History, Students

Travel Report: Robin Bunton, Department of History

August 25, 2017

Robin Bunton, a Master's student in History, received a Graduate International Research Travel Award (GIRTA) to further her research at Oxford University. Her report:

My thesis project focuses upon the political dimensions of British representations of Egyptian female entertainers throughout the nineteenth-century, and seeks to identify how gendered dynamics of power were culturally constructed and negotiated around the bodies of Egypt’s ‘dancing girls.’

Thanks to being awarded with the GIRTA, I was able to undertake a month of research in the United Kingdom at the British National Archives in London and the Middle East Centre Archive at Oxford University. The British National Archives contained a wealth of later-nineteenth-century sources, which included diplomatic correspondence between the British foreign office and Cairo, press-cuttings, and governmental records.