Centre for European and International Studies Research

PhD profile

Ms Katrina Morgan

  • Qualifications: BA (Hons) English Literature (University of Portsmouth), MA English (University of Southampton)
  • Role Title: PhD Student
  • Address: Park Building, King Henry 1 Street, Portsmouth PO1 2DZ
  • Telephone: 023 9284 6033
  • Email: katrina.morgan@port.ac.uk
  • Department: Centre for European and International Studies Research
  • Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Biography

My PhD project evaluates the relationship between Ireland’s National system of education, introduced in 1831, and British imperialism.  I consider education’s relationship to the politics, religion and culture of the ‘Union’ period, and its role in shaping imperial and anti-imperial attitudes and discourses.  This involves a concentration on the ideologies, processes and practices of formal education that shaped and were shaped by imperial attitudes and values in order to understand the ways education was used as a means of disseminating and reinforcing particular cultural and political ideals.

My main academic interests focus on Irish literature, drama, and Irish educational history.  I am particularly interested in the intersections between cultural and political nationalisms in relation to Ireland’s ‘colonial’ period; 1800-1922.  I also have a more general interest in all areas of colonial/postcolonial discourse and the ways in which literature was used to sustain colonial authority within Imperial educational systems through the creation of justificatory discourses or ‘regimes of truth’.

Research

Research Clusters

  • Language across Borders
  • Transnational Europe
  • Women's and Gender Studies

Discipline Areas

  • Area Studies
  • Cultural Studies
  • History
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Literary Criticism
  • Politics and Public Administration
  • Social Theory
  • Sociology
  • Irish Studies

Current Research Projects

  • PhD thesis ‘Being and Knowing in Colonial Space: The Irish Education Experiment 1800-1922’