Emma Carson

Emma Carson

Higher Degree by Research Candidate

School of Humanities

Faculty of Arts


Emma Carson is a Ph.D. candidate in the History Department at the University of Adelaide. Her current project specialises in Australian military history and the history of emotions, although she is also generally interested in twentieth-century history, memory politics, and gender history.

My Ph.D. dissertation looks at the impact of military service and separation on married couples during World War II. This is an extension of my first-class Honours thesis from 2018, 'Separated Spouses and the Construction of Intimacy in World War II', for which I was awarded both the Lynda Tapp Prize in Honours History and the Tinline Scholarship in History. I am especially interested in the ways that couples constructed intimacy, power, and fidelity in their letters to one another while apart and how these constructions ultimately affected their relationships after the war. 

I previously collaborated with the Tate Museum as part of a Summer Research Scholarship at the University of Adelaide, which resulted in me presenting a paper at the Council of Australian Museums and Collections Symposium at Australian National University in April 2018. I am also currently working on a paper based on my Honours thesis, which I hope to publish within the next twelve months. 

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  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2019 Scholarship Research Training Stipend University of Adelaide Australia $27,596 p.a.
    2018 Award Lynda Tapp Prize in Honours History University of Adelaide Australia $450
    2018 Award Tinline Scholarship in History University of Adelaide Australia $1,500
    2017 Award Lynda Tapp Essay Prize in History University of Adelaide Australia $900
    2017 Scholarship Summer Research Scholarship University of Adelaide Australia $1,200
    2017 Award Bundey Prize for English Verse University of Adelaide Australia $300
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2019 University of Adelaide Australia Doctor of Philosophy (History)
    2018 - 2018 University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
    2015 - 2017 University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Arts
  • Research Interests

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  • Presentation

    Date Topic Presented at Institution Country
    2019 - 2019 Constructing Intimacy in the Letters of Australian Servicemen, 1939-1945 Letter-Writing and Emotions Workshop (ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions) University of Adelaide Australia
    2018 - ongoing The Legacy of Douglas Mawson and Narratives at the Tate Museum The Council of Australian University Museums and Collections Symposium Australian National University Australia

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