Dr Hannah Ewence

Senior Lecturer in Modern History

Qualifications

BA (Southampton); MA (Southampton); PhD (Southampton)

Overview

I am a modern historian specialising in comparative minority studies, and the history of race, immigration and gender in fin de siècle, twentieth century and contemporary Britain. I completed a BA in History at the University of Southampton in 2005 before becoming affiliated with the Parkes Institute for the Study of Jewish/Non-Jewish Relations for my onward postgraduate studies at the university. I was awarded an AHRC-funded MA in Jewish Culture and History in 2007, and an AHRC-funded PhD in 2010.

Before joining the University of Chester in 2012, I held parallel positions at the universities of Southampton and Portsmouth as a Visiting Lecturer in Modern History. In 2011/12, I was awarded a Rothschild Foundation Research Fellowship to conduct research into the suburbanisation of the Jewish and Afro-Caribbean communities in twentieth century Britain.

Teaching

I lead the following modules:

  • The Rise of Multicultural Britain: Race, Immigration and National Identity (Level 4)
  • Debates in History: Gender, Memory and the Holocaust (Level 5)
  • The Holocaust (Level 5)
  • Gritty City, Urban Wonderland: The Rise of the Modern Metropolis (Level 6)
  • Historical Sources: Gritty City, Urban Wonderland: The Rise of the Modern Metropolis (Level 6)

I contribute to the following modules:

  • Turning Points in History: Europe and the Wider World, 1000-2000 (Level 4)
  • Constructing History (Level 4)
  • Research Methods and Skills in History (Level 7)
  • Approaches to Historiography (Level 7)

Research

My doctoral research explored the various socio-cultural representations that were generated about Eastern European Jewish immigrants arriving in Britain across the fin de siècle, arguing that both imperial discourse and gender discourse were key frames of reference for discussing racial difference.

I am at the early stages of a major research project which traces how relationships between ethnic minorities and wider British society were developed and challenged through the shift towards suburbanisation and ‘suburban lifestyles’ across the twentieth century. I am particularly interested in ideas about the racialization of indoor and outdoor suburban space, travel, tourism and consumerism.

I can offer areas of postgraduate supervision in most areas of twentieth century social and cultural British history, gender, immigration and minority studies.

Published work

Books:

H. Ewence and T. Grady (eds.), Minorities and the First World War: From War to Peace (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming).

H. Ewence and H. Spurling (eds.), Visualising Jews through the Ages: Literary and Material Representations of Jewishness and Judaism, (London and New York: Routledge, 2015).

H. Ewence and T. Kushner (eds.), Whatever Happened to British Jewish Studies? (Edgware: Vallentine Mitchell, 2011).

Journals:

H. Ewence and T. Kushner (eds.), Whatever Happened to British Jewish Studies? Special issue of Jewish Culture and History, vol. 12, nos. 1-2, (Winter 2011).

H. Ewence and H. Spurling (eds.), Image Conscious: Jewish Visuals and Visualising Jews through the Ages, Special Issue of Jewish Culture and History, vol. 12, no. 3, (Winter 2010)

Articles:

H. Ewence, ‘Blurring the Boundaries of Difference: Dracula, the Empire and the Jew’, Jewish Culture and History, vol. 12, nos. 1-2, (Winter 2011), pp. 213-222.

H. Ewence, ‘The Jew in the Eruv, the Jew in the Suburb: Contesting the Public Face and the Private Space of British Jewry’, Jewish Culture and History, vol. 12, no. 3, (Winter 2010), pp. 477-486.

Book Sections:

H. Ewence, "Hands across the tea': Renegotiating Jewish Identity and Belonging in Post-war Britain', in M. Diemling and L. Ray (eds.), Boundaries, Identity and Belonging in Modern Judaism, (London: Routledge, 2015). 

H. Ewence, ‘The Jew in the Eruv, the Jew in the Suburb: Contesting the Public Face and the Private Space of British Jewry’, in H. Ewence and H. Spurling (eds.) Visualising Jews through the Ages: Literary and Material Representations of Jewishness and Judaism (London and New York: Routledge, 2015), pp. 137-152.

H. Ewence and H. Spurling, ‘Introduction: Visualising Jews: An Introduction to Literary and Material Representations of Jewishness and Judaism Through the Ages’, in H. Ewence and H. Spurling (eds.) Visualising Jews through the Ages: Literary and Material Representations of Jewishness and Judaism (London and New York: Routledge, 2015), pp. 1-13.

H. Ewence, ‘Memories of Suburbia: Autobiographical Fiction and Minority Narratives’, in J. Tumblety (ed.) Memory and History: A Guide to Working with Memory as Source and Subject, (New York and London: Routledge, 2013), pp. 160-176.

H. Ewence, ‘Blurring the Boundaries of Difference: Dracula, the Empire and the Jew’, in H. Ewence and T. Kushner (eds.), Whatever Happened to British Jewish Studies, (Edgware: Vallentine Mitchell, 2012), pp. 221-230.

H. Ewence and T. Kushner, ‘Whatever Happened to British Jewish Studies? In Search of Contexts’, in H. Ewence and T. Kushner (eds.), Whatever Happened to British Jewish Studies, (Edgware: Vallentine Mitchell, 2012), pp. 1-28.

H. Ewence, ‘Between Daydream and Nightmare: Fin de Siècle Jewish Journeys and the British Imagination’ in G. Alderman (ed.) New Directions in Anglo-Jewish History, (Boston: Academic Studies Press, 2010), pp. 1-24.

In Preparation:

Monograph

H. Ewence, Immigrant Jews and the British Imperial Imagination, 1881-1905

Articles

H. Ewence, ‘Moving ‘Out’ to be ‘In’: Jewish Journeys to Suburbia’