David Atkinson

Professor David Atkinson

Professor of Cultural and Historical Geography

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Science and Engineering
  • Department of Geography, Geology and Environment

Qualifications

  • BSc (University of Bristol)
  • PhD

Summary

Associate Dean for Research, Faculty of Science and Engineering and Professor of Cultural and Historical Geography, Department of Geography, Geology and Environment.

David Atkinson is a cultural and historical geographer who has taught and researched at the University of Hull since 1998.

His interests include the geographies of totalitarianism in the 'dark' 20th century, including the roles of geographers and geographical sciences in the production of modern Italy and Italian colonial space.

David also works on the histories of geographical knowledge and its applications and imaginaries.

A final interest revolves around the intersections of place, memory, identity and landscape, and the insistent eruptions of the past in the spaces of the present.

Before moving to Hull, David was a lecturer at the University of Wales, Lampeter.

He also serves as Chair of the Society for Libyan Studies, which is one of the British Academy's British International Research Institutes.

Book

Book Chapter

Encountering bare life in Italian Libya and colonial amnesia in Agamben

Atkinson, D. (2012). Encountering bare life in Italian Libya and colonial amnesia in Agamben. Agamben and Colonialism, 155-177. Edinburgh University Press

Trauma, resilience and utopianism in Second World War Hull

Atkinson, D. (2017). Trauma, resilience and utopianism in Second World War Hull. In Hull: culture, history, place, 238-269

Journal Article

Working around the crisis in Libya

Atkinson, D. (2017). Working around the crisis in Libya. Libyan Studies, 48, 177-181. https://doi.org/10.1017/lis.2017.17

Geographical imaginations, public education and the everyday worlds of Fascist Italy

Atkinson, D. (2013). Geographical imaginations, public education and the everyday worlds of Fascist Italy. Journal of Modern Italian Studies, 18(5), 561-579. https://doi.org/10.1080/1354571X.2013.839487

Project

Funder

Grant

Started

Status

Project

The Last Ice Age

Funder

Norwegian Research Council

Grant

£217,367.00

Started

1 April 2018

Status

Ongoing

Postgraduate supervision

David is interested in supervising postgraduate research at doctoral level and for MA / MPhil degrees. He would be pleased to discuss research topics and funding avenues with prospective students. As outlined in his research interests, he is especially interested in the following areas (interpreted broadly):

- Histories of geography, geographical thought and its articulation

- Rethinking the spaces of memory and memorialisation

- Italian colonialism and its memories in North Africa

- The geographies of modern Italy and of Italians overseas

- Histories of geopolitical theory, representation and imaginaries

- The cultural and historical geography of the 20th-century and its afterlives.

- The sites and practices of World War Two and Holocaust commemoration

Recent PhD completions include:

Tegwen Roberts (Ph.D, candidate, University of Hull, 2006-2010, lead supervisor)

Declining industrial spaces and contemporary social memory (Funded by AHRC; now Heritage Officer, Barnsley Museums)

Paul Barratt (Ph.D, candidate, University of Hull, 2006-2010, lead supervisor)

The hybrid geographies of the mountaineering body (Funded by University of Hull; now Senior Lecturer at Staffordshire University)

Kirstie O’Neill (Ph.D candidate, University of Hull, 2007–2011, support supervisor)

Remaking the quality food sector in England and Italy (funded by ESRC CASE award (with East Riding of Yorkshire Council), now Lecturer, Cardiff University)

Joe Hall (Ph.D candidate, University of Hull, 2010-2014, support, then lead supervisor)

The Formation, implementation and reception of gender and sexualities education in English Primary Schools (funded by ESRC award, now Senior Research Fellow, University of Leeds).

Jo Byrne (PhD candidate, University of Hull, 2011- 2015, co-lead supervisor)

The decline of Distant-water Trawling and the social reconstruction of Hull (funded by AHRC collaborative doctoral award (with Hull City Museums), now Maritime History Research Fellow, University of Hull).

Alexis Ombler (PhD candidate, University of Hull, 2011-2015, co-lead supervisor)

The Port of Hull 1945-2000: Change, adaptation and Memory (funded by University of Hull Studentship, now Humber Country Park Heritage Project Officer, East Riding of Yorkshire Council).

Gaby Wolferink (MA by Research candidate, 2012-2013, support then lead supervisor)

Mobilities, landscape and the motorcycling self (self-funded) then PhD student, University of Loughborough, now Research Officer, Leeds City Council).

Helen Bergin (PhD candidate, University of Hull, 2013-2017, lead supervisor)

The Man, the Sea and the Ice: Captain William Colbeck's Antarctic Experience (funded by University of Hull Studentship, now freelance writer).

Bronia Cross (PhD candidate, University of Hull, 2014- 2018, support supervisor)

Geographies of Childhood in Colonial Nyassaland (funded by University of Hull Studentship, now Research Officer, HM Treasury, Whitehall).

Current PhD students:

Sarah Shields (PhD candidate, University of Hull, 2016-2019, support supervisor)

Maid, wife widow: women’s life cycle and property ownership, 1550-1800 (funded by University of Hull Studentship)

Michael Howcroft (PhD candidate, University of Hull, 2017- , support supervisor)

City of Culture and city of Brexit: the contradictions of Hull (funded by University of Hull Studentship)

Katie Parsons (PhD candidate, University of Hull, 2018- , lead supervisor)

Outdoors Education and a City of Culture (funded by University of Hull Studentship)

Stephen Walsh (PhD candidate, University of Hull, 2018- , lead supervisor)

Place-making, Heritage and identity in a City of Culture (AHRC Heritage Consortium funded studentship).

Ben Jennings (PhD candidate, University of Hull, 2018- , support supervisor)

The Norwegian Ice-Trade in Victorian Britain: impact, effect and decline (Norwegian Research Council)

Effie Dorovitsa (PhD candidate, University of Hull, 2018- , support supervisor)

The Norwegian Ice-Trade in Nineteenth-century Western France (Norwegian Research Council)

Jenna Treen (PhD candidate, University of Hull, 2018- , support supervisor)

Evaluating the Efficacy of the Prevention of Child Trafficking in Nigeria (ESRC White Rose Consortium)