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Name: Darcie Mawby

PhD: History

Thesis Title: Gender and identity conflicts in women's experiences of the Crimean War, c. 1854-1856


Thesis Description:

My research will examine women’s published and unpublished accounts of the Crimean War, as well as other evidence of women's experiences, to reconsider the roles traditionally ascribed to women in this conflict and to analyse the social dynamics of "Britishness" abroad in a time of crisis. Considering women's experiences in light of the variety of journeys that women were able to make to the warzone and back again, as well as in light of the British public's appetite for information—factual, visual and anecdotal—I will trace how conventional class and gender boundaries were upheld and adapted in army camps, military hospitals, battlefields, and the press; traditionally masculine spaces where women were nevertheless able to negotiate roles that were both meaningful and controversial. 

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:

August 2019 "A Crimean War Nurse", short article for a Key Stage 3 History Magazine (MA project),

April 2019–Present Editorial Assistant, Journal of British Studies (Book Reviews)

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


University email address:

LinkedIn: Profile URL

Twitter: @darcie_mawby


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