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She is the co-author of The Legacies of British Slave-ownership(Cambridge University Press, 2015). She is also interested in the memory and representation of slavery in Britain and is the co-editor of Britain's Memory of Slavery: the Local Nuances of a National Sin (Liverpool University Press, 2016). She is in the process of turning her doctoral thesis into a monograph. She has also written for public history publications including History Workshop Online and History Today.
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Karen is Assistant Professor at the University of Nottingham. A significant portion of her work investigates the history of black sovereignty as exhibited and performed by black nation-states (such as Haiti and Liberia).
Using interdisciplinary methodologies, Karen's work unveils the global challenges that these nations faced or continue to face and the ways that they have politically responded to them. Years of considering the impact of racial and political discourses on these nation-states has led to a broader interest in the ways global minority communities marshal their collective power and participate in local, national and international governance structures. Within the last few years, Karen has begun exploring the role of trust within minority communities in the UK and participating and co-leading a number of cross-sector equality and diversity initiatives. She is currently leading or involved with a number of collaborative research projects and aims to continue to build a community of scholars working on questions of race, rights and sovereignty.
She is thrilled to join the Centre for Research in Race and Rights and to call the vibrant community of Nottingham home.
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Political utopianism looks at the engagement with contemporary socio-political debates in order to come up with solutions and changes in the pursuit of a new way of life. The British Empire, with its ideological focus of the “good life” and the “civilising project”, can arguably be called a conscious attempt at utopia. In this thesis, I examine the ways in which the British Raj influenced language, culture, wealth, technology, gender and sexuality, and religion using critical utopian theory, queer theory, and postcolonialism in attempt to rethink the mainstream narratives of Empire and its legacies.
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Olivia's thesis examines the unacknowledged and under researched world of women’s prisons zines in the United States. Having begun to establish the genre in my masters dissertation, my PhD traces women’s prison zines back to the 1930s with the first known publication The Eagle and will discuss how this literary tradition grew through the latter half of the twentieth century and how it continues to have a presence in 21st century mass incarceration.
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Most recently she has been awarded a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship (2016-2019) for a project entitled The Spectacle of Universal Human Rights: A Century of Intergovernmental Display at World’s Fairs. Previously, she was an AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award Holder with Tate Liverpool and the University of Liverpool for the project Haiti in Art: Creating and Curating in the Black Atlantic. Since her PhD she has also been a Research Assistant for the AHRC/LABEX-funded project Dark Tourism in Comparative Perspective: Sites of Suffering, Sites of Memory.
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