Centenary and Marshall Fellows, 2022-23

Serape, c.1865, Unidentified, Navajo weaving, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, public domain

 

In October 2022 we welcome this year’s RHS Centenary and Marshall Fellows – Sofya Anisimova (St Andrews), Daniel Banks (European University Institute), Urvi Khaitan (Oxford), and Beckie Rutherford (Warwick)—who will use the Fellowships to complete their doctoral research in 2022-23.

The Fellowships are held in association with the Institute of Historical Research, University of London, and we look forward to working with Sofya, Daniel, Urvi, and Beckie as they pursue their research in the coming year.

Sofya Anisimova is an RHS Centenary Fellow, 2022-23, held jointly with the Institute of Research, University of London.

Sofya is a fourth-year PhD student at the University of St Andrews. Her thesis titled ‘Russia’s Military Strategy and the Entente, 1914-1917’ looks at how the participation in a coalition with Britain and France affected the strategic planning of the Russian high command during the First World War. The nature of the warfare developed in 1914-1918 made it impossible for any country to withstand the pressure alone, so in order to win military commands had to adapt quickly to the new conditions and learn how to cooperate with their Allies, and Russian Empire was not the exception.

Studying the inter-Allied relations in detail and finally bringing Russia into the analysis of the Entente strategy helps us better grasp the challenges faced by coalitions in general. It also broadens our understanding of the geography of the Entente engagement during the war, and brings us closer to a more balanced view of the 1914-1918 conflict that includes not only the Western front but also Eastern, Balkan and Ottoman theatres of war. 

Sofya’s Centenary Fellowship at the RHS and IHR runs from October 2022 to March 2023.

 

Daniel Banks is an RHS Marshall Fellow, 2022-23, held jointly with the Institute of Historical Research, University of London.

Daniel’s work focuses on how a heterogeneous group of republican revolutionaries influenced the politics of nation-building and colonialism in the western Mediterranean from 1850 to 1875. By taking a sea-based approach, he brings together different national historiographies and argues for the relevance of previously overlooked actors. Daniel’s PhD research is based at the European University Institute, Florence.

Daniel’s Marshall Fellowship at the RHS and IHR runs from January  to June 2023.

 

Urvi Khaitan is an RHS Marshall Fellow, 2022-23, held jointly with the Institute of Historical Research, University of London.

Urvi’s Oxford University thesis — ‘Women and Work in the Indian Economy: Empire, Famine, and Labour during the Second World War’ — explores how women at the margins of colonial Indian society engaged with and experienced paid work. She investigates the ways in which lower-caste and Adivasi (indigenous) women in late colonial India negotiated a turbulent wartime economy in the eastern provinces of Bengal, Bihar, and Assam during the Second World War. Constituting the bulk of the subcontinent’s female population — but peripheralized historically and historiographically not only by their gender but also by their caste, class, and location — non-elite women bore the brunt of economic shocks brought about by the war and the 1943 Bengal Famine. Economic displacement exacerbated precarity and intensified the intimate relationship between questions of work and questions of survival.

Urvi’s Marshall Fellowship at the RHS and IHR runs from October 2022 to March 2023.

 

Beckie Rutherford is an RHS Centenary Fellow, 2022-23, held jointly with the Institute of Historical Research, University of London. Beckie’s six-month fellowship will run from October 2022 to March 2023.

As a Centenary Fellow, Beckie will complete her Warwick University PhD entitled ‘Disabled Women Organising: Rethinking Agency within British Liberation Movements, 1976-2000’.  Beckie’s research illuminates the neglected histories of three grassroots disabled women’s groups, plus the pioneering work of disabled women artists and writers. Her thesis demonstrates the centrality of disabled women’s narratives to the broader landscape of liberation politics in modern Britain. It advocates a creative understanding of activist histories, accounting for the agency, and diversity uncovered within stories of disabled women organising.

Beckie’s Centenary Fellowship at the RHS and IHR runs from October 2022 to March 2023.

 

The annual RHS Centenary Fellowship is funded by the Society. The Marshall Fellowship is fully funded by a charitable donation from a former RHS President, Professor Peter Marshall, to whom we are very grateful for his generosity. The Society has recently set up a Support Us page. All donations, large and small, are reserved to support historians at the start of their careers and are very gratefully received.