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Biography

Lindsey Dodd is a Senior Lecturer in Modern European History at the University of Huddersfield. Her research interests include France during the Second World War, oral history theory and practice, children in war, the history of childhood and the history of everyday life.

 

She joined the history department in January 2012 after temporary posts in History and in French Studies at the Universities of Reading, Nottingham and Westminster. During the academic year 2018-2019, Lindsey is a Research Fellow based at the Collegium de Lyon, the School of Advanced Studies of the Université de Lyon in France.

 

Lindsey gained a First Class Honours degree in History with French and European Studies from the University of Sussex in 2000, and then went on to take the MA in Life History Research: Oral History and Mass Observation, also at Sussex. Her dissertation was on working-class grammar school girls in the 1950s, and used oral history to examine the cultural and social reproduction of class and gender through the grammar school system. In 2007 she began a PhD in the French Department at the University of Reading, supervised by Professor Andrew Knapp and Dr Martin Parsons. Her research formed part of the ‘outstanding’ AHRC-funded project ‘Bombing, States and Peoples in Western Europe, 1940-1945’, involving the Universities of Reading, Exeter and Newcastle. The project looked comparatively at air war in France, Italy, Germany and the UK. She was awarded her doctorate in 2011.

 

Exploring the ‘hidden history’ of being bombed as a French child in the Second World War, Lindsey's first monograph French Children Under the Allied Bombs, France 1940-45: An Oral History (Manchester University Press, 2016) was described as ‘engrossing’ and ‘fascinating’. She is currently working on a second book provisionally entitled Remembering Wartime Childhoods: Memory, Feeling and Imagination which pulls together over 150 oral histories of French wartime childhoods – children bombed, evacuated, hunted as Jews, imprisoned, bereaved, separated from families, but also children safe at home, studying, playing and growing up – which deepens her work on subjectivity and history, memory and memorial cultures, emotion and affect, and childhood trauma. Lindsey has co-edited two recent works which have brought together new, international research around daily life in Second World War France: Vichy France and Everyday Life: Confronting the Challenges of Wartime (Bloomsbury, 2018; with David Lees) and a special issue of the Australian journal Essays in French Literature and Culture (no 54, 2017; with Wendy Michallat) called ‘Hidden words, hidden worlds: everyday life and narrative sources (France 1939-1945)’. She has also published on children’s agency and their emotional labour through analyses of their letters, essays and drawings in wartime France, and the instrumentalization of children by the Vichy government.

 

Both Lindsey’s MA and PhD were funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. In 2015 she was part of a small early-career team (Leeds, Sheffield) funded via the AHRC’s Care for the Future: Thinking Forward Through the Past theme: ‘Agents of future promise: the ideological use of children in culture and politics (Britain and France, c.1880-c.1950)’ (https://childrenofthefuture.leeds.ac.uk/). In 2016, she was awarded AHRC funding for a Franco-British interdisciplinary project called ‘Disrupted histories, recovered pasts: a cross-disciplinary analysis and cross-case synthesis of oral histories and history in post-conflict and postcolonial contexts’ (https://dsrupdhist.hypotheses.org/). Working with French scholars from the Labex Passé dans le present (Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense), and UK-based colleagues (Bath Spa), this funding has enabled Lindsey to broaden her data base of oral histories of wartime childhoods – as well as write, think, collaborate, publish and disseminate her work.

 

With her commitment to the value and power of oral history, as well as longstanding connections to the international oral history community, Lindsey has been on the editorial team of Oral History since 2015. She regularly reviews and edits articles for this independent journal, and takes a full part it its biannual production process.

 

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Social and cultural history
  • French studies
  • Oral history
  • History of childhood
  • War studies

Keywords

  • Oral History
  • French history
  • Memory studies
  • Second World War
  • History of children
  • Air war and civilians

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France Arts & Humanities
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Vichy Arts & Humanities
Childhood Arts & Humanities
Summary Arts & Humanities

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Projects 2016 2018

Research Output 2008 2018

Child evacuees in the Creuse: A Summary

Dodd, L., Sep 2018, Disrupted Histories, Recovered Pasts, 28 p. (Disrupted Histories, Recovered Pasts Working Paper Series; no. 2a).

Research output: Working paper

Open Access
Summary
Oral History
Raids
Persecution
Second World War

Disrupted histories, recovered pasts: a cross-disciplinary analysis and cross-case synthesis of oral histories and history in post-conflict and postcolonial contexts

Dodd, L., Sullivan, S., Otele, O., Baussant, M. & Dos Santos, I., 2018, Disrupted Histories, Recovered Pasts, (Disrupted Histories, Recovered Pasts Working Papers Series; no. 1).

Research output: Working paper

Oral History
History
Cross-disciplinary
Colonies
Communication

Les enfants évacués dans la Creuse: un résumé

Dodd, L., Sep 2018, Disrupted Histories, Recovered Pasts, 28 p. (Disrupted Histories, Recovered Pasts Working Paper Series; no. 2b).

Research output: Working paper

Open Access
Summary
Auteur
Allies
Pendant
Memes

Urban Lives, Rural Lives and Children's Evacuation

Dodd, L., 28 Jun 2018, Vichy France and Everyday Life: Confronting the Challenges of Wartime, 1939-1945 . Dodd, L. & Lees, D. (eds.). 1st ed. London: Bloomsbury Academic, p. 123-142 20 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Urban Life
Rural Life
Confrontation
Second World War
Physical

Vichy France and Everyday Life: Confronting the Challenges of Wartime, 1939-1945

Dodd, L. (ed.) & Lees, D. (ed.), Jun 2018, London: Bloomsbury Academic. 264 p.

Research output: Book/ReportAnthology

France
History
Wartime
Vichy
Everyday Life

Activities 2012 2019

L'Histoire Orale: Un Métier, Une Passion, Une Lutte – Regards de la Grande Bretagne

Lindsey Dodd (Speaker)
11 Jan 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Recovering Evidence, Disrupting Lives? The Risky Business of Uniting Archival Evidence and Oral History

Lindsey Dodd (Speaker)
29 Jun 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

French Children’s Experiences of Evacuation within France during World War II

Lindsey Dodd (Speaker)
28 Mar 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Research Workshop

Lindsey Dodd (Organiser)
26 Jan 201827 Jan 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganising a conference, workshop, ...

Disrupting memory, recovering history; or, the delicate balance between life and evidence

Lindsey Dodd (Speaker)
26 Jan 201827 Jan 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation