Dr Helen Dampier
About Dr Helen Dampier
Helen's research and teaching reflect her critical interest in life writings of all kinds, and the ways in which such writings are used as historical sources. She is also substantively concerned with nineteenth and twentieth century African and South African history, and especially in gender-related topics within these fields. The main lines of her intellectual concerns involve the histories and politics of imperialism and then apartheid in South Africa, life writings, nationalism studies and the conjunction of gender/politics.
Helen obtained an MA in History at Rhodes University in South Africa before completing her PhD in Sociology at the University of Newcastle in the UK. Her doctoral and subsequent research critically examined women's testimonies of the 1899-1902 South African War, and especially the manner and context in which women represented their experiences of the concentration camps established by the British during the war, and to what political ends. More recently Helen has been co-investigator on the Olive Schreiner Letters Project. This Project has researched and published the complete letters of the South African feminist writer Olive Schreiner (1855 - 1920) online (www.oliveschreiner.org). Helen's research on epistolarity and on the particularities of Olive Schreiner's letters not least their illumination of the South African past continues.
A member of the UK Women's History Network, Helen is also an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh. She has presented her research at national and international conferences and has a number of single- and joint-authored publications.
Helen currently teaches a number of undergraduate modules including "Trade, Colonisation & Empire", "Race & Slavery" and "Life Writing in Twentieth Century History". She also contributes to the team-taught modules "Emergence of Modern Europe" and "History & Culture in Twentieth Century Europe".
Helen's research is strongly interdisciplinary and its broad thematic concerns include memory, life writing, and historiography and its claims. Its substantive focus is on the history of South Africa, and it has critically examined the use of life writings and especially women's testimonies as historical sources, the political aftermaths of the 1899-1902 South African War, and the role of women in the development of Afrikaner nationalism in South Africa.
More recently Helen has been the co-investigator on the Olive Schreiner Letters Project, which has made the extant letters of the South African writer and feminist Olive Schreiner fully and freely available for the first time (see: www.oliveschreiner.org). This publication of Schreiner's letters now provides the standard epistolary source material for Schreiner scholars worldwide, and is likely to have an extensive impact on research in women's history and South African history. The Project has also produced a number of joint and individual publications concerning both letters and epistolarity, and Schreiner's political and cultural activities.
Journal articles (13)
- Stanley L; Salter A; Dampier H (2013) The Work of Making and the Work it Does: Cultural Sociology and 'Bringing- Into-Being' the Cultural Assemblage of the Olive Schreiner Letters
- Stanley L; Salter A; Dampier H (2013) Olive Schreiner, epistolary practices and microhistories: A cultural entrepreneur in a historical landscape
- Stanley L; Dampier H (2012) 'I Just Express My Views & Leave Them to Work': Olive Schreiner as a Feminist Protagonist in a Masculine Political Landscape with Figures
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- Dampier HC; Stanley L; Salter A (2010) Olive Schreiner Globalising Social Inquiry: A Feminist Analytics of Globalisation
- Stanley L; Dampier HC (2010) Aftermaths: post/memory, commemoration and the concentration camps of the South African War 1899-1902
- Dampier HC; Stanley L (2010) Towards the Epistolarium: Issues in Researching and Publishing the Olive Schreiner Letters
- Dampier HC; Stanley L (2010) Men Selling Their Souls and The Future - and Fate Watching Them: Olive Schreiner on Union
- Dampier HC; Stanley L (2010) I Trust That Our Brief Acquaintance May Ripen into Sincere Friendship: Networks Across the Race Divide in South Africa in Conceptualising Olive Schreiner's Letters 1890-1920http://www.oliveschreinerletters.ed.ac.uk/workingpaperseries.html
- Stanley L; Dampier H; Salter A (2010) Olive Schreiner globalising social inquiry: A feminist analytics of globalization
- Stanley L; Dampier H (2009) The Number of the South African War (1899-1902) Concentration Camp Dead: Standard Stories, Superior Stories and a Forgotten Proto-Nationalist Research Investigation
- Dampier HC (2009) The Number of the South African War (1899-1902) Concentration Camp Deadhttp://www.socresonline.org.uk/14/5/13.html
- Dampier HC (2008) Re-reading as a Methodology: The Case of Boer Women's Testimonies
- Stanley L; Dampier HC (2006) Simulacrum Diaries: Time, the "moment of writing," and the diaries of Johanna Brandt-Van Warmelo
- Dampier HC (2013) Identifying the Quotidian in the Heterotopic Universe of Olive Schreiner's Letters.. In: Stanle L The Documents of Life Revisted: Narrative and Biographical Methods for a 21st Century Critical Humanism. : Ashgate, pp. .http://www.ashgate.com/isbn/9781409442899
- Dampier HC; Stanley L (2008) She Wrote Peter Helket: Fictive and Factive Devices in Olive Schreiner's Letters and Trooper Peter Halket of Mashonaland. In: Robinson D Narratives and Fiction. : University of Huddersfield Press, pp. 61-71.
- Dampier HC; Stanley L (2008) Parallel Narratives? Photographs in Boer Women's Wartime Testimonites. In: Robinson D Narratives and Fiction. : University of Huddersfield Press, pp. 9-24.
- Dampier HC; Stanley L (2006) Knowledge, the 'Moment of Writing' and the Simulacrum Diaries of Johanna Brandt-Van Warmelo. In: Milnes K Narrative, memory and knowledge. : University of Huddersfield, pp. 27-39.
- Dampier HC (2005) 'Everyday Life' in Boer Women's Testimonies of the Concentration Camps of the South African War, 1899-1902. In: Godfrey BS; Dunstall G Crime and empire, 1840-1940. : Willan Pub, pp. .http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9781843921073/
Conference contributions (5)
- Dampier HC (2011) Identifying the Quotidian in the Heterotopic Universe of Olive Schreiner's Letters University of Edinburgh 01/05/2011.
- Dampier HC; Stanley L (2011) I Just Express My Views and Leave Them to Work Using Olive Schreiner's Letters to Rethink the Historiography of Cape Politics 1899-1910 University of Minnesota 15/04/2010.
- Dampier HC (2010) Re-Reading The Public and Private in Some Olive Schreiner Letters University of Sussex 28/06/2010.
- Dampier HC (2010) Sarah Raal's Met Die Boere in Die Veld & Women's Accounts of the 1899-1902 South African War University of Keele 01/05/2010.
- Dampier HC (2009) It's Been Done Before! Olive Schreiner Globalising Social Inquiry Cardiff 16/04/2009.