Angélique Aristondo


Cultures of Aggression. Towards a History of Gender-based Violence across the French Colonial Empire (1919-1939)


Profs. Anne Roekens and Stéphanie Wattier

Research center

Patrimoines, Transmissions, Héritages (PaTHs) at the University of Namur


‘Cultures of Aggression’ focuses on discourses on gender-based violence as a revealing object of historical analysis in colonial Senegal throughout the interwar period. It will highlight how attitudes towards gender-based violence crystallised and morphed through colonial practices, representations, and anxieties. In parallel, it will uncover the strategies deployed by individuals that stifled or generated empathy towards the victims. The project aims to generate imperial and colonial stories about those who have left fewer traces in the historical record. It will offer a new approach to writing the history of gender-based violence that centres on colonial dynamics and women. Building on an original corpus encompassing illustrated periodicals and juridical archives, it will contribute to the difficult yet important task of retracing the conditions under which gender-based violence reaches or fails to reach social awareness across time and place.


Angélique Ibáñez Aristondo is a Marie Curie C2W post-doctoral fellow at the University of Namur. She earned her PhD at the City University of New York in 2022. Her doctoral research retraced the impact of the First World War upon discourses on gender-based violence and sexual consent in French culture and literature. Her postdoctoral project examines the links between colonialism and the history of gender-based violence across the French empire, with a stronger focus on Senegal during the interwar period. As a C2W Fellow, she is a member of the PaTHs research centre at the University of Namur with secondments at the IFAN (Dakar, Senegal) and CNRS (Paris, France).  Ibáñez Aristondo has been involved in a variety of collaborative projects. At the City University of New York, she launched and co-led a digital resource and workshops specialising in language pedagogy. She currently facilitates an interdisciplinary working group on gender at the University of Namur. Before joining UNamur, Angélique Ibáñez Aristondo worked as a teacher, freelance journalist, and web news editor in New York, Paris, and Philadelphia. And before all of that, she was a first-generation high school and college student who graduated in Philosophy and Media Studies while working as a waitress, salesperson, and more.


Ibáñez Aristondo, Angélique. ‘“Si je t’étranglais ?” De la masculinité blessée au fantasme de féminicide chez Roland Dorgelès.’ Modern & Contemporary France, Online First, Aug. 2022. DOI: 


Ibáñez Aristondo, Angélique, and Lucie Nizard. ‘Vanessa Springora et le fossoyage des mythes de la séduction “à la française”’. Contemporary French and Francophone Studies, 26(2), 2022, pp. 160-69. DOI:


Ibáñez Aristondo, Angélique. ‘Seduction, Aggression, and Frenchness in La Vie Parisienne (1914-1918).’ French Cultural Studies, 33(1), 2022, pp. 40-58. DOI:


Aristondo, Angélique. ‘Class-as-curator: Putting Images to Work in the Language Classroom.’ Interdisciplinary Humanities, Spring 2019, pp. 89-92.


Angélique Aristondo

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska Curie grant agreement No 101034383

Caroline Vliegen

C2W Project Manager

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