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Section for Talent: Portraits of Julia Stryker and Tatiana Sitchinava

    This section is reserved for presentations of WEMov’s Early Career Investigators (ECIs). For newsletter #7, we are featuring two young colleagues actively involved in WEMov: Julia Stryker from WG1, and WG2 member Tatiana Sitchinava.

    Julia Stryker is a PhD Candidate in History at the University of Texas at Austin, in Texas, and expects to defend her dissertation entitled ‘But then, you’ll say, she was used to the sea’: Britain’s Nineteenth Century Empire and Women’s Work at Sea, this spring. She has been studying women’s work at sea since receiving her MA from Memorial University in Newfoundland, Canada, where she worked with the Crew Agreements and Log Books collections at the Maritime History Archives and the databases compiled by the Atlantic Canada Shipping Project. Her work combines concrete work on women’s labor and mobility – maps, wage rates, social data – with legal and cultural debates surrounding it, in literature and popular culture as well as theories of contract law and legal reforms. While current research relies on British records in the nineteenth century, future work will expand on the evidence of women travellers, migrants, and women of color moving globally that these records reveal. Though currently focused on labor, her research appeals more broadly to the experience of mobility for women, particularly material circumstances, as well as the social construction of space and how gender affected who moved through those spaces and how. 

    Julia is also interested in public scholarship, and has published online as well as participated in popular and public history conferences. She participated in the second annual AskHistorians Digital Conference in 2021, with  the talk “Masculinity, Myth-Making, and Women’s Place at Sea in Maritime Life,” as part of the panel “I Make the Governor Call Me Governor: Rewriting the History of Women’s Agency,” ( She has also published on the website Not Even Past, and contributed a chapter to the forthcoming edited volume RevealingMeaning: Feminist Methods in Digital Scholarship, edited by Heather Froehlich and Kimberley Martin.



    With Eric Ray, “Firepots,” in La Belle: The Archeology of a 17th Century Ship of New World Colonization, edited by James E. Bruseth, Amy A. Borger, Bradford M. Jones, and Eric D. Ray. College Station, TX: Texas A&M University Press, 2017.

    In Revisions:

    “A Watery Grave in a Sea of Words,” in Revealing Meaning: Feminist Methods in Digital Scholarship, edited by Heather Froehlich and Kimberley Martin. Waterloo, Ontario: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, TBA.

    Online Articles:

    “Primary Source: Notes for a Napoleonic Scandal,” Not Even Past, September 29, 2021.

    -Reprinted in the Fall 2021 online edition of Life & Letters, official magazine of UT Austin’s College of Liberal Arts.

    “‘Though She Wasn’t a Man, She Was as Good as One’: Labor, Seapower, and Nineteenth-Century Seafaring Stewardesses,” Not Even Past, April 14, 2021:

    Book Reviews


    Oceans at Home: Maritime and Domestic Fictions in Nineteenth-century American Women’s Writing by Melissa Gniadek, Global Maritime History, TBA


    Reappraisals of British Colonisation in Atlantic Canada, 1700-1930, edited by S. Karly Kehoe and Michael E. Vance, Global Maritime History (12 July 2021): 

    Tatiana Sitchinava is a PhD candidate and an invited lecturer at Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, Human Geography department. For the last four years, she has been researching Labour migrants’ integration issues in Georgia. The title of her Phd thesis is “Peculiarities of integration and resettlement of labour migrants in Georgia”. The aforementioned research practically laid the foundation for the study of labour migrants’ integration in Georgian society. Tatiana is a 2021 Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation PhD Grant winner. Her recent research experience includes the following research projects “2022 Georgian Diasporas in the Baltic States: Transformation of Migration Parameters in Space and Time”  and « Geographical Features of 2021 Municipal Elections in Georgia ».

    She is a Black Sea Young Ambassador from Georgia 2023-2025, within which she studies migration and the social environment in the black sea region of Georgia. She holds an MA/BA with honours in Human Geography. In 2018, Tatiana Sitchinava was named “Researcher of the Year” by the faculty of Social and Political Sciences, at Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University. She was granted Tbilisi City hall and Georgian State scholarships. She was the 2021-Winner (2nd place) of the Scientific Conference “Migration and Diaspora – Global Challenges” at East European University, Tbilisi. She took part in ICMPD projects, including International Summer School on Migration Research 2015. 

    List of Publications: