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Dr Carmen M. Mangion

Lecturer in Modern History

MA (London), PhD (London)

Contact details

Department of History, Classics and Archaeology
Birkbeck, University of London
Room 216
27 Russell Square

Tel: 020 7631 6559

Research and teaching

  • Research interests
  • Carmen M. Mangion’s research interrogates the cultural and social history of gender and religion in nineteenth and twentieth-century Britain and Ireland. It highlights wider themes of social identities; transnational communities; Catholic internationalism; social movements; philanthropy; and medicalised and sacred spaces.
  • Her current research has two strands, the first examines the changes in Catholic women’s religious life identifying how individual and community lives were altered. This project is developed within a transnational framework, uses both archives and oral testimony and centres on events emanating from the long1960s, particular the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965). The monograph coming out of this research, Becoming modern: British Catholic women religious and social change, 1945-1990, will be published in 2019.
  • The second strand considers nineteenth-century medical care in Britain asking how religion and gender shaped medical provision. Recently published essays on this strand includes themes such as nursing knowledge, sacred spaces and medical philanthropy.
  • Her research can be found
  • … on Academia
  • … on BIROn
  • She tweets at @carmenmangion
  • Teaching Interests
  • Carmen Mangion teaches Modern British and Irish social and cultural history.
  • In 2017-8, she is the programme director of the MA/MSc Gender and Sexuality. She teaches on MA modules Theorising Gender and Radical Sixties. She convenes the dissertation modules for the MA/MSc Gender and Sexuality and the MA history programmes.
  • She is interested in supervising master’s dissertations on aspects of social and cultural history of nineteenth and twentieth-century Britain and Ireland with themes that reflect her expertise in gender, religion, women’s history, philanthropy, medical care and feminism
  • Areas of PhD supervision
  • She welcomes proposals for PhD dissertations on aspects of the social and cultural history of nineteenth and twentieth-century Britain and Ireland with themes that reflect an interest in gender and religion (particularly Catholicism, Anglo-Catholicism and religious life) as it intersects with Catholic internationalism, philanthropy, medical care and social change especially changes associated with the Second Vatican Council.
  • She is currently supervising three students
  • Nicholas Evans: Stagnation or innovation? The work of the Local Government Board and its Medical Department between 1871 and 1919 and its impact on public health in England. Also supervised by Dr Dora Vargha.
  • Janet Tyson: ‘A Curious Herbal’: Elizabeth Blackwell’s historic book as an outgrowth of Scottish immigrant networking and enterprise in eighteenth-century London. Also supervised by Professor Vanessa Harding.
  • Eliot Nidam Orvieto: ‘Behind Their Walls: The Hiding of Jews by Roman Catholic Religious in France During the Holocaust’. Student based at Tel Aviv University, Also supervised by Professor Havi Dreifuss.


  • Books
  • Convents and the Outside World, volume 6 of a 6 volume edited collection of primary documents entitled English Convents in Exile, 1600-1800 (Pickering and Chatto, 2012)
  • Gender, Catholicism and Spirituality: Women and the Roman Catholic Church in Britain and Europe, 1200-1900 (edited with Laurence Lux-Sterritt) (Palgrave, 2010)
  • Contested Identities: Catholic women religious in nineteenth-century England and Wales (Manchester University Press, 2008)
  • Articles in refereed journals
  • Housing the ‘decayed members’ of the middle classes’: social class and St Scholastica’s Retreat, 1861-1900’, Continuity and Change, 29:3 (2014), pp. 373-398.
  • ‘Dickinson, Frances (1755-1830)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2014.
  • ‘Faith, Philanthropy and the Aged Poor’, European Review of History 19:4 (2012), pp. 515-530.
  • ‘ “To console, to nurse, to prepare for eternity”: The Catholic sickroom in late nineteenth-century England, Women’s History Review, 21:4 (2012), pp. 657-78.
  • ‘ “The business of life”: Educating Catholic deaf children in late nineteenth-century England’, History of Education 42:1 (2012), pp. 575-94.
  • ‘ “Why, would you have me live upon a gridiron?”: Pain, Identity, and Emotional Communities in Nineteenth-Century English Convent Culture’, 19. Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century 15 (2012), pp. 1-16.
  • ‘Laying “Good Strong Foundations”: the power of the symbolic in the formation of a religious sister’, Women’s History Review, 16:3 (2007), pp. 403-15.
  • ‘ “Good Teacher” or “Good Religious”?: The Professional Identity of Catholic Women Religious in nineteenth-century England and Wales’, Women’s History Review, 14:2 (2005), pp. 223-242.
  • Edited Journal
  • ‘Female Religious across the North Sea: Monastic Interactions between the British Isles and the Low Countries’, Trajecta (2012) edited along with Jan De Maeyer and Kristien Suenens.
  • Chapters in peer-reviewed books
  • · ‘ “Shades of difference”: Poor Clares in Britain’ in Male and Female Religious and Vatican II edited by Christian Sorrel (Leuven University Press, forthcoming 2018).
  • ‘Syon Abbey’s “Second Summer”, 1900-1950’ in Continuity and Change. Papers from the Birgitta Conference at Dartington 2015 edited by Elin Andersson, Claes Gejrot, Eddie Jones and Mia Åkestam (Kungl. Vitterhets historie och antikvitetsakademien, 2017), pp. 367-88.
  • No nurses like the deaconesses’?: Protestant deaconesses and the medical marketplace in late nineteenth-century England’ in Deaconesses in Nursing Care – International Transfer of a Female Model of Life and Work in the 19th and 20th Century edited by Susanne Kreutzer and Karen Nolte (Franz Steiner Verlag, 2016), pp. 161-84.
  • ‘London’s Catholic almspeople’ in New Perspectives on Philanthropy: the British Almshouse 1400-1914 edited by Helen Caffrey, Nigel Goose and Anne Langley (FACHRS, 2016), pp. 347-64.
  • ‘Filles de la charité et sourds-muets. Une histoire transnationale (1869-1901)’ in Des Filles de la Charité aux sœurs de Saint-Vincent-de-Paul: quatre siècles de «cornettes» (XVIIe-XXe s.) edited by Matthieu Brejon de Lavergnée (Honoré Champion, 2016), pp. 291-308.
  • ‘Developing Alliances: Faith, Philanthropy and Fundraising in nineteenth-century England’ in The Economics of Providence: Management, Finances and Patrimony of Religious Orders and Congregations in Europe 1773 to ca. 1930 edited by Maarten Van Dijck, Jan de Maeyer, Jeffrey Tyssens and Jimmy Koppen (Leuven University Press, 2013), pp. 205-26.
  • ‘Avoiding “rash and Imprudent measures”: English Nuns in Revolutionary Paris, 1789-1801’ in Communities, Culture and Identity: The English Convents in Exile, 1600-1800: Communities, Culture and Identity edited by Caroline Bowden and James E. Kelly (Ashgate, 2013), pp. 247-63.
  • ‘ “Meeting a well-known want”: Catholic Specialist Hospitals for Long-Term Medical Care in Late Nineteenth-Century England and Wales’ in Hospitals and Communities, 1100-1960 edited by Christopher Bonfield, Jonathan Reinarz and Teresa Huguet-Termes (Peter Lang, 2013), pp. 239-62.
  • ‘ “Give them practical lessons”: Catholic women religious and the transmission of nursing knowledge in late nineteenth-century England’ in The Transmission of Health Practices (c. 1500 to 2000) edited by Martin Dinges and Robert Jütte (Institute for the History of Medicine of the Robert Bosch Foundation, 2011), pp. 89-104.
  • ‘Women, religious ministry and female institution building’ in Women, Gender and Religious Cultures in Britain, 1800-1940 edited by Sue Morgan and Jacqueline deVries (Routledge, 2010), pp. 72-93.
  • ‘The “Mixed Life”: Balancing the Active with the Contemplative’ in Gender, Catholicism and Spirituality: Women and the Roman Catholic Church in Britain and Europe, 1200-1900 edited by Carmen M. Mangion and Laurence Lux-Sterritt (Palgrave, 2010), pp. 165-79.
  • ‘Medical Philanthropy and civic culture: Protestants and Catholics united by a “common Christianity”’ in Proceedings - The First Danish History of Nursing Conference edited by Susanne Malchau Dietz (Dansk Sygeplejehistorisk Museum, 2009), pp. 107-22.
  • Book reviews
  • Margaret H. Turnham, Catholic Faith and Practice in England 1779-1992: The Role of Revival and Renewal (2015) in British Catholic History, 33:2 (2016), pp. 319-31.
  • Margaret H. Preston and Margaret Ó hÓgartaigh, Gender and Medicine in Ireland, 1700-1950 in Canadian Journal of Irish Studies, 38:1-2 (2015), pp. 299-300.
  • Abbie Reese, Dedicated to God: An Oral History of Cloistered Nuns in Oral History 42:2 (2014), p. 113.
  • E. Fleischmann, S. Grypma, M. Marten & I.M. Okkenhaug (eds.), Transnational and Historical Perspectives on Global Health, Welfare and Humanitarianism in Social History of Medicine 27:4 (2014), pp. 836-8.
  • S. Karly Kehoe, Creating a Scottish Church: Catholicism, gender and ethnicity in nineteenth-century Scotland in Northern Scotland 4:1 (May 2013), pp. 96-99.
  • Rene Kollar, A Foreign and Wicked Institution? The Campaign against Convents in Victorian England in Recusant History 31 (2013), pp. 491-3.
  • Roundtable on Hilary M. Carey, God's Empire: Religion and Colonialism in the British World, c.1801-1908 in Britain and the World 6:2 (2013), pp. 276-290.
  • Edna Hamer, Elizabeth Prout, 1820-1864: A Religious Life for Industrial England in Recusant History 30 (2012), pp. 309-11.
  • Nancy Lusignan Schultz, Mrs. Mattingly's Miracle: The Prince, the Widow and the Cure That Shocked Washington City in Social History of Medicine 26:1 (2012), pp. 157-8.
  • Sue Hawkins, Nursing and Women’s Labour in the Nineteenth Century: The quest for Independence in Gender & History, 23:2 (2011) pp. 466-468.
  • Bart Hellinckx, Frank Simon and Marc Depaepe, The Forgotten Contribution of the Teaching Sisters: A Historiographical Essay on the Educational Work of Catholic Women Religious in the 19th and 20th Centuries in History of Education Researcher 87 (May 2011), pp. 42-3.
  • Lise Sanders, Consuming Fantasies: Labor, Leisure, and the London Shopgirl, 1880-1920 in Journal of British Studies, 47:1 (2008), pp. 239-241.
  • Lindsey Earner-Byrne, Mother and Child: Maternity and Child Welfare in Dublin, 1922-60 in Journal of Contemporary History, 44:2 (2008) pp. 360-2.
  • Judith Jennings, Gender, Religion, and Radicalism in the Long Eighteenth Century: The ‘Ingenius Quaker’ and her connections’ in Women’s History Magazine, 57 (2007), pp. 27-8.
  • Maria Luddy (ed), The Crimean Journals of the Sisters of Mercy 1854-56 in Nursing History Review, 14 (2006), pp. 252-3.
  • Mary Sullivan (ed), The Correspondence of Catherine McAuley, 1818-1841 in Irish Studies Review, 13:4 (2005), pp. 534-6.


Professional membership

  • Fellow HEA
  • Fellow Royal Historical Society
  • Oral History Society
  • Co-founder of the History of Women Religious of Britain and Ireland (H-WRBI)