Professor Catherine Hall
Catherine Hall's research focuses on re-thinking the relation between Britain and its empire in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. She is particularly interested in the ways in which empire impacted upon metropolitan life, how the empire was lived 'at home', and how English identities, both masculine and feminine, were constituted in relation to the multiple 'others' of the empire. Civilising Subjects looks at the process of mutual constitution, both of colonizer and colonized, in England and Jamaica in the period between the 1830s and the 1860s. Catherine's recent book, Macaulay and Son: Architects of Imperial Britain (2012), focuses on the significance of the Macaulays, father and son, in defining the parameters of nation and empire in the early nineteenth century.
Catherine was Principal Investigator of the ESRC-funded project Legacies of British Slave Ownership (2004-12), and now of the new ESRC/AHRC funded project 'The Structure and Significance of British-Caribbean Slave-Ownership, 1763-1833' (2013-16).
Qualifications & memberships of professional bodies
|1992||DPhil||University of East London|
|Fellow of the Royal Historical Society|
|The Guardian||27 Aug 13||Follow the money: investigators trace forgotten story of Britain's slave trade|
|Evening Standard||28 Feb 13||Database that lets you see if your wealthy ancestors owned slaves|
|Herald Scotland||28 Feb 13||Secret shame: The Scots who made a fortune from abolition of slavery|
|The York Press||28 Feb 13||North Yorkshire's slavery links documented online|
|BBC News||27 Feb 13||How many Britons are descended from slave-owners?|
|BBC Radio 4||27 Feb 13||Today Programme|
|The Guardian||27 Feb 13||Britain's massive debt to slavery|
|The Guardian||01 May 12||A room of one's own: why the Women's Library should not be made history|
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