Prof Bertrand Taithe

Professor of Cultural History

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Current supervisions

Supervision areas:

I am very interested in supervising students working on the history of the body, French and British cultural history, the history of war and medicine, humanitarianism, French colonial history or the history of 'social explorers' in France and Britain. Please contact me if you have any research plans.

Ongoing supervisions


2014, Ahsley Wilkinson on self-help co-supervised with Dr Eloise Moss
  • 2015, Talita Cetinoglu, HCRI, on humanitarian programming co-supervised with Dr Eleanor Davey
  • 2015, Jenny Chapman, HCRI, on British humanitarian medical interventions co-supervised with Dr Eleanor Davey and Juliano Fiori (SCF)
  • 2015, Kasia Nowack, History, on Polish DPs with Prof Peter Gatrell
  • 2016, Brigid Atterton, HCRI, on medical quality in humanitarian setting with Dr Rubina Jasani, and Tammam Aloudat (MSF)
  • 2016, Samantha Winkler, HCRI, on British German humanitarian exchanges after WWI with Dr Laure Humbert

Current teaching:


HI 6082 The History of Humanitarian Aid

  • MA: HI 4061 History and Postmodernism 

Students I have supervised since 2010

  • 2004-11 Catherine Feely 'Karl Marx, Capital and Radical Book Cultures in Britain, 1881-1945', Dr Feely teaches at the University of Durham and is lecturer at the University of Sheffield
  • 2007-11 Tom White, 'Their Whiteness is not like ours', co-supervised with Dr Carden-Coyne
  • 2007-11 Bob Nicholson, 'representations of America in the British press', co-supervised with Dr Strange, Dr Nicholson is lecturer at the university of Edge Hill
  •  2009-2012, Tom Scriven, 'Activism and the Everyday: The Practices of Radical Working-Class Politics, 1830-1842' co-supervised with Dr  Strange
  • 2006-2012, Duncan Hay, Form, Space and Memory: Material Readings of Iain Sinclair's London Writing', co supervised with Dr Caselli (English), Dr Hay teaches in London and Manchester
  • 2009-2013, David Woodbridge, 'Missionary Primitivism and Chinese Modernity', co-supervised with Dr Zheng
  • 2009-2013, Tom Sharp, 'The UPC and Cameroon politics' co-supervised with Dr S. Pierce
  • 2010-2013, Luke Kelly, 'British Humanitarians and Russia’ co-supervised with Prof P. Gatrell
  • 2012-16, Sean Irving on F. Hayeck,  co-supervised with Prof S. Jones
  • 2014-16, Vicky Biggs on narratives and story telling (HCRI) co-supervised with Dr Alison Jeffers

Students I have supervised up to 2010

  • 1998-2001, Robert Ellis (Huddersfield), 'A field of Practice of a mere house of detention?', Dr Ellis is a Lecturer at the University of Huddersfield
  • 2001-2005 - Rebecca Gill on Humanitarianism in Britain 1870-1914.  Dr Gill is a lecturer at the University of Huddersfield 
  • 2001-2008 Peter Wadsworth on the recording industry and studios 1950s-1990. Dr Wadsworth is currently working at the John Rylands University Library
  • 2002-2006 Sarah Britton 'The Wembley and Glasgow Exhibitions of the 1920s and 1930s'  Dr Britton now works at Coventry university.
  • 2002- 2006 John Strachan 'The Colon Culture of French Algeria, 1870-1930'. Dr Strachan is a Lecturer at the University of Lancaster. 
  • 2003-2007  Charlie Wildman 'The Spectacle of the City in Manchester and Liverpool, 1920-1940.  Dr Wildman is a Lecturer at the University of Manchester
  • 2003-2008  Naomi Sweeney-Breen  'Representations of Masculine failure in British pedagogical writings 1945-1990' co-supervised with Dr Strange, Dr Sweeney is teaching in a secondary school. 
  • 2004-2008  Katherine Davies, 'Catholic Intellectuals in interwar Paris' co-supervised with Prof Stuart Jones, Dr Davies is an independent consultant 
  • 2005-2008  James Mansell,  'Sounds Modern: Auditory culture in fin-de-siècle Paris'  Dr Mansell is a  lecturer at the university of Nottingham.
  • 2005-2009  Lucie Matthew-Jones, 'Religious spaces in the Settlement movement' Dr Matthew Jones is a lecturer at the university of Liverpool John Moores