Dr Dion Georgiou

Senior Lecturer in Modern History and Politics


Dr Dion Georgiou is a modern and contemporary historian, primarily of Britain, but within a more broadly comparative, global and interdisciplinary framework. Underpinning his approach is an emphasis on institutions and their temporal and spatial logics, the populations they govern and are governed by, and the worldviews they shape and are shaped by.

His research and teaching focus in particular on:

  • Conflict and violence
  • Culture and ideas
  • Geographies and environments
  • Time, memory and lifecycles

Dr Georgiou undertook his BA and MA at Queen Mary University of London, where he also completed his PhD, on suburban street carnivals in Edwardian London, in 2016. Before coming to Chichester, he taught at King’s College London, Queen Mary, the University of East London, and the University of Kent. He is a co-convenor of the Life-Cycles Seminar at the Institution of Historical Research, and a member of the executive committee of the Children’s History Society.



Level 4:

  • Modern and Contemporary British History

Level 5:

  • Environment and State in Britain since 1945
  • Ideologies, Politics and Culture
  • Re-litigating the Past: State, Media and Historical Injustice in Contemporary Britain

Level 6:

  • A Global History of the Cold War

Key Publications

Articles in refereed journals:

  • ‘For Club, Country and Capitalism? British Footballers’ Autobiographies and the Political and Moral Economies of the Post-War Settlement’, Contemporary British History (forthcoming).
  • ‘Restaging Mafeking in Muswell Hill: Performing Patriotism and Charitability in London’s Boer War Carnivals’, Historical Research, Vol. 91, No. 254 (2018), pp. 744–771.
  • ‘‘Only a Local Affair’? Imagining and Enacting Locality through London’s Boer War Carnivals’, Urban History, Vol. 45, No. 1 (2018), pp. 100–127.
  • ‘Redefining the Carnivalesque: The Construction of Ritual, Revelry and Spectacle in British Leisure Practices through the Idea and Model of ‘Carnival’, 1870–1939’, Sport in History, Vol. 35, No. 3 (2015), pp. 335–363.
  • ‘‘The Drab Suburban Streets were Metamorphosed into a Veritable Fairyland’: Spectacle and Festivity in the Ilford Hospital Carnival, 1905–1914’, London Journal, Vol. 39, No. 3 (2014), pp. 227–248.

Chapters in edited volumes:

  • ‘‘Solidarity Forever’? Histories of Labour, Gender and Sexuality in Made in Dagenham and Pride’, in Tobias Becker and Dion Georgiou (eds.),The Uses of the Past in Contemporary Western Popular Culture (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming).
  • ‘Weaving Patterns in the Suburban Fabric: Carnival Procession Routes, Mapping Place and Experiencing Space on London’s Changing Periphery, 1890–1914’, in Sam Griffiths and Alexander von Lünen (eds.), Spatial Cultures: Towards a New Social Morphology of Cities Past and Present (Abingdon: Routledge, 2016), pp. 95–113.

Edited volumes:

  • [with Tobias Becker] The Uses of the Past in Contemporary Western Popular Culture (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming)
  • [with Benjamin Litherland] Sport’s Relationship with other Leisure Industries: Historical Perspectives (Abingdon: Routledge, 2017).
  • ‘Leisure in London’s Suburbs, 1880–1939’, special issue of London Journal, Vol. 39, No. 3 (2014).


  • ‘Lauren Pikó, Milton Keynes in British Culture: Imagining England (Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2019)’, Urban History (forthcoming).
  • ‘Peter Burke, Popular Culture in Early Modern Europe, 3rd edition (Farnham: Ashgate, 2009)’, Sport in History, Vol. 31, No. 1 (2011), pp. 115–118.
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At present, Dr Georgiou is working on two monograph projects. The first of these is concerned with the 1990s popular musical subgenre ‘Britpop’, and the ways in which memories of and nostalgia for it have operated across different cultural and media industries during the 21st century. The second examines the adaptation of existing and establishment of new public and voluntary sector organisations on London’s periphery during the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, and how this pertained to the reformation of local elites within the context of suburbanisation.

He is also co-editing, with Dr Tobias Becker, a book on the uses of the past in contemporary Western popular culture. Other current research foci include: the cultural Cold War; British cultural industries and the post-war settlement; histories of liberalism; and mediated political memories.

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Other department members

Alwyn Turner
Alwyn W Turner
Senior Lecturer in History
Clare Toombes
Student Employability Adviser
Dick Ellis
Visiting Professor in American Studies

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