My name is Karina Bénazech Wendling.
I hold a PhD in History and Anthropology of Religions.
I am an Associate Researcher at the Laboratoire d’Etudes des Monothéismes (LEM-CNRS) and an Assistant Lecturer at Sorbonne Université.
My current research project, entitled “Emancipation and Education: the circulation of ideas and the fight for influence in the transatlantic world in the long 18th century” investigates the connections between Ireland, Haiti, the Americas, and London in the field of religious education and politics.
I have prepared my PhD at the École Pratique des Hautes Études (EPHE-PSL) and the Groupe Sociétés, Religions, Laïcités (GSRL) – CNRS under the joint supervision of Patrick Cabanel, Directeur d’Études, EPHE-PSL and Prof. Peter Gray, Queen’s University Belfast.
After 4 years as Assistant Lecturer and Researcher (ATER) in English departments (Université Paris 8 Vincennes Saint-Denis and Université de Strasbourg), I am now an Assistant lecturer at Sorbonne Université and at Sciences Po Strasbourg (Undergraduates to Posgraduates).
I first studied British civilisation and literature at the Université de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour and Sorbonne-Nouvelle University (Bachelor). In parallel, I followed courses of Protestant theology for one year at the Faculté de Théologie Evangélique.
I started to teach English in high schools for five years (CAPES), and then at the Technological University of Colmar – IUT, Université de Haute-Alsace – for two years. In 2017, I obtained the Agrégation in British civilisation.
After having studied the Great Irish Famine for the Agrégation, I decided to research the role of Protestant missions in the development of education in Irish during the Famine. Therefore, in addition to the preparation of the Agrégation, I completed a Master’s thesis (2016-2017) on the Dingle Mission in the press (Souperism in Munster: the Dingle Mission controversy in the local press, 1845-51) at the University of Strasbourg.
For my PhD, I was awarded several grants and scholarships, such as the AMID doctoral fellowship from the Région Ile-de-France, a Past and Present grant from the Royal Historical Society, and a grant from the SOFEIR (Société Française d’Études Irlandaises) and a Maddock research Fellowship of the Marsh’s Library.
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