CFP AAH 2016 Session – The (After) Lives of Things: Deconstructing and Reconstructing Material Culture Convenors: Sarah Laurenson, University of Edinburgh, Freya Gowrley, University of Edinburgh, Material things have been used to fashion identities and form social relationships throughout history. This panel seeks to shed light on the intersecting histories of materiality and […]

Mathew Lyons is a writer and historian. His most recent book is The Favourite (Constable & Robinson) about the relationship between Walter Ralegh and Elizabeth I. Previous books include Impossible Journeys and There and Back Again: In the Footsteps of JRR Tolkien. He is a columnist for History Today and has written for a wide […]

Macushla Robinson is an emerging art theorist and assistant curator of contemporary international art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. She studied art theory, philosophy and printmaking at the Australian National University and University of Sydney, winning the latter’s University Medal. Macushla has recently been awarded the John Monash scholarship, which will take her […]

Polly Bull has a PhD in the history of reading and gender from the University of London. She currently works in higher education publishing, whilst pursuing freelance writing projects. Polly tweets @pollyebull. For further articles and projects, please see her new blog, ___________________________________________________________________________ The Emotional Self-Narrative Materialised Self-reflective diaries are inevitably emotional. Wording out psychic […]

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 […]


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