Charlotte Kelsted



I am in the final stages of a History PhD at the University of Exeter. My research is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and provides the first extensive study of British women in Mandate Palestine (1920-1948). It introduces the concept of ‘multiple intimate colonialisms’. This is the idea that in some colonial contexts, such as Mandate Palestine, anthropologist Ann Laura Stoler’s notion of intimate colonialism ought to be pluralised. It is supervised by Professor Ilan Pappe (Exeter), Dr Stacey Hynd (Exeter) and Dr Christopher Prior (Southampton). Although it is Palestine-based and focused on British women, my research seeks to make an important and original contribution to histories of white women in empire more broadly.

My project has received financial support from the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies, the Palestine Exploration Fund and the College of Humanities at Exeter, and I have been delighted to present my ideas in Kolkata and Washington DC. I am an active member of the Centre for Imperial and Global History and the European Centre for Palestine Studies, last year organising the latter's first PGR seminar series and representing the Centre at the first international meeting of Palestine studies centres in Beirut.

Over the last few years I have enjoyed delivering lectures and seminars to undergraduate History students in Exeter and Penryn. I have also continued to develop my interest in indigenous peoples’ rights, having interned at Survival International before my PhD and more recently gaining first-hand experience in this field in the West Bank.  

In 2017 I completed a Master's degree in History (with distinction) at the University of Exeter, focusing on imperial and global history. My dissertation, supervised by Dr Gajendra Singh, explored the lives of British men and women in Mandate Palestine and received a distinction. In 2016 I was awarded a first-class Bachelor’s degree in History from the same institution, my first-class dissertation supervised by Professor Richard Toye examining the policies of Sir Herbert Samuel, the first British High Commissioner of Mandate Palestine.