Name: Darcie Mawby
Thesis Title: Gender, conflict and the complexity of identity in female travel accounts of the Crimean War, c. 1854-1856
My research will examine women’s accounts and experiences of the Crimean War to analyse the impact of movement and space on British identity in lived experience and gendered discourse. Many accounts of the Crimean War were made widely available in Britian. The conflict itself was a particular focus of national interest, commonly held to be the first conflict to recieve sustained media coverage for a civilian home audience. They present interesting challenges on the subject of women's identities; not only have the majority of women's Crimean War accounts rarely been studied as part of a critical analysis, but the spaces through which women moved over the course of the conflict 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 the European fold throughout the nineteenth century. 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, work, sexuality, class and racial divisions in women's experinces of this prominent national conflict, I will situate British female identity in the warzone in relation to contemporary discourse "at home", and in relation to women's particular modes of mobility and activity in the East. In doing so, I will explore the extension of, and challenges posed to, British female identity in a liminal context that formed the subject of intense national scruitiny.
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):
- Mawby, D., "The "Russian" Woman? Cultural Exceptionalism among Noblewomen in Late Imperial and Revolutionary Russia", Midlands Historical Review, 1 (2017), http://www.midlandshistoricalreview.com/the-russian-woman-cultural-exceptionalism-among-noblewomen-in-late-imperial-and-revolutionary-russia/
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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