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Dr Caroline Bland, Germanic Studies

Caroline Bland's research interests focus on late 19th and early 20th century literature and on constructions of femininity, sexuality and motherhood in German society and culture in the same period. Caroline has worked on the role of letters as part of women's contribution to political culture. Her current research is on women's fictional writing in nineteenth-century Germany with a particular focus on the discourses of class and nation.

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Dr Karen Harvey, History.

Karen Harvey's general research interests lie in culture and gender in the long eighteenth century. A particular interest in the body and sexuality led her to write an account of the erotic culture of the eighteenth century. Karen has ongoing research interests in masculinity, print culture (both visual and textual), and material culture. Karen's current research explores the nature of men's engagement with the home and household during the period c.1650-1850.

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Dr Wendy Michallat, French.

Wendy Michallat's research interests lie primarily in the field of French social and cultural history, especially women and football, reactionary discourses of the 1970s and 1990s in literature and comic book art and teenager culture of the 1960s. Her current research project looks at the political and social history of women´s football in France with a particular focus on its links with both first and second wave feminism.

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Dr Elisa Müller-Adams, Centre for Post-Colonial and Gender Studies, University of Trier, Germany.

Elisa Müller-Adams' research interests lie in the literature of the late 18th and the 19th century, with a focus on women's writing particularly Caroline de la Motte Fouqué and the conditions of women writers in the early Restoration period. She has also worked on the literary motif of mermaids in German literature, women's travel writing and has a developing interest in the new generation of contemporary female authors (the so-called 'Fräuleinwunder' in German literature).

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Prof. Susan E. Reid, Russian and Slavonic Studies

Susan Reid is an art historian specializing in Russian and Soviet art. Her ongoing research interests include the relation between Socialist Realism and modernism; regimes of taste and consumption in regard to dress, home decorating and other aspects of Soviet everyday culture as well as art in the context of Cold War, destalinization and modernization; and issues of gender and representation. She is currently engaged on two projects: the study of the Khrushchev era kitchen; and the formation of public taste in regard to both everyday aesthetics and fine art.

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Prof. Jan Windebank, French.

Jan Windebank's research interests revolve around 'the informal economy'. Firstly she has addressed the question of using informal work as a tool for tackling social exclusion in a European perspective. Secondly she is interested in the question of women's unpaid domestic labour in a Franco-British comparative context. Her current research project in this area proposes to investigate the question of women and social capital in France and Britain.

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