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East London, children’s play, playgrounds, children’s literature and film, urban studies, cultural historical geography, utopias, interdisciplinarity.
Playing with Space in 1930s East London
My PhD aims to look at the ways that new urban spaces were imagined, conceived and represented in London in the interwar period, and how children’s play and play space interacted with projects of slum clearance and building a new metropolitan space. I will explore the extent to which different cultural forms, including children’s comics and magazines, documentary photographs, autobiography and film, offered the possibility of change to urban public spaces through their engagement with children’s play. I am jointly supervised by Geography and Languages Linguistics and Film.
- Professor Alastair Owens, School of Geography, QMUL
- Professor Kiera Vaclavik, School of Languages, Linguistics and Film, QMUL
- MA London Studies with distinction (2014), Queen Mary University of London
- BA (Hons) Literature and History (2010), University of East Anglia
- “‘The Casey Court House Builders’: Slums, regeneration and changing urban space in 1930s children’s comics”, European Association of Urban History Conference, August 2016.
- “Bombsites and adventure playgrounds: playing with urban space in Hue and Cry”, European Association of Urban History Conference, August 2016.
- “’Possibilities of play’: the place of children’s play space in transforming 1930s East London”, Children’s History Society Conference, June 2016.
- “‘Kids…thousands of them, all over’: Moving between public and private urban space in The Story of the Treasure Seekers and Hue and Cry” London Literary Conference (July 2014).
- Queen Mary Postgraduate Research Studentship
- Co-organiser of Children’s Literature/Children’s Lives Research Cluster, July 2016
- Administrator for the Centre of Childhood Cultures
- Interviewed for “This must be the place” podcast, released 31 December 2016
- Interviewed for King's College Radio, “Footnotes”, Broadcast 11th November 2015
- COM5010/6010 Grand Tours: Nineteenth Century Adventure Stories for Young Readers and Their Twentieth Century Afterlives, Sem B 2017.
- Demonstrating includes GEG4106 Reinventing Britain (fieldtrip); GEG4004 Research Methods for Geographers.