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Staff Profile For Prof Elaine Chalus

Professor in British History. School of Humanities and Cultural Industries.

BEd [Alberta], MA [Alberta], DPhil [Oxon.], FRHist.Soc. [-].

Personal Statement:

Originally trained as a teacher in Canada, I taught for ten years in northern Alberta before returning to university and pursuing postgraduate studies in history. I joined the History Department at BSU in September 1999 from the University of Oxford, where I had been teaching at various colleges while completing my doctorate.

My primary research interests lie in English social and political history in the long eighteenth century. I am particularly interested in the interplay of gender and politics. My work engages with questions of sex, patronage and corruption, and influence and interest. Electoral history, political ritual, and the use of the social arena for political ends all feature extensively in my research and teaching. The social and political culture of Bath in its eighteenth-century heyday fascinates me and bears further examination.

My current research project, The Admirals Wife: An Intimate History of Family, Navy and Empire, draws upon the largely unknown diaries of Elizabeth Wynne Fremantle (1778-1857), and the letters and correspondence of the larger Fremantle (Barons Cottesloe) family, and was awarded a British Academy Research Development Award Scheme (BARDAs) award in June 2010. I will be away on research leave until mid-March 2012.

I am currently Director of the Centre for History and Culture. The Centre has European links through my involvement in the Danish-based Gender in the European Town project. Members of the Centre are also actively involved in a variety of projects in History and Heritage which extend the Centre's links to the local community. The highlight of last year's activities was our international Suffragettes' Tree Project, a very successful week of activities planned to celebrate the dual centenaries of the lost Bath suffrage arboretum and of International Women's Day itself.

As a postgraduate supervisor, I encourage students to think laterally about English political and gender history in the long eighteenth century. My current postgraduate students are researching eighteenth-century topics, ranging from female shopkeepers in Bath, to gender and philanthropy, to the use of green space and the development of civic consciouness. I am happy to speak to prospective postgraduate students who are interested in any area of political or gender history in the long eighteenth century.

Professional Qualifications:

Bachelor of Education (78) (Alberta)

Teaching Experience (Secondary): 1978-87

Membership of Professional Bodies/Subject Associations:

Head, BSU Centre for History and Culture

Current Memberships:
Royal Historical Society
Women's History Network
Gender and the European Town Research Network
1805 Club
British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
Economic and Social History Association
Learning and Teaching Subject Network

Editorial Board Membership:
History of Parliament Editorial Board
Parliamentary History Journal
Women's History Review

Section Editor, History of Parliament: House of Lords, 1660-1832.

Parliamentary History Essay Prize Judge

Teaching Specialism:

-- 18th/19th century British history
-- women's and gender history
-- political history/political culture
-- the history of early modern London
-- the social and political history of Georgian Bath (and spas and spa culture more generally)
-- the history of the country house
-- the cultural history of the British navy

Key Publications/Exhibitions/Performances:

Awards and Distinctions

2013: Visiting Professor: University of Aarhus, Denmark (Oct–Dec.)
2012: 'Fashion and Politics', in Tiffany Potter (ed), Women, Popular Culture and the Eighteenth Century (Toronto, 2012), nominated for the Percy G Adams Prize, South East American Society for 18C Studies (SEASECS), for the best article on an 18C topic in 2011-12 academic year.
2010: British Academy Research Development Award
2010: Keynote speaker, Space, Place and Environment: Historical Approaches (University of Southern Denmark)
2010: Keynote speaker, Women in Public Life, Avon Local History Day (Bristol)
2007: Fellow of the Royal Historical Society
2006: Distinguished Visiting Speaker, University of Ottawa and British Council British
History Speaker Series
2005: International Women's Day speaker, University of Southern Denmark
2002:      Major AHRB Research Leave Award
1993-4:      Emmison Visiting Research Studentship (Essex Record Office)
1992-6:      Junior Research Fellowship (Wolfson College)
1991-4:      Wolfson College Graduate Award
1989-4:      Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Doctoral Fellowship (SSHRC)
1989-4:      Overseas Research Studentship (held at University of Oxford)
1989:      J. R. Schrumm Memorial History Prize (University of Alberta)
1988:      Prairie History Medallion (University of Alberta)
1988:      Henry Gerrie Ward Essay Prize in Western Canadian History (University of Alberta)


The Admiral's Wife: Elizabeth Wynne Fremantle, 1778-1857 [working title] (forthcoming).

Elaine Chalus and Marjo Kaartinen (eds), Gendering Spaces in the European Town, c.1700–1914 (Routledge NY, forthcoming 2014-15).

Elite Women in English Political Life, c.1754-1790 (Oxford, 2005). Nominated for 28th Annual Louis Gottschalk Prize (ASECS, 2006).

Elaine Chalus and Hannah Barker (eds), Women's History: 1700-1850 (Routledge, 2005).

Elaine Chalus and Hannah Barker (eds), Gender in Eighteenth-Century England: Roles, Representations and Responsibilities (London, 1997)

Chapters/Essays in Collections:

'Spaces of Sociability in the Nineteenth-Century Resort Town, Brighton and Nice, c.1825-60', in Chalus and Kaartinen, eds, in Gendering Spaces (forthcoming 2014-15).

'The Burcott Bear: Gender, Power and Belonging in the Wells Election of 1765', in Krista Cowman, Nina Koefoed and Åsa Karlsson Sjögren (eds), in Gender, Citizenship and Identity in the European Town (Routledge NY, forthcoming 2013–14).

'Fashion and Politics', in Tiffany Potter (ed.), Women, Popular Culture and the Eighteenth Century (Toronto, 2012).

"Ladies Are Often Very Good Scaffolding": Women and Politics in the Age of Anne', in Clyve Jones (ed.), British Politics in the Age of Holmes: Geoffrey Holmes's "British Politics in the Age of Anne" 40 Years On (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2009).

'Kisses for Votes: The Kiss and Corruption in Eighteenth-Century English Elections', in Karen Harvey (ed.), The Kiss in History (Manchester, 2005).

(co-authored with Fiona Montgomery), 'Women and Politics', in Barker and Chalus (eds), Women's History, 1700-1850, (2005).

'The Rag Plot: The Politics of Influence in Oxford, 1754', in Rosemary Sweet and Penelope Lane (eds), Women and Urban Life in Eighteenth-Century England 'On the Town' (Aldershot, 2003).

'"To serve my friends": Women and Political Patronage in Eighteenth-Century England', in Amanda Vickery (ed.), Women, Privilege and Power (Stanford 2001).

'"That epidemical Madness": Women and Electoral Politics in the late Eighteenth Century', Barker and Chalus (eds), Gender in Eighteenth-Century England (1997).

'Women, Electoral Privilege and Practice' in Kathryn Gleadle and Sarah Richardson (eds), Women in British Politics, 1760-1860: The Power of the Petticoat (London, 2000).

'"My Minerva at my Elbow": The Political Roles of Women in Eighteenth-Century England', in Richard Connors, Clive Jones and Stephen Taylor (eds), Hanoverian Britain and Empire: Essays in Memory of Philip Lawson (Boydell, 1998).

‘Cette fusion annuelle: cosmopolitanism and identity in Nice, c.1815–1860', Urban History (Oct. 2013), available on CJO2013. doi:10.1017/S0963926813000710.

‘ “My Lord Sue”: Lady Susan Keck and the Great Oxfordshire Election of 1754’ Parliamentary History, vol. 32, no. 3 (2013): 443–59.

'How Lady Susan Wooed the Voters', BBC History Magazine, ii, 6 (June 2001), 44-6.

'Elite Women, Social Politics and the Political World of Late Eighteenth-Century England', Historical Journal, xliii, 3 (Sept. 2000): 669-97.

New DNB: numerous contributions.

2011: BBC Womans Hour feature, Suffragettes in Batheaston, first broadcast 21 November 2011.
2010: '"My Dear Howey": Letters of Georgiana, first countess Spencer of Althorp, to her lifelong friend, Mrs Howe', Facilitator/Presenter, with Pauline Gray (No. 1 Royal Crecent, Bath, 6 May 2010)
2007-9: Historical Consultant, Time Team
2006: John, Duke of Marlborough, Eagle Media, Great Lives Series
2004: Worst Jobs in History, BBC2
2002: 'The Two-Hundred-Year House'; Ch. 4
2002: 'Wellington's Women', Ch. 4
2001: Interview, BBC Radio Staffordshire, Political Women in the 18C
1999: Interview, Woman's Hour, The Kiss in History
1999: 'The People's Duchess', Ch. 4 docu-drama, first screened August 1999
1998: Interview, BBC Radio 4, re: bigamy trial of Elizabeth Chudleigh, duchess of Kingston

Current Scholarship:

My research interests revolve around the construction and interpretation of limits and boundaries, be these the interstices of sex, politics and corruption in eighteenth-century English political culture, the socio-cultural use of the spa town, the interplay of gender and identity in the long eighteenth-century, or the shifting meanings of family, state and empire as we move from the eighteenth century into the nineteenth.

My current research centres on a British Academy-funded project, 'The Admiral's Wife: An Intimate History of Family, Navy and Empire'. This project uses the remarkable life of little-known diarist, Elizabeth (Betsey, ne Wynne) Fremantle (b.1778d.1857), to write a biography that combines close-focus detail and panoramic historical sweep, giving an elite female participants view of the transition from ancien rgime to high Victorian empire. By examining the creation of a successful naval/imperial dynasty and highlighting the importance of women and family to the emerging Victorian service elite, it will pointedly address N.A.M. Rodgers call for research on naval wives and mothers, without which the social history of the Navy remains incomplete (Rodger, 2004). It will extend the ongoing re-evaluation of public and private in womens history, explore female agency and reveal the rich complexity of female experience. It will, vitally, bring to academic and public attention a new collection of primary sources of substantial interdisciplinary interest. Findings will be disseminated through public lectures, seminars, journal articles and a biography.

External Examiners:

External Examinerships
--UWE, Bristol (to end of 2011-12)
--University of Hertfordshire (beginning Oct. 2012)

External Examiner: PhDs
--University of Oxford
--University of York
--Royal Holloway, University of London
--University of Swansea

Other External Roles:

Relevant past experience:

Series Editor: Parliamentary History, Text and Study Series
Block editor: New DNB
Co-editor: Women's History Network Magazine
Sub-Editor, Past and Present

Grants Committee: British Federation of Women Graduates
Judge: Clare Evans Women's History Prize
Judge: Theodora Bosanquet Bursary

Co-Convenor: History and Discussion Group, Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution

Section Editor: History of Parliament, House of Lords Project, 1660-1832
Editorial Board: History of Parliament Trust
Editorial board: Parliamentary History Journal
Editorial board: Women's History Review

Manuscript and article refereeing: numerous, including for Historical Journal, Urban History, Journal of British Studies, Parliamentary History, Journal of Eighteenth-Century Studies, Women's History Review, Scottish Historical Review, OUP, Broadview Press, Boydell and Brewer

Project Reviewer/Referee: SSHRC (Canada); AHRC (UK)

Selected Conferences/Seminar Papers/Lectures (from 2010):
2013:      ‘So You want to be a Twitterstorian?’, University of Aarhus (17 Dec.)
2013:      ‘Love and Loneliness: Family and Navy in the Fremantle Papers, 1801–14’, Public Lecture, Syddansk University (4 Dec.)
2013:      ‘Considerations of Participation and Meaning: Women and Politics in 18th Century England’, Early Modern Professional Women Symposium, University of Turku (26 Nov.)
2013:      ‘My Dearest Tussy: Family and Navy in the Fremantle Papers, 1801–1814’, The Lives of Others: Biography, Ego-Documents, and the Grand Historical Narrative, Kulturelle Dynamiker Symposium, University of Aarhus (21 Nov.)
2013:      ‘Writing Articles for International Journals — Publishing Strategies for PGR Students’, University of Aarhus (29 Oct.)
2013:      ‘Love and Loneliness: Family, Navy and Nation in the Fremantle Papers, 1801–14’
Royal Historical Society Symposium, Intimacy, Power and Authority in European Perspectives, BSU, Corsham Court (18 Oct.)
2013:      KEYNOTE: ‘My Dearest Tussy: Family and Navy in the Fremantle Papers, 1801–1814’, Navy and Nation: 1688 to the Present conference, Royal Maritime Museum, Greenwich (25–7 July)
2013:      ‘The Captain’s Wife: Family and Community in the Fremantle Papers, c1800-14’
International Federation for Research in Women’s History and Women’s History Network Joint Conference: Women’s History: The Local and the Global, Sheffield (29 Aug.–1 Sept.)
2013:      ‘No Place for a Lady: Re-considering Women and Voting in the 18C’
Gender and Political Culture, 1400-1800 Conference, Plymouth (29–31 Aug.)
2013:      ‘Space, Place and le monde cosmopolite: Nice in the age of villeggiatura’, Gender in the European Town: Medieval to Modern Conference, Odense, Denmark (22–5 May)
2013:      ‘Place, Space and Gender in Le monde cosmopolite: The Fremantles, A Female Household in Nice, 1855-7’, Institute of Historical Research, London (25 Jan.); University of Dundee (6 Mar.)

2012:      Workshop: ‘Gender in the European Town: Women's Impact on Their Urban Communities’, Attending to Early Modern Women: Remapping Routes and Spaces Conference, Milwaukee (21–3 June)
2012:      ‘Hunstrete House and the Popham Family’, Chew Valley Local History Association, Chew Magna (1 Nov.)
2012:      Panel: Gender in the European Town, 1650-1900, European Social Science Conference, Glasgow (11–14 Apr.)
2012:      'My Dearest Tussy': Family Strategies in the Fremantle Papers, 1801-14: 1805 Club lecture, in conjunction with the Nelson Society (25 Feb.)
2012;      KEYNOTE: 'Fashion and Politics in the 18th Century', Street Society, AGM, Street Somerset (25 Sept)
2012:      'Elizabeth Wynne Fremantle: The Swanbourne Years', Buckinghamshire Local History Network Annual conference, Little Chalfont, Bucks (29 Sept.)

2011:      ‘Le Monde Cosmopolite: Age Place and Space in Nice, 1855-7’, Gender in the European Town colloquium, London (8–9 Dec.)
2011:      ‘Becoming an Englishwoman in the Age of Revolutions', ASECS, Vancouver (17–20 Apr.)

2010:      'Lady Fremantle Travels', Gender in the European Town Colloqium, University of Helsinki (Dec.)
2010:      KEYNOTE: ‘Women in Public Life’, Annual Avon Local History Day, Avon Local History and Archaeology, UWE, Bristol (Apr.)
2010:      KEYNOTE: ‘Fanning the Flames: Fashion, Space and Politics in Eighteenth-Century England’, International Women's Day conference, University of Southern Denmark (Mar.)
2010:      ‘The Burcott Bear: Political Gamesmanship in Wells, 1765’, Pensford Local History Association

Recent Professional Updating:

Last Updated: 10 December 2013.

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