My name is Jessica Meyer and I am a research historian at the University of Leeds, currently funded by the European Research Council. I am working on a project that examines the care provided to disabled ex-servicemen by the British state, charities and their families after the First World War. I am particularly interested in the ways in which the provision of care by these three groups was shaped by gender (of both carer and cared for), and how this in turn shaped cultural understandings of the gendering of care provision.
I am also currently writing a monograph based on research funded by the Wellcome Trust into the experiences and identities of non-commissioned military medical servicemen (basically, the RAMC stretcher bearers and orderlies) of the First World War.
Broadly my interests include the history of gender, particularly masculinity, the history of disability, especially war disability, the history of popular and middlebrow literature, mainly detective and adventure fiction, and the social and cultural history of warfare.
As the mother of two young children, I am also interested in the teaching of the history of the First World War and the representation of the war in popular culture, as well as questions relating to how academics (women in particular) can attain and maintain a work/life balance in the current climate. All these topics will form the subject matter of this blog along with musings on academia and working motherhood more generally.
Further details about my work and how to contact me can be found here.