Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies

Dr Steve Wharton

A social and cultural historian with particular interests in LGBT activism in Britain and France, and contemporary political communication

Steve Wharton

Senior Lecturer in French and Communication

Departmental Erasmus and Assistantships Director

1 West North 2.3

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In addition to my rôle as Departmental Erasmus and Assistantships Director, I am Co-Director of Routes into Languages South West, based at the University.

My teaching has been recognised through the Mary Tasker Award for Excellence in University Teaching, and my research places me as an acknowledged expert in contemporary social movements (LGBT activism in Britain and France) and a regular contributor to the media on issues of political communication. In addition to enhancing awareness of French propaganda of the Vichy period through academic and external engagement, I also have direct knowledge of the HE industrial relations landscape, including national negotiating machinery.

I work across the University at many levels, being a Life Member of the University Court and an elected member of both the University Council and Senate, and having served as Chair of Academic Assembly, Director of Undergraduate Programmes in PoLIS, and Director of Studies for Programmes in Modern Languages and European Studies as well as International Management and Modern Languages.

In February 2012 the French Government made me Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Palmes Académiques for services to French Culture.

Research Interests

  • Contemporary social movements (LGBT activism in Britain and France)
  • Persuasion, propaganda and political marketing
  • The 'pink economy'



Wharton, S., 2006. Screening Reality: French Documentary under German Occupation. Peter Lang. (Modern French Identities)

Book Sections

Wharton, S., 2008. Bars to understanding? Depictions of the 'gay bar' in film with specific reference to 'Coming Out', 'Les Nuits Fauves' and 'Beautiful Thing'. In: Griffiths, R., ed. Queer cinema in Europe. Bristol: Intellect, pp. 106-116.

Wharton, S., 2006. From margin to mainstream? Establishing a community of gay citizens. In: Cole, A., ed. Redefining the French Republic. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 82--96.

Wharton, S., 2003. Pédés, PACS et pognon: establishing a community of French gay citizens? In: Cairns, L., ed. Lesbian and Gay Cultures in France. Bern: Peter Lang AG, p. 12.

Wharton, S., 2000. Pédés et polemiques: Faggots and Fireworks - Les Nuits fauves and its Moral(ity). In: Everett, W., ed. The Seeing Century: Film, Vision, and Identity. Amsterdam: Editions Rodopi.

Wharton, S., 1999. Progress, What Progress? The Gay and Lesbian Liberation Movement in the Fifth Republic. In: Allison, M., ed. Forty Years of the Fifth French Republic: Actions, Dialogues and Discourses. Bern: Peter Lang AG.

Wharton, S., 1997. Financial (Self-)Identification: the pink economy in France. In: Perry, S., ed. Voices of France. London: Pinter.

Wharton, S., 1995. Desperation and d'sespoir: gay activism in France. In: Windebank, J., ed. Violence and conflict in the politics and society of contemporary France. Lampeter: Edwin Mellen.


Wharton, S., 2007. Mais la loi ne fait pas tout: l'homophobie dans la France contemporaine. Les Cahiers du MIMMOC 4

Orero, P. and Wharton, S., 2007. The Audio description of a Spanish phenomenon: Torrente 3. Journal of Specialised Translation

Wharton, S., 2006. Recherche et enseignement supérieur au Royaume-Uni. VRS - La Vie de la recherche scientifique, 366, 40--42.

Wharton, S., 2000. Unwilling Filmstars: Service de travail obligatoire and its filmic representation. Proceedings of the Western Society for French History, 26.

Conference or Workshop Items

Wharton, S., 2016. “Simples, divertissants, mais nuls”: Vichy cinema and the everyday. In: Vichy and the Everyday, 2016-03-21 - 2016-03-21, University of Warwick.

Non-academic press

Wharton, S., 2015. Cover story:Lib Dem manifesto tries to offer something for everyone. The Conversation

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