Professor Alison Fell

Dean of the School of Histories, Languages and Cultures School of Histories, Languages and Cultures


Personal Statement

I worked at the Universities of Oxford, Lancaster and Leeds before coming to Liverpool as Dean of the School of Histories, Languages and Cultures in 2021. At Leeds I held a series of research leadership roles including Director of the Leeds Arts and Humanities Research Institute. I am a Strategic Reviewer and member of the Peer Review College for UKRI and AHRC, an expert and panellist for the Polish National Science Centre, and an assessor for the Irish Research Council.

Following a PhD focusing on French women's autobiographical responses to twentieth-century maternalist policies, my research has focused on women's experiences in, and cultural responses to, the First World War in France and Britain, which has resulted in my most recent monograph Women as Veterans in Britain and France after the First World War (Cambridge University Press, 2018). From 2018-20 I was PI of a research project Tracing the Belgian Refugees, investigating Belgians who lived in the UK during and after the war, one of the AHRC projects featured in the 2020-21 Imperial War Museum exhibition Refugees: Forced To Flee. My current research project, in collaboration with Professor Mark Connelly and Dr Stefan Goebel (University of Kent), explores transnational responses to the memory of the Battle of the Somme.

Other recent publications include articles on French and British museum's responses to the First World War Centenary; the evolving representations of French West African soldiers; and responses to nursing enemy patients amongst French, British and German nurses. I have recently completed a short monograph for Cambridge University Press Elements Series in Modern Wars entitled Warrior Women: The Cultural Politics of Armed Women, 1870-1945.

During the First World War Centenary I led Legacies of War 1914-18/2014-18, a series of regional, national and international research projects and outreach activities with over fifty partners focusing on the Centenary of the First World War and was one of the Co-Investigators of the AHRC Gateways to the First World War Public Engagement Centre based at the University of Kent. I also delivered a series of public talks and lectures, and acted as a historical consultant and interviewee for several television and radio productions including the Woman's Hour drama The Camel Hospital (2014) David Olusoga’s BBC documentary The World's War: Forgotten Soldiers of Empire (2014) and We Will Remember Them (BBC, 2018), with Huw Edwards.

I would welcome enquiries from postgraduate students or postdoctoral researchers interested in topics relating to my research specialisms, particularly the First World War, and the cultural and social history of women and war.