I came to Sheffield Hallam in 2006 as Research Professor in History. My first career was in Archaeology but I then switched to nineteenth-century British social history, gaining a PhD in History in 1989. My key research focus is on British women’s history as it intersects with the history of the British Empire, and my publications include Women Against Slavery, Gender and Imperialism and Feminism and Empire. I am a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and from 2010 to 2015 was President of the International Federation for Research in Women’s History.
I came to Sheffield Hallam in 2006 as Research Professor in History. My first career was in Archaeology, and after gaining a degree from Edinburgh University I worked for a number of years for the Museum of London as a Field Archaeologist. Following a year in the US, I switched my research interests to nineteenth-century British social history, gaining am MA (with Distinction) in Social History from the University of Essex in 1985 and a PhD in History in 1989. Before coming to SHU I held academic positions at Staffordshire University and London Guildhall University, where I developed an MA in Women’s History in collaboration with the Women’s Library. My key research focus is on British women’s history as it intersects with the history of the British Empire, and my publications include Women Against Slavery, Gender and Imperialism and Feminism and Empire. I am currently completing a research project exploring links between Indian, British and American religious and social reformers in the age of empire. My teaching and postgraduate supervision is in the fields of imperial history, women’s history and modern British history. I am a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and from 2010 to 2015 was President of the International Federation for Research in Women’s History, organising the Federation’s conferences in Sheffield and in Jinan, China. I have also acted as Deputy Editor of Women’s History Review and co-editor of Gender and History. I have been in receipt of external research funding from the ESCR, the AHRC and the Leverhulme Trust.
Britain in the ‘long’ nineteenth-century: women’s history, history of feminism, history of empire, transnational networks of religion and reform
Department of Humanities
Social Sciences and Arts
Making Modern Britain; India and the British Raj
- Humanities Research Centre
I am currently completing a research project on ‘Liberal Religion and the ‘Woman Question’ between East and West: collaboration between Indian, British and American reformers in the age of empire’. My co-edited book ‘Women in Transnational History: Connecting the Local and the Global’ will be published by Routledge in Spring 2016.
Midgley, C. (2020). Cosmotopia Delineated: Rammohun Roy, William Adam and the Calcutta Unitarian Committee. Itinerario.
Midgley, C. (2013). Liberal Religion and the ‘Woman Question’ between East and West: Perspectives from a Nineteenth-Century Bengali Women's Journal. Gender & History, 25 (3), 455-460. http://doi.org/10.1111/1468-0424.12039
Midgley, C. (2013). Mary Carpenter and the Brahmo Samaj of India: a transnational perspective on social reform in the age of empire. Women's History Review, 22 (3), 363-385. http://doi.org/10.1080/09612025.2012.726121
Midgley, C. (2011). Transoceanic commemoration and connections between Bengali Brahmos and British and American Unitarians. The Historical Journal, 54 (03), 773-796. http://doi.org/10.1017/S0018246X11000239
Midgley, C. (2006). Can women be missionaries? Envisioning female agency in the early nineteenth-century British empire. Journal of British Studies, 45 (2), 335-358. http://doi.org/10.1086/499791
D'Cruze, S., McClelland, K., & Midgley, C. (2005). Homage to Leonore Davidoff, retiring founding editor of Gender & History. Gender and History, 17 (1), 1-4. http://doi.org/10.1111/j.0953-5233.2005.00369.x
Midgley, C. (2000). Female emancipation in an imperial frame: English women and the campaign against sati (widow-burning) in India, 1813-30. Women's History Review, 9 (1), 95-121. http://doi.org/10.1080/09612020000200234
Midgley, C. (1996). Slave sugar boycotts, female activism and the domestic base of British anti‐slavery culture. Slavery and Abolition, 17 (3), 137-162. http://doi.org/10.1080/01440399608575190
MIDGLEY, C. (1993). Anti‐Slavery and Feminism in Nineteenth‐Century Britain. Gender & History, 5 (3), 343-362. http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-0424.1993.tb00184.x
Midgley, C., & Saakwa-Mante, N. (1992). History workshop 25th anniversary conference. History Workshop Journal, 33 (1), 295-296. http://doi.org/10.1093/hwj/33.1.295-b
Midgley, C., & Saakwa-Mante, N. (1992). History workshop journal. History Workshop Journal, 33 (1), 295. http://doi.org/10.1093/hwj/33.1.295-a
Midgley, C. (2017). The cosmopolitan biography of the English religious liberal, feminist and writer, Sophia Dobson Collet. In Haggis, J., Midgley, C., Allen, M., & Paisley, F. (Eds.) Cosmopolitan lives on the cusp of Empire: interfaith, cross-cultural and transnational networks, 1860-1950. Palgrave
Midgley, C. (2017). Introduction: Gender and imperialism: Mapping the connections. (pp. 1-18). http://doi.org/10.7765/msi/9781526119681.01
Midgley, C. (2016). Indian feminist Pandita Ramabai and transnational liberal religious networks in the nineteenth-century world. In Midgley, C., Twells, A., & Carlier, J. (Eds.) Women in transnational history: connecting the local and the global. (pp. 13-32). Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge: https://www.routledge.com/Women-in-Transnational-History-Connecting-the-Local-and-the-Global/Midgley-Twells-Carlier/p/book/9781138905788
Midgley, C. (2014). Feminist historians and challenges to imperial history. In Re-presenting the Past: Women and History. (pp. 89-105).
Midgley, C. (2014). Liberal Religion and the 'Woman Question' between East and West: Perspectives from a Nineteenth-Century Bengali Women's Journal. In Sex, Gender and the Sacred: Reconfiguring Religion in Gender History. (pp. 51-66). http://doi.org/10.1002/9781118833926.ch2
Midgley, C. (2011). The dissenting voice of Elizabeth Heyrick : an exploration of the links between gender, religious dissent, and anti-slavery radicalism. In Clapp, E.J., & Jeffrey, J.R. (Eds.) Women, dissent, and anti-slavery in Britain and America, 1790-1865. (pp. 88-110). Oxford: Oxford University Press
Midgley, C. (2010). Women, religion and reform. In Morgan, S., & DeVries, J. (Eds.) Women, gender and religious cultures in Britain, 1800-1940. (pp. 138-158). Abingdon: Routledge
Midgley, C. (2007). British abolition and feminism in transatlantic perspective. In Women's Rights and Transatlantic Antislavery in the Era of Emancipation. (pp. 121-142).
Midgley, C. (2006). Bringing the empire home: Women activists in imperial Britain, 1790s–1930s. In At Home with the Empire: Metropolitan Culture and the Imperial World. (pp. 230-250). http://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511802263.011
Midgley, C. (1998). Anti-slavery and the roots of 'imperial feminism'. In Gender and Imperialism. (pp. 161-179). Manchester University Press: https://manchesteruniversitypress.co.uk/9780719048203/
Haggis, J., Midgley, C., Allen, M., & Paisley, F. (2017). Cosmopolitan lives on the cusp of Empire: interfaith, cross-cultural and transnational networks, 1860-1950. Palgrave.
Midgley, C., Twells, A., & Carlier, J. (2016). Women in Transnational History : Connecting the local and the global. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge. https://www.routledge.com/Women-in-Transnational-History-Connecting-the-Local-and-the-Global/Midgley-Twells-Carlier/p/book/9781138905788
Midgley, C. (2007). Feminism and empire: Women activists in Imperial Britain, 1790-1865. http://doi.org/10.4324/9780203932155
Midgley, C. (2004). Women against slavery: The British campaigns, 1780-1870. http://doi.org/10.4324/9780203645314
Midgley, C. (Ed.). (1998). Gender and imperialism. Manchester University Press. https://manchesteruniversitypress.co.uk/9780719048203/
Theses / Dissertations
Mallery, A. (2018). Crossing the line : women and the Railway Mission 1881-1901. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Midgley, C. http://doi.org/10.7190/shu-thesis-00076
Gould, C.R. (2017). The Sheffield Film Co-operative and the Women’s Liberation Movement. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Twells, A., & Midgley, C. http://doi.org/10.7190/shu-thesis-00019
Davies, K.E. (2017). British reactions to Amritsar and Croke Park : Connections and comparisons. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Midgley, C. http://doi.org/10.7190/shu-thesis-00048
Spence, D.O. (2012). Imperialism and identity in British colonial naval culture, 1930s to decolonialisation. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Collins, B., & Midgley, C.
President, International Federation for Research in Women’s History, 2010-2015; co-convenor, ‘Reconfiguring the British’ and ‘Women’s History’ seminar series, Institute of Historical Research, London
Clare's research focuses on British women’s history, the history of British imperialism and transnational / global history. She has written several books and is currently working on a study of nineteenth-century networks of liberal religion and social reform which explores links between Bengali, American and British activists.