Sessional Instructor


Dan TraversI focus on Anglo-European and British Empire history. Specifically, I examine how the identity of ‘micro-societies’ can be shaped in relation to historical, economic, and cultural association with Britain, in order to better understand how ‘Britishness’ manifests itself throughout the world. I have published chapters and articles on how British influence has shaped how islands with which it shares a “cultural heritage” remember historical events, such as the First and Second World War.


  • B.A. (Hon) History and English, Trent University, 2004
  • M.A. History, McMaster University, 2006
  • PhD History (Vice Chancellor’s Distinction), University of Huddersfield, 2012

Research and teaching interests

I am currently conducting research on the image and myth of Winston Churchill in the global ‘British’ islands of Malta, Singapore, and Hong Kong.

Courses taught

  • HIST 275 The modern world in historical perspective
  • HIST 311 International relations 1878-1956

Recent publications

  • “The HMS Royal Oak and the ‘Ownership of Tragedy’ in Orkney” in Gilly Carr and Keir Reeves  (eds.) Islands of Memory, Islands of War (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press,  forthcoming 2014).
  • (with Paul Ward), “Narrating Britain’s War: A Four Nations and More Approach to the People’s  War” in Manuel Braganca (ed) Memories of World War II in Post-war Europe: Redefining the  Self and the Nation (Oxford: Berghahn, forthcoming 2014).
  • “Raising the Flag: Public Sculpture, Liberation Day and Second World War Remembrance in  Jersey”, in Jodie Matthews and Daniel Travers (eds.) Islands and Britishness: A Global  Perspective (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2012), 228-244.
  • (with co-editor Jodie Matthews), Islands and Britishness: A Global Perspective (Newcastle:  Cambridge Scholars Press, 2012).
  • “The Italian Job: Orcadian Second World War Remembrance and the legacy of its Prisoners of  War”, in  Jodi A. Campbell, Elizabeth Ewan, and Heather Parker (eds.) The Shaping of  Scottish Identities: Family, Nation, and the Worlds Beyond (Guelph: Centre for Scottish  Studies, 2011), 251-263.
  • (with Stephen Heathorn), “Collective Remembrance, Second World War Mythology, and  National Heritage on the Isle of Man”, National Identities Vol. 10, No. 4. (Dec 2008), 433-448.

Papers presented

  • “Part of the Landscape: The HMS Royal Oak and Italian POWs in Orkney's Contemporary Culture  and Remembrance”, Islands of Memory, Islands of War Conference, University of Cambridge,  UK. Apr 8, 2013.
  • “Britain’s War Memory: An Appeal for a Scottish Dimension”, MWCBS Conference, Toronto. Oct 12,  2012.
  • “Scotland's Italians: National Identity and the Memory of the Second World War”, Guelph Centre  for Scottish Studies Colloquium, Guelph. Sep 17, 2011.
  • “Orkney War Memory and the Legacy of their Italian POWs“, Second Island Dynamics Conference,  Valletta, Malta. May 14, 2011.
  • “Dealing with Disaster: Negative History and Public Commemoration in Orkney, Man, and Jersey”,  Huddersfield PGR conference, Huddersfield. May 26, 2010.
  • “Orkney, Man, and the Channel Islands: A Brief Biography of Three Island ‘Nations’”, Academy for  the Study of Britishness seminar, Huddersfield. Dec 4, 2008.
  • “Collective Expressions of Memory and Identity on the Isle of Man”, Centre for Manx Studies  seminar series, Douglas, Isle of Man. May 17, 2007.

Awards and achievements

  • Vice Chancellor’s Distinction for Outstanding Doctoral Thesis, University of Huddersfield, May 2012
  • University of Huddersfield Music, Humanities and Media Department Researcher of the Year, 2010
  • Société Jersiaise Millennium History Grant (with Prof. Paul Ward), 2009
  • University of Huddersfield International Tuition Fee Waiver (£9,700 over 3 years), 2008
  • Trent University Deans honours, 2004

Conferences organized

  • ‘Identity and the Other British Isles’, held at the University of Huddersfield, June 23-25 2010.
  • A multidisciplinary conference, the event was attended by over forty scholars from thirteen countries, presenting on topics from Shetland to Malta, Jamaica to Tasmania. I conceived of the conference and co-organized the event with Dr. Jodie Matthews, a colleague from the Academy for the Study of Britishness.

Professional affiliations

  • Visiting Research Fellow, School of Music, Humanities & Media, University of Huddersfield
  • Member, Royal Historical Society
  • Member, Academy for British and Irish Studies - formerly Academy for the Study of Britishness (Huddersfield)
  • Member, Société Jersiaise (Channel Islands)
  • Member, Manx Heritage Foundation (Isle of Man)
  • Member, Orkney Defence Interest Network (Orkney)

Contact information 
Twitter: @DrDanielTravers

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