Dr Katie Palmer Heathman
I am currently working on 'Church, State and Nation in Britain: the Journals of Hensley Henson, 1900-1939'. This project will create a digital scholarly edition of the journals of Bishop Hensley Henson, focusing on the period 1900-1939 when Henson was most prominent as a public figure and as a commentator on the great events and great figures of these turbulent years. The digital edition will enable Henson’s literary gifts and unique insight into his age to be enjoyed by a wide readership, as well as providing a valuable resource for a wide body of researchers.
I was awarded my PhD from the University of Leicester in 2016. My thesis reassessed the relationships of the early twentieth-century folk revival with contemporary social, political and religious thought. It examined the folksong collecting of Christian socialist Charles Marson; the role in the Morris revival of Communist vicar Conrad Noel; the centrality of folk dance to the social work of Grace Kimmins and Mary Neal; and the spiritual role cast for folk traditions by Rolf Gardiner in his organicist efforts towards rural regeneration, demonstarting that past cultural forms offered revivalists blueprints for future social change. I am currently working on a monograph derived from this work.
- Christian Socialism
- Communities and Community Building
- Cultural and social movements
- Folksong and Dance
- Heritage and the performance of heritage
- National Identity
- Revivalism and the uses of the past
- The Church of England in National Life
Chapter in book
- Colls, Robert & Palmer Heathman, Katie (2017). Music of Englishness: National Identity and the First Folk Revival. In Handbook of Musical Identities. MacDonald, Raymond, Hargreaves, David J. & Miell, Dorothy Oxford University Press. 751-767.
- Palmer Heathman, Katie (2018), ‘I Ring for the General Dance’ Morris and Englishness in the Work of Conrad Noel, in Heaney, Michael eds, The Histories of Morris in Britain. London, England, EFDSS, 115-131.
- Palmer Heathman, Katie (2017). “Lift Up a Living Nation” Community and Nation, Socialism and Religion in The English Hymnal, 1906. Cultural and Social History 14(2): 183-200.