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Katrina-Louise Moseley

Katrina-Louise Moseley

Department: History

Supervisor: Dr Lucy Delap

College: Wolfson

AHRC Subject Area: History

Title of Thesis: 'Food, Body Weight and the Construction of Selfhood in Britain, circa 1954–1990'


Biography:

I was awarded my BA in History from the University of Durham in 2013 and my MA in Social and Economic History (Research Methods), also from Durham, in 2015. My MA degree was funded by an award from the Economic and Social Research Council and my dissertation centred on the social and cultural history of women’s drinking in Britain between 1933 and 1960, with a particular focus on the historical interplay between cultural norms and social practice.   

My doctoral research at Cambridge investigates changing attitudes towards food and body weight in post-war Britain (c. 1954­–1990). Ranging across the subjects of dietary lifestyle, weight management, and health inequality, it asks how a variety of modern historical themes; for instance, selfhood; morality; gender identity; and social positioning; might be traced out through the social landscape of food consumption and food concern.

Other research interests, both within this project and more broadly, include: the transformation of everyday life in modern Britain; the methodological challenges of doing ‘contemporary’ history; and the social and cultural meanings implicit within acts of consumption.