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Skin Deep blog for the Histories of Emotion

Following on from her recent visit to Australia, Evelyn has written a post for the Histories of Emotion blog entitled Skin Deep. It summarises changing notions of the skin in the early modern period.

The Histories of Emotion brings together a group of research associates working in the humanities in Australia, as part of the Australian Research Council’s Centre ...

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Conference Alert: Skin in Medieval and Early Modern Worlds

Perth Medieval and Renaissance Group and the University of Western Australia for Medieval and Early Modern Studies are holding their annual conference on 13 October 2018 on Skin in Medieval and Early Modern Worlds

The keynote speaker is Dr Lisa Beaven (La Trobe University) speaking on 'Living Flesh: Splendor, Sex and Sickness on the Surface of the Skin'.

They now ...

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The Porous Body Conference - video short

On 30 November and 1 December 2017, we held our first conference at King’s College London. Featuring 18 speakers from Germany, Australia, and across the UK, plus two keynote lectures from Thomas W. Laqueur (Berkeley) and Anita Guerrini (Oregon), this conference considered the broad dimensions of porous bodies in the early modern period.

Listen to Evelyn Welch as she ...

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Disturbingly Informed - notes from America

On 15 February 2018, Natasha visited the Mütter Museum in Philadelphia and was treated to a behind-the-scenes exploration of this intriguing museum and its collections.

Appropriately, the strapline for Philadelphia’s Mütter Museum is ‘Disturbingly Informed’ and I cannot think of a more suitable term to sum up a visit to this museum. Opened on its original site in 1863 ...

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Evelyn Welch on Australia's Radio National

Evelyn is currently in Australia, where early last week she gave a public lecture, Skin Deep, at the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions based at the University of Melbourne. Evelyn has been busy promoting all things skin and at the end of the week she was invited to speak alongside dermatologist Rachel Manifold on Australia's ...

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'From Past to Present' - notes from a conference

On 15 February 2018, Kathleen gave a paper at the one-day conference 'From Past to Present: Natural Cosmetics Unwrapped', held at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society in London. The conference was organised by a team of scholars from the Universities of Oxford, Glasgow, and Keele. Read her thoughts on the day below.

The premises of the Society are highly recommended for ...

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Visiting CRASSH - part II (Feathers)

Kathleen returned to the University of Cambridge on Wednesday 8 November for the next CRASSH event in the Imaginative Things: Curious Objects 1400-2000 seminar series, with two speakers presenting on feathers.

Dr José Ramón Marcaida discussed birds-of-paradise and the global transmission of both dead specimens and knowledge about the bird in the early modern period. No living specimens of birds-of-paradise ...

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Visiting CRASSH - part I

On Thursday 25 October, Kathleen and Juliet attended an afternoon seminar on leather as part of the series Imaginative Things: Curious Objects 1400-2000, held at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH), University of Cambridge.

Convened by Abigail Gomulkiewicz, the seminar brought together scholars to discuss items of material culture made of leather, which may ...

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Animal Skin as Protection - a treat in the Museum of London stores

We were privileged to have a team visit to the Museum of London stores on Thursday 12 October 2017, ably guided by Curator Tim Long. Currently, we are trying to get to grips with how to integrate notions of animal skin within our discourse. How animal and human skin are conceived in this period in different ways is significant, for ...

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Welcome to Renaissance Skin

The Renaissance Skin project came about through ideas that Evelyn Welch has been working on throughout her career, which has included research grants focusing on medical history and fashion, each with a strong emphasis on the importance of material culture within the early modern period. What started out to be only a small part of the HERA-funded Fashioning the Early ...

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