Category Archives: Early Modern

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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‘Corpus Historicus’ Conference

Followers might be interested in a conference taking place at the end of this month in Sosnowiec, Poland. The programme for ‘Corpus Historicus: The Body In/Of History‘  looks like a fascinatingly wide-ranging and interdisciplinary feast of body studies across history, and … Continue reading

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