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Dr Naomi Pullin

12115893_10100944611009374_7711285864727149304_nNaomi Pullin is a historian of the early modern British Atlantic, with specific interests in the place of women within dissenting communities. She is currently adapting her PhD thesis (obtained from the University of Warwick in 2014) into a monograph titled: Gender, Identity and the Making of Transatlantic Quakerism, 1650-1750. This will be published in 2017 in the Cambridge University Press Series: Studies in Early Modern British History. It advances existing knowledge on the experiences and social interactions of Quaker women in England, Ireland and the American colonies between 1650 and 1750. She is at the early stages of developing a new postdoctoral project on female enmity and conflict in the seventeenth-century British Atlantic.

Naomi is currently working as a Teaching Fellow in Early Modern British History at the University of Warwick. In 2014-2015, she worked as a programme co-ordinator at the University of Oxford for the interdisciplinary research Centre Women in the Humanities (WiH) and co-ordinated the History Faculty’s Centre for Gender, Identity and Subjectivity. She is currently on the Steering Committee of the Women’s History Network and acting as the Committee Liaison Editor for their journal Women’s History.

Dr Kathryn Woods


Kathryn Woods is a Teaching Fellow in the History of Medicine at the University of Warwick. Her research examines the role of embodied appearances in social interaction, and the exchange of medical and cultural ideas about the body in popular print in Britain c.1650-1800. She awarded a PhD for her thesis ‘Dismembering Appearances: The Cultural Meanings of the Body and its Parts in Eighteenth-Century Understanding’, by the University of Edinburgh in 2014.

Kathryn’s recent research examines the meanings attached to the face and skin in early modern Britain. In 2016, she published an article entitled, ‘The Fair Sex: Skin Colour, Gender and Narratives of Embodied Identity in Eighteenth-Century British Non-Fiction’, in The Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies.  Her most recent research on the face’s role in changing forms of social encounter is set to be published in an article entitled, ‘”Facing” Identity in a ‘Faceless’ Society: Physiognomy, Facial Appearance and Identity Perception in Eighteenth-Century London’, in the Journal of Social and Cultural History in 2017. This article builds upon themes explored in her article ‘The “Polite” Face: The Social Meanings Attached to Facial Appearance in Early Eighteenth-Century Didactic Journals’, published in Épistémocritique in 2013Kathryn is currently writing an article on physiognomy’s use in early modern lay medical diagnosis, and conducting research for a monograph entitled Fair Britannia: Skin Colour and the Making of British Identity 1650-1800.

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