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Mr. Benjamin Giordano BA (Hons), MSc

Postgraduate research student

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Ben Giordano is a doctoral candidate in History, based in the Department of History and affiliated with the Web Science Institute at the University of Southampton.

After graduating from the St Mary Magdalene Academy on Liverpool Road in North London, I went on to study History at UCL, spent a year studying at the philosophy faculty at Charles University in Prague, before starting my PhD at the University of Southampton. My PhD focuses on how working-class individuals experienced Britain’s twentieth-century dance halls through sensuality – and how these experiences intersect with contemporaneous literature on London’s urban nightlife, and current ‘digital’ recollections across social media. It therefore hopes to provide new insights into the dynamic relationship between printed texts, ‘digital’ memory, and lived (bodily) experience.

I also love to travel, eat fried Czech cheese, and grow plants in  my apartment.


BA (Hons), History, University College London, 2017

MSc, Web Science, University of Southampton, 2019

Research interests

I am interested in bodily movement, touch, taste, lighting, smell – and their role in the urban experience, especially in twentieth-century Britain, and specifically in dance halls. Studying these can reveal an interesting relationship between printed texts, ‘digital’ recollections (found on social media), and lived (bodily and emotive) experience. How do all of these come together to reveal not only new methodological approaches to history, but also new, untold experiences of ordinary people in the past and present? And what can these experiences and novel methodological approaches tell us about established notions of intimacy, national identity, and historical memory in twentieth-century Britain?    

PhD Supervision

Professor Joachim Schlör (History), Dr Heidi Armbruster (Anthropology) & Dr David Millard (Computer Science)

PhD Research

‘The British Dance Hall in the Twentieth Century’.

Funded by EPSRC/UK Research and Innovation

Affiliate research groups

Parks Institute, Web Science Institute

Tutor, Department of History | University of Southampton

2020-21 History Undergraduate Writing Workshop

Seminar Leader, Politics and International Relations | University of Southampton

2020 – 2021         PAIR1001 – Introduction to International Relations

2020 – 2021         PAIR1004 – Introduction to Political Theory

2019 – 2020         PAIR1004 – Introduction to Political Theory

2019 – 2020         PAIR2002 – Political Thinkers        

2019 – 2020         PAIR2004 – Research Skills in Politics & International Relations

2019 – 2020         PAIR2020 – Realism and Idealism in International Relations 

Mr. Benjamin Giordano
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