Dr Laura King
As University Academic Fellow in the History of Health, Family and the Everyday, my focus is on histories of family life, gender and the life course in twentieth-century Britain. I currently hold a position as Arts Engaged Fellow at the University of Leeds; I joined the University in October 2012 from the University of Warwick, where I had also held a postdoctoral fellowship. I have published on the history of fatherhood and masculinity in modern British history, and am currently working on a project exploring what it means to become a dad from the 1950s to the present, which involves examining changes such as the increased involvement of men in childbirth.
Two other current projects have recently won AHRC funding: I am Principal Investigator on Agents of Future Promise: the use of children in politics and culture (Britain and France, c.1880-1950) and Co-Investigator on The Family Archive: Exploring Family Identities, Memories and Stories Through Curated Personal Possessions. Both of these projects are part of the AHRCs Care for the Future theme, and reflect my continuing interest in how histories are created and used today. This is something I also explore through Arts Engaged, a Faculty of Arts project designed to support academics to work with partners outside the University.
As part of the fellowship, I am planning a project entitled Living with Dying: Everyday Cultures of Dying within Family Life in Britain, c.1900-1950s. This research will examine what it meant to be in ill health, age and die in Britain, and how this affected families.