Charlotte Kelsted

Department: History & Arab and Islamic Studies
Discipline: History
Research Centre/Unit: Centre for Imperial and Global History & The European Centre for Palestine Studies

Project Summary

My research focuses on female British perceptions of Arab and Jewish communities in Palestine during the British Mandate (1920-1948), specifically the extent to which British women viewed the Arabs as the ‘uncivilised Other’ and the Jews as ‘civilised’, superior colonial subjects. 

I am greatly interested in what Ann Laura Stoler has described as the 'intimacies' of empire (the private lives of, and relationships between, the coloniser and the colonised). For this reason my research will focus predominantly on female British perceptions of Arab and Jewish child-rearing practices and family relationships during the Mandate. I am also interested in how these perceptions influenced domestic life for the British individuals living in Palestine between 1920 and 1948.

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Supervisory Team

My research is jointly supervised by Professor Ilan Pappé (Director of The European Centre for Palestine Studies), Dr Stacey Hynd (part of Exeter's Centre for Imperial and Global History) and Dr Christopher Prior (part of Southampton's Centre for Imperial and Post Colonial Studies).