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Peter Leese

Peter Leese


Medlem af:

    • CV inserted 23.04.2012

    Primære forskningsområder

    • Cultural and social history.
    • Britain and Europe in the 19th and 20th c.
    • The Great War: society, combat and memory; shell shock 
    • Migration history, especially personal narratives.
    • Britain - aspects of identity: film, music and the visual arts in society; local and regional identities, including East London. 

    Aktuel forskning

    • Migrant Passages c. 1800-2000 (working title). My major research and writing project at present is a study of migration from the late 18th to the 21st century. The intention is to create a balanced, broad account of migration experience – a more subjectively oriented and thematic account, than, say, Dirk Hoerder’s Cultures in Contact, and to use individual migration narratives. Additionally, this study will touch on debates connected to recent historical methodology and with contemporary themes, including the history of subjectivity, the creation of economic, political and racial inequalities within the world system, and the emergence of ethnicity as a defining category in human experience. This large-scale projects is an important complement to more localised studies of community in, say, East London. While I remain committed to Britain and Europe as my major field of research, it seems to me important to step back from time to time and to see Britain in the context of global development in order to avoid an overly parochial interpretation.

    • City Of Strangers: The Migrants’ Experience of London since 1800. I intent as well to continue working on a project which has gradually emerged from various pieces of research over the last few years, beginning at the time of my work on The British Migrant Experience (2002). The intention here is to trace the history of London and the history of migration in parallel to understand how the two reflect on and shape each other. My objective here is to understand how various immigrant groups in any given period have experienced the city, and at the same time to give an intimate portrait of London’s development.

    • Landscapes and Interiors: Britain in Film. I am also developing another line of research which uses recent ideas in cultural geography to explore the subjective experience of space and its relation to notions of ‘identity’. This study follows on from my work in Britain since 1945: Aspects of Identity (2006), which stressed locality, lived experience and community as among the most important defining characteristics in the formation of self- and national identity. Here I am especially interested in using film as both representation and evidence of how the physical environment alters across time, and of how the experience of that environment alters. What interests me too is the difference between the intentions of film-makers and the realities of those who lived, say, in the north of England during the 1930s slump.

    Undervisnings- og vejledningsområder

    I have planned, compiled materials, and taught the following courses:

    University of Copenhagen. Department of English, Germanic and Romance Studies, Copenhagen, Denmark. 2009-

    MA level courses: 
    The British Migrant Experience 1800-2000
    The Great War: society, experience, memory

    BA level courses:
    British culture and the two World Wars
    Film and Society in postwar Britain

    Jagiellonian University. Institute of English Philology, Krakow, Poland. 1992-2009.

    •MA thesis Seminar (two years, full-time): successful supervision of over fifty individual Masters theses, the final year study written by students under the five-year university first degree programme;

    • Diploma Seminar (1 year, full-time): successful supervision of over sixty diploma papers written by students under the three-year state teacher training programme

    •Specialist seminars, tutorials and introductory lecture classes (including British and European survey courses, current affairs, and more specialised teaching on 
    social and cultural history).

    Masters (2 year) and Diploma (1 year) Thesis Seminars:
    •London 1800-2000 (2006-9)
    •Identity, Locality and Culture in the British Isles (1998-2004)
    •British Literature and History in the 20th century (1996-8)

    Compulsory (Introductory) Courses:
    •The Isles: from pre-history to the 21st century (A 2-semester British history survey course which I teach to at least two groups every year at both Teacher Training College and University Level) (1997-2009)

    Elective Courses:
    •Global Migration Since 1750 (2006-)
    •The British Migrant Experience 1800-2000 (2004-)
    •Britain Since 1945: Society and the Arts (2007-)
    •Britain and the Two World Wars (2002-)
    •The First World War: Society, Culture and Memory (1998-)
    •Europe in the 20th century (2004-)
    •Ireland: History and Memory in the 20th century (1995-8)
    •Scotland: History, Literature and Tradition (1995-8)
    •European Intellectuals 1800-2000 (1996-8)
    •European Arts 1800-2000 (1996-8)
    •International Relations 1800-2000 (2004-5)

    English Language-related Course:
    •Creative non-fiction Writing (2007-)
    •Reading, writing and text analysis (1995-)

    Other Teaching Activities
    •Two weeks undergraduate and post-graduate (Ph.D.) teaching as Visiting Professor at Šafárik University, Košice, Slovakia (2009)
    •I have recently started teaching distance learning courses in creative non-fiction writing for Academic staff and for students at Högskolan Dalarna University, Falun, Sweden (2007-9)
    •I also teach various courses on British history to adult learners on summer courses at the Institute of Continuing Education, University of Cambridge (2004-7)

    Udvalgte publikationer

    1. Udgivet

      Visualising Migrant Interiors: George Sims and Jacob Epstein

      Leese, P. 15 maj 2015 Nomadic Interiors: Living and Inhabiting in an Age of Migrations . Peressut, L. B., Borsotti, M., Forino, I., Salvadeo, P., Leveratto, J. & Longo, T. (red.). Milan:, s. 25-37 17 s.

      Publikation: Forskning - fagfællebedømtKonferencebidrag i proceedings

    2. Udgivet

      Shell Shock: Traumatic Neurosis and the British Soldiers of the First World War

      Leese, P. 1 okt. 2014 Revised udg. London: Palgrave Macmillan. 240 s.

      Publikation: Forskning - fagfællebedømtBog

    3. Udgivet

      Migration, Narration, Identity: Cross-Cultural Perspectives

      Leese, P. 2013 Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang. 185 s.

      Publikation: Forskning - fagfællebedømtBog

    4. Britain since 1945: Aspects of Identity

      Leese, P. 2006 New York: Palgrave Macmillan. 262 s.

      Publikation: Forskning - fagfællebedømtBog

    5. Udgivet

      The British Migrant Experience 1700-2000 (London and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2002). (329pp.): an anthology

      Leese, P. 2002 London and New York: Palgrave Macmillan. 329 s.

      Publikation: FormidlingBog

    Udvalgte aktiviteter

    1. Traumatic Memories: Narratives of War in the 20th Century

      Leese, P. (Foredragsholder)
      28 jan. 2015

      Aktivitet: Tale eller præsentationForedrag og mundtlige bidrag

    2. Comparative Studies in Migration and Memory

      Leese, P. (Arrangør)
      6 nov. 20147 nov. 2014

      Aktivitet: Deltagelse i eller arrangering af en begivenhedOrganisation af og deltagelse i konference

    3. Medical Power and Ethics

      Leese, P. (Deltager)
      10 feb. 201412 feb. 2014

      Aktivitet: Deltagelse i eller arrangering af en begivenhedOrganisation af og deltagelse i konference

    4. Displacements: forced migration and the arts

      Leese, P. (Taler)
      3 okt. 20135 okt. 2013

      Aktivitet: Deltagelse i eller arrangering af en begivenhedOrganisation af og deltagelse i konference

    5. The Postcolonial Museum

      Leese, P. (Taler)
      7 feb. 2013

      Aktivitet: Deltagelse i eller arrangering af en begivenhedOrganisation af og deltagelse i konference

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