Emma Battell Lowman

Research Associate

Research AssociateEmma Battell Lowman Picture

HBASc, MA, PhD (Warwick)

Email: ejl22@le.ac.uk

Emma Battell Lowman holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Warwick, and an MA in History from the University of Victoria, with undergraduate training in French Literature and Biology. She is a social historian whose interdisciplinary research into nineteenth and twentieth century histories of settler colonies/states is concerned with investigating power and knowledge production, colonialism and identity, and the embodied experience of domination and resistance.  Emma is a Settler Canadian from the borderlands of Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe territories, near Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. A dual Canadian-British citizen, Emma has taught and researched on both sides of the Atlantic. Though focused in histories of Empire and Britain, her work spans, Sociology, Literary Studies, and Indigenous Studies.She is a Managing Editor of Settler Colonial Studies, the Assistant to the Editor for the Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History.

Harnessing the Power of the Criminal Corpse

The criminal corpse, even when life had left the body, was still a powerful object. It had social and symbolic power, medicinal, judicial, political and scientific power. Started in 2011 and generously funded by the Wellcome Trust, this five-year project explores the criminal corpse from the disciplines of archaeology, medical and criminal history, folklore, literature and philosophy. It will reveal the ways in which the power of the criminal corpse was harnessed, by whom, and to what ends in Britain between the late seventeenth and twentieth centuries.

Emma joined the Criminal Corpse project in August 2015, and will work with PI Professor Sarah Tarlow to write a comprehensive volume that will bring together the extensive findings of the project. Emma currently manages the project's dynamic research blog, and in 2016 will unveil an exciting on-line exhibition presenting the visual story of the history of the criminal corpse in Britain.



Identity and ColonialismBattell Lowman, E. & Barker, A.J. (2015). Settler: Colonialism and Identity in 21st Century Canada. Halifax: Fernwood Press.

Battell Lowman, E., Barker, A.J. & Rollo, T. (Forthcoming 2015). “Settler Colonialism and the Consolidation of Canada in the 20th Century.” In: Lorenzo Veracini & Edward Cavanagh, eds., The Global History of Settler Colonialism. London: Routledge.

Battell Lowman, E. (2011). “‘My Name Is Stanley’: Twentieth-Century Missionary Stories and the Complexity of Colonial Encounters.” BC Studies 169, pp.51-69.

Battell Lowman, E. & Mayblin, L. (2011). “Introduction to ‘Theorising the Postcolonial, Decolonising Theory’.” Studies in Social and Political Thought, 19, pp.3-8.

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