CRCAO member - TBACT Team

Charlotte Willis-Jones

École Pratique des Hautes Études

Thesis : “Be like water”: integration and resistance strategies of Tibetan immigrants in Paris
Directed by Charles Ramble


After having worked as a language teacher for almost 20 years, with experience in the field of immigration, as well as having accumulated a number of extra languages in that time, I am fascinated by the everyday, ongoing negotiations that occur in multilingual minds, and to what extent the language we are using affects the emotions we are able to access and perform. My work investigates how emotion and language work together, based on the hypothesis that emotional investment forms part of the mechanism behind integration for immigrant groups.

I focus currently on the Tibetan diaspora in Paris, to see how and why they are choosing to integrate (or not) into French society.

Research thematics

  • Emotion
  • Language
  • Code-mixing
  • Acculturation
  • Adjustment to change
  • Mechanisms behind normalisation
  • France
  • Tibet
  • Immigration
  • Multilingualism