‘Emma Copestake is a first-year History PhD student at the University of Liverpool. Her research currently focuses on the humour and wellbeing of dock communities in Liverpool and Glasgow throughout the twentieth century. Other interests include the history of emotions, labour history, class, gender, occupational health and medical humanities. Follow Emma on Twitter @em_copestake and read further blog posts at https://theaffectivehistorian.wordpress.com/‘
I know nothing about the history of dock work. This is something I tell myself daily, despite the fact I have already spent two and a half years researching waterfront communities, carried out interviews with those who worked on the docks and spend most days reading something relating to the industry. Just to be clear, I also know nothing about the history of emotions, humour, labour history, occupational health or anything related to my field.
Since beginning my PhD in October 2017, I have had to learn to value my own contribution…
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