Gemma Scott

Title: Doctoral Student
Location: CM1.03
Role: PGR Public Engagement Fellow.
Contacting me: E-mail is best.
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I completed my undergraduate degree in History and English and an AHRC funded Masters in History at Keele.

I am currently in the final year of an AHRC funded doctorate at Keele and have recently been awarded a Scouloudi Doctoral Fellowship at the Institute for Historical Research.  

Main Supervisors: Dr. Shalini Sharma and Dr. Mariangela Palladino

My research focuses on India’s political Emergency, 1975-1977. I am particularly interested in women’s political activism during this period, and the ways in which individual women as well as organised women’s groups engaged with the Emergency regime, both in terms of support for and resistance to it. In this context I am also interested in the family planning policies of this period. The project is based on archival work in India and from an AHRC fellowship at the Library of Congress. I also explore the relationship between History and Literature, and the value of fictional texts as source material for historical work. 

‘Gender and the Indian Emergency: Representation of Women in Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children’, Sandhya Rao Mehta (ed.) Exploring Gender in the Literature of the Indian Diaspora (Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2015) 16-23

'Listening to those who have gone unheard: An exploration of women's oral history' Under Construction @ Keele 2.2 (2016) 31-41

‘Gender and Power: Sterilisation under the Emergency in India’, The Luminary (Special Issue 5) Winter 2014.

‘Putting Women in the Picture: The Role of Photography in Mobilising Support for the Indian Emergency, 1975-1977’, Aileen Blainey and Chinar Shah (eds.) Photography in India: Light Years and Digital Times, (forthcoming with Bloomsbury)

Book reviews in the Political Studies Review and Journal of South Asian Development.


Conference Papers: 

May 2014, ‘Amnesia of Indian Historiography: Years of Emergency Rule’, Cardiff University

April 2014, ‘Gender and Power: Sterilisation under the Emergency in India’, North West Gender Conference, Lancaster University