Category Archives: Early Modern

Archaeological Facial Depiction for People from the Past with Facial Differences

Caroline Wilkinson is the Director of the School of Art and Design and of FaceLab at Liverpool John Moores University. She is the author of Forensic Facial Reconstruction (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004) and numerous articles. Archaeological Facial Depiction for … Continue reading

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Call for Papers: ‘THE ALL-SEEING EYE’: Vision and Eyesight Across Time and Cultures Workshop

The Effaced from History? group is happy to be co-hosting a workshop at Swansea University with the Research Group for Health, History and Culture on 11 April 2018. The All-Seeing Eye: Vision and Eyesight Across Time and Cultures will explore medical, social, and … Continue reading

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A ‘Spectacle’ of the Face: Eyewear in the Nineteenth Century

Today’s guest post comes from Gemma Almond, who is a second year AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award student at the Science Museum and Swansea University. Her PhD focuses on vision aids and the correction of vision in the nineteenth century, and … Continue reading

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‘A Great Blemish to her Beauty’: Female Facial Disfigurement in Early Modern England

Michelle Webb is completing her PhD in the Department of History at the University of Exeter. Her research focuses on facial disfigurement in England in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. ‘A Great Blemish to her Beauty’: Female Facial Disfigurement in Early Modern … Continue reading

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Dis/enabling Courtesy and Chivalry in the Middle English and Early Modern Gawain Romances and Ballads

Dr Bonnie Millar from the University of Nottingham opens the Approaches to Facial Difference volume. Bonnie is Research Assistant in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at the University of Nottingham. She specializes in late medieval courtly literature, and has published … Continue reading

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Festival of Facialities

Welcome to the 2017 Effaced from History? Summer Festival of Facialities! Effaced from History? aims to expose and examine how facial disfigurement has been conceived, represented, responded to, and affected the lives of people since antiquity. Over the next few … Continue reading

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John Gavin’s Ears

Today’s disfigurement news comes courtesy of a quick stop in the Scottish town of Douglas this weekend. On the main street is a monument to the tailor James Gavin, whose ears were cut off with his own scissors. The plaque … Continue reading

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