Here you can find information about each of our speakers:

Victoria Alonso Cabezas is a Graduate in History of Art (Universidad de Valladolid, 2012) and postgraduate in History of Contemporary Art & Visual Culture (Universidades Autónoma y Complutense de Madrid and Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, 2013). Currently research fellow and PhD Candidate at Universidad de Valladolid, I specialize on the visual representation of masculinity in Spanish Nineteenth-century artist’s portrait.

Dr Justin Bengry is an honorary research fellow at Birkbeck, University of London. He is managing editor of Notches: (re)marks on the History of Sexuality.  After compleing his PhD in British cultural history and feminist studies in 2010 at the University of California, he was appointed the first Elizabeth and Cecil Ken postdoctoral fellow at the University of Saskatchewan. He has since completed a two-year Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada postdoctoral fellowship. His research focuses on the histories of sex, gender, capitalism and consumer culture.

Helen Casey has been working as a hair and make up artist for theatre, film and television for the past thirteen years. During this time she’s worked on projects as diverse as The Lion King, ENO’s Aida designed by Zandra Rhodes and key creature make up artist for Benedict Cumberbatch in Danny Boyle’s Frankenstein for the National Theatre. She has been the Deputy Head of Wigs, Hair and Make Up at the National Theatre for the past three years and she combines this with teaching and studying for her MA in Applied Imagination for the Creative Industries at Central St Martin’s. Helen works closely with the National Theatre’s learning department to mentor young people and share her enthusiasm for the usefulness and versatility of Hair and Make up in live performance.

Dr John Gagné is a lecturer in the Department of History at the University of Sydney.  He has published widely on a range of subjects including the relationship between manuscript, print and holy lives in sixteenth-century Milan and the Italian wars. He has recently written about prosthetic iron hands and their makers and wearers. In 2014 he was awarded the William Nelson Prize for the best article published in Renaissance Quarterly.

Dr Christopher Oldston-Moore is a senior lecturer in history at Wright State University, Ohio. His research focuses on gender and masculinity, particularly hair and the body. In 2015 he published Of Beards and Men: The Revealing History of Facial Hair with University of Chicago Press. He has also published more widely on mustaches and masculine codes in twentieth-century America and the Victorian beard movement.

Margaret Pelling is Reader in social history of medicine at the University of Oxford. Her early work focused on the history of public health and theories of disease in nineteenth-century Britain. Her research interests then changed to the early modern period, and to health, medicine and social conditions in towns, with particular reference to medicine at the level of the artisan, and to the health experience of different social groups, including women, children and older people. Latterly she has developed research interests in the connections between medicine and politics.

Het Phillips is a doctoral researcher at the University of Birmingham. Her thesis is on pop-cultural representations of the ‘Moors Murderers’ Myra Hindley and Ian Brady, and the ‘Yorkshire Ripper’ Peter Sutcliffe, examining the way gender (particularly masculinity), sexuality, class and constructions of ‘the North’ operate in the proliferation of these figures beyond their original legal/historical settings.

Dr Eleanor Rycroft is a Lecturer in theatre and performance studies at the University of Bristol. Her DPhil project examined beards and masculinity in the work of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. Follwing this she was appointed as the Research Assistant on ‘Staging the Henrician Court’.  The project staged John Heywood’s The Play of the Weather in the Great Hall of Hampton Court Palace in order to investigate the politics of space at the court of Henry VIII.  Between 2011-12 Eleanor was Lecturer in Early Modern Literature at Lancaster University, and directed The Late Lancashire Witches at Lancaster Castle as part of the 400 year anniversary of the Pendle Witch trials. From 2012-2013 she worked as a Research Fellow at Edinburgh University on ‘Staging and Representing the Scottish Renaissance Court’, playing a key role in the first staging of Sir David Lyndsay’s A Satire of the Three Estates since 1554 at Linlithgow Palace. Film of this production can be found at www.stagingthescottishcourt.org

Dr Hanna Weibye is a Junior research fellow in history at King’s College, Cambridge. Her broad research interests are in German national identity and how it has been experienced, theorized, and understood historically by both Germans and nonGermans since the early eighteenth century. More specifically, she explores the eighteenth century intellectual antecedents of nineteenth century German nationalism, a project begun in her MPhil dissertation on the political thought of the nationalist philosopher Johann Gottlieb Fichte, and continued in her PhD thesis on the life and thought of Friedrich Ludwig Jahn, a key nationalist activist in Prussia during the Napoleonic era. Her next project is a history of national character as a German political and cultural category in the long eighteenth century.


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