Meet the Postgraduate Committee

PRESIDENT – Charlotte Garside @CG_Academic

What is your role on the committee? I am President of the History Postgraduate Committee which means I oversee the activities of the Committee and represent the postgraduate community wherever necessary, for example at staff-student meetings. I do everything I can to push forward the ideas of Committee members, and look for effective solutions to the problems faced by those in the History postgraduate community. I organise regular Committee Meetings and liaise with the Postgraduate Director for History, Jenny Macleod.

What are your research interests? I research early modern women’s legal history, with a particular focus on how women operated in the Court of Chancery in the later seventeenth century.

What do you hope to achieve through your role on the committee? I hope that as President of the History Postgraduate Committee I can create a working group that will continue to represent postgraduate students within the new History School for years to come. I want to create a committee that has longevity. I also hope that I can lead the Committee to success in our core aims, such as creating opportunities for PhD students to gain teaching experience and establishing a Student Led Seminar Series.

TREASURER – Edward Mair @edwardmair

What is your role on the committee? I am the Treasurer of the committee. I work to let people know of funding opportunities, whether external or internal. I also aim to help fellow postgraduates write the strongest applications to gain this funding.

What are your research interests? Currently, I am studying biracial relations among the Seminole tribe of North America. More generally, I am interested in American history, slavery and the role of the presidency.

What do you hope to achieve through your role on the committee? To create a strong foundation for the committee, so that it may continue in helping future postgraduates for years to come and to make sure that the postgraduate community is given all the opportunities that we feel are necessary for our degrees.

SOCIAL SECRETARY – Lizzie Rogers @historylizzie

What is your role on the committee? I am Social Secretary for the committee and also run the History Postgraduate social media presence. This means that I will be organising social events throughout the year, as well as keeping everyone up to date on Twitter, Facebook and the new website with various research opportunities, conferences, events and the great research being undertaken by the postgraduate community.

What are your research interests? My research concerns women and their interaction with the world around them through their collections in the British country house against the background of the Enlightenment. More broadly, I’m interested in gender history, the history of collecting, country houses and the Georgians/Regency.

What do you hope to achieve through your role on the committee? I hope to expand the sense of community in the department and enable everyone to have the opportunity to socialise outside of their research, as well as making opportunities more widely accessible through maintaining the social media accounts. Through creating the website, I want to make this a successful hub which people can visit to find out more about the research going on in the department, but also a tool that is useful to the postgraduate students in History.

ACADEMIC REPRESENTATIVE – Juliane Schlag

What is your role on the committee? As an Academic Representative of the History Postgraduate Committee, I aim to foster individual and cooperative research within the postgraduate community of the School of Histories, Languages and Cultures here in Hull. Together with other Committee members, I organize events in which postgraduate students share their research and experiences. I further help students to self-organize events which aim to increase their academic output and networking skills.

What are your research interests? I investigate into the social history of North American tree species as they came to serve different cultures as a raw material and foundation for (scientific) world-building processes.

What do you hope to achieve through your role on the committee? I hope to bring together Post-graduate students to form a lively and supportive community. In cooperation with other Committee members, I work on creating opportunities, such as teaching for PhD students and a scientific reading group, which aim to help students to build an academic and/or professional career.

WELFARE REPRESENTATIVE – Susannah Hopson @SusannahHopson

What is your role on the committee? I am the Welfare Officer. In this position I offer history postgraduate students guidelines and advise when they are facing a period of mental or physical ill health and need to take a break from their studies. I aim to work with the university disability and wellbeing services to create a good relationship between history post-graduate students and the services provided by the university.

What are your research interests? My research makes a comparative study between two Native American Massacre sites (1863-1864) and how they have been remembered and memorialised in both Euro-American and Indigenous communities.

What do you hope to achieve through your role on the committee? I hope to make it clear for history postgraduate students how to intercalate/take a leave of absence from their studies and what they need to do. I will liaise regularly with the disability and welfare office to create a good relationship between them and the history post-graduate community. I will be available for regular contact with students who have any welfare concerns and will be happy to set up face to face meetings with students and help them with any administrative and welfare problems they may be having. I would also like to set up a workshop regarding mental health and dealing with postgraduate studies.

OFF-CAMPUS REPRESENTATIVE (HULL) – Sam North

What is your role on the committee? Off campus representative.

What are your research interests? British imperial history, modern British socio-economic history, historical slavery, migration, memory, remembrance, commemoration etc of these themes.

What do you hope to achieve through your role on the committee? Creating an environment where postgraduate students talk to each other would be an improvement on the past.

OFF-CAMPUS REPRESENTATIVE (INTERNATIONAL) – Crawford Matthews @C_A_R_Matthews

What is your role on the committee? Off campus representatives (alongside Sam North).

What are your research interests? I am interested in Anglo-Prussian relations in the early modern period. I am currently researching the ways in which Anglo-Prussian relations provided a means for the newly crowned Kings in Prussia (primarily Frederick I.) to construct and project their own royal rank in front of a European audience.

What do you hope to achieve through your role on the committee? By acting as off campus representative I hope to engage with those students who do not live in Hull, or do not use the campus as their main place of study. This engagement will aim to make those students a more central part of the postgraduate community, notify them of any events on campus they wish to get involved with, creating a broader and more cohesive group of History PhD researchers.

JOB OPPORTUNITIES REPRESENTATIVE – George Borrinaga @gborrinaga

What is your role on the committee? Job Opportunities Representative.

What are your research interests? Philippine local history, socio-cultural history, identity, social memory, environmental history, disaster studies.

What do you hope to achieve through your role on the committee? I hope to keep fellow post-graduate students up to date about possible employment and CV-building opportunities and to be of help in the application process. I also aim to organize the annual Careers Workshop with the help of the University of Hull Careers and Employability Service.