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 and responses to immigration in fin de siècle, twentieth century and contemporary Britain. I completed a BA in History at the University of Southampton 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.

Since 2014 I have been the co-lead of a Heritage Lottery Fund and AHRC jointly funded project Diverse Narratives (diversenarratives.com) examining the presence of minorities communities in Cheshire during the First World War.

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)
  • Approaches to the Decline of the British Empire (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)
  • Journeys in the Past (Level 5)
  • Research Methods and Skills in History (Level 7)
  • Approaches to Historiography (Level 7)

Research

My current major book-length research project examines the multitude of representations and imaginings which circulated about the East European ‘alien Jew’ in Britain across the fin de siècle. My approach highlights the importance of critiquing why and how the places and spaces associated with the alien Jew became useful rhetorically to anti-alienists and defenders of Jewish immigrants alike. It suggests that travel narratives, ethnographic accounts and fiction make for especially compelling historical artefacts through which discourses about ‘race’, imperial anxiety, and territorial aspiration were all, at one time or another, refracted. 

I am also at the early stages of a comparative cultural history of the suburbanisation of minority communities in Britain across the twentieth century which will consider, amongst other things, the racialization versus the lived experience of indoor and outdoor suburban space; travel; tourism; and consumerism.

Besides these two research strands, I have been collaborating with local community groups in Cheshire to uncover the previously neglected presence of Belgian refugees billeted across the county during the First World War.     

I can offer areas of postgraduate supervision in most areas of twentieth century social and cultural British history; modern and contemporary gender history; immigration and minority studies; urban and suburban histories of Britain.

Published work

Books:

H. Ewence and T. Grady (eds.), Minorities and the First World War: From War to Peace (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017).

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, ‘Bridging the Gap between ‘War’ and ‘Peace’: The Case of Belgian Refugees in Britain, in H. Ewence and T. Grady (eds.), Minorities and the First World War: From War to Peace (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017).

H. Ewence and Tim Grady, ‘Minority History: From War to Peace’, in H. Ewence and T. Grady (eds.), Minorities and the First World War: From War to Peace (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017).

 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).

H. Ewence and H. Spurling, ‘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).

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).

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).

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).

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).

In Preparation:

Monograph

H. Ewence, The Alien Jew and the British Imagination, 1881-1905: Space, Place and Territoriality (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming)

Articles

H. Ewence, ‘From Celebrity to Obscurity: Belgian Refugees in Cheshire’

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