Chris Wilson is in the third year of his PhD in History at Trinity Hall, supervised by Dr Andrew Arsan, and is funded by a Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarship in the Humanities. After completing a BA in History at the University of Cambridge, he remained at Cambridge to complete an MPhil in Historical Studies under the supervision of Dr Leigh Denault on the everyday lives of South Asian migrants in East Africa in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. One of the chapters from this MPhil dissertation is to be published in the journal Modern Asian Studies in 2018.
In his PhD, Chris is researching the British mandate’s conceptualisations of, encounters with, and treatment of mental illness in Palestine from 1920 to 1948. He draws on a range of archival sources, medical journals, and newspapers in his research, and is interested in what a focus on mental illness does for our understanding of both Palestine under the British mandate and interwar empire more broadly. Chris was a convenor of the world history workshop last year, and continues in that role this year.
Centre for History and Economics,
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