Dr Lindsey Dodd
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Lindsey is a Senior Lecturer in Modern European History at the University of Huddersfield. She joined the history department in January 2012 after temporary teaching posts in History and in French Studies at the Universities of Reading, Nottingham and Westminster.
Lindsey gained a First Class Honours degree in History with French and European Studies from the University of Sussex in 2000, and then went on to take the MA in Life History Research: Oral History and Mass Observation, also at Sussex. Her dissertation was on working-class grammar school girls in the 1950s, and used oral history to examine the cultural and social reproduction of class and gender through the grammar school system. She then went on to work in reminiscence at the Victoria and Albert Museum, and then spent two years in an editorial role at the Institute of Historical Research. She has also worked as an EFL teacher in Poland and Belgium, and taught Academic Study Skills at postgraduate level.
In 2007 she began a PhD entitled ‘Children under the Allied Bombs, France 1940-1945’ at the University of Reading and supervised by Professor Andrew Knapp and Dr Martin Parsons. Her research formed part of the ‘outstanding’ AHRC-funded project ‘Bombing, States and Peoples in Western Europe, 1940-1945’, involving the Universities of Reading, Exeter and Newcastle. The project looked comparatively at air war in France, Italy, Germany and the UK. She was awarded her doctorate in 2011.
Research and Scholarship
Lindsey’s research is interdisciplinary, taking in social and cultural history, French studies, the history of childhood, war studies and oral history. She specialises in the era of World War Two in Europe generally, and specifically in France (Vichy, Occupation, Resistance), and, to go further, in the experiences of children. She is interested in social history (civilians and the home front), commemorative practices, air war, memory and history, representations of war, and children’s propaganda. She also works on the theory and practice of oral history.
Lindsey’s doctoral research analysed the experiences of children who survived the Allied bombing of France during World War II, in which around 57,000 civilians died. It focused on three towns, Boulogne-Billancourt, Brest and Lille, each of which faced different practical and administrative challenges during the war. It contributed to the growing body of work on the air war over France, and wove together evidence from national, departmental and municipal archives in the UK and France, oral narratives and written accounts. This qualitative approach provided insight into children’s understandings of war, rarely perceptible in archival sources, and of lasting memories and their interaction with national discourses on war in France.
Her research continues to examine the impact of World War II on French children. In 2015 she was part of an AHRC ‘Care for the Future’ project looking at the way in which children act as carriers of political and ideological messages in our societies. Her case study looked specifically at children and the National Revolution in Vichy France: how they propagated its messages and appear to have supported its goals and values. She is currently working on children’s experiences of evacuation from the Paris suburbs into the French countryside.
Conference and seminar papers
‘Bombing France in global perspective: accusation, defence and memory’ at conference France and World War Two in Global Perspective, University of Strathclyde, 2-3 July 2015
‘Agents of Future Promise: the ideological use of children in culture and politics, Britain and France c.1880-1950’ (with Laura King and Vicky Crewe) at Reimagining Childhoods: Images, Objects and the Voice of the Child conference, University of Greenwich, 9 May 2015
‘Liberty, equality, fraternity and oral history: a tool for transmitting and preserving the past’, AHRC-Labex (Care for the Future/Les passés dans le présent) Anglo-French joint workshop, Royal Society, 23-24 April 2015
‘Expérience, mémoire et traumatisme: les enfants et les bombardements à Brest, Lille et Boulogne-Billancourt’ conference on Bombardements 44: Le Havre, Normandie, France, Europe. Stratégies et vécus, University of Le Havre, 3-5 September 2014
‘For the unity of the Patrie’: evacuated children’s and teachers’ experiences in rural France, 1943-1944’, International Standing Conference on the History of Education conference, London, 23-26 July 2014
‘Bombed to be free: consequences of the Allied bombing in oral narratives of liberation’, ‘Ordinary Voices’ panel, 70th Anniversary of the Liberation of France conference, Institut Français, London, 13-14 June 2014 [by invitation]
‘No more goodnights: the evacuation of children in wartime France, experience and memory’, symposium on children and evacuation in World War II, University of Lingköping, Sweden, 10 December 2013 [by invitation]
‘“It didn’t traumatise me at all’: The problem of ‘trauma’ in French narratives of children’s wartime bombing experiences’, Children in War: Past and Present (II), Salzburg, 10-12 July 2013
‘Raconter les bombardements : expériences, interprétations, mémoires’, ‘Témoignages de Guerre : transdisciplinarité et perspectives croisées’, Université de Caen France, 21-22 May 2013
‘“It didn’t traumatise me at all’: The problem of ‘trauma’ in French narratives of children’s wartime bombing experiences’, Children in War: Past and Present (II), Salzburg, 10-12 July 2013 (upcoming)
‘The Allied bombing of France: black hole or memory comet?’ War and Memory, University of Warsaw, Poland, 7-9 July 2012
‘En route to a national myth: children in the 1940 exodus and the power of collective memory’, Displaced Childhoods, Oral History Society Annual Conference, University of Southampton, 13-14 July 2012
‘Radio broadcasting to French children in wartime France: bombing, Babar and the BBC’, War Child Conference, University of Reading, 7-9 Sept. 2011
‘‘Some elephants collaborate…’ Babar the Free French Elephant and children’s broadcasting from London (1941-1944)’, Society for French Studies Annual Conference, QMUL, 4-6 July 2011
‘Cendrillon moderne (Miriam Cendrars, 1943): material world versus fairy tale fantasy in BBC radio broadcasting aimed at French children in World War Two’, Women in French Conference, University of Leeds, 6-8 May 2011
‘The real child’s voice? Narrating childhood in oral history’, Creating the Child's Voice (Centre for the Study of Contemporary Women’s Writing), IGRS, University of London, 28 Jan. 2011
‘The moment of bombing: a moment that lasts a lifetime?’ Children and War: Past and Present (I), Salzburg, 30 Sept.–2 Oct. 2010
‘La ville éventrée; or, how bombing turned the city inside out’, The Blitz and its Legacy, University of Westminster, 3– 4 Sept. 2010
‘The function of narrative voice in childhood memories of the Allied bombing of France, 1940-1945’, International Oral History Association Conference, Prague, 7–11 July 2010
‘Intimate family encounters with bombing (France, 1940-1945)’, International Auto/Biography Association Conference, University of Sussex, 28 June–2 July 2010
‘“Relieving sorrow and misfortune”? State, aid and ideology in bombed-out France, 1940-1945’, Bombing, States and Peoples in Western Europe 1940-1945, University of Exeter, 11–13 Sept. 2009
‘Shelters, shields and separation: the interaction of parents and children during the bombing of France (1939-1940’, Children: the Invisible Victims of War, University of Reading, 9–11 Sept. 2009
Publications and Other Research Outputs
Dodd, L (2016) French Children under the Allied Bombs, 1940-45: An Oral History . Manchester: Manchester University Press. ISBN 978-0719097041
Dodd, L (2015) ‘Raconter les bombardements: interprétations, expériences, mémoires’. In: Récits de Guerre France-Italie : Débarquement en Normandie et Ligne gothique en Toscane. : Editions Indigo & Côté-femmes. pp. 159-172. ISBN 978-2352601265
Dodd, L (2013) ‘It did not traumatise me at all: childhood trauma in French oral narratives of wartime bombing’ Oral History , 41 (2), pp. 37-48. ISSN 0143-0955
Dodd, L (2013) ‘Small fish, big pond: using a single oral narrative to reveal broader social change’. In: Memory and History: Understanding Memory as Source and Subject. Abingdon: Routledge. pp. 34-49. ISBN 9780415677110
Dodd, L (2013) ‘La ville éventrée; or, how bombing turned the city inside out’. In: The Blitz and its Legacy: Wartime Destruction to Post-war Reconstruction. Farnham: Ashgate. pp. 17-30. ISBN 9781409436980
Dodd, L (2011) ‘Relieving Sorrow and Misfortune'? State, Charity, Ideology and Aid in Bombed-out France’. In: Bombing, States and Peoples in Western Europe 1940-1945. London: Continuum. pp. 75-98. ISBN 9781441185686
Dodd, L. and Wiggam, M. (2011) ‘Civil Defence as a Harbinger of War in France and Britain during the Interwar Period’ Synergies Royaume Uni et Irlande (4), pp. 139-150. ISSN 1961-9464
Dodd, L (2009) ‘Partez Partez, Again And Again: The Efficacy of Evacuation as a Means of Protecting Children from Bombing in France 1939-45’ Children in War: The International Journal of Evacuee and War Child Studies , 1 (6), pp. 7-20. ISSN 1745-7211
Dodd, L. and Knapp, A. (2008) ‘'How many Frenchmen did you kill?' British bombing policy towards France (1940-1945)’ French History , 22 (4), pp. 469-492. ISSN 0269-1191
Dodd, L (2008) ‘Are We Defended? Conflicting Representations of War in Pre-War France’ University of Sussex Journal of Contemporary History (12), pp. 1-13.
Research Degree Supervision
Lindsey would be happy to co-supervise research on modern French history, children in war, and oral history.
Teaching and Professional Activities
At the University of Huddersfield, Lindsey teaches on The Modern World at Foundation Level, Hitler’s Germany: Life and Death in the Third Reich at Intermediate Level and at Honours Level module on The Dark Years, 1940-1944: Collaboration, Resistance and Memory in Wartime France. She is preparing a new Intermediate module called Growing up in the past: oral histories of childhood and youth. She runs a set of Research Skills sessions on ‘experiences of war’ for Intermediate students. Lindsey is Year 3 Tutor, and the module leader for the Honours Level Dissertation and Project modules. The final year dissertations and Honours Projects she supervises are usually on war in Europe; sometimes when she’s lucky she gets one on children in war.
Before she came to Huddersfield, she taught cultural history modules on the First and Second World Wars, the Spanish Civil War, and modules on French history and culture from 1870 through to the present. Lindsey has also taught English for Academic Purposes to international students, and has a qualification in teaching English to Speakers of English as a Second or Other Language. She enjoys teaching aspects of language, essay writing and research skills.
Lindsey is a member of the editorial team of the journal Oral History.