Body beautiful: in search of 18th-century male ideal

Posted by ap507 at Apr 04, 2018 09:58 AM |
Dr Sarah Goldsmith talks about her work which focuses on the history of masculinity and the 18th-century
Body beautiful: in search of 18th-century male ideal

Dr Sarah Goldsmith

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Dr Sarah Goldsmith from the School of History, Politics and International Relations has been interviewed for the Talking Humanities blog, which is curated by the School of Advanced Study, University of London. Sarah is one of BBC Radio 3’s ten 2018 New Generation Thinkers whose research will be made into radio and television programmes for the BBC, in collaboration with the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

During the interview Sarah says: "My research had led me to examine topics such as the body, education, travel and danger. I did my undergraduate and MA degrees at the University of Nottingham, before working for a few years in the museum industry. I then started a PhD at the University of York. I completed that in 2015 and I am now part way through a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship at the University of Leicester.

I love my work in history and the humanities. Research is like falling down a rabbit hole: one question or quote leads to another, and suddenly you’re thinking about the occasionally traumatic fate of 18th-century pets during travel (one poor spaniel was eaten by wolves while crossing the Alps) and how that connects to the period’s culture of masculinity. I love the intellectual generosity of my fellow academics, whose questions and criticisms are vital to improving my work. I love the astonishing variety of the job, ranging from teaching to digging through archives to engaging with the public. Having recently become an AHRC/BBC Radio 3 New Generation Thinker this year, I’m looking forward to a challenge of honing my communication skills on the airwaves."

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