See you on the other side…

by Cherish Watton on 18 April 2017

Greetings to all blog readers. The sun has been shining, the trees are blossoming, and the wild flowers are beginning to flourish in the grounds of the college. The vacation is in full swing here at Lucy.

I’ve spent some of the vacation traversing the corridors and clubs of power in nineteenth-century Britain. I’m working on a Long Essay which centres around masculinity and political culture which has led to some fascinating reading of political memoirs, newspaper reports, and parliamentary debates. It is hard not to draw parallels with today’s political climate and the perpetuation of different understandings and representations of masculinity.

I’ve also been finalising my dissertation on the work of the Women’s Timber Corps in Second World War Britain. I’m looking forward to presenting one of my chapters on ‘Fellings, Photos, and Feelings’ at a conference entitled ‘Bringing Conflict Home’ at the University of York. The conference brings together speakers from a wide range of disciplines to examine how conflict permeates the domestic sphere. I haven’t spoken at a History academic conference before, so it’ll be a fascinating experience.

Next term marks my last of my degree. I certainly have a lot of mixed emotions at this time of year – trepidation about upcoming exams and revision, the joy of graduating, but also the realisation that my time at Lucy is coming to an end. More on that next time…

In the meantime, I’m looking forward to an out-of-term karaoke session with those members of the Cavendish Chorale who are around in Cambridge over the vacation.

Sending all good wishes to those taking exams, writing up and studying over the next term. See you on the other side of exams!

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