Liam Morris

Liam Morris



Before undertaking my PhD project, I studied at the University of Liverpool.  I was awarded a first-class BA Honours degree in History (2009-12) and a Distinction for my MA in Twentieth-Century History (2012-13).  My MA thesis, entitled ‘English-Speaking Units of the International Brigades, 1936-1939: Image and Reality’, was supervised by Professor Charles Esdaile. 

Following the completion of my MA degree, I spent three years working in the academic publishing industry in Oxford. I first worked for John Wiley & Sons as a Senior Journals Publishing Assistant, before moving to Peter Lang as an Editorial Assistant on their Humanities and Social Sciences book list.

I am in my third year of PhD study at the University of Leeds. I am currently based in Madrid, Spain.

Current Research Project

My PhD project aims to ‘historicise’ the bitter ‘memory wars’ currently taking place in Spain, tracing the historical development of memory narratives, debates and controversies from the end of the Spanish Civil War in 1939 through until the end of 2016. 

My study adopts an actor-centred approach, focusing specifically on the collective memories constructed, maintained and articulated by a cross-range of ‘Republican’, ‘Francoist’ and ‘centrist’ groups operating at the grassroots level over the last seven decades.  The key tools of analysis utilised include a mixture of archival, media, interview and digital sources produced on or by the groups under investigation in the study.  By shifting the focus away from the official memory narratives of the Civil War and Franco dictatorship propagated by the Spanish state since 1939, I intend to challenge the conventional scholarly understanding of the chronological development of memory in post-civil war Spain, together with many of the other key assumptions upon which histories of the memorial and commemorative aftermath of the Spanish Civil War rest. 

My PhD is supervised by Dr Peter Anderson (School of History) and Dr Gregorio Alonso (School of Languages, Cultures and Societies)

Awards and Prizes

  • Agnes Sinclair University Undergraduate Scholarship (University of Liverpool, 2011)
  • Arts Cross Disciplinary Research Scholarship (University of Leeds, 2016-2019)

Outreach Work
I am very passionate about outreach work. I currently work as an Education Outreach Fellow for the University of Leeds, delivering workshops and presentations relating to my subject area in schools across West Yorkshire.



I am currently co-organising the 2019 edition of the Centre for the History of Ibero-America's annual Postgraduate Research Symposium, which will be held at the University of Leeds in May 2019.  If you would like to receive information on this event, please contact me at



  • MA Twentieth-Century History (University of Liverpool, 2013)
  • BA History (University of Liverpool, 2012)