Kerrie McGiveron


Twitter: @mardykerrie

Previous education

BA (Hons) (First Class) History, The Open University, 2015
MA (Distinction) Twentieth Century History, University of Liverpool, 2017

Thesis title

“What is a Big Flame Group?” Uncovering a Radical, Internationalist Socialist-Feminist Organisation 1970 – 1984


Prof. Celia Donert, Dr. Samantha Caslin, Dr. Nigel Swain

Research summary

My PhD focuses on New Left socialist-feminist organisation Big Flame (1970 – 1984). The project will seek to situate Big Flame within the wider context of socialist feminism to assess the feminist challenge to the New Left and ascertain how Big Flame, as an unusual socialist feminist movement, reflected and adapted to broader social changes in feminism at this time. Neglected in historical and sociological scholarship on the politics of the Left in Liverpool and London, the story of Big Flame promises to make a significant contribution to our understanding of both socialist and feminist movements in Merseyside and Britain more broadly during the 1970’s and 1980’s.

Research interests

My research interests include gender, class, ‘history from below,’ the use of oral history and community activism.

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