Sarah Pett

Early Career Researcher and Teacher (SOAS)

History Matters: A Long Overdue Report

This post began life back in April as a report on/response to History Matters, a day-long event hosted by the Institute for Historical Research, aimed at discussing the relative lack … Continue reading

July 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

On Impostor Syndrome and the Importance of Knowing Your Limitations

Yesterday I was [cue sarcastic voice] lucky enough to participate in a friendly exchange of views on the #RhodesHasFallen issue on twitter with someone who works in politics and international … Continue reading

April 10, 2015 · 4 Comments

In Search of the Great White Male: Or, We Need New Terms

Shortly after writing my last post, I received a text from a friend, signed off with “#solidarity from an often sheepish-feeling avatar of Academic Male Privilege™”. I’d already planned on … Continue reading

March 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Gender Agenda: Inequality in the Humanities

Women are not a “class”; they are not uniformly oppressed; they do not all experience sexism in the same ways. – Barbara Ehrenreich and Deidre English, Complaints and Disorders: The … Continue reading

February 25, 2015 · 5 Comments

Five Unafrican Novels To Read Before You Die

In late November, a post entitled “Five African Novels to Read Before You Die” appeared on the University of Leeds blog. Authored by Brendon Nicholls, a lecturer in “African and … Continue reading

January 13, 2015 · 2 Comments

A White Invention? Theatre, Race, and the Janet Suzman Fiasco

“Theatre is a white invention, a European invention, and white people go to it. It’s in their DNA. It starts with Shakespeare.” Two days ago, on 9 December, the Guardian … Continue reading

November 3, 2014 · 3 Comments

Gender and History in the Americas Seminar Series 2013/2014

Just a quick promotional post for the IHR‘s Gender and History in the Americas Seminar Series (As you may have realised from previous posts, I am a closet historian who … Continue reading

July 9, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Finish Line

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been mulling over potential posts for #BlogTank. Like most bloggers, I have a catalogue of half-finished posts sitting in my drafts folder, and the … Continue reading

January 25, 2013 · 6 Comments


Over the next few weeks, I’ll be participating in #BlogTank, a collaborative project designed to get academic bloggers to recommit. #BlogTank is the brainchild of the brilliant Amy Rubens, and you can … Continue reading

January 16, 2013 · Leave a comment

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PhD Submission

The beginning of the rest of my life...September 30, 2013
"I can hardly wait"