Modern French History @IHR: Women, Memory and Intimacy – new research in gender and French history

Through material objects and personal memories, two early career scholars offer new ways to think about female intimacy and wartime experience. Join us on Monday 25 April at 5:30-6:30pm (London time) to discuss materiality, discourse and gender with two experts of twentieth-century France.

About the speakers:

Sasha Rasmussen (Oxford) Transnational Female Intimacy at the Fin de Siècle

Emily Hooke (University of Southampton)  Women at the doorway”: résistantes as interviewer and interviewee in post-war France 

You can view their papers below and book here (registration free but mandatory) to join us on Monday 25 April at 5:30pm!

About the Speakers:

 Emily Hooke 
studied for her undergraduate degree at the University of Southampton and her MA at the University of London Institute in Paris. She returned to the University of Southampton to undertake a Wolfson Foundation funded PhD thesis, entitled ‘Gender, Subjectivity and the Writer’s Voice: Historicising the French Resistance, 1940-1970s’. She is currently doing her corrections while pursuing a career in the charity sector.

Sasha Rasmussen is the 2022 History Innovation Fund Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand. She completed her DPhil at the University of Oxford in 2021. Her doctoral thesis – Feminine Feelings: Women and Sensation in Paris and St Petersburg, 1900-1913 – explored how women’s sensory landscapes were inflected by the norms and expectations of femininity. More broadly, her research interests include urban history, intimacy, sexuality, and the arts.


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