Shona Thompson

Email: s.thompson4@lancaster.ac.uk

Twitter: @shona__thompson

 

Previous Education

2016 – 2017 MA History with Distinction, Lancaster University. Dissertation title: ‘Blood at the Root: Commemorating Racial Violence in the United States’.

2013 – 2016 BA History with First Class Honours, Lancaster University.

 

Thesis Title

Empathy and the Commemoration of Racial Violence in the United States

 

Supervisors

Dr Patrick Hagopian, Dr Nicholas Radburn

 

Research Summary

My research examines the role of empathy in commemorative displays of historical trauma and suffering. Specifically, I investigate audience responses to commemorative representations of African American history by exploring museum displays, memorials, and commemorative performances in the United States.

 

Research Interests

Memory Studies, US History, History of the Transatlantic Slave Trade, Empathy and Commemorative Practice, Trauma Studies, African American History and Culture, Audience Response Research, Visual Culture, Performance Studies.