Dr Kent Fedorowich

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  • Qualifications:BA (Hons) History, University of Saskatchewan (1977-81); MA History, University of Saskatchewan (1981-83); PhD London School of Economics (1983-1991)
  • Position:Reader in British Imperial History
  • Department:ACE - Arts and Cultural Industries
  • Telephone:+44 (0)117 32 84382
  • Email:Kent.Fedorowich@uwe.ac.uk

About me

The over-arching theme throughout all of my work to date has been a comparative approach and one that is permeated by the fascination with Anglo-dominion relations. As a Canadian who has lived in the United Kingdom for more than 30 years, I believe I can give a unique insight into this relationship. And it has been this theme which has formed the backbone of my work whether it is empire migration, POW history, or more recently Anglo-Canadian wartime relations.

Empire Migration

This area of study has been the stock-in-trade of my research ever since becoming an academic; and it remains a central pillar of my research today. Using a comparative framework, the interest in empire migration was first sparked through an examination of the resettlement of British ex-servicemen in the dominions during the inter-war period.  The inter-war period continues to inform ongoing research that examines the British diaspora in the 20th century and the peopling of the British World. My most recent contribution to this field appeared in a co-edited collection, with Professor Andrew S. Thompson (Exeter), Empire, migration and identity in the British World (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2013).

World War One at Home Project

In April 2013, I and a colleague in the Bristol Business School, Charles Booth, were successful in bidding for the three month ‘World War One at Home Project’, initiated by the BBC and AHRC, and piloted in BBC West. Working with the colleagues in radio based at BBC Bristol, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire, we helped compile 100 stories in these regions of peoples’ experiences in the First World War. The national programme in the remaining 11 BBC regions in England and the three in the Celtic Nations has now been launched. The successful completion of the pilot project in July 2013, and the role as national advisors to the rest of the regions has been combined with the granting of a similar award for BBC South West which includes Devon, Cornwall and the Channel Islands.

Area of expertise

  • Empire Migration
  • Prisoners of War
  • Civilian Internment
  • Anglo-Dominion Relations
  • The British World

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