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Cardiff School of Education Lecturer furthers research with funded trip to New York and Massachusetts



​Dr Elizabeth English

​Cardiff School of Education Lecturer recently returned from the States, after receiving a fully funded Outward Mobility Santander Scholarship​.  

Dr Elizabeth English, Lecturer in English used the Santander scholarship to further her research on early twentieth-century writer, Katharine Burdekin. She spent a week at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst visiting fellow Burdekin scholar, Professor Daphne Patai. The trip also allowed Dr English to spend two weeks undertaking research in Katharine Burdekin's literary archive in New York City.

Katharine Burdekin was a British novelist who wrote speculative fiction concerned with political, social and spiritual matters. She is perhaps best remembered for her 1937 anti-fascist dystopian novel, Swastika Night, which imagines a nightmarish future for a Europe on the brink of another war.

Dr English, whose research focuses predominantly on twentieth-century women's writing, will use the material from this research trip for two future publications. The first is a book chapter on time travel and utopian fiction; the second is a journal article on sexual science and spirituality.

In July, Dr English will also be presenting her research at the Utopian Studies Society annual conference in Lisbon, Portugal. The conference, entitled '500 Years of Utopias', commemorates the 500th anniversary of Thomas More's Utopia.

Cardiff Metropolitan University joined the Santander Universities Global Division in July 2012. As a result, Santander Scholarships are available by application to all current students and staff. The opportunity to visit any other Santander University across the globe, with funding available from £500 - £5000.

Dr English commented on the success of her trip, "This scholarship gave me the freedom to pursue my research interests. I was able to meet and collaborate with a leading academic working in my field and I also had the chance to undertake focussed research in Burdekin's literary archive.

Without doubt, this was an excellent opportunity to develop my ideas because it enabled me to gain access to material that was otherwise unobtainable. Information about Katharine Burdekin's life, networks and intellectual interests is rather limited, but this trip allowed me to flesh out my knowledge and understanding of this writer, all of which will prove invaluable to my future publications."