Dr Rachel Bright

Title: Modern History
Phone: 01782 733466
Email: r.k.bright@keele.ac.uk
Location: CBB0.060
Role: Director of postgraduate studies in the Humanities.
Director of M.Res and M.A. in History
Keele representative HistoryUK


Contacting me: By email or telephone.

I specialise in modern British imperial South African history and my publications include numerous articles and  Chinese Labour in South Africa, 1902-10: Race, Violence, and Global Spectacle (Palgrave-Macmillan Cambridge Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies Series, 2013).

I have been a Lecturer in Modern History at Keele University since 2011. I earned my PhD from King’s College, London before securing a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of East Anglia, and lecturing at the London School of Economics and Goldsmith’s College, London.

I am also a committee member of the Social History Society, co-convene their Deviance: Inclusion and Exclusion strand, and jointly prepared the winning bid to host the SHC at Keele in 2018. I sit on the national History UK Steering Committee (and was Media Officer in 2014-15). I am currently the Director of the MA and MRes in History at Keele, and previously convened the Keele History Department Modern History Seminar series.

I specialise in modern British imperial South African history, especially relating to migration and identity. My first book, Chinese Labour in South Africa, 1902-10: Race, Violence, and Global Spectacle (Cambridge Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies, October 2013) explored why Chinese indentured labour was imported into South Africa at the height of ‘yellow’ and ‘black’ perils within settler societies.

My research continues to explore migration, settler colonialism and nationhood. I am currently researching the creating of a migration system within South Africa, and how this connects to modern global systems of migration control. An article on the implementation of border controls, and the important role of border officials, will shortly appear in the Journal of Migration History. I have also recently finished articles on the significance of Chinese male hairstyles and the market in their hair within colonial South Africa for a special edition on Gender and Empire in the Journal of World History, and a critique of the British World with Andrew Dilley in The Historical Journal.

Selected Publications

  • Bright RK. 2017. Migration, Masculinity and Mastering the “Queue”: A Case of Chinese Scalping. Journal of World History.
  • Bright RK and Dilley AR. 2017. AFTER THE BRITISH WORLD. HISTORICAL JOURNAL, vol. 60(2), 547-568. link> doi>
  • Bright RK. 2013. Asian Migration and the British World, c.1850-c.1914. In Empire, Identity and Migration in the British World. Thompson AS (Ed.). (first ed.). Manchester: Manchester University Press.
  • Bright RK. 2013. Chinese Labour in South Africa, 1902-10: Race, Violence, and Global Spectacle. Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Bright RK. 2012. Heroes of Empire: Five Charismatic Men and the Conquest of Africa, by Edward Berenson. Victorian Studies: a journal of the humanities, arts and sciences (vol. 54, pp. 567-569). Indiana University Press. doi> link>

Full Publications List show

Books

  • Bright RK. 2013. Chinese Labour in South Africa, 1902-10: Race, Violence, and Global Spectacle. Palgrave Macmillan.

Journal Articles

  • Bright RK. 2017. Migration, Masculinity and Mastering the “Queue”: A Case of Chinese Scalping. Journal of World History.
  • Bright RK and Dilley AR. 2017. AFTER THE BRITISH WORLD. HISTORICAL JOURNAL, vol. 60(2), 547-568. link> doi>
  • Bright RK. 2012. The Origins of Racism in the West. European History Quarterly, vol. 42(1), 141-143. doi> link>

Chapters

  • Bright RK. 2013. Asian Migration and the British World, c.1850-c.1914. In Empire, Identity and Migration in the British World. Thompson AS (Ed.). (first ed.). Manchester: Manchester University Press.

Other

  • Bright RK. 2012. Heroes of Empire: Five Charismatic Men and the Conquest of Africa, by Edward Berenson. Victorian Studies: a journal of the humanities, arts and sciences (vol. 54, pp. 567-569). Indiana University Press. doi> link>
  • HIS-10029 Modern History

  • HIS-10030 Historical Research and Writing

  • HIS-20066 Imperialism

  • HIS-20067 Sources and Debates

  • HIS-20080 Race and the Body in Colonial Africa

  • HIS-30110/HIS-30113 The Making of Comtemporary Africa I & II

  • HIS-40048 The Making of Contemporary Africa, I & II

  • MRes Approaches to Historical Research

  • MRes Humanities Reflective Practice