Biography

Daniel Owen Spence is a PhD research student and associate history lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University. His primary research interests are in nineteenth and twentieth-century imperial and naval history, particularly in relation to cultural interactions and questions of identity. His thesis is titled ‘Race, Nationalism and Strategy in Colonial Navy-Building, 1931-1975’, and is an examination of hitherto historiographically-neglected British colonial naval volunteer forces; their actions during the Second World War and its effects upon nationalism and identity, their ideological and practical utilisation as systems of imperial control and tools for post-colonial state-building.

Peer-Review Publications:

‘Australian Naval Defence and the 1887 Colonial Conference, Context, Policy and Reaction’, International Journal of Naval History, Vol.6, Issue 1 (April, 2007)

‘Racial Identity in the Trinidad Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve’, in Jackson, Ashley (ed.), ‘New Research on the British Empire and the Second World War: Part 1’, Global War Studies, Vol. 7, No. 1 (2010), pp. 30-57.

Other Scholarly Papers: 

‘Constructing “Seagoing Races”: Racial Ideology and Colonial Naval Recruitment around the Second World War’, workshop on Transnational Mobilization in Modern Conflicts, Sheffield Hallam University, 13 November 2009.

‘Beyond Talwar: A Cultural Reappraisal of the 1946 Royal Indian Navy Mutiny’, Local and Global History research seminar series, Sheffield Hallam University, 18 November 2009.

‘Nationalising the Royal Indian Navy: British Naval Hegemony in Post-Independence India and Pakistan’, workshop on Decolonization, University of Oxford, 10 December 2009.

‘Sons of the Sea? The bumiputra and the dynamics of naval recruitment in colonial Malaya and post-colonial Malaysia’, international conference on ‘Staying True to their Salt’: The Recruitment and Management of Non-Western Personnel in Intelligence Services and Armed Forces, c.1900-2010, Univesity of Oxford, 5 February 2010.

‘Power, Identity and Nationalisation in the Royal Malaysian Navy, 1957-1975’, The Comonwealth at 60 conference, University of Sheffield, 3 June 2010.

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