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Name: Darcie Mawby

PhD: History

Thesis Title: Gender, conflict and the complexity of identity in female travel accounts of the Crimean War, c. 1854-1856


Thesis Description:

My research will examine women’s travel writing, letters and memoirs about the Crimean War to analyse the impact of space on British identity. Accounts of the Crimean War were made widely available in Britian and present interesting challenges on this subject; not only have the majority of the sources rarely been studied as part of a critical analysis, but the spaces through which women moved over the course of the Crimean War were neither colonial nor familiar "European" spaces. The Ottoman Empire and the Crimea both occupied an unstable position in European politics, and were alternately included and excluded from that fold throughout the nineteenth century. Therefore, I will explore what effect the movement from home space to exoticised, obscure, gendered and militarised spaces around Constantinople and the Crimean warzone could have on British female identity. By examining gender roles, love and sexuality, work, class and racial divisions in women's experinces of a prominent national conflict, I will situate British female identity in the warzone and the challenges it represented to British female identity in Britian in the context of an international dialogue. The liminality of Turkish and Crimean spaces allowed for an increased fluidity in women's behaviour and gender expectations, influencing divergent currents in contemproary British gender ideology at home.


Supervisors and Institution(s):

Prof Sarah Badcock, University of Nottingham

Dr Onni Gust, University of Nottingham


Publications (please include full details with page nos. or web links):


Scholarly / Public Engagement Activities:

October 2018 Attended the Russian and East European Studies Colloquium, held at the University of Nottingham.

2018–Present Co-Lead Editor for Research articles, Midlands Historical Review

  • As a section editor I am helping to develop the Midlands Historical Review's content, expand and manage its team, streamline its review processes and raise its public profile.  

2017–2018 Assistant Editor, Midlands Historical Review

  • The Midlands Historical Review is an interdisciplinary, peer reviewed, student-led journal. Central to the journal's operating ethos is the belief that students' work deserves recognition beyond a grade and beyond a degree. As such, it showcases excellent Arts and Humanities students' work from any stage in their university career, in the form of articles, book reviews and conference papers with a broadly historical theme. As an assistant editor I helped to enforce rigorous and uniform standards in all submissions, and ensure that the journal published truely excellent papers. 

2016–Present Volunteer with the University of Nottingham's Digital Transformations Hub (DHT).


Other Research Interests:

  • Early modern and Imperial Russian history


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