Raphaël Costambeys-Kempczynski
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Raphaël is maître de conferences at the Sorbonne, Paris, where he lectures in English literature, Cultural Studies, Media Studies and Radio Journalism. Though born and bred in England, Raphaël has spent much of his adult life travelling between London, Edinburgh, Dublin and the Continent. After a short career as a rock band front man and music critic, he worked for several years as a radio presenter/producer and is currently piloting the Radio Sorbonne project. His radio work mainly focuses on the analysis of British current affairs with a cultural angle as well as issues dealing with the reception of popular music. He is known in radio circles as the "Dr of Pop". He completed his PhD in 2001 on the performances of postmodernity in contemporary British poetry and subsequently left his home in Britain to take up his post in Paris.

Features // 3 Articles
Columns // 30 Articles
Reviews // 10 Articles

The Catholic Cult of the Personality: Pope John Paul II (1920-2005) | 3 Apr 2005 // 8:00 PM

how the 20th century made John Paul the Great.

Where There Had Been Something, There Was Suddenly Something More: John Peel 1939-2004 | 25 Oct 2004 // 8:00 PM

John Peel was the man. For the past 40 years he made sure that Britain didn't just listen to over-produced throwaway one-hit-wonders.


Linton Kwesi Johnson and the Eloquence of Rioters | 15 Jan 2009 // 2:59 PM

This poetry, symbolically violent in its choice of literary form and symbolically subversive in its choice of Creole, reveals the literacy of rioters.

Me, Myself & BBCi: Who's Watching Whom | 18 Aug 2008 // 6:00 PM

The extensive use of mirrors in the Big Brother house behind which many of the cameras are hidden means that when the contestants hear the voice of authority, it is their own reflexion that they see back.


Forest: Forest | 25 Sep 2005 // 6:00 PM

If you're a deaf, tramp-like, fire-eating, unicyclist elf, then Forest might just offer the soundtrack to your life.

The Dead 60s: The Dead 60s | 22 Jun 2005 // 6:00 PM

Playing the degeneration game. The Dead 60s take us back to the days of a leaden age.

//Mixed media

NYFF 2017: 'Mudbound'

// Notes from the Road

"Dee Rees’ churning and melodramatic epic follows two families in 1940s Mississippi, one black and one white, and the wars they fight abroad and at home.

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