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Onni Gust

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Arts

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Biography

I am a cultural historian of the British Empire in the 'long' eighteenth century (c. 1730-1830). My work addresses questions of belonging and identity in the eighteenth-century British empire, with a particular interest in the development of ideas of race and gender.

I have taught History and Gender Studies at University College London, the London School of Economics, Amherst College, Smith College, and the University of Massachusetts. I came to Nottingham in September 2014 from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign where I was a Mellon post-doctoral fellow at the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities. I hold a PhD from University College London and a MA in Asian and African History from the School of Oriental and African Studies.

My current book looks at ideas of 'home' and 'exile' in the British Empire. This year, I am working with Dr Michael McMillan, Leverhulme Artist in Residence on a project on trauma and belonging. I blog on the history of colonialism and sexuality at Notches: (re)marks on the history of sexuality.

Expertise Summary

I am a historian of the British Empire in the long eighteenth century (c.1730-1830), with a particular research interest in the connections between India, England, Scotland and France in the long eighteenth century. Building on "New Imperial" history, I am invested in bringing insights from feminist, queer and post-colonial theory to think historically about imperial networks and global history. My work examines identity formation in relationship to imperial space and the role of new forms of racism and sexism during this period in shaping identity.

I have taught in the UK, at the London School of Economics and University College London, and most recently in the USA, first as a visiting professor in the Five Colleges, Massachusetts and then as a Mellon post-doctoral fellow at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. My teaching has included a research-led course entitled, "Queering the history of the body in Empire," two courses on popular culture in twentieth-century Britain and Europe and a more theoretical course, "Gender, Race and Power."

Teaching Summary

I convene the compulsory first-year course, Learning History and teach on Roads to Modernity, Contemporary World, Learning History and Doing History. I also contribute towards MA taught courses on… read more

Research Summary

My book project, Home and Exile in the British Imperial Imagination focuses on ideas of "home" and "exile" in the published and unpublished writings of a network of European-imperial thinkers,… read more

Recent Publications

I convene the compulsory first-year course, Learning History and teach on Roads to Modernity, Contemporary World, Learning History and Doing History. I also contribute towards MA taught courses on "Englishness and Identity," "(Mis)perceptions of the Other", "Empire and Imperialisms" and "National Memory and Social Change in Europe."

My special subject, "Imperial Eyes: Race, Gender and Empire in Enlightenment Thought" explores the role of empire and ideas of race and gender in the eighteenth-century enlightenment, challenging the traditional idea of "the Enlightenment" as a solely European phenomenon that was orchestrated exclusively by white, male elites for the benefit of "civilization."

*Please note that I will be on sabbatical in Autumn 2018 and will therefore my special subject will not be running in 2018/19.*

Current Research

My book project, Home and Exile in the British Imperial Imagination focuses on ideas of "home" and "exile" in the published and unpublished writings of a network of European-imperial thinkers, looking at how their gendered performances of belonging reconfigured the meaning of nation and Europe.

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