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Personal profile

Dylan Sebastian Evans (BA Brist., MSc LSE, MA by Research Nott.) is a part-time postgraduate-research student in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at Royal Holloway, University of London, where his doctoral research — jointly supervised by Prof. Hannah Thompson and Dr Robert Priest — examines nineteenth-century French medico-legal discourses of sexuality. His thesis adopts and adapts French historian Michel Foucault’s ‘archaeological’ method of historical enquiry for the purposes of writing a ‘micro-history’ of rape in France during the Second-Empire period from 1852 to 1870. His academic background is interdisciplinary in nature and includes a BA in French and Politics (with First-Class Joint Honours) from the University of Bristol; an MSc in Gender, Development, and Globalization (with Distinction) from the London School of Economics; and an MA by Research in French Studies from the University of Nottingham. As well as having served as a postgraduate representative, colloquium/symposium organizer, and reading-group leader, he has taught French language at undergraduate level, presented his work at international conferences on both sides of the Channel, and published peer-reviewed articles online. He is actively and energetically pursuing a career in academia.

Research interests

Medical jurisprudence: medico-legal expertise, public lunatic asylums, and the medical gaze*

Offences against morals: public offences against decency, indecent assault, and rape*

Bastardy and illegitimacy*


Agricultural workers, day-labourers, and domestic servants*

Acquired or congenital intellectual debilities: feeble-mindedness, imbecility, idiocy, and cretinism*

Theories of degeneration, heredity, and perversion*

*All in the context of France during the long-nineteenth century (1789–1914)

Educational background

Academic qualifications

University of Nottingham (Nott.), UK

Master of Arts by Research in French Studies (awarded October 2013)

Supervisor: Prof. Judith Still

Examiners: Prof. Naomi Segal (external); Dr Kathryn Jones

Dissertation: The Rhetoric of Rape: A Critical Mapping of the Discursive Landscape in France

London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), UK

Master of Science in Gender, Development, and Globalization (awarded November 2005)

With Distinction

University of Bristol (Brist.), UK

Bachelor of Arts in French and Politics (awarded June 2003)

With First-Class Joint Honours

Professional/vocational qualifications

Terrence Higgins Trust, UK

City & Guilds Accredited HIV & AIDS Awareness Programme (awarded June 2017)

City of Bristol College, UK

Cambridge English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Level 5* Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) (awarded January 2010)


Course Tutor, Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (LLC), Royal Holloway, University of London (RHUL), 2017–18

FR1009: Pratique du français (first-year BA French-language course assessed by end-of-year written and oral examination)

Other work

Co-Facilitator, 2017–18

Glossa, LLC, RHUL

Student Helper during Clearing, 2017–18

Student Recruitment & Partnerships, RHUL

Postgraduate Representative, 2016–17

Postgraduate Staff–Student Committee, LLC, RHUL

Exams Invigilator, 2016–17

Student Administration, RHUL

Academic Symposium Developer and Co-Ordinator, 2010–11

Centre for Advanced Studies, Nott.

Postgraduate Representative, 2010–11

Learning Community Forum, School of Cultures, Languages, and Area Studies, Nott.


Modern Humanities Research Association (MHRA)

Society des Dix-Neuvièmistes (SDN)

Society for French Studies (SFS)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities