- The University of Aberdeen G05 Edward Wright Building, Department of Anthropology, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, AB24 3QY
I have been at the University of Aberdeen since 2012, and began working with the museum and archival collections which form the basis of my doctoral project at the end of my undergraduate degree. During my time at Aberdeen I have been involved in various volunteer roles at the Univerisity of Aberdeen Museums in addition to my own research.
2017-20 PhD in Social Anthropology, University of Aberdeen
2016-17: MRes Social Anthropology, University of Aberdeen
2012-16: MA (Hons) Social Anthropology and English Literature, University of Aberdeen
My research interests are in museum and archival research in anthropology, both in historical and contemporary contexts. I am particularly interested in gender, shopping and material exchange in colonial contexts.
My doctoral project, Pursuing Gendered Experience Through Material-Social Relationships, is a study of the diaries, scrapbooks and museum collections of two generations of the Kintore family who travelled and collected in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Much of the collecting was done by women, and I am engaging with the collections with a view to understanding the role that upper class British women played in colonial exchange networks, and how their collecting was integrated into their lived experience. The Kintores collected throughout Africa, Asia, Oceania, and the Americas and their diverse collections and experiences offer a broad insight into practices of travel and souvenir shopping on a global scale.
By examining the shopping of the Kintore women, I will situate conventionally female modes of object acquisition as an integral part of colonial material exchange, and by doing so will highlight the role of upper class women in the British Empire. This allows me to pursue research which is actively feminist, and seeks to situate women as part of global historical processes, whilst accounting for the role which women had to play in systems of colonial oppression and injustice.
In late 2018 I undertook fieldwork in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand, working with archives and making connections between collections in Aberdeen and local institutions and communities.
I am currently undertaking an AHRC-funded internship with the Dumfries Museum and Camera Obscura to research the life and photographs of twentieth-century ethnographic photographer Dr. Werner Kissling.
Research Funding and Grants
2018 Professor Debra Gimlin Prize
2017 Friends of the University of Aberdeen Library Postgraduate Bursary
2017-20 Arts and Humanities Research Council DTP Studentship
2016 Thomas and Margaret Roddan Trust Bursary