Lesley comes from Dunfermline, Fife, and studied, for both her BA (Hons) and MRes, at the University of Stirling. Her main research interests lie in the study of migration and ethnicity, as well as displays of ethnic identity in migrant communities. Lesley is very excited to be moving to Newcastle to become part of such an interesting research project, and looks forward to starting a new life in the North East of England.
MRes, University of Stirling
BA (Hons), University of Stirling
'English Identity in the "Near Diaspora": Associational Culture and National Celebrations in Britain and Ireland, 1890s-1950s'
Lesley's PhD project shares the wider objectives of the English Diaspora project in terms of its focus on associationalism, but adds a valuable and distinct dimension by extending the geographical remit of the project. Lesley's project will focus on the emergence of English associations and folk celebrations in Ireland and Scotland to determine whether the British model represents a miniature version of the wider North American trends. Lesley's research will interpret the development of English associations, such as the Royal Society of St George, in Britain and Ireland and will examine their role in 'near diaspora' English migrant communities; the activities and membership of such associations will also be examined. Ultimately, Lesley's project will interrogate the relationship between homeland and diaspora through transnational interaction. The final thesis will result in the first comprehensive history of English associational life within the British Isles, and will offer new insights into Englishness and English identity-building.
Lesley's PhD is funded by an AHRC PhD project studentship as part of the AHRC English Diaspora Project grant. Please visit the English Diaspora Project website for further details.
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