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Ariane Fennetaux

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Title : Associate Professor


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Twitter : @ArianeFennetaux

Research Themes :

  • 18th-century material culture
  • dress and textiles
  • pockets
  • global history
  • recycling

Current Projects :

  • I am currently working on eighteenth-century material culture in a global context.
  • I am the principal instigator of the Global Matters research project which studies global material circulations and the history of techniques. The project is jointly supported by LARCA, CRCAO, ICT, SPHERES and LIED and aimed at the launch of a collection in Brepols editions. Collaboration with museums and their curators and Paris Diderot video studio led to a series of short outreach videos giving insights into aspects of the research.
    Watch the videos.

Education and Academic Positions :

  • 1994, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Fontenay St Cloud, English
  • 1997, Agregation
  • 2000, MA. Courtauld Institute of Art, London. Thesis title : Addressing Undress.
  • 2006, Ph.D., Université Paris Diderot. Dissertation Title : ‘Such Stuff as Privacy is Made On’ : L’Intimité et les objets en Grande Bretagne au 18ème siècle.

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Research Supervision :

  • material culture
  • decorative arts
  • dress, textile and fashion
  • social and cultural history 16th-19th century

Selected Publications :

  • The Pocket, A Hidden History of Women’s Lives 1660-1900. Yale University Press, 2019.
  • The Afterlife of Used Things : Recycling in the Long 18th century. A. Fennetaux, A. Junqua et S. Vasset eds. New York : Routledge, 2015.
  • “Les poches ou la voie/voix moyenne : pratiques et valeurs de la middling sort britannique au 18ème siècle”. RSEEA 17-18 n°72, 2015, pp. 129-150.
  • “Women, Fashion & Sentiment : Mourning Jewellery in Britain c.1800” in Women and Death, Maureen Goggin & Beth Fowkes Tobin, eds. Ashgate, 2014, pp. 27-50.

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