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George Morris

George Morris

PhD candidate, Modern British History

Trinity Hall
Trinity Lane

Cambridge CB2 1TJ


I completed my BA and my MPhil at Cambridge. My PhD research, funded by the AHRC, looks at questions of religion, intimacy and selfhood in nineteenth-century Britain. My work focuses on how ideas about intimacy, friendship and sexuality were shaped by religious belief, and how the appropriate boundaries of these were determined and policed. 

I am a co-convenor of the Modern British History Workshop and the Cultural History Workshop for 2018-2019. We are continually looking for proposals for 20-30 minute papers, which can be sent to the email address listed on this page.

Research Interests

  • Britain and Empire 
  • Friendship and intimacy 
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Histories of medicine
  • Religion and ‘secularisation’
  • Subjectivities and the self
  • Universities and education


I am available to supervise Part I, Paper 5: British political history 1688-1886.

Other Professional Activities

I am a commissioning editor for Renewal: a journal of social democracy. I am a policy and advocacy adviser to Rethink Rebuild Society, a Manchester-based organisation for Syrians in Britain. 



  • Modern British History

Other Publications

I have written for a number of non-academic publications, including the New Arab and the New Statesman. 

Conference and seminar papers:

'Inventing the Anglican Confessional, 1865-1879', Cambridge Material Culture Forum, 29th April 2019

'"Painful Confessions": Confessors and Clitoridectomists, 1865-1879', Royal Holloway History Postgraduate Seminar, 5th December 2018

'"A Trial Against the Catholic Body": Giacinto Achilli v. John Henry Newman', The Church and the Law: Ecclesiastical History Society conference, Cambridge, 24th July 2018.

'Knowing in (and about) the confessional', Ways of Knowing in (and about) Modern Britain: Modern British Studies conference, Birmingham, 6th July 2018.