“Lieux de sensibilité: Sensory Experience and Creating ‘Modern Women’ in Paris and St Petersburg”
I am currently a doctoral candidate in History at St Hilda’s College, having previously graduated with a BA/BMus and an MA from the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Following the completion of my MA thesis in 2016, I spent three months as a graduate associate at the European University at St Petersburg, Russia.
My current research explores the sensory world of modern femininity, through the experiences and perceptions of women living in Paris and St Petersburg during the early twentieth century, with a particular interest in conceptions of pleasure. This is a comparative project, and will concentrate on a number of defined physical spaces typical of modernity, in which sensory experience was heightened, multi-faceted, or especially salient. By considering female sensory experience as both distinctive and important, this project seeks to position the creation of feminine subjectivity – and its sensory dimension – within wider narratives of European modernity. More broadly, my research interests include women’s history; the sensory and spatial turns; histories of the body, sexuality, and emotions; material culture; music and dance. My doctoral study is made possible through a Clarendon scholarship, in partnership with a Women in the Humanities Award.
Supervisors: Prof. Julia Mannherz and Prof. Christina de Bellaigue