Claire Hayward is a History PhD candidate at Kingston University. Her thesis explores representations of same-sex love in public history, including museums, historic houses, archives and monuments. She writes her own blog at and tweets from @HaywardCL Queer Objects of Affection In an interview in 1981, Michel Foucault said that it was not sexual […]

Gillian Williamson is a research student at Birkbeck College, University of London. She recently submitted her PhD thesis on masculinity in the 18th-century Gentleman’s Magazine and is awaiting her viva in July. ___________________________________________________________________________ At once a FAV’RITE and a FRIEND [1] Gentleman’s Magazine for July 1736, pocket-sized in its original blue cover, stitched with linen […]

Susan Woodall is currently studying for a PhD at Royal Holloway, University of London. She is researching the relationship between the material setting and the reform methodology of institutions for ‘fallen’ women in nineteenth-century England. Her particular interest is in the interaction between the material culture of the locus of reform and the reform process […]

An exciting call for papers. LETTERS: MAKING AND MEANINGS  27 June 2014, Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, London Abstracts are invited for twenty-minute papers for the workshop Letters: Making and Meanings, 1700-present day. The workshop explores how the physical process of creating a letter could build meaning as significant as the words themselves. Letters: Making and Meanings engages with […]

Sarah Fox is currently studying for an AHRC-funded PhD at the University of Manchester. Her research examines the experience of childbirth at all levels of society throughout the eighteenth century. Follow her on Twitter @foxvshedgehog Breastfeeding a newborn child is one of the most emotionally charged periods within the female lifecycle. Think of the recent twitter storm […]

Selected Emotional Objects podcasts are now online We’d like to take this opportunity to thank all the speakers again for a wonderful conference.

Elizabeth Hopkinson is a fiction writer from Bradford, West Yorkshire, UK.  She has had over 40 short stories and articles in magazines, webzines and anthologies, a historical fantasy novel – Silver Hands – from Top Hat Books, and has won prizes in the James White Award, the Jane Austen Short Story Award and the Mifiction […]


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