I am an (award winning!) academic historian of early modern medicine and the body, an AHRC/BBC ‘New Generation Thinker’, and senior lecturer in History at the University of Exeter. I’ve recently completed a major research project ‘Do Beards Matter?’, funded by a fellowship from the Wellcome Trust, which forms the basis of my new book Concerning Beards: Facial Hair, Health and Practice in England, 1650-1900 (London: Bloomsbury, 2021).
My previous research explored the history of medicine in early modern Wales, and I was an associate research fellow on another Wellcome-funded project ‘The Medical World of England, Ireland and Wales, 1550-1715’, also at Exeter. I’ve been a lecturer in history at Swansea University, where I taught a variety of courses on early modern Britain. Other research interests include medical technologies of the 18th century, and especially razors and shaving and their link to constructions of masculinity and politeness, and the history of the male body more broadly
My second book ‘Technology, Self-Fashioning and Politeness in Eighteenth-Century Britain: Refined Bodies’, was published in December 2015 by Palgrave Macmillan.
Recently, and rather sadly, I’ve discovered that material from this blog has found its way into the pages of certain, national publications, without being credited. Apart from being discourteous it is also a potential breach of my copyright. Therefore:
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p.s. Some people seem to have trouble contacting me so here is my Exeter University email address: A.Withey@exeter.ac.uk