Dr Jennifer Novotny
- Research Assistant (History)
- The history and archaeology of modern conflict from the 18th century through the First World War
- History of health and wellbeing of military personnel and veterans, particularly during and after the First World War
- The material culture of health and wellbeing
- History, politics, and culture of 18th-century Scotland
- Conflict archaeology
- Post-medieval archaeology
- Archaeology of the contemporary past
- Material culture studies
I am a researcher for Glasgow University's Great War, led by Dr Tony Pollard and based in the University Archives, which marks the First World War centenary by examining the experiences of the university community during 1914-18. Over 4,000 members of the University of Glasgow community served in the war and 761 lost their lives. This includes students, academic, administrative and support staff, as well as many individuals who trained at the university’s Officers’ Training Corps. The project is building upon the university’s First World War Roll of Honour, an excellent online resource. The project documents the lives of individuals who were impacted by the war, as well as reflecting more broadly upon the ways in which the First World War changed university life, from the experiences of female staff and students to the profound effects it had on professions like medicine. The project furthermore interrogates the effects of institutional involvement in the military recruitment process, explores alternative and dissident narratives, and unpacks key concepts of bravery and cowardice. I am also a member of the University's First World War Commemoration Group and a member of the Voices of War and Peace research network. Follow Glasgow University's Great War on Twitter and keep up to date on our research by reading the project blog.
In addition to my work with the Great War Project, I am the recipient of a Wellcome Trust Research Bursary. My project, 'They don't want your charity - they demand their chance': The socio-economic rehabilitation of WWI wounded at Erskine Hospitals, investigates the ways in which facilities like Erskine (originally the Princess Louise Scottish Hospital for Limbless Sailors and Soldiers) met the socio-economic challenges of WWI, specifically physically and vocationally rehabilitating wounded service personnel to re-join the workforce. Furthermore I am interested in how such organisations changed and adapted over time to negotiate changing economic circumstances. A portion of this work is also funded by the Centre for Business History in Scotland. I am a member of the Glasgow University Medical Humanities Network.
I graduated from Chatham College (now Chatham University) in Pittsburgh, PA, USA, with a dual-degree B.A. summa cum laude in History and English. My senior thesis, 'In proud and glorious memory': shattering the myth of the Great War in Pat Barker's Regeneration Trilogy, explored fragmentation of memory and narrative, blending historical research with literary critique. I earned an M.Litt. with distinction in Battlefield Archaeology at the University of Glasgow. My dissertation, 'The grass covers all': the archaeology of the First World War, examined the emergence of First World War archaeology as a specialised sub-field and considered the ways in which it has informed society's understanding of the conflict. The dissertation also explored the theoretical underpinnings of the archaeology of modern conflict.
My Ph.D. on the politicised material culture of the Jacobite era (1688-1760) in Scotland continued to delve into the physical manifestations of past conflict. My on-going research focuses on issues of materiality, memory, gender, and tangible history, particularly in relation to the problematic histories of war and violence. By studying these topics, I seek not only to understand the past, but to understand how the past performs real cultural work in the present.
Wellcome Trust Research Bursary: 'They don't want your charity - they demand their chance': The socio-economic rehabilitation of WWI wounded at Erskine Hospitals
Museum Studies Msc, Project Supervisor
Internship Hub, Placement Supervisor
University of Glasgow
- MLitt Conflict Archaeology and Heritage, Instructor, Method & Theory: the material culture of conflict
- ARCH5086 Archaeology Research and Professional Skills, Instructor, Archives for Archaeologists
- Open Studies Certificate in Field Archaeology: artefact handling, Instructor
- ARCH1002 Archaeology in the Modern World, Lead Graduate Teaching Assistant
- ARCH1001 Archaeology of Scotland, Lead Graduate Teaching Assistant
Arcadia University, Edinburgh
- Scot HSSC 215S Scottish History to the Present Day, Instructor
I have acted as Finds Officer on a number of archaeological excavations, including the University of Glasgow's multi-period Strathearn Environs and Royal Forteviot (SERF) Project and the Centre for Battlefield Archaeology's exploration of the Stalag Luft III prisoner of war camp for Channel 4's Digging the Great Escape.
I am copy editor for the Journal of Conflict Archaeology.
I am a member of the Glasgow and Strathclyde Universities Military Education Committee. I am also a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. Follow me on Twitter (all views my own).