Mr Dylan Sebastian Evans

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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

Criminal law | Droit pénal

France in the nineteenth century | France au XIXe siècle

Medical jurisprudence | Médicine légale

Perversion-heredity-degeneration | Perversion-hérédité-dégénérescence

Rural history | Histoire rurale

The history of childhood | Histoire de l’enfance

The history of psychiatry | Histoire de la psychiatrie

The history of rape | Histoire du viol

The history of sexuality | Histoire de la sexualité

Women’s history | Histoire des femmes

Educational background

University of Nottingham (Notts), 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, UK

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


University of Bristol, UK

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

First-Class Honours


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, Notts

Postgraduate Representative, 2010–11

Learning Community Forum, School of Cultures, Languages, and Area Studies, Notts


Modern Humanities Research Association

Society des Dix-Neuvièmistes

Society for French Studies

Research interests (continued)

Emerging and evolving fields of doctoral study:

Medical jurisprudence;

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

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

Bastardy and illegitimacy; and

Degeneration theories.

Last updated: January 2021

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