Dr Wendy Ugolini
BA (Hons), MA Cantab, PhD, FRHistS
Senior Lecturer; History
- Co-Founder, Second World War Studies Network (Scotland)
Affiliated research centres
Dr Wendy Ugolini is a social and cultural historian of the Second World War, specialising in ethnicities, race and identity formation. After reading history at Newnham College, Cambridge, Dr Ugolini worked at the BBC and in the voluntary sector for a number of years before returning to higher education. After gaining a doctorate at the University of Edinburgh, she was a postdoctoral fellow at the Centre for the Study of the Two World Wars (now the Centre for Modern & Contemporary History). Dr Ugolini's Ph.D. was awarded the Ratcliff Prize and her first monograph, Experiencing War as the 'Enemy Other', was awarded the Royal Historical Society's Gladstone Prize. In 2016, Dr Ugolini was promoted to Senior Lecturer. Her next book, Wales in England 1914-1945. A Social, Cultural, and Military History of the Two World Wars will be published with Oxford University Press.
Dr Ugolini would be delighted to hear from students interested in undertaking PhD research in the social, cultural and military history of Second World War Britain; migrant identities in Britain during the two world wars; gender identities in Britain during the two world wars and the cultural memory of war.
Member of Military Education Committee (Edinburgh Universities)
External Reviewer, MLitt Humanities Programme, University of Dundee (2020)
External Examiner, Liverpool John Moores University (2014 - 2018 )
Advisory Board, ‘Mixing It’ AHRC project in collaboration with Imperial War Museum North (2015 - 2016)
Validation Panel, MA Globalisation/MA War: History & Politics, University of Brighton (2014)
Fellow of the Royal Historical Society
Executive committee member of the UK Oral History Society (2010-2014)
Executive committee member of the Social History Society (2010-2013)
Reviewer for Bloomsbury, Manchester University Press and Routledge.
Summary of research interestsPlaces:
- Britain & Ireland
- Twentieth Century & After
My research interests focus on the relationship between war and identities in twentieth century Britain and, in particular, ethnicities within the British Armed Forces during the Second World War. My book, Experiencing War as the ‘Enemy Other’: Italian Scottish Experience in World War II, reflects my ongoing interest in migrant identities during the Second World War, in particular notions of duality, belonging and Britishness.
My current research looks at social, cultural, military and political expressions of Welshness in England during the two world wars. My monograph, Wales in England 1914-1945. A Social, Cultural, and Military History of the Two World Wars will be published by Oxford University Press. As part of this interest in the interconnections between English and Welsh identities, I have published an article on the twentieth century novelist, Richard Llewellyn and his connections with the BBC and the Welsh Guards during the Second World War. For a related blog, see:
My latest article, “The Band of Brothers”: The Mobilization of English Welsh Dual Identities in Second World War Britain, has been published in the Journal of British Studies as FirstView:
You can watch a short video about my research interests here: Media Hopper
The London Welsh Territorials, c.1939. Source: IWM `On Active Service´ Henry Kassman´s War Letters 1939-1945 © Jenny Kassman
Current research activities
Overall, I am interested in constructions of dual identities in wartime, especially within the British Army, and how they inform notions of pluralistic Britishness during the Second World War.
I am the co-founder of the RSE-funded Second World War Studies Network (Scotland) which formally launched in April 2021 (see Research Projects below). In 2019, I co-organised the workshop, ‘New Directions in Second World War Studies’, the first in a rolling programme of events which intends to explore, scrutinise and analyse the ways in which we discuss and commemorate the lived experience of the Second World War. From 2021, we hosted a series of online panels, Second World War Conversations, addressing a wide range of themes and geographic areas: East Asia, the Mediterranean Theatre, the Global Serviceman and the Visual Arts in Britain. We also hosted two Expert Round Tables, one on New Texts/New Themes and the other on the British Empire and the Second World War.
We aim to bring together researchers in the field to discuss their work and to flag up themes which will be of importance during the 80th anniversary commemorations of the conflict (2019-2025). In June 2022, we hosted our first PGR virtual coffee morning to bring together early career researchers.
With Juliette Pattinson (Kent), I co-edited Fighting for Britain? Negotiating Identities in Britain during the Second World War which has been published by Peter Lang as part of their British Identities Since 1707 series.
My wider interest in war and society is reflected in my recent co-editing of two special issues of the Journal of War & Culture Studies. With Corinna Peniston-Bird (Lancaster) I co-edited a special issue on 'Silenced Mourning' (2015). With Juliette Pattinson (Kent) and Lucy Noakes (Brighton) I co-edited a special issue on 'Incarceration in the Second World War' (2014).
In partnership with Professor Tobias Kelly, of Social and Political Science, I have been awarded an Arts & Humanities Research Network Award by the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) to set up a Second World War Studies Network (Scotland). The Network - which launched in April 2021 - aims to facilitate the discussion and exchange of ideas on the theme of the Second World War, with a particular focus on Scotland’s experience of the conflict. It also hopes to establish a platform from which higher education institutions, museums and cultural institutions in Scotland can identify and develop potential new partnerships addressing the Second World War. It hopes to foster a community of academics with research interests in the Second World War, incorporating both those who are well-established in the field as well as Early Career Researchers and PGR students.
The Network aims to place Scotland within a comparative and transnational perspective with the rest of the United Kingdom in terms of its Second World War history. It will act as a hub of networking activity with a potential reach across the country. As part of the award, we will be working in partnership with David Forsyth, Principal Curator of Modern and Contemporary History at National Museums Scotland.
In an ealier RSE-funded partnership with David Forsyth of National Museums Scotland (NMS), we undertook a joint project on Scottish diasporic military identities from 1880 to the present day, working with colleagues in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.
This collaboration culminated with the publication of an edited collection, A Global Force: War, Identities and Scotland's Diaspora (EUP, 2016), which forms part of the National Museum of Scotland's First World War Centenary Programme:
- Gender Identities in Britain during the Two World Wars
- War and Memory in the Twentieth Century
- Britain, Ireland and Empire
- Historian's Toolkit
- MSc War and Identities in Twentieth Century Britain and Ireland
- MSc Introduction to Contemporary History (contributor)
- MSc Historical Research: Skills and Sources (Oral History)
|Name||Degree||Thesis topic||Supervision type||Link|
|Doughty, Roseanna||PhD||British Media Representations of the (P)IRA and its impact on the Irish Community, 1969-1997||Joint||link|
|Klinger, Anita||PhD||Negotiating Violence. Defining the Legitimacy of Political Violence in Interwar Britain and Germany (c.1918-1938)||Secondary||link|
|McCullough, Aimee||PhD||Working-class Fatherhood and Masculinity in west-central Scotland, c.1970-1995||Secondary|
Currently accepting research student applications : Yes
Areas accepting Research Students in:
I would be delighted to hear from students interested in undertaking PhD research in the social and cultural history of Second World War Britain; migrant identities in Britain during the two world wars; gender identities in Britain during the two world wars.
Books - Authored
Ugolini, W. (2011) Experiencing War as the 'enemy other': Italian Scottish Experience in World War II. Manchester University Press
Books - Edited
Forsyth, D. and Ugolini, W. (eds.) (2016) A Global Force: War, Identities and Scotland's Diaspora. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press
Ugolini, W. (2019) The ‘Welsh’ Pimpernel: Richard Llewellyn and the search for authenticity in Second World War Britain. Cultural and Social History, 16(2), pp. 185-203DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/14780038.2019.1585315
Ugolini, W. (2014) Italian Scottish women on the Home Front in World War Two. History Scotland Magazine, Expert History Forum
Pattinson, J., Noakes, L. and Ugolini, W. (2014) Incarcerated masculinities: Male POWs and the Second World War. Journal of War and Culture Studies, 7(3), pp. 179-190DOI: https://doi.org/10.1179/1752627214Z.00000000042
Ugolini, W. (2013) 'The Sins of the Fathers': The Contested Recruitment of Second-Generation Italians in the British Forces 1936-43. Twentieth Century British History, 24(3), pp. 376-397DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/tcbh/hws026
Ugolini, W. (2013) ‘Spaghetti Lengths in a Bowl’? Recovering Narratives of Not ‘Belonging’ Amongst the Italian Scots. Immigrants and Minorities, 31(2), pp. 214-234DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/02619288.2013.781749
Ugolini, W. (2012) The embodiment of British Italian war memory? The curious marginalization of Dennis Donnini, VC. Patterns of Prejudice, 46(3-4), pp. 397-415DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/0031322X.2012.701814
Ugolini, W. (2008) “The space in between”: Exploring the challenges of working with archives and personal testimonies. Scottish Archives, 14, pp. 1-9
Ugolini, W. (2004) The internal enemy 'other': Recovering the World War Two narratives of Italian Scottish women. Journal of Scottish Historical Studies, 24(2), pp. 137-158DOI: https://doi.org/10.3366/jshs.2004.24.2.137
Ugolini, W. (1998) Reinforcing otherness? Edinburgh’s Italian community and the impact of the Second World War. Family & Community History, 1(1), pp. 57–69DOI: https://doi.org/10.1179/fch.1998.1.1.005
Ugolini, W. and Forsyth, D. (2016) Introduction: A Global Force: War, Identities and Scotland’s Diaspora. In: A Global Force: War, Identities and Scotland's Diaspora. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, pp. 1-9
Forsyth, D. and Ugolini, W. (2016) Introduction: A Global Force: War, Identities and Scotland’s Diaspora. In: Forsyth, D. and Ugolini, W. (eds.) A Global Force: War, Identities and Scotland's Diaspora. Edinburgh University Press
Ugolini, W. and Pattinson, J. (2015) Negotiating Identities in multinational Britain during the Second World War. In: Ugolini, W. and Pattinson, J. (eds.) Fighting for Britain?: Negotiating Identities in Britain during the Second World War. Oxford: Peter Lang, pp. 1-24
Ugolini, W. (2013) Ethnological Fieldwork. In: Mackay, M. and Fenton, A. (eds.) Scottish Life and Society: Compendium of Scottish Ethnology 1: An Introduction to Scottish Ethnology. Edinburgh: John Donald, pp. 71-92
Ugolini, W. (2013) "When are you going back?": Memory, ethnicity and the British home front. In: Noakes, L. and Pattinson, J. (eds.) British Cultural Memory and the Second World War. London: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Ugolini, W. (2012) Scottish Commonwealth Regiments. In: Spiers, E., Crang, J. and Strickland, M. (eds.) A Military History of Scotland. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press
Ugolini, W. (2008) Victims or Enemies? Italians and refugee Jews and the re-working of internment narratives in post-war Britain. In: Riera, M. and Schaffer, G. (eds.) The Lasting War: Society and Identity in Britain, France and Germany after 1945. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 207-225
Ugolini, W. (2005) The Italian community in Scotland. In: Beech, J., Hand, O., Mulhern, M. and Weston, J. (eds.) Scottish Life and Society: A Compendium of Scottish Life: The Individual and Community Life. Edinburgh: John Donald, pp. 535-54
Ugolini, W. (2004) Communal myth and silenced memories: The unremembered experience of Italians in Scotland during the Second World War. In: Kidd, W. and Murdoch, B. (eds.) Memory and Memorials: The Commemorative Century. Ashgate Publishing, pp. 151-166