Dr Sarah Goldsmith

Leverhulme Early Career Fellow

Contact DetailsSarah Goldsmith

  • Tel: +44 (0)116 223 1410
  • Email: samg1@leicester.ac.uk
  • Office: Room 25, Marc Fitch House, 3-5 Salisbury Road, LE1 7QR, Leicester
  • Feedback and Support Hours 2018-19: Mondays 4-5pm and Tuesdays 2-3pm



I completed my BA (2008) and MA (2009) in History at the University of Nottingham, under the supervision of Dr Ross Balzaretti. After working for two years in the museum industry, I undertook my AHRC-funded PhD (2011-2015) at the University of York, under the supervision of Dr Catriona Kennedy. My PhD, ‘Danger, Risk-taking and Masculinity on the British Grand Tour to the European Continent, c. 1730-1780,’ rewrote current scholarly understandings of the Grand Tour through analysing the role played by experiences of danger, risk and hardship in the formation of elite masculine identities.

I joined the School of History and the Centre for Urban History in October 2016 as a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow.

I am a historian of the long eighteenth century, with an interest in the histories of masculinity, gender, travel, the body, emotion, and elite culture and formation. Alongside my ongoing interest in the Grand Tour, risk and danger, I am undertaking a new Leverhulme-funded project, ‘Embodying the Aristocrat: A History of the Eighteenth-Century Elite Male Body’.

My new project responds to recent claims by gender historians that studies of eighteenth-century masculinity are ‘disembodied’. Using an interdisciplinary approach and detailed case studies of richly documented families, my project identifies the body’s importance to elite eighteenth-century masculinity by reconstructing men’s physical world and experiences. These reconstructions will elucidate how environments shaped the body, how British aristocratic men viewed their own and other male bodies, and the role of families, friends and public discourses in establishing bodily ideals. Pioneering a new theoretical framework for analysing embodied subjects, this project explores fresh approaches to the history of gender and identity.

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