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Shahmima Akhtar

Past and Present Fellow: Race, Ethnicity, and Equality in History 

Shahmima is Past & Present Fellow: Race, Ethnicity & Equality in History working with the Royal Historical Society and the Institute for Historical Research to advance the RHS Race, Ethnicity & Equality Working Group (REEWG). Over the two years of this postdoctoral fellowship, Shahmima will work to embed the aims of the RHS Race, Ethnicity & Equality Report in UK Higher Education History. 

shahmima.akhtar@sas.ac.uk

Shahmima's research

Shahmima's PhD thesis traced constructions of Irish identity in national and international fairs between 1851 and 1939. Highlighting the politics of display provides an important contribution to historiographies on exhibitions, Ireland and empire, and race.

Over the two years of her Past and Present postdoctoral fellowship, Shahmima will work to embed the aims of the RHS Race, Ethnicity & Equality Report in UK Higher Education History. She will also continue her research as she develops her PhD into a monograph and articles. The main focus of this research is outlined in a recent blog post for the Royal Historical Society, 'A cultural history of Irish identity on display'.