Courtship in the Eighteenth Century

Dr Sally Holloway is Vice Chancellor’s Research Fellow in History & History of Art at Oxford Brookes University. With Stephanie Downes and Sarah Randles, she is the co-editor of ‘Feeling Things: Objects and Emotions through History’ (Oxford University Press, 2018).

In her contribution to the Research Exchange, she uses the eighteenth-century courtship of Elizabeth Jeffreys and Charles Pratt to illustrate the key themes of her new book, ‘The Game of Love in Georgian England: Courtship, Emotions, and Material Culture’ (Oxford University Press, 2019).

Beyond ‘mad’ and ‘bad’ at Salem

Isabelle Laskaris recently completed a Master of Arts degree at the University of New England in New South Wales, Australia, where she primarily researched emotions in New England witchcraft. She is currently completing an Honours thesis on slave resistance in eighteenth-century New England at Monash University, and also works as a Liaison Librarian at Deakin University.

In her contribution to the Research Exchange she discusses different ways of viewing the behaviour of young female accusers in the Salem Witch Trials, which is also the focus of her recent article, ‘Agency and emotion of young female accusers in the Salem witchcraft trials’, for Cultural & Social History.

The Emotional World of the Wedding Certificate

Dr Katie Barclay is Deputy-Director of the ARC Centre for the History of Emotions and Associate Professor in History, University of Adelaide. She is the author of ‘Love, Intimacy and Power: Marriage and Patriarchy in Scotland, 1650-1850’ (Manchester University Press, 2011), ‘Men on Trial: Performing Emotion, Embodiment and Identity in Ireland, 1800-45’ (Manchester University Press, 2018) and numerous articles on the history of emotion, identity and family.

In her contribution to the Research Exchange, she discusses the eighteenth-century wedding certificates that were an important historical source for her most recently article ‘Doing the Paperwork: the Emotional World of Wedding Certificates’, published online with Cultural & Social History on 14 March 2019.

Rebuilding Britain’s Blitzed Cities

Dr Catherine Flinn is Associate Lecturer at Oxford Brookes University, where she completed a PhD in modern British history in 2012. Her background prior to the doctorate was in architecture, planning and the historic built environment. Her current research focuses on postwar reconstruction, in particular the political, economic and cultural impacts on rebuilding and redevelopment.

Her contribution to the Research Exchange coincides with the launch of her book, ‘Rebuilding Britain’s Blitzed Cities: Hopeful Dreams, Stark Realities’ which is published by Bloomsbury and will be launched at Churchill College, Cambridge, on 1 May 2019.

Injections while you dance?

Dr Hannah Elizabeth is a cultural historian who received a PhD in 2016 from the University of Manchester on the history of the representation of HIV to children and adolescents in Britain in the 1980s and 1990s, and is now a research assistant on the ‘Placing the Public in Public Health’ project at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine looking into how the public’s emotions were imagined and how emotion figured in the success or failure of different health initiatives in post-war Britain.

In their contribution to the Research Exchange, they discuss the challenges of vacccination programmes reaching young people, which is also the focus of their recent article, ”Injections-While-You-Dance’: Press Advertisement and Poster Promotion of the Polio Vaccine to British Publics, 1956–1962′, with Dr Gareth Millward and Dr Alex Mold for Cultural & Social History.

Welshness and Britishness: The Case of Richard Llewellyn

Dr Wendy Ugolini is Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Edinburgh. Her research interests focus on the relationship between war and identity in the twentieth century. Her first monograph, ‘Experiencing War as the “Enemy Other”: Italian Scottish Experience in World War II’ (Manchester University Press, 2011), was awarded the Royal Historical Society’s Gladstone Prize.

In her contribution to the Research Exchange, she discusses the dual Welsh and British identity she explores in her recent article for Cultural and Social History: ‘The “Welsh” Pimpernel: Richard Llewellyn and the Search for Authenticity in Second World War Britain’.

The German Governess and the English Novel

Dr Susan Bayley holds a PhD from McGill University, Montreal and a PGCE from the University of Keele. She taught in the Faculty of Education at McGill and until retirement in 2009 in the Humanities Department at Dawson College, Montreal. Her special interest is the history of modern language teaching in nineteenth- and twentieth-century England. Her forthcoming article in Literature and History focuses on fictional images of German governesses in Edwardian popular culture.  

In her contribution to the Research Exchange, she explains how her latest article fits into her wider research on the history and literary representations of governesses. She is the author of ‘Votary, Vixen and Vulgarian: German governesses and English Domesticity in Novels by Charlotte Yonge, Charlotte Brontë and Mary Braddon’, Cultural and Social History, vol. 15, no. 5 (2018), pp. 643-661.

Social Mobility Behind the Library Desk

Dr Michelle Johansen is Interpretation Manager at the Bishopsgate Foundation in London and the author of ‘‘The Supposed Paradise of Pen and Ink’: Self-education and Social Mobility in the London Public Library (1880–1930)’, Cultural and Social History, published online on 5 February 2019.

In her contribution to the Research Exchange, she prompts us to think about the upward social mobility offered historically by embarking on a career as a librarian and to question where librarians fit in histories of ‘us’ and ‘them’.

Reading for Masculinity in Iranian Primary Sources

Dr Sivan Balslev is Lecturer in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is interested in the social, cultural, and gender history of modern Iran and has published two Hebrew translations of poet Forough Farrokhzad’s books, ‘Another Birth’ and ‘Let Us Believe in the Beginning of the Cold Season’. 

In her contribution to the Research Exchange, she gives a taste of the range of sources she used to seek out largely unspoken attitudes and practices that made up the history of Iranian masculinity for her doctoral research and her new book ‘Iranian Masculinities: Gender and Sexuality in Late Qajar and Early Pahlavi Iran’ (Cambridge University Press, 2019).

A Window on Architectural Glass

Dr Daniel Jütte is Associate Professor at New York University and the author of ‘The Age of Secrecy: Jews, Christians, and the Economy of Secrets, 1400-1800’ (Yale University Press, 2015) and ‘The Strait Gate: Thresholds and Power in Western History’ (Yale University Press, 2015). He is currently working on a history of transparency from antiquity to modern times.

In his contribution to the Research Exchange, he explains how the introduction of glass windows was bound up with broader social and cultural changes in early modern Europe, which he discusses further in his recent article ‘Comfort, Class and Climate Change: The Rise of Glass in Late Medieval and Early Modern Domestic Architecture’, Cultural and Social History, vol. 15, no. 5 (2018), pp. 621-641.