory and Identity’

  • Theme B1: ‘Remanence in the English-Speaking World, 20th and 21st Centuries’
  • Theme B2: ‘Observatory of External Relations in the English-Speaking World’
  • Theme B3: ‘Critical Geographies’

Programme C. ‘Experiences of Modernity, 17th and 18th Centuries’

  • Theme C1: ‘Swift and Modernity’
  • Theme C2: ‘Lived Religion’
  • Theme C3: ‘Rewriting/Translating Modernity’

Programme D, ‘The Subject as Object[CG2] 

  • Theme D2: ‘New Frontiers of Self-Narrative’
  • Theme D3: ‘Subjectivity and Construction of the Visible’
  • Theme D4: ‘Style(s) and Representation(s): the Inevitable Subject’

Interdisciplinary projects

  • 1. The Horizon Project (Young Researchers): ‘The Female Voices of Anti-feminism’, recipient of the A*MIDEX ‘Pépinière d’Excellence’ (Incubator of Excellence) Award
  • 2. ‘History and Epistemology of English Studies’
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