Dr Anna P.H. Geurts
BA(Hons) (Utrecht), MPhil, DPhil (Oxford) PhD (Twente)
Honorary Research Fellow
18th-20th-century cultural and social history; space and time; practice/technology, experience.
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Anna Geurts took an interdisciplinary degree at the liberal arts and science college of Utrecht University and studied at the University of Exeter before specialising in modern European history at the University of Oxford. She conducted a combined research project at the Universities of Oxford and Twente, investigating the experiences of travellers in Europe in relation to their personal use of space. This led to a doctoral degree in modern history at the University of Oxford in 2013, as well as a PhD in design history at the University of Twente in 2014. Since settling in Sheffield in 2013, she has continued work on the theme of space in the long nineteenth century, next to that of perceptions of time.
Higher Education Academy - Associate Fellow
Anna is interested in how individuals perceive and envisage the space around them. She is also fascinated by the ways people organise time in their own lives. At the moment, she is finalising a study on the way northern-Netherlandish travellers of the long 19th century experienced and furnished (or failed to furnish!) the spaces they visited. She is also preparing a project dealing with visions of the European landscape and how, to contemporary minds, they could or should be used.
I write a regular column for Historian at large, with a new look at old things and historical reflections on current issues. I also contribute to various other literary and popular-historical (web) magazines in Dutch and in English such as History Matters.